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Its all around us whether we want to believe it or not, human trafficking, child exploitation, children sold as sex slaves. What are the signs? Has it been in front of your face the whole time but you have failed to notice it? Is a home in your neighborhood one that houses these victims? What can you do as a concerned citizen? Are people you communicate with on a daily basis indeed pimps or Johns? What are the warning signs? Can you make a difference
Please join us this week for our amazing interview with Tonya Stafford, Executive Director of It's Going to be OK. Their mission: to provide restoration and direct service and programs to victims of human trafficking and / or forced prostitution. We will discuss her committment to HT, resources available, knowing the signs and how to help someone who may be in trouble. We'll also take a look at the connections between HT and DV, upcoming events and how to vote for their organization.
Rachel is a survivor. After being kidnapped at the age of 4, Rachel returned home only to begin a journey through years of extreme violence. She traveled around North America being bought and sold out of hotels, motels, truck stops, warehouses, homes, mansions, the back of moving trucks, and even church basements, Rachel earned her traffickers millions of dollars all before she was old enough to vote. Her traffickers believed for enough cash nothing was off limits for their clients, so Rachel was thrown into a world of violent sadistic sex, alcohol, drugs, child ography and ritual abuse.
As a result of her experience, Rachel now encourages other survivors to overcome their trauma by reclaiming their lives. Rachel believes survivors must work together in order to successfully rid our communities of abuse. Throughout everything, Rachel recognizes the impact her relationship with Jesus had on her ability to survive and overcome all she experienced. Today, Rachel thrives as an active member of her community where she mentors at-risk youth, coaches other survivors, and promotes social justice. Rachel is unable to birth children of her own so she dedicates herself daily to nurturing kids who are generally tossed aside by a failed system.
*Rachel is a pseudonym used to protect her identity from anyone still associated with her trafficking
Roughly 4 years ago Jennifer discovered there was a thing called human trafficking. Hearing about slavery weighed heavily on her heart and she began praying to God. God spoke to her heart saying, “Your steps are ordered, You will be at the right place, at the right time, with the right people, and I will carry you in the palm of my hand” This became her daily prayer.
After having received Human Trafficking 101, Speakers Bureau, and Street Outreach training she began volunteering through Salvation Army’s CORRC. In Oct 2014 she was hired as a Volunteer Coordinator. In Jan 2015 the Ohio task force rescued 18 Massage Parlor survivors. As Volunteer Coordinator she was able to care for these women.
Jennifer is still currently volunteering and has developed many friendships with survivors. After opening up one day she came to the realization that she had also been a victim of human trafficking.
Raised in a Christian home, but always feeling like she wasn't good enough. Raped at the age of eleven. Suffered multiple rapes in her teens and homelessness. She became a mother at seventeen. She felt pressured to marry, at twenty, after having another baby. He abused her mentally, physically, even tried to kill her. After he left her with nothing she worked in bars, strip clubs, a phone sex operator and as an escort.
Going on thirteen years later learning to accept that what happened to her, as a child, was of no fault of her own. Moving past the labels, currently on a journey of self-discovery, she has found her voice and can't keep silent anymore.
Nancy Hartwell grew up in Tampa, Florida, and earned a degree in International Relations from American U. in Washington, D.C. She married a prominent attorney from Cameroon, where she lived and worked for almost 15 years.
Upon her return to the U.S., she wrote for The Washington Post on Capitol Hill (7 years) and was lead proposal writer for an international consulting company (14 years). She has traveled to 44 countries and speaks more than a dozen languages.
She has had two radio plays produced, one by the BBC and one by ORTF (France). Her best-selling, award-winning Human Trafficking Series of books includes Harem Slave -- which reached no. 7 in All Fiction on Amazon (nearly 3 million titles) -- Prince Ibrahim's Favorite, and Voices from the Harem. She is an internationally recognized authority on human trafficking, particularly the international slave trade focused on oil-rich countries of the Persian Gulf.
She is currently hard at work on a movie script.
Today we will share the legacies of two individuals who have put themselves on the frontlines in the fight against the crimes of drug and human trafficking. Robert Mazur served 27 years as a Federal Special Agent for the IRS, Customs Service and Drug Enforcement Administration. Five of those years were spent under-cover as Bob Musella, a high-rolling mob-connected big shot who infiltrated the criminal hierarchy of Colombia’s drug cartels. Bob’s under-cover stings proved critical in the conviction of General Manuel Noriega and helped cripple an international multi-billion money laundering outfit that served drug lords like Pablo Escobar. His book, The Infiltrator, provides vivid and nail-biting details about his life in the criminal under-world, including events that led to a $500,000 contract being placed on his head.
More than three decades after India won freedom and independence from Great Britain, a little girl from the southern region of India was stolen from her family and became a slave. She was seven years old. She lost her home and her identity. She kept only her first name – Rani. When Rani lost her value to her slave owner, he sold her to an American woman who thought she was legally adopting an orphan. This adoption saved Rani’s life and the love and support she received in her new home has cultivated a commitment to become an advocate for the voiceless victims of human trafficking and a leader in the movement to end modern slavery.
Here is a recording of the wonderful keynote speaker, Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, who is a survivor of human trafficking
Kimberly Benson of A Bridge of Hope Ministries will be our guest. She will share with the listeners the issues we must be aware of regarding Human Trafficking. Kim is a successful survivor of human trafficking and owns and operates A Bridge of Hope. This organization is non profit and works extensively on help and assiting others int he community and advocating against Human Trafficking.
We're focusing on Human Trafficking this week, and Kelley Alsobrook is just the type of advocate we're honored to have on our show. Kelley is the Executive Director and Founder of Ashes2Beauty. Their mission is to educate, empower and equip the masses with the tools they need to understand human trafficking and help those who've been victimized to receive the care and restoration they need.
Kelley is also a survivor. Her story is provides a realistic look inside the world of Human Trafficking and how she overcame. She uses her experiences to help others and her story is quite inspiring.
Living a sheltered, middle class life as an only child in the city of Compton, D’Lita had no idea how things would drastically change when she became a child victim of sexual exploitation. For 15 years, the hardships of being a single mom kept her in the life but she finally walked away, and checked into community college became a legal assistant, and her journey to success began. D’Lita’s daughter became a victim of human trafficking, and it was then that she drew a line in the sand and refused to be merely reactive, but proactive. Determined to make sure this never happened again, she founded the organization FAST (Families Against Sex Trafficking) where she fills every role from Executive Director to Admin to Case Manager and Public Speaker. Ms. Miller has worked with agencies such as Saving Innocence, Runaway Girl, The Mary Magdalene Project, California Against Slavery, and several others.
D’Lita has personally assisted in helping over a hundred women to exit the life and has trained thousands of community members, law enforcement officers and youth. D’Lita has recently partnered with Gems Uncovered dba Forgotten Children Inc. to provide a 12-Week Diversion Program for women involved in sexual exploitation. Ms. Miller is featured on the new A&E show “8 Minutes”, which is a show focused on sexual exploitation. D’Lita’s goal is to use her expertise, experience, and courage to help women who feel trapped to realize that they too can have a bright future, if they just take the first step.
Tajuan McCarty is the Founder of The WellHouse, a nonprofit, faith-based and Christ-centered agency dedicated to rescuing women from sexual exploitation/human trafficking. She has experience in social work, community outreach, and as a consultant on women’s issues. Her professional experience includes leadership positions in which she has assisted women ex-offenders re-enter society; helped implement Alabama’s first program devoted to helping chronically homeless, severely mentally ill women and as a social worker for the Alabama Department of Human Resources. She holds Master degrees in Public Health and Public Administration, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Tajuan is uniquely qualified to be a forerunner in the fight against trafficking, as she understands victims situations too well. At 15, she was sexually exploited by her “boyfriend-turned-pimp”. She was trafficked to Birmingham so many times, it became her home. Her many experiences make her a passionate advocate for victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
Tajuan was recognized as one of The Top 20 Women Who Make a Difference in Birmingham and accepted The FBI Director's Community Leadership Award on behalf of The WellHouse, due to her efforts to fight human trafficking.
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