Atlanta police are looking for 14-year-old Beverly Knepper
who was reported missing by her mother on Monday.
Beverly had an argument with her father the previous
night over a boyfriend. If you have information, please contact the
Atlanta Police Department’s Youth Unit at (404) 546-4260.
Here are a few of the sources on Human and Child Trafficking from United Nations, President Obama, National statistics from Hillary Clinton, US Department of State & FBI.
United Nations reports including America, MSNBC, GA Senate, FOX News, Dateline
Do You have slaves working for you? Take the survey at www.slaveryfootprint.org it tracks products worldwide made with slave labor (Then check your homw for makeup, phones, jewlery, toys, spices, foods and much more!)
CLICK Here is a link to many countries human trafficking reports & resources
Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) was adopted 2000 & REVISED 2003 & 2005 is the legislative framework criminalizing trafficking of humans in the USA.
United Nations http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-tr-afficking/index.html Complete Article below United Nations On Drugs & Crime Report including USA www.unodc.org/documents/human-trafficking/Global_Report_on_TIP.pdf
UNODC on human trafficking & migrant smuggling
Human trafficking is the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them.
Smuggling migrants involves the procurement for financial or other material benefit of illegal entry of a person into a State of which that person is not a national or resident.
Virtually every country in the world is affected by these crimes.
The challenge for all countries, rich and poor, is to target the criminals who exploit desperate
people and to protect and assist victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants, many of whom endure unimaginable hardships in their bid for a better life.
US Department of State Click on seal for information
Modern slavery – be it bonded labor,
involuntary servitude, or sexual slavery – is a crime and cannot be
tolerated in any culture, community, or country …
[It] is an affront to our values and our commitment to human rights.”
– Hillary Rodham Clinton,
Secretary of State
The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, directed by Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, leads the United States' global engagement against human trafficking, an umbrella term used to describe the activities involved when someone obtains or holds a person in compelled service. At the heart of this phenomenon are the myriad forms of enslavement as outlined in the United States' Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Major forms of human trafficking include: forced labor, sex trafficking, bonded labor, debt bondage, involuntary domestic servitude, forced child labor, child soldiers, and child sex trafficking.
The Office has responsibility for bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, targeted foreign assistance, and public engagement on this issue of modern slavery and partners with foreign governments and civil society to develop and implement effective counter-trafficking strategies.
Click to read former Mayor Shirley Franklin's "Dear John" letter
Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin launched the "Dear John" program in 2006 to purposefully attack the problem of child prostitution in the city of Atlanta.
Dear John” is a public education campaign to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children, with Mayor Shirley Franklin, the Juvenile Justice Fund and a wide-range of supporters.
The campaign seeks to educate and activate audiences to help stem the problem, which also results in children withdrawing from schools and their families, entering into poverty and becoming more susceptible to health risks.
To read more about the program visit the City of Atlanta Online.
The National Coalition's Atlanta office is actively working to
stop human trafficking - modern day slavery. For several years,
the National Coalition has been working to stop the commercial
sexual exploitation of minors Atlanta through public awareness,
public policy, parenting classes and church outreach.
The National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families
is a non-profit organization with a presence in Atlanta that
strives to meet the following goals: • Educate Christian community on sexual ethics according to a biblical worldview. • Encourage and challenge Christians to live sexually pure lives. • Engage Christians in public policy relative to sexual ethics. • Embrace those harmed by pornography and help restore them to sexual wholeness.
The 1-800 HelpLine offers hope and healing to those harmed by pornographyand the sexualized messages of our culture.
Callers include those whose liveshave been broken by sexual addiction, their family members and friends and professionals and pastors seeking information and consultation.
The HelpLine is available to offer crisis intervention, pastoral counseling and referrals to treatment centers in the caller's community.
Click seal for GNI links toHuman Trafficking Task Force
Suspect Sought in Sex Trafficking of Under-aged Girl April 24, 2012 Athens, GA. – The Athens-Clarke County Police Department and the GBI’s Human Trafficking Unit are seeking the public’s help in locating fugitive Archie Richard Byrd, wanted for Trafficking of Persons.
Byrd, 30, fled from police in Athens on April 10 during a human trafficking investigation that resulted in the recovery of a juvenile prostitute. Byrd was the pimp for the juvenile. He is also wanted in California for Aggravated Assault.
Byrd is 5’ 11" tall, weighs 230 pounds and has multiple tattoos, the most prominent being "ISRAEL" on his right forearm. He is known to frequent the East Point area.
Byrd should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on Byrd’s where abouts is asked to contact the GBI Tip Line at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477) or the Athens-Clarke County Police Department at 706-623-3337.
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Contact Information: John Bankhead - 404-270-8330 404-270-8330
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Here are several more sources and articles from arrest in FEB! http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/news/local_news/ Dallas,-Ga.-Man-Faces-Child-Porn-Charges-20110201-am-sd
at the National coalition.org Read more about the National Coalition at nationalcoalition.org
02/04/2011 Covington, GA Man Charged with 11 Counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child WBHF A COVINGTON MAN WAS ARRESTED ON NUMEROUS CHILD EXPLOITATION CHARGES AFTER A STING PERFORMED BY A AN INVESTIGATOR WITH THE BARTOW COUNTY, GA SHERIFF’S OFFICE. ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE, 25-YEAR-OLD WELDON VINCENT JACKSON MET AND CHATTED WITH A PERSON WHO HE THOUGHT WAS A 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL ONLINE ON DECEMBER 10, 2010. THE TWO ARRANGED TO MEET IN BARTOW COUNTY FOR A SEXUAL ENCOUNTER.
JACKSON WAS ARRESTED IN GWINNETT COUNTY, GA LAST MONTH ON SIMILAR CHARGES, AND BARTOW COUNTY INVESTIGATORS FILED CHARGES AGAINST HIM AS WELL. JACKSON WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY AFTER POSTING BOND IN GWINNETT COUNTY AND WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE BARTOW COUNTY JAIL. HE IS CHARGED WITH 11 COUNTS OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A CHILD. HE WAS RELEASED ON A $10,000 BOND. BARTOW COUNTY, GA INVESTIGATORS WORKED WITH THE GEORGIA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION’S INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN UNIT DURING THE MONTH-LONG INVESTIGATION
It is important that we remember the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery (1865) "Passed by Congress on January 31, 1865 and ratified on December 6, 1865, the 13th amendment abolished slavery in the United States. The 13th amendment, which formally abolished slavery in the US, passed the Senate on April 8, 1864, and the House on January 31, 1865.
On February 1, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln approved the Joint Resolution of Congress submitting the proposed amendment to the state legislatures.
The necessary number of states ratified it by December 6, 1865. The 13th amendment to the United States Constitution provides that "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
In 1863, President Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation declaring “all persons held as slaves within any State, or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thence forward, and forever free.”
Nonetheless, the Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the nation.
Lincoln recognized that the Emancipation Proclamation would have to be followed by a constitutional amendment in order to guarantee the abolishment of slavery.
The 13th amendment was passed at the end of the Civil War before the Southern states had been restored to the Union and should have easily passed the Congress.