Issue 15

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February 12, 2013

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Human trafficking still major issue, needs addressing Joanne Lim

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multiple  men  were  ready  to  buy  one  of  them  to  have  sex.  The  male  pimp  explained  that  they  could  have  sex  with  either  girl  for  $30  each.  These  girls,  being  watched  carefully  by  the  pimp,  were  well-­practiced  at  flirting  and  as  the  men  were  about  to  buy  one  of  the  JLUOV WKH\ DVNHG LI WKHUH ZHUH DQ\ \RXQJHU WKDQ WKRVH WZR 7KH SLPS VPLOHG NQRZLQJO\ DQG OHIW WKH URRP EULQJLQJ EDFN 6XD DQG %DOD ZKR ZHUH RQO\ RU \HDUV ROG 7KH children  smiled  forcefully  despite  being  visibly  nervous  and  afraid.  Then,  satisfied,  the  men  paid  the  pimp  a  deposit.  :KHQ , WKLQN DERXW WKHVH JLUOV , FDQ clearly  hear  their  cries  in  my  head.  I  don’t  OLNH KHDULQJ LW EXW DV PXFK DV , ZLVK , GLG not  have  to  listen,  I  need  to  hear  it.  And  PDQ\ PRUH SHRSOH QHHG WR KHDU VWRULHV OLNH theirs,  to  remind  themselves  of  the  reality  of  this  injustice  so  we  can  act.  0HQ ZRPHQ DQG FKLOGUHQ DURXQG WKH ZRUOG DUH WUDIILFNHG HYHU\ GD\ LQWR WKH commercial  sex  industries.  Those  who  SDUWLFLSDWH LQ KXPDQ WUDIILFNLQJ FRXOG EH DQ organized  crime  syndicate,  a  high-­powered  government  official,  part  of  a  complex  international  organization  or  merely  a  husband  or  wife  employing  a  single  domestic  ZRUNHU With  the  beginning  of  the  113th  Congress,  Delaware’s  Congressional  Delegation  has  the  chance  to  right  this Â

wrong.  Last  year,  Obama  pledged  to  increase  WKH JRYHUQPHQWÂśV DQWL WUDIILFNLQJ HIIRUWV DQG FDOOHG IRU WKH UHQHZDO RI WKH 793$ ,Q WKH process  of  doing  so  he  identified  human  WUDIILFNLQJ E\ LWV ULJKWIXO QDPH²³PRGHUQ VODYHU\ ´ ,Q WKH ODVW &RQJUHVV 6HQ &KULV Coons  (D-­Del.)  was  a  vocal  supporter  for  the  UHQHZDO RI WKH 793$ 6HQ 7KRPDV &DUSHU (D-­Del.)  and  Rep.  John  Carter  (R-­Tex.),  on  the  other  hand,  failed  to  appear  on  the  roster  of  supporters  for  the  bipartisan  versions  of  WKH ELOO LQ ERWK WKH 6HQDWH DQG WKH +RXVH :H KRSH WKDW WKH ELSDUWLVDQ UHQHZDO RI WKH 793$ ZLOO EH LQWURGXFHG RQ &DSLWRO +LOO DQG WKDW the  entire  Delaware  delegation  will  be  first  in  line  to  lend  their  support  for  this  critical  piece  of  legislation.  I’ll  be  calling  my  elected  leaders.  I’ll  be  telling  others  to  call.  Together,  we  can  help  provide  the  critical  resources  and  new  tools  for  those  on  the  front  lines  in  the  fight  against  KXPDQ WUDIILFNLQJ DQG PRGHUQ GD\ VODYHU\ :H PXVW GR LW QRZ IRU WKH VDNH RI SHRSOH OLNH 0DULD :H PXVW GR LW IRU RXUVHOYHV

Joanne  Lim  is  a  guest  columnist  for  The  Review.  Her  viewpoints  do  not  necessar-­ ily  represent  those  of  The  Review  staff.  Please  send  comments  to  jhlim@udel.edu.

Efficient money management importance overlooked Jason Hewett

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