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It may not seem glamorous, but a few weekly volunteer hours would really bless us and help the movement gain momentum! Can you help? Spread the word, and learn more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Price of Life: NYC & International Arts Movement present
A discussion series with artists on the intersection of art & justice.
Part 1: Calling Artists to Action
Through this series, we want to help artists explore the dilemmas involved in making art with a justice lens and gain tools for thinking about the issues.
We will also be explaining how the Price of Life hopes to engage people through art and share how you can make difference with your creative gifts.
Light snacks & drinks will be provided.
The event is free but space is limited; reserve a spot here.
07.16 | Reception 6:30-7 PM + 7-8:30 PM Discussion | 38 West 39th St. (IAM Office)
Y’all should attend this awesome event I helped plan! Learn to fight for justice!!!
Recently the Price of Life team met with one of New York’s most vital players in the fight against sex trafficking. After a day of planning for events, such as an artist round table discussion happening on July 16th, and executing intricate presentation for potential partners, we gathered for a memorable meeting.
The meeting was with Jimmy Lee, the executive director of Restore NYC, a nonprofit that provides holistic aftercare for foreign-born sex trafficked survivors. Founder Faith Huckel “diligently led the building of Restore from the ground up and created a movement of awareness of the realities of the modern-day slave trade in New York City,” as stated on their website. Needless to say it was an honor to speak with the now head of Restore after learning the incredible programs they are offering to mainly Korean, Chinese, and Latina women.
Read the rest of the account of the meeting with Jimmy Lee, by Price of Life: NYC Summer Intern, Maria Dora Berruti, on the Field Notes page of our website.
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A Singapore court recently sentenced a man for trafficking under-aged girls into the sex industry. Spencer Gwee Hak Theng was arrested, along with his wife, after police rescued multiple girls, under 18 who were imported from Vietnam and forced into sex work by the pair. They were charged with multiple counts. Gwee was sentenced to 5 years in prison for his role. His wife is still on the run.
Five years. Five years in prison for taking children from their families and home, and selling them for sex multiple times a day, every day of the week, for years on end. Five years for submitting girls to daily horrors and abuse. Only five years paid for destroying and breaking a child’s soul. So, what crime does deserve five years in prison? In New York City, possession of 8 or more ounces of controlled substances results in, at the minimum, 15 years in prison. Even a class A – II felony of less than 8 ounces of narcotic controlled substances can have up to 8 years in prison.
I get so angry when I read about sentencing in trafficking cases. I am happy that governments are acknowledging the problem and taking steps to serve justice, but a mere five years for trading human beings like objects?
This same article detailed the conviction of a taxi driver who paid for sex with a 16 year old. Can you guess how much time he was sentenced to? Three months. Three months for raping a 16 year old girl – twice. Three months for contributing to the sexual exploitation, scarring, and degradation of a child.
I don’t think that we have descended to the point of putting an actual price on someone’s life, but I think we have begun to put prices on people’s worth. What does it say about the 16 year old girl’s worth that johns paid her traffickers a mere $100 to rape the girl? What message does it send that those traffickers were only given 5 years in prison, or that the rapist was only sentenced to 3 months?
I don’t have answers for those questions. I don’t know how to quantify, in years, the worth of a girl’s pain and suffering. Do you? How can governments and legal systems provide justice to victims that reflect and acknowledge everything they have been through?
— Guest Blogger, Price of Life Summer Intern Lydia Chu
Great post! Read up about human trafficking in world news people! Can you believe this is true?
Last Tuesday, the Price of Life team met with one of New York’s most vital players in the fight against sex trafficking. After a day of planning for events, such as an artist round table discussion happening on July 16th, and executing intricate presentation for potential partners, we gathered for a memorable meeting.
The meeting was with Jimmy Lee, the executive director of Restore NYC, a nonprofit that provides holistic aftercare for foreign-born sex trafficked survivors. Founder Faith Huckel “diligently led the building of Restore from the ground up and created a movement of awareness of the realities of the modern-day slave trade in New York City,” as stated on their website. Needless to say it was an honor to speak with the now head of Restore after learning the incredible programs they are offering to mainly Korean, Chinese, and Latina women. Jimmy Lee lead us through his own journey of graduating from Cornell, to working on Wall Street, to his role at World Vision, and finally how he landed with Restore. He explained to us that Restore provided the only long term safe house for international born sex trafficked women on the eastern seaboard. As this fact stuck a cord with us, our next question was how we as the Price of Life can support Restore NYC? We so desired to be apart of the efforts being made against trafficking in NYC. Jimmy Lee eagerly gave us a vision of what our involvement would look like. Very much in line with our goals, Jimmy explained the need for an understanding of what human trafficking is among the general public of New York City. Our role would be to educate the people about this intricate and complicated issue. This in turn would empower New Yorkers to empower survivors and set captives free. He also gave us interns some great advice about resume building in relation to following God’s calling. We left the meeting feeling revived and hopeful for a future of long-term holistic aftercare for exploited women, especially when Jimmy Lee mentioned the new safe house in NJ.
The Price of Life team was truly grateful for coming together with Restore NYC and catching their passion. We were able to wrap up our meeting with prayer, which lifted all the glory back to the Lord and revived us with God’s grace. At many times the fight against human trafficking can seem hopeless, but hearing of restorative programs from Jimmy Lee gave us much more armor for the battle.
By: Maria Dora Berruti
For thousands of young girls in the Philippines, sex slavery isn’t just a nightmare but a reality. This week, we need your help to restore these girls. Each one of these shirts purchased enables us to psychologically and physically restore a young girl who has been rescued from the sex-trade. Provide hope HERE!
Bookmark the homepage of the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition. Check out its Events posts and Take Action posts for ongoing updates about legislation, petitions, lobbying days, and other public events you can take part in.
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By Jainnie Hackman, Hofstra InterVarsity Staff
Imagine walking on your campus and seeing life sized cages with your fellow classmates in them duct-taped at the mouth and hands shackled. What would you think? What would you say? At Hofstra University, many passers-by were caught unaware but struck with a very captivating image. Some were horrified and rose to support the cause while others in anger to what the signs said stomped away. What exactly did these cages represent? Why such a drastic visual?
In January 2012, the Hofstra InterVarsity leadership team met for their winter planning days. They spent time praying, discussing and brainstorming ideas on where they thought God was leading them in the spring semester. After much thought, they decided to spend a month dedicating their meetings focused on the hurting things and people all around us. They decided to call the theme of the month, “For the least of these…” taken from the Bible verse in Matthew 25:40. One of the topics they wanted to raise awareness for was human trafficking.
A group of 7 Hofstra IV students supported by the larger fellowship met weekly to plan out details on how they would bring about such a devastating issue to light on their campus. One of the students, Maria Berruti, suggested they make life sized cages. Each cage would depict an aspect of human trafficking- sex labor, human labor and pornography. The cages were carefully made with PVC pipes, welded together and then painted. After gathering facts from reliable sources such as the Department of Labor and International Justice Mission, they carefully wrote these statistics on boards that would accompany the cages. Their next step was to ask the school for campus space to place these cages.
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Great article by Jainnie Hackman! Read about the movement, it’s impact, and future direction!
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