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Brownback asks Kansans to help stop human trafficking

Gov. Sam Brownback speaks with Overland Park resident William Payne, right, after giving a talk addressing human trafficking Thursday in the Kansas Union Ballroom.

Gov. Sam Brownback speaks with Overland Park resident William Payne, right, after giving a talk addressing human trafficking Thursday in the Kansas Union Ballroom.

February 2, 2012

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Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday evening urged Kansans to help stop human slave trade at the End Human Trafficking event at the Kansas Union.

“It’s important. It’s key. And it’s happening in your world,” Brownback told about 200 attendees at the event sponsored by the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center. After being introduced by KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, Brownback said he first became aware of human trafficking when he was in the U.S. Senate. An intern began telling him stories of humans being sold for sex in Sudan.

Brownback said he “just didn’t think this happens in the world.”

A trip to Sudan, and subsequent trips to North Korea and Nepal, changed his mind, and ever since, he’s championed the issue — first in the Senate, sponsoring the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in 2000, along with Sen. Paul Wellstone, a Democrat from Minnesota.

Brownback is now trying to target those efforts in Kansas, which is seeing increasing reports of human trafficking of children as young as 11.

Solid numbers for how prevalent human trafficking is in Kansas aren’t reliable, said Laura Dean, a KU doctoral student who studies human trafficking.

But perceptions that it doesn’t happen in our state are incorrect, said Dean, who will present some of her research to state legislators later this month at the Capitol Research Summit in Topeka.

And Kansas lags behind other states in legislation and resources for victims, Dean said. According to her research, Kansas is ranked 30th in the country at efforts to stop human trafficking.

Brownback said he’d like to change that, and late last year the Kansas Attorney General’s Office expanded the Kansas Human Trafficking Advisory Board.

In addition to suggesting that KU would be a great place to start a human trafficking research center, Brownback encouraged those concerned about the issue to take the time to visit affected areas and speak with victims.

“Go yourself,” Brownback said. “Once you go, you’ll never be the same.”

Comments

Kaw Pickinton 2 years, 6 months ago

Why did BB have to wear a MU jacket and tie? My god, is he just trying to piss us off?

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ku_tailg8 2 years, 6 months ago

Looks like Baylor colors to me.

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Ragingbear 2 years, 6 months ago

Why doesn't somebody traffic in him? Oh yeah, a slave has to be capable of doing something right every once in a while to have value.

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overthemoon 2 years, 6 months ago

So, the funding for a research center comes from....? Or are students and faculty just supposed to provide services to the state for free?

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JackMcKee 2 years, 6 months ago

This is what Brownback is spending his time on? Fire this idiot.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 6 months ago

I had a little slave girl on order, but now that Brownback has taken this highly moral and courageous stand, I cancelled that order.

You're a saint, Sam.

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ku_tailg8 2 years, 6 months ago

How about we fix our state first. Cut out the free loaders and get our budget under control. This is the United States. Nobody ever said you were guaranteed anything and I, for one, am tired of my taxes going to help you live. Cut the budget and don't worry about the free loaders you offend.

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MarcoPogo 2 years, 6 months ago

Uh, this does have to do with fixing a problem in our state. While definitely not a fan of Brownback's, this is an incredibly ugly crime that can permanently destroy lives. There are some heartbreaking stories out there that make learning about the topic very unsettling.

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billbodiggens 2 years, 6 months ago

And this relates to human trafficking in Kansas how ? Did you read the article?

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ku_tailg8 2 years, 6 months ago

It doesn't. There are more important things to worry about then a few cases of this popping up.

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dwendel 2 years, 6 months ago

Those two college women in the picture look like they're thinking, "#heblowsalot."

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oldvet 2 years, 6 months ago

As most people do who are living off of mommy and daddy, or sucking on the public teat.

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DillonBarnes 2 years, 6 months ago

Yes, anyone who wants to get an education must be doing one of those two things.

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xyz 2 years, 6 months ago

Brownback said he first became aware of human trafficking when he was in the U.S. Senate. An intern began telling him stories of humans being sold for sex in Sudan. Brownback said he “just didn’t think this happens in the world.”

Glad to see that you are so worldly now, Sam. But you still need to work on your "just didn't think" problem.

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mr_right_wing 2 years, 6 months ago

Oh no! What kind of monster did i help elect!?

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pavlovs_dog 2 years, 6 months ago

If Brownkoch was a recording artist this would be his minor hit from years past that he's more than happy to trot out and sing because he actually has nothing to show in the area of creating jobs. Does he really intend to take urgent action to solve this trafficking problem? He suggested to the KU Chancellor that KU should look into raising money to fund a KU Center on Trafficking so students can earn degrees to help with the problem. Thank goodness Sam is not in charge of the Fire Department. Maybe Secretary of State Kris Kochbach can help if he ever gets through protecting us from voter fraud. If Sam follows the directions he's been given by his masters, someday we will all work for Koch Mega-Industries at below minimum wage (there won't be one). But that's not human trafficking, that's Free Market Neo-Conservatism.

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chootspa 2 years, 6 months ago

I'm not going to knock him for having one cause upon which we can agree.

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Shane Garrett 2 years, 6 months ago

That has to put a damper on the frat party night with the theme of "pimps and hoes".

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Jan Rolls 2 years, 6 months ago

OK when I see it I will stop it while our attorney general sits back and does nothing.

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Haiku_Cuckoo 2 years, 6 months ago

He needs an image consultant. He looks like a Century 21 real estate agent from 1977.

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verity 2 years, 6 months ago

Human trafficking is a huge, worldwide problem and a terrible thing for people caught in it. It should not be scoffed at. It not only involves women sold for prostitution, but men and women taken for what is essentially slave labor.

I commend Gov Brownback for drawing attention to it.

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