Category Archives: Op-Ed

All Dolled Up

Originally published on InnocenceAtlanta.org on August 18, 2011.

As a toddler, I could play dress-up with the best of them. Almost as soon as I’d learned to walk I made it a practice of donning my grandmother’s high-heels and parading around the back patio, bottle-in-hand, likely with more grace and poise than I could muster now in such footwear. Like many other little girls, I’d watch my mother putting on her make-up and beg for her to share some lipstick or blush. Dressing up was a way to mirror the beauty of the women in my life, and the same is still true for many young girls.

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Commercial Sexual Exploitation Ain’t Easy: The Role of Pimps as Sex Traffickers

Article originally posted on May 19, 2011 on MeetJustice.org

Pimps are typically depicted either as living symbols of an empire of power and success built out of poverty, or they’re harmless jesters in comedic film. But the truth is, pimps aren’t harmless. In a televised interview with Tony Perkins, Lisa Thompson, liaison for the Abolition of Sexual Trafficking at the Salvation Army, flatly identified another role that they play: “ Pimps are sex traffickers.” But is this view sensationalist? Misguided? According to the United Nations, it’s neither.

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Dispelling the Myths about Sex Trafficking, Part Two

Article originally posted on MeetJustice.org May 11, 2011.

Read Part 1 of Dispelling the Myths about Sex Trafficking by clicking here.

After his case became widely publicized by the media, ex-football great Lawrence Taylor made some troubling remarks in an attempt to excuse his participation in the commercial sexual exploitation of a sixteen-year-old girl last March. (Scroll to the end of the blog to find the links to the interview.) He’s not the only one with serious misconceptions about sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). Read on for a handful of the myths surrounding sex trafficking.

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Dispelling the Myths about Sex Trafficking, Part One

Read Part 1 of Dispelling the Myths about Sex Trafficking by clicking here.

After his case became widely publicized by the media, ex-football great Lawrence Taylor made some troubling remarks in an attempt to excuse his participation in the commercial sexual exploitation of a sixteen-year-old girl last March. (Scroll to the end of the blog to find the links to the interview.) He’s not the only one with serious misconceptions about sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). Read on for a handful of the myths surrounding sex trafficking.

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Restoration in Atlanta: The Undoing of CSEC

Article originally published on MeetJustice.org on April 21, 2011.

( Read about the first and second steps in the Rescue system, too! )

The Oxford English Dictionary has several definitions of Restoration, one of which is “the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition.” In plainer words, to restore is to undo an action or damage that has been done. It also has a place in the rescue system approach to end commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in Atlanta. The first two steps in the rescue system recognize and respond to the damage caused by this crime. The next step is restoration. Undoing the damage.
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