Petition to Jay Costa, Pennsylvania State Senate, Robert Casey, Tom Wolf, Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania State House, Andrew Dinniman, Patricia Vance, Stan Saylor, Brendan Boyle, Frank Farry, Glenn Thompson, Mike Kelly, Tim Murphy, Tom Marino, Mike Doyle, Dan Miller, Robert Freeman, Marguerite Quinn, Matthew Cartwright, Lou Barletta, Scott Perry, Charlie Dent, Bill Shuster, Florindo Fabrizio, Robert Brady
Support Safe Harbor Legislation for Sexually Exploited Children
The average age of commercially sexually exploited children is 14. Juvenile victims of sexual exploitation face a life continually threatened by torture, rape, broken bones, fractures, and extreme psychological manipulation to such an extent that most victims develop symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome as a result of having been trafficked. According to the International Labor Organization, 4.5 million illegally trafficked individuals are forcibly sexually exploited, and 21% of those individuals are estimated to be less than 18 years of age. Children who are victimized in the illegal sex trade are still criminalized in the state of Pennsylvania. The state contends that it is legal for juvenile victims of sex trafficking to receive criminal charges for prostitution, public indecency, obstruction of highways and other public passages. According to the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania, Shared Hope’s Protected Innocence Challenge conducted a study of state laws in 2015 that addressed domestic minor sex trafficking. They found that Pennsylvania ranked 35th on the effectiveness of 41 legislative components addressing domestic minor sex trafficking. In regards to Pennsylvania’s attempts to address protective provisions for juvenile victims, it ranked 45th out of 51 states, with the addition of Washington D.C. Senate Bill No. 554, the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund, which proposes to provide special relief for juvenile victims of sexual exploitation in order to restore dignity, provide necessary services, ensure safety, and provide a safe harbor for sexually exploited children. Provisions proposed by the bill include: reimbursement of funds for the costs of removing a tattoo or identifying mark left on the victim by their pimp, safe and stable housing, access to education, employment and life-skills training, comprehensive case management, healthcare and trauma-based therapy, access to personal care items and adequate clothing, treatment for drug and/or alcohol dependency, and other supportive services. Supporting this petition will make a difference in the lives of children who have experienced severe trauma and chronic emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. The sexual exploitation of juveniles is both an international and domestic issue. Supporting Safe Harbor Legislation in the State of Pennsylvania will make provisions for vulnerable children who have been exposed to extremely traumatic and chronic abuse. Additionally, this legislation has the potential to create a societal paradigm shift in which victims of forced prostitution can be rightly understood and cared for as victims, rather than as criminals. I urge you to support this bill and encourage Pennsylvania to join the two thirds of the United States that have taken a stance against the sexual exploitation of minors. I have both volunteered and worked professionally with individuals who have experienced crises related to trauma, domestic violence, and sexual assault. This form of trauma shakes people to the foundation of their being. We will not be able to foster and sustain an exploitation-free society, if we are not empowering people to heal. The ramifications of criminalizing children who have experienced trauma in the form of violence and sexual exploitation are severe in terms of the implications they carry for the future of rape culture and the social acceptability of violence.
Petition to Google, Microsoft, Facebook
Tell Google, Facebook, and Microsoft to stop supporting child sex trafficking.
I was waiting to pick up my 15-year old daughter from track practice on an afternoon like any other. Minutes passed and then hours. I wondered where she was. Panic began to set in. My husband and I called the police, filed a missing person report, and started frantically searching for our baby girl. Only she was nowhere to be found. We were living every parent’s nightmare. When we recovered her 108 days later, we were so thankful to have found her alive. But then we found out the details. Our sweet girl had been bought and sold on the classified ads site, Backpage.com. She was repeatedly raped up to 15 times a day, all while hidden in plain sight on Backpage.com. A website making hundreds of millions of dollars a year off of human trafficking and exploitation of young girls. After her ordeal, my daughter and I sued Backpage to determine its role in her harm. The biggest surprise? Two special interest groups, the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) — funded by tech industry giants Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and others — actually intervened to file briefs supporting Backpage. These tech groups were actually defending Backpage’s right to host ads selling children. Amazingly, the CDT and EFF have also jumped into other Backpage cases around the country filed by children. Support of Backpage by the tech industry has not wavered, even though a 21-month Senate investigation revealed that Backpage facilitated the crimes by coaching pimps on how to post ads to evade law enforcement. And still today, Backpage hosts ads selling children on its dating site and on other sites it owns and operates here in the US and around the world. Raking in hundreds of millions of dollars -- and it does this shockingly, under the protection of the law. Backpage has been protected by an outdated internet law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from being sued for content posted by a third party. Thanks to the efforts of these special interest groups supported by Google and Facebook, federal judges have expanded this law to protect websites that facilitate child sex trafficking. Will you sign my petition telling Google, Facebook, and Microsoft that defending child sex trafficking is unacceptable? Sadly, my daughter’s experience is not unique. We are not alone. It’s estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of child sex trafficked victims annually in the United States. And we need your help. We need your voices to reach Google, Facebook, and Microsoft so that they, in turn, are persuaded to stop supporting Backpage. They can no longer allow the special interest groups to jump into these cases. My daughter and I have been fighting to change the law that protects Backpage since 2010 and because Backpage has won at every turn, we recently told our story to Dr. Oz and in the new movie, I Am Jane Doe, to try to bring our experience to a larger audience, all in an effort to prevent others from going through what my family has gone through. It's time for this to stop. No one else's daughter should be sold on Backpage. Please sign this petition to let Google, Facebook, and Microsoft know that financing the defense of Backpage is indefensible. Nicole S., mother of child who was trafficked through Backpage.com
Petition to Bill Haslam, Tennessee State Senate, Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Governor, Attorney Charles Bone, Tennessee State House
***HELP DEMAND JUSTICE*** #FREECYNTOIABROWN #JUSTICE
Cyntoia Brown, a 16-year old sentenced to life for the killing of Johnny Allen. Cyntoia Brown had been given up for adoption by her biological mother, Georgina Mitchell, when she was two years old. When Georgina became pregnant with Cyntoia, she continued consuming alcohol which may have resulted in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Georgina began using crack cocaine when Cyntoia was eight months old and Cyntoia was given up to Ellenette Brown. Even though Ellenette Brown provided a generally stable home, Cyntoia had not had sufficient stability in her life for proper emotional development and by 2004 had become a runaway. Sixteen-year-old Cyntoia Brown's sexual encounters had included many rapes, assaults during or before sex, and times when she was under the influence of drugs. Brown had a physically and sexually abusive pimp named "Kutthroat", who brandished guns at her and forced her into prostitution. Brown was picked up by a 43-year-old real estate agent, Johnny Allen and taken to his house on August 6, 2004. Brown stated that for several weeks, she had been repeatedly raped and was on drugs. When she arrived at Allen's house, she found it was full of guns. Brown said that she was afraid that she would be shot, which led her to shoot and kill Allen. Cyntoia Brown was then arrested for Allen's murder. From the day of her arrest she sat for six years until the start of her trial and she was convicted. She requested an assessment by Dr. William Bernet, a juvenile forensic psychiatrist from Vanderbilt University. She was found to have had a difficult childhood, but was considered competent to stand trial, and therefore tried as an adult, at the age of sixteen. She requested to testify on her own behalf at her trial, to tell her own story, but her legal team advised her not to do so. Prosecutors argued that her motive for killing Allen, a child rapist and predator who bought her from her pimp, drugged and raped her daily, was robbery. Brown was sentenced to 51 years to life for first degree murder. The prosecutor of the case had argued for life without parole by stating the importance of ensuring that dangerous and violent people are imprisoned, regardless of the circumstances that may have arisen to make them violent. After her conviction, her story caught the eye of a prominant Tennessee Attorney, Charles Bone, a Nashville attorney, who decided to join Brown's attorneys on the case. They argued for a new trial, particularly to allow Brown to testify on her behalf, something that was discouraged by her attorneys in the original case, to present evidence, and evidence about her developmental delays due to fetal alcohol syndrome. Brown’s new trial is in the appeal process as she sits in adult prison as the VICTIM. Brown is currently serving her sentence at the Tennessee Prison for Women. Did we somehow change the definition of #JUSTICE along the way?? Because.... Something is horribly wrong when the system ENABLES these rapists and the VICTIM is thrown away for life! To each of you responsible for this CHILD’S sentence, I hope to God you don't have children, because this could be your daughter being punished for punishing already!!!!!!!! PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION AND HELP ME GET JUSTICE FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL YOUNG GIRL WHO DOES NOT BELONG IN PRISON FOR THE ACTIONS SHE TOOK AGAINST HER PREDATOR/RAPIST. THE TENNESSEE JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS TAKEN AWAY THE REST OF HER CHILDHOOD AND ENTIRE ADULTHOOD, AND SHE WAS ALREADY ROBBED OF HER ENTIRE YOUTH. I WANT THIS CHILD TO KNOW LOVE DOES EXIST AND THE WORLD IS NOT ALL EVIL. I WANT CYNTOIA TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT HERE WHO SAW HER STORY, LISTENED, AND CARE ENOUGH TO DEMAND CHANGE AND JUSTICE FOR HER. PLEASE SIGN, SHARE, POST THE LINK ON YOUR MEDIA PAGES... AND WHEN THERE ARE ENOUGH SIGNATURES THE PETITION WILL BE SENT TO THE TENNESSEE GOVENOR, DEPT OF CORRECTIONS, SENATE REP, HER ATTORNIES, CONGRESS.... THANK YOU!!!! #ISTANDWITHCYNTOIA #JUSTICEFORCYNTOIA#FREECYNTOIABROWN #HOWMANYMORE
Petition to Tara Armstrong, She Shifts Culture
Say no to child pedophilia and tell FOX to take The Mick off the air
Media is constantly trying to push the envelope and create shock factors for the sake of laughs. FOX's tv show The Mick has gone too far in trying to normalize and make a joke out of child pedophilia. They are targeting young kids to think being with a 40 something year old man is ok and giving approval to older men that having interactions with 13 year olds is ok. Sex trafficking and child porn is one of the fastest growing crimes and affects the most vulnerable and innocent. This offensive show needs to be taken off the air. We can not let FOX get away with exploiting children and making light of child pedophilia.
Petition to Family Video
Remove Porn from Family Video
Pornography promotes objectification, normalizes violence, grooms victims, drives the demand, perpetuates rape culture, and facilitates and documents trafficking. Pornography is the depiction of harmful, traumatic, and criminal acts such as sexual assault, sex trafficking, physical assault, verbal abuse, and torture. 88% of the most popular pornography contains physical violence such as slapping, choking, gagging, bondage, drowning, hitting, multiple penetrations, gang rape, incest, etc. (Bridges, 2010). "Family Video" is not living up to its name when violent and objectifying content is being distributed at this store. No one, of any age, should see the violation of people as an accessible and normalized commodity for rent. The undersigned of central Minnesota care about our community. We reject all forms of sexual exploitation of women and children. Therefore, we request the removal of all porn videos from Family Video of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.
Petition to Congressional Committees on Commerce, Science and Transportation and on Energy and Commerce, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Hold Websites Accountable for Aiding and Abetting Human Trafficking
Did you know that when websites profit from the illegal activity of human trafficking, they are not held accountable? In the event that a company profits from the sale of victims of trafficking (including minors), they can use Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act as a defense. Section 230 provides websites with blanket immunity from “third party content”. This was designed to protect websites from being prosecuted when someone visiting their site posts inappropriate or even illegal content without the site’s knowledge or approval. It was NOT designed to grant immunity when a website actively PROFITS from third party content. Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking Now is one of several anti-trafficking organizations that are seeking a change to the CDA. In order to stop human trafficking, we must take action to make access to this crime more difficult. Section 230 had good intentions, but it has been used to protect various companies that profit from advertising sex trafficking of women and children. If websites profit from crimes such as human trafficking, they should be held accountable. We must urge lawmakers to amend the Communications Decency Act if we want to see a decrease in trafficking and exploitation in the US. Join us in asking Congress to amend the Communications Decency Act so that 1. State and local law enforcement agencies have the authority to arrest and prosecute websites that advertise human trafficking victims and 2. The protections that websites currently enjoy from being held liable for third party content when they profit from that content is eliminated.
Petition to President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Republican National Committee, Democratic National Committee, Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
America - Be the Voice of Freedom. Freedom from Sex Trafficking.
According to the U.S. State Department report, the United States has become the second most trafficked country in the world, as sex trafficking has become a $32 Billion dollar a year industry... And the U.S. Department of Justice reported that the sex slaves were 83% American citizens and as young as five years old in the United States. (1.) What is the average age of those entering prostitution in America? 12 years old... (2.) These are our children. America needs to make some hard decisions. Either let this continue. Or stop the effects of Sex Trafficking in America. How can we be a Country of Freedom, if we enslave America's citizens or other citizens for the sexual exploitation of selfish pleasures of those who live in our Country? “Human sex trafficking is the most common form of modern-day slavery, amounting to the fastest growing business of organized crime and the third largest criminal enterprise in the world. Sex trafficking crimes include prostitution, pornography, stripping, live-sex shows, mail-order brides, military prostitution, and sex tourism.” (1.) We can not be a Free Country - if there are still modern slaves in our 21st Century society. You can not have equality and freedom, if we have Human Slaves among us. I thought America was known for her Freedom? Let America then become the forerunner for Freedom for all Nations. Let us make America the leading example of what countries should do, in order to extinguish Trafficking. We must demand that our Nation become a safe place for our children and our children's children. We must demand stricter laws and punishments made against Pimps and Traffickers. We must demand stricter laws and punishments for Buyers, for those who purchase sex from Human Souls. We must fight to stop those who buy a human’s body, to rape the soul. We must demand that internet we have been freely given, is not used for the searching of Sex. We must demand to make Sex Trafficking Illegal for the health, safety, and freedom for all who live in our Beloved Country. How can we scream the praises of our favored Land by shouting, "Liberty and Justice for all." When Liberty and Justice are not counted among those who suffer in Slavery? Will we let them suffer in silence? Or will we join our voices together and demand that this madness be stopped? If our own children were stolen and forced into Prostitution, would we not gather together to take back our children? But aren't these are Children? Why then are we not joining together to demand that we save our Country before we lose the war on Trafficking? We need to start now and these are some things that need to be done. We need: Laws to stop the Internet from being the highway to Trafficking. Laws such as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act must be rewritten, so that it can not protect the illegal activity of Trafficking. Laws must be passed so that Websites have to be held accountable if they so choose to disobey the Law and promote Human Trafficking. If Prostitution is indeed illegal, why is it that websites (Backpage.com) can promote Escorts and Sex Ads? Laws be passed to persecute the Trafficker to a greater degree. Laws must be passed to confiscate finances and property belonging to Pimps and Traffickers (who have made their money off of the sale of humans) when convicted and the funds given to Anti-Trafficking Organizations ( like - Rescue:Freedom). Laws to be passed to persecute the Buyer to a higher degree. We must make laws against Pornography and make it illegal, which directly educates, feeds, and propels Sex Trafficking. We need sexualized movies to be banned, which indoctrinate people into the sexualization of the Sex Trade. We need sexualized images, billboards, and magazines to be banned, since it fuels the Sexualization of humans and funds Trafficking. We need sexualized music to be banned, which educates those into the Sex Trade. We need more funds dedicated to the Police Department and assign more resources to assist the Law Enforcement into creating more positions and officers assigned to fight against Human Trafficking. We must do everything we can, to eliminate Sex Trafficking and the things that surrounds the exploitation of the weak and vulnerable. This exploiting must be stopped. And with our shared voices - we will get the Country that we fight for. In fact, I dare say that if we scream loud enough, we will get the attention of even the President himself - to help fight this battle that rages war against the soul of the United States of America. "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it." The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume III, "Letter To Henry L. Pierce and Others" (April 6, 1858), p. 376. For we WILL once more make our Country, a Country of Liberty for all. For we WILL once more make our Country, a Country of Freedom. Freedom and Justice for all. Info: 1. http://libjournals.mtsu.edu/index.php/scientia/article/view/652/595 2. Gayle Kerten, chairwoman of Skaget County Coalition against Trafficking.
Petition to Change.org
To help sex trafficking victims and put a stop to it.
Every single year 600,000 to 800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked every year and no one is doing anything to stop it. Although, you can make a change and help put a stop or at least assist to help stop sex trafficking. One signature can change everything, you can make a difference