Letter to the Editor: Human Trafficking

human trafficking

Letter to the Editor-St. Louis Post Dispatch
published January 7, 2011

by Sister Patty Johnson
Executive Director of the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph

The Superbowl is not only one of the biggest sporting events of the year; it is also one of the biggest human trafficking events.  Tens of thousands of sex-trafficking victims are brought to the Superbowl to meet the expanded demand for commercial sex surrounding this event. Citizens can unite to stop this $9.5 billion business.

To end this modern day slavery, Sr. Rosie Coughlin, a Sister of St. Joseph from Tipton, Indiana gathered with concerned sisters, citizens and law enforcement officials in Indianapolis.  They are contacting managers from 250 hotels in the Indianapolis and Terre Haute area, asking that they train their employees to recognize trafficking and stop it in their hotel. This summer, the Millennium Hotel with the encouragement of the Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph became the first Missouri hotel to sign the ECPAT Code (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking) and provide training to their staff.

On January 11, Nix Conference and Meeting Management, a St. Louis firm, becomes the first Meeting Planning Company in the nation to sign the ECPAT-USA Meeting Planner's Code of Conduct.

I urge others to follow in the courageous steps of these citizens and companies.



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