Shaniya David
The Project


Project P.A.T.H.: People Against the Trafficking of Humans

Girl Scout Gold Award Project Requirements: 
Leadership, Sustainability, Advocacy, Measurability/Impact, and a National/Global Link
The Gold Award requires at least 80 active hours, of which Rebecca completed over 300 hours.

Issue: Human Trafficking
Human beings are being traded against their will for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor. As the rights of these victims are stolen, they suffer physical and emotional trauma. The shocking issue is that people are oblivious to the fact that it is happening in their local area and all around them. Traffickers and trafficking victims could be the person you bump into on the street, the girl next door, or even your best friend.

Leadership
Rebecca led the process of her project by reporting, interviewing, directing peers and interviewees, producing, filming, editing, and screening the documentary, as well as hosting educational seminars on human trafficking. 

Sustainability
The documentary is posted on YouTube, Vevo, Vimeo, and this website for continual viewing. Rebecca continues to do presentations to build awareness of human trafficking, and her documentary is currently being used by the FBI for Special Agent training. 

Advocacy
This project is advocating anti-human trafficking by bringing awareness to the community and beyond, reaching out to victims so their voices can be heard, and involving companies, corporations, organizations, and individuals to rally against human trafficking in their local areas.

Measurability/Impact
Rebecca's goal at first was to make an impact on her local community but because so many incredible people have reached out to help, she has been able to make an impact on the state and beyond. The measurability of the impact of the project is being calculated by the hits, views, likes, comments, and subscribers on the various websites, as well as the number of people counted at community seminars/screenings.

National/Global Link

Human trafficking is all over the world. There are approximately 27 million slaves across the world currently, and about 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year. According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders annually. More than 70% are female and half are children. Human trafficking is a $13 billion dollar industry in the U.S. alone and immigrated to Alabama because of the lateness in the state criminalizing it. The I-20 interstate that runs from Florida to Texas, Birmingham, AL, and various coastal areas have become hotspots for trafficking in Alabama.

Research

  • online investigations
  • online traffickers and victims (e.g. Craigslist, Backpage)
  • information personally collected from reliable agencies and government sources 
  • on-camera interviews
    • Tajuan McCarty - victim and survivor of sex trafficking, Founder and Executive Director of The Well House in Birmingham, AL 
    • Tanya D. Hallford - Project Adviser, founder of www.stopsexexploitation.com, assists at The Well House in Birmingham, rescuer and extractor of victims of sexual exploitation, assists safely transporting victims between safe houses and agencies 
    • Bradley Lockhart - father of sex trafficked and murdered child, Shaniya Davis
    • Jack Williams - Alabama State Representative, District 47, co-author of the legislative bill passed to criminalize human trafficking in the state of Alabama and assist victims through supportive services 
    • anonymous survivors
    • undercover FBI agents
    • law enforcement officers
    • an IRS agent 
    • off-camera interviews
    • other politicians