Tag Archives: Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
Here’s the link to my first interview as a published author. So exciting.
This is a powerful visual presentation of a poem written and performed by a survivor of domestic sex trafficking. Not for the faint of heart.
And I would add: not only are America’s daughters at risk, but our sons as well.
I think of those who are still enslaved… and surviving–even though many times they may want to succumb, to give up, they do not. They are my heroes–innumerable, faceless heroes. They are my definition of courage. I think of them, and I’m inspired to work harder, to live better. It requires little courage to live a privileged life, a safe life. Though if one has ever been enslaved, even living in freedom–and relative safety–requires daily courage: to not forget, to not disconnect, to not be tempted to eradicate the scars, to not get lost in the tenebrious labyrinth of regret. Today, I am brave too.
I have followed photojournalist, Tim Matsui, and his work with the Alexia Foundation for about nine months. It was in his articles I first learned of the Genesis Project, an outreach to underage sex workers in the Seattle area, to help them leave the life or at least give them shelter and care for a time. It was started by a police officer who wanted to help rather than just arrest these kids. I’m excited to see their stories in this documentary.
The article in the link below from Traffick Alerts brings up a lot of important issues connected with Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and the foster care/social service system. There are no easy answers but something has to be done about criminalizing a child victim who has already been crushed by being sold and exploited. Should they be further traumatized, labeled, and carry a criminal record for life? What is our responsibility as a society?
The film “Rape for Profit” won Best Long Form Film at the Justice Film Festival last weekend! Congratulations. This documentary is set in Seattle, but it could be any major city. I posted the extended trailer on February 11, if you want to see that one as well.
The Genesis Project was started by Deputy Andy Conner in the Seattle area in 2011. Their target group is victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). Deputy Conner used to arrest prostitutes, now he helps them get out of the life. Blessings on this man and may more like him rise up.
Below are links to the Genesis Project and a powerful article by a photojournalist named Tim Matsui, another great man rising up and doing something to make a difference. Mr. Matsui’s article led me to the Genesis project. Matsui is doing a photojournalism research study on DMST in the Seattle area.