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Episode 25: Addressing Child Marriages and Human Trafficking with Rima Nashashibi

podcast Oct 08, 2020

On this episode of the Fast Lane with Sara Jayne podcast, Sara Jayne talks to Rima Nashashibi, of Global Hope 35, a California-based non-profit organization, with the goal of improving the lives of women and girls globally and nationally through advoking for their safety, education, and empowerment to save lives. Rima Nashashibi discusses the immense problems with child marriages, the work that Global Hope 35 does, and the issues involved with human trafficking, 

Episode Highlights: 

  • Rima Nashashibi shares frightening statistics about the rampant amount of child marriage in the United States and worldwide.  
  • The American Medical Association has come out against child marriages.  
  • More than 80% of child marriages end in divorce.  
  • Child trafficking is a $150 billion industry.  
  • 90% of women in the sex industry have been trafficked are American.  
  • Most victims of human trafficking are trafficked by a partner, a family member, or a friend.  
  • How can parents protect their children from human trafficking?  
  • What are some common scenarios that lead to kids being trafficked?  
  • Don’t judge or shame your children and make them comfortable to share their fears and difficult problems with you to keep them safe. 
  • The demand for human trafficking so strong that these perpetrators and buyers need stricter punishments. 
  • Traffickers keep moving girls around to avoid getting caught.  
  • Rima Nashashibi explains the EARN IT Act. 
  • What is so appealing to an older person to want to marry or have sex with a child?

3 Key Points:

  1. Child marriage is still a marriage in 46 states. For kids under 18. 
  2. There have been over 200,000 children married since 2000 in the United States.  
  3. Worldwide there are 40 million people in modern-day slavery, with 25 million of them in forced labor and 15 million in forced marriage.  

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