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Not So Super: It’s Time to go on Offense Against Sex Trafficking

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Sex trafficking increases around big sporting events, which can be big pay days for pimps and traffickers.  In anticipation of Super Bowl weekend, NOW-NYC is joining #NotSoSuper, an attention-grabbing campaign to raise awareness about the real toll of human trafficking.

“To stand strong against sex trafficking at big events,
put on your game face.” #NotSoSuper

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Did you know the average age of entry into prostitution is about 13-years-old and 300,000 kids are at risk nationally for exploitation in the sex industry? Every day, thousands are affected by the sex trafficking industry. Sex trafficking doesn’t happen in a far-away land, it happens right here, right in our communities.

Go on the offense against sex trafficking. Here’s how.

1) Put on your game face. Put lipstick under your eyes to show everyone that sex trafficking is not OK. Upload the photo to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and tag it with #notsosuper. And tell your friends to do the same.

Sample tweets:

I’m going on the offensive against sex trafficking. Put lipstick under your eyes to let everyone know that you stand against trafficking. #notsosuper

Go on the offensive against sex trafficking. Put lipstick under your eyes, take a pic, and spread the word #notsosuper

2) Spread the word by sharing our poster art and posting to your Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook feeds. Visit:

www.facebook.com/pages/New-York-State-Anti-Trafficking-Coalition
https://twitter.com/NYS_ATC
https://twitter.com/NOW_NYC
https://twitter.com/sffny
https://www.facebook.com/SanctuaryforFamilies
https://twitter.com/equalitynow

3) Follow @caughtintraffik to see what it’s like living as a sex trafficking victim:

https://twitter.com/caughtintraffik

Every day another trafficking story. Help us END it! Check out @caughtintraffik inspired by @TheArtsEffect

4) Visit notsosuper.org to see a powerful short film and hear the stories of real sex trafficking survivors. Then, sign the petition and make a difference.

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Pre-Super Bowl Action: SOAP-UP New York

The MET Council has brought the SOAP (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) project to New York, the trainings will be January 27-30. Details are in the flyer below.

For more information contact Volunteer@MetCouncil.org.

Trafficking website - SOAP-Up NY Flyer

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United States: Address Role of U.S. Military in Fueling Global Sex Trafficking

It is widely acknowledged that where there is a large military presence, there will be a significant and concurrent growth of the commercial sex industry and trafficking of women and girls into the industry. Such was the case of Alma, one of the many women exploited in the Philippines by servicemen stationed at the nearby U.S. military base. While Alma was able to escape this life and now advocates on behalf of other women and girls, the trafficking and exploitation of women and girls by U.S. troops stationed abroad continues to this day in the Philippines and elsewhere. In recognition of the link between the demand for commercial sex and sex trafficking, in 2005 the U.S. government explicitly banned U.S. service members from purchasing commercial sex. However, while news articles and reports from our partners indicate that U.S. troops continue to visit brothels, few are prosecuted for buying sex.

Please join us in calling on the U.S. government to enforce the military provision banning the purchase of commercial sex and affirm its commitment to combating the demand for commercial sex that fuels sex trafficking. Doing so would help ensure the United States lives up to its national and international commitments to prevent the sex trafficking and exploitation of women and girls around the world.

TAKE ACTION NOW!
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6208/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=13106

You can now easily share this petition on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere—look for the sharing tools at the top of the petition page.

Please click on the following link for further information:
http://www.equalitynow.org/take_action/sex_trafficking_action481

Source – Equality NOW

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Tell Village Voice Media to Stop Child Sex Trafficking on Backpage.com

Via Change.org:
Sex trafficking of girls and boys on Backpage.com, owned by Village Voice Media, is becoming a disturbing trend.  A Georgia man was arrested for pimping two 17-year-old girls around the Nashville area. Detectives responded to a suspicious ad on Backpage.com and drove to a motel. There, they found the teens and their 37-year-old pimp, as well as a laptop computer, likely used for the online advertising. Just four days prior to that, four people in Denver were arrested for forcing a teen girl into prostitution. They also advertised her sexual services, including semi-nude pictures, on Backpage. And last year, a South Dakota couple was arrested for selling underage girls for sex on …. wait for it … Backpage.com yet again.

Village Voice Media has a moral responsibility to ensure that young girls and boys aren’t being abused in the commercial sex industry with help from their website.  Now, a rising movement of people of many faiths and backgrounds, motivated by their shared moral convictions, are taking action to end this practice.  Please join us in demanding that Village Voice Media – Backpage.com’s parent company – stop selling ads that others use to sell minors on Backpage.com by shutting down the Adult section of the website.

Sign the Petition NOW!

Read the bombshell article by Nick Kristof in the New York Times, who profiled a survivor of child sex trafficking who was sold on Backpage.com repeatedly, and on the horrifying news of a Long Island gang who abducted and abused a 15-year old girl, selling her for sex via Backpage.com, according to court documents and press accounts.

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Urge NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly to Act Swiftly to End Demand in NYC

A CALL TO MEN is committed to ending sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.  We, along with ManUp and other leaders working to end sex trafficking have come to realize that the way to stop and prevent this human rights crisis is by ending demand.

Thanks to vigorous advocacy, New York now has a strong, comprehensive anti-trafficking legislation.  The State’s 2007 Anti-Trafficking Law and 2008 Safe Harbor Act impose high criminal penalties against both traffickers and johns and include provisions for enhanced victim services. Despite these landmark legislations and growing public awareness about sex trafficking, little has changed in New York City.  In New York City, over twice as many people in prostitution –many of whom are victims of sex trafficking –are arrested than the johns, pimps, and facilitators who exploit them

Instead of arresting sex industry buyers, our law enforcement system is revictimizing the victims by arresting trafficked and prostituted women and girls, leaving the pimps and johns free to prey on the most vulnerable women and girls among us.

Men who buy the bodies of women and girls in prostitution are the economic engine of this multi-billion dollar industry.  We are collectively calling on the NYPD to help end demand in New York City by holding sex industry buyers accountable.

Sign the Petition!

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