Reducing the Demand: Phase 4 - Officer Appreciation
Since the beginning of the Reducing the Demand Campaign in October 2011, concerned members of the public have sent in thousands of letters to Houston and state government officials. Free the Captives is excited to report that we are seeing the fruit of your labor!
Law enforcement has begun arresting the buyers! In February 2012, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia's Office arrested 8 buyers during reverse stings. More recently, in August 2012, Sheriff Garcia arrested 13 more buyers while Houston Police Department arrested 8 buyers. We need your help to celebrate the hard work of law enforcement arresting of the buyers. Each arrest is a victory in the fight against sex trafficking!
To show our appreciation, please take the time to print and mail the following letters to Sheriff Garcia's Office, Houston Police Department, District Attorney Lykos, and Mayor Parker. Each letter has space for you to write a personal note. Handwritten thank you notes are a lost art form, and they are always appreciated by the recipient. Please take the time to write a few words of encouragement; each personal note makes a huge impact!
The letters to law enforcement express our appreciation of their work and encourage them to continue arresting the buyers. The letter to the mayor asks her newly formed human trafficking committee to carefully research the role of buyers and devise strategies that focuses specifically on the buyers. The letter to the District Attorney requests that arrested buyers are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Free the Captives is also excited to announce that Taste of Texas will be hosting an Officer Appreciation Luncheon for the men and women who worked in the operations that resulted in the arrest of these buyers.
The key to fighting sex trafficking is to go after those who are creating a demand for it - the buyers. We need your help! Please print these letters and get them signed by your co-workers, church members, and neighbors. Each letter that you mail in makes a significance difference by validating the work of law enforcement and the dire need to continue arresting buyers.
LETTERS: Please mail your letters directly to the addresses listed in the letters.