The Day My God Died is a feature-length documentary that presents the stories of young girls whose lives have been shattered by the child sex trade. They describe the day they were abducted from their village and sold into sexual servitude.The film provides actual footage from the brothels of Bombay, known even to tourists as “The Cages.” It weaves the stories of girls, and their stolen hopes and dreams, into an unforgettable examination of the growing plague of child sex slavery.

I got my nails done yesterday.

I couldn’t help but notice a young pregnant Vietnamese woman working next to me. First thing that crossed my mind was …WTF?!  There are WAY too many chemicals in here! …Someone please take this lady home!!! Where is the guy that knocked her up?! Why is he letting her work …where are her parents? …Does she like working? …Does she not know the chemicals are bad? ...ARE the chemicals bad? …and that just got my gears going.

So then I looked up …to notice that in this particular salon …there were over 30 workers just standing around. I suddenly felt like I was in a sweatshop. It got me curious, and I have spent the day researching human trafficking to see if there are any ties to the nail salon industry. If it looks shady, and feels shady, it probably IS shady …right?! …Unfortunately the information is scattered and unclear… but there are several stories and articles linking the two. Paul Taylor, a former cop and inspector for the Division of Professional Licensure (who for years has been investigating the connections between nail salons and human trafficking) talks about the fact that nail salons are a cash business, So you can launder all the money you need out of there. The main article I keep coming across is a story about a multimillion-dollar human-trafficking scheme that operated out of nail salons in Ohio. Authorities are still investigating… Many victims from South Asia are trafficked and forced to work as indentured servants at nail salons in exchange for passage into the U.S. Many of the victims little or no money working at nail salons for two years, and they are required to live in on location.

They say ignorance is bliss… and sometimes I agree.  BUT there was definitely something shady going on…

READ HERE: Ohio Investigates State-Wide Nail Salon Trafficking Scheme

…do you know what’s happening in your community?

( I bet Ohio thought they did)

So, I’ve been reading this book…

I’m finding it very informative …so I thought I’d share.

“The China Study gives critical, life-saving nutritional information for every health-seeker in America. But, it is much more; Dr. Campbell’s exposé of the research and medical establishment makes this book a fascinating read and one that could change the future for all of us. Every health care provider and researcher in the world must read it.”

the little things…

…stopped spontaneously on PCH and hung out with my bird friends …trying to unwind from the two back-to-back 75 hour work weeks I’ve been putting in …but I have to say, watching that lady enjoy the moment …was truly the best part of my day. She had no idea anyone was watching …and laid there playing alone …fully content.

The long curly hair that sticks out of NFL football player Troy Polamalu’s (a defender for the Pittsburgh Steelers) helmet has been insured by a shampoo company for $1m

i had a smile on my face the entire video… i love it.

“This is the PEN Story in stop motion. We shot 60.000 pictures, developed 9.600 prints and shot over 1.800 pictures again. No post production! Thanks to all the stop motion artists who inspired us. …”