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Weekly Reader January 24, 2020

By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer

1. UPS teaching delivery drivers how to spot potential cases of sex trafficking

By: Fox 8 Cleveland

"Workers at the UPS Atlanta Regional Hub started their day a little differently Thursday. They got a glimpse into some important training all drivers are about to get – how to spot potential cases of sex trafficking.

UPS executives gathered employees to announce the company is strengthening its commitment to anti-human trafficking awareness and training by empowering drivers to help be the “eyes and ears” of the community.

“It puts a different layer on their relationship that we have with our drivers to understand it’s not just about the company. It’s not just about our employees, but it’s truly about our community,” said Danelle McCusker Rees, Human Resources President for UPS’s domestic operations. “This issue impacts everyone.”

UPS had already trained its freight drivers on how to spot signs of sex trafficking. Now they’re training the drivers who actually go into neighborhoods. To implement the training, the company teamed up with the organization Truckers Against Trafficking."

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2. The CEO of New Friends New Life Explains Human Trafficking

By: FWDDFW, Allison Hatfield

"Kim Robinson is the chief executive officer for New Friends New Life, the Dallas-based nonprofit that helps women and children who have been trafficking victims start over with access to education, job training, and a variety of support services. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and there’s a disturbing reality that many of us are unfamiliar with. We asked Robinson to explain what trafficking is, who the victims are, and what Texas is doing to help survivors.

Q: Holy cow! The stats on your website about human trafficking in Texas and sex trafficking in North Texas are shocking. We had no idea. Will you explain what these terms mean?

You are not alone, most people are astonished when they realize sex trafficking is happening in our own backyard, especially when they learn that Texas ranks second in the U.S. for the most human trafficking and 400 teens are sold on the streets of Dallas each night.

First, I want to briefly touch on what sex trafficking is not. Most people have the idea that sex trafficking victims are always kidnapped. This idea overshadows the much more common and subtle tactics that traffickers utilize to trap their victims, like grooming.

Human trafficking is the term used to describe the two major forms of trafficking where force, fraud, or coercion are utilized for sex or for labor.

Sex trafficking occurs when someone uses force, fraud, or coercion to cause a commercial sex act with an adult. A commercial sex act includes pornography, prostitution, and sexual performance done in exchange for any item of value, such as money, drugs, shelter, food, or clothes. It is critical to know that if this person is a minor, force, fraud, or coercion do not need to be present. When minors are engaged in commercial sex acts, it is automatically child sex trafficking — and it is a crime."

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3. Commentary: How ‘second chance’ hires can boost the labor force, keep youth on track

By: Chicago Tribune, Jeffrey Korzenik

"America’s businesses are facing an unprecedented labor shortage, a drag on economic growth that risks derailing the expansion. Yet we also have a pool of millions of willing workers who are unemployed or substantially underemployed — those with a criminal record. Bringing these prospective employers and employees together in a profitable and sustainable way is an economic imperative.

Our work focuses on the models developed by pioneering business owners who opened their doors to workers in need of a second chance: those with a history of incarceration, addiction or other mistakes of the past. The most effective models incorporate processes for determining which candidates are truly ready for employment and then providing accommodations to help maintain employment. Their experience, and the handful of formal studies, all point in the same direction; “second-chance” hires are highly dedicated workers who appreciate the opportunity they’ve been given and are extraordinarily loyal to their employer. The resulting combination of low turnover and high engagement delivers cost savings and productivity improvements."

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