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PostPosted: Tue 07 May , 2013 2:40 pm 
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Just seeing this news here now. Is this anywhere near you Lali?

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PostPosted: Tue 07 May , 2013 3:47 pm 
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That's near my hometown and about 3 hours from where I live now! (It made the news over there? Cool!) I'm assuming you're talking about the girls they found in Cleveland after 10 years. It's a sex trafficking case, I'm sure. I am thrilled that they found them.

I am hoping that this will open people's eyes to the enormity of sex/human trafficking that goes on around us. This is my newest social cause. (I don't mean it to sound like I go from cause to cause. It's just this is new on my radar, and I'm getting involved with several local community groups to do what we can to help the victims and educate the public.)

I won't get on my soapbox too much, though.

I posted this story on the rescue on the Love146 page:

Girls Rescued

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On April 2, 2004, 14-year-old DeJesus went missing while walking home from Wilbur Wright Middle School. She was last seen around West 105 Street and Lorain Avenue. Her mother, Nancy Ruiz, said she believed DeJesus was sold into human trafficking.

"I always said it from the beginning; she was sold to the highest bidder," Ruiz said in April 2012.


:( There are resources to help these girls heal. I hope they are connected to them as soon as possible.

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PostPosted: Tue 07 May , 2013 9:46 pm 
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And in a lighter tone:

http://globalgrind.com/news/charles-ram ... deo-photos

Not that there's anything light about this, but the man who rescued the girls is a colorful character! His video is generating a lot of hits.

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PostPosted: Tue 07 May , 2013 9:57 pm 
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I want to know how in the world you keep someone who doesn't want to be kept for 10 years without anyone escaping or noticing. I mean, did someone keep a gun trained on them around the clock? I'm sure there will be a "good" story there once the details come out. :neutral:


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PostPosted: Wed 08 May , 2013 1:45 am 
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Well, there are a lot of ways, actually. You can threaten to kill their family or their babies. You can threaten to kill them. You can keep them locked up. You can torture someone they love to convince them to stay. You can brainwash them. You can give them drugs and keep them impaired.

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PostPosted: Wed 08 May , 2013 8:28 am 
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LalaithUrwen wrote:
And in a lighter tone:

http://globalgrind.com/news/charles-ram ... deo-photos

Not that there's anything light about this, but the man who rescued the girls is a colorful character! His video is generating a lot of hits.


It was only a matter of time!


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PostPosted: Wed 08 May , 2013 12:46 pm 
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:LMAO:

Oh dear. Yeah, I figured he was destined to become an internet meme. :damnfunny:

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PostPosted: Tue 21 May , 2013 9:29 am 
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I read about this and was horrified about the girls' ordeal, but so happy that they were alive and could return to their families. Not to diminish the horror of their experiences, but I wish that other girls like April Jones in the UK had had a similar fate. :(

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PostPosted: Tue 21 May , 2013 1:56 pm 
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If you'd ever like to learn more about sex trafficking, I'd recommend Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd.

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PostPosted: Tue 21 May , 2013 8:01 pm 
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Thanks. It's not a subject one can easily say "I'd like to know more about that", but I know what you mean! I read a (fiction) book dealing with the issue, one of the Stieg Larsson Millennium books - "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and it interested me, despite me not really liking crime novels.

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PostPosted: Tue 21 May , 2013 9:11 pm 
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Right. It's definitely not a delightful topic, but I've slowly become more aware of human trafficking in all of its forms. It's sobering and sad, but there are things we can do to help end it. Educating ourselves is the first step.

Half the Sky is another good resource, and it focuses on more issues than just sex trafficking. It's more encompassing of the different types of trafficking and oppression women face across the globe.

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PostPosted: Tue 04 Jun , 2013 4:54 pm 
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I want to know how in the world you keep someone who doesn't want to be kept for 10 years without anyone escaping or noticing. I mean, did someone keep a gun trained on them around the clock? I'm sure there will be a "good" story there once the details come out. :neutral:


Possibly this might provide an explanation.

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Speaking at a Johns Hopkins human trafficking forum, (kidnapping and rape survivor Elizabeth) Smart explained why she didn’t try to run from her captors, or even cry for help when they took her out in public:

Smart said she “felt so dirty and so filthy” after she was raped by her captor, and she understands why someone wouldn’t run “because of that alone.”

Smart [said] she was raised in a religious household and recalled a school teacher who spoke once about abstinence and compared sex to chewing gum.

“I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m that chewed up piece of gum, nobody re-chews a piece of gum, you throw it away.’ And that’s how easy it is to feel like you no longer have worth, you no longer have value,” Smart said. “Why would it even be worth screaming out? Why would it even make a difference if you are rescued? Your life still has no value.”


Quoted from this post by Justine Musk, who is my new favorite blogger. http://justinemusk.com/2013/05/29/too-hot-to-graduate/

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PostPosted: Fri 26 Jul , 2013 4:27 pm 
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So it looks like Castro will be sentenced to "Life plus 1000 years".

What does that even mean?

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PostPosted: Fri 26 Jul , 2013 5:23 pm 
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Hopefully that means that he has no chance of ever getting out on parole and that he will die in prison.

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PostPosted: Wed 04 Sep , 2013 1:03 pm 
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Ariel Castro commits suicide in prison cell.

Well, by "dying in prison," I didn't mean suicide (or homicide). I'm trying to figure out how in the world he managed this if they were doing everything they said they were doing (checking him every 30 minutes, etc.).

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PostPosted: Wed 04 Sep , 2013 1:08 pm 
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One can kill oneself in less than 30 minutes.

What a cowardly piece of wasted space he was.

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PostPosted: Wed 04 Sep , 2013 1:27 pm 
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I agree. :neutral:

And I know you can kill yourself in less than 30 minutes. If he was on suicide watch, then I'm trying to figure out how he managed to kill himself. They take extra precautions about what's in your cell and what you're wearing.

It'll be interesting to hear the full story if it ever comes out.

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PostPosted: Sat 23 Nov , 2013 12:13 am 
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I suppose everyone has heard by now of the three women that were just rescued from slavery in London. They had been held in captivity for thirty years. It just boggles the mind.

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PostPosted: Sat 23 Nov , 2013 2:21 pm 
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I did hear that in passing, but I missed the actual story. They were held in slavery as domestic workers? I didn't hear that it was a sexual bondage type of thing. I hope not! (Of course, forced labor is still very terrible.)

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