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Join me with my very special guest
Leah Albright-Byrd Executive Director & Founder of Bridget's Dream. We discuss her passion to combat and help victims of sexual exploitation.
A nationally known survivor-activist, consultant and trainer in the fight against child sex-trafficking. Her strong voice and unwavering commitment to “help victims become survivors and learn to dream again” inspires people to wage war against social injustice.
"The sex-trafficking of children and youth in the United States CAN BE PREVENTED! Together, we must educate, empower, and equip our youth so that they never experience the ravishing effects of sex-trafficking. This is how we prevent!"
"Direct intervention in the lives of those who have been commercially sexually exploited is the first step towards healing & transformation. We reach victims directly and provide crisis care to those looking to escape. This is how we INTERVENE!"
Restoration is a long-term journey that requires discovery of meaning and purpose beyond the ravishing effects of the trauma inflicted through exploitation. Survivors need loving trauma-informed care so that they can experience healing!
Listen to "Joey", a security guard who worked nights in Atlantic City, NJ in the late 1980's, speak about the sex trafficking victims he saw who were not only paying off the cops - but the cops were the pimps! Hear about the "conflict of interest" with these victims calling the National Trafficking Hotline that's connected with law enforcement - when law enforcement is part of her trafficking network she's trying to get away from. This man saw pay-offs, rip-offs, and everything that happens in the late evening hours of this major city. Joey explains how his hands were tied - knowing that if he tried to report what he saw that he might wind up being framed himself by these cops. How do you go to Internal Affairs when even Serpico had to finally leave the country because of his fight to try and clean up just the 63rd Precinct of NY? But these women can't go to Switzerland - they have nowhere to go - not even the shelters that the police know about when your pimp is the police. This interviews explains why our hotline at www.sexworkersanonymous.net is so vital for these victims. If you're trying to get away from a trafficking ring with law enforcement is involved - we can help.
Hear why this once Playboy Bunny is now a Sex Workers Anonymous member living in a small town in Florida working as a file clerk.
Talia was sexually abused from the crib on. No one listened or intervened. Even her step-father sexually abused her. Cutting herself to find relief from the internal pain (cutting takes the pain from the inside to the outside and is not a form of suicide but actually an attempt to find release from emotional pain), she soon developed other self-destructive behaviors. Starting out as a regular "model" she soon found herself being eased into the world of hard-core . From hard-core in magazines such as "Hustler" she found she couldn't make ends meet with an erratic shoot paycheck. Addicts tend to seek out other addicts so she found herself buried in debt because of her husband's gambling addiction. He left but left her with the bills. Soon Tara began to see that it was really just one excuse after the other to justify returning to the sex industry. Once the denial was stripped away - then what? She sought help in Sex Workers Anonymous where today she's now working at a "regular" job and just got into graduate school. Tara's hope is to finish school and work with other troubled kids like herself.
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We have never before allowed in any recording equipment at any of our meetings. The reason is obvious - confidentiality is the key to our program's safety. If people couldn't trust that we would protect their identities they wouldn't come forward. But the members at this meeting said it was okay to be recorded because we've just been getting not only so many questions - but also so many misconceptions about us. Another reason why we never released a recording before is because each meeting and each group is so different. There's not two groups nor ever two meetings the same. We have large meetings held in churches, coffee houses, parks, treatment centers, clinics, and conference rooms as well as jails and crisis centers. There are large and small meetings. Some people prefer to be more private so they have "coffee" meetings where two or more just get together at a coffee shop. Others are either so remote or they are so careful about who sees their face - they prefer to stick with our "phone" meetings which are held at regular times weekly where members call in from all over the world. Sometimes if the car breaks down or the weather is bad they come to the phone meetings. This way they can call in even if they're at a payphone or a motel. Other meetings are done "one on one" by telephone, mail or in person. Some meetings even have more "concentrations" of groups - such as our West Hollywood meeting that tends to be mostly men or the jail meeting in Chicago for just transgenders. Meetings can be light and funny or dark and deep. But whatever the meetings are - they're part of our recovery program where the "therapeutic value of one helping is without parallel". This is just a window into our program where "empathy" is a tool for healing.
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Rosie was turned out not by just some pimp off the street - but by her own husband. When her parents found out they were shocked -but then figured out the money wasn't so bad after all. She built her way up from turning tricks on the streets and out of casinos into the owner of her own massage parlor so big at one time she had 40 women working under her. Her daughter saw the fast living lifestyle growing up and wanted it for herself. She told her mom that she "was going to do it anyway you might as well teach me the ropes so I'll be safe". Actually wanting to protect her daughter from the dangers she'd find on the streets working as an "outlaw" - this mother taught her own daughter the ropes about prostitution. They even went on calls together sometimes. Men pay extra for that sort of thing. When her mother died from cancer - pain medication was left laying around. The daughter had been using drugs by that time pretty heavy. Next thing anyone knows the daughter is found dead from an overdose. Accidental? Who knows? Having a complete mental breakdown from the guilt she was hit with - this woman reached out to Sex Workers Anonymous after being released from the psychiatric hospital. Taking months to trust us just to tell us what happened - she finally opened up about carrying baggage that will never go away. She was even now using drugs to cope with the death of her daughter due to drugs. Now Rose is "clean and sober" as well as having almost two years out of the sex industry entirely. She has a teenage son and a young daughter in her 20's still surviving she's now there for. The years of lugging massage tables have caught up with her where she's now on disability so she can go through surgery and pain management to repair her feet and back from all the "wear and tear".
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Priya Magic of Women in Full Bloom engages in lively honest conversations with women from around the country and differnt walks of life about the in's and out's of life for us women in the transition years after menopause from 55-65.
There's much talk these days about women over 50! Have you heard about or even felt the over fifty Invisible Factor? Many of us begin to get the feeling that as we step into that over 50 age we become invisible. Lumping all women over fifty into one category is another way of the culture making us invisible.
Over fifty is a vast realm that we as women know has many nuances that are in and of themselves and entire world. The passage from the end of menopause into the early sixties is a very unique one and deserves much care and attention as any other phase of life. Just as the passage of 40-50 is unique, 50-60, 60-70, and 70-80 and on are all distinct journeys. It is time to step out of the realm of the invisible and be seen and heard for these distinctions!
Hear what your sisters are going through. Laugh, Cry, and feel the support of honest and vulnerable sharing from other real women who are facing the challenges of Relationship, Work, Family and Passions as we all move into being 'Older" women! Let's do it together and have fun with it by sharing what were are going through together.
Priya's style is engaging, intimate and offers you chance to let down and get real!
Join Kitty Elavase and SmallChange as they disuss how to have sex in public, the best places to have sex in public , clothing to wear or not to wear when planning sex in public date and must of all how to avoid getting caught and more! Put the kids to bed and bring out you notepads. Show will air live 8PM PST, 10 PM Central and 11PM Eastern. Listen also online at www.blogtalkradio.com/elavase or you may listen via your phone 347-426-3673. Connect also via Skype into the live show. Chat room will be open. Come by and tell us you sex in public stories! Swing by http://www.kittykattkloset.com. If you miss the live broadcast be sure to come back and download the archived show!
The Psychic Cow Radio Show - Hump Day-Talk Sex Show!
Join The Psychic Cow Every Wednesday Night For The Hump Day-Talk Sex Show, where you, The Listener, may call in with your Sex Questions.
Sex, in it's perfectly created form, is very sacred and spiritual. The Gods gave it to us to enjoy. When we have Sacred Sexuality or Tantric Sex, we open up all aspects of ourselves and within The Unverse, beautiful, brilliant golden cords and lights are created and elevated.
The Show's purpose is not to be deviant, but to be informative, sharing and nurturing of our Inner God and Goddess.
There is no question that is too extreme and Taboo Subjects are open for discussion.
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Raising awareness is our best defense. Preventing child sex exploitation and victimization through education is part of the solution.
Education, awareness in the following topics:
Missing and exploited children, child sexual assaults, child sex trafficking, internet crimes against a child, aggravated physical abuse to a child, and questionable parenting, the good, the bad and the ugly.
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