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Mayor Bowser and Chief Lanier: Take Some Action to Save Ariana-Leilani and Other Children in DC

Distinguished columnist Colby King writes that action needs to be taken now on the epidemic of child prostitution and trafficking in the District of Columbia:

“Human trafficking is a cruel and inhumane practice found in countries around the world. So it should come as no surprise that President Obama proclaimed this month National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

“The exploitation and coercion of girls and young women into prostitution, however, is not limited to places overseas.

“Right here in the nation’s capital, our most vulnerable residents — children — are subjected to sex slavery. Their stories don’t make the evening news or even warrant blurbs in your morning paper. But human trafficking is, and has been, a shadowy and seamy part of D.C. life….

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U.S. attorney spokesman Bill Miller told me this week, “Since 2009, about 70 defendants have been prosecuted in [federal and D.C. courts] on charges related to human trafficking . . . including abducting or enticing a child into prostitution.”

“The overwhelming majority of those cases” he added, “resulted in convictions.”

“The U.S. attorney’s office has a large task force and an active outreach program on human trafficking, and is urgently scheduling training sessions with D.C. police and schools. Seven churches are joining the Faith Coalition Against Sex Trafficking in our Nation’s Capital to sponsor a meeting Jan. 30.

“They can’t do it alone.

“Let’s help the president and the prosecutors: Human trafficking is in our region, in the nation’s capital, in your ward, on your block.

“Open your eyes. Don’t look abroad. Look down the street.”

Read more:  Colby King on Child Trafficking in DC

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Manhattan Dentist Is Arrested on Drug and Child Pornography Charges, and Sex with Animals

According to a drug dealer’s claims in the criminal complaint filed by the FBI, a prominent Manhattan dentist Dr. Wolf told him “that he was actively involved in underground sex parties at various locations in New York City, including in Brooklyn, where participants would engage in sexual intercourse with animals.”    The dealer also said that Dr. Wolf had shown him videos “of infants and toddlers being sexually abused by adults,” including images of infants and toddlers being raped by men, according to the complaint.   The drug dealer had been arrested at Kennedy International Airport in March when he told the authorities that he had been swapping methamphetamine for Dr. Wolf’s dentistry.

Washington DC is also known for similar underground sex parties where children are abused.   However, DC Child and Family Services refuses to take on this problem, which often implicates powerful individuals in Washington, DC.   Child protection officials often given doctors and powerful individuals a “free pass” when it involves child pornography and child abuse.

Read more: New York Times

 

Ariana-Leilani and Other Children of Washington DC Need Protection

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In a recent letter to the Editor of the Washington Post, a Marie Cohen, a social worker, writes about the failures of DC’s Child and Family Services (CFSA) and missing child Relisha Rudd’s, who before she went missing, had been subjected to sexual abuse right under the nose of the Washington DC CFSA (its child protection agency):

Relisha’s family was known to the CFSA. The family had been the subject of several reports. There were numerous indications that the family was in trouble. Relisha’s brothers had frequent behavior problems at school, often a sign of trouble at home. School staff reported numerous warning signs, such as Relisha missing more than 30 days of school, Relisha often arriving for class dirty and Relisha and one of her brothers left waiting at school at the end of the day.

If the CFSA had an open case on the family, a social worker was expected to visit the family at least twice a month. It would have been a social worker’s job to make sure Relisha was okay.

The CFSA has been touting its success in taking fewer children into foster care. The acting director reported proudly this year that 62 percent of the children it serves are at home. That is good news indeed, as long as the children who are with their families are receiving the monitoring and services they need to be safe. Relisha certainly was not.

Like Relisha,  12 year old Ariana-Leilani continues to suffer, but despite clear evidence of abuse and neglect, CFSA refuses to even maintain an open case on her.

Along with almost 5000 signers of Ariana-Leilani’s Petition,  the DC Council and Mayor Bower should take the social workers’ letter seriously, and not only look more closely at Relisha Rudd’s case, but also direct CFSA to maintain an open case for 12 year old Ariana-Leilani.

See full text of Marie Cohen’s letter: Protecting the Next Relisha (Washington Post)

Read More for background:  Relisha.

Learn How One Person Is Walking to Get Child Abuse Taken Seriously

On September 15, 2014 Mathew McVarish (actor/activist) gave a remarkable speech at the United Nations in Geneva on Child Sexual Abuse and his efforts to change the laws of the European Union to better protect children from predators. In this touching and educational talk, he speaks from his own personal experiences and his walk through every European Country to bring attention to this devastating epidemic and get better child protection laws so others don’t need to suffer like he and others have in the past. Listen, learn. and support the Road to Change (http://roadtochange.eu). Brought to you by Ariel Foundation International (www. arielfoundation.org)

Today is Ariana-Leilani’s 11th Birthday, Happy Birthday

Happy 11th Birthday, Ariana-Leilani

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Sex Trafficking On The Rise In DC, MD, VA

child trafficking in Washington DCChild sex trafficking is booming in D.C., Virginia and Maryland. A local resident shares her story of how she was lowered into human sex trafficking (incorrectly called child prostitution) as a young girl.

Read more: WUSA9

Relisha Rudd: Sold Into Trafficking?

relishaThe Black and Missing Foundation has been assisting the Metropolitan Police Department in the search for Relisha Rudd of Washington DC.     They believe that Relisha, who is similar in age to Ariana-Leilani, is a victim of human trafficking.

“I feel that we’re searching for a live person,” said Derrica Wilson, a former police officer who runs the foundation.

I personally feel that this little girl was sold. I think her mother sold her to Tatum and I think Tatum has sold her in this world wide industry of trafficking,” said the former officer.

This could the case for various, including the fact that Relisha is so young, and a cute kid who was seemingly handed over to her abductor by her own mother.

They added that it’s important to realize Relisha’s appearance may very well have been changed, so, the pictures we’ve seen in recent weeks may not be exactly what we should be looking for.

Natalie Wilson said Relisha could have shorter hair or may be dressed like a little boy, so it’s important take an extra look at every child you come across.

Read More: Relisha Sold Into Trafficking

Relisha Rudd: Another Victim of Child Trafficking in DC

On February 26, 2014, Shamika Young, who is living in a homeless shelter with her family, says that she asked Kahlil Malik Tatum, a janitor at the homeless shelter at the old D.C. General Hospital, to take one of her daughters, 8 year old Relisha Rudd, home with him.

It is the last time she sees her daughter. Later that day, Tatum and Relisha are seen walking toward a room in a Holiday Inn Express on Bladensburg Road NE, side by side holding bags and entering a room.

On March 13, 2014 a counselor at Payne Elementary writes a referral to the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency (the same organization that refused to provide Relisha help since 2007, which is the same year DC CFSA also failed to take corrective action in the case of Ariana-Leilani) noting Relisha’s many absences. She missed more than 30 days, but officials say many were excused by her mother for illness, citing a “Dr. Tatum.”
One of the last times Relisha is seen alive is on a hotel closed circuit camera, entering a hotel room on February 26, 2014.

There are no confirmed sightings after March 1, 2014.

On March 19, 2014, at 10:04 p.m., Tatum checks into Room 132 of the Red Roof Inn in Oxon Hill, Md., and is seen with four people. None of them, police later say, is Relisha. Less than an hour later, three people leave.   That is also the night Tatum kills his wife.  She is found dead in Room 132 the next day

On March 27, 2014, DC Police Chief Kathy Lanier declares: “He may have killed her.”

For a janitor, Tatum was known for a high style of living.  He dressed in stylish Polo shirts, drove an immaculate SUV and took a liking to children, offering many of them gifts, according to relatives.

Analysis: Showering gifts on children is one of the ways abusers and pornographers condition children to cooperate with them.   Tatum’s being flush with cash also suggests that he was sexually exploiting for money.    Relisha’s mother’s suspect cooperation with Tatum in this endeavor suggests that she was probably somehow benefiting from Tatutums’ child exploitation enterprise.  Also, this would not be the first time Chief Lanier made claims about a case before the facts were in involving a child abuse and child porn cases.

If the  Mayor Gray’s DC CFSA had the needed competence, they would have picked up on this child’s situation years before and taken corrective action.   But, like in the case of Ariana-Leilani, DC Mayor Gray, some members of police force, and his CFSA act as if they are not protectors of children, but protectors of child trafficking.    The other mystery here is the apparent delay of DC in getting out an Amber Alert to neighboring jurisdictions — conveniently giving Tatum more opportunity to run and Relisha not being found alive (and thus fulfilling Chief Lanier’s prophesy)
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Why We Cannot Take a Child’s Illness for Granted?

Thousands carol to fulfill dying girl’s wish in Pennsylvania.   Delaney Brown, 8, of West Reading, Pa., was dying of a rare form of leukemia but her community gave her all the support it could.  Brown also got to talk to pop star Taylor Swift on her birthday.

Ten thousand people in Pennsylvania came out to sing to a terminally ill eight-year-old girl who has given them much inspiration during her courageous battle with cancer.   On Saturday an estimated 10,000 people visited the home of Delaney Brown in West Reading Pa. The group sang songs and fulfilled one of the dying girl’s last wishes — a huge holiday sing-along outside her house.   Laney arrived home from the hospital Thursday, Dec. 19, according to her “Team Laney” Facebook page. Her doctors have said her rare form of leukemia means she only has a few days or possibly weeks left to live.

She died on Christmas day.

Tell Mayor Vince Gray and President Obama to stop taking Ariana-Leilani’s life threatening illness for granted.  Let’s help Ariana-Leilani before it is too late; sign her petition today: http://www.ariana-leilani.com

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/thousands-carol-fulfill-dying-pa-girl-article-1.1556833#ixzz2oWKqTOOs

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Short Video Documentary “Small Cries”; A DC American Tragedy

The Save Ariana-Leilani Coalition is pleased to announce the world wide release of the video documentary “Small Cries.”    The six minute documentary tells the story of how the “child protection” systems in the United States are failing, and how Ariana-Leilani is a victim of that failure.  This short and compelling documentary features exclusive interviews, including an interview with Dr. Joy Silberg, who speaks of the error in judgment that many child protective services make in certain abuse and neglect cases.   Very educational and inspiring, and Ireneo Namboka, an international human rights advocate and former UN official.

Definitely a “two thumbs up” “must see” documentary.

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Documentary “Small Cries;” The Real Ariana-Leilani Story

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