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The Military Needs To Stop Being A Part Of The Human Trafficking Problem

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on February 04, 2015 at 8:33 PM

U.S. Navy Veteran Shawn VanDiver pens a bold call to action here on Task & Purpose, published on January 30, 2015. 

The lack of meaningful efforts to stop human trafficking practices within the military is a slap in the face to the American people.
It’s time to talk about an uncomfortable truth. I, like many of you, traveled the world while I served in the military. And I, like many of you, saw my brothers in arms participating in human trafficking.

One instance stands out to me. In the Navy, when you’re visiting a port, someone in command leadership must brief sailors on the ins and outs of the port, including restricted areas. Without fail, these briefs contain a message about how sailors and Marines are not to participate in human trafficking of any kind, including prostitution or other sex industry practices.

There we were, off the coast of Saipan, receiving our port brief from the command master chief. He made a big show of decrying human trafficking, reminding the crew of our annual training. Yet several hours later, he was spotted by many sailors walking around town with multiple local women on his arm — and it was no secret that he had paid for their services.

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