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Proactive Not Reactive

Proactive Not Reactive

Posted by: Joy Burton on Thursday, June 28, 2018

“In a country that is riddled with bipartisan separation on so many things, slavery seems to come up as one of those issues we can all agree upon,” Ashton Kutcher said in a 2017 human trafficking speech before Congress.

Close But Far Away

Close But Far Away

Posted by: Joy Burton on Thursday, June 21, 2018

When Purchased attends event fairs, we often get the question of how human trafficking happens in Indiana. We tell them it’s because we’re the “Crossroads of America,” making us a common drive-through state. Trafficking clients might stop in for a day on their trip across the country. It really happens.

What in the World?

What in the World?

Posted by: Joy Burton on Monday, June 11, 2018

Around 6 billion people globally have cell phones. According to the UN, however, only 4.5 billion have proper sanitation. Which means there are more people with phones than toilets. Sometimes, the world just doesn’t have its priorities straight.

An Honest Look of those at Risk (Part 2/16)

Posted by: Jasmine McClure on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Ask someone if they know what human trafficking is and they may get a confused look on their face and say something along the line of “That doesn’t happen in America” or rattle off statements about mail order brides and third world countries. But is this a really hard question to answer with the kinds of imagery that frequent social media, television, movies, and music? As you start to think about the ideas we are flooded with in day to day culture, you realize these stereotypes are so engrained in our day to day they are unknowingly perpetuated. Ask someone what a pimp is or what the word means, many things may come to mind. The meaning of the word “pimp” has greatly shifted over time. Merriam-Webster defines “pimp” as: a criminal who is associated with, usually exerts control over, and lives off of the earnings of one or more prostitutes. While this may be the definition from a book shelf dictionary, pimp is a term that is seen as a compliment or term of affection more than a derogatory statement. When the word pimp is said, I think of many things- Nelly’s “Pimp Juice”, Snoop dog, Reba McEntire’s “Fancy”, 50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P”, Jay Z’s “Big Pimpin”, MTV’s Pimp My Ride, 3 6 Mafia’s “Hard out Here for a Pimp” (Which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in Hustle and Flow), and so many other small pieces of pop culture that have been normalized in today’s culture. On the other hand, ask someone about the victims of trafficking are often referred to and the words “prostitute”, “trick”, “hoe”, “whore”, “sex worker”, “hooker”, “call girl” quickly come to mind. Despite these terms being derogatory, at best, sex trafficking and prostitution have been glorified by American society for over 50 years through music and television. Images of country singer Reba McEntire singing her heart out about a small-town girl named Fancy, Julia Roberts being pulled off the streets and showered with gifts by Richard Gere in Pretty Woman (1990), a young Patrick “McDreamy” Dempsey in Loverboy (1989) being a stud for hire, Patti Labelle’s soulful sounds of “Lady Marmalade”, “Killer Queen” by Queen, “Island Girl” by Elton John, “Call Me” by Blondie, and others come to mind. “There is a continuum of sexual violence against women, from making lewd comments or jokes all the way up to sexual assault. When we accept the “less offensive” behaviors, such as jokes about sexual violence, it opens the door to the more aggressive behaviors and dynamics, like selling women for sex, becoming acceptable as well. We live in a society in which sexual violence towards women has been normalized.”1 At some point we have to ask ourselves, “Is society normalizing the sex trade?” and more importantly, “What can I do to combat this mindset?” Being self-aware and constantly evaluating your own views on violence against women is a great place to start. Recognize society continues to normalize “pimp culture” while there are still men, women, and children that fall victim to human trafficking in our own states and own cities. Get involved with local organizations working to combat the myths, stereotypes, and stigma of human trafficking. Staying up to date on relevant news coverage of this issue such as Tim Swaren’s Exploited Series, and shopping for Fair Trade certified goods are additional small steps to stay aware. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead 1 Withers, M. (2017, April 27). Pimp culture glorification and sex trafficking. In Psychology Today. Retrieved May 14, 2018, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/modern-day-slavery/201704/pimp-culture-glorification-and-sex-trafficking

2018 Illuminate 7th Annual Purchased Fundraising Gala Recap

2018 Illuminate 7th Annual Purchased Fundraising Gala Recap

Posted by: Jasmine McClure on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

April 20, 2018 marked our 7th annual fundraising gala. This was truly a spectacular event and over 200 guests came to support Purchased in “Changing the Story” of trafficked girls in Central Indiana.