I had intended to write this earlier in the weekend but I wanted to give it a bit more thought. What is “it”? It is the issue of Human Trafficking. I have written about this before and spoken about it at length on many occasions and at many venues, including the Assembly floor.
What sparked this particular blog entry was the luncheon I attended Friday that was sponsored by the Scarsdale League of Women Voters. The guest speaker was Emily Amick, a good friend who works for Sanctuary for Families. They are a remarkable group that, among other things, helps the victims of human trafficking.
Emily gave a detailed presentation about the horrors that the victims of human trafficking have to endure. These victims are not nameless, faceless people from some far off land. These are people in New York, in our district, and what they have to endure at the hands of the devious monsters controlling their lives is unimaginable.
These young women, and in some cases men, have their childhood stolen from them. They are used, raped, treated like cattle then discarded when their shelf life has expired. The pimps who own them treat them as if they aren’t even human or worth being treated like a human.
It hurts to hear the stories these girls are telling. It hurts because these people are still out there, being trafficked and taken advantage of. It remains an issue about which so many people aren’t aware. That’s why I am working to bring this disgusting practice to an end. That’s why we need more people like Emily, fighting the good fight, giving selflessly to help those who are less fortunate.
I have introduced legislation that we are working feverishly to get passed that will help curtail this practice and provide greater consequences for those who engage in the buying and selling of these young women.
Please make your voice heard in this fight. Spread the word and let everyone know that this is a cause on which we can all agree. These girls are trapped and they need us. Help me, help Emily, help all these girls before it’s too late.
The Junior Leagues of Westchester will be hosting an event on May 24 at the Greenburgh Town Hall. People Are Not For Sale will take place from 9-11 a.m. I will be there as part of a special guest panel. Please make every effort to attend and have your voice heard. Visit http://www.jlnw.org to register.