Friday, March 18, 2011

Sex Trafficking In The Headlines And What Mercy Is Doing About It

Third person charged for sex trafficking in Gaithersburg
by Danielle E. Gaines,

Gaithersburg, MD – March 17, 2011 - The United States Attorney's Office has charged a third person suspected of participating in a sex trafficking group that was caught in a police sting in Gaithersburg's Toys "R" Us parking lot last April.

James Monroe Davis, 24, of Washington, D.C., met a 15-year-old girl in spring 2010 and recruited her to work for him as a prostitute, according to court documents.

The 15-year-old girl was reported missing by her family on April 22, 2010, the same day Davis sent a text message to Mason stating "I got one ... I'm trying to put to work," according to the statement of facts that Mason agreed to as part of his plea.


Delta Air Lines Signs Tourism Code of Conduct, Joining ECPAT-USA in Fight Against Child Trafficking

March 17, 2011 – New York, NY – ECPAT-USA, a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies to protect sexually exploited children, announced that Delta Air Lines has become the first major airline in the world to enter the fight against the commercial sexual exploitation of children by signing the tourism Code of Conduct (The Code). The Code specifically focuses on the protection of children from sexual exploitation in the travel and tourism industries. While The Code has been signed by almost 1,000 travel industry members worldwide, Delta is the first U.S. air carrier and the third U.S. organization to sign.

As a subscriber to The Code, Delta will implement policies that condemn child trafficking and provide training to help their employees identify and report trafficking activities. Delta will also raise awareness among customers by including information about ECPAT and the Code in its Sky magazine and website.

Domestic sex trafficking is a growing epidemic, but there is good news. As awareness grows, more and more people are getting involved. Mercy Ministries hit the campus of Tennessee State University this week to share what college students can do to help end sex trafficking, one victim at a time. Mercy Ministries Volunteer Directors of Student Relations, Dave and Kristy Spring, hosted a forum yesterday with a panel of experts on sex trafficking in the U.S. Stay tuned for more on that event in next week’s news. For more information about what Mercy Ministries is doing to help victims of sex trafficking, go to Together, we can help these hurting young women have their lives transformed and hope restored.