Nigeria kidnappings bring awareness to domestic trafficking prob - WICU12 HD WSEE Erie, PA News, Sports, Weather and Events

Nigeria kidnappings bring awareness to domestic trafficking problem

Posted: Updated:
Washington, D.C. - With the release of a chilling video made by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria, the response from Washington, Hollywood, and the online world has been enormous.

#BringBackOurGirls – it’s not just a mission aimed at what’s happening abroad.

The horror of the Nigerian kidnappings has placed even more focus on those who force young girls here in the United States into sex slavery.With an estimated 100,000 trafficked children in the U.S. every year, the largest group of trafficking victims are young girls and domestic youth.

“It definitely happens abroad, but it’s also happening here in our own backyards,” said Olivia Burns, of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition in Toledo, Ohio.

Burns is in Washington to lobby members of Congress, trying to raise awareness about the sex trafficking problem in Toledo.

“We’re rescuing victims and we’re really making a lot of headway the more awareness we can get and people talking about the issue,” Burns said.

As support mounts across the globe, and inside the nation’s capital, Ohio Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) said he’s hoping to get more attention for the legislation he is pushing in Congress.

“Horrible for those Nigerian families and those girls, but it has raised the visibility of the issue,” he said. “More and more of my colleagues are talking about it. I do think the American people do understand this is a real issue, and by the way, not just in Nigeria or the Philippines or other places but a real issue in our country.”

Portman’s bill is aimed at better protecting missing children so they do not get involved in trafficking. If passed the bill would require law enforcement to update missing children records, coordinate with child welfare systems, and allow state missing persons units to update information to a missing child entry in the National Crime Information Center.

“We started a caucus to deal with human trafficking and sex trafficking this is unfortunately a vivid example of why it’s so important,” he said.

The outcry over the unthinkable is felt in Washington, and with every day that passes it is bringing more lawmakers to this sentiment.

“I’m hopeful that this horrific example in Nigeria continues to raise the awareness and we continue to take some steps,” Portman said.
Submit your event now
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police Still Investigating Shooting Deaths at Liberty St. Apartment

    Police Still Investigating Shooting Deaths at Liberty St. Apartment

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:29:14 GMT
    Two people are dead after a shooting on Liberty Street in Erie this morning. Investigators say the case could be a murder-suicide, but they are still keeping other options open.More >>
    Two people are dead after a shooting on Liberty Street in Erie this morning. Investigators say the case could be a murder-suicide, but they are still keeping other options open.
    More >>
  • Dangerous Road Dust Causing Health Problems, Claim Waterford Residents

    Dangerous Road Dust Causing Health Problems, Claim Waterford Residents

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:44 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:44:26 GMT
    A Waterford road restoration project from 2009 is now deteriorating. Residents claim the roads churn up a very fine dust, and after breathing it for years, some believe it has even led to life-threatening conditions.More >>
    A Waterford road restoration project from 2009 is now deteriorating. Residents claim the roads churn up a very fine dust, and after breathing it for years, some believe it has even led to life-threatening conditions.More >>
  • Erie Police on Scene of Apparent Murder-Suicide

    Erie Police on Scene of Apparent Murder-Suicide

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:25 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:25:52 GMT
      City of Erie Police and the Erie County Coroner are on the scene of an apparent murder-suicide on the city's west side.More >>
      City of Erie Police and the Erie County Coroner are on the scene of an apparent murder-suicide on the city's west side.More >>
  • Investigation Ongoing in Fatal Pedestrian Crash

    Investigation Ongoing in Fatal Pedestrian Crash

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:34:48 GMT
    A suspected DUI river struck two pedestrians on May 11, killing one woman and seriously injuring her husband. There were also three children in the car with the suspect. Now, the suspect's wife is speaking out, asking why there are still no charges filed.More >>
    A suspected DUI river struck two pedestrians on May 11, killing one woman and seriously injuring her husband. There were also three children in the car with the suspect. Now, the suspect's wife is speaking out, asking why there are still no charges filed.
    More >>
  • Fight Breaks Out After Homicide Sentencing

    Fight Breaks Out After Homicide Sentencing

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:43:13 GMT
    A sentence was handed down Thursday morning to the man responsible for pulling the trigger, in the city's first homicide of the year.More >>
    A sentence was handed down Thursday morning to the man responsible for pulling the trigger, in the city's first homicide of the year.More >>
  • Disturbing Videos Show Young Adults Setting Themselves Ablaze

    Disturbing Videos Show Young Adults Setting Themselves Ablaze

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:44:29 GMT
    Social media “challenges,” a ploy for online users to share a video that generates millions of “Likes” or “Shares” on Facebook or YouTube. It seems to be working as dozens of people nationwide have caught on to the popular “Fire challenge.”More >>
    Social media “challenges,” a ploy for online users to share a video that generates millions of “Likes” or “Shares” on Facebook or YouTube. It seems to be working as dozens of people nationwide have caught on to the popular “Fire challenge.”More >>
  • Offshore Wind Turbines Debated for Lake Erie

    Offshore Wind Turbines Debated for Lake Erie

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:21 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:21:23 GMT
    Should offshore wind turbines come to Lake Erie? that was the topic of debate Thursday night, as a developer presented his case for clean energy. More >>
    Should offshore wind turbines come to Lake Erie? that was the topic of debate Thursday night, as a developer presented his case for clean energy. More >>
  • Missing Spartansburg Woman Found

    Missing Spartansburg Woman Found

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:14:54 GMT
    A missing Spartansburg woman has been found unharmed in North Carolina. State Police tell us they are working with the North Carolina Highway Patrol to get 77 year old Donna Lee Kemp home to her family. She was last seen Tuesday, when she left to go to the Titusville library, but never came back. No other details about how she was found have been released.More >>
    A missing Spartansburg woman has been found unharmed in North Carolina. State Police tell us they are working with the North Carolina Highway Patrol to get 77 year old Donna Lee Kemp home to her family. She was last seen Tuesday, when she left to go to the Titusville library, but never came back. No other details about how she was found have been released.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
3514 State St. Erie, PA 16508
Newsroom: (814)454-8812
Toll Free: 1(800)454-8812
Business offices: (814)454-5201
WICU FCC Filing
WSEE FCC Filing
Share:
Share Stories
Submit your stories to our site!
Share Photos
Share your photos in our community galleries
Mobile:
Mobile Site
Be sure to stay constantly updated with the power of WICU12 and WSEE at your fingertips
Free Android App
Free iPhone App
Free iPad App
Storm Tracker App
Droid
iPhone
iPad
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WICU. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
                   WICU/WSEE - 3514 State Street Erie, PA 16508 - (814) 454-5201 - info@wicu12.com