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Bag of Change(TM)  is so excited to have partnered with Hybrid Apparel for the Change a Life Challenge. Last week started the kick off rallies for this event, where teams compete against each other in fundraising. Each team is rallying to raise funds through bringing in their bags of change and trying to have the most funds raised. The winning team gets to choose which team serves them lunch! What a clever way to rally everyone together for a great cause!

Additionally Hybrid Apparel has set up a Go Fund Me account with the goal of reaching $2,000 in contributions, which will go to benefit the Phoenix Dream Center. The Phoenix Dream Center is a non-profit organization that offer safe refuge and specialized counseling so that victims of sexual exploitation in all its forms can be restored as functioning members of society, equipped to live a healthy independent life.

Thank you again to Hybrid for all their support in helping to battle against human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Bag of Change was founded by Andraya Carson. To learn more visit: www.bagofchange.org 


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Billboards aim to stop human trafficking

The fight against human trafficking will get a visible boost in the Valley for the next eight weeks with a campaign that seeks to raise awareness about the problem by placing dozens of billboards in the Phoenix metro area.

The 60 billboards are designed to take advantage of the notoriety of the upcoming Super Bow; by alerting the community that the crime exists, said Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris, an anti-sex trafficking group that has partnered with the McCain Institute and Clear Channel Outdoors in the initiative.

The narrative that women and girls are being forced into commercial sex at the Super Bowl in unprecedented numbers has been debunked by researchers who have said there is no evidence that shows there is a significant rise in sex trafficking over what occurs any other day.

While human-trafficking can be found during the Super Bowl, it is a problem that is present 365 days of the year, Myles said.

“This is an important campaign and an opportune moment to raise awareness of human trafficking in Arizona and beyond,” said Cindy McCain, co-chair of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council. “This is the continued work to combat this enormous problem and make a difference.”

“Fighting human trafficking is the responsibility of every single person,” he said.

Diane Veres, president of Clear Channel Outdoor, the group that has sponsored the electronic billboards displaying facts and statistics on human trafficking, said they are designed to reach the community at a large scale. The boards are aimed to urge victims to ask for help, as well as anyone who witnesses a the crime to report it, she said.

Carolyn Jones is among those who have regained her freedom after she said she was a sex-trafficking victim and said the billboard initiative is a smart way to provide knowledge on the issue and a lifeline for victims.

“We have a group in Phoenix that we didn’t have when I was 15 years old,” said Jones who now works for StreetLightUSA, a program that aims to eradicate child rape for profit. “We have places to go. We have people to fight for us.”

Source Credit: Yihyun Jeong, The Republic | azcentral.com2:39 p.m. MST January 7, 2015

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Super Bowl Is Single Largest Human Trafficking Incident In U.S.: Attorney General

The Huffington Post | By   Eleanor Goldberg

First Posted: 02/03/2013 9:04 am EST Updated: 02/06/2013 5:33 pm EST

When it came time for the Super Bowl, Clemmie Greenlee was expected to sleep with anywhere from 25 to 50 men a day. It’s a staggering figure, but it doesn’t shock advocates who say that the sporting event attracts more traffickers than any other in the U.S.

“The Super Bowl is the greatest show on Earth, but it also has an ugly underbelly,”Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott told USA Today in 2011 when his state was gearing up to host the event. “It’s commonly known as the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States.”

The influx of fans fosters the optimal breeding ground for pimps looking to boost their profits. Experts say that the sheer number of men looking to pay for sex substantially increases demand and the massive crowds allow for pimps and victims to essentially go unnoticed, newsnet5.com reports.

“It’s not so much that you become a victim at the Super Bowl, but that many victims are brought in to be used for all the men at the Super Bowl,” Stephanie Kilper, a representative for Operation Freedom Taskforce in Akron, Ohio — an organization which aims to end to human trafficking –- told newsnet5.com

According to Forbes, 10,000 prostitutes were brought to Miami for the Super Bowl in 2010 and 133 underage arrests for prostitution were made in Dallas during the 2011 Super Bowl.

Prostitution of minors is considered trafficking under federal law.

Greenlee, a former sex trafficking victim who was abducted and raped by her captors at 12, told the Times-Picayune that she was shuttled around cities in the South to work as a prostitute at large-scale events. The 53-year-old, who now works as an advocate for sex trafficking victims in Louisiana, said there was immense pressure to meet her traffickers’ demands at events like the Super Bowl.

“If you don’t make that number (of sex customers), you’re going to dearly, dearly, severely pay for it,” Greenlee told the Times-Picayune.“I mean with beatings, I mean with over and over rapings. With just straight torture. The worst torture they put on you is when they make you watch the other girl get tortured because of your mistake.”

But some advocates argue that the statistics for the instances of trafficking at the Super Bowl are overstated. A Village Voice article from 2012 challenged Abbott’s claims with reports from Tampa and Phoenix officials who said that they didn’t see a “huge” influx in prostitutes when their respective cities hosted the Super Bowl.

Rachel Lloyd, founder of GEMS –- which describes itself as New York’s only organization that serves women who have experienced sexual exploitation and trafficking — responded to the story in a HuffPost blog in which she agreed with the paper’s stance. While she recognized that Village Voice Media profits from the sex ads it posts on its Backpage.com, she agreed with the paper that trafficking figures at the Super Bowl are exaggerated and said that victims are at greatest risk when the crowds dissipate.

“The real crime is happening when no one’s looking and no one cares, not when every media outlet, advocate and cop has its sights set on it,” Lloyd wrote in her blog.

As of Friday, five women were rescued and eight human-trafficking related arrestswere made in New Orleans, according to FOX 8.

To help crack down on the number of sex trafficking cases this weekend, law enforcement agencies and advocacy groups are collaborating with local businesses.

They’re handing out pamphlets to local clubs and bars, explaining what to look out for and advocacy groups have been doling out bars of soap to hotels that have hotline numbers etched on them so that victims in need of an escape know where they can turn for help.

“We treat these people as victims,” Ray Parmer, the local special agent-in-charge withImmigration and Customs Enforcement told FOX 8. “They are not arrested, they are not removed from the United States, we treat them as victims.”

CLARIFICATION: This post has been updated to include additional opinions from experts on the topic.

Andraya (Dray) Carson started the Bag of Change project to help those who are rescued from sexual exploitation.