Georgene Rice interviews Shoshon Tama-Sweet, the Executive Director for the Oregon Center for Christian Values (OCCV), to discuss legislation they have introduced on human trafficking. They would like to see human trafficking criminalized and hopefully end in the state of Oregon.
Georgene: The truth is sex trafficking of minors doesn’t just happen overseas. It unfortunately happens right here in Oregon. For those who are not familiar with what human trafficking is and why it is a concern to us here, could you please start there?
Shoshon: Human trafficking is basically modern day slavery. People are held against their will, forced to do labor, and have all of their earnings from that labor taken by those who are holding them as slaves. Here in Portland and Oregon we are talking about holding young women and boys as sexual slaves. They are forced into prostitution.
Georgene: It is shocking to imagine what you have just described is happening across the state. Tell us what you at the Center are doing to address this plague.
Shoshone: OCCV feels this is something that we are called to do as Christians. When Jesus unrolled the scroll in the temple and said that he came to set the captives free, he meant that spiritually, metaphorically, and he also meant it literally. These young boys and girls who are being held captive need to be set free. One of the most practical things we can do as Christians is to work together and convince the elected officials to focus on this issue and take concrete steps to get rid of the problem.
Georgene: I understand there are about five pieces of legislation. Could you tell us about them?Read the full article and discuss it »