The Sound of Violet Book Review


I didn't think I'd get to this book review so soon, but I couldn't put it down. The Sound of Violet is the amazing story between Shawn and "Violet." This was both entertaining but serious a read. You wouldn't expect two issues like human trafficking and autism to make a story, but Allen Wolf does a phenomenal job in writing it. I normally don't care for romance novels, but the author brought light to two issues I care deeply about: human trafficking and autism awareness. This book is definitely worth the read. 

Summary

The story surrounds a man by the name of Shawn. Shawn is a 24 year old man with autism. He longs to find love, but due to his autism, he cannot connect with a woman on an emotional level. Nor can he hold his own in a conversation. He can, however, "see color" which is intriguing when Shawn meets Violet at his boss' party. "Violet" is actually a victim of human trafficking, which she doesn't even know at first. Through Shawn's constant desire to be with Violet, he slowly learns the truth of who she is and what she does. The two discover how to fight through their circumstances, and you see love can prevail with God's help.

Analysis

I honestly didn't know what to expect. Allen Wolf's publicist actually reached out to me to tell me about the book, and I listened to what he shared. This book definitely brought a way for you to learn about human trafficking and autism. You see what happens in both worlds. With Shawn, you see how he and his loved ones cope with his autism. Wolf does an excellent job to describe how someone with autism acts, which others don't always understand. 

With Violet, you see how the human trafficking world works. I appreciate Wolf's ability to stay exact with what happens in human trafficking. I think many people have a Taken/Hollywood version of what human trafficking, as well as thinking poorly of the victims. This book gives you a new lens to see them. Allen does well with using drama and comedy to bring awareness to two topics you wouldn't ordinarily picture together.

It was honestly a touching and emotional story to read. The two couldn't have been more different, with Shawn's autism and innocence blinding him from the truth of Violet, and even discovering the truth didn't change his feelings about her. I might be more touched by this novel than others, since (as previously mentioned) autism and human trafficking awareness is important to me. I think this story was beautifully written.

Even on his website for the book (which has a movie coming out in 2022), it says the following: "The Sound of Violet is both funny and poignant, weaving in critical issues that confront our world today. After pre-release screenings, 100% of the audience surveyed said the movie helped them understand more about autism and trafficking, and 80% of the audience said the story made them want to do something to end human trafficking. The Sound of Violet engages audiences and inspires them to want to make a difference."

I reached out to Wolf's publicist to ask him why he chose to focus on human trafficking and autism. According to Don, Allen Wolf chose to focus on autism since one of his relatives is on the spectrum. He also chose to focus on human trafficking because he discovered the topic while doing research for the book.

Conclusion

I think this is a book everyone should take the time to read. It's actually a pretty quick read. I started this the day after completing Land of the Free, so that should make it clear I took no time to read this. The chapters aren't overwhelming. You can knock out five chapters without realizing how quickly you've completed them. I finished almost ten chapters in one night! You can get your copy on Allen's website, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Indie Bound. On his website, you can read more about him. I give this book 5 stars!!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Should Conservatives Leave Social Media?

After the 2020 election, many conservatives and Republicans decided to leave social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter because of their distain against the results. If you're still on social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, you're often criticized for "supporting" these platforms. But should we all leave social media? One of my favorite journalists, Anthony Cabassa, asked on his Telegram why people support this, and I thought it would make for a great article.

Conservatives shouldn't leave social media. I am not saying I support what these authoritarians on Twitter or Facebook are doing. But if we leave, these platforms only become leftwing thinktanks, leading to their victory. They want everyone an inch right of Mitt Romney or Lindsey Graham to NOT be on social media. If you leave, it doesn't hurt them. It makes them think they're winning.

Also, many people use social media for their news. About a third of adults get their news from what they see on Twitter or Facebook. That's a large base you could reach through social media. Now, when you leave, who is left on these platforms? Leftwing "journalists" who use certain headlines to get their messaging out. You cannot say you want to leave when you know you can share the truth. It may get banned or fact-checked, but at least you're reaching some people. 

To say you want to get off permanently because you hate what the owners of Facebook or Twitter are doing is a bad idea. We will never be able to grow the conservative movement, nor share the truth. You share posts or retweet things you know are the truth. That reaches someone new, and you may change their mind. It isn't always guaranteed, but we can take that risk.

If you want to be informed, then help others be informed, how can you say social media isn't a good way to do so? Everyone uses social media, and it's one of the main ways people stay up to date on what's happening. And before you say, "Oh, they only make what they want to trend." Not always. When the Hunter Biden story broke, many conservatives got certain tags trending to get the word out, and it worked. It takes all of us to share the truth, but if we leave, nobody will wake up.

Clearly, social media companies don't care about the truth, or they wouldn't censor doctors who praise Ivermectin/natural immunity. To combat them, We The People have to fight back by sharing the truth in full force. So to answer this question, should conservatives leave social media? No, we shouldn't. If anything with the way things are going, we must stay on social media to spread the truth.

Land of the Free Book Review


"Traffickers have operated under the veil of secrecy for a long time. The less people know, the better it is for them." -Nicolas Canuso

This book was definitely worth a read. I've been trying to educate myself on the dark world of human trafficking. I actually never intended on buying this book, but I was preordering a book (which I will be reviewing next) when this came up in the recommended. I went ahead and bought it, and it's interesting because I didn't see the part where it said it was a prayer guide, but I felt this helped bring home the truth on human trafficking. The book discusses every aspect of human trafficking, and how we (as Christians) can combat human trafficking.

Summary

Nick Canuso begins his book with his first encounter with human trafficking. He discusses the first time he saw it happen, in his hometown of Florida. It always hurts me to see so many cases of human trafficking come out of Florida. Canuso describes how he saw child porn in the process of filming, prostitution, sex trafficking, all in one night. That's why he began getting involved in fighting human trafficking. He explains that he believed the myth that human trafficking doesn't happen in countries like the U.S., when in actuality, we are one of the biggest consumers of trafficking.

"America is known as one of the primary funding nations of the global (human) trafficking." This, simply put, means the United States spends more on products or services from labor/sex trafficking victims.

He then describes the outline to understanding what the process to ending human trafficking, which is described in Chapter 2. The outline is described as the following: Awareness/prevention → Demand → Trafficking → Rescue → Restoration → Justice. That is what he covers in the rest of the book, but he takes time to educate you on the different forms of human trafficking: Sex trafficking, labor trafficking, organ trafficking, and infant trafficking.

At the end of each chapter, Canuso provides a prayer guide to what he discusses. He focuses on three main groups: the victims, the traffickers, and the consumers. He also has different chapters where he prays for governmental figures, law enforcement, non-government agencies, and more, since many of these groups can be involved in supporting traffickers.

Analysis

What I liked about this book is how much you learned about human trafficking. Realizing aspects you never would have thought about until it's presented in front of you. For instance, I hadn't realized how much human trafficking can impact your day-to-day life. Coffee, makeup, vegetables. They come labor trafficking victims, usually illegal immigrants. Labor trafficking is actually worse than sex trafficking, despite sex trafficking getting more attention.

Victims of labor trafficking not only perform hard labor during the day, but are also expected into prostitution during the night.


I even felt a lot of guilt about buying a new laptop, since 99.9% of the electronics you buy are usually made by labor trafficking victims, but you don't need to feel guilty for enjoying life or getting things you need. Canuso told the story of how his family buys chocolate from a local store. "Some abolitionists may frown upon even taking the chocolate, the reality is that we must still live life and enjoy what we can." Pray over the things you buy, and hold no guilt. Be a conscious buyer, and discern if you need new clothes or electronics.

He also mentioned the abolitionist William Wilberforce, and his method to ending the slave trade. Look into who Wilberforce is, because his story is astounding.

Canuso discussed topics or issues that I highlight often on social media or my writings. He explained how pornography can create more victims of human trafficking, as traffickers know there is money to be made selling their victim's body on porn sites, yet so many defend the industry.

"The porn industry creates an illusion of glamour and fame in order to physically dominate and profit from its victims," Canuso explains.

He even shared how the modeling industry can get involved in human trafficking, which really surprised me. A lot of people have told me I should model, since I was probably 12 or 13. In my senior picture photoshoot, I got invited to model for Miss Florida, but my mother said "No." I always used to question why my parents never put my sister and I in modeling. Now I see why.

You're mortified to learn what happens in the human trafficking world, like people raising children like livestock to be sold. Sometimes learning the truth isn't easy, but we, as Christians, have a responsibility to do the right thing. Like William Wilberforce said, "You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know." Becoming an abolitionist for human trafficking has never been more important. Human trafficking affects everyone, whether you realize it or not.

The ending of the book truly stood out the most. The author's challenge is for you to fully commit to being an abolitionist. I will continuously fight human trafficking. I challenge you to do the same.

Conclusion

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is probably my new favorite book. He gives you a new outlook on human trafficking that makes you feel like we could be the generation that abolishes human trafficking. If you can get this book, do it. You won't regret reading it. I give this book 5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Woke Country Music Is Trying To Destroy Morgan Wallen's Career

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I've discussed the story of Morgan Wallen from earlier this year MANY times. For those unaware, I'll give a quick synopsis. 

A few months back, Morgan Wallen was coming back from heavily drinking with friends, and he used a racial slur. The video was leaked, and instantly cancel culture went after Wallen. Numerous country singers attacked Wallen, including Mickey Guyton, Kelsea Ballerini, and others. People I cannot stand and personally think is ruining country music, in my opinion. He was dropped from his label, country radio stopped playing him, he was dropped from any categories he was nominated for in award shows, FULL BLOWN cancellation. This was months ago. 

Slowly, it appeared he was getting accepted back. He is up for one award in the 2021 CMTs, only because it also highlights his songwriters who CMT doesn't want to hold accountable for "Wallen's mistakes." Despite he is up for an award, CMT announced Wallen was banned from attending the event. Why? Because he used that racial slur. It's absolutely appalling. I cannot tell you how angry I am. This really solidified my belief that the woke side of country music is trying to destroy Morgan Wallen's career.

Morgan has done more than enough to make up for what he did. I never believed he was a racist. I don't think him saying the N-word was acceptable, but everyone made Wallen out to be a racist. I cannot stand Mickey and the other "country" singers who attacked Morgan. Mickey Guyton tweeted that "the hate runs deep" and "how much longer will we allow this?" I cannot stand her. 

Thankfully, woke singers weren't the only ones talking about Morgan. Some are defending him, like Hardy,  What really stood out was one of the people who didn't cancel Morgan Wallen, and it was Jimmie Allen. He told Wallen what he said wasn't right, but Jimmie said he wasn't offended nor felt the need to banish Wallen from Nashville. 

While on the Bobby Bones ShowAllen told Bones that, "If people would have said, 'I don't agree with this,' 'He shouldn't have used that,' 'That's the wrong word to use,' that's one thing. When people start to use words like offended, the word offended is weird to me because my grandfather taught me at a young age, when someone says something to someone else, not directed at you that doesn't affect you. The only way that you can become offended, is if you are so self-absorbed, you make something about you that's not about you."

If that didn't describe all the country singers who attacked Wallen, I don't know what will.

I think woke country music hated that a good old country boy was getting so popular, while all their woke singers are barely noticed. They pounced at the chance to get him out of the way. Despite all they have done to ruin his life, Morgan's career is still skyrocketing. Because his fans knew he wasn't racist like the woke Left claimed. The same people who are claiming his supporters support that bigotry. *inserts rolling eye emoji* Literally everyone I know who likes Wallen's music NEVER supported him using that word. Being drunk is no excuse for saying a word like that, and even Morgan learned that. I think so many supported him after the incident because, as many of us know, cancel culture is a destroyer and has hurt so many. I hope Morgan sees the truth, because country music doesn't seem to want to forgive him. He needs to stand up for himself and not take this cancelation. #IStandWithMorganWallen

Jimmy Lee Tillman II Interview

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This interview features someone from the Heritage Foundation. Jimmy Lee Tillman's communications director reached out to me, asking if I'd be interested in speaking with Jimmy, which was amazing to do. The last person to ask if I'd be interested in doing an interview with them was Gavin Rollins! We spoke about many topics. Check out our conversation!

Question #1: Tell my audience about who you are.
Answer:
 "I'm Jimmy Lee Tillman II. Founder of the Martin Luther King Republicans. I'm an author, historian, civil rights activist. I'm also a member of the Heritage Foundation Academy, I'm a fellow there. I also worked for Blacks for Trump. I also wrote a book recently."

Question #2: "Could you give us more details about your book?"
Answer:
 "It's called Tillman's Handbook of Great Black American Patriots. It includes national landmarks or parks or anywhere that was dedicated to these great leaders. It was written to highlight all the accomplishments from black Americans. It was partly written to show white America that black Americans are more patriotic than they seem to be. I start my book with Crispus Attucks and Phillis Wheatley, who are two great patriots. Not black or white Americans, just two great patriots. This country went to war, Americans of all races, to stop the British from ruling over them. Phillis Wheatley, I discussed her and the encouraging words she sent George Washington so he could continue his campaign to free us from Great Britain. What people don't realize is that many African Americans gave their blood to free this country."

Question #3: What led you to be a Republican?
Answer:
"Me being a historian has a lot to do with it. If you look at the history of this country, and who really supported freeing the slaves, it was always the Republican party. I'll be honest, being part of the Republican party is new for me. The day Obama got elected, I was in the Trump hotel with my friends, watching the gatherings to see my man, and I told everybody in the room that 'It's all over.' Everyone looked at me like I was crazy. It was like a premonition. I looked out the window, and I said to everyone that was in the room that the Democratic party is about to play us. They were going to tell us 'We did everything for you guys. Don't ask for anything else.' Everybody thought I was crazy, but I added, 'They're going to say, we gave you Obama.' I think what really woke me up to the truth of the Democratic party was after I voted for Bill Clinton. He was the last Democrat I voted for. After I saw the 1994 Crime Bill get signed. At the time, I was in college. When the crime bill got signed, so many black Americans supported it, saying it would help black people. It was a lie. It incarcerated more black people than helped. Some of them were locked up until Trump's crime reform bill. That crime bill from 1994 gave the U.S. government the authority to lock up many African Americans. As a black American at that time, I went from being an ordinary citizen to potentially being the victim of an illegal search and siege at any time. That was a defining moment for many black Americans because that bill stripped us of our constitutional rights. The only thing a black man has is his God and the Constitution. The Bible and the Constitution, without those two, we would not have even half the freedoms we have today."

Question #4: Why did you run for office? Do you have any intentions in running again?
Answer:
"I ran for office as a test. I first ran for something small at first, to see if the black community was ready for a change under the Republican banner. Unbeknownst to me, they were. I received close to 200,000 in that area, which was impressive for a Republican. I decided to look at the map to see what happened. There's a message the Republican party needs to have. Let's see which district or area I do well in. It's an uphill climb, because of the view black Americans have of Republicans, compared to Democrats. I looked at who was running for Congress, which was Bobby Rush. A guy I've known and used to respect, until I looked at his voting records. A lot of his policies were similar to the 1994 Crime Bill Clinton signed. This was having a devastating effect on our community. That's why I decided to run. Last time I decided to run, I only needed 29,000 votes to win, from the previous time I ran. Unfortunately, the Never Trumpers didn't want people who were Trump supporters to win. One of the other reasons I ran was to inform and educate that the best way to rebuild our community was through conservative values. I decided to put myself out there to get these ideas out. Since I've been with Blacks for Trump, I've seen that the black community and the white community are listening to what I am saying. I've had a lot of people ask me why other black Americans don't think the way I do. I disagree with that rhetoric. Many do think the way I think, but they don't want to be shamed or shunned. I want people to see that it's not white versus black. To make them think that we are not a racist country. Surprisingly, many took my message to heart. We need someone to push this message out. Nobody is calling out the politicians who hurt black people. Joe Biden and Bill Clinton being the two main ones. Republicans aren't calling a spade a spade. There's an election coming up, but I haven't made any decisions of if I will run again. I might be running again, but who knows."

Question #5: "Why did you found your organization, MLK Republicans?"
Answer: "Just two hours before Obama gave his speech in Grand Park, I founded my organization. I created it so when African Americans woke up and realized that the party of slavery, the party that incarcerated us, and took our rights, they were never for us."

Question #6: What are your thoughts on Critical Race Theory?
Answer:
"The critical race theorists want to have you believe that the slaves weren't allowed to read, write, think or move, but in my book, I mentioned Wheatley because here you had a black slave writing letters to Washington, at a time these theorists said black people couldn't read or write. I even mentioned Benjamin Banneker, who led the designs for this great nation in DC. He had patents, knew science and mathematics, he even argued to the Supreme Court that slaves should be freed. CRT makes you believe that African Americans only worked as slaves, and never contributed to making America great. They want you to forget people like Harriett Tubman, who came from the North to the South to help free slaves. These theorists would have us believe America was a dark place, and that all African Americans were caught up in this darkness. That's why I wrote my book. It's to show Americans that black people didn't build this country or contribute to this country through their servitude. It was through their patriotism, their sacrifice. These stories need to be told. Instead of being told stories of the heroism and patriotism from these black Americans, we are being told they were uneducated individuals picking cotton in the fields."

Question #7: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to get involved in politics?
Answer: "Be patient. Don't get discouraged. Be prepared to both win and lose. Know that every loss isn't a loss. Most people go run for office with lofty ideas and want to change the world, but think the world isn't ready for them and just give up. If you believe in that idea and believe that they had enough people to hear them and their views, then they will be successful. My advice to anyone is that it's not about the money, nor is it about how you can get on TV. It's about endurance, perseverance and courage. Can you endure it, can you preserve, and do you have the courage to see have no one vote for you? Were all humans, and we all hate loss. But we keep in mind that our losses are gains. If you only get 70 votes, that's 70 people who heard your idea. Maybe next time, 700 will vote for you. It will just keep growing. If you believe in yourself and the ideas you wish to pursue or bring attention to, don't stop fighting for them. Sometimes the party won't support you, as the deep state runs deep on both sides. Be engaged Study these three things: the Constitution, the Parliamentary Procedure, and Robert's Rule of Order. Take your ideas, run with them, and the world can't stop you.

Thank you once again to Jimmy for this interview! I really enjoyed his perspective! Hope you all liked the interview too!

135 Republicans Betrayed Americans

Recently, a bill was passed in the House. The bill would put stricter laws in place for purchasing or using a gun. These are red flag laws. The bill was passed on Thursday at a vote of 316-113. What's notably upsetting is that 135 Republicans voted in support of these laws. Specifically speaking, 135 Republicans voted in favor of a law that will cause numerous people to lose their 2nd Amendment right. These 135 Republicans betrayed their constituents and America.

Who were the 135 Republicans who voted in favor of this bill? Here is a list of the names, and the ones I've bolded are the notable names in this list. The ones who were "rising stars" among the conservative Establishment. 

Allen (R-GA)                             
Amodei (R-NV)                     
Bacon (R-NE)                             
Baird (R-IN)
Balderson (R-OH)                            
Banks (R-IN)
Barr  (R-KY)
Bentz (R-OR)
Bergman (R-MI)
Bice (R-OK) 
Bilirakis (R-FL)
Bost (R-IL)
Brady (R-TX)
Buchanan (R-FL)
Bucshon (R-IN)
Calvert (R-CA)
Cammack (R-FL)
Carl (R-AL)
Carter (R-GA)
Carter (R-TX) 
Cawthorn (R-NC)
Cheney (R-WY)
Cole (R-OK)
Crawford (R-AK)
Crenshaw (R-TX)
Davis, Rodney (R-IL)
DesJarlais (R-TN)
Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
Dunn (R-FL)
Ellzey (R-TX)
Fallon (R-TX)
Feenstra (R-IA)
Ferguson (R-GA)
Fitzgerald (R-WI)
Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Fleischmann (R-TN)
Foxx (R-NC)
Franklin, C. Scott (R-FL)
Gaetz (R-FL)
Gallagher (R-WI)
Garbarino (R-NY)
Garcia (R-CA)
Gibbs (R-OH)
Gimenez (R-FL)
Gonzales, Tony (R-TX)
Gonzalez (R-OH) 
Granger (R-TX)
Graves (R-LA) 
Graves (R-MO) 
Green (R-TN) 
Guthrie (R-KY)
Harshbarger (R-TN)
Hartzler (R-MI)
Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
Hill (R-AK)
Hinson (R-IA)
Hollingsworth (R-IN)
Hudson (R-NC)
Issa (R-CA)
Jackson (R-TX)
Jacobs (R-NY) 
Johnson (R-LA) 
Johnson (R-OH) 
Johnson (R-SD) 
Joyce (R-OH) 
Joyce (R-PA) 
Katko (R-NY)
Keller (R-PA) 
Kelly (R-MS) 
Kelly (R-PA) 
Kim (R-CA) 
Kinzinger (R-IL))
Kustoff (R-TN)
LaHood (R-IL)
Lamborn (R-CO)
Latta (R-OH)
LaTurner (R-KA)
Letlow (R-LA)
Long (R-MI)
Lucas (R-OK)
Luetkemeyer (R-MO)
Mace (R-SC)
Malliotakis (R-NY)
Mann (R-KA)
McCarthy (R-CA)
McCaul (R-TX)
McClain (R-MI)
McHenry (R-NC)
McKinley (R-WV)
Meijer (R-MI)
Meuser (R-PA)
Miller (R-WV) 
Miller-Meeks (R-IA)
Moolenaar (R-MI)
Moore (R-UT) 
Murphy (R-NC) 
Newhouse (R-WA)
Nunes (R-CA)
Obernolte (R-CA)
Pence (R-IN)
Pfluger (R-TX)
Reschenthaler (R-PA)
Rodgers (R-WA) 
Rogers (R-AL) 
Rogers (R-KY) 
Rouzer (R-NC)
Salazar (R-FL)
Scalise (R-LA)
Scott, Austin (R-GA)
Simpson (R-ID)
Smith (R-NE) 
Smith (R-NJ) 
Spartz (R-IN)
Stauber (R-MN)
Steel (R-CA)
Stefanik (R-NY)
Steil (R-WI)
Tenney (R-NY)
Thompson (R-PA) 
Turner (R-OH)
Upton (R-MI)
Valadao (R-CA)
Van Drew (R-NJ)
Van Duyne (R-TX)
Wagner (R-MO)
Walberg (R-MI)
Walorski (R-IN)
Waltz (R-FL)
Wenstrup (R-OH)
Westerman (R-AR)
Wilson (R-SC) 
Wittman (R-VI)
Womack (R-AR)
Young (R-AK)

Keep these names in mind. I cannot tell you how angry I am with these people. At the same time, I'm both not shocked and somewhat glad to see this truth come out. I got so much criticism for never siding or no longer supporting the conservatives in bold because organizations like TPUSA were making them out to be so great. I knew people like Dan Crenshaw, Matt Gaetz, Elise Stefanik, and Kat Cammack, I knew were all fakes. Kammack makes me sick. As many of you know I worked for Gavin Rollins' campaign, and Kammack used every dirty trick in the book to make her opponents look bad. She ran a dishonest campaign.

Who really surprised and disappointed me was Madison Cawthorne. I had seen many people say Cawthorne couldn't be trusted, but I didn't believe it. Crenshaw didn't even surprise me, because he already said he supported red flag laws, so I stopped liking him. But I had really respected Madison. I saw Lauren Witzke post how she met Madison the day they both visited the Southern border, where border patrol agents spoke about the "rape houses" on the other side of the border, where at nights they could hear the screams of women and children. Despite hearing this, Madison stopped including border security on his website, Lauren stated. That's pathetic if true.

And don't buy their bullcrap excuses for signing these laws. They're just trying to make up for the fact they've betrayed us. 

These Reps don't understand how dangerous these laws are. Or perhaps they do, and don't care. Or they choose to remain ignorant on the laws. Who knows? All I know is these laws are going to hurt anyone right of Mitt Romney. Look at Laura Loomer, who lost her 2nd Amendment rights without committing a crime or given any legal reason why. She is not allowed to purchase a firearm, and despite her lawyers sending in emails or letters to no avail. As Laura said, "I've been redflagged with ZERO due process." What happened to Laura is now going to be legal to happen to Americans the elites deem a "threat." Mark my words.

We cannot let these so-called conservatives get away with this. I fully intend on calling my Representatives and give them an earful. If your Rep. is up here, call them. And when election time comes, replace them. These 135 Republicans proved with this vote that they don't have our interests at heart. 

What is Florida Doing to Combat Human Trafficking?


I'm currently reading a book titled, Land of the Free, which is about fighting human trafficking. The author is from Florida, and discusses how he saw human trafficking happen first-hand. It wasn't in some third world country, but in his home state. I was very emotional at what I read. Not only because of the fact the crime was so horrible that he described, but that this is happening in my home state of Florida. I wanted to do some research into what the state has done or is doing to currently fight modern day slavery.

For those who may not know, Florida is #3 for highest trafficking rates. Why does Florida have such a high human trafficking rate? The main factor is demand. The United States is the number one consumer of sex, and also the number one consumer of child pornography. As long as there is a demand for humans (sexually or manual labor), there will be traffickers who provide that demand. 

Other factors into the high rate of human trafficking in Florida is tourism and unskilled labor. Florida's economy relies heavily on agriculture and tourism, which feeds the demand for human trafficking. There's no real solution I can think of that would make human trafficking decrease in these two areas, because it's such an intricate part of the Florida economy. However, it's important to recognize what state officials and legislators are currently doing to fight modern day slavery.

Here is a list of the different laws that have been passed in Florida to combat human trafficking:
  • The Safe Harbor Act (2012): This law helps ensure the victims of child sex trafficking receive the help they deserve, as well as help stop these traffickers.
  • 2017 Florida Statutes 823.05- Public Nuisances: Places where human trafficking rings are known to work through (i.e. massage establishments), as well as putting criminal activity as a public nuisance.
  • 2017 Florida Statute 787.06- Human trafficking: Perpetrators of human trafficking will be penalized for the illegal activity. Victims of trafficking must be protected and receive assistance by the state and their agencies.
  • SB 540 (2019); Human Trafficking: As stated on the Florida Senate government website, "Requiring the Department of Legal Affairs to establish a certain direct-support organization; requiring the direct-support organization, in conjunction with the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking, to form certain partnerships for specified purposes; requiring a public lodging establishment to train certain employees and create certain policies relating to human trafficking by a specified date; requiring that the criminal history record of a person who is convicted of, or who enters a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, soliciting, inducing, enticing, or procuring another to commit prostitution, lewdness, or assignation be added to the Soliciting for Prostitution Public Database."
  • HB 851 (2019): Gov. DeSantis signed another law that "requires spas and hotels teach staff to spot signs of sex trafficking and all law enforcement officers complete four-hour training on how to investigate the crime." (Source: The Florida-Times Union)
  • SB 1826 (2021): From the Florida Senate government website, "Providing that a communication between a human trafficking victim advocate or trained volunteer and a human trafficking victim is confidential in certain circumstances; prohibiting a person from engaging in specified criminal acts relating to human trafficking with an adult believed to be a child younger than 18 years of age; prohibiting a clerk of the court from charging certain fees for petitions for expunction of human trafficking victim criminal history records; requiring a court to impose specified conditions on probationers or community controllees who are placed under supervision for committing a specified human trafficking offense on or after a certain date, etc."
Attorney General Ashley Moody serves on the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking Florida, which serves to do the following
1) "Develop recommendations for comprehensive programs and services including recommendations for certification of safe houses & safe foster homes"; 
2) "Make recommendations for apprehending and prosecuting traffickers and enhancing coordination of responses"; 
3) "Hold an annual statewide policy summit with an institution of higher learning"; 
4) "Work with the Department of Children and Families to create and maintain an inventory of human trafficking programs and services in our state"; 
5) "Develop overall policy recommendations."

I know it would appear I am biased to Florida since I live here, but I believe you should be aware of what laws are in place in your home state. Knowing what is being done to prevent human trafficking, to combat human trafficking, and to assist the victims is all important to ending modern day slavery. To be honest, I didn't know Florida does so much to fight human trafficking. While I'm very impressed to see them leading the fight, it clearly isn't enough. I do hope the legislators continue to do work that will stop human trafficking. If you don't know what laws are in your state to fight human trafficking, I would recommend looking into it.