Abuse of Migrant Children In America
Documents obtained by the ACLU show horrific abuse of children in ICE custody from 2009-2014, including kicking a child in the ribs, running over a 17 year old with a patrol car, and sexually assaulting a 16 year old girl in a search. Click here to read more.
These abuses were done under the Obama administration. THIS is America.
The ACLU is gathering signatures to petition Kevin K. McAleenan, Commissioner of United States Customs and Border Protection to stop the government from abusing immigrant children. You can find the petition here.
Human Trafficking Update
Human trafficking in massage parlors is the second most common type of trafficking reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. This is not surprising, given how ubiquitous these venues are. There are more than 9,000 illicit massage businesses (IMBs) — fronts for selling commercial sex — spread across every state in the United States. For a sense of scale, consider that Starbucks now has approximately 8,222 company-operated stores in the United States.
These businesses hide in plain sight, visible to those who know what to look for, and how those signs differentiate them from therapeutic massage venues. One key sign that trafficking might be happening in a massage parlor is advertised prices that are significantly below market level (like $40 for a one-hour massage in a city where $80 is the norm). Another indicator that a massage parlor may be engaging in illicit activity is a back or side entrance. Other ways IMBs hide their illicit activity and make clients feel more comfortable include: covered windows (or no windows at all); locked entrance doors that require clients to be buzzed in; and excessive security cameras. If you live or work nearby, you may also see a steady flow of all male clientele at all hours of the day and night, and notice that you rarely (or never) see the workers leave the location.
What can I do?
If you suspect that a location is an IMB, you should call in a tip to the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888). These calls are anonymous and it is much better to call and be wrong than miss a chance to save a trafficking victim.