Dianne Williamson: Human trafficking closer to home than we think

Here in New England, we consider of tellurian trafficking as a flay that occurs elsewhere – in dim pockets overseas, in places like Thailand and Nigeria, where roughly 200 immature women were abducted from a propagandize and used as sex slaves.

Robin Currie of Worcester is perplexing to change that misperception, and she’s holding to a streets Oct. 15 to lift recognition of a modern-day form of labour that operates in a possess backyard.

“In New England, people are delayed to acknowledge it,” pronounced Currie, who heads a Central Massachusetts Coalition to End Human Trafficking. “I’ve been perplexing to lift recognition for years and we run into people all a time who say, ‘It’s not true.’ It’s function everywhere and people are in rejection about it. But it doesn’t take most investigate to learn it’s a vast problem here.”

Actually, all we have to do is review a newspaper. This summer in Worcester, 3 people were arraigned in Central District Court on charges of trafficking of persons for passionate servitude, after a military examine into allegations that drug-addicted women were forced into harlotry by members of a Kilby Street gang. Police pronounced they were told that a squad members had several heroin-dependent women fixation ads on Craigslist and Backpage to set adult “dates” with group during hotels in Worcester and surrounding towns, with a income going to a squad members, while a women would accept a tiny volume of drugs.

The Department of Homeland Security defines tellurian trafficking as a “modern-day form of labour involving a bootleg trade of people for exploitation or blurb gain,” and a statistics are grim. It is estimated some-more than 20 million people globally are victims of tellurian trafficking and slavery. Sixty-eight percent of these people are trapped in forced labor, 26 percent are children and 55 percent are women and girls. In 2015, an estimated one of 5 involved runaways reported to a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were expected child sex trafficking victims.

“A vast series of kids who are trafficked here are runaways and encourage kids,” Currie said. “Their encourage relatives don’t news them blank so they can still collect money. People don’t wish to know about it since it’s so disturbing. My thought is to make certain that adequate people and politicians locate on.”

Because a common notice is that tellurian trafficking is a problem usually outward of a United States – not in a backyard – Currie will embark this month on a 500-mile “Walk Free” trek of a streets and backyards of New England to lift recognition and supports to quarrel this atrocity. She’ll start her travel in Portland, Maine, and finish in Worcester. She skeleton to wall by 21 cities in New England and normal about 30 miles a day.

Her possess tour began 7 years ago, during a concert, when she saw a 30-second video about tellurian trafficking.

“That was it for me,” pronounced a 51-year-old mom of four. “I couldn’t forget it. Three of my kids are girls and it unequivocally worried me. It was such a terrible thing to suppose it was happened to these girls. It unequivocally strike me as a mother. Once we learn about it, we can’t unlearn it.”

After years of perplexing to teach people, she said, “I got this crazy thought that I’d go on this travel and lift a summary and get in people’s faces. Well, I’m not confrontational by nature, yet I’m really consumed with this.” Asked if she was shaken about such a vast endeavor, she said, “I’m really focused. But I’m kind of a wreck. But I’m clever and healthy and dedicated.”

In 2014, a abduction of 200 womanlike propagandize children in Nigeria by Boko Haram extremists done headlines and annoyed tellurian outrage. But activists such as Currie contend tellurian trafficking is a crime that knows no borders, even yet it frequency occurs as publicly as a caricature in Nigeria.

“What happened there is no opposite than what happens here, one lady during a time, dual girls during a time,” Currie said. “It’s a terrible thing to consider about – yet we have to consider about it.”  

For some-more information on Walk Free, revisit Facebook during www.facebook.com/CMCEHT/ To donate, revisit a Facebook page and click a present symbol on a cover photo, or send all checks, payable to The Currie Charitable Fund, to 292 Lincoln St., Worcester, MA 01605.

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