Amid growing awareness about the problem of sex trafficking in the U.S., one Cleveland rapper is pledging to fight back by empowering women to use their Second Amendment rights.
Ripp Flamez, an up and comer heralded by XXL Magazine in 2017 as one of “12 Cleveland Rappers You Should Know,” announced on Thursday that he was gifting 20 women with the opportunity to obtain concealed carry permits for Christmas.
If your for real, I’m open to taking the class. I almost got kidnapped last week coming from my doctors appointment and have been paranoid ever since. I bought some mase, but I’m still a little trauma.
— ? (@TheeBossyDee) December 13, 2019
“With sex trafficking and kidnapping at an all time high, this year for Christmas I’ll be paying for 20 women to get their CCW as a gift from me,” Flamez tweeted.
“We have to protect our women and kids at all costs.”
The next day, Flamez revealed that he’d already paid for 20 CCWs, and was considering doling out more.
He also said many women had contacted him about receiving a CCW.
Been getting a lot of women hittin me about CcWs today, I already have 20 paid for, but I think ima HAVE to do more. ?
— Ripp Flamez (@Ripp_Flamez) December 14, 2019
The response in the replies to Flamez’s tweet was overwhelmingly positive.
One woman shared a harrowing story explaining why she wanted to take the class.
“If your for real, I’m open to taking the class. I almost got kidnapped last week coming from my doctors appointment and have been paranoid ever since,” she tweeted.
Sex trafficking in America
The Polaris Project, a nonprofit organization aimed at combating modern-day slavery and human trafficking, says there are no official estimates of the number of human trafficking victims in the U.S.
Polaris estimates “the total number of victims nationally reaches into the hundreds of thousands when estimates of both adults and minors and sex trafficking and labor trafficking are aggregated,” according to its website.
Meanwhile, a 2019 report issued by the Department of State ranked the U.S. as one of the worst nations in the world for human trafficking, according to Fox News.
A Fox News investigation into human trafficking identified demand as one of the biggest factors at the core of the problem in the U.S.
“We have a major issue here in the United States” Geoff Rogers, co-founder of the United States Institute Against Human Trafficking, told Fox News.
“The United States is the No. 1 consumer of sex worldwide. So we are driving the demand as a society.”
“We’re also driving the demand with our own people, with our own kids,” Rogers added.
“So there are tremendous numbers of kids, a multitude of kids that are being sold as sex slaves today in America. These are American kids, American-born, 50 percent to 60 percent of them coming out of the foster care industry.”