Author Archives: derekketcham

About derekketcham

President of FACT Alliance, a 501c3 Non-Profit organization committed to rescuing and restoring children caught in the Commercial Sex Trade.

The Currency of Life

I had the privilege of living in France for several years.  During that time, my salary was paid in dollars and converted to euros, hence, our family budget was directly impacted by the exchange rate.  As the dollar significantly devalued … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Congo

Gang rape, child soldiers, tribal militia, government corruption, aids orphans, conflict minerals, arms/human trafficking, impotent peacekeepers, extreme poverty…shall I say more?!  Such is the landscape of this ‘hell on earth’ war zone called Eastern Congo where more than 5 million … Continue reading

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STEELERS VS PACKERS VS TRAFFICKERS

Having been born in Pennsylvania, I’m a card holding member of “Steeler Nation” and I’m looking forward to relaxing on my couch this Sunday, with a cold beer, and my feet up to watch the ‘big game’.  However, my conscience … Continue reading

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the pursuit of Happiness…

“Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”, the famous phrase crafted from the Declaration of Independence, speaks to what our country values as unalienable rights for all it’s citizens. At a glance, I agree wholeheartedly, and am thankful to live … Continue reading

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Vulnerability = Exploitation (pt. 2)

TRAFFIK ALERT:  Sweden “A group of men have been jailed by a court in southern Sweden for their role in the pimping of a 14-year-old mentally handicapped girl.”   Ice News http://www.icenews.is/index.php/2010/11/09/swedish-teen-pimps-sentenced/ This story out of Sweden, is just another … Continue reading

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Vulnerable = Exploitation

TRAFFIK ALERT: Ghana  http://www.ghananewsagency.org/s_social/r_22292/ “there exists in Ghana a large pool of potential victims rendered vulnerable by extreme poverty and ignorance”. To be vulnerable in today’s world is to be exploited. Hence for the majority of impoverished people in Ghana, … Continue reading

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When Does Punishment Fit the Crime?

“When these guys get caught, they get what? Six years? Maybe. They destroy 300 lives and they get six years. You traffic drugs, you get 20 years. There is something not right.” Iana Matei is the leading advocate for trafficking … Continue reading

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