My opponents, incumbents Mayor McBrayer and councilman McClusky, have not won the battle against Human Trafficking in their many years of public service. “Human Trafficking,” which, as we know, is preying on the vulnerabilities of young women and teenage runaways who are placed in bondage. We need to move from issuing resolutions to fighting this menace with all the fiber of our being.
The Mayor should be commended for his twenty years of public service. But isn’t it time for change? Consider that he recently did not really acknowledge the problem, attempting to explain that Homewood has Human Trafficking because we are a safe community. He said, “In fact, when you talk to people who are in this line who have been victims, they’ll tell you that one of the reasons that Homewood has been such a popular place for this, is because their ring leaders have felt pretty safe...that it’s a safe area. Not that we’re not after them, we are.” Homewood Star Candidate’s forum, August 11, 2020, https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=325473308638157. Does that mean that if Homewood becomes less safe Human Trafficking will decrease? That’s not the attitude we need.
Councilman McClusky seems to realize this is a serious issue, but his recent graphic on Facebook says, “Homewood needs to keep fighting trafficking.” How about a slogan, “Homewood needs to defeat Human Trafficking? He has been on the city council for eleven years, and Chair of the Public Safety Committee, but we have not yet won the fight.
This is the problem with both candidates. A public official grows stale when having held a position too long. One begins making political resolutions and downplaying bad information, and it is bad if we have pernicious human trafficking. It’s nice that Councilman McClusky in January “co-sponsored a resolution to proclaim Homewood a Human Trafficking-Free Zone,” but declaring Homewood a Trafficking-Free Zone is about effective as the 1980’s slogans “War on Drugs” and “Just say no.” Conducting training programs is good, but we need more. We need to assist law enforcement by asking what it needs to ELIMINATE this problem and implement the suggestions.
I am confident the Homewood Police Department has worked extremely hard on this issue, and for obvious reasons, it cannot publicly reveal its tactics. There has been only one recently publicized success story about rescuing two females from the hands of these Human Traffickers. This issue must be addressed head-on by law enforcement including collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security, which I understand has a major human trafficking initiative ongoing.
You can count on me to talk straight about city concerns, both when we are succeeding as well as when we are failing. With a citizen-city partnership, I believe we can solve any problem that may face us.
I would appreciate your support in electing me as your Mayor on August 25th.
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