Red Light Special: Send a Message With Slavery Sucks Postcards

Are you sick of wasting your money on useless plastic crap made in overseas sweatshops? Do you want to use your money to vote for something you actually support — a hopeful future for former slaves? Then check out’s weekly Red Light Special. Once a week, I’ll be bringing you a product that heals rather than hurts, because the proceeds go to help victims of human trafficking. Shop Red Light Specials to be part of the solution, instead of part of the useless crap problem.

This Week’s Red Light Special … Slavery Sucks Postcards

Sometimes, the simplest message is the best one. In the case of modern-day slavery, that message is pretty clear: slavery sucks. This set of twelve postcards lets you send that message loud and clear to everyone you know. They’re a great way to start a conversation about human trafficking and modern slavery or to simply send a note to a fellow abolitionist. Plus, your purchase goes to support Free the Slaves’ work fighting slavery around the world. Now that’s a message you want to send in every way you can.

You can buy this item here.

Let’s face it, you don’t need any more stuff in your life, but human trafficking survivors sure need a future. And you can give it to them with just a click of the mouse and a swipe of the credit card. So what are you waiting for?

If you know of an organization or business which you’d like to see financially rewarded for helping trafficking victims, let me know!

Photo credit: Free the Slaves


Why Wouldn’t Deland Police Protect Her? WHY?

Pictured is Natasha Hall baby sister.  Pictured below is a young teen who called for help on several occasions from the Deland, FL police department. She was told to stop calling or they would put her in jail. The last time she called was the day her ex-boyfriend killed her and then himself. How tragic and senseless this could have been avoided if only the police paid attention to the signs. Below is the full story:

Daughter Was Killed By Ex-Boyfriend In Murder-Suicide    

  Two teenagers are dead, and detectives in DeLand believe it may have been a murder-suicide.  Police first got the call around 10:30 p.m. Friday on the 500 block of West May Street.

When officers arrived at the home, they found Daniel Clayton Kufner, 19, and Natasha La’May Hall, 17, dead on the front porch of Hall’s home.  Investigators said both were shot with a small revolver that was found near the bodies.
Police said Kufner and Hall had been dating, and investigators believed Kufner may have been pulled the trigger.  Hall’s father said his daughter was murdered.
During a vigil Saturday night, Hall’s father said she recently broke up with Kufner, and began dating another man.  The father said Kufner broke into their house Friday night, found the new boyfriend’s number on their caller ID and harassed him.
When Hall came home with her friend, Michelle Karpowicz, to change her clothes, Hall’s father said Kufer came from the side of the house and shot her in the head.  Karpowicz said Kufner was muttering, then shot Hall in the chest.
Karpowicz says Kufner took a shot at her, before turning the gun on himself.  Hall’s friends were obviously stunned, and tried to cope with the tragedy.  “This was a shock,” said Travis Graham, a friend of Hall’s. “I just saw her Thursday, said hello, and she was so happy. Didn’t come to school Friday. Just found out today that she died.”

Hall’s mother told the Daytona Beach News Journal that Kufner would not take no for an answer, and refused to accept that Natasha had broken up with him three months ago.  The mother claimed Kufner physically abused Hall, and her family tried to press charges twice.  

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  • flight737

    flagged this story as Good Stuffat 13:36 on May 15th, 2008  

    CJaye, I like this story. It’s good stuff

  • CJaye

    at 07:05 on May 17th, 2008  

    Thank you, I know the story is a couple of months old.  I’ve come to know the mother of Natasha and this is an awful story of teen dating violence.  Not only that how the Deland Florida Police Department handled the situtation.  This could of all be prevented if handled propertly and not treated like they were being bothered by the family each time they called for help.  I wonder if Officer McNeil is still on the depeartment or is she telling other young teens “if they call the police again she throw them in jail”.  I was under the impression the police were to “PROTECT & SERVE”  Thank God I live where I know if I call the police they will come without threats.
  • CJaye

    at 07:38 on September 26th, 2009 


    Yesterday Ms. Hall  got a call from a teen dealing with teen dating violence in DeLand Florida. I wont get into details. She went to the court house they told her she needed to go to the DeLand P.D. Ms. Hall  told her they are right she needs to go the DeLand P.D press charges on her boyfriend for stalking. The DeLand P.D told her there is nothing they can do for her.  Does any of this sound like another case just recently? The teen was crying felt no one was helping her. Then she told them she talked with Natasha Hall’s mother. Then all of a sudden they changed their minds pressed charges on him went and arrested him. Will DeLand P.D ever learn?  Her life was in danger and DeLand P.D still doing nothing.  Does it take two more teens dying for the police there to realize these teens need help to protect themselfs from this kind of violence. Ms. Hall has a group meeting with the Domestic Abuse Council this month, I hope together they can make changes.

    Albert Milliron

  • Albert Milliron

    flagged this story as Good Stuffat 07:45 on September 26th, 2008  

    CJaye, I like this story. It’s good stuff.  I have had the problem with empty fields, I seem to do better with Firefox browser.  

  • CJaye

    at 09:38 on September 26th, 2008  

    Thank you for the info and the flag 

    This story was created over 3 months ago, the comment thread is now closed.

    Natasha Hall, 17, was interested in journalism. Though because of a violent ex-boyfriend Daniel Clayton Kufner and what can only be described as disgusting police misconduct, she’ll never have the opportunity to write.The DeLand police chief,the individual responding officers,and the police department and the city of DeLand,FL need to be investigated for their responsibility in contributing to the murder of Natasha Hall. They need to be held accountable for their actions. Remember Natasha Hall!
    Published in: on June 30, 2010 at 7:31 am  Comments (1)  
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    Human trafficking victim graduates high school as valedictorian

    On a chilly, rainy April night on Hudson Street, Rosita Curry was ready to give up. She had no money or food, no place to go. Her left leg had gone numb from the cold.

    On the streets for seven years, Curry, just 19, was tired of having to sell her body, being abused by pimps, feeding her insatiable need for drugs, sleeping in a cardboard box instead of a bed.

    “I don’t want to die out here!” she recalls thinking. “God, won’t you please give me just one person that will stick with me?”

    It seems that God was listening.

    Just 15 months after that night of despair, Curry found herself walking across a stage at Columbus State Community College, dressed in a spotless white graduation cap and gown with a bright yellow sash that proudly told the world that the girl from the streets who nobody wanted was valedictorian of her high-school class.

    Lynn Kee, Curry’s probation officer for several years, was in the audience at the June 13 graduation, tears of joy rolling down her cheeks.

    “Her turnaround was about as dramatic as you get,” said Kee, now retired. “This is the first real success in her life. It shows that even under the worst of circumstances, you can excel.”

    Just a year ago, Curry was one of several young women profiled in a Dispatch package about human sex and labor trafficking, a festering problem in Ohio that is no longer confined to foreign countries.

    Curry’s story began when she was 13 and wandered E. Main Street looking for the two brothers she hadn’t seen since their parents died several years earlier.

    Eventually, the fragile teenager was taken in by an older man who clothed, fed and cared for her. However, he soon sold her to a pimp who began prostituting her.

    Nearly seven years later, on that rainy April night in 2009 when she cried out to God, Curry was arrested and charged with offering oral sex to an undercover police officer for $20.

    At her lowest point, lost and bewildered in the Franklin County Jail on Jackson Pike, the “one person” Curry prayed for showed up.

    Marlene Carson, the founder of Rahab’s Hideaway, a small local shelter for human-trafficking victims, had been asked to visit Curry by both Kee and the Columbus police officer who arrested her.

    “Oh, she was a mess,” Carson said. “I saw somebody that had been very abused and very neglected. It was looking in a mirror from my own younger days.”

    “I just started crying,” Curry said. “I felt like she was an angel.”

    Carson gave Curry a place to live, helped get her in drug rehabilitation and encouraged her interest in enrolling in Youth Build Columbus Community School, 1183 Essex Ave. The school is a place for troubled youth dropouts ages 17 to 21.

    Curry buckled down to study for the first time in her life. She found math hard but English easier. She did well in all her classes, focusing on nursing-assistant training. Toward the end of the school year, she was surprised to hear her grades had earned her the honor of valedictorian in her small graduating class of 15 students.

    “They surprised me,” she said. “I didn’t even know what a valedictorian was.”

    Curry is considering going to college, or taking more training as a nurse or a cosmetologist.

    While she’s come a long way in 15 months, some of the street still clings to Curry. She doesn’t like crowded rooms because she said you always have to “watch your back.” Sometimes, while watching television, something will jog a suppressed memory and she will blurt out a sad story from her past.

    But Curry plans to move forward, not backward.

    “I already know how to do bad,” she said. “Now, I want to learn how to do good.”

    For more information about Rehab’s Hideaway, visit:




    If Sex Trafficking is the Question, (Male) Condoms Aren’t the Answer

    Condoms are super. They guard against the transmission of HIV and other STDs. They help people plan when and how to start a family. And if you look hard enough, you can often get them for free or cheap. But when it comes to helping sex trafficking victims, condoms just aren’t the answer. At least, the male ones aren’t.

    While traditional male condoms are generally considered very effective in preventing unwanted pregnancy and STDs, there is one key to their effectiveness: you have to use one every time you have sex. That means you have to make an active choice about your sexual situation, be able to present it to your partner, and be able to insist on it. Sex trafficking victims, almost by definition, aren’t able to make active choices about their sexual situation. They aren’t able to choose who they have sex with, when, or how often. Why would they be able to choose whether or not to use a condom?

    This doesn’t mean sex trafficking victims never use condoms. Some are able to successfully negotiate condom use with some of the men who buy them. Others find that their pimp insists upon regular condom use to protect his investment, though an increase in price will speedily throw this rule out the window. And some of the men who buy sex with trafficking victims also choose to use condoms. But the availability of male condoms near trafficked women and girls doesn’t guarantee their use by any means, and may actually do nothing to protect them against STDs and pregnancy.

    One possible solution for this is the female condom. The female condom is the only female-initiated form of birth control that also protects against STDs. It has been available for several years, but lack of marketing, cost, and unavailability in some areas has kept it from coming into wider use. The female condom may be especially important for victims of human trafficking and domestic violence who aren’t able to control male condom use during sex.


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    Mom Thinks Daughter Was Abducted For Sex Trafficking


    COLLEGE PARK, GA — It’s been four days since a 13-year old College Park girl disappeared from her home. After she was spotted in a known area for prostitution, her mother thinks she may have been abducted for sex trafficking.

    Kiara Hodges hasn’t been seen by her family since Monday night when she left the house after a dispute with her mother Telina Shelby.

    Shelby broke down Friday night in front of her home on Peppermill Lane near Creel Road. She was asked what she thought her daughter was going through. “I can’t imagine, I can’t imagine,” she said in tears.

    But after being consoled by family members for a few moments she stopped crying and said “I have to be strong, she’s coming home.”

    Kiara Hodges vanished after a dispute with her mother about her on-line activity on her computer. A neighbor said he saw a black pickup truck stop and talk to the girl.

    The next night witnesses said they saw her at a McDonalds restaurant on Old National Highway at Godby Road. Fulton County Police said since that sighting the case has gone cold.

    Her mother thinks she is with a pimp. “Oh, I’m confident, I’m very confident,” she said. Shelby ought to know. She works for an outreach organization that targets women who are exploited for prostitution.

    Shelby has spent every day since her daughter disappeared on foot with family and friends in 90 degree heat pounding the pavement. She has been handing out a missing person flyer with her daughter’s picture on it in her neighborhood and along Old National Highway.

    “I do believe that she is still here,” Shelby said. “And like I say, in the event that she isn’t, we are willing to go the face of the earth to search for her.”

    Fulton County Police said what they need now is for someone to see Kiara and call them at 404-613-6600.


    Unsolved Murder Cold Cases in Virginia Beach,VA

    When I started working on Shellie Carson’s case researching the Virginia Beach Police Department web site I found that there was a Homicide Bar. Well I clicked on the bar and low and behold I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. There were 68 unsolved homicides in the city that I lived in dated back to 1970.

    Most of the cases were assigned a detective. Some so old and hardly any info on the cases so there was no need to assign anyone,  I don’t know.  There are a couple of baby Jane Doe’s, a couple of John Doe’s as well. I’m going to list all 68 I’ve also made a video I’ve only used the ones with photo’s in the video. I’m going to make another video with just names later. The list below is the ones without pictures. If anyone recognizes any of these cases or people if you know anything please contact the Va. Beach Police Department. 757-385-5000.

    These are the names listed as unsolved not in the video:


     MICHAEL WHITE              

    RUSSELL VALENTINE              


    SHAWN GARY JOHN                  

    TERRY D. FERGUSON                 


    BABY JANE DOE                          

     JANE DOE                            


    CHARLES WALLCE                     

      HARLEEN SINGH                      



    MORRIEL “BO” MCCAIN         


    LEE NAVARRO                               

    SAMUEL BARUCH             



    MICHELLE PORE          



     HAZEL WILLIAMS            

     JOHN DOE 1983

    FREDRICK WELLS                      

    RENEE HARRIS                 

    JOHN  DOE 1981

    WILLIAMS DAVIS                   

     PRISCILLA WILSON             


    FRANK PEPPER                   



    LYNN SEETHALER              

     JANE DOE 1976             


    JOSEPH KELLY            

    (INFANT) BABY JANE DOE 1970   

    MARSHALL HAMILTON             




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    World Cup Sex Trafficking Focus: 4 Year Old Girl Kidnapped

    We heard this story of a four-year-old girl who was kidnapped from the bus driver who brought us to our game. Trafficking of women and children is so prevalent right now, it comes up almost everywhere we go.

    To find out more about what HopeChest is doing in South Africa, and how you can join our ministry, go to our special “Beyond the Game” page.

    Download a free devotional, and find out information about how you can join a special pastor’s trip to South Africa in 2010 to get your church involved in helping children impacted by poverty, violence, and abandonment.
    Despite our advances toward human rights and individual freedoms, over 27 million human beings are forced to work as slaves. Right now. Today.

    The kids in the video got it right. That’s more slaves than at any other point in history. And unlike other “commodities” like guns or drugs–people can be used again and again. Sold over and over.

    I have witnessed the horrors of sex trafficking in both Russia and Moldova–places where orphans are specifically targeted.  It happened exactly has the video described…

    One of the girls we work with moved outside the city, and found it difficult to find a job. One day she was approached by a nicely dressed woman who introduced her to some men who owned a hotel and sauna.

    Night after night, she was provided with food and clothing by these men. After a few weeks, they handed her a bill, and instructed her to go to the sauna and have sex with the men there.

    When she refused, she was beaten for five hours, and at one point had an axe held to her throat.

    During a break in the beating, she managed to escape. And she ran for help. Not to the police. Not to her orphanage. She ran right to the Children’s HopeChest Ministry Center where she knew our staff would protect her.


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    What Can We Teach T.V. Shows About Human Trafficking?

    Last month, I wrote a post discussing the ways in which television shows may be further along in understanding the evils of human trafficking than we are in reality. But then I realized that I was neglecting the other side of the debate; the ways in which we can teach T.V. writers a little something about the truth behind trafficking and forced prostitution.

    When watching shows like CSI: Miami, we see beautiful, self-confident, and unwavering young women dressed in high-end expensive clothing strutting around the Miami-Dade Police Department without a care in the world. They are often conniving young women, out to take the men who purchase their services for everything they have. But prostitution is rarely so glamorous and usually doesn’t provide such a strong sense of power. It is not filled with luxury cars, diamond earrings, or 4-inch, $350 heels as our favorite crime-fighting shows want us to think. While it may be the ticket into the high life for some, for most, it is a horrifying nightmare.

    What about the young women and girls kidnapped off the streets who have no where else to turn? Or the women forced into prostitution by men claiming to love them? Why don’t we make more of an effort to portray their side of the story and the realities in which they live? While some T.V. programs do present this view, more often than not we are left with the image of the high-class, expensive escort or prostitute.

    Why do we sensationalize prostitution to this extent?


    The African Union Takes on Trafficking

    When the U.S. State Department’s 2010 Trafficking in Persons report was released last week, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Mauritania, Sudan, and Zimbabwe were included on the list of countries that have made the least effort to combat trafficking.  Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Mali,

    , many countries in Africa can do more to show a true commitment to stopping trafficking. On this blog, we’ve highlighted some examples of trafficking and forced labor in several specific industries across Africa, including tobacco, cocoa, vanilla, rubber, diamonds, and many minerals used for modern electronics.

    The good news is that last week, the African Union (A.U.) announced that it is establishing an A.U. Commission Initiative against Trafficking. The new campaign, announced on the Day of the African Child, will focus on ensuring that member states are adopting and properly implementing international protocols to eliminate trafficking. The new campaign is an important step for the A.U. and will help to provide resources to assist African governments in implementing strong policies to stop trafficking, especially of women and children.


    German Teachers Schooled in Forced Marriage Prevention

    Last month, a 15-year-old Serbian girl learned from her family that she was about to be forced to marry a complete stranger. So she texted her teacher for help, who was able to contact the authorities and intervene on the girl’s behalf. That story, which became international news, has spawned an innovative new program in Germany: teaching teachers how to identify and prevent forced marriages.

    The vast majority of forced and child marriages in Germany occur in immigrant communities, usually of Asian, African, or Eastern European heritage. However, the roots of forced marriage aren’t in any given ethnicity or religion, but in a patriarchal family structure. A common thread in cases of forced marriage are the family’s view that girl children are property, and must marry who the family chooses, when they choose. In some cases, girls are forced to marry young to preserve their chastity and prevent them from being tempted into pre-marital sex as teenagers. Other reasons include financial concerns, political motivations, and family needs. And forced marriages is far from a problem unique to Germany — it happens all over the world.

    So to fight forced marriage, German teachers are being given the tools to educate students about relationships, families, and marriage in a new way. Each teacher will be issued a set of guidelines, which encourage and promote discussions about relationships and gender roles in class. They also incorporate the issue into academic subjects, like discussion of universal human rights in social studies classes and the right to make choices about your body during sex education. The goal of the curriculum is to foster open dialogue about marriage, finding a partner, and making educated and empowered choices about their relationships. It sounds pretty awesome. Which means in the U.S., it would probably get banned.