Hurricane Maria Political Statement - Original Design featuring the word NASTY inspired by a tee shirt made widely known during the devestating Hurricane Maria during a political spat between USA President Donald Trump and San Juan Mayor Cruz. This design brings awareness to the effects of natural disasters especially as it creates risk for sex trafficking especially to women and children who are disproportionally affected.
Natural Disasters Create Risk for Sex Trafficking, Women and Children Disproportionally Affected
Rachel E. Luft, a Katrina survivor and Seattle University professor, spoke with Newsweek about the fact that more women than men die in natural disasters and are more likely to suffer domestic or sexual violence after a natural disaster strikes.
"Women, and especially women of color, are overwhelmingly tasked personally and professionally with caring for children, the elderly and people with disabilities. So even the simple decision about whether to evacuate in advance of a disaster often means being responsible for multiple people. This isn't a deficit in women; it's an extra responsibility that makes personal survival decisions and the resources to support them much more difficult."
During an interview with Univision, San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz wore a black T-shirt that spelled the word NASTY, referring to the accusation president Trump fired at the Puerto Rican mayor. During the Univision interview, Cruz said, in Spanish, “What is truly nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people.”
Cruz knows that fashion can be speech...But, Ironically, in July of 2018 Cruz was arrested on corruption charges, since she and a few other government officials are being accused of illegally using nearly $5 million in federal funding for the town's general and payroll funds and contractors, essentially turning her own back on the Puerto Rican people.