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Amador grad tackling prostitution in Central America

Original post made on Feb 26, 2012

Ryan Mackle, 19, first traveled to Central America to help out at a village school in the Honduran jungle. But now he is working on a documentary capturing stories of children and women exploited by the sex trade.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, February 25, 2012, 8:32 AM

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Posted by Olivia Sanwong Handerson, a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm

As an Amador Valley alumna, I am proud to see fellow alum Ryan Mackle work on a documentary like "Of Broken Wings." His work is helping to bring the topic of child prostitution in Central America into our conversations around Pleasanton. My goal with this post is to expand the topic further: the children mentioned in this article are part of a bigger issue facing the world today - modern day slavery. Slavery is not something that happened in the past. More people are held in modern day slavery than when Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This is not just a problem in other countries – cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. In fact, we have had several cases of modern day slavery right here in the Bay Area:

Web Link

Per the Freedom Center website, the numbers behind modern day slavery include:

An estimated 12 - 27 million people are caught in one or another form of slavery. Between 600,000 and 800,000 are trafficked internationally, with as many as 17,500 people trafficked into the United States. Nearly three out of every four victims are women. Half of modern-day slaves are children.

What will end modern day slavery? (also from the Freedom Center website)

Most experts believe that slavery will exist as long as there are economic disparities and unscrupulous individuals willing to exploit others for profit. But that doesn't mean effective action isn't possible. Slavery's ugly presence can be reduced or eliminated through these steps:

Raising public awareness of the existence of slavery in the global economy by, for example, listing products or services derived from forced labor;
Pressing for national laws and local statutes that make human trafficking a separate and distinct crime;
Reducing demand for commercial sex by increasing liabilities for those who purchase sex;
Enforcing existing national prohibitions against slavery and human trafficking through increased reliance on transnational investigational work and data collection and sharing.

*Link: Web Link

And finally, as a woman of Thai descent, I encourage Mr. Mackle and others in our community to see Thailand beyond the myth of Thailand as sex tourist destination. We have a sex industry here in the US and the industry is really no bigger in Thailand as in America: Web Link

* From this post I found an informative link focused on recognizing human trafficking of children in the US and information for reporting cases: Web Link

Thank you for the opportunity to share this information.


Best,
Olivia Sanwong Handerson


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 27, 2012 at 8:57 am

Watch your backs! As soon as anyone begins to speak of human trafficking, tempers flare. Don't be surprised if your mommies, daddies, grandpa's 'n grandma's are or have been involved. It boils down to money.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm

I'm more interested in prostitution of children and adults (male & female) in the East Bay. Who are the pimps and johns? Where do they live? slavery is alive in well in your town my friends.


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