Beginning next year, victims of sex trafficking in Illinois will have the chance to clear their legal records of convictions related to prostitution.
Senate Bill 1037, sponsored by Sen Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) and Rep Karen Yarbrough (D-Maywood) “allows defendants of human trafficking at the time of their prostitution convictions to file a motion to vacate the conviction if the defendant's participation in the offense was the result of being a victim,” a release from the governor's office said.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the new law gives victims of sex trafficking an opportunity to start over.
“Sex trafficking is a truly reprehensible crime that preys on the most vulnerable. Victims deserve a chance to clear their records and rebuild their lives,” Quinn said to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Fifteen-year-old Anna Demian is not taking on your typical high school project. She will be a part of the Ignite the Road to Justice Tour, a campaign to bring awareness to human trafficking. The tour, hosted by Miss Canada 2011, Tara Teng, takes off on August 15 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and will reach 10 major cities across Canada.
Anna is the youngest member of the tour and wants to show that young people have power to effect change.
“It’s for those people who don’t have voices. And I have a voice and I believe it is my responsibility to use it,” Anna said, according to the bclocalnews.com.
The Ignite the Road to Justice starts at 7 p.m. PT on August 15 at Coastal Church, 1160 West Georgia Street in Vancouver. The tour will wrap up in Toronto on September 4.
Federal initiative targets human trafficking in Midwest
Western Missouri and Kansas will be the home base for a new team of six federal enforcement teams targeting human trafficking in the United States, according to a report in the Kansas City Star.
The Anti-Trafficking Coordination team, based in Kansas City, will streamline criminal investigations and prosecution of violators of federal slavery laws. FULL POST
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Hilton hotel vows to fight child sex trafficking
Hilton Worldwide, the well known hotel chain, is joining the fight against child sex trafficking, USATODAY reports on its website.
Hilton is signing the tourism code of conduct, written by ECPAT International, a global network created to "end child prostitution and trafficking." It is only the second U.S.-based hotel to do so, along with Carlson, parent of Radisson, Radisson Blu and Country Inns and Suites. FULL POST
Not only are apps making our lives a lot more convenient, now they can help us be better humanitarians.
Demand the Brand is an app that allows you to take a picture of a product, place a "SlaveFREE" logo on it, and post it to an interactive map where users ask whether products they consume are produced by slaves. The purpose of the app is for consumers to demand that the brands they use are not produced by slave labor.
The app was launched alongside Call+Response, a documentary directed by musician Justin Dillon that exposes modern-day slavery across the world. It features political leaders, actors and musicians in the film speaking up about anti-slavery efforts.
“I realized that people don’t just want to be aware. They really want to have things to do, and that’s what Call+Response is about,” Dillon said. FULL POST