Gabnet Chair Speaks on Child Trafficking to DC Legislators, Advocates

LOS ANGELES (June 6) — In response to an invitation from Kathleen Kennedy Townsend to the USC School of Social Work, Dr. Annalisa Enrile, interim national chairperson of Gabnet of the Mariposa Alliance will speak on the issue of child trafficking at the June 9th conference of the non-profit Children Uniting Nations (CUN) at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC. The conference will follow a press event to announce a new partnership between CUN and Russell Simmons’ “HipHop Summit Action Network.”

Simmons is co-founder of the pioneer hip-hop label Def Jam and creator of the prominent fashion line, Phat Farm. Enrile is expected to meet with him regarding child trafficking and child prostitution as part of the final conference panel, “The Economic Decline and its Impact on the Future of Our Children.”

Over 50% of the 13 million persons trafficked each year are children. Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is one of the major forms of child trafficking that continues to grow today.

Enrile will discuss this recent upsurge of child trafficking and prostitution as one of the impact of globalization under imperialism. The destruction of the boundaries of national economies destroys traditional alternative livelihood for women and parents, who fall prey to the seduction of traffickers. Other children are abducted into the sex trade by cold-blooded traffickers.

Enrile’s presentation critically analyzes current international, federal and California state policies, and draws attention to possible means of interventions and their repercussions. It will also include both short-term and long-term recommendations to at least minimize the threat of CSEC against at-risk children.

Among this year’s participant at CUN’s 4th Annual “Keeping Our Promise To Our Children Conference” are former House Majority Leader Richard Amey, Congresswoman Michelle Bachman, Senator Evan Bayh, Congressman Denis Cardoza, Congressman Joe Crowley, Senator Klobuchar, Senator Mary Landreu, Honorable Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi, Congressman Adam Schiff, Senator Olympia Snowe, Senator John Kerry, Senator Barbara Boxer, Congresswoman Diane Watson, Congressman Howard Bernan, Speaker of Assembly Karen Blass and Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Gabnet of the Mariposa Alliance has waged the Purple Rose Campaign against the sexual trafficking of Filipinas and Filipino children for more than a decade. It was the first US organization to assert that the mail-order bride industry is a disguised and legalized form of trafficking. It also asserted that the Labor Export
policy of the Philippine government, under development plans encouraged by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, was legalized trafficking, victimizing millions of Filipinas, adult and minor. Recently, Gabnet expanded its anti-trafficking coverage to include Filipinas exported for manual labor, principally domestic work.

Gabnet will hold its 20th anniversary this September in Berkeley, California and will help formally launch the Mariposa Alliance, a center for joint work by US and transnational women.

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