Ever since learning about Stop Child Trafficking Now from her pastors, Elisha Krauss, senior producer for Sean Hannity, has been committed to helping the organization which focuses on targeting predators and putting an end to child trafficking.
A regular Locks of Love supporter, Krauss decided she could donate her hair and raise money for SCTNow by launching a “Ten-for-Ten” initiative.
For every inch of hair she donated, Krauss was able to raise $1,000 for SCTNow. Through the generous support of everyone she inspired, she was successful in surpassing her goal of donating 10 inches of her hair and raising $10,000. This money is being used to help the over 2.5 million children who fall victim to the $12 billion-a-year trafficking industry.
“It’s a human rights issue; it’s very black and white and very right and wrong,” Krauss told HUMAN EVENTS. “The topic needs to be broached. People don’t think it happens but it does.” With the average predator raking in more than $200,000 a year from a single child, SCTNow focuses its efforts on the demand side of child trafficking. Its primary goal is to target buyers and predators for prosecution and conviction.
“While over 260 organizations are currently focused on rescuing children, until the demand side is addressed, the supply will always exist,” according to SCTNow.
To extinguish this crime, SCTNow actively funds and deploys elite teams to bring predators to justice both in the U.S. and abroad.
Clark Stuart, director of special operatives for SCTNow, says he and his former military and law enforcement operatives utilize the same tactics to capture pedophiles that they used to hunt down terrorists.
“The demand comes in many forms and SCTNow is dedicated to developing a system that is going to make an impact on every level,” Stuart said. “Anyone who trades flesh for money will be a target of SCTNow operations.”
Krauss says she will do everything possible to assist SCTNow until demand for child trafficking is put to an end.
“Here in New York, for example, they send the Health Department to these so-called massage parlors to try to write up a fine for cleanliness or lack of licensing and then the cops can come in and investigate. But a detective doesn’t have the time to go to one of the hundreds of massage parlors around Chinatown or Hell’s Kitchen to investigate what’s going on behind closed doors,” Krauss says.
Krauss is encouraged by the number of people she has inspired to return to their college campuses and high schools to raise awareness and money for the cause.
“One little idea sitting around dinner at a pizza place in New York City can lead to inspiring other people,” Krauss said. “Once again, I think it’s an issue where once people hear about it they may feel overwhelmed at first but then empowered to do something. And you should want to do something.”
It seems fighting child trafficking is one of the few issues Congress can agree on. The Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2010 was introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D.-N.Y.) and Rep. Chris Smith (R.-N.J.). The bipartisan bill aims to provide $45 million to rehabilitate young victims of trafficking.
For those who want to get more involved, Krauss urges people to visit SCTNow at www.sctnow.org and sign up for one of the many events taking place this fall across the country and abroad. For instance, tonight SCTNow is hosting a fundraiser with Caroline Manzo of Real Housewives of N.J.
“I’m thrilled to lend my voice in helping SCTNOW raise awareness about the horrific crime of child-sex trafficking happening within the borders of our own country. As a parent it is nearly beyond comprehension that these dangers exist in our own backyard,” said Manzo.
How can you make a difference? Easily. As SCTNow founder Lynette Lewis puts it, “For as little as $30 a predator can buy sex with a child for 15 minutes. For that same $30 we can put a special ops team in the field for 15 minutes to stop it.” Donate now.