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Human trafficking still major issue, needs addressing Joanne Lim
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2EDPD DQG &RQJUHVV WR SDVV WKH 7UDIILFNLQJ 9LFWLPV 3URWHFWLRQ $FW 7KH 793$ LV RXU strongest Â tool Â for Â fighting Â modern-Âday Â slavery Â in Â the Â United Â States, Â and Â while Â it Â has Â always Â enjoyed Â bipartisan Â support, Â Congress Â has Â failed Â to Â renew Â it Â before Â the Â end Â of Â the Â last Â session. Â This Â places Â critical Â SURJUDPV WR VXSSRUW WUDIILFNLQJ YLFWLPV DQG SXW SHUSHWUDWRUV EHKLQG EDUV DW ULVN I Â am Â a Â person Â with Â conscience Â and Â a Â voice Â and Â therefore Â I Â can Â help Â in Â the Â fight. Â I Â call Â on Â my Â fellow Â university Â students Â to Â join Â with Â me Â and Â urge Â our Â elected Â leaders Â to Â do Â whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Â right Â to Â help Â end Â human Â and Â sex Â WUDIILFNLQJ , UHFHQWO\ UHDG 'DQLHO :DONHUÂśV QRQ ILFWLRQ ERRN Âł*RG LQ D %URWKHOÂ´ DQG ZDV moved Â by Â the Â story Â of Â a Â 12-Âyear-Âold Â girl Â QDPHG 0DULD ZKR ZDV EUXWDOO\ UDSHG DQG DEDQGRQHG E\ D JURXS RI PHQ LQ +RQGXUDV She Â became Â pregnant Â and, Â having Â been Â disowned Â by Â her Â family, Â desperately Â tried Â to Â ILQG D ZD\ WR WDNH FDUH RI KHUVHOI DQG WKH EDE\ 6KH ZHQW RXW ORRNLQJ IRU D MRE EXW what Â she Â unfortunately Â found Â was Â a Â gang Â that Â capitalized Â on Â her Â vulnerability. Â The Â girl Â was Â sold Â into Â a Â brothel Â and Â was Â told Â she Â would Â not Â be Â released Â until Â she Â paid Â off Â her Â purchase Â price. Â $QRWKHU VWRU\ IURP :DONHUÂśV SLHFHÂ˛ Tiana Â and Â Karla, Â 11 Â or Â 12-Âyear-Âold Â girls, Â who Â were Â forced Â into Â the Â room Â where Â
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Joanne Â Lim Â is Â a Â guest Â columnist Â for Â The Â Review. Â Her Â viewpoints Â do Â not Â necessar-Â ily Â represent Â those Â of Â The Â Review Â staff. Â Please Â send Â comments Â to Â email@example.com.
Efficient money management importance overlooked Jason Hewett
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