Legal Studies in Review
A relatively small major at Crown is set to undergo some changes for fall 2011 to better prepare students to have an impact for Christ on the world
Under the broad heading of "Humanities and Social Sciences" lie a variety of majors that some may not realize the College offers. Legal Studies is one such major, and one student will attend law school this fall with a goal to help rid the world of sexual slavery.
Benjamin Waite of Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., is a senior Legal Studies major, working to become an International Human Rights Lawyer. Waite wants to fight prostitution and sex slavery on the international level, especially in the poorest nations. After taking a trip with Crown to Thailand during the summer of 2009, Waite saw the many unloved children in Chiang Mai, and the prostitutes and brothels of Bangkok. These images bolstered his desire to provide a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.
"While prostitution is illegal in Bangkok, it remains rampant in Thailand, with sixty percent of foreign men coming to the country to seek prostitution, according to the UN. And the vast majority of Thai men visit brothels. It's essentially a social expectation," said Waite. Yet despite prostitution's illegal status, many Thais and law enforcement officials turn a blind eye that obstructs justice.
Waite graduates in May, attending law school career at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind., later this coming summer.
Note: this major will have a name change to 'Criminal & Social Justice', starting fall 2011.
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