Queendom Come, Inc. Joins with Other Houston Organizations to
#ProtectOurDaughters Against Sex & Human Trafficking.
Houston, TX-Queendom Come, Inc. (QCI) along with other local Houston organization to launched its #ProtectOurDaughters campaign to address sex and human trafficking in the Houston area. Sex trafficking has become the new “slavery” and has taken national attention when a dozen of black and Latina girls went missing in Washington, D.C. this month. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Houston is one of the largest hubs for human trafficking in the nation and the largest hub in Texas Houston has over 200 active brothels, with two new openings each month. Houston is a popular entryway for internationally trafficked persons due to its two large, international airports and the Port of Houston, which is the largest international port in the United States and the thirteenth busiest in the world.
Age is the primary factor in vulnerability. We are seeing our daughters becoming victims to this modern-day slavery. Pre-teen or adolescent girls are more susceptible to the calculated advances, deception, and manipulation tactics used by traffickers/pimps – no youth is exempt from falling prey to these tactics. Traffickers target locations youth frequent such as social media sites, schools, malls, parks, bus stops, shelters and group homes. Runaway or homeless youth, as well as those with a history of physical and sexual abuse, may have an increased risk of being trafficked.
QCI has collaborated with other organizations in the community and women leaders such as, Green House International Church Co-Pastor Sandra Deckard of Greenhouse International Church, Kathy Griffin Grinan of “We’ve Been There Done That”, Valerie Muhammad of the Nation of Islam MGT & GCC, Calandrian Simpson-Kemp of the Village of Mothers, Jinaki Muhammad of the National Black United Front, Attorney Sadiyah A. Evangelista of the Ministry of Justice Millions More Movement, Deric Muhammad and Pastor E.A. Deckard of No More Blood Shed Movement, Deloyd Parker of SHAPE Community Center Kathy Bluford Daniels of BLAC MOM, and Sonia Parker of Parents Against Predators. A town hall meeting will be announced at the press conference.
If you or anyone you believe is a victim of human trafficking immediately call the national human trafficking hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
You can help by signing up for a committee.
The purpose of the #ProtectOurDaughters awareness committee is to raise the awareness and consciousness of the community of sex-trafficking in our community, nation and worldwide. The awareness committee is dedicated to the act of enlightening and informing the masses of sex and human trafficking whilst hoping to instigate an action from the public in return or to simply have them better informed to protect themselves and their children.
Examples of the way to promote awareness but not limited to:
- Social Media (FB/Twitter/IG)
- Video Clip to promote the campaign
- Use the hashtags: #ProtectOurDaughters
- Promote local and national missing children
- Informational Table w/ resources
- Connecting with the Mayor’s Office for support and resources
- Block by Block Organizing
- Neighborhood Watch
- High traffic human trafficking areas
- Suspicious businesses
- Burnett-Bayland Park
- Street teams
- Safe Houses
- Local Media Outlets
- News Paper
The purpose of the #ProtectOurDaughters education committee is to proactively educate and engage the parents, children, and community to respond to the call of action to be informed and to protect our daughters from sex and human trafficking in our community, nation and world-wide. This will include creating a curriculum of education to parents, children, and the community. Also, collaborating with schools, houses of worship, community, and governmental organizations such as but not limited to:
- Juvenile Youth Centers
- Covenant House – Youth Homeless Population
- Houses of Worship
- Resource Pamphlets w/ resources
- Anti-Human Trafficking Advocates
- Coalition Building w/ National Programs
- Black and Missing Foundation
- The Rebecca Project
- United Against Human Trafficking
- Department of Homeland Security
The purpose of the #ProtectOurDaughters self-defense committee is to help physically, mentally, and spiritually aid in reducing the risk of girls and women becoming victims of sex and human trafficking. The benefits in learning self-defense will prevent victimization and re-victimization; facilitates social support with parents, children, and the community. The self-defense campaign will be consistent with emerging trauma interventions. This campaign will promote active coping and contribute to recovery from sexual violence. There will be several areas of self-defense training. Examples of self-defense training but not limited to:
- Human Trafficking 101 classes
- Human Trafficking Recognition Training
- How to escape after abduction.
- Getting out of a zip tie.
- How to break free from someone’s grasp.
The purpose of the #ProtectOurDaughters victim restoration committee recognizes that crime of sex and human trafficking results in harm to the victims, parents, and the communities. Children and young adults rescued from child trafficking have far too few safe, qualified environments where they can be taken for habilitation and training for a normal productive life. All too often they have ended up in juvenile detention programs or traditional foster care. Juvenile detention is much too rigid and unforgiving, while foster care is simply not prepared for traumatized victims that have been sold many times a day for sex. The victims need more stability than traditional foster care, which often bounces children from home to home. They will most often run away, back to the dangerous life that had endangered them or succumb to suicide, alcohol, drugs on the street.
Victim restoration is concerned with “healing victims’ wounds and repairing the harm done to interpersonal relationships and the community. Victim restoration seeks to involve the victim, victim’s families and communities by providing opportunities for those most affected by the crime to be directly involved in the process of responding to the harm caused and healing the wounds. Examples of ways the #ProtectOurDaughters can provide victim restorative assistance but not limited to:
- Post Victimization Counseling
- Family Counseling
- Self-Esteem Building Workshops
- Safe Houses
The purpose of the #ProtectOurDaughters economic committee is to raise the necessary anti-sex trafficking resources to bring awareness, educate, defend, and restore. It is estimated that the sex-trafficking industry makes $32 billion dollars a year world-wide. This is a sophisticated and lucrative criminal enterprise. It is going to require organization and finances to fight this evil we have in our own back yard. Examples of methods to raise the necessary capital for the #ProtectOurDaughters campaign will consist of but not limited to:
- Grant Writing