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sex trafficking

18 petitions

Started 1 month ago

Petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen

Stop Orphanage Tourism in Cambodia

The Gaurdian on September 29, 2016 elaborates, orphanage tourism refers to the practice of recruiting children from poor families to pose as orphans in an effort to extract money from volunteers. ABC on July 1, 2017 contends, these orphanages span continents but are mostly in Cambodia, South Africa, Nepal, and Indonesia. But, calling these places “orphanages” is misleading as it implies the children have a need to be there. According to Probono Australia on August 2, 2017 of the 8 million orphans around the world, 6.4 million of them aren’t actually orphans- they have at least one living parent but were forced into a life of exploitation and abuse.  Unicef Cambodia on March 30, 2016, these institutions force children to hunt for their dinner of insects, fish and mice in nearby fields and ponds, sleep on the floor, and go days without showers, clean clothes or water. According to Unicef Cambodia, children growing up in these orphanages suffer brain damage because parts of their brain actually die. Furthermore, due to rampant abuse, Intrepid Travel on January 13, 2017 reiterates, these children are 500 times more likely to commit suicide. Cambodia's government does not have any current initiative to ban the practice of orphanage tourism or the existence of these institutions. Sign this petition to put pressure on Prime Minister Sen to outlaw these abusive institutions and the presence of tours that endorse them.   

Sydney Terry
69 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to the Collegian

Remove strip club ads from the Collegian

​IMPORTANT UPDATE: We are past 500 signatures - that is amazing. I did need to make one very important correction: the Collegian's staff is not responsible for which ads make it to the paper. Rather, there is a separate advertising staff responsible for those decisions. This petition has been newly directed at this team. My apologies to the Collegian's staff as I have been made aware that they have also made many requests of the ad staff to stop running these ads as well. Thank you, Collegian! I have also been made aware that because the Collegian is independent from Kansas State University, K-State has no ability to enforce or change the way the paper runs. The views and decisions that the Collegian makes do not necessarily reflect Kansas State's values or opinions. To Collegian Media Group's advertising staff: We stand behind this request. Please share this update so that people are aware of who we are petitioning towards! To the Collegian's advertising committee, and to all my fellow Wildcats: My name is Wheeler Crimm and I am an alumni of our wonderful university, with a degree in Family Studies and Human Services and a minor in Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies. I spent my time at K-State learning about what makes people who they are, and about how, unfortunately, traumatic experiences have a significant and lasting impact on the who we are as human beings. I took a class during a winter intercession as part of my minor requirements called "Advanced Trauma." During this class, I learned about many forms of traumatic stress, one being the horrors of human sex trafficking and the havoc it wreaks on vulnerable people. I learned that trafficking happens not only in the red light districts of Thailand and Amsterdam, but within our nation's borders, even in our backyards. A fire was sparked deep within me, one I knew wouldn't be put out quietly. I needed to figure out how to play my part in eradicating this terrible system. I went on to intern during the spring of 2017 at a nonprofit in Manhattan called Homestead Ministries, Inc. This incredible organization is dedicated to the transitional care of women who are exiting the sex trafficking industry in one way or another. I had the outrageous privilege of getting to know several Homesteaders - women who were participants in the Homestead's program. I was honored to hear their stories and walk alongside them as they battled addiction, hopelessness, and shame. I saw many of them walk forward in victory towards the glorious future that awaits them. They walked out of some of the darkest places - abusive relationships, trafficking rings, strip clubs - into the light of hope and freedom and grace. As part of the ministry of the Homestead, I participated in monthly trips to several strip clubs in a nearby town in an effort to spread some light to women steeped in darkness. We saw firsthand where some of our Homesteaders had come from, and it was heart-shattering. The women we met had some of the roughest stories I've heard and yet carried the most resilient spirits within them. It was heartbreaking to see such beautiful women in such dark places. Many of them were there because they in desperate financial situations, and many of them faced heavy addiction issues. They came from broken places, as do many of us. What most of them failed to realize is that they were being treated as sexual objects, as toys to gratify the desires of greedy and addiction-ridden men. There are always signs posted in these clubs that touching the dancers is unacceptable. However, there were "VIP Rooms" in the backs of these clubs where unspoken indecency occurred, and the women were given no choice whether or not to participate. They were supposedly paid extra for these experiences. In short, the trafficking of women (young women, might I add - we met several ladies who were freshly eighteen years old) for sexual exploitation is happening miles from our college town of Manhattan, Kansas, if not closer. I have seen it with my own eyes. All this being said, I am extremely disappointed to see that the Collegian frequently publishes full-page advertisements for one of these clubs, advertisements that specifically offer employment to young women. I love our alma mater. Following graduation, I moved out to the West Coast. I am proud to tell people where I went to school. But this? This is a disgrace. Collegian, you are promoting sex trafficking. There is no other way to state it. It pains me to see rape culture perpetuated in and around our university. Several recent events have caused me to feel ashamed of Kansas State. It's discouraging enough to watch members of the armed forces who are stationed at Fort Riley visiting these clubs. But to know that my school's newspaper is promoting visiting these places and even employment within them to our own students? I cannot stay silent about this. I am not interested in name-calling or blame-gaming. I am interested in change. I am starting a petition to call for the end of these advertisements in the Collegian. I am calling for all K-State students to realize that promoting the objectification of women is unacceptable. I am calling for us to shine a light on the dark places in and around our community. I am calling for us to look at the faces of these women and to see the faces of our sisters, daughters, mothers, nieces, friends. I am calling for anyone - student, fraternity member, Fort Riley resident or otherwise - who has visited these places as a consumer or otherwise to think about the consequences of your actions. Not only for yourself - that beckons another letter entirely - but for the women you encounter. On the front page of K-State's website, there is the following statement: "The K-State family is powered by world-changers, answer-seekers and difference-makers - that's the Wildcat Way." I am so proud of the family atmosphere K-State says that it stands for, but I'm not seeing the follow-through as of late. Let me be clear: We cannot minimize this issue - nor other issues concerning rape culture which have arisen as of late - and move forward as a unified family. One of my favorite animated movies as a child, Lilo & Stitch, says this about family: "Family means nobody gets left behind, or forgotten." By publishing this ad, you are leaving behind the personhood of millions of women. You are choosing to forget the humanness and the innate value within them. A family is not just a crowd of purple shirts at a football game. If that is how we define it, we really need to take a good look at what we value. Stand up for what's right, K-State. Stand up for those whose voices have been drowned out by the shouts of oppression and objectification. Stand up for what family really means.

Wheeler Crimm
1,934 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

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.

ENC Stop Human Trafficking NOW
6,519 supporters