In our new series, The American Prison System, our first guest author is going to be discussing the origins of the American prison system, the effect of prison and police policies on minority communities, and teaching positive action steps to effect change in your city. The writer Jase Short is a life-long political activist who has written and worked on minority rights issues for years, is a supporter of Justice Unlocked and one of the first guest authors we’ve invited to write editorial and educational articles that might help someone in need.
My introduction to human trafficking happened in 2011 when I read Kevin Bales' The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today. I was struck not just by the magnitude of the trafficking problem, or that we even have such a problem in the 21st century, but also by how each individual's role in society, and within the international community, can affect the problem. It's not just buying cheap clothing from Wal-Mart or Forever 21; clothing that is produced using slave labor, often from children. It's not just the more salacious, and thankfully less pervasive, trips by Western males to places like Thailand to procure cheap sex, also often from children. It's not even the forced prostitution that happens within our own borders. The real effect, insidious and dangerous, is the willful ignorance of the mass public.
First off, I have to apologize for not getting blog posts out on time last Thursday or yesterday (Monday). There has been so much to do and so many different things we're working on, it's hard to keep up on the blog all by myself. To make it up to you, I wanted to use this time to provide you a little sneak peek for the road ahead, and the things that we're trying to accomplish by the end of the year.