July 12, 2017

America, we've got a problem. We really need your help.

Most can't fathom the thought that human trafficking is taking place right here in the United States. In fact, many familiar with this nightmare of forced prostitution and labor believe it only takes place overseas. The reality is that  modern day slavery is happening in our own nation, in our own communities, in own back yard, hidden in plain sight. 

Here's the truth: In 2016 alone, 7,572 cases of human trafficking were reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, a 35.7% in increase from the previous year. The majority of these victims are women and children forced into heinous acts like prostitution, child labor, and pornography. Keep in mind, these numbers reflect only cases that were reported, as victims are often threatened by their traffickers so they don't alert loved ones or authorities. Traffickers often remain undetected as they hide behind Internet sites and use social media to identify and groom their potential target into trusting them, and ultimately, exploiting them for financial gain.

Enough Is Enough® (EIE) has been standing on the front lines of efforts to #EndTrafficking by asking those to govern our nation to commit to aggressive action spelled out in our Children's Internet Safety Pledge, as well as its accompanying proposal to the new administration. Specifically, the Pledge, signed by Donald Trump as a Presidential nominee, calls on the Administration to: 

Uphold the rule of law by aggressively enforce existing federal laws to prevent the sexual exploitation of children online, including the federal obscenity laws, child pornography laws, sexual predation laws and the sex trafficking laws.

On Wednesday, July 12, the the House will vote on three bipartisan bills to continue its efforts to crack down on human trafficking and implement a stronger detection system in the U.S. To read more about them, you can CLICK HERE.

While were are pleased with the progress being made, we need your support to push the tenants of the Presidential Pledge forward. Please help us call upon our nation's leaders and those in authority to defend the innocence and dignity of America’s children by enforcing the existing federal laws, and advancing public policies designed to prevent the sexual exploitation of children online and make the Internet safer for all.

These laws, as well as others that are already in place, show that our elected leaders are recognizing the need to combat human trafficking, but if we don't enforce them, trafficking victims are left without a voice.  Won't you speak up on their behalf?  Please do your part as an American, and sign the Citizen's Pledge in support of the Presidential Pledge.

Thank you for speaking up on behalf of those who desperately need your help!