The First Human Trafficking Lawsuits Are Underway In Ohio

Human traffickers aren’t able to operate without
corporations covering for them. Some of these companies are accomplices while
others simply turn a blind eye to the abuse that’s happening right in front of them. But either way, these companies won’t be able
to hide for much longer. Joining me and talk about this is attorney
Kim Adams who is on all their trail with Carissa. You Know, Kim, I love what’s happening with
this lawsuit. I like the players, the experiences being
brought to this national case. I want to talk about ECPAT. What is ECPAT and why is it important to this
case? So ECPAT stands for end child prostitution
and trafficking. And it’s important because in 1990 this organization
got together way ahead of most people and said, we need some guidelines. We need these businesses to be held accountable
because we know that that’s where it starts. And so they created a certain guidelines and
training programs, all of these things where businesses could say, I’m going to enter into
this. I’m going to give my public pledge to help
end trafficking. Okay. So you’ve got industry that, you know, it’s
really a funny thing. I mean, it’s a great thing. But since we filed this lawsuit since you
and Carissa filed the lawsuit up in New York, oh, excuse me, up in Ohio, it’s almost like
all of a sudden everybody’s paying attention. That’s right. You have the hotel industry. What’s happening with the hotel industry? What, what are corporations doing right now? It’s almost as if they’ve had a wake up call,
what is it? I think they’ve had a wake up call. They’re again, pledging to make right on their
promises to try to put a stop to trafficking. They’re trying to let the public know we’re
doing training programs, we’re gonna let everyone know that trafficking doesn’t exist in our
hotels. Something they should’ve been doing when they
made that pledge 20 years ago and they have that have not done. So, I think we’re seeing the public communication
again, the, hopefully not empty pledges, but what has been tried and true of empty pledges. And so I think that we’re hopefully going
to see some changes there. Let, let me tell you about empty pledges. We, our law firm handled the tobacco litigation
when it first started. As a matter of fact, we wrote the first legislation
that launched the tobacco litigation. As soon as we did that, we had these ads coming
out from the industry that made it look like they really care. That’s right. Made it look like, oh man, we’re all in. We’re, you know, we’re so sorry about what
we’ve done. But they made billions and billions of dollars
for decades knowing exactly what they were doing. I don’t see any difference here. I mean, I, God bless them. I’m glad the hotels are saying we can do better. If you go through an airport nowadays, everybody
is talking about if you see trafficking, that didn’t just happen. No. They understood they’re a target. Matter of fact, Atlanta is a great example. You know, the, the trafficking takes place
in Atlanta right there at that hotel. People come from all over the world, converge
in Atlanta, stay a few hours with trafficked individuals and then go back home. That’s right. So they’ve known this has been going on a
long time. What are the claims, what are these claims
that you’re bringing and who can bring these kinds of claims? You and Carissa are all out front on this. Right, so our claim is, is centered around
the trafficking victim protections act. We’ve had this act for a long time, it’s gone
through a number of modifications. It’s important though because it allows our
survivors to finally have a voice against businesses and people who are benefiting financially
from their trafficking. One of the common mis-conceptions by our survivors
is that they feel like they’ve got to reopen this wound against their trafficker, and that’s
not what we’re after here. We’re after, we’re following the money. We want to see real change and we want our
survivors to have a real voice against these businesses who, as you’ve already alluded
to, have made millions and millions of dollars off of their suffering for years, and that’s
what we’re doing. Well, one thing that, one thing that I see
a difference here, I don’t know that there’s ever been a Carissa. You know, I don’t know that, I don’t know
there’s ever been a Carissa that A is a lawyer, lived through trafficking, understands all
the nuances, is an MBA on top of that is an author on top of that, she has empowered these
women. That’s right. She’s able to get on the telephone and say,
I went through this and the thing to do so nobody else goes through it is engage yourself
in a lawsuit and right now she’s traveling all over the country talking to, some of these
stories that I’m hearing are the most horrendous you, you, you take the calls every day you
take. We hear stories of victims who said, I wish
that Doorman, that clerk at the desk, that manager who was getting a kickback, that trafficker
who was getting a discount at that hotel, that hospitality worker who came in and cleaned
my room and saw the evidence of trafficking all over that room, I wish just one of those
people would have taken notice of what was going on. And you’re absolutely right, Carissa comes
in with such a degree of knowledge and skill and compassion and trust, and I think that
that’s what our, our survivors are finally realizing we are here for the right reasons. Our first priority is to see change. Our second priority is to make sure that the
public’s perception of these victims is no longer a victim shaming world. That you hear them and you listen to them
first, and then our survivors will tell you last on their list is some kind of recovery
for the years of pain and torture they went through. How, how do you, you ever, yeah, there’s no
way. There’s no way to get those years back. Okay, so what, give me quickly, what is your
plan? Y’All have filed the first cases in the country,
you’ve, up in Ohio. That’s right. You’ve got a, your goal is hotels, trucking
industry. I mean you go on there, there’s so many… Any industry that’s benefited financially,
any industry, any business that has benefited financially, knowing where they were getting
their, their benefits from, that’s our target. That’s the, that’s the industry that we’re
going after right now. We have many, many cases after the hospitality
industry. They’re the first on our list. Those are the first complaints that we filed. But there are other industry in line and we
fully anticipate… Will, will you let me take the first several
depositions? I sure will. Because I’m gonna make some folks suffer. Thank you for joining me, Kim. Okay. Thank you so much.

31 thoughts on “The First Human Trafficking Lawsuits Are Underway In Ohio

  1. The Right seems to have a problem with Coyotes bringing illegal immigrants across the border, but if there's a buck to be made from Human Trafficking they suddenly turn a blind eye and deaf ear.

  2. My sister works in the hospitality industry and this something that really makes a job she loves unbearable. She wanted it stopped yesterday.

  3. Big Corporations making right on their promises? Seeing is believing. Money is their god, the more the merrier for them. The light is finally beginning to shine, let’s hope it doesn’t get turned off.

  4. First time I've seen this channel offer even half truths. Would have been more informing , if the announcer allowed guest to speak,
    without cutting in.😡

  5. WOW all I can say is this is finally really happening 👍👍 I hope& pray this starts to make immediate changes in the world. I think this really should be brought to the United Nations and a world age of sexual consent should be set to stop world wide abuse& sexual tourism and pedophilia worldwide the world needs to change as a whole

  6. FINALLY is truly an UNDERSTATEMENT! I'll be 59 year's old in a couple weeks I was trafficked in the 1970's. I am blessed to be a survivor. #IAMjanedoe

  7. We need more education and public awareness for this. One of the most egregious crimes occurring in our country. Glad Ohio is taking it on !!

  8. Trump and his friend, the late Jeffrey Epstein have the imbeciles in Ohio so confused that they are not sure which side of the trafficking issue they are supposed to pretend to be on. They’re tending towards a: “Fine people on both sides” stance.


  10. Someone forgot to pay their bribes. Now they’re throwing them under the bus. All these fools including these dirt bags reporting all knew this was happening they just didn’t care until they didn’t get paid

  11. Didn’t your country had a war against slavery . By the way you were the very last Christian country to declare slavery illegal,,,and you needed a war to do it.

  12. The media should look into Bethany Christian Services who foster out immigrant children to Right Wing families taken from their parents at the US border and refuse to share information on any of them. They have extensive ties to the DeVos family and are anti-LGBTQ.

  13. There's a simple market solution: sexbot rentals!
    had a model's face, and the body of a teen. They
    found him still embracing this voluptuous machine. It
    seems that this erotic android had a viral bug. He
    died from a robotic glitch in her hydraulic hug. 😉

  14. While I support this effort to end this crime, it is a staple of the perversion of the privileged and wealthy who are excused when it comes to the law and for that reason I am not optimistic about a reasonable outcome. But I wish you well.

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