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February 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Seattle-based survivor of human trafficking speaks out

Yasmin Christopher has an enlightening story

Yasmin Christopher, a current Seattle law student, suffered human trafficking by her father. (KEN LAMBERT/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

I am writing in response to “Putting a face on human trafficking” [page one, Feb. 17]. I’m extremely appreciative of reporter Christine Clarridge shedding light on the reality of human trafficking. Such articles are integral to an informed and morally just society.

Most people visualize human trafficking occurring in regions of the world that are either underdeveloped or politically traumatized. I had never imagined my peaceful Washington state being host to the kinds of horror experienced by Yasmin Christopher. The Seattle Times made the idea of human trafficking easier to visualize. By providing an example of trafficking so close in proximity to my home, the article is extremely effective in enforcing the notion that cruelty toward humanity isn’t restricted to foreign countries.

I also find this article very empowering. Yasmin’s passion for justice is a testament to the fact that every single one of us has the power to make the changes necessary for a world devoid of crimes against humanity. With motivation and courage, the power of each individual is limitless.

Thank you for publishing this article in The Seattle Times. Passages like these are crucial to the foundation of a just society and social justice.

–Max Julian Johnson, Vashon

0 Comments | Topics: Christine Clarridge, Human rights, Human trafficking

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