Volume 1, Issue 4
August 2010 RESPONSE TEAM
Ending Violence Against Women & Children
Inside this Issue: Ending Violence Against Women & children
Human Trafficking Fact
Ending Violence Against Women & children
What you can do now!
Missing Children AD
Addressing the Demand Side of Human Trafficking At the Renaissance Male Project, they work to end all forms of violence against women, particularly by getting men involved in anti-violence initiatives. Jewel Woods, is the Executive Director of The Renaissance Male Project, They recently produced a brochure: “Ten Things Men and Boys Can Do to Stop Human Trafficking. Mr. Woods cochairs the Ohio Attorney General’s “Ohio Trafficking In Persons Study Commission Demand Reduction Sub-Committee.” The following list has been adapted from the RMP brochure, and suggests specific actions that men and boys can take to end this atrocity that is occurring here in the United States and around the world. (Contact RMP for the brochure and other resources at: www.renaissancemaleproject.com)
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Trafficked children are significantly more likely to develop mental health problems, abuse substances, engage in prostitution as adults, and either commit or be victimized by violent crimes later in life.
1. CHALLENGE THE GLAMORIZATION OF PIMPS IN OUR CULTURE Mainstream culture and the music industry have popularized the image of a pimp to the point that some men and boys look up to pimps as if they represent legitimate male role models and view “pimping” as a normal expression of masculinity. In reality, pimps play a central role in human trafficking and cause tremendous harm by routinely raping, beating, and terrorizing women and girls to keep them locked in prostitution. 2. CONFRONT THE BELIEF THAT PROSTITUTION IS A “VICTIMLESS CRIME” Many men view prostitution as a “victimless crime.” But it is not. For example, women who are involved in prostitution are at greater risk to be murdered, and suffer tremendous physical and mental trauma. The average age of entry into prostitution in the United States is 13 years old. 3. STOP PATRONIZING STRIP CLUBS Strip clubs in the United States and abroad may be a place where human trafficking victims go unnoticed or unidentified. Men rarely consider whether women working in strip clubs are coerced into that line of work, because to do so would conflict with the pleasure of participating in commercialized sex venues. Strip clubs–like brothels– are the most popular venues where the purchase of sexual services from women occurs the most.
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4. DON’T CONSUME PORNOGRAPHY Pornography manipulates male sexuality, popularizes unhealthy attitudes towards sex and sexuality, and eroticizes violence against women. Pornography leads men and boys to believe that certain sexual acts are normal, when in fact sexual acts that are non-consensual, offensive and coupled with violent intent result in the pain, suffering, and humiliation of women and children. In addition, a disproportionate amount of mainstream pornography sexualizes younger women with such titles as “teens”, “barely 18″, “cheerleaders,” etc. Victims of human trafficking have also been forced into pornography. Men can stop the voyeurism of sex and sex acts that fuel human trafficking by refusing to consume pornography and encourage others to do the same. 5. TACKLE SEXISM ONLINE Men spend a significant amount of time online discussing their sexual exploits. The internet provides many men with the ability to mask their identities while indulging in racist, sexist, and violent diatribes against women and girls. Choosing to be a critical voice online is an extremely important way to educate and inform men and boys about their choices. 6. END SEX TOURISM Men in the United States routinely travel overseas and have sex with women in developing countries. When men engage in these practices, they do not acknowledge the fact that many trafficked women and children come from developing countries– even in countries where prostitution is “legal.” 7. TALK TO MEN AND BOYS ABOUT MEN’S ISSUES IN MALE SPACES The only way to change men is by engaging spaces where men and boys talk and develop their ideas and attitudes towards sex and sexuality. Males spaces such as barbershops, locker rooms, fraternities, and union halls are the real classrooms where boys learn to become men and where men develop most of their ideas about how to interact with women. If men do not feel comfortable talking about these issues in male spaces, they can drop off informational brochures and make themselves available to talk with other men and boys when they have questions or concerns. 8. SUPPORT ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING POLICIES One of the most important acts men can do to stop human trafficking is to support anti-trafficking legislation at the local, state and federal level. Many states have no antitrafficking legislation. 9. SUPPORT CREATION OF “JOHN SCHOOLS” Strategies aimed at ending human trafficking must focus on eliminating the demand. “John Schools” are education programs designed to educate customers apprehended by law enforcement who attempted to purchase sex. By teaching the legal and health effects of buying sex and the realities of prostitution, such schools impart knowledge that can reduce demand, making men consciousof how their actions can spur on human trafficking. Learn whether or not your local community has a John School. If not, encourage your local prosecutor’s office or city counsel to start one. 10. RAISE SONS AND MENTOR BOYS TO CHALLENGE OPPRESSION No boy is destined to be a “john”, a pimp, or a human trafficker. Raising young men in circles of accountability, to be respectful and protective of all women and children is one of the most important things men can do to stop human trafficking.
Join in the fight to eliminate the root causes and markets that permit traffickers to flourish; to help make whole the survivors of this horrible crime, and to ensure that one day trafficking in human persons is eliminated from the face of the earth. You can help by contacting your State Senators and Representatives and asking them to support SB 235 and HB 493. You can find contact information at www.legislature.state.oh.us or call 1-800-282-0253.
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Name: Kyanja Vanwey Sex: Female DOB: 11/27/1987 Missing From: Des Moines, IA Missing Date: 9/14/2005 Race: White Ht: 5’05” Wt: 165 Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown CONTACT: Des Moines PD (Iowa) 1-515-283-4811
Name: Brian Andrewin Sex: Male DOB: 08/25/1978 Missing From: Chicago, IL Missing Date: 7/10/1995 Race: Black Ht: 5’08” Wt: 135 Eyes: Brown Hair: Black CONTACT: Chicago PD (Illinois) 1-312-745-6052
Kyanja's photo is shown age-progressed to 21 years. She has pierced ears and a pierced nose. She also has a scar on her right hand between her thumb and forefinger. Kyanja may dye her hair another color. Her nicknames are Kiki and Keri.
Brian's photo is shown age-progressed to 30 years. He was last seen playing basketball with some friends in a local park on July 10, 1995. He has not been seen or heard from since. He has a birthmark on the right side of his neck and a small scar on his eyebrow.
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Name: Karen Spencer Sex: Female DOB: 1/17/1972 Missing From: Miami Township, OH Missing Date: 12/29/89 Race: White Ht: 5’01 ” Wt: 120 Eyes: Hazel Hair: Lt. Brown CONTACT: Miami Township PD (Ohio)
1-513-732-2231 Karen's photo is shown aged to 34 years. She was last seen getting out of a car on Interstate 275 between the Montgomery Road and Route 28 exits, after having an argument with a relative. Her eyes are hazel-green.
This Missing Children ad is a separate feature that will be included in our monthly newsletters. These children are not featured as victims of trafficking.