“..it’s critical to note that anyone who makes money off the commercial sexual exploitation of someone else is pimping them” – Rachel Lloyd Girls Like Us
The monster of sex trafficking needs to be destroyed through various means. There is the prevention, the intervention, the restoration, and the prosecution.
There are more and more organizations being formed to meet the first three battles, but the prosecution battle has had a slower start.
There is a need for lawyers who deal with this issue. For governments to create and pass legislation against trafficking, with appropriate conviction sentences for the johns and traffickers. For cities, and states, to allot monies so programs can be developed in schools, and police departments, to create awareness, and public vigilance.
Fortunately there has been an increase in the prosecution of the traffickers/pimps. I will make an effort to keep you guys updated on the criminals being caught and convicted, government/ city laws being passed against trafficking, and any legal issues dealing with trafficking… through the Justice File blogs.
To start off.. I would like to introduce you to Stephen Craig, 34, and Sarah Beukan, 22. They are from Scotland, and have recently been busted for trafficking 14 men and women across the UK border.
I recently wrote a blog, where I was falsely thought to be a traffcker. Well, that’s because more and more are starting to look like Sarah Beukan.
The article states “A support group that worked with some of the victims in the case said they had been through an “unimaginable ordeal”.
Well now Sarah and Craig will be spending years in jail due to Scotlands new legislation against traffickers called the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003. They are the FIRST to be convicted under this act… I guess better late than never.
Authorities and non-profit workers hope this conviction will encourage other victims to come out and share about the misery and abuse, they are enduring, in hopes of finding their first steps of freedom, and vindication.
I want to say something about the convicted criminals in the Justice Files.
My heart breaks for them too. God is a God of justice, and He has allowed us to have an earthly government with rules, and consequences when those rules are broken….and so these convicted criminals have broken the earthly rules, and now are paying the just penalty. However, I strongly believe that there is hope for these criminals as well, because God loves them too. His heart breaks for those who have chosen to indulge in their sinful ways, instead of the one He freely offers… of mercy, forgiveness, grace, love, and peace with Him, through Jesus Christ.