How did you become involved in the movement against human trafficking?
By helping one victim of domestic violence who stayed in the only shelter in Dubai for human trafficking victims. On 4 August 2007, I did not know anything about trafficking, but started that day to help Sharla Musabih and her United Hope UAE organization.
What draws you to support and advocate for people enslaved by traffickers?
What does your work involve?
I manage www.stopslavery2013.com. I also collaborate with other advocates via The National Association of Human Trafficking Victim Advocates and I answer hotline calls from throughout the US. As well as that, I help lead the fight against online trafficking, which involves Craigslist, Backpage and Google AdWords – there’s information on that here and you can help here, even if it’s just by quickly sharing some links on Twitter.
What legal improvements or changes would help to abolish human trafficking?
Funding for organized and effective legal representation (civil litigation) for survivors of human trafficking (labor and sex). This fight will not stop until the traffickers and users of slaves are brought to justice and financially impacted by their actions.
For anyone else who wants to be involved, what can other people do to help?
Find the advocate within your community and offer to help. If there is not an advocacy group, start one. (See Michelle Sweeney’s interview for how to find a local ACT group and how to start a new group in your area).
What are your plans for the future?
I’ll be researching Google Adwords’ involvement in the trafficking industry and getting firsthand testimonials from victims, survivors, and traffickers that use online resources for trafficking. Then, I’ll be going back to the US Congress and the EU Trafficking Coordinator and get Google to finally stop selling advertisements to traffickers.
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