Cindy McCain, chair of the Human Trafficking Advisory Council with The McCain Institute for International Leadership, was the featured guest at this month’s “Mesa Morning Live.”
Telling the audience that everyone has witnessed human trafficking at least once but probably did not realize what they were looking at, she is passionate about educating everyone.
“We’re trying to help communities look with different eyes,” McCain said. “We want to help educate the community that if you see something that doesn’t look right, trust your gut and call somebody. We’re talking about a child’s life.”
She said her goal is to shut down internet sites that sell children, like backpage.com.
“The internet is very dangerous. These sites sell children for profit and are getting away with it,” McCain said. “Our goal is to be able to shut them down.”
She shared with the audience an experience she had one time at a Yuma truck stop where she noticed two Native American girls hanging around outside and then realized there was a man lurking around that proved to be their trafficker after she contacted authorities.
“Those two girls were kidnapped off a local reservation and were being trafficked for sex,” McCain said. “I tell everyone to say something. These are homegrown kids. I’ve had to learn to look completely differently at things.”
She said she knows people are in a hurry and don’t want to get involved, but is urging citizens to start getting involved. She also praises Mesa Police Chief John Meza and Gov. Doug Ducey on helping educate people and cracking down on the issue, recognizing that a lot of it is present in the foster system where children are very vulnerable to begin with.
“It’s important we talk to our children and keep track of what’s going on with them,” McCain said. “Educate yourself. We are looking for advocates for these children who are lost.”
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The wife of U.S. Sen. John McCain was beaming when she announced they are not just happy about her husband’s success in the recent primary, but that they’re expecting a grandchild (John Sidney McCain, V) next month.
“So it’s not just a hectic time because of election season,” she said, adding that when the senior senator came to her, wanting to run again, she said she just couldn’t say no. “Some are saying he’s too old, but it’s important to have people like John. He doesn’t just understand the issues, he’s the most energetic person I know.”
– Kelly Mixer is managing editor of MyNewsMesa.com. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.