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Forum on Trafficking of Local Girls

From Tim Burgess:
I would like to send you a special invitation to come to a Town Hall forum about the sex trafficking of local girls on Thursday, January 20 at 7 p.m. This is not an issue that we like to think or talk about, but it is one that we must face openly together as a community.

 The first step is to get informed. This event is a unique opportunity to hear from both national and local experts. Deborah Richardson, who has led campaigns to stop child prostitution first in Atlanta and now nation-wide, will start the conversation.  She will be joined by local leaders in this field, including the researcher who shed light on the issue in our community in a groundbreaking 2008 report. Other panelists include representatives from the Seattle Police Department and the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, as well as the manager of The Bridge, our state’s only residential recovery program designed specifically to serve these children.
The forum is presented by the Women’s Funding Alliance in collaboration with the Seattle City Council, the Seattle Human Services Department, YouthCare and the Women’s Funding Network. Tickets cost $5 and all proceeds will go to The Bridge. Full event details and tickets are available at
If you can’t make it in person, the event will also be available for viewing on the Seattle Channel’s Web site afterward.
Deborah Richardson, Women’s Funding Network Leslie Briner, YouthCare Sean O’Donnell, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
I hope that you will be able to join us. Please call my office at 206-684-8806 if you have any questions.
Tim Burgess

3 Comments on "Forum on Trafficking of Local Girls"

  1. SuckerBornEveryMinute | January 18, 2011 at 10:44 am |

    I’m looking forward to future forums on “Kittens: Pro or Con”, as well as stamping out childhood hunger, and how we can make our farmer’s markets more dolphin-safe.

    Q. Why do politicians pander to idiots with this crap?

    A. Because sadly, it works.

    What would you like our police focusing on in Belltown? This nebulous “traffic” in local girls, or the non-nebulous thugs, maniacs, and social scourges that are permitted to menace downtown? In times of scarce resources, PD’s never seem to run out of money to run stings at strip clubs, massage parlors, and escort ads. Perhaps it’s more rewarding for them personally than taking down the real thugs and perps, and walking the beats with their salary paying citizenry?

  2. I’m amazed that the trafficking of underage girls is a lower priority item in your mind. These are children, not adults consenting. It’s not a fictional issue – this is happening every night on the streets of Seattle and Belltown.

    I agree that drug dealing, car prowls, and other acts of violence are intolerable, but the heinous severity and depth of evil on display in this situation is something we can’t ignore or minimize in the least.

  3. It’s the same “thugs, maniacs, and social scourges” who are the ones that are trafficking underage girls. Don’t you think that “thugs, maniacs, and social scourges” are capable of multitasking?

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