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How a Fort Worth organization fights human trafficking

first_imgFacebook Comments disabled on pride post after negativity World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter ReddIt ReddIt A guide to understanding collegiate rifle Lindsay Tomainihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/lindsay-tomaini/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook Lindsay Tomainihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/lindsay-tomaini/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Linkedin Rifle honors seniors on Saturday + posts Lindsay Tomaini Lindsay Tomainihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/lindsay-tomaini/ Twitter Lindsay Tomainihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/lindsay-tomaini/ printHuman trafficking is often linked to random abductions of women, but experts in the field say that is the least likely way that people find themselves sexually or physically exploited. Instead, the most common way people are led into human trafficking is through manipulation of relationships, said Melissa Ice, founder of The Net. The Fort Worth-based organization works with people who have sexually exploited, as well as local refugee and homeless communities.“I think the important thing is to understand is how someone ends up there and why they get stuck and so much of it has to do with that hamster wheel of trauma and abuse,” Ice said. “Eventually, maybe you find your way out, but now that you’re out you don’t have any of the skills to cope with everything that has happened to you.”The Net was created to help create a supportive community for those who need it the most. The organization has helped create outreach programs for the local refugee and homeless communities in Fort Worth as well as victims of sexual-exploitation. Ice also said that vulnerable people are often preyed upon by traffickers.“Thirty-three percent of runaways within 48 hours will be approached by a trafficker, and that’s a Dallas Fort Worth statistic,” Ice said. “It’s very crazy because that means that a third of every girl who leaves home has a chance of encountering a trafficker.”In October 2019, the Fort Worth Police Department made an official unit for human-trafficking with a sergeant, two detectives, two officers, and one civilian. There are currently an estimated 313,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas according to a University of Texas at Austin study. The study also estimated that there are around 79,000 minors involved in sex trafficking in the state of Texas. Because of the issue’s prevalence in Texas, TCU students in a documentary class focused on human trafficking because of its relevance in Fort Worth. Students created the documentary, Worthy of More, by working alongside The Net.Human-trafficking is “recruitment, harboring, transporting, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, slavery or forced commercial sex acts.” H.R.3244 – 106th Congress (1999-2000): Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000“I think accessibility to technology, the increase in pornography consumption and its normalization all play a role,” Ice said on the high numbers of human trafficking. “The more you have people who demand these types of things then the more the supply is going to increase. It’s like simple economics.”In addition, Ice said 72% of online sex ads are actually underage girls. “The reality is most of the online sex that people are purchasing are from children, and in Texas, you cannot legally consent to sex until the age of 17,” Ice said. Linkedin Students create documentary on sex-trafficking in Fort Worth Previous articleSupreme Court’s landmark campaign finance case approaches 10-year anniversaryNext articleStudents create documentary on sex-trafficking in Fort Worth Lindsay Tomaini RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Madras High Court Issues Notice On Plea Challenging Postal Ballots Provision In RP Act

first_imgNews UpdatesMadras High Court Issues Notice On Plea Challenging Postal Ballots Provision In RP Act LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK8 Jan 2021 11:21 PMShare This – xThe Madras High Court on Thursday issued notices on a petition challenging the constitutional validity of Section 60(c) of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951. The provision permits issue of postal ballot to electors above the age of 80 years, electors with physical disability and electors in quarantine due to COVID-19 -regarding. A Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court on Thursday issued notices on a petition challenging the constitutional validity of Section 60(c) of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951. The provision permits issue of postal ballot to electors above the age of 80 years, electors with physical disability and electors in quarantine due to COVID-19 -regarding. A Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy has issued notices to the Centre and Election Commission of India (ECI) on a petition filed by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). The party has submitted that under the guise of the impugned provision, the Government issued several amendments, Rules and notifications, “class of persons” as postal ballot voters, without any guiding principle. Senior Advocate P. Wilson appearing for the party submitted that, “the impugned provision gives the executive the power to name any one to be entitled for postal ballot, who can skip from the polling booth and political parties audit, and therefore such unbridled uncanalised power is antithetical and arbitrary to the law, and is liable to be quashed.”He submitted that with the help of the impugned provision, the Election Commission has brought a new and surprising class of voters called “absentee voters” who are not of class themselves. He said the new rules has brought 4 categories of absentee voters: (a) Persons employed in essential services (b) persons above age 65 years (c) persons with disability (d) persons affected or suspect of COVID 19. Wilson submitted that these 4 categories of voters will skip polling booth and vote behind the screens. Moreover, the role of political party auditing them is zero. Referring to the categories, he said, the term persons employed in essential services is very vague and no definition is given in the Act and/or the Rules. “The Election Commission can call any services as essential services,” he remarked. With respect to the category of persons above age 65 years, he wondered why the Election Commission had reduced the age from 80 years. “How election commission can pass notification declaring now the age as 80 years of senior citizen without any amendment of rules,” he asked. He also raised issues with respect to the third category of persons with disability inasmuch as the authority has not prescribed the “extent of disability”. Lastly, he pointed that the fourth category, i.e. persons affected/ suspected of Covid-19 is also “too vague as date of acquiring disease or affected is not said in the rules.” Wilson submitted that establishment of special electoral rolls for is against the mandate of Article 325 of the Constitution, and as a consequence these voters will lose secrecy in voting. He insisted that secrecy in voting is guaranteed in the Representation of People’s Act, and forms a fundamental foundation of free and fair elections in a Parliamentary democracy . “Every voter has right to vote in a free and fair manner and not to disclose to any person how he has voted. This concept is enabled in a polling-booth. The right to vote derives its colour from the right to free and fair elections and the right to vote is empty without the right to free and fair elections. The multilayer identification process and screening of voters during voting by election officials and the political party’s representatives before a voter is allowed to cast his vote are the hall marks of democracy. By such sequence the high degree of popular faith and trust over the democracy is emphasised. Its trite in law that democracy is an essential feature of the constitution and is unassailable,” the petition filed by DMK stated. The Bench has issued notice, returnable by 4 weeks and has clarified that prayer for interim relief will be considered after notice on the Central Government.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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