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sex trafficking

44 petitions

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Petition to Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Vancouver City Mana, Vancouver Police Dep

Attn Truman Neighborhood Businesses, Homeowners and Families!!

Recently, on a trip to our favorite neighborhood store, we saw that a sign was going up, across the way advertising a new spa. We were intrigued...Since the signage on the storefront; is nondescript; we gave it a little search, and well, the online marketing campaigns and service menus provide a much more clear perspective as to what you can get here. Imagine our surprise when our quick little internet search; brought us; “Hot Asian Girls!”, #freeshowermassagevancouver”, “pleasure massage”, “100% young Asian girls; scantily clad models and all. Everything poised to entice a very specific clientele, to the location. (Young girls is emphasized in almost every ad) According to the menu, these “girls” rotate every 2 weeks, and provide services, morning to late evening, 9am-1030pm. Turns out, its a “spa”.  The problem is though; the business owners obtained their license to perform “Foot Reflexology”. That is the ONLY licensed service they are lawfully permitted to provide at this location according to public records. Foot reflexology is very specific, literally “feet only”. In the state of Washington we have very clear and specific requirements for performing  massage IE: RCW18.108.030/RCW18.108.070. Conversely, there are also very specific guidelines for adult entertainment businesses. Some of which include; how close in proximity to: schools, childcare facilities, preschools, early learning centers, residential areas and churches; they’re allowed to operate. This poses an additional problem, because Truman Elementary School is 0.6 miles away. There are multiple childcare/early learning centers even closer; and this is primarily a residential area. So again, this is important because when the business owners applied for their license and they failed to mention the full scope of their business practices; they left out significant information that would have impacted not just the license, but their ability to occupy the building. In just a few minutes of research, it becomes very clear that a much different business than “foot reflexology “ is operating here. Whatever it is, it definitely isn’t foot reflexology. Plainly put, its an illegal operation. Turning a blind eye to illegal businesses operating in the area, is simply an invitation for more, and everything that comes with them. There is no need for this neighborhood to backslide and take our property values with it. However, that is exactly what will happen if we ignore criminal activity. It wont improve on its own. Its up to those of us that own the houses in this area, to step in and advocate for our neighborhood. If we are hoping to grow this neighborhood forward, to continue to see our property values increase, and to build upon the hardworking efforts of the businesses in the area that got here with integrity; its important that we get involved when we become aware of illegal activities around here. I know it matters to me what businesses we support. We believe in supporting local, but we cannot support crime.  At the very least, we are asking for this “spa“ to be investigated. It begs the question; what is going on inside the building? The first ads they put out, make it clear enough that they are operating far enough outside of their scope, that it warrants a closer look.  If the owners of this business want to run an adult establishment, so be it, there are plenty of reasonable commercial locations for legally licensed adult-oriented businesses to operate. But, they’ve got to take the steps required to. Beginning with; stating the true nature of their business, and then applying for and obtaining the correct licenses. Until then, we believe that our community leaders need to strongly evaluate what exactly is taking place within this business, and do their jobs accordingly. Thank you in advance for your help.

Neighborhood Watch
52 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Department of Justice, US State Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Donald J. Trump, Justin Trudeau, Sonia LeBel, Christopher H. Smith, Ann Wagner, Marco Rubio, Jeanne Shaheen, Josh Hawley, Carolyn Maloney, David Lametti, Rob Portman, Xavier Bettel, Senator Michael Bennet, Dianne Feinstein

Shut Down Pornhub and Hold Its Executives Accountable for Aiding Trafficking

(This petition has migrated to www.traffickinghubpetition.com where over two million people have signed from 192 countries.)  As featured in the NY Times' "Children of Pornhub" The #Traffickinghub movement is a non-religious, non-partisan global effort to hold the largest porn website in the world accountable for enabling and profiting off of the mass sex trafficking, rape and exploitation of women and minors. The petition has been signed by people from 192 countries and the movement is supported by over 300 child protection and anti-trafficking organizations as well as hundreds of survivors. To get up to the minute updates on the progress of this initiative follow Traffickinghub founder Laila Mickelwait on Twitter.  If you have been victimized on Pornhub or any Mindgeek owned website and want help click here.  Media inquiries can be directed to Lailamickelwait@traffickinghub.com ### In recent news there have been numerous shocking cases of sex trafficking and child rape films that were hosted on Pornhub. A 15-year-old girl who had been missing for a year was finally found after her mother was tipped off that her daughter was being featured in videos on the site — 58 such videos of her rape and sexual abuse were discovered on Pornhub.  Her trafficker, who was seen in the videos raping the child, was identified using surveillance footage of him at a 7-Eleven where he was spotted with his victim. He is now facing a felony charge. In February 2020, the BBC reported the harrowing story of 14-year-old Rose Kalemba from Ohio who was taken at knifepoint, raped for twelve hours, and the crime scene videos of her abuse were uploaded to Pornhub. Rose said that she pleaded with Pornhub to remove the videos of her rape and torture for months, and it wasn't until she posed as a lawyer and threatened legal action that Pornhub finally took them down. In 2019 the Internet Watch Foundation stated that it alone had confirmed 118 cases of child rape and sexual abuse on Pornhub—half of the videos were Category A level abuse, which includes penetration and sadism.  The Sunday Times investigation into Pornhub reported finding "dozens" of illegal child abuse videos within "minutes", including abuse images of children as young as three years old. Some of the videos identified by the newspaper's investigation "had 350,000 views and had been on the platform for more than three years." It went on to say "three of the worst clips still remained on the site 24 hours later." Also in recent news was the case of 22 women who were deceived and coerced by Michael Pratt, owner of GirlsDoPorn, into performing sex acts on film that were subsequently uploaded to Pornhub. These women sued GirlsDoPorn and won a $12.7 million lawsuit against the company. According to a federal indictment, Pratt and his co-conspirators produced filmed child rape and sexual abuse content and trafficked a minor. Pratt reportedly fled the United States for New Zealand and is currently wanted on a federal warrant. But there are other individuals who should also be wanted by law enforcement — CEO Feras Antoon and COO David Tassillo of Mindgeek, the company that owns Pornhub. You see, Pornhub is complicit in the trafficking of these women and minors and probably thousands more like them. Pornhub is generating millions in advertising and membership revenue with 42 billion visits and 6 million videos uploaded per year. Yet it has no system in place to verify reliably the age or consent of those featured in the pornographic content it hosts and profits from. In fact, all that is needed to upload pornography onto Pornhub is an email address. No government-issued ID is required, not even to become “verified” with its trusty blue checkmark that makes everything seem a-OK. I know this, because I tried it. It took me under 10 minutes to create a user account and upload blank test content to the site, which went live instantly. I could have then gone on to become Pornhub-verified, and all I would need to do is send a photo of myself holding a paper with my username. That’s it. It is no surprise that Pornhub admitted to verifying the trafficked 15-year-old girl who was sexually abused in 58 videos on its site. The official Twitter account for Pornhub wrote in response to the breaking story that the 15-year-old girl had been a verified member. After quickly realizing it had just admitted to assisting in her being trafficked, the account deleted the tweets, but the evidence of the admission was cached and still exists. One of the most-searched terms on Pornhub is “teen” pornography, in fact it has been a top search term on the site for years. The search will result in videos that are constantly being added faster than any individual could watch them. Many feature girls who look 13 years old at best — girls with braces, pigtails, flat chests, no makeup, extremely young faces, holding teddy bears and licking lollipops, all while being aggressively penetrated. A quick search for the word “teen” turns up titles such as “Young Girl Tricked,” “Innocent Brace Faced Tiny Teen F---ed,” “Tiny Petite Thai Teen,” “Teen Little Girl First Time,” on and on ad infinitum. Pornhub has no reliable system in place to verify that those in the videos it hosts are not trafficked children being raped on film in order to line the pockets of its executives. What all of this means is that at this very moment, there could be hundreds, if not thousands, of videos of underage sex trafficking victims on Pornhub. We already have evidence, and it is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s time to shut down super-predator site Pornhub and hold the executives behind it accountable. Victims of Pornhub/Mindgeek in the Media "The Children of Pornhub" by Nicholas Kristoff, NY Times Pornhub verified sex trafficker from Alabama who abused 16yr old victim on monetized account CBC Reports Cases of Underage Victims on Pornhub Naazir Jackson, 29, from Texas was arrested for sex trafficking his victims on Pornhub Rose Kalemba, 14yr old raped and videos uploaded to Pornhub for months. 15yr old rape and sex trafficking victim found in 58 Pornhub videos Pornhub verified 15yr old sex trafficking and rape victim 14yr old victim from Palo Alto, CA raped and videos uploaded to Pornhub Internet Watch Foundation confirmed 118 cases of child rape on Pornhub The Sunday Times investigation found "dozens" of illegal abuse videos in "minutes" Paypal cuts off service to Pornhub amid evidence of child rape and sexual abuse on site 22 sex trafficking victims on Pornhub partner channel GirlsDoPorn GirlsDoPorn sex trafficking ring a partner channel on Pornhub with 784,000 subscribers US federal indictment for sex trafficking and child pornography Nicole Addimando of NY sentenced to life in prison after killing attacker who sexually abused her and uploaded videos of her sexual assaults to Pornhub 14 rape victims of Taiwan's Justin Lee had their sexual assaults and rape videos on Pornhub

Laila Mickelwait and Traffickinghub.com
1,249,114 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Onlyfans , US department of commerce

Ban Online Sex Work To Protect Women In America!

At the time of writing, there are over 450,000 unique content creators on Onlyfans.com.  Of these, a very high percentage of these accounts are online sex workers (both male and female, although mostly female). Many of these new content creators comprise a lot of people who have been directly affected by the pandemic and as a result have turned to sex work as an "easy money" option. This is detrimental to our society longterm for many reasons.  The first is the psychological and sociological impact of this type of work upon young women. Many women who enter the pornographic industries end up suffering from depression and drug addiction as a result of their work life.  Although some people can handle this type of work and be ok mentally, a large portion cannot.   Here is a litany of recent articles that go into the reasons why this type of work is unsustainble psychologically. https://nypost.com/2018/01/23/why-porn-stars-are-dying-at-an-alarming-rate/ https://www.vice.com/en/article/59q955/mental-illness-is-killing-porn-stars-and-the-industry-is-taking-action https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/bbc-onlyfans-nudes4sale-young-women https://medium.com/the-innovation/onlyfans-is-a-symptom-of-a-diseased-society-and-its-becoming-an-epidemic-1c0ab45c8c6d This in essence could be thought of as a moralist argument, but in reality it is an economic argument for our entire society.  This type of economic work is not sustainable for a myriad of reasons. Many of these girls will do this type of work for a while, but then retain no marketable job skills, and will end up being unemployable, or as low wage workers in other sectors.  This is just the reality of sex work, because beauty unfortunately has a shelf life; so many of these people will end up painting themselves into a corner...  Many of these vulnerable young people will either do it until the money train stops, or do it until they suffer psychological ramifications in the form of unfulfilling relationships, drug addiction, or depression sets in.  I know how hard it is to get people to stop this type of work, as I have clients who have turned to this type of work out of desperation and it is very difficult to convince them to do other types of work even if they are perfectly capable. It is similar to drug dealer money, but without any risk of legal persecution. The problem is, just like drug dealers, they are not really developing many marketable skills while they are in this profession. One could argue that selling yourself is a skill, but just like drugs, it could be said that sex sells itself.  As adults, we should understand that this type of activity when happening on a mass worldwide scale cannot end well for its participants, as such I would implore you to please sign the petition to help ban online sex work, and protect our vulnerable young people; who dont understand what statistically probable pitfalls await them at the end of this line of work. Above all else this is a human rights issue, and we cannot build a society that feeds into the sex industry on this level, especially when human trafficking is such an epidemic as it is.  These related industries can end up feeding one another, as people with no concrete real world job experience are apt to make bad decisions when they become more desperate for money.  

Austin Muhs
19 supporters