Dear partners in abolition. A news story on ABC30 came out about a prostitution bust in massage parlors in Clovis yesterday. Unfortunately, these may be cases of sex trafficking, which means that any victims are being criminalized rather than cared for. Even if this were not the case, it perpetuates the public idea that women in these massage parlors are criminals rather than possible victims of commercial sex exploitation. Please be praying and contact you city leaders to ask them to address human trafficking in massage parlors.
We have recently posted resources to help you speak up to your local representative: Helping With Massage Parlor Policy
In light of the news report, We encourage writing respectful letter to the Clovis PD, asking them if them about their awareness of human trafficking and any tools they used to determine if there was human trafficking occurring. They should have a victim’s advocate present to help determine the presence of human trafficking victims. See our sample letter.
We also recommend that you speak to you Fresno or Clovis officials, asking that your city help effectively deal with human trafficking in way that leads to rescue of victims and protection of potential victims.

Call Your Member of Congress Today!

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced H.R. 2830, the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. This critical piece of legislation was first adopted by Congress in 2000 and has provided federal funds, training, and policy directives that protect victims, and help stop the perpetrators who commit these heinous crimes.
International Justice Mission, and other organizations like them, have acknowledged that the TVPA has helped them accomplish their work in foreign countries, as it gives incentive for the governments to implement their own laws against human trafficking.
Those laws will expire on September 30, 2011 if we don’t act swiftly.
Use your voice to make a difference! Contact your Representative and ask them to sign on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 2830, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.
Send a letter to your representatives at IJM’s Advocacy Page.
Video link:Forum Shows Human Trafficking Law Needs Reauthorization (with IJM)