Happy Wednesday M J Scarlett Foundation Inc Family,
The state of Texas has made it a criminal offense for a ‘child’ younger than the age of 21 to be employed or contracted by a sexually oriented business. See Local Government Code Chapter 243 for definition of sexual oriented businesses0 which includes: sex parlor, nude studio, modeling studio, love parlor, adult bookstore etc. The “restrictions on the age of persons employed by or allowed on premises of sexually oriented business” being criminalized is an extremely important step in especially protecting sex trafficking victims who tend to be ‘sold’ in sexually oriented businesses. For more information on Texas House Bill 1655 Click to Read Full Report.
Thank you Dr. Nissi Hamilton, Survivor Activist and all the others who were instrumental in getting Texas H.B. 1655 passed. The echoes are when will this happen in Florida and other ‘hot spots’ for sex trafficking. It is imperative that we protect our children, hence, M J Scarlett Foundation Inc’s primary focus is on human trafficking prevention and awareness education. There are over 40 million victims of human trafficking A/K/A modern slavery worldwide, and less than 1% are rescued. Education is crucial to saving lives, especially since children are the major victims of sex trafficking.
MJSF MAY ACCOMPLISHMENTS
The month of May was focused on strategies to increase awareness in the community. We will be registering with some local cities to attend Family Resource Fairs, and schedule more in-person workshops at various organizations. It is important to educate families on how to identify human trafficking perpetrators, know if they are being recruited, know how to protect themselves, and help others stay protected against sex predators, especially in the summer months when some children are left unsupervised.
We will be distributing human trafficking awareness packets with items such as:1) Online safety information booklets for children and adults; 2) Child safety kits (trying to obtain); 3) Dept. of Homeland Sec. Blue Campaign pocket card with signs of victims and hotline reporting information etc.; 5) Statistics sheet on human trafficking and other pertinent information 6) Information on assistance for victims and survivors locally (counseling, records expunge, obtain visas etc); and more.
We continue serving the needy and homeless on a bi-weekly basis; homelessness is a major vulnerability to human trafficking. The footnotes below also have a list of the other community services we provide such as victim support (counselling etc.)
WAYS TO SUPPORT US
Of course, we need your assistance to be able to provide this information to the public at no charge. While we are trying to secure a grant, we ask that you support our GofundMe at https://gofund.me/9fe78325. Other ways to support are CashApp to $MJSFund to 954-397-4444, online at Mjscarlettcoundationinc.org, or mail check or money order to 3225 N Hiatus #451311 Sunrise, FL 33345.
LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS
Human Trafficking Reports
May 17 News Report: Joel Greenberg pleads guilty to sex trafficking
“Joel Greenberg pleads guilty to sex trafficking, will cooperate in other investigations.”
May 21 News Report: Miami Human Trafficking Arrest
"Authorities have arrested a man they say ran two brothels in Miami-Dade County, including one disguised as a spa in a West Kendall business park. The “spa” was located next door to a child day care center.” Click to Read Full Report For more info also see Click to Read Full Story
Other News on Sexual Assault etc.
May 10 News Report: Hospital Employee Raped Female Victim
“Employee at Hialeah psychiatric hospital accused of raping female patient Yadiel Perez Delgado, 34, also under investigation for separate incident involving second female patient.” Click to Read Full Story
May 12 News Report: Football Coach in Relationship with Student
“Hialeah-Miami Lakes football coach arrested for relationship with 17-year-old student, according to police.” Click to Read Full Story
May 12 News Report: Woman Pretending to be Student / Promoting Instagram Page
“Woman, 28, accused of pretending to be Hialeah student released on $2K bond.”
May 12 News Report: Woman Sexually Assaulted in Hostel
“Alabama man crawls into bed with woman at Miami Beach hostel, sexually assaults her, according to police.” Click to Read Full Report
May 13 News Report: Women Drugged, Raped, and Filmed
“Man drugged women, filmed rapes at his Broward home, police say.” Click to Read Full Report
May 19 News Report: Attempted Abduction
“Deputies: Florida man arrested after 11-year-old girl fights off abduction attempt at bus stop Click to Read Full Report. For detailed information on the young girl’s story about her encounter with the kidnapper” Click to Read Full Story.
Community Workshops / Youth Summit
The registration link for the Summer Youth Summit will be available later this month. There will 4 zoom seminars each month in July and August. (1 session for children 11 and younger, 2 sessions for youths 12 and older, and 1 session for adults.)
Remember that youths receive community service hours for attending our Youth Summit.
Again, the WAYS TO SUPPORT US are:
GofundMe at https://gofund.me/9fe78325.
CashApp @ $MJSfund to 954-397-4444
Mail check to 3225 N. Hiatus Road #451311, Sunrise, FL 33345
Tamara M. Dawes, J.S.D. Candidate ‘21
President/Founder, M J Scarlett Foundation, Inc.
An Anti-Human Trafficking Organization
John Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy Certified
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA Certified
Cultural Competency Certified
Member, Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Board – City of Sunrise
Mailing Address: 3225 N Hiatus Road #451311, Sunrise, FL 33345
The MJ Scarlett Foundation Inc is a 501 (c) (3) corporation that focuses on educating kids, teens, and adults on how to identify human trafficking perpetrators, know if they are being recruited, know how to protect themselves, and help others stay protected against sex predators. This education and prevention are essential to reduce the number of people who become victims of human trafficking. There are over 40 million victims worldwide and less than 1% of victims are rescued, therefore, education and prevention save lives. Activities/services provided by the foundation include, but are not limited to: Community and private human trafficking awareness workshops; Human trafficking awareness information distribution; Mental health first aid/counseling for survivor victims; Provide information for community resources to human trafficking victims, and for victim prevention; Temporary emergency shelter e.g. emergency hotel shelter to get victim out of trafficking, or prevent vulnerability to trafficking; Care and/or snack packages for the homeless; Connect with other organizations in the community and provide support among other things.