Dear Supporters and Friends:
On September 3rd, FAIR Fund and our partners successfully lead the charge to shut down Craigslist's adult services section. FAIR Fund organized local and national support around this effort and worked to educate and advocate publicly through appearances in national news networks CNN, the BBC, ABC and was quoted as an expert in the Wall Street Journal. Please visit our web site to see recent CNN video footage and a sample of all of the recent press.
Throughout our effort, we met with leaders in the fight against the scourge of human trafficking and with heroic young survivors, but it was the current victims who reminded us that while we are making progress, there is still so much more that needs to be done.
FAIR Fund needs approximately $3,000 to assist each of the teen girls we help and there are three specific teen girls who have come to us in the past month who need and deserve our support. While this is a modest goal, $9,000 will pay for a year of therapy and recovery programs for these three girls. Through a generous donation from one special donor, we have already received a pledge of $3,000! To make a donation visit www.fairfund.org today.
Children as young as 13 are being sold 10 to 15 times per night in the United States. Their traffickers prefer to use online avenues to avoid the police and to reach more people who want to exploit these girls and boys. Exploiters preferred Craigslist because it seemed somehow less exploitative to go to a site where apartments were being listed. Craigslist had consistently maintained that they screen every single ad posted on their adult services section of their web site to ensure that trafficking and exploitation, especially of minors, does not occur. Many of the young women FAIR Fund assists know that this simply cannot be true. They know this because they were being sold on Craigslist and other online search engines. Here is an example of the cold, harsh supply and demand reality of one girl's one-month experience being trafficked on Craigslist's adult services section prior to it being shutdown:
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Your past support made it possible for FAIR Fund to help successfully advocate for Craigslist to shut down their adult services section. Your support helped remove one of the spaces where minors are easily, and without impunity, exploited and sold. There is much to be done to ensure that Craigslist and other web sites continue to help put an end to sex trafficking on their web sites. FAIR Fund will continue its work in the U.S. and around the world to support over 3,000 teens each year and we need your support.
Please help us continue to help even more young people in need right here in D.C. and around the world. Thank you for being a part of FAIR Fund's work. We need your support now more than ever. Every single person who we reach out to can help us make a difference to these three girls and the thousands more we assist in the nation's capital and around the world.
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