Forbes talked to Love146 President and Co-founder Rob Morris about progress made in the effort to end child trafficking and exploitation in 2016, and what lies ahead for this year.
State officials say about 2,000 people pay for prostituted children in Connecticut every year, but no one in the state has been charged with soliciting children under a felony-level law that took effect in 2013. Erin Williamson, with the victims’ advocacy group Love146, says across the country, it’s the victims who usually get arrested because it’s easier to recognize them. That makes it hard to address the real source of the problem.
Hotel staffers received that message delivered Thursday morning at Gateway Community College, where the Connecticut Lodging Association joined forces with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, the Office of the U.S. Attorney, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the advocacy organization Love146 to host a “Human Trafficking Awareness” training.
Some of the warning signs hotel and motel staff should look out for include pornography rentals in rooms where children are staying, children arriving for an extended stay in a room with very few possessions, and children that appear to be disoriented, confused, or unable to speak for themselves, said Erin Williamson, the survivor care coordinator for the New Haven-based nonprofit Love146, which is dedicated to fighting human trafficking domestically and around the world.
The training, which took place at Gateway Community College, was held as part of a state law enacted in October that requires lodgers to participate in awareness trainings and post information about human trafficking on their premises as an ongoing effort to prevent and end human trafficking in the state.
Lodging industry workers got educated in what they should look for to help stop the exploitation. “At some point [child victims are] either taken to a hotel or a motel, or they’re meeting traffickers at hotels and motels,” explained Erin Williamson of the International Anti-Trafficking agency Love 146. The group is based in New Haven and, unfortunately, fighting trafficking is a growth industry.
“Every week we see children going missing, most within 24 hours of arriving in care, and we know child trafficking victims are largely going back to their traffickers,” said Lynne Chitty, our UK care director, in this story in the Guardian.
UK Chief Executive Tania Bright talks about Love146’s work in the UK and the challenge of providing safe accommodations and therapeutic services to child refugees.
Love146 Senior Prevention Advisory Specialist Carolina Fuentes talked about the power of Prevention Education and her own social justice journey on KPFT’s public radio show show “Open Journal.
Our Survivor Care program is receiving multi-year critical investments totaling more than $800,000 annually from the Connecticut Office of Victim Services and the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. A large portion of this funding comes from the federal Crime Victims Fund established by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), financed by fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders.
Love146 President & Co-founder Rob Morris, U.S. Survivor Care Director Erin Williamson, and Grace Farms Foundation’s Justice Initiative Director Krishna Patel, are interviewed by Lucy Nalpathanchil, host of WNPR’s “Where We Live.”
From recruiting and grooming sex workers to finding customers, the Internet and social media have changed the way sex traffickers and customers of sex workers operate: social media applications are used to recruit young girls into sex work, and online sites are being used to find customers. 15 years ago, there was more talk among advocates against human trafficking about face-to-face interactions and how minors should protect themselves from strangers in parks, malls, or other public spaces.. But, the crime is shifting fast to the Internet.
New Haven, Connecticut’s online journal, talks to Love146 Co-founder & President Rob Morris about child trafficking and exploitation, and the various strategies we are using to make a safer world for children.
A Connecticut Human Trafficking Task Force brings new attention to the issue — and to Love146’s efforts.
Referrals of possible victims of human trafficking in the state are rising, and Connecticut responds by creating a Human Trafficking Task Force, made up of officials from multiple service providers, federal agencies, state police, and 14 local police departments across the state. Love146’s Survivor Care Manager Erin Williamson talks to the New Haven Register about the situation.
In a world in which sex attracts attention, it’s not rare to see prostitution arrests, mugshots or brothel raids posted on the Web or televised.
A panel of experts, including Love146’s Jim Ehrman and Erin Williamson, and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, met to discuss child trafficking in the U.S., including Connecticut’s efforts to help those who have been trafficked.
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro visited the Love146 office to talk about a bill she is co-sponsoring that would toughen federal laws on human trafficking.
“It creates a fund for domestic victims financed entirely through increased fines on persons convicted of trafficking,” said DeLauro.
Trafficking that goes on, right here in Connecticut.
“We hear about it from children. We see it. We work with children who have been exploited and trafficked. We know it exists,” said Love 146 Executive Programs Director Stephanie Goins.
Chiang Mai NGO Urban Light along with CMU’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Love146 presented the results of one of the first studies of male sex workers in Chiang Mai.
Abolitionists from Amistad America and Love146 gathered aboard the Freedom Schooner Amistad to announce their joint commitment to liberate at least one modern day slave, hopefully more.
Three Londoners are running 39 marathons in 33 days, all to raise awareness and support for Love146 Europe.
India is a hotbed for the sexual exploitation of boys and Love146 is doing something about it.
Senior Torry MP Peter Bone using Love146 Europe as possible model for survivor care in the UK.
USA TODAY’s front-page article on sex trafficking in the U.S. highlighted the need for prevention education in schools
The Albany Times Union of New York has featured Love146 fundraisers and volunteers.
CNN Freedom Project features Rob Morris in their discussion of how to end modern-day slavery.
Ohio legislature passes bill offering more protection to sex trafficking victims
Love146 Europe Operations Director Gaz Kishere Featured in Reject Apathy Magazine
Yale and CNN Freedom Project Invite Love146 to Participate in Symposium on Human Trafficking
Love146 and University of Stirling in Scotland publish report for better survivor care
FOX News anchor Gregg Jarrett interviewed Rob Morris on what Love146 does to end child trafficking and exploitation and how the organization got its name.
Redbook Magazine Features Love146 Co-Founder Desirea Rodgers in March 2012 Issue
Alec Baldwin recently sat down with Rob Morris, president and co-founder of Love146, to talk about child trafficking and exploitation in the United States and abroad.
Rob Morris of Love146 was recently featured in The Huffington Post, writing about his recent trip to the organization’s safe home in the Philippines.
Fraternities and sororities split into teams to show off their performances to about 2,000 spectators and five judges. Among the judges, sat Rob Morris, president and cofounder of Love146.
Love146 included in film Gods of Accident
DC Stop Modern Slavery hosted a walk to raise awareness about human trafficking.
Relevant Magazine Online discusses the history of Love146.
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