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2 years ago

Dear Donna, 

Six days ago in Atlanta, GA, detectives rescued two teenage girls trapped in the nightmare of modern slavery. They had suffered physical abuse, were raped, starved and forced to have sex with strangers while drugged[1].

Runaway girls forced to sell themselves for sex. Maids locked in the homes of strangers. Farmworkers living in isolated labour camps, forced to work and unable to get away... Thousands of people are living in slavery here in America.

As you know, for the past 12 years, there’s been a growing movement against modern slavery. Survivors have rebuilt their lives through recovery programs. A national hotline has provided tipoffs to free victims and prosecute people who traffic in human beings. These initiatives serve as a literal lifeline for victims of slavery – and now they are at risk.

The last Congress failed to renew the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) – the law critical to America’s efforts to fight modern slavery. But tomorrow, the US Senate is expected to give TVPA another chance, correcting the last Congress’ terrible oversight in not passing legislation to combat slavery in America.

We don’t have much time. Your Senators need to hear from you before they vote tomorrow– slavery still exists in America, and we cannot put critical anti-trafficking initiatives at risk:

America’s leadership in the global fight against slavery is at risk. As traffickers continue to get smarter about how they lure people into slavery, it’s critical that we have the laws and the resources to fight slavery at home and abroad. 

In addition to providing resources for survivors of trafficking, the TVPA also steps up efforts to address trafficking in the wake of humanitarian emergencies, supports law enforcement efforts to fight sex tourism, and helps foreign governments go after recruiters that traffick workers.

This might be our best shot to get the TVPA through the US Senate before they turn their attention to other priorities. Activists from around the country are emailing and calling their Senators to demand action, and every contact is one more signal to our leaders that fighting slavery in America must be a priority. 

Please take a moment to stand up to slavery in America and take action:

Together, we can be the generation that ends slavery in America, once and for all.

Thank you,

Debra, Hayley, Nick, Jess, Jacqui, Mich, Amy, and the Walk Free team

2 years ago


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