Nevada leads America in unemployment, foreclosures, personal bankruptcy, divorce, violent crime, robbery, and auto theft. But there is another secret lurking in the town that features half-naked women walking down the street at all hours of the night, and drunken men and women who came to Vegas so that they can have indiscretions that stay in Vegas.
“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas is a fatal LIE. HIV/AIDS grew 47% in Vegas last year and thousands of visitors took it home.” – Rick Warren
Rick Warren. pastor and the author of “Purpose Driven Life” tweeted this quote in March 2011. Yet, and still HIV/AIDS is not the only thing that we should consider in deciding whether bringing casinos to Maryland, in an area where residences are close by would be in the people’s best interest.
You would think that unemployment, foreclosures, personal bankruptcy, divorce, violent crime, robbery auto theft and HIV/AIDS would be enough. Since it is not, I will present another concern to which I expect all parents within Prince George’s County Maryland to consider and prevent from happening, Child Trafficking.
When we say “Human Trafficking” we are often speaking about adults, and children. As a child sexual abuse prevention and adult healing relationship mentor, I feel responsible to dispel a few myths about adult traffickers. Most adult traffickers were first child traffickers.
Prostitution is often viewed by many as a profession that is chosen by the woman or man. In many cases the prostitute is forced into the lifestyle, which often means being forced into drug addiction to bear the agony of giving your body away to people who see you as an object.
Child Trafficking “businessmen” if that is what you want to call them, target large events including the Superbowl, Grandprix (which just came to Baltimore, Maryland), and other sporting events and Casino towns like Las Vegas.
The real question in Question 7 is,
“Do you want to put your children at risk to commercial child sex?”
“The Super Bowl — or any large sports game — always draws traffickers and they bring the product line because there are a lot of men that are used to buying commercial sex around these events,” Smith said. “Unfortunately, it draws minors as a product line. People bring in kids. So what has happened in Indianapolis is absolutely amazing. The leadership standing up saying – we’re going to send a message to traffickers saying we’re not a good place for you to be bringing kids or vulnerable women to sell.” – Linda Smith, President of Shared Hope International
Brief Baltimore History
If you are unfamiliar with Baltimore, Maryland the birthplace of Jada Pinkett-Smith, Tupac Shakur, Baltimore was ravished by the drug industry years ago, and continues to struggle with recovery. The city is infamous with violence, indecent nightclubs walking distance from the water, and abandoned, impoverished-looking buildings.
Melvin Williams who is emulated in the Barksdale character on “The Wire” is known as the drug dealer who brought heroin and cocaine to the streets of Baltimore. He was a gambler and became so powerful that law enforcement asked Williams to defuse the Martin Luther King Jr riots in Baltimore after his assassination.
“Despite whatever amends he makes, Williams still helped build Baltimore’s heroin and cocaine trade, which has left the city to struggle with the associated problems of drug-related violence, and social costs of addiction.” – Bio of Melvin Williams
There seems to be confusion about where the new casinos will be placed. I believe that this is a political decision to keep people somewhat unaware of how close the Casino will be built to residences, increasing the probability of child trafficking out of residential homes.
The Casinos will be built in Prince George’s County, particularly near or in Fort Washington, around the Gaylord National Resort which sits on the water, next to the bridge which connects Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. A breeding ground for trafficking.
If we bring in the Grand Prix to Baltimore, Casinos to Prince George’s County, what will be next, the Superbowl to Landover? Given the Redskins records I’m not banking on that however, my illustration is to simply point out the dangers of unprepared law enforcement, inadequate laws to protect children from trafficking, and the fact that the best possible prevention is to not have Casinos come to Maryland at all, I would be remiss not to ask you to reconsider your ballot choice before November 6.
My mission in life is to starve predators, not to give them the opportunity to offend. I hope that Marylanders will take this into consideration before voting FOR Question 7, under the belief that your children will get a better education.
Prince George’s County has had the worst education in all of Maryland for many years. They are last of all of the counties and they are also the largest county. I disbelieve that Casino money will be put into the school systems, and even if they are, some of that money will have to go to mental and physical health services and addiction recovery for children who are victims of human and child trafficking.
Now, you decide. Will you vote FOR or AGAINST Question 7?
Ressurrection Graves is from the Washington DC area and created a term entitled, “Child Sexual Abuse Grooming” which is different legally than “Child Grooming” which is associated with “Child Trafficking”. She is working diligently to “Make Child Sexual Abuse Grooming A Felony”. Please CLICK HERE to sign her petition and save our children.