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Joplin Independent: Poor parenting skills linked to child abuse

Underdeveloped parenting skills linked to child abuse

Via chezmadeline
Daniel Golding's insight:

I thought the idea that we must educate the youth on how to be successful and healthy parents to prevent child abuse was very smart. 


"So often, these incidences occur as a result of underdeveloped parenting skills. A lack of knowledge and exposure to healthy parenting is the root behind many problems that affect children today. In order to make steps toward a solution, it is vital that our youth be educated on the responsibilities associated with parenting. As we approach April and National Child Abuse and Prevention Month, it is a timely opportunity to look at the substantive ways we can alter these patterns."

Maybe in schools like Urban for service learning we can learn about how to be successful parents. Often no one teaches us until we actually have a kid and although we may not be having a kid right now, it is healthy for us to know the responsibilities and how to be great parents. What do you think Amy? Maybe something to add to the senior service learning course??

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The Not-So-Free Market: How Consumerism Fuels Human Trafficking

The Not-So-Free Market: How Consumerism Fuels Human Trafficking | Treatment of Youth & Child Rights |
Human trafficking is the commercialization of that which no one has the right to sell - human lives. These lives - approximately 30 million women, men, girls and boys worldwide - are bought and sold for labor, commercial sexual exploitation and war.

Via Erin Kelly
Daniel Golding's insight:

This is an incredibly interesting article which I wished I had found before our presentation. It talks about "commodities produced by slave labor such as cotton, bananas, rice, coffee, tea, chocolate, bricks, fashion accessories and electronics [that] reign in the US market."

Though we all know human trafficking and slave trade is illegal, by buying products like cotton that is made in third world countries by slave labor, we are in a sense supporting it. This a solution that can easily be made in America. We can refuse to buy products from third world countries that are not Fair Trade, etc. This is an easy solution that we can make to hurt companies that use slave labor. 


"That said, anti-slavery and anti-trafficking movements are geared to necessarily awaken consumers to the fact that, by virtue of consuming, they're unwittingly complicit to the free market's supply-and-demand structure that sustains the exploitation of human beings. Subscribing to the global economy needn't also be a subscription to exploitation. To awaken to the reality of the not-so-free market is also to realize that every consumer has the responsibility and capacity to think through and wisely choose, ensuring that everyday purchases are not having a detrimental impact on others."

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My Name Is Grey - A Child Abuse Poem | Randi G. Fine

My Name Is Grey - A Child Abuse Poem | Randi G. Fine | Treatment of Youth & Child Rights |

My Name Is Grey A Child Abuse Poem (Song Lyrics) Written by Randi G. Fine My name is Grey.I was the lost child of Black and White.The lack of color caused a terrible plightAnd into I was born. From two extremes,Who saw the world through their book of rules,Preaching knowledge that was wisdom of fools.Inside of it I was torn. So I saw love, not from above.If I was “good,” I’d be understood.And so I learned, as my soul burnedTo hide my Grey, a game I’d play. This free-willed GreyBelieved I had the right to try things my way,Yet as a child I must always obey,Or Black and White might see red. I was so lost.Behind my walls I’d obediently hide,Watch the confusion with eyes open wide,With tears that I could not shed. But Black and White, means wrong or right.There must be Grey. There can’t be just one way.From two extremes, I lost my dreamsThey hid away, inside the walls of Grey. A fearful pair,Who never trusted they had val

Via Randi G Fine
Daniel Golding's insight:

This is an extremely powerful yet sad poem to read. 

The lines that spoke to me were, 

"I was so lost.Behind my walls I’d obediently hide,Watch the confusion with eyes open wide,With tears that I could not shed. But Black and White, means wrong or right.There must be Grey. There can’t be just one way.From two extremes, I lost my dreamsThey hid away, inside the walls of Grey." It paints the picture of an abused child who is not only lost but has lost his/her identity and cannot enjoy the freedoms of being a child. In a time meant for self discovery, she/he spends it hiding being obedient doing their best to be adequate/nothing/grey. 
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National Child Abuse Statistics | Childhelp

National Child Abuse Statistics | Childhelp | Treatment of Youth & Child Rights |
Statistics on child abuse and neglect, consequences of child abuse and criminal behavior and substance abuse related to child abuse.

Via Velvet Martin
Daniel Golding's insight:

More than 4 children a day die of child abuse a day in America. That alone should open your eyes. I am interested whether or not their parents or care takers are punished for these crimes, or if they go unnoticed. I assume they probably go unnoticed and I believe that is some legislation we should look into. We need more legislation protecting our children and punishing horrendous parenting like in this article. 


This is also sad because "about 80% of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder". We talk about how there is a surge in psychological disorders in our country and how this is causing more violence, when it is very likely their parents are to blame. It is very likely if we addressed child abuse, we may see less gruesome acts of violence from our adults. 

Karina Castillo's curator insight, February 20, 2014 10:30 AM

There are many ways that a child could be abused. For example, neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological maltreatment, medical neglect and many more that we aren't even aware of. Here are some statistics  of child abuse that happen through out the year and how much it increases.

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Breaking the wall of silence – Every Child Matters

Breaking the wall of silence – Every Child Matters | Treatment of Youth & Child Rights |
“It will take many voices to speak the unspeakable; it will take our voices” (Ahava Kids – Raymond Bechard) We are all entitled to a basic set of human rights despite our color, age, social s...
Daniel Golding's insight:

I thought this article was very eye opening and had some great terms that I wished I used in my presentation. 

For one, I liked the way the article ended with a quote by Pope John Paul, "The disturbing tendency to treat prostitution as a business or industry not only contributes to the trade in human beings, but is itself evidence of a growing tendency to detach freedom from the moral law and to reduce the rich mystery of human sexuality to a mere commodity.” I especially like the last line "reduce...human sexuality to a mere commodity" because this perfectly captures the problem and why it is such a huge problem morally and we cannot accept that this goes on in our world. 

I also liked her ideas for solutions. "For an absolute eradication, we need a multidimensional strategy, like the Millennium Development Goals addressing not only the broader human rights umbrella, but other essential factors as well, like poverty and illiteracy. For instance foreign aid should be allocated towards education programs to further human development and sufficient legal measures need to be present to ensure the International Conventions are being implemented nationally and financial sectors are effectively managing the aid funding." 

I find it interesting that she believes we need to tackle education and other youth issues as well in order to end child trafficking. I believe she has a point, but why exactly would things like this help human trafficking. 

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Police chief, rabbi among 71 nabbed in child porn bust

Police chief, rabbi among 71 nabbed in child porn bust | Treatment of Youth & Child Rights |
A police chief, a rabbi and a Boy Scout leader are among at least 70 men and one woman arrested on charges of trading in child pornography in one of the largest-ever roundups in the New York City area.

Investigation marks the largest-ever in the New York area

Daniel Golding's insight:

"An Astounding Development "

Okay, now THIS is definitely blowing up right now (or at least it was at 2pm on the 21st, by the time you read it'll probably be last week's news). Now the title pretty much sums what happened up, but trust me, it REALLY doesn't do the story much justice. This chunk of news goes A LOT deeper than it one would think just from a quick glance of it. I had to read 2 different articles on the story just to get a decent picture about it and even now, having read both I still think that there are still unknown areas that are yet to be revealed. But all of this aside: the story really is something to be astonished by.


The article I read (USA Today), really gets into the heat of things right off the bat, when we are introduced to the supposed perpetrators of the crime right in the opening sentence: "Two police officers, a rabbi, a registered nurse, a nanny and a Boy Scout den leader are among 71 men and one woman arrested on charges of trading child pornography." Just from reading that last sentence really set the mood doesn't it? It's seriously effective in popping a couple of ideas/images in the minds of the reader about who's involved and how it's gonna go down.


From that point onwards, the authors lays out just some of the crimes they committed (just to give us a sense of how bad these people are, which is staggering) and then goes into the really meaty stuff about the scene of the crime. It goes from the devices and the material that was on them, what happened with the information obtained in the investigation, to its aftermath, having added a decent amount of commentary to back the story up.


It offers up evidence that wheels are turning within the system, and I love it when an article reports more than just "main" part of the news, it gets into the before, the then, and the consequences of the crime/incident/issue, using the names, dates, and the court cases that were filed. Don't you (maybe you're the straight-forward thinker that just wants the summary and that's it)?


I realize that I'm probably using all the space to praise the authors in how they meticulously went through explaining what happened  but it's really rare when the article has everything it needs to make it good, to be the complete package (yeah, yeah, go ahead laugh, I said it). Personally, speaking about the story itself, it's something that can't be thought about in any other way. Things like this are sick and perverse to an insane degree that you can't help but puzzle it in your mind over and over again. One line I remember reading was: "Those arrested are between 20 and 60 years old. They traded photos of children as young as 2." What. The. Holy. F%@$? Who in their right mind could do something like this. Whatever. I hope they get what's coming to them and couldn't be more relieved that they've been caught. Bunch of freaks.


So what do you think about this?

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Experts say communities must collaborate to stop human trafficking

Experts say communities must collaborate to stop human trafficking | Treatment of Youth & Child Rights |
BOISE -- Northwest Nazarene University is trying to raise awareness of human trafficking, not just in Idaho, but across the region. Friday, experts from California and Washington were in the Treasure Valley to discuss how agencies can work together to battle this quickly growing problem.
Daniel Golding's insight:

Much like the previous article, "CSU Plans Month of Human Trafficking Prevention Education," focused on Colorado State University's undertaking to combat the sickening activity of human trafficking, this article focused on Northwest Nazarene University's plan of action to do just the same across the region, rather than remaining limited to the problem in its home state of Idaho.


The author does a good job in establishing the school's ambition, efficiency, and desire to tackle the problem with a decent yet scant combination and organization of commentary and statistics. The article really shines with its quality of citations from the men and women in this fight. 


From citing others, I was able to gather how connected trafficking is in that area (all the way from San Diego, CA if you can believe it), how much of an awareness U.S. cities have on the problem when compared to one another (not enough), and what exactly law enforcement groups want from civilians like us (they want us to be their "eyes and ears").


But the article is not without its weaknesses. I thought it relied on them too much for just talking about what's going on with the story today. It would have been great to see what set this new initiative aflame, how it got started and who were involved and what future plans might include. The University is after all, planning to take on more than its state, shouldn't a much more, deeply focused article accommodate such a big vision, with more agencies, groups, and everyday pedestrians involved?


The small piece of info that readers do receive about this initiative's origin is that the school and  World Relief "welcomed in police, community groups, churches, and others to learn more about how human trafficking is growing quickly quietly." That's pretty much it.


Another gripe that readers of the article might have to deal with is the fact that it seems to have a hard time explaining what exactly this event is and what it includes. Unlike that other article, this one never truly talks about this big get-together other than stating that it's some kind of conference that aims to unionize these sections.


Anything else that it might include, such as activities, its members, how far it is in its mission and how it compares with other organizations/actions in the U.S. are either not talked about at all or talked about very little. It mentions some but never settle down to talk about it. It's a shame, since it's curious and good to see young people get active in something as serious as this and would have been a good report if not for these mistakes.



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April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month - CBS St. Louis

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month - CBS St. Louis | Treatment of Youth & Child Rights |
The hope is to raise awareness of what remains a significant problem in St. Louis and nationwide.

Daniel Golding's insight:

I'm going to be hones in this Scoop: I don't do as much reading as I should on current events, usually because it's either too convoluted for me to understand or too depressing (I know at our age we all should, I understand that, okay? But if I talk/about politics longer than a single class period I'm going to either die of boredom or shoot myself). Given this little piece about myself, imagine my surprise when I stumble across the BIG fact in a small article that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month (okay, so maybe it was in the title, but still).

A rather short article based in St. Louis, Missouri that focused on informing the reader of the occasion and its pursuits, I felt that the piece was relatively undistinguished amidst its counterparts I found speaking about the same thing (but this one was the first) and was left wanting more after I had finished reading it. Okay, the article begins by introducing a main man, Michael McLaughlin, a child abuse survivor turned advocate who spearheaded a rally and some demonstrations that took place in local St. Louis parks, among other places this month. And for the majority of the article, the spotlight remains solely on him. There isn't much to go on really, as the article introduces him, opens up his commentary on the subject and ends with him as its star, with really minor pieces of info about the events that took place and are still taking place this month. I sincerely think that the article doesn't do the  purpose of the month any justice. Some things the article could have worked on:


1. It would have been beneficial to many people to read some background about this annual affair because I had NEVER heard about it until the moment I read the title of the article (article came out 4/12). Some description about why April was chosen to be the month? What happened to make it April? How long has been going on? How about a couple of sentences about some memorable things that occurred in past years that may/may not be limited to the city or state?  (Okay, maybe I'm asking too much from the author, I know they're just supposed to do this short little piece of these events but I can't get over the fact that I didn't know about this. I feel ashamed I didn't know about this! People need to know that this is a thing! Do you think I'm asking too much? I mean, if I had no idea about Child Abuse Prevention Month , how many others are oblivious to it as well? Did YOU know about Child Abuse Prevention Month? BE HONEST!)


2. It would have been cool to have read more about the events that were taking place in the city (perhaps outside the city?) The author touches on this a couple of times during in the piece, about how people are wearing blue ribbons and rallying but he never really dives into detail about what's truly going on in these grand get-togethers. One sentence is all really what the author gives it. That's it. It NEEDS more if people are to get involved (don't you think?).


3. I feel like the article is basically a big Michael McLaughlin shout it, as it really only focused on him. I would have loved to read/heard some other players on the battlefield of this month's movement and it in a way, the piece felt wasted to him (I don't want to take anything away from this guy, he sounds like an awesome guy but I just think in a world where kids are abused every ten seconds that there is more than one voice to be heard, sorry if offended anyone there).


Links up at the top for the Child Abuse Prevention website as well as to other organizations that work cooperatively within the month to combat this crime (if you're interested, that is). They include the history of the occasion (which was a relief to read, since I'm now "in the know").

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Overlooked truth about sex trafficking brought to light

Overlooked truth about sex trafficking brought to light | Treatment of Youth & Child Rights |
They were lured from malls, recruited from schools or sold into the child sex-slave industry by a parent.
Daniel Golding's insight:

"Multiple Victims + Multiple Investigators = ?"


Very brief and broad in its description on sex trafficking,  I thought this article was pretty decent in reporting its facts and commentary from various individuals but also felt that it didn't have much of a story/plot to guide it. The title kind of threw me for a loop (maybe it doesn't for you but for me it did, if that makes me an idiot, so be it) after I read its contents, since it doesn't really talk about a single occurrence or event or anything like that but talks about multiple (small) ones at different times and places.


The article opens to report that many (victims?) "are lured from malls, recruited from schools or sold into the child sex-slave industry by a parent," and a couple of lines down, jumps onto another fact:  "trafficking is a $32 billion-a-year industry, second to drug trafficking as the world’s most profitable organized crime." Through reading the stuff in between stats and other pieces of small news, it seemed like the author relied wholly upon shock value to move the article along. The article is rooted solely in the U.S. with trafficking info from the U.S. and doesn't go into anything deeper than a couple of investigators' commentary and tiny pieces of info.  


Don't get me wrong, the article is straight-forward and openly written (anyone can just jump in at any point to read it) but misses a link to carry it. If it had a goal, a story to report or a new development on an investigation, it would be great but on its own, it doesn't stand much of a chance at connecting with the reader all that much. The article would be excellent as an intro into this type of crime for someone completely unfamiliar with it, a brief premise to read before diving into research but that's about it. 


I don't even think that the commenters (there are only 2) put much thought into the article, which proves my point. One is just some guy advertising  his new book about child sex trafficking and giving a link to it while the other claims to have been staked by a pedophile at an early age with a link to a prayer.


Makes you wonder about those that truly care about this issue and those that don't, doesn't it?

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Children dying in foster care spurs new set of rules

Children dying in foster care spurs new set of rules | Treatment of Youth & Child Rights |
Last year, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) decided to take a closer look at its policies after eight foster children in Texas died from mistreatment, which was more than the previous four years combined.
Daniel Golding's insight:

"The Texas Foster Care Scare"


The article focused on a tragedy that occurred in Austin, Texas, where eight foster kids died from mistreatment, (this number was significantly higher  in comparison to the accumulated children deaths from the previous four years, something the article curiously left out).


The article continues shedding light on the tragedy by then point out what the DFPS (Texas Department of Family and Protective Services responsible for investigating charges of abuse, neglect or exploitation of children, elderly adults and adults with disabilities) plans to do about it, something that didn't occur at any point during the past four years when those unnamed kids died.


Question I really want answered: Why is eight that magic number where they finally pay attention and decide to do something about it? Why did it take this long? They haven't changed anything about the system since 2007. Did they continue to receive negative backlash for not doing until they couldn't take it anymore? Did they wait for something (a certain tragedy or event) like this to occur to finally act? What's its deal? Another thing to point out is the fact that the author is obscure about whether these deaths occurred at the shelter or the adopted houses. It's implied in the revisions that they occurred at homes but never directly states it (just a small detail I noticed).


Back to the Article: Regardless of what went on during those seven years of (excuse my language) inactivity, the article reveals the Department's plans to rework the 220 active foster agencies  in the state, which will now require...


additional interviews with family members

assessment of foster parent-hopefuls' personal relationships

law enforcement visits for first two years within adoption

verification of identity and credentials for the parent(s)


After the overview of these new rules, it is disclosed that so far in this new stage of foster care, one 11-month old baby has died.


The article completely changes at this moment, then covering the background of the baby. In my opinion, it's a smart change of pace for such a difficult issue to tackle: it introduced the topic broadly and then zooms into a personal story, somewhat of a passive criticism to the agency as it appears to ask justification for this single death.


It turns out that the foster parent did indeed have red flags in her files of family violence but this revelation did not seem to alert the foster home that released the baby into her custody. Strange, right?


I have no idea what's going on here but this agency seriously needs to get its act together if it plans on continuing its work. It probably won't suffer any legal issues as it works for the government, but would someone really be that careless to result them in their indirect part in a child's death? A dozen different things could have happened that led to this so I'm really not sure where to stand on supporting this department and the foster agency. Is this a victory for the foster care system? Did the draw of attention actually help the system or is it just the careless workers/foster parents to blame?


1. Has anything like this occurred in other states and if so, how have they responded?

2. What kind of reception, if any did this bring to the people involved?

3. How extensively was this covered/researched by the media?

Amy Argenal's comment, April 9, 2014 1:24 PM
Excellent discussion of this news! Shocking! Don't forget to sign out with your initials so I know which one of you posted this.
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Guiding Questions

Questions to guide us for our topics. 

Daniel Golding's insight:

1. What are the effects of abuse on the child? Does it vary with age?  Is there a majority of results? 

2. Why is human trafficking seen so little in the media? 

3. What are the psychological effects of child abuse vs. human trafficking? 

Amy Argenal's comment, April 9, 2014 1:24 PM
Great questions!
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Mexico To Crack Down On Human Trafficking | – St ...

Mexico To Crack Down On Human Trafficking | – St ... | Treatment of Youth & Child Rights |
(BBC) – The BBC is investigating the sex trafficking business in Mexico that often sends thousands of young women into forced prostitution from Mexico to the United States. Mexico City is considered the central hub in human ...

Via Erin Kelly
Daniel Golding's insight:

We see that Mexico is cracking down on Human Trafficking but addressing and punishing prostituition more harshly as the federal government is taking over prosecutions. For one, I'm shocked that they hadn't done this before. But more importantly, I am writing this scoop it to say that I have seen a couple articles of examples like this where countries like Mexico or India are cracking down on Human Trafficking but very little to none involving America. Again this is an example of the US either ignoring the issue or thinking it is not an important issue. We must realize that this is a huge problem that goes against the very core of American ideals. No longer can we sit back and watch other countries make change and address this issue, because if we continue to ignore this issue and table it, we soon will be the hotbed for human trafficking. 

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MTV concert raises awareness on human trafficking - Channel News Asia

MTV concert raises awareness on human trafficking - Channel News Asia | Treatment of Youth & Child Rights |
MTV concert raises awareness on human traffickingChannel News AsiaBy Anasuya Sanyal | Posted: 07 June 2012 1846 hrs HANOI: A campaign to end exploitation and human trafficking hit a high note, with a concert to raise awareness in Hanoi.

Via Erin Kelly
Daniel Golding's insight:

This is amazing. MTV held a concert to raise awareness for human trafficking. I am totally surprised that a company as big as MTV did something like but nonetheless it is amazing and we need to see many more things like these. It seemed like this was just to raise awareness so we need to see more events like these that raise money for the problem and unfortunately this was 2 years ago. Events like these need to happen much more as this problem is only increasing and becoming worse. Also, I'd love to see concerts like these in the states. It is just as much a problem in the USA as it is in Hanoi. 

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Child Abuse Victims Find Comfort in Therapy Dog | WKBW News 7

Child Abuse Victims Find Comfort in Therapy Dog | WKBW News 7 | Treatment of Youth & Child Rights |
Combating the growing problem of child abuse in Erie County.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
Daniel Golding's insight:

I thought this was a very sweet video showing something to help child abuse. Often we dont hear about child abuse until after it happens and it is very hard to stop it before it happens, but this is a solution for those children who have suffered from it. Often the abused feels "unloved" and "lonely", and this is where the power of a pet comes in. A dog will give that kid attention and love no matter what he does, something a parent should do as well (but unfortunately dont always). 


Dogs are truly mans best friend! And I mean come on look at him, he is so cute!

Marie Abbatoy's comment, September 24, 2013 8:46 PM
Children of abuse are one group who usually don't know how to protect themselves and face the aftermath of being the victim. Therapy dogs are fast becoming a help in comforting these children and helping them cope with their abusive past.
Karina Castillo's curator insight, February 21, 2014 10:11 AM

These dogs have been known to comfort kids that have been abused.  Kids are typically attracted to dogs and what a better way to help combat their situation than playing with these adorable dogs?

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India May Be the Epicenter for Human Trafficking | Freedom Blog

India May Be the Epicenter for Human Trafficking | Freedom Blog | Treatment of Youth & Child Rights |
The numbers, reported from a conference in India on human trafficking, literally defy belief: more than 1.2 million children in India are caught up in human
Daniel Golding's insight:

The facts in this article astounded me. Simply the fact that "1.2 million children in India are caught up in human trafficking", is incredible to me and shows how terrible this problem and how we must attack this problem immediately. 

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Slow prosecution of human trafficking cases worries expert

Slow prosecution of human trafficking cases worries expert | Treatment of Youth & Child Rights |
Daniel Golding's insight:

"An Insignificant Affair' or an 'Eye-Opening Scoop?'"


If you could drop into any place in the world from a place with a parachute for vacation, where would it be? You can bring anyone you'd like along with you for this big break, and run wild however you want for a week. Hold onto that thought. Now, no matter where you've chosen, look around you for a moment. Does it look like a place that houses hordes upon hordes of drooling pedophiles, abusers, and others that make up the waste of society? Probably not. The grim truth is that human trafficking and child abuse occurs everywhere and that we really can't fix without plugging up EVERY SINGLE hole it occurs out of. Ask yourself: Is that even possible?


It was this idea and this question that came up during and after reading this article, which focused on the slow prosecution of human trafficking cases occurring in Asean countries (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). Through and through, the author states and reports very good points in why this is happening and what can be done to fix this already fragmented system, making good use of her choice to solely concentrate on the country of the Philippines. 


One example of this was shown when she explains that in spite of the fact that the Philippines has some really good laws for outlawing and punishing this type of behavior,  the trial processes are too long and the number of convictions is still low, and even less are the people willing to testify against those put on trial. These aspects make the country #6 among Asean countries countries with the   highest prevalence of modern-day slavery with around 140,000 to 160,000 enslaved Filipinos.


The rest of the article went more into depth about how ordinary people are thrust into this kind of world, a summary about what other cases have been like and other reasons why the number of victims might be really low in comparison to the reality. As the author puts it in one sentence: "High-speed Internet, a room and a webcam have replaced brothels and allowed perpetrators and parents to traffic children and women in their homes."


Most commentary from officials and others is restricted to answers on what should be done about this problem rather than giving their honest opinion but I think it could have done with or without it, as the entire article appears to be really well structured in what it wants to give out and what it doesn't.


The article contained only two comments, one from some person calling him/herself "ED" that said: "Bring back death penalty," (which I feel mixed about), and one from a "Jesse J" that said: "SOLUTION: Removed all those officials running the prosecution department and the judges scheduling the trials. Get a new breed of aggressive prosecutors and trial judges who can produce results needed for speed," which if you ask me, seems like A LOT easier said than done. All men have a price, don't they? There really is no way to figure out who to hire for something that EASILY corrupts.


On a final note, although the article highlights troubles in Asean countries , it truly makes you think about the current war going on  between law-enforcement, politicians, & court officials and trafficking/abuse as a whole. If one country were to truly eliminate all their abuse/trafficking (hypothetically speaking), how would that help other countries? What would be stopping other countries from dropping into the newly-clean country and starting the business  up again? Is it possible for the problem to worked on from a global scale, rather than just a city/state isolated one? It affects everywhere, so why shouldn't it?


The task of completely stopping this wave of criminal activity may be impossible, but making sure everyone who needs to pay DOES pay isn't.

Amy Argenal's comment, May 28, 2014 1:04 AM
Really interesting article! I appreciate your questions, and the in-depth summary!
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County creates human-trafficking commission | May 2, 2014 | Mountain View Voice | Mountain View Online |

County creates human-trafficking commission | May 2, 2014 | Mountain View Voice | Mountain View Online | | Treatment of Youth & Child Rights |
Daniel Golding's insight:

"The 50 State Initiative"


While this article might indeed be covering a new development in California, it is far from the first as it joins multiple other up and coming initiatives across the country that aim to combat human trafficking that were started just this year alone. Regardless of whether it was last month being Child Abuse Prevention Month that inspired others to turn their attention to this problem, or something else that's causing this increase in anti-trafficking groups, I'm glad this happening. It's about time this morbid enterprise gets the focus it's worthy of.


That being said, the article does an okay job with what it has to go on (in an effort to remain consistent with my previous analysis', I'm going to be comparing it to the other articles reporting on new anti-trafficking undertakings since there are several and it'd be easier to do so).


Concentrating on Santa Clara's Board of Supervisor's decision to set up a human-trafficking commission, the author organized the article quite nicely, giving the main story, a bit of history on the city's struggle against trafficking, along with some obstacles the board would encounter proper placement and a generalization of the act.


She defined what the commission would do (something another article wasn't very clear on), and explained the town's police force's previous dealings with trafficking in a short yet effective paragraph, something that I was surprised with. It also did a good job in explaining why the country, with all its new tech, big brother-ish surveillance cameras/systems, and aggressive cop/fed force, is still having this black-market industry run amok.    


Now for the big question: What would this analysis be without a couple of gripes about the article? Being completely frank, I really don't have much to talk about. If there's one thing I could focus on, it'll be this:  whereas the other article covering new traffic-fighting methods suffered from a little too much commentary, this one suffers from a medium-sized lack of it. I mean it has it, of course but very little.


For example, it would have been very effective (and interesting) to read an officer's view of the commission plan or new members coming in because of it. There are only two times the author cites words from another and both are from the same supervisor (I'm not say she didn't have anything important to say, I'm saying that there could have been more, I mean this is an interesting story, and I want if not all of it, then a good chunk of it told with the other character as well. I wouldn't want to be limited by only one perspective, would you?).     


Other than that and maybe a bit more back story to back up those new citations, the article it did a fine job establishing what had happened up to this point.

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California makes it harder for insurers to deny autism treatment

California makes it harder for insurers to deny autism treatment | Treatment of Youth & Child Rights |
SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California on Wednesday made it harder for health insurers to deny or delay coverage of key interventions for children with autism, the latest in an ongoing series of
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"Insurance: A Godsend or a Nightmare?"


As the title reveals, this article focused on a big development in an ongoing conflict between our golden state of California and insurance companies on the subject of autism treatment. Now, it probably doesn't come as surprise that insurance companies are fighting against insuring treatment for something due to its cost, these disputes practically occur on a day-to-day basis in courtrooms and offices but are rarely reported on usually due to confidential meetings and paperwork (or so I heard). But when I saw the title of this particular article, that California had actually taken a stand against insurers in order for its populace to receive proper care, I was taken back.


I don't know about you, but I always looked at insurance companies (or big corporations in general) possessing this sort of omnipresent, "absolute" hold on every kind dispute they were dealing with. There's no question that they have the cash to fund as many lawyers and media sources they need to win, which I figured happens a lot. So it was a very welcome surprise when I read that California had turned the tables on them,  making it more difficult for these agencies to turn away patients of all ages that desperately require proper treatment.


The author of the article does a fine job at establishing what exactly autism is, covering the occurrence in its title, and adding an adequate amount of commentary from the people/groups involved in this case. I thought the most notable, standout feature of the article was the method in which the author is able to deliver the account. Every piece of info in the article is straightforward and to-the-point. Rather than write a longer, sequential exposition of the entire ordeal, the author sums it up in 2-4 sentences that doesn't reveal too much or too little. It gives you just what you for you to understand but also doesn't dwell too much time on it, making way for commentary or a brief description about something else (Does that make sense? Sorry if it's not).


An example of this is when the author brings up a brief summary about the therapies kids now have access to but then quickly jumps to California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones' commentary about how new loopholes are specifically made to combat many of these new policies (you'll know this moment in the article when you see it).


In terms of what I think about the news, I think it's a great win for many families that have been worried sick of negotiating with their providers since 2011, but it stinks how there are still insurers unwilling to cooperate the demands. I wonder; what would it take for insurers to compromise on this issue but then again, I don't really know enough to make say that "oh, all insurance providers do is $%#@ us up." Are their finances stretched too thin or are they really run by greedy a##-holes? What do you think? Do you agree with me on the article or does the author not know anything about reporting? How do you feel on the issue?

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CSU plans month of human trafficking prevention education

CSU plans month of human trafficking prevention education | Treatment of Youth & Child Rights |

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If you're reading this scoop (or have been a loyal reader since the beginning, in which case, we thank you), have you ever heard of this event? Or at the very least something resembling it? I found a link of the article covering this in the suggestions box and I admit am still kind of dumbfounded that I did. I mean, not to say that this is bad– if more people are learning more about this subject, that's great, I suppose it's just that the manner they're teaching it in is COMPLETELY unfamiliar to me.


The article itself is not what I mean to evaluate, it's the anti-human trafficking events I'm interested in. The article itself acts more like a schedule/guideline to when the events will take place, who they're run by, and price(s) of admissions, things like that. Long story short, students at Colorado State University, specifically its Office

of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement and a couple of other organizations on campus (I don't know everything) are sponsoring several anti-human trafficking events during the month of April that will take place on campus and in the community. It includes the "ENSLAVED," a film screening, an "empathic experience," and a night run (which I think is a cool one).


The article is helpful enough to learn about these events (that's really all it does, it doesn't talk about the university's history with events like these or how other schools handle topics like these for that matter, or show any commentary from the people involved in any way in these events) and  can imagine how they might be structure given their short descriptions.


While all are pretty unique and will undoubtedly teach others about this crime in their own right, the one that caught my eye (in case you didn't read the first paragraph above) the most was this "ENSLAVED" event.  Described as "a modern-day slavery simulation experience that aims to bring awareness to the injustice of human trafficking" that will have participants "walk through simulation rooms in which they will be in the shoes of a modern-day slave." Sounds like the ultimate group participation activity, and I thought my school already had the ultimate activity for group participation and deep emotional thought (Cross the Line anyone?). My overall opinion on it? I think it's a pretty smart idea. It won't bore them and I'm sure participants won't soon forget what they went through. It's a good way to put it it in the radar of all that participate and watch the activity take place. It's aggressive but effective. Would I do it? Depends on the people I'm with. What about you? Do you see yourself ever going into something like this?


Just in case anyone reading this is interested in diving more into this topic, (it's cool if you're not but I feel obligated to do so) I put out some links into another article about these past events and a direct website to the "ENSLAVED" experience as well a youtube link (this thing fascinates me). Click and copy at your own risk...  

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Feds: Be Aware Of Human Trafficking Signs As Detroit Auto Show Opens - CBS Detroit

Feds: Be Aware Of Human Trafficking Signs As Detroit Auto Show Opens - CBS Detroit | Treatment of Youth & Child Rights |

Authorities say demand for commercial sex services increases around high-profile events such as the Detroit Auto Show.

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"Human Trafficking Awareness in Detroit"

With it zeroing in on human trafficking, I felt that this Detroit article was focused on a simpler/smaller scale. It's structured as a sort of information session rather than a reporting of an event (if that makes any sense). Anyway, the article starts off by announcing the

"North American International Auto Show" opening back in January at Detroit's Cobo Center as well as as a warning to the public from authorities to look out for any sort of "human trafficking indicators." It turns out that the demand for commercial sex services increases around high-profile events. Either that or there's a lot more advertising for it in places were money is available and within the general population.

The article goes on to say that these sick crimes are one of the top priorities of the Homeland Security branch of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement  (HSI) investigates. It is right after this that the article briefly transforms into the more usual and common summary about human trafficking that anyone has read dozens of times before: it gives reasons for trafficking, who the victims often are, the trouble that they find themselves in, etc.  


After this brief intermission, it goes back into reporting the story: talking about how the U.S. attorney's office aims to help educate the public on indicators of the crime and possibly save a life. It gives thirteen indications that trafficking could be taking place, and urges that one call the police if they are strongly suspicious about the person(s) in question and NOT take them on by themselves.


The article was more or less a mixed bag for me. Although I appreciate how the author began its report on this event, the investigators involved, and the list of what to look out for, I felt that it was missing a few things that it would have benefited from greatly:


1. Perhaps at least one example of a previous time when a heavily commercialized event was used as a playground for this crime, to show that it's a common thing.


2. For an article that is three things in one, (report of an event, a brief overview of it in the U.S., and a piece that reveals indicators of trafficking) it really stays on the surface of these three things rather than dive into any of them a bit deeper. Example of this: before it shows the indications of trafficking, it states this sentence; "Recognizing key indicators of human trafficking is necessary to identify victims and can help save a life. But not all indicators listed below are present in every human trafficking situation, and the presence or absence of any of the indicators is not necessarily proof of human trafficking." My question is that if the cop (or author) give us these indicators yet tells us that they may not necessarily mean that the crime is taking place, then HOW THE HELL DO THEY EXPECT US to help them if they don't want to be bothered by possibilities? Why give us these indicators at all then (catch my drift)? All I can say is to try and go deeper into explaining at least one of these things (and be a bit clearer but that's in reason number 3).

Number 3. is connected with the comments section. There's just one comment underneath the article, but it's a BIG one. Coming from someone who calls him/herself "normajea," (I will refer to this person(s) as a she for the sake of simplicity and because of his/her picture on her profile), she makes a good point of the cops as portrayed in the article not making it clear that the majority of victims of human trafficking are forced into domestic servitude, NOT into commercial sex (she blames it on the media's wanting to bring attention to this piece of news and she's probably right). Statistics on investigations and rescues also wouldn't hurt, something else the commentator makes obvious as she provides some of her own, stating that in the 2013 FBI "Operation Cross Country" annual sting operation, it took 37.1 agents to find ONE CHILD and there were 1.4 children rescued PER CITY (That's bad, people). It may be the author's fault for not stating this in the article, but if the cops or feds want people to help, then GIVE them a reason to other than saying that it's a disgusting crime. Show how bad the stakes are for some victims. The second stat she brought up just goes off against cops and while I feel her pain (most cops are idiots, DON"T TRUST THEM FOR A SECOND, EVERYBODY ) I can't actually take that side completely because some actually want to help (this fact will never fail to astound me) Other than her seemingly strong dislike for the feds, the commentator and I are in accordance with the main ideas and weaknesses of the article.

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Investigation exposes little oversight of child advocates

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A CBS Atlanta News investigation found questionable oversight of court-appointed advocates sworn to protect children.
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"A Quick Cash Grab or a Sincere Rescue?"


The article focused on the exposition of very questionable decisions made by Atlanta courts when appointing advocates to protect and care for children. Several of the points that it outlined revealed appointees' inabilities of properly communicating with the court or the actual parents involved and of addressing all of the child's needs (such as education, medical issues, and visits with actual parents and/or guardians in police custody).


I believe that the author of the article did a solid job articulating the main points and painting a very flawed picture of the parties involved, using a real example of a real parent unable to see her own kid. It's staggering to think that the court would not put  much attention into its choices of workers and even worse to think what the actual parents are going through, with all the red tape and what-not. But undoubtedly the most sickening part was of the article was when it was suggested that the appointed guardians are potentially influenced solely by money, as they are highly paid but poorly trained in child development.


I have extremely limited knowledge of how cases involving child custodies are handled, and it was difficult  taking in a fact that someone would take advantage of both the law system and the young life of another. Who the #%*@ in their right mind would do something like that?


Comments on the article were heavily mixed, with some stating that the article did not present the actual facts of what's going on behind closed doors while others supported the author's ability to show what had occurred as well as the news station's investigation. Others just cursed at the system's ability to get things done in the best way possible. One memorable and vocal comment from a "Clare Wakeman" was: 

"theres too many many famillies been destroyed and for what for the failure of proffessionals who have no morrells and would not know the truth if it jumped up and bit them on the bum???we innocent parents get the blame for the parents who do murder children well they am sick us innocent parents are not because of the system failures and all the little souls that have been lost this is why we have to suffer in away thats unbareable..and my case there is a cover up and my children are at risk through the system but the system am cocking so much now and when the hole gets bigger what they are digging for them selves i hope we all there to see them go under."


I understand that the variety of comments is because of the different type of people that have gone through experiences like this, since many reveal themselves to be parents and others work for this system. There are a couple of comments that straight up pull research statistics and facts to both humiliate the system and the people they double crossed (comment from "b" The whole process of child custody is a farce in Georgia- The "therapists" and psychs, and GAL's play golf with the judge- tell them what they want to hear, ignore the kids welfare, and jack the kids lives and monies around. In my case GAL,. Psych, fees, etc. exceeded $50000)


and others that show that court is justified, damning the actual parents: ( "Sexual activity. In a study of 700 adolescents, researchers found that "compared to families with two natural parents living in the home, adolescents from single-parent families have been found to engage in greater and earlier sexual activity." Source: Carol W. Metzler, et al. "The Social Context for Risky Sexual Behavior Among Adolescents").


A commenter named "rodney800" made a comment that I thought was really interesting, as he kept a neutral stance on the actual issue and instead criticized the news station for its way of presenting the  story: ("Its unforunate that stories have to be sensationlized in order to make it on to TV networks, that are desperate for ad revenues. What the story did not mention was how much the "family therapist" charges in these cases. Forensic custody evaluations can run upwards of hundreds of dollars. The guardian ad litems do not have a significant financial stake, nor is it their role to be behavioral specialist. If that is needed, their role is to coordinate care and then interpret the results of the professional evaluators").


I had never thought about it like this and am somewhat in agreement with him. The story was eye opening, but at the same time a viewer/reader is never able to fully know how the news station aims to present the story in this way or why.

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