Kevin Ryan President and CEO of Covenant House International recently wrote an article for The Huffington Post titled, "Taking Down Pimps Without Traumatizing Victims".
Here is an excerpt from the article:
"The father was known as "Mr. Vee," and had worked as a pimp for about two decades, instructing his son, known as "King Koby," in the family business. They tattooed these street names on the women they exploited. One woman had a crown with a dollar sign tattooed above her pubic bone. Another had "King Koby" and a barcode permanently inked on her neck.
I don't think I will ever see a barcode in the same way, having had to form a mental picture of a greedy man, with no respect for the dignity of a young woman, marking a person as his commodity, his sack of protoplasm, to be used by strangers over and over and over again, for his personal profit.
But I see causes for hope in this dreary case. The trafficked women were not arrested, and instead, after years of victimization, are being offered services like housing and counseling, to help them adjust to life without chains."
Although the article focuses on a case in New York, human trafficking is a concern for many countries including Canada. We have talked about human trafficking in the past as and our own Pastoral Counsellor, Sister Nancy Brown is an expert on the topic. Sister Nancy is available to speak to groups (school or churches etc.) who want more information. Contact us if you are interested in a presentation or simply want more information.
Kevin Ryan, President & CEO Covenant House International