Virginia Attorney General Proposes Re-Legalizing Slavery to Save on Healthcare Costs

In a stunning political move, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cucinelli, leading a coalition of Republican lawmakers and politicians, has proposed the long-awaited GOP health care option: making slavery legal in the U.S. once again. The plan was designed with the goal of saving money in the coming years of “socialized Third Reich Obamacare.” Cucinelli pointed out that if part of the U.S. population only counted as three-fifths of a person like in 1850, they would only need a portion of the medical care provided by a government bloated on the tax dollars of real Americans. Thus, “Slavery 2010: Part Deux” as the proposal is affectionately called, would save American taxpayers billions.

When asked if he would suggest legally enslaving all African-Americans as per historical practice, Cucinelli affirmed that African-American people were very important to the Republican party and would certainly not be enslaved under his new plan. He instead suggested enslaving those who have proved themselves most detrimental to the health of America. This would include, of course, gays, undocumented immigrants, professors at liberal arts colleges in the Northeast, all women who ever visited a Planned Parenthood clinic, and anyone who has ever criticized Sarah Palin on their personal blog. Under Slavery 2010, he explained from his Richmond mansion, your candidacy for enslavement won’t be based on the color of your skin, but on how well you’ve demonstrated your love for America. Colin Powell, for example, will remain free. But Barbra Streisand, Michael Moore, and anyone who bought arugula in the past two years will be sold at auction to the highest bidder. Unlike historical slavery, this version would be a meritocracy, where merit can be purchased via campaign contributions to the GOP.

As the Slavery 2010 proposal gains ground support, more and more Republican members of Congress are beginning to see it as a viable economic solution to issues other than just health care. Slave children don’t get to go to school, creating smaller class sizes for the few free children who won’t be home schooled. Re-instituting slavery would also be a big job creator, as millions of out-of-work “real Americans” could be hired to weigh, price, and process the likes of Rahm Emanuel and Barney Frank. Slavery would even solve America’s problems abroad, providing cheap, front line soldiers for Iraq and Afghanistan who aren’t entitled to any of those pesky “veterans benefits.”

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Stop “Conflict Free” Certification for Diamonds Mined by Children and Slaves

Buyer beware — these days, even diamonds labeled as “conflict-free” at your jeweler might be funding slavery, child labor, torture, rape, and other serious human right violations across Africa. That’s because for the past several months, the Kimberly Process which was designed to prevent “conflict diamonds” from being sold on the international market, has been failing. But you can prevent any more money from the sale of diamonds from funding slavery and human rights violations by asking for serious reform of the Kimberly Process.

For decades, the diamond industry has been deeply woven into the fabric of oppression and war in Africa. Funds from diamond mining have been used to fund civil wars, rape as a tool of war, torture, slavery, and the abuse of workers and children. To help prevent the sale of diamonds that fund civil wars, the international community and diamond industry came together to create the Kimberley Process. The Kimberley Process is the international certification scheme intended to combat the problem of conflict diamonds. Established in 2003, the Kimberley Process is supposed to ensure that diamond mining does not contribute to war, oppression, and suffering. Certification by the Kimberly Process adds the international community’s “stamp of approval” to a diamond’s origins and opens the door to the global marketplace.

But the Kimberley Process is failing in its job. It is currently certifying Zimbabwean diamonds as “conflict-free,” despite clear evidence that mining for the gemstones has led to serious human rights abuses. As Brilliant Earth points out on their blog, the Zimbabwean military under President Robert Mugabe has seized control of the country’s diamond mines and has used forced labor, murder, and torture to keep production going. The profits from these diamonds are helping Mugabe’s authoritarian regime continue, and rough gems are being exchanged directly for arms that go to supply Mugabe’s military. Furthermore, as the Kimberly Process continues to certify Zimbabwean diamonds, they are showing up at jewelry stores around the world, labeled as “certified conflict-free.”

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Published in: on April 3, 2010 at 8:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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The New Hotbed of Human Trafficking Is … Ohio

Those of you who thought Ohio was all about rock n’ roll, amazing chili, and a seriously unhealthy football obsession may want to think again. A new report conducted by the Trafficking in Persons Study Commission found that 1800 people are trafficked in Ohio every year. This includes 800 immigrants who are exploited in commercial sex and factory work, as well as about 1000 American-born children who are forced into prostitution. Who would have thought that Ohio would be such a hotebed of human trafficking?

But why Ohio, whose largest city, Columbus, is dwarfed by neighboring Chicago? How can a place that sounds and appears so wholesome be responsible for forcing a thousand children into sexual slavery each year? The report cites weak laws on human trafficking, a growing demand for cheap labor, and Ohio’s proximity to the Canadian border as the key reasons modern-day slavery thrives in the state. I’m going to take a metaphorical highlighter to that word “demand,” because that is the key to the human trafficking crisis.

Like many other places in the U.S., Ohio has a growing immigrant population, including those who have migrated legally, illegally but voluntarily, and involuntarily. Undocumented migrants are at increased risk for trafficking and exploitation, and in Ohio about 800 of them were found exploited in factories, agriculture, constriction sites, and brothels. Often, migrants are trafficked by high organized criminal networks who transport the victims into and around the U.S. They are the criminals, but it’s the demand for cheap goods and food and for commercial sex that create an industry for trafficked immigrant workers.

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India: Lindsay Lohan Might be Banned

After a recent trip to India, Lindsay Lohan violated visa laws and the government there might put her on the country’s blacklist. She went there to film a documentary for BBC, but she only officially had the right to visit, not work. See more below, including more pictures and a video.
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A few months ago racy photos of the actress emerged. But right after that she hopped a plane to do an investigative report on sex trafficking of women and children. I think it’s great, however she forget to file the right forms and now may face being banned.

This is a great story to uncover. But, when you go to a country that is not your home you must provide the government with details as to why you are entering their country, such as how long you will be staying and what you intend to do while there. Apparently when going to India, Lindsay Lohan only had a tourist’s visa, and did not file for a work visa. That’s a big no-no if someone finds out!

And they did! When she returned to the states, she got on Twitter (of course) and wrote these messages about raiding a child labor sweatshop:

“Over 40 children saved so far … Within one day’s work … This is what life is about … Doing THIS is a life worth living!!!”

Also:

“Focusing on celebrities and lies is so disconcerting, when we can be changing the world one child at a time … hope everyone can see that.”

The problem with doing that is she irritated some people, who then tattled on her. Apparently, some sources say, the raid occurred before she got to the country and when the people who actually participated saw what she wrote, they alerted officials. Now the government will decide on their next course of action.

I guess the next time she goes to India, Lindsay Lohan will make sure to file the right papers (if there is a next time). What do you think of this whole situation? Let me know in the comment section, and check out these photos and video of her trip!
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Photos: http://www.wenn.com Will Alexander, Tony Clark

source: http://sports.rightpundits.com/?p=4211

The face of human trafficking

Woman escapes exploitation, moves on to productive life, career

Sitting at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion last fall for a human trafficking lecture, Gresham businesswoman Jessica Richardson heard the whispers: “That doesn’t happen here.”

But she knew better.

Richardson had been a sex trafficking victim in that same hotel 13 years earlier.

Now 30, married, and the mother of four children, Richardson operates Money Maniac, teaching people how to save money on groceries.

Sitting in her Rockwood office, she recalled how she came to live in the world of tricks and tracks.

She had stable loving parents. But at the age of 4, three neighbors in Texas began to rape her.

“They weren’t brutal, violent or harsh,” she said, recalling her abusers, ages 13, 15 and 19.

“It was like their way of showing me affection and kindness. I know that’s really twisted, and now I know it was rape. But at the time, I had no frame of reference. I mean, who talks to their 4 year old about sex?”

The only hint of something wrong: They threatened to hurt her and her family if she told anyone.

At 5, the abuse stopped when her family moved. They settled in Joseph in northeast Oregon, where her father was murdered when she was 10.

At 12, out of rebellion and to fit in, she started having sex again. By the end of her sophomore year, she was doing drugs and dropped out of school.

Desperate, her mother sent her to Job Corps in Estacada, where her promiscuity continued. She earned her GED and managed a restaurant near Lloyd Center.

One of her customers became her pimp.

Billed as lucrative and glamorous, she saw prostitution as a way to make money off what she was already giving away for free.

She was 17. “My first trick ran me over with his car,” she said.

For 14 months, she worked the tracks, or areas known for prostitution, between Vancouver, B.C., and San Diego. Richardson generated $30,000 to $50,000 a month servicing 10 to 20 men a day.

But her pimp became too controlling. She disappeared, became a partner in a Seattle escort service and settled down with a live-in boyfriend.

Then at 20, she discovered she was pregnant. “It was the biggest moment in my life,” she said.

Richardson sold her business and got a job selling insurance. But she and her boyfriend parted ways. She moved to Idaho with her baby and met her husband. Their six-year anniversary was last Sunday.

Since that lecture at the Red Lion, Richardson has made her story public and is active in the local effort to build a shelter for underage sex-trafficking victims.

Her oldest daughter, now 9, recently made a startling discovery.

“People can be owned?” she asked.

Yes, her mother said. And slavery is still in practice. Then, in very gentle and simple terms, Richardson told her daughter about her past.

“Why can’t we stop this?” her daughter asked.

“Well, I’m working on it,” Richardson replied.

source: http://www.theoutlookonline.com/news/story_2nd.php?story_id=126904383214667600

Man arrested on sex trafficking charges

Federal agents have arrested a 25-year-old Louisiana man accused of taking minors from Atlanta to Birmingham for prostitution.

Dmarcus Antwain Ward, 25, of Minden, La., was indicted on charges of sex trafficking of minors and transporting them for the purposes of prostitution, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Ward was indicted last week before a federal grand jury in Atlanta.

Ward is accused of taking two minors to Birmingham and back to Atlanta – between Sept. 2009 and Nov. 7, 2009 – to have them engage in prostitution in both cities, according to U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

“We are committed to aggressively prosecuting anyone who exploits children through sex trafficking,” Yates said Thursday.

The sex trafficking charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. The transportation charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Each count also carries a fine of up to $250,000.

The FBI has formed the Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force in efforts to stop human trafficking in the area.

source: http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/man-arrested-on-sex-363204.html

Human Trafficking at The Oscars

Last year was a banner year for the issue of human trafficking at the Oscars, with Slumdog Millionaire taking home the Best Picture trophy. Slumdog tells the story of a young Indian boy who survives being abducted by a child trafficker, among other things, to eventually win the heart of his true love and enough money to support her on a tv game show. This year, the issue of human trafficking is also present in the film Kavi. But can Kavi follow in Slumdog’s footsteps?

Kavi, nominated for Best Live Action Short Film, is also set in India. It tells the story of title character Kavi, a young boy forced to work making bricks. It has already won the Student Academy Award for Best Narrative Film. Kavi’s category is diverse this year, with films touching on Chernobyl, magic, paper fish, and haunted houses. It may not have the star power or media attention that Slumdog did by this time last year, but Kavi has a lot of heart. The film also focuses much more closely on the realities of child trafficking in India than Slumdog Millionaire did, and aims to educate as much as entertain. Their website offers some great resources for getting involved in the fight against modern-day slavery for those inspired by the film. Here’s the trailer, with more on human trafficking at the Oscars after the jump.

But 2009 was by no means the first year the issue of human trafficking was present at the Academy Awards. In 2006, the short film Fields of Mudan, about child trafficking in China, was nominated but didn’t win. And of course, in 2005, Three 6 Mafia won an Oscar for their controversial song “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”.  This victory was a slap in the face for the abolitionist community from the Oscars, who had been fighting to get pimps recognized as the exploiters that they are.

So tune in tomorrow and cheer for Kavi to carry on the good traditions of the Academy Awards being a vehicle for bringing attention to human trafficking.

Kavi (www.KaviTheMovie.com) from Gregg Helvey on Vimeo.

source: http://humantrafficking.change.org/blog/view/human_trafficking_at_the_oscars_2

Published in: on March 7, 2010 at 4:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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The bittersweet Olympics

The 2010 Olympics should not happen. At least that was my first thought regarding this year’s Winter Games, but that didn’t stop me from jumping at the chance to go when I was offered a free flight and accommodations- I mean who wouldn’t . . . right?

Once in Vancouver, it’s hard not to get swept up in the Olympic fervour. After a flight cancellation due to fog and waiting in line for an hour with Toronto-bound travelers, I was placed on a direct flight to Vancouver International- the starting point for most Olympiad enthusiasts and thousands of visitors during the games.

It didn’t take long for conflicting emotions to arise. How much money had the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games spent on massive renovations or the new, pristine Skytrain line extension to the airport- the Canada Line- while hundreds of homeless Vancouverites still walk the East Side? But be still my frustrated mind, maybe there is more to these games than the shortcomings of its governing bodies.

Wandering around the University of British Columbia campus- home of the Thunderbird Arena hosting Ice Hockey- one can glimpse the excitement throbbing in the downtown core. Flag poles adorned with the Olympic regalia lining the streets, the waves of smiling aqua shirt Volunteers and the faux-torch you can get a snapshot with are just on campus teasers of what is in the city’s heart. Olympic pride is intoxicating, even for someone who was predominately Anti-Olympics- as if VANOC somehow released a gas over Vancouver to quell the nay-sayers and drug them with nationalistic pride. It merely took pedestrians in Team Canada apparel or a stranger in the distance cheering “Go Canada!” to make my heart palpate and my head feel I was part of something bigger.

Once I got the chance to settle down in front of a computer, I created a make-shift list of free events I was going to attend- having not enough forethought to plan ahead or the money to attend any real events. My first choice of venues was the Heineken or Holland House, which opened at 8 p.m. and featured famous DJs from the Netherlands. Until my sister burst through the door and announced that Stephen Colbert was filming episodes of the Colbert Report live from a stage on the waterfront the next day. In the meantime my sister and I braved our way through the throngs of people downtown just after Canada beat Norway 7–0 in Men’s Hockey.

The smell of hotdog stands, stale beer and pot perforated the air of Granville Street, the hub of Vancouver’s party scene. Being a Tuesday and still a work night for most Vancouverites, the streets were not as crowded as I expected. However, buskers and waves of red and white were still present. We decided to stop in at Robson Square to check out the laser and light show Ignite the Dream. Backed by vocals from Canadian artists, the light show featured enough Canadian pride to make anyone queasy under normal circumstances, but fortunately for the designers of this electro-light orchestra, the Olympics make for citizens who revel and bathe in over-the-top nationalistic fervour. That point was further proven upon passing The Bay, where we saw the four to six hour line for official Olympic Wear.

With our alarms set for 7 a.m. we slept briefly before arriving at the waterfront for Colbert’s performance. We were thankful for my sister’s friend; an avid Colbert fan who had been in line since 5:45 a.m. and was holding a spot for both of us. While waiting in line, we speculated about Colbert’s entrance. Would he propel down from a helicopter assisted by a flock of eagles? Would a whale breach the surface, Colbert emerging from its gullet to be swiftly carried by an eagle to stage? Unfortunately for us, these fantasies weren’t realized, but his mere presence set off a wave of excitement as intense as the games themselves. Michael Bublé sang the Canadian national anthem to the tune of Star Spangled Banner with Colbert. Michael Eruzione confessed that the Olympics were essentially the “UN in tight Lycra” or “where the world fights its proxy wars on ice.” And ultimately, Bob Costas rode a taxidermy Moose.

When the magic was over, we split off from the main group and made our way through Chinatown, Hastings and Gastown to reach the Cauldron. I got my first real taste of Anti-Olympic sentiment walking through the East Side- billings and anti-games graffiti prominent on the sides of buildings. Such sentiment was less apparent throughout the rest of city, but loomed just below the surface. VANOC and the IOC received considerable criticism for their attempt to deal with the regular tenants of the Downtown East Side.

Vancouver has one of the highest rates of homelessness in Canada and VANOC’s feeble effort to displace thousands of homeless from the streets brought more attention to this issue- most protestors carry anti-poverty and pro-housing project placards. Those who wish to protest the Olympics and Paralympics for the entire duration of the games can find solace in the Tent City set up at Pigeon Park, the central hub for the homeless.

Another noticeable aspect of Chinatown and East Hastings is that next to the occasional “Go Canada! Gold!” signs in shop windows, it’s hard to tell the city is hosting the games. The organizing bodies’ worries about Olympic inspired chaos seem to be unfounded. A hum of excitement runs through the city, but aside from the masked protestors smashing The Bay windows, the crowds have been tame.

Despite broad criticism of the Winter Olympics, the Pride House on Davie Street has garnered significant positive feedback. Professional sports are still predominately conservative and masculine (perhaps with the exception of figure skating) which makes it hard for athletes, organizers, coaches and others involved to come out publicly. However in the wake of hockey’s Brian Hirsk coming out- who recently died in a car crash- and the Pride House being erected, a gate opened for those who have kept their sexual orientation a secret in fear of shame and rejection from fellow athletes and the public.

Once we reached downtown, we decided to check out the Aboriginal Pavilion located in the Pan Pacific Hotel. Much criticism has been levied at VANOC for not focusing enough on Aboriginals before and during the Olympics. Aboriginal Tourism BC organized the majority of Aboriginal venues and events which featured live dances, local artists from Squamish, Haida, Musqueme and other Aboriginal nations as well as talks for anyone interested in Canada’s Aboriginal culture and history.

Our last stop for the day was to check out the infamous Olympic Cauldron. Unfortunately, the Cauldron was surrounded by an eight foot chain link fence and the only way to take an unobstructed photo was to wait in line for over an hour to scale the stairs. VANOC was in negotiations to use a lower fence and has since switched to a clear plastic barrier. Because of protests preceding and during the first days of the games, there are concerns that the Cauldron could be defaced. This seems unlikely given the 24-hour security and hoards of pro-Olympic fan boys who would not hesitate to tackle any vandals, but VANOC refuses to dismantle the wall between the ultimate symbol of the games and its adoring public.

Later on, while crossing the Granville Bridge, we heard yodeling. It seems that before we even reached Granville Island, we found the Swiss House. Not only was there yodelling at the Swiss House, authentic Swiss pork sausages, slices of rye bread covered with sauerkraut and cheese and, of course, the famed Swiss protein crackers were served, all backed by a stand up bassist and an accordion player.

The Heineken House would be the ultimate way to cap off the 2010 experience on a student budget. The venue was touted to hold up to 4,000 and I was determined to be one of those non-Dutch attendees.

On the bus heading to the Richmond Oval, or the aptly named O-Zone, everyone erupted into a rendition of “O Canada” in tribute to the Men’s Hockey Team who had just won a close game against Team Switzerland. The Thursday crowds were the largest yet thanks to the recent Canadian win. The celebratory air increased tenfold as chants and horns blasted throughout the core. Even away from the Skytrain’s considerable crowd, Olympic gusto was prevalent.

When we got to the Heineken House we learned that it was at capacity, but I was willing to wait until it emptied a bit. Apparently, though, once the House reaches capacity they close it off to the public until the next day. The only way to get in is with a Dutch passport. Attempts to barter our way in or sneak around the back failed, but just across the field Our Lady Peace was playing a free concert. I briefly treated my inner 15-year-old.

Leaving about 20 minutes later, my attention was drawn to a pile of flyers. As I inspected one, I felt a little crestfallen. They called attention to the notorious sex trafficking industry- especially of underage girls- in Canada. The Olympics have become a podium not only for athletes, but for human rights, animal rights and environmental activists to have their voices heard while the world watches Vancouver.

It’s difficult to say whether the apparent success of the games in the face of much criticism is due to the competency of the organizing bodies or the work of thousands of volunteers and proud Canadians who have made this event so memorable and enjoyable for millions of participants and viewers. It is easy to get swept up in the Olympics in the host city- as easy as it is to judge from a distance. Becoming the host city and province has infected the majority of West Coast occupants- one can expect great service and smiles with the politeness Canadians are known and mocked for.

Raised awareness of rights violations and the undercutting tactics of the governing bodies, like the attempted exodus of the homeless to an abandoned mental asylum or the $16 million in education funding cuts alongside a post-secondary tuition increase, may result in the stronger enforcement of laws and regulations being required of host nations before the Olympics can take place on their soil.

Until then, the Olympics and Paralympics will always take precedence over a majority of issues in the host country. Hopefully everyone will get a glimpse of the IOC’s increasing accountability when all eyes turn to London for the 2012 Summer Games.

source: http://thegauntlet.ca/a/story/14302?print=1

All the Ways Timbuktu’s Temporary Wives Get Screwed

In Timbuktu, Mali, the idea of “till death do us part” is far from universal in marriage. That’s because a thriving industry of “temporary marriages” has grown up to give legal and religious sanction to men who want to have sex outside of marriage, often with a young girl or child. These temporary marriages are built on the social and legal assumptions that women are the property of their family and that men have complete legal, financial, and sexual control over when a “marriage” begins and ends. But these temporary marriages are often little more than contracts of slavery, indenturing women and girls to a men who can use them and eventually dispose of them.

There are three main types of temporary marriage in Timbuktu, known locally as “work marriage,” “hidden marriage,” and “tiny hut marriage.” All three are based on the idea of women as property or objects to be sold. Work marriages refer to temporary marriages that take place between a wealthy foreign man who comes to Timbuktu to work for a period and a local girl. If he sees a girl he likes, he’ll offer her family a large dowry to marry her. Work marriages are often considered some of the most respectable forms of temporary marriage, as a relationship with the wealthy foreigner may raise the family’s social status. However, the marriage exists entirely on his terms; it lasts until the man leaves the country or until he decides he no longer likes the girl. Then, he divorces her and leaves her to fend for herself.

Hidden marriages refer to marriages between a man who is already married, but whose wife (or wives) don’t want him to marry again or marry a girl from a poor family. Wealthy men will “marry” poor teen girls in secret and then confine them to a house, which the man will visit periodically. And these visits aren’t exactly for a rousing game of Scrabble. These marriages are terminated again at the man’s whim, sometimes when his other wives find out and sometimes when he gets tired of financially supporting his secret wife.

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There is More Out There Than Junction City

There is so much that goes on in the world that we don’t know about. There are things that happen in this country we don’t know, let alone in other countries. Sometimes the things we don’t know are the most important: that thousands of people are dying from simple diseases, that in some wars rape is the most powerful weapon, or that sex trafficking is still a common practice. I feel as a nation we have been covering our ears to the pleas of help from the rest of the world for too long. We look away because it doesn’t fit into our neat little box of civilization. The moment we turn our backs is the moment that we have lost all of our humanity.
The Second Congo War, known as Africa’s World War, started in August 1998 and officially ended in July 2003.  By 2008 the war, and its aftermath, had killed over 5.4 million people, causing it to be the deadliest conflict worldwide since World War II. It’s estimated that 1,000 people died daily from disease and   malnutrition.
Every thing is estimated because their government has no real knowledge of how many people their was before the war, or after.
The African World War killed 5.4 Million People
As one war in Africa was ending another was beginning in Darfur, Sudan. The U.N. has estimated that at least 450,000 people have been killed. The United Sates has noted this conflict as genocide while the U.N. still has not. The dictionary’s definition of genocide is the systematic killing of all the people from a national, ethnic, or religious group, or an attempt to do this.  In 2008 the International Criminal Court filed ten charges of war crimes against Sudan’s president, which include Genocide, crimes against humanity and murder. 51 international peacekeepers have also been killed.
The United States State Department estimates that between 50,000 to 100,000 women and girls are trafficked, or brought here to be slaves, each year in the United States. What
happens to these girls here and around the world is horrible. In Thailand, the Health System Research Institute reports that child prostitution makes up 40% of the prostitutes.  Sex Trafficking happens all over the world. It’s not limited to certain places or certain people. In Greece it is estimated that there are between 13,000 and 14,000 trafficking victims in the country at any given time.
There is also a practice called bride kidnapping, also known as marriage by abduction. It happens mostly through the Central Asia and the Caucasus Mountains. It has stricken so much fear into local girls that it is one of the main reasons for lower participation in school. One of the main places for bride kidnapping is in Kyrgyzstan where studies have found that half of all Kyrgz marriages include bride kidnapping and, of those, two-thirds are non-consensual. The man, or hisparents, decides that he needs to settle down and decide that they have found the right woman for him to marry.
40% of all prostitutes in Thailand are children
The only problem is that the women and her family have no knowledge of this arrangement. The man and his friends or relatives then proceed to kidnap her usually by car and take her back to his house where she is then bombarded by his family as they try to convince her to accept the marriage. The family attempts to put a scarf on her head, which     symbolizes her consent to the marriage. If the girl refuses the scarf then some families will let her leave while others will keep this process going on for days.   Sometimes the girls will refuse to eat till they can be released.
There is so much that happens outside of Junction City that we don’t know about, let alone the world. I’m not here to say that everything outside of our normal is bad, but it sometimes takes the bad things for  people to pay attention. So get up and find  something that you don’t know about, do some research, and then   maybe you can help. Don’t think that just because you’re from Junction City that doesn’t mean you can’t know, or help.

source: http://www.ihigh.com/jchigh/article_21726.html

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