One of the lines we heard at the undercover investigation I participated in a few months ago is still ringing in my head.
A hotel manager told us about some guests who checked out of the hotel one morning and told him they heard a young girl being beaten all night long. She was in the room right next to theirs. They heard her screams but DID NOTHING. Didn't call the desk. Didn't call 911. Didn't do a thing. Except complain to the desk the next morning as they checked out.
What in the world? The girl was undoubtedly being trafficked, beaten, raped for profit, terrorized.
"We heard her screaming but we didn't do anything..."
A few days ago I was driving by a popular mall in Orlando. There standing in the median strip was a teenage girl with a cardboard sign begging for money.
Red flags went up as I realized she was probably a runaway and her sign might as well have said, "Attention all traffickers: I'm homeless and penniless. Take me in for the night."
Or a lifetime.
I called the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 888-3737-888. (I have it in my phone and you should, too.)
They told me to call 911 to report what I saw, get a case number, then call back the hotline to let them know what happened. And then call the local police department during the week to follow up (which I will do).
I could have driven by...it was an evening where I was rushing to go somewhere...
Dawn Hawkins could have looked the other way too. She was on a Delta flight recently when the man in front of her was openly watching child porn on his iPad.
Violent horrible images of children being abused and beaten.
She asked him to stop. He wouldn't. She asked the Delta flight attendants to do something. They wouldn't.
Finally a woman a few rows in front of her stood up and told Dawn to stop making such a fuss because "no one cares."
No one cares that children are being trafficked and this guy paid money to watch? I care. And I hope you do, too.
He picked the wrong person to sit in front of because Dawn is director of Porn Harms. As soon as the plane landed, she reported him to airport security who followed him to his connecting flight.
Meanwhile she recorded the video below and is already working to make sure that Delta and every other airline does not allow passengers to openly view child porn. (Like we even need to put that into law?)
I heard her screaming but...I wanted to pick up the phone but...I saw the violent images but...