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For more than two years The Customer is NEVER Right Facebook page followed a Facebook page dedicated to human trafficking. As a healthcare worker, my greatest fear is NOT that I get the wrong diagnosis or even that I might cause injury and/or even death to a patient. My GREATEST fear is that I will discharge someone to their abuser. Eighty percent of those rescued from human trafficking, children, boys or girls, adults, men or women, whether in sex, slavery, or servitude trafficking, 80% of them have said that during their captivity they sought medical attention. Of those, almost 100% of them for emergent, urgent, and/or pregnancy/delivery care. Because of that, I have made it a concern of mine, and I am sure colleagues around the nation and world as well, to seek training and any information related to the topic which helps us in identifying those held against their will. Despite ALL that training, I find it a challenge to identify those lives.
 
The disgust of human trafficking is one of the many reasons as to why I so vehemently oppose ILLEGAL immigration. Not because ILLEGAL immigration is a byproduct of human trafficking but because human trafficking, without doubt, is a byproduct of ILLEGAL immigration.
 
Nonetheless, since the election of President Trump the mentioned organization posted comments I thought were disingenuous political hit-jobs aimed to discredit President Trump and/or his children. Because of the information the organization had to offer and my interest for such information I thought I would reach out to the organization hoping they might tone it down their political ideology. Thus, I wrote the organization the following:
 
As a nurse practitioner in emergency care I truly appreciate and share your passion to eradicate human trafficking and why I "Liked" this page, so that I could get up-to-date information I can share. However, this is either the 4th or 5th disingenuous political "hit-job" aimed at President Trump and/or his children that questions and may even discredits your original intent. That said, I wish to continue to follow this page. However, I will have to cut ties if the unnecessary bashing of the President and the First family continues. I realize I am but one follower of however many you have but I hope you will reconsider your uncalled for persecution of the President and the First family. Thank you. @TheKnittedBrow.
 
The following day the mentioned organization sent the following reply:
 
I am sorry you feel this way. However, the articles we have posted are generally analyses of how the Trump administration's policies could affect human trafficking, or the corporate social responsibility of his daughter's company, a daughter who has also taken a political role. Anyone who has taken on a political life should be open to scrutiny for their policies and practices. You are welcome to disagree with journalists and bloggers, or only read the articles which interest you. Our interest here at HTC is knowing what is relevant in the anti-trafficking world and sharing with our followers, who can decide for themselves whether the material is of interest to them.
 
A reply I found to be a bit disingenuous as well, as most of the hit-jobs HTC posted against the President and his family were articles from The Hoffington Post—an organization that consciously decided to post articles about candidate Trump in their entertainment section. Despite HTC's claims and cited resources I thought I would give them the benefit of the doubt. However, the organization’s conscious decision to post an article I thought was glorifying modern slavery was the last straw to cut ties with this organization and I did so with the following note:
 
It is unbelievable HTC would post the disgusting story of “My Family’s Slave”. The title alone is disturbing. The story being published after the author’s death should be reason enough to cause HTC even greater pause. As publishing posthumous exponentially exacerbates its repugnance as this coward exploited his victim while he hid from the law in plain daylight and only death would keep him from being exposed.

HTC should be ashamed for reposting such vile account of exactly what HTC claims to heal. This story was not written to bring light to slavery but instead is a written confession to a hideous crime. And the all to common, “I was a child thus no fault of my own” narrative is inexcusable from any adult for any reason and in this case that victim card is infuriating to nauseam. The author pointing out that since age 11 he was aware that “Lola” was the family slave confirms he was complicit and complacent with this crime until his death.

The Atlantic publishing such attention-getting story with its supermarket tabloid title to get clicks onto its website, The Atlantic’s primary source of income, is one thing. But HTC, whose mission is “Seek Knowledge. Secure Freedom.” has exploited “Lola” and the tens of millions like her as well by fostering this hideous story! If anything, I would believe HTC would be advocating to have the author’s estate indicted posthumously. If not possible, then his estate sued in civil court for reparation to “Lola’s” estate. That would be advocacy!

Why my outrage with HTC for posting this disgusting story? I have followed HTC’s Facebook page for years as a source of information, knowledge and training that has help me with my greatest fear. As a healthcare worker in emergency care, my greatest fear is NOT an unintentional diagnosis, injury, disability or death to a patient. My greatest fear discharging a patient to their abuser. However, since President Trump’s inauguration what I have notice is the bashing of the president and his family, Ivanka Trump in particular, without merit by HTC.

The latest insult, HTC publishing this repulsive story the same day Ms. Ivanka Trump chaired a roundtable on human trafficking (a follow up roundtable to a similar event in Feb 2017). Yet, no mention of either by HTC. NOT in Feb 2017 and NOT again this week. On to mention, on the following day, HTC shares an event about immigration and human rights. Another disingenuous jab at the president and his policies (NOTE: NO one is against immigration. It’s ILLEGAL immigration that is the problem. DON’T lump them together it discredits you. I am sure HTC knows human trafficking is NOT a problem of ILLEGAL immigration but instead ILLEGAL immigration IS human trafficking!). By the way, NOT all immigrants eat tamales [a comment made on the HTC mentioned posted article].

This is not the first time my mention of such thoughtlessness on behave of HTC and its animosity towards the current administration. When I pointed out HTC’s bias last (5 Amy 2017) I was given the following reply: “I am sorry you feel this way. However, the articles we have posted are generally analyses of how the Trump administration's policies could affect human trafficking, or the corporate social responsibility of his daughter's company, a daughter who has also taken a political role. Anyone who has taken on a political life should be open to scrutiny for their policies and practices. You are welcome to disagree with journalists and bloggers, or only read the articles which interest you. Our interest here at HTC is knowing what is relevant in the anti-trafficking world and sharing with our followers, who can decide for themselves whether the material is of interest to them.”

As to the comment, “generally analyses of how the Trump administration’s policies ‘COULD’ affect human trafficking…”. COULD is an assumption and we ALL know how that adage goes. NO BUENO as justification. As to the president, yes, President Trump was elected thus he and his administration are open to scrutiny, which, from the reply above, HTC is “welcome to disagree with…or only read the articles which interest [HTC].” 

That said, the mentioned disagreement with HTC was an article in The Huffington Post, a tabloid which intentionally chose to print Candidate Trump’s stories as entertainment. Any fair-minded person would have difficulty describing such extreme dissent from a journalist point of view as responsible coverage. Because of that intentional departure from other media The Huffington Post compromised its integrity and capability to be fair. Not only during the campaign but forever to now President Trump and his administration. Yet, HTC sees The Huffington Post as a credible source to bash the president. NO BUENO!

As for Ms. Ivanka Trump, she is an employee of the U.S. Government, like millions of us working for the Department of Defense, Indian Health Services, Federal prisons, State Department, Veteran’s Administration and the likes. Like her we are entitled to our views and opinions as well. Yet, no one is bashing us for those. Are other government employees in the same limelight as Ms. Ivanka Trump? Of course NOT. But is Ms. Ivanka Trump being in the limelight reason to bash her? Absolutely NOT! If so, that should be reason for HTC to rethink its prejudice, values and mission.

As to, “…or only read the articles which interest you.” What I or anyone reads is NO one’s business. Having said that, not that you asked or because I owe it to HTC or anyone else for that matter, here is a list as to where I get my news.

Out of the 120 total I follow on Twitter (the rest are professional colleagues and interest, like The Animal Channel and the likes) these are the news sources:

One America News Network (ONA), Democracy Now, National Weather Service, Life Magazine, Greg Gutfeld, Tony Harris, Dana Perino, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Juan Williams, Ali Velshi, POTUS Press Pool, Jared Rizzi, Tim Farley, Joe Madison, Karen Hunter, AP Health & Science, Meet the Press, Discovery, National Geographic, Howard Kurtz, Eboni K. Williams, Kirsten Powers, Mary Katharine Ham, Marc Lamont Hill, Bill O’Reilly, Laura Ingraham, Michael Smerconish, Time Magazine, USA Today, Medical News Minute, NASA, Army Times, Military.com, Military Times, Stars and Stripes, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, AFP News, BBC Breaking News, Library of Congress, Harvard Health, BBC Technology, Al Jazeera News, NY Public Library, Real Clear Politics, BBC News (World), News from Science, C-SPAN, Face the Nation, NPR, Washington Post, US National Archives, Forbes.

On Sirus XM radio they are: NPR, POTUS, Patriot, UrbanView, Progressive. On DirecTV: FoxNews, FoxBusiness, MSNBC, Free Speech TV, ONA, BBC.

And Online they are: Nuestra Tele Noticias-NTN 24 (Spanish), ProPublica, PanAm Post (Spanish), Weather Channel, Yahoo News, CNN.

Lastly, I will add one memorable short story that bothers me when at home or traveling abroad. While in the U.S. Army, during war in the Middle East, I was offered a young child in exchange for the rubbish I was about to throw in the burning landfill fire pit. It does NOT matter it was a child. ALL life, a child’s, an adult’s, “Lola’s”, an elderly's, LIFE is priceless and deserves to be free and free of abuse as well.

All that said to inform HTC I can NO longer support their hidden blind ideology. Nonetheless, thank you for your time. As suggested by HTC’s reply above, “can decide for themselves”, thus I have decided HTC’s ideological partisanship blindness (me not be judgement but a diagnosis) is not for my independent thinking thus I am obligated to discontinue our relationship. I hope, for the sake of the tens of millions lost to human trafficking and abused that HTC can find an independent moral compass and part from its hidden alternative agenda.

A hint, there are many organizations doing similar work as HTC online yet none of the others make mention of the current administration on their Facebook pages or websites. My two sense [sic]. No reply needed as none will be returned. Ciao.
 
As stated in my objection to the disgusting article and HTC's the hidden political agenda, there are other organizations providing similar information about human trafficking as HTC but without HTC’s political ideology blindness. Thus, I have chosen to unfollow them.

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