LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Upon news that U.S. District Judge John Tharp granted a restraining order against Sheriff Tom Dart, Cook County Police Department, whose work in curbing trafficking has been covered by human rights advocates such as Nicholas Kristof, the following national leadership expresses its strong support for a Sheriff who works to find predators, protects trafficking victims, and reaches out to corporations such as Visa and MasterCard to obtain their support for his efforts limiting services that could aid in human trafficking.
Credit card companies and other companies that could be contributing to the increase of trafficking through the use of products or services should naturally be preventing any processing where trafficking is or has been found. Companies especially have a role in doing what they can to prevent trafficking and in discontinue the use of services associated with illegally trafficking the innocent. Illegal activity curbing and human trafficking prevention, have no connection to censorship, or in curtailing profits for legitimate business transactions.
Sheriff Tom Dart is applauded and supported by the following groups and leaders who stand with him in his request to companies to fight trafficking. These leaders also call on all companies whose offerings can be or are being used to aid traffickers in sex trafficking, including online boards, websites, payment processors, Bitcoin, Internet service providers, search engines, technology and hospitality companies to do the same.
TED BAEHR, PUBLISHER
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
THE FAMILY ACTION COUNCIL OF TENNESSEE, INC.
VICE PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
NATIONAL CENTER ON SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
DONNA M. HUGHES
PROFESSOR & CARLSON ENDOWED CHAIR IN WOMEN'S STUDIES
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
CO-FOUNDER, CITIZENS AGAINST TRAFFICKING
LIEUTENANT OSCAR MEJIA
NATIONAL LATINO PEACE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION – NORTH LOS ANGELES COUNTY CHAPTER
CEO & PRESIDENT
CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
PREVENTING ABUSE FOUNDATION
ANN SCHOLZ, SSND
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR SOCIAL MISSION
LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE OF WOMEN RELIGIOUS
CHIEF LIBERATION OFFICER
THE GENTLEMEN'S POSSE
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
THE HANNAH PROJECT
NETWORK FOR CULTURAL CHANGE
SOURCE The Gentlemen’s Posse