Former MLB Executive: "Our Kids Are Being Targeted"

Kevin Malone discussed his work with the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking and explained how MLB is getting involved

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
June 25, 2019 - 8:57 am
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Former MLB executive Kevin Malone dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss his role as Co-Founder of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking (USIAHT). The organization seeks to find "new and innovative ways to combat the demand for purchased sex, raise awareness to this nationwide epidemic, and provide safe environments for victims.”

MLB is contributing to this effort.

“Two weeks ago, I was in New York with Deidre Pujols – the wife of Albert Pujols – and they started an organization called Strike Out Slavery,” Malone said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “They’re doing it this summer in three ballparks to try to bring awareness. They’ll have a concert after the game, and the artist will talk about trafficking and they’ll try to get people to stay around and tell them about what’s going on and how to get involved in human-trafficking (prevention). We did that in New York at Citi Field a couple weeks ago, we’re doing it in Kansas City in August, and then in September we’re doing it out in Anaheim at an Angels game. So Albert and his wife, Deidre, they’re really creating a movement within the game, I’m a part of that, and our organization is a part of that.”

Malone has also spoken with Rob Manfred about this work.

“I’ve reached out to Commissioner Manfred, and they’re listening,” Malone said. “I think the current President and his daughter, Ivanka, they’re interested in trying to eradicate human trafficking. I think they’re reaching out to major sports leagues to get them more and more involved. So it’s started to happen, but it’s taking some time. We just need America to wake up and to realize that our kids are being targeted.”

As Malone explained, kids from all walks of life have been victims of human trafficking.

“This doesn’t discriminate,” he said. “This attacks all families and all socio-economic situations. We need to do all that we can do, and we need to teach our kids what to look for. Everyone needs to know what the factors are and to become aware and educated on what they can do and what’s going on right now in our cities and towns all cross the country.”

Click below to listen to Malone’s interview in its entirety.