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Human Trafficking: Susana Trimarco Makes A Difference

Updated on December 13, 2012

SETTING THE STAGE

In 2002, Susana Trimarco’s daughter left for a doctor’s appointment. She never returned home. Marita Veron, Trimarco’s daughter, was 23 years old at the time and had her own little daughter, three year-old Micaela.

For ten years now Susana has searched for her daughter, and during that time she has learned much about the underground human trafficking system in Argentina, her native country.

Susan Trimarco with her daughter's missing poster
Susan Trimarco with her daughter's missing poster | Source

FRUSTRATION GREW

Immediately following the disappearance of her daughter, Susana grew more and more frustrated by the lack of empathy she encountered by local officials, and it became obvious to her that she needed to take matters into her own hands.

She began her own search and eventually found a taxi driver who remembered taking Marita to a brothel where she was beaten and forced into prostitution. Unfortunately, the trail grew cold there, but that did not deter Susana. She and her husband disguised themselves as recruiters for prostitutes, and they made their way from brothel to brothel in search of their daughter, all the while gathering facts and evidence concerning the scope of human trafficking in Argentina.

That evidence included illegal participation in human trafficking by police, politicians, and gangsters.

UGLY STATISTICS

Human trafficking is the number two illegal enterprise in the United States and the world, second only to the illegal drug trade.

161 countries have been identified as locations where human trafficking occurs.

It is estimated that 27 million people are sold as slaves in the human trafficking empire.

Human trafficking accounted for $32 billion in profit last year. $9.7 billion of that was in Asia; $15.5 billion was in industrialized nations.

100,000 women and children are victimized each year in the United States.

The average age of victims upon entering slavery is thirteen.

SUSANA TRIMARCO WOULD NOT BE STOPPED

Despite not finding her daughter, Susana and her husband are responsible for the freeing of more than 900 women and girls.

Because of her actions, the State Department provided seed money for a foundation in Veron’s name; the foundation provides housing, medical care, and psychological aid to victims.

Argentina outlawed human trafficking in 2008, a direct response to the efforts and campaign of Trimarco. Since then, more than 3,000 victims have been freed.

The U.S. State Department awarded Trimarco with the “Women of Courage” Award, and she has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In addition, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez awarded Trimarco with the Human Rights Award for her efforts.

Still, her daughter has not been found.

Sit with me awhile

ONE PERSON MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Making a difference in this world does not require a huge organization and billions of dollars in funding. Making a difference only requires a willingness to get involved.

Right now, very likely in the city that you live, women and children are being sold into slavery. Do not believe for a second that it can’t happen in your town. The top five leading cities for human trafficking in the United States are Cleveland, St. Louis, Washington D.C., Sacramento, and Portland, Oregon. Children are lured out on dates, often by an older teen, and then they are “introduced” to friends of that older teen. Once that introduction is made, the child is taken and forced into prostitution.

The internet is a breeding ground for this scum, and the dollars that this illegal activity generates make this an activity that will not go away of its own accord. Most missing teens are considered runaways by local police departments; no crime has been witnessed and as such no police effort is made. The city of Portland, the second leading city in human trafficking in the United States, currently has two full-time police detectives handling thousands of reported instances of trafficking. Two detectives!

Recognizing the fact that police forces are under-staffed, and that their priorities are aligned with violent crimes that have been committed, we then must ask what can be done to stem the flow of slavery in this country and abroad.

Community awareness must increase. Parental awareness must increase. Activists must step forward, people like Susana Trimarco, who are willing to get involved and make a difference.

There are those words again….make a difference!

FINAL WORDS

The quest continues for Susana Trimarco and thousands of parents like her around the world. There is no easy solution in fighting this crime. The billions of dollars made in profit guarantee that this criminal enterprise will continue and most likely grow. The billions of perverted individuals willing to pay money for sexual exploitation will also likely grow in numbers.

It is so easy to toss up our hands and declare it to be too big a problem. It is so easy to be disgusted, and turn our heads, and declare it to be too ugly a problem. It is so easy to say that this is someone else’s problem and that it does not affect or concern us.

What is not easy is to get involved, and yet it is that involvement that can and will make a difference.

I urge you to go to the site of the Polaris Project, an advocacy group that combats human trafficking.

I urge you to get involved in your community and force civic leaders to take the necessary steps so that one of your neighbors does not fall victim to this crime.

I urge you to…..make a difference!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      This is a great example of how one person can make such a huge impact on this horrible problem that is worldwide. Excellent hub and it give us a great incentive in get involved on any level that is possible for each of us. I can't even imagine the heartbreak of parents losing a child in this way. Keep up to great work as I think you are making a difference.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, I can only hope that I am making a difference, but you are right, each one of us can have a huge impact if we are willing to do so. Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We often hear talk of going for the "big fish", the horrendous criminals that lead the trafficking machinery. I think in this case going hard and furious on the "users" would do wonders to help abate the problem. We cannot be misled into transferring the rational of victim-less crime prostitution with participation in this travesty. This is a great hub thank you.

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      "The willingness to get involved." This says it all my friend. Great hub as usual Bill!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Bill ...what a woman.. what a great person.. a determined person that does not give up.. God bless you and her family.. she has made a difference.. one person.. thank you my friend for writing these wonderful hubs.. keeping us informed asnd showing us how one person can make a difference

      Merry Christmas

      Debbie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeff, thank you! I hope it helps! Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, I'm just trying to do my part.....love is the answer, Deb, and I'm going to keep shouting that message...we need to love each other. :)

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, you are right of course....I don't even know where to begin, trying to stop the users....but you are right...if there were no demand there would be no crime. :) Thank you for a great message.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I totally have to take a look at this site you linked here. I guess I am a bit naive and hopeful, because I really wanted to hear that Susana had indeed found her daughter. Nonetheless, she did a great service for some many others involved here, but just wished she could have gotten her own kid back. Thanks for sharing and really appreciate learning more about this here. Have of course voted way up and shared all over!!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I agree, if there was no demand, there would be no crime. Thanks for bringing the situation to light.I am glad to pass on the awareness!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Bill, this is a very interesting hub and also very sad for this poor mother. I cannot imagine her pain at not yet finding her daughter but I still hope she is able to discover her whereabouts. Her amazing courage and tenacity has led to 900 women becoming free, that is an amazing accomplishment, especially given her own situation. You're so right, one person can make a difference and sometimes huge things are achieved, one small step at a time.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, it's an ugly subject, and few people want to hear about it, so thank you for taking the time to read and comment. My views on HP dive bomb when I write about things like this....people would rather not hear about the ugliness of human nature.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michelle! This is the dark side of human nature that nobody wants to recognize and give a face to....but it is our next-door neighbor who is paying the money for this prostitution, and it is girls like this woman's daughter who pay for it with their lives.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, thank you! it is amazing, the strength of this woman, to never give up and yet help others despite her disappointment and pain.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      These numbers just blow my mind. The issues that everyone was so concerned about during the election are so trivial compared with the problems that matter most. If only we'd care about the victims as if they were our own family . . . things would be a lot different.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Excellent points here. Such a sad situation. I'm glad that you are raising awareness on human trafficking. I thought about writing on this topic, but ended up writing on hunger instead.Like you said, both parental and community awareness must be increased and I do agree that if we all got involved, we can make a difference. okay, will check out Polaris Project.

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      My car once broke down in the middle of the street in the not so nice part of the city. I took refuse in a laundromat where a kind attendent called the police for me. The nice police officer got my car running but he also advised me if it broke down again on my way home to not get out of the car for anyone except an officer. He told me. "People will just take you and you will never be heard form again."

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      Charles James 4 years ago from Yorkshire, UK

      We also need to attack the demand side. There must be a presumption of guilt againt the customer. This is not a complete answer but it would be a contribution.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz my dear, you are so right! I have a hard time caring about the political agenda because it is so far removed from the reality we all live in. Great point my rabble-rousing friend. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, you have a heart of gold. If we had a few million more like you then we would see a real difference made. Thank you for being a compassionate human being.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nancy, great point and thank you for sharing that....isn't that amazing....just disappear and never heard from again. Makes one stop and think, doesn't it?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Charles, I so agree with you! Where there is no demand there will be no crime. I'm not sure how you curtail the demand in a sick society, but your point is valid.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Thanks Billy. You're so kind. I think my purpose in life is to help people. I use to work in public relations for a while. I was always on that phone contacting people and writing letters.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Amazing how people can create a solution for an ongoing problem with just commitment. I never heard of this case but have heard of human trafficking ...But it is far removed from our daily lives. It seems like there is so much poverty and other problems..However, this is a serious issue and thanks for writing about this difficult topic and creating some awareness.. You did with me.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Bill, this just blows me away when I see these scary statistics. I always think this kind of horrible crime is committed in another country, most likely third-world. To see that it is a major crime here in the good old U.S.A just makes me so crazy!! It is too hard to fathom....Thank you for this very informative and well-written article. And for the call to arms!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Proof again of how one person can make such a difference. I ache for this woman who has helped so many and yet has no closure of her own. A great hub Bill. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. It's an easy subject to neglect if you have not been affected by it but we need to remember that this a world that does exist and must be stopped.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Isn't that scary...that poor woman and her daughter - family. So sad but I'm glad again Bill to see your posting about it. There's only one way to stop this - educate and criminalize it. Thank you,

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, maybe that explains why I respect you so much; that's my purpose in life as well. Keep doing what you are doing and maybe we can make a difference in this crazy world.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I don't know what else to do but just keep these stories current and raise awareness. The problems are so huge that I will get discouraged if I think of the enormity of it. Thank you for the visit and for caring.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, it is hard to fathom, and it is unbelievable that it happens in the United States, but it does, and so I'll keep shouting from the rooftops so that others are aware. Thank you as always for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, the determination that this woman shows warms my heart, and yet, like you, I ache for her and her daughter. Hopefully this will have a happy ending for her. Thank you as always for being who you are.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, I so agree! The sheer numbers are frightening. I think about you and your daughters....how can any parent rest easy at night knowing there are predators just waiting for the moment when they can spring into action and destroy another life. Thank you Kelly!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Human trafficking, especially when children are involved, are so repellent to right minded people it is hard to get ones head around it. It's so repugnant some of us chooses to look the other way and hope it will never touch our well ordered lives. But if we all take a look around us, find out what is happening in our communities, we can make it just a little harder for these evil peddlers of human flesh. Billy, great work, if anyone can shine a light in this dark place by making people aware, it is you.

      Wishing you and yours a Very Happy Christmas.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      This is heartrending to say the least! I feel for those parents..... And to think this goes on in our own country!! I will check out the link, and do what needs to be done. Thanks, Billy, for bringing these issues to light. Sharing and everything.....

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wow! That was quite a story and Susanna is an amazing woman! My heart goes out to her that she hasn't found Marita. Thank you so much for sharing this all important story! up+ and sharing

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      It is saddening to think she did not find her own daughter, but the good that she has done is outstanding. It is as you say, an example of how just one person can make a difference!

      Thank you and bless you Bill, Mark

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is such an amazing story. What an amazing woman. Yes, one person can indeed make a difference. I'll be clicking on the link above as soon as I finish this comment.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, thank you, and I wish you and yours a blessed Christmas as well. I suspect you are very correct; these things are so repugnant that it feels safer to just not notice them....maybe they will go away if we ignore them. But they aren't going away; they are increasing in number, and unless we as a society steps up and demands change, it will continue to grow.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LaThing my friend, thank you for caring so. I am always heartened when I hear someone say they will act on any injustice.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Randi! I suspect I'm preaching to the choir, but my only weapon against injustice is to write about it and make more aware.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mark, and bless you as well. A remarkable woman for sure; talk about a fire burning deep inside her...this woman doesn't know the meaning of the word quit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, it is always good to see you. Thank you for taking the time to check out the link. Raising awareness is the first step, and it's a huge step indeed.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      The power of one can go a long way. What a great story Bill. While my heart breaks for Susana, there is some consolation in the fact that she is saving hundreds of other girls from this ugly side of mankind. I have to continually ask myself, "what is wrong with the human race"? How is it that we are capable of these atrocities? I am sitting here watching the news about the elementary school shooting today and reading your story, and it all breaks my heart. I just cannot believe that humans are capable of this.

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      I find it hard to believe that human trafficking became illegal in 2008! What .... I would have thought it would be illegal everywhere and a very long time ago! Great job of bringing this to light.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Isn't that amazing? 2008....it defies logic and I honestly can't think of anything to say, other than thank you for the visit. Let's hope other countries become as enlightened. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I have few answers. We surround ourselves with good, loving people, all the while there are those who seem to have no conscience or sense of right and wrong. How does it happen? I'm sure we will be listening to quite a few theories about that question.

      Thank you my friend, and bless you and your family.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I tell ya billy, this struck me right at the core. My wife and I have been to Mendoza, Argentina and other countries in South America and we know its almost a socially acceptable thing in some circles. Yet we also know many Christian missions groups.....(I won't name them for security's sake) who are actively participating in freeing these slaves. It's something we also have a heart for as we love Jesus and we know his heart breaks over this. Our free will and human choice can lead to some horrifically devastating circumstances sometime. Thank you for writing this article as it needs to exposed more and more. Most people have no idea what it is or how to get involved.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kasman, thank you for adding your personal experiences. Interestingly, I think most people in the U.S. expects this sort of thing in Argentina, or anywhere else outside of our borders. What we don't expect is Portland, Oregon, or the nations' capitol. I know of nothing else to do but keep writing and raising awareness.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      oh Bill,

      What a passionate plea for the end to this horrific reality...Currently one of my community students is on fire with this issue. She has given one lecture, with an accompanying video documentary, to 15 girls in Philadelphia, ages 10-20. The girls went from cynical to crying with their raised awareness. She will return and I believe will carry this awareness as far as it needs to go.

      Voted UP and UAI. Hugs, Maria

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, I love hearing stories like that one. Thank you for sharing that; we need more students willing to get involved.

      Sending hugs and love on this bleak day

      bill

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I never realized that this was so rampant in our own cities. Seems to me that humanity still has a lot of growing up to do.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I think that's a safe statement. :) Thanks as always! I'll be by later to read your poem about the crows.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This just breaks my heart. What in the world has happened to the world? I have been watching the shooting in Connecticut today. We as a nation must do more to rid the world of predators of children. I applaud your effort.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Human Trafficking is Ugly, and quite disturbing to realize it exists in our Country. We all need to be involved, to be watchful and to Report anything that seems out of the norm. Good Informative Hub, Bill.

      On a lighter note, I found your "Talk" so upbeat and Enlightening. True, Wonderful Words Bill. Thanks for sharing your Knowledge and Thoughts, always a Treat!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      She's lucky she's alive! This is just too much for one week, Bill - between my absentee father sending a 'friend' request on fb - to the abortion thing - to the shooting in connecticut - and now THIS! Sigh...

      sometimes, i start to wonder if i'm wasting my time - i'm not as strong as you, can't get my word out to any kind of audience - and today - i'm just crying..

      i sooo want more people to not only HEAR - but to LISTEN..we make sense, Bill - either that - or we're both nuts!

      This was an incredible story of the good and the evil in this world - people who are in denial that it happens right here under our very noses - are probably the same people who think gun control is dumb..

      omg..i have to shut up and rest...blahblahblah..

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      Jen Hodges 4 years ago from Southeastern United States

      The topic of sex trafficking is definitely a serious one that needs to be discussed more often. Many people ignore a problem until they have to go through that problem themselves. If more people would have compassion and step out to help someone else, we could change the world for the better. My local church supports an anti-trafficking company called The A21 Campaign. We realize the severity of this crime and want to help people find freedom.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Not only sex trafficking, but labor trafficking too. There are many people who serve your tables in the restaurant world who are in fear for their very lives. There's many tell-tale signs of this if you are looking for it. We have to be vigilant in freeing our fellow equal human beings from this hideous crime.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, it's been a tough day for mankind. We all feel pain and we will all heal, only to do it all over again. Thank you, but I'm wondering what good my effort does. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, thank you as always. I think I have a split-personality...I'm optimistic and yet so cynical at times my teeth ache. :) Tonight, though, it's my heart that aches.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, I'm not strong....boisterous, possibly, but not strong. Seriously, I'm beginning to wonder what the point of it all is. I'm not seeing improvement, and my head hurts from beating it against the wall.

      I need some extra-strength Tylenol now, and then some sleep, and tomorrow things will be better, right? LOL No!

      talk to you soon my friend.

      love from Oly

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jen, thank you for mentioning that campaign. I'll do a little research on that. I appreciate it, and thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kasman, you are very right and thank you for mentioning the working slaves. So many are aware and yet nothing is done. Sigh!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I shared with you the "assisted living" slavery. As with everything, as you are finding out, the solution is not straight forward.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This is a real fear for parents and children these days. It is a reality we must face and fight so that our world returns to a place where all can live in peace. So sorry for Susanna's family, I pray that someday they will find her again.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Bill, face it. You will always be a flower child. You will never stop spreading your message of love and peace. No matter how frustrated and defeated you feel sometimes, you will never stop spreading the word. We need people like you and Leslie to poke us out of our complacency and get involved in the world again. It's your most appealing quality. Don't ever change.

      I know you're feeling shattered but, really, things will look better in the morning.

      Peace and Love.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Another true gem from you Billy my friend.This story warmed my heart and what a great example of strength from a human heart.

      So so sad but what I love about it is that one's suffering has been turned right around to help others. This also makes a weird dense of it all. I think that to succeed at the level that is right for us it is important to believe that much good comes from many a bad situation. This one I vote across/up and share all around my dear friends.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, you are oh so right. There are no easy answers....just easy questions. :) thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, this would be a constant gnawing fear if I were the parent of a teenage girl nowadays. Keeping a constant vigil is the only answer.....and then pray. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, what an absolutely lovely thing for you to write. Thank you my UK friend and yes, things always look better in the morning. There is a clarity today that only rest and reflection can bring. As for being a flower child....you are correct. You gave me a boost this morning and I am grateful for that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, you are a living example of this story. From your tragedy has come beauty, and a message of love and hope, and that is a gift you keep giving every single time you write about your beautiful Erin. Thank you dear lady.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      You're very welcome, Bill. Just calling 'em like I see 'em. I'm glad you're feeling better.

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      patchofearth 4 years ago from somewhere in the appalachian foothills

      It's so disgusting that this sort of thing still happens in the world. More people need to be made aware not only that it happens but of how prevalent it is in the world.

      Thank you for sharing this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Patchofearth....maybe we can raise awareness a little bit. :)

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill-I'm so glad you wrote this hub. I contemplated writing one myself about this subject-specifically about her story. I recently read about her on MSN news. Maybe you did too.

      This is a horrible and hateful assault on women in particular, but also the whole of humanity. I can't begin to tell you my thoughts and feelings about this subject. Suffice to say, it is a brave and admirable act of love that is seen through Susana's actions and she well deserves all of the awards and recognition she is receiving. More than that-she deserves to have her daughter back. I hope and pray that these crimes continue to be brought into the open and the criminals made to pay for their heinous crimes. Up/U/I/A and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, I saw this on Yahoo and just had to write about it. It is horrible that Susana has not found her own child, but her determination in helping others is the stuff of legends. Makes me proud to be a human when I read stories like hers.

      Thank you and have a great Sunday!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I saw the story elsewhere about this woman. It's very sad, but very encouraging that she has done so much to save others who have succumbed to this horrific goings on.

      Thank you for sharing her story, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, this lady is a warrior for sure! Thank you as always, from stormy Olympia.

      love,

      bill

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up a truly inspirational story Bill. You are right if everyone tries to reach out and help they can do so much. Sure hope this woman finds her daughter and comforting to know she and her husband have helped so many other women. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, it would be tragic if Susana ended up not finding her daughter after all the good that she has done.

      Thank you for the visit my friend. I hope you are well and happy.

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      The story has to be told and you find a way to change peoples attitudes and thinking.Each one of us can help.Informing others how serious this problem is.I feel for the families not seeing their loved ones come home.Incredible parents who have done everything to bring their daughter home and helped so many others.How this can still exsist this day and age makes me so mad.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dream On, it is unbelievable that in this country...hell, any country, that this goes on with such regularity. Big business my friend, big business. Thanks for stopping by and for caring.

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