Author name: Jenifer Knighton

Jenifer Knighton is a Community Activist, Journalist, Counselor, and DWI-Education and Intervention Instructor. Her focus is on social justice and change. Her mission is to build stronger communities through hope, empowerment, advocacy and outreach, resources, and support.

Police lie, innocent people pay the price: Manvel PD publicly lied about rape investigation

Last month, Freddie Charles Douglas Jr., a 43-year-old former sergeant of the El Campo Police Department’s criminal investigation division, was charged and arrested for sexually assaulting a woman on November 8. The incident allegedly occurred while he was visiting the home of his long-time friend in Manvel, Texas for his birthday. Douglas, who had a […]

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Charges filed against Hindu Extremist working with Indian Government in plot to kill U.S. citizen

Several Indian government employees, including 52-year-old Nikhil Gupta, are accused of plotting to murder a US Sikh leader advocating for Punjab’s secession. A stakeholder in international trafficking, Gupta was arrested in the Czech Republic on June 30, 2023. The alleged conspiracy involved an undercover US officer being offered $100,000 to kill the activist. Gupta now faces potential murder-for-hire charges. This ongoing investigation involves multiple international agencies.

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The Silent Struggle: Why it’s not easy for victims of sex trafficking to speak up

The article discusses the various barriers sex trafficking victims face when attempting to speak up or seek help. These hurdles include manipulation and coercion, Stockholm Syndrome, societal stigma, fear of legal consequences, lack of trust, isolation, language/cultural barriers, lack of awareness, trauma, and fear of retaliation. The piece emphasizes the importance of a coordinated societal response, including awareness raising, education, and trauma-informed care, to support victims and facilitate their path to recovery.

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The silent struggle: Why it’s difficult for parents of sex trafficking victims to talk about it

Parents of child victims of sex trafficking suffer in silence due to societal stigma, intimidation from traffickers, lack of understanding, and the complexity of legal processes. Breaking this silence necessitates a shift in societal perspective towards empathy, actively raising awareness, destigmatizing sex trafficking, and providing support systems, thus allowing parents to openly share their experiences and encouraging societal action against sex trafficking.

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