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Proclamation On December 31, 2020 By Our President

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Presidential Proclamation on National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2021

Proclamation on National Slavery
and Human Trafficking Prevention
Month, 2021

Human trafficking is a horrific assault on human dignity that affects people in the United States and around the world.  It tears apart communities, fuels criminal activity, and threatens the national security of the United States.  During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we reaffirm our commitment to eradicate this abhorrent evil, to support victims and survivors, and to hold traffickers accountable for their heinous crimes.

Tragically, through force, fraud, and coercion, human traffickers deprive millions of victims of their unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Often referred to as “modern slavery,” this intolerable blight on society involves exploitation for labor or sex and affects people of all ages, genders, races, religions, and nationalities.  As the United States continues to lead the global fight against human trafficking, we must remain relentless in our resolve to dismantle this illicit and immoral enterprise in our cities, suburbs, rural communities, Tribal lands, and transportation networks.

My Administration has prioritized ending human trafficking since its earliest days.  As one of my first acts as President, I instructed Federal agencies to do what was necessary to bring human traffickers to justice and assist survivors on their road to recovery.  Since then, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with other Federal agencies, has aggressively pursued these criminals, dismantling the financial infrastructure of their networks and arresting over 5,000 human traffickers.  In 2019 alone, Federal law enforcement agencies initiated more than 1,600 new investigations into human traffickers and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) human trafficking task forces opened more than 2,500 new cases on the frontlines.  At my direction, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched its new Center for Countering Human Trafficking, which utilizes personnel from 16 DHS components, including special agents, victim support specialists, and intelligence research specialists, to focus on disrupting and dismantling trafficking organizations and providing support and protection to victims.

A year ago, I was proud to host the White House Summit on Human Trafficking, honoring the 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA).  During this historic event, I signed an Executive Order on Combating Human Trafficking and Online Child Exploitation in the United States.  Through this order, my Administration established the first-ever White House position focused solely on combating human trafficking.  Last year, I also released a comprehensive National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking (NAP), built around the “three pillars” of the TVPA: prevention, protection, and prosecution. The NAP also includes a fourth pillar which recognizes the invaluable benefit of implementing collaborative and cooperative efforts that crosscut all three pillars and involve a multitude of stakeholders and professionals from various disciplines and sectors.  Using this strategy, the United States Government will employ a whole-of-government approach to improve our capabilities and build on existing momentum in our fight against human trafficking.

We remain focused on ensuring that survivors of these horrific crimes receive the care and support they need and deserve.  My Administration is empowering and funding faith‑based and community organizations to provide survivors with vital services, including medical and counseling services, safety planning, educational opportunities, and vocational training.  Further, my Administration has doubled the amount of DOJ funding to combat human trafficking compared to the previous administration and funded the largest package of DOJ grants to fight these crimes in American history.  I am proud that these grants included the first-ever funding for safe housing opportunities for survivors nationwide.

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic this year, my Administration has been unwavering in its efforts to stop this scourge domestically and around the world.  The DOJ and the Department of Health and Human Services engaged with State, local, Tribal, and territorial governments and nongovernmental organizations to understand the impact of coronavirus on human trafficking and published resource guides for those in the fight on how to operate and provide services during the pandemic.  The Department of State also launched a year-long competition for proposed projects to address the pandemic’s impact on efforts to combat modern slavery.  Additionally, the United States Agency for International Development adapted their approach to overseas programmatic work to ensure that survivors are able to access the critical support services they need without delay.  No matter the circumstances, we will remain relentless in this work and will spare no resource in offering hope to the victims and survivors of this global atrocity.

While we have reached new milestones in this fight for freedom, we must remain steadfast in our pursuit to end the evil practice of human trafficking and slavery.  This month, we restore our commitment to bringing human traffickers to justice and to preserving the dignity and worth of every person.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do proclaim January 2021 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual observation of National Freedom Day on February 1, 2021.  I call upon industry associations, law enforcement, private businesses, faith-based and other organizations of civil society, survivors and advocates, schools, families, and all Americans to recognize our vital roles in ending all forms of modern slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities aimed at ending and preventing all forms of human trafficking.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.


MO Trooper Goes Extra Mile For 2 Little Girls

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Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Klempke

Trooper awarded for work in
Child Abuse case

A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper has been named Missouri State Employee of the Month for March because of her work on a child abuse investigation in Cole County.

Trooper Ashley Klempke’s investigation led to criminal charges against two parents and the children in their care being placed in protective custody.

Klempke, a road trooper with the Patrol’s Troop F based in Jefferson City, was eligible for the statewide honor because of her selection as Department of Public Safety Employee of the Month for February.

In October 2018, Klempke responded to a report of two young girls walking along a highway in Cole County.  The girls were dressed only in pajamas and had no shoes.

“While other agencies were focused on returning the children to their parents and hesitant to investigate their allegations of long-term abuse, Klempke insisted on conducting a thorough investigation, including medical evaluations,” patrol officials said in a news release.

The medical evaluations supported the girls’ claims of severe abuse, as did forensic interviews, and a search warrant executed at their residence.  As a result of Klempke’s effort, a total of six children were placed in protective custody and both parents were criminally charged.

Klempke’s work in this investigation included conducting 16 interviews and execution of multiple search warrants.

“From the very start, Trooper Klempke approached this not just as two children who had wandered away from home, but as a matter that needed to be fully investigated,” Department of Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten said in a news release.  “Trooper Klempke handled this case with perseverance, dedication and compassion, and her efforts made a difference.”

Klempke was appointed to the patrol July 1, 2011, as a member of the 94th Recruit Class.  She currently works in Cole County.  A native of Los Angeles, she worked as a corrections officer for the Missouri Department of Corrections prior to joining the patrol. Klempke and her husband, Brandon, have five children.

MI, FYI Child Victims Have Nothing Viable Thus Far

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Victims require safe, protected housing, on-going counseling, guaranteed continuing education, and on-going support groups.

Gov. Rick Snyder signs bills expanding protections for survivors of human trafficking

Our readers will find a short description of each of the three (3) House Bills addressed in this post.
~ Robert StrongBow ~

LANSING, MI  –  Survivors of human trafficking will have heightened protections under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“These bills help strengthen and increase protections for survivors of human trafficking,” Snyder said.  “By holding criminals accountable for their actions, we move one step closer toward stopping this dangerous threat.”

House Bills 5542-5544, sponsored by state Reps. Laura Cox, Gary Howell and Nancy Jenkins, respectively, provide assistance to survivors of human trafficking by giving them resources to help support their recovery.  The bills also increase penalties for those who commit crimes by coercing victims to engage in commercial sexual activity.  The measures are now Public Acts 336-338 of 2016.

Snyder also signed two additional bills:

House Bill 4874, sponsored by state Rep. Tom Leonard, names a portion of Business Route 127 in Clinton County as the “PFC Andrew H. Nelson Memorial Highway”.  The stretch begins at the intersection of Business Route 127 and West Walker Road and continues south to East Townsend Road.  PFC Andrew Nelson was killed in action on December 25, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq after an explosive device detonated near his vehicle.  It is now Public Act 339 of 2016.

Senate Bill 800, sponsored by state Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, contains Fiscal Year 2016 and 2017 supplemental appropriations for multiple state departments and agencies.  It is now Public Act 340 of 2016.

For more information on this and other legislation, visit

HB 5542 of 2016

(PA 336 of 2016) House Bill Criminal procedure; expunction; setting aside certain convictions for victims of human trafficking violations; provide for.  Amends sec. 1 of 1965 PA 213 (MCL 780.621).

Last Action: 12/14/2016 – assigned PA 336’16 with immediate effect

HB 5543 of 2016

(PA 337 of 2016) House Bill Juveniles; crimes; set-aside juvenile adjudication for certain prostitution-related offenses; provide for. Amends sec. 18e, ch. XIIA of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 712A.18e).

Last Action: 12/14/2016 – assigned PA 337’16 with immediate effect

HB 5544 of 2016

(PA 338 of 2016) House Bill Crimes; penalties; penalties for bodily injury to or commercial sexual activity involving a minor; provide for. Amends secs. 451 & 462f of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.451 & 750.462f).

Last Action: 12/14/2016 – assigned PA 338’16 with immediate effect

Rescued Child Sex Slaves Have No Options

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Nevada is the #1 worst state for Child Sex Slavery.

‘Kids Are Renewable Resources’

Authorities in Reno are finding it ​increasingly difficult to identify victims and perpetrators ​of sex trafficking.

RENO, Nevada  –  The number of women selling sex along Fourth Street’s string of dilapidated motels here used to be so high that fights broke out among pimps over who controlled each block.

As the city tries to fix its image as a poor-man’s Vegas and technology makes it easier to buy and sell sex online, much of the local sex market has gone underground.  The shift hasn’t diminished prostitution, but it has made it harder for law enforcement and victim advocates to address.  “Online social media has formed a beautiful platform for trafficking,” says Kelly Ranasinghe, a senior program attorney with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and one of the leaders of its child sex-trafficking arm. “It’s getting much more clever and harder to prosecute.”

Melissa Holland, the founder and director of Awaken, a Reno group working to end sex trafficking, says the organization is encountering more girls looking to get out of the life.  Whether that’s the result of an increase in trafficking or awareness is unclear, but Awaken helped 65 girls in 2014 get therapy, secure housing, find work, and enroll in school.  In 2015, that number was 85.  Nationally, the advocacy group Polaris says it saw a 24 percent increase in trafficking victims reaching out between 2014 and 2015.  “We’ve not seen a decrease,” Holland says during an interview in a cozy sitting room above her office dotted with bright pillows, designed as a welcoming space for women seeking help.

While the women Holland works with are generally between the ages of 18 and 24, studies suggest that sex-trafficking victims are getting younger.  Hard statistics are hard to come by on an industry whose main players are experts at evading authorities, but the general consensus among experts is that children, overwhelmingly girls, now enter the world of sex trafficking between 12 and 14, younger by several years in just the last decade.  Most come from poor, dysfunctional families, and many are recruited out of the foster system or shelters by men who promise love and stability.  “A lot of young girls respond to that,” Ranasinghe says.  “It’s quasi-romantic, quasi-parental.”

Sarah (not her real name) knows exactly how men lure in young girls and women.  The now-29-year-old grew up as part of a happy, middle-class family in Reno, but her parents divorced when she was 18, and the former swimmer turned to heroin and meth to dull the pain.  She bounced from the San Francisco Bay Area to San Diego, working part-time jobs to pay for the habit, before eventually landing back in Reno.  “Things are just different here,” she says during a conversation in the Awaken sitting room.  She occasionally gazes out the window toward a pair of strip clubs in the distance where she still spots girls who are trapped.  “You don’t have to put up a face,” she adds, referring to the fact that there was no need to hide her drug usage.

She was living in motels week to week and working a little, but none of her friends had jobs, and soon it seemed like the only options were selling drugs or sex.  “You paid for your life on a daily basis,” she says.  So when a friendly, well-dressed man from Stockton, California, met her at a casino downtown and said, “Let me take you away,” she agreed.

Her handler would drive Sarah to convenience stores in town, where her clients were mostly Indian men who liked that she is also Indian. Her pimp, who was Mexican, never slept with her or beat her but gave her away to his brother who “fell in love with me,” she said. “When it comes to matters of the heart, that’s my brother,” he told her by way of explanation.  Sarah would ultimately work for several more pimps, each more violent than the last, and occasionally on her own—using the now-shuttered RedBook to find clients—before she was arrested for selling meth. After a year in prison that was “worse than the streets,” Sarah reconnected with her mother, stopped using drugs, and enrolled in college, where she is still a student.

But advocates say such positive outcomes are rare.  Judge Egan Walker, a district judge in Reno who handles child sex-trafficking cases says he fears the number of children who return to the sex industry is high.  Their pimps, however twisted, are often their only source of emotional support, and victims, especially young girls, can be reluctant to say anything negative.  They also don’t have the ability to process the trauma they’ve experienced, and behave aggressively toward judges who sometimes have very little training in how to handle such cases.

Most, like Sarah, are picked up for other offenses, and identified later as trafficking victims.  The children in Walker’s courtroom are disproportionately children of color.  Holland says slightly less than half of the women she works with are white, a few are Latino, and most are black.  Most are not on-track to graduate from high school and have few job skills, which allows pimps to stay in control.  “It’s awful to say and awful to talk about,” the judge says, “but these kids are renewable resources.”  Pimps move victims from city to city to create a sense of delirium and dependence, and threaten to hurt friends and family members if victims try to leave.

“You paid for your life on a daily basis.”

So curbing trafficking is a difficult prospect, complicated by the fact that local casinos and hotels gain customers from the practice.  “The casinos rely on it,” Sarah says. “You don’t get in trouble on the casino floor if you’re looking good doing it.”  When it comes to child victims, Nevada stands out as one of the worst states.  In 2014, 87 children were arrested for prostitution, according to federal data. Nearby Arizona, with a population more than twice as large as Nevada’s, arrested just six children for similar activities.

Yet a shift in public opinion on the issue appears to be taking place. Since 2000, the United States, which has historically criminalized prostitution, including when it involves children, has passed several laws aimed at helping victims and punishing traffickers. Nearly 40 states, including Nevada, passed anti-trafficking laws between 2013 and 2014, and more than 10 states, at the Department of Justice’s urging, have passed laws preventing minors from being prosecuted for selling sex.  Yet more than half of states in America continue to allow child sex-trafficking victims to be charged for selling sex, and 300,000 American children are considered at risk of sexual exploitation.  Even when victims are identified, getting them the help they need involves piecing together a patchwork of agencies that can involve the foster system, schools, and nonprofits.  “Unless everyone works together, there are vulnerabilities the traffickers can exploit,” Ranasinghe says.

Some states have created specialized dockets, particularly for sex-trafficking cases involving children. Nevada approved a measure last year that allows district courts to toss out prostitution convictions where the defendants are also victims of trafficking. A judge in Kansas has started wearing casual clothes instead of robes to reduce fear among victims, while another in Florida relies on therapy dogs. But penalties for purchasing sex remain relatively small in many states, and pimps are retreating from public view behind apps and websites.  Seriously reducing sex trafficking would require an unprecedented coordinated effort by dozens, perhaps hundreds, of entities that, right now, are often at odds with each other.  Perhaps the most significant obstacle is the fact that there are no good numbers on where the problem exists in the first place. 


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7th Annual No Stone Unturned

For the Families of Manitoba’s Missing & Murdered Women, Men, Two-Spirit & Children.

1:00PM – 10:00PM
Oodena Circle, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C

Next Week · 78°F / 60°F Partly Cloudy

The family and friends of Claudette Osborne-Tyo (missing since July 25, 2008) hosts its 7th ANNUAL “NO STONE UNTURNED” FREE CONCERT & FEAST in honour of Manitoba’s Missing and Murdered Women, Men, Two-Spirit, Children and their Families.

Live performances are scheduled throughout the day and evening, with 50/50 and silent auction, followed by a candlelight vigil.

Please come-out to show your support to the families and friends of Manitoba’s Missing and Murdered Women, Men, Two-Spirit and Children, and help raise awareness of this ever-growing crisis.

You can also help by spreading word of this event by inviting others and sharing this page on your walls and networks
If anyone is wanting to volunteer a performance or anything for the silent auction please contact one of the Admins; Bernadette Smith or myself. Also looking for volunteers to help with set-up, takedown, clean up, etc.

*** Financial donations can be made through pay pal to