Saturday, December 03, 2005

Victims of Prostitution Protest "The Players' Ball" today at 5PM

"The Player's Ball" is an annual celebration in Chicagoland honoring pimps. The "No. 1 International Pimp of the year" award is given to the man who has made the most amount of money prostituting women. This year's "Player's Ball" is at the Mariella Banquet Hall in Maywood.

The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is joining State Representative Karen Yarbrough, the Mayor of Maywood, and survivors of prostitution at a press conference to protest this event. The survivors will testify to the abuse that they face at the hands of pimps whose actions and lifestyles are being honored and celebrated at this yearly Chicagoland event. The Mayor and Rep. Yarbrough will call for a boycott of Mariella banquet hall.

When: Saturday,December 3rd, 2005, 5pm
Where: Mariella Banquet Hall (outside)
124 S. 5th Ave.
Maywood, IL
Who: State Representative Karen Yarbrough, the Mayor of Maywood, women victimized by prostitution and trafficking, community leaders and activists.
Why: The pimps in attendance at the Players Ball are alleged to be those who profit from and commit sex trafficking, physical and sexual assault of adults and minors, kidnapping, money laundering, tax evasion, and racketeering. The Players Ball honors these behaviors and practices and allows criminals to operate flagrantly and arrogantly in our community.

Survivors of prostitution will expose the crimes that these "players" commit against women and children to earn profits. The survivors will also push for passage of the Predator Accountability Act in Illinois that gives victims of trafficking and pimping the right to sue their abusers for monetary compensation for the abuse they endured and of the Federal End Demand for Sex Trafficking Act of 2005.

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