WASHINGTON — Actress and activist Jada Pinkett Smith urged Congress on Tuesday to step up the fight against human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad. By ANDRES GONZALEZ
In the United States, the Organized Crime Control Act (1970) defines organized crime as “The unlawful activities of […] a highly organized, disciplined association […]”. Criminal activity as a structured group is referred to as racketeering and such crime is commonly referred to as the work of the Mob. In the UK, police estimate organized crime involves up to 38,000 people operating in 6,000 various groups. In addition, due to the escalating violence of Mexico’s drug war, the Mexican drug cartels are considered the “greatest organized crime threat to the United States” according to a report issued by the United States Department of Justice.
“Trafficking in persons is now the third most profitable business for organized crime.” UN Office on Drugs and Crime (2000)
“…it is now the third largest source of profits for international organized crime, behind only drugs and guns.” U.S. Department of State (2000)
“…migrants’ smuggling becomes a very attractive market for criminal organisations. In 1999, the worldwide profits made by individual smugglers and smuggling networks, have been placed between US$ 3 billion and US$ 10 billion. By the end of this year, some sources say that the worldwide trade in human trafficking is worth around US$ 30 billion a year. According to that estimation, trafficking in human beings is now the third largest source of profits for organized crime, behind drugs and arms trafficking.” Interpol (2002)
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On the eve of Senator John Kerry’s (D-MA) confirmation hearing to become the next U.S. Secretary of State, the issue of child trafficking and instances of pedophilia accusations against former senior members of the Dutch government remain unanswered. The Rebecca Project for Human Rights strongly urges members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and U.S. Secretary of State nominee Kerry to address the failure of Dutch law enforcement to fully investigate the accusations of pedophilia against former Dutch Justice Ministry Secretary-General Joris Demmink and explain how the Netherlands continues to maintain a Tier 1 status in the 2012 U.S. Department of States Trafficking in Persons Report, which indicates the Dutch government “fully [complies] with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA) minimum standards.”
Keiosha Felix, went missing a year ago in Lafayette, New Orleans. She was in states custody. My interest with Keiosha, she became pregnant at 13, no one knew who the father was. 14 gave birth to a baby girl, . Keiosha lived in a state-run group home on weekends she was required to spend the weekends her and the child at relatives. The young girl had shouted “I’m being Abused, HELP ME”. Family, friends, state of Louisiana, community, turned their back on her. Keiosha disappeared April last year, a relative and friend of the family had been arrested on child abuse & neglect charges. Keiosha’s family covered up the abuse and molestation allegations. Volunteers continue to “talk about her”.
Jada, keep a word & an eye out for Keiosha Felix. When she returns home, she will need treatment. Mental illness effects victims of rape, abuse, incest. Parenting skills, dealing with PTSD. The journey will be long, for many of the victims. YES, they will become survivors, and begin to Thrive. RAINN.org will be here. Sending, peace, love & light.