Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Nationwide sex trafficking sweep recovers 105 young girls

The front page of today's Hartford Courant featured "FBI Sweep Saves Five," an article about "Operation Cross Country VII" which rescued girls across the country being trafficked as prostitutes. Part of Innocence Lost National Initiative, the operation led to the recovery of 105 children ages 9-17 and the arrest of 150 pimps in 76 cities. Five of the girls were rescued in Connecticut and were found in West Hartford, Berlin, Norwich, Milford, and New Haven.

Read the Hartford Courant article HERE.

While the rescue of these innocent girls is a great success, it is a reminder that there is still work to be done as trafficking is present in cities everywhere; even in Connecticut. We hope this will be seen as a call to action and an opportunity to take charge on issues of human trafficking. If you missed our How to Be an Abolitionist Workshop in April, the takeaway below lists websites and other websites which allow you to take action.

Another opportunity to learn more and take action will be this September 19-21 at the first Historians Against Slavery national conference at the National Underground Railroad and Freedom Center in Cincinnati, OH. Crossing Boundaries, Making Connections: American Slavery and Antislavery Now and Then will feature victims and historians of human trafficking and slavery. The conference is free and you can find more on the Historians Against Slavery website.

How will you take action today on human trafficking? Share your thoughts and stories by clicking "Comment" below. 

1 comment:

Sally M. said...

Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of Girl Scouts USA, wrote this great article for The Huffington Post about the arrest of the 150 men. The article uses the breaking news story as a launching point for discussing the work of Girl Scouts across the country to call attention to and combat human trafficking. It's amazing what young, empowered girls can accomplish.