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John Martin
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Exploited Teens Summer

About 50,000 children nationwide are involved. They're often underprivileged and underage. Make no mistake: These are not your neighbor's kids selling something to support their soccer team or Girl Scout troop. These children are often poor, and they're bused in to sell to you. The U.S. Department of Labor says it's being exploited by greedy adults.

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They sell sweets, but bite in deep enough and you will taste the truth. That's what I learned when I spent a summer on the streets following candy kids. One boy told me he was selling candy for the Just Say No program at his school. When I called his school, I learned there was no such program. A girl said she was selling boxed candy for her basketball team. That was a lie. A group of kids said they were with a nonprofit organization founded to keep kids off the street. The group didn't exist.

The Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) is a federal law that determines the rules for different age groups of youth as well as the enforcement and fines for employers who violate the law. FLSA protects children from being exploited by employers to sell or produce goods for commerce.

Knowing what types of occupations children are allowed to work in and what duties they can perform is important. Also, be aware that the rules and restrictions are different for summer vacation than when school is in session. Many states have their own labor laws with different child labor requirements so make sure to check your state laws as well.

When school is in session, 14- to 15-year-olds can only work 3 hours a day and not more than 18 hours a week. They cannot work before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m. During the summer vacation starting June 1st and going thru Labor Day, youth are allowed to work 8 hours a day but not more than 40 hours a week. They can work during the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and only in appropriate occupations.

Murkowski described as "wimpy" and "unsatisfactory" a written response by the Justice Department to a critical letter she sent last summer demanding an answer about why the Justice Department shut down its case.

Human trafficking is a $32 billion business involving thousands of victims. More than 2,500 children are exploited for commercial sexual activity in New York each year, according to statistics from 2012. The numbers are likely much higher now.

When I was a kid, I loved to play the board game Strat-O-Matic baseball with my two friends. We played day and night, occasionally taking a break to run down to the beach for a swim, but for most of our summer, we would focus on playing our game.

This discovery made my friend's team sensational as he started putting McMahon in every game and dominated the league. The competitive balance of our summer league was tilted because of one player and there had to be rules made to limit McMahon's impact.

Sunday, watching Peyton Manning play for the Colts, reminded me of my childhood. I realized that Manning is to the NFL, what Don McMahon was to three teenage kids' summer card league. He shifts the competitive balance so far in his team's favor that I'm now sure there has NEVER been a player like him in the league.

Once the Jets lost corner Donald Strickland in the first quarter, the Colts went to their three-receiver sets. From that point on, New York's secondary struggled. Darrelle Revis can only cover one man, and the rest of the secondary was exploited.

Deborah J. Richardson Papers, 1996-2008 (W086)The Deborah J. Richardson Papers document efforts to eradicate child sex trafficking in Atlanta, and the creation of Angela's House, the first safe house east of the Mississippi for sexually exploited girls. Richardson's papers include newsletters, articles, speeches, and programs related to her career and organizations that she served.

Kaffie McCullough, June 16, 2011 (W071)Kaffie McCullough received her masters degree in Community Counseling in 1986 and launched a successful 10-year career as a licensed professional counselor. Her work focused on female clients and issues of self-esteem. While she was in her private therapy practice, McCullough saw a number of middle school clients, and as a result, she identified that age as the pivotal time when the decline in self-esteem begins. Drawing on experience gained volunteering in a week-long outdoor leadership camp for young girls at Wells, McCullough founded the not-for-profit organization, Girls Opportunities for Adventure and Leadership (GOAL). GOAL's mission was to promote self-esteem, self-awareness and a respect for individual differences in girls and young women, resulting in an enhanced capacity for leadership. GOAL started as a week-long summer camp, and went on to offer a number of programs for girls in grades 6 through 9. Along with her entrepreneurial successes, McCullough has served the Atlanta community as a speaker, resource, and advisor for other groups working on programs for girls and young women. She now works with the Juvenile Justice Fund, overseeing A Future Not A Past, a program aimed at combating the criminal exploitation of children. [CONTACT ARCHIVIST FOR TRANSCRIPT OR AUDIO/VIDEO FILE] 041b061a72


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