QAnon Conspiracy Theories Threaten Survivors and Jeopardize Progress against Human Trafficking
An open letter warning that QAnon conspiracy theories threaten to undermine efforts to combat trafficking in the United States and around the world has now been signed by more than 100 organizations dedicated to combating human trafficking. The letter underscores that spreading lies and politicizing the traditionally nonpartisan movement will hamper the ability of governments, activists, advocates, and service providers to confront this crime and support survivors.
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An open letter to Candidates, the Media, Political Parties, and Policymakers:
As survivors, service providers, human and labor rights advocates, law enforcement officials, researchers and policy experts, we know human trafficking is real. For decades we have worked to raise awareness, enforce the law with a victim-centered approach, identify and aid survivors in their recovery, address underlying root causes, and establish policies to end this horrific crime. Our collective efforts have been aided by champions across the political spectrum. From Senators Sam Brownback and Paul Wellstone to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the bipartisan message has been clear:
You don’t score political points on the backs of human trafficking survivors, and you don’t lie about human trafficking to scare voters. …