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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.
Imagine you meet a woman you fall in love with working as a prostitute in a massage parlor. She doesn't want to be there so you offer to get her out of there so she never has to "turn another trick" as long as she lives. You have a 12 year relationship no different than most married couples where you even talk about adopting her son from a previous relationship. Then suddenly you discover this woman has been forced to not only return working "for the family" in their chain of massage parlors that are dotted across the USA - but to be involved in , possible even "snuff" films, money laundering, human trafficking, real estate scams, hacking, blackmail, even possibly espionage back to China. What's even more scary is you can't go to the police because the police are involved as the "guard dogs" of this trafficking ring. The police have also created a fake case against this woman making her appear as a "known prostitute" which means they can then arrest her son for "living off the earnings of a known prostitute" now that he's turned 18 years of age if she doesn't continue to work for this "family" business where her sister, mother, brother and even her ex-husband are all involved in bringing in women from China who are as old as 61 in some cases to staff these massage parlors and keep the cycle of abuse just going and going. How do you help someone when you can't call the police? Sex trafficking creates more victims than just the prostitutes. This ring is stealing businessmen's money out of their corporate accounts. When they threaten to go to the police - they threaten to ruin their careers and their marriages. Heads of companies are being blackmailed and even stock market prices are being manipulated this way. Which makes businessmen, corporations, and even our economy victims.
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".
Everyone loves a good round of hot and passionate sex; but no one wants to catch a disease as a result: right? Join me and Chicago based spoken word artist Kire Senoj as we dialogue about when and how to ask and what to tell. The answers aren't always as simple as you think.
Topics to be discussed: Missing and exploited children, child sex trafficking, internet crimes against children, Child Sex Trafficking, aggravated physical abuse, questionable parenting the good bad and ugly
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Dealing with sexual addiction and knowing when to tell the kids can be rough .Children of sex addicts need to know that they are not alone in their suffering, That help is available to them, and that families do get better with treatment. These children need to know that they did not cause their parent’s sex addiction, nor can they control it or cure it. In words and pictures, this book conveys this powerful message for children ages 6 to 12. The only children’s book of its kind, Daddy’s Secret Cedar Chest is aimed at parents, therapists, pediatricians, and other professionals working with children who might be struggling in the wake of this addiction.
Carol the Coach is going to be interviewing Geoff Goodman who is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified sex addiction therapist, and professor of psychology at Long Island University. In 22 years of practice, Dr. Goodman has been writing and helping children understand their feelings better. He lives in Forest Hills, New York, with his wife Valeda, daughter Carlyn, and Savannah cat, Nahla. His book illustrates how to help children in their coping with this difficult illness.
Sexual Addiction is a disorder that requires strategies to assist you in maintaining recovery. This show is to help you access the books, the experts and the people who are managing recovery with The 12 Step Program and Patrick Carnes Recovery Task Model that reinforces the steps you need to take to manage your recovery and take your life through the journey so that you not only conquer the "Addict" but develop into the person you were meant to be!
Carol the Coach is a Certified Sexual Addictions Therapist who is ready to take you on the journey and expose you to the experts who will guide you through the steps.
Having sex can raise the intensity of emotions that people feel for each other -- whether you’re in a serious or casual relationship. At times, this elevation is a good and enjoyable thing, but sometimes it makes a hard situation worse.
Most women can agree that good sex ain’t easy to come across. There may be a good man shortage considering who you ask, but good sex is still a bedroom myth for most women in a society where men are oblivious to the female libido and the importance of good foreplay. Men continue to independently label themselves as coochie monsters and oral sex gods, yet women find themselves pleasing more than they are getting pleased. How we all want that one man and significant other that can excite us in the bedroom just as much as he satisfies us outside of it. Surely a man can be good in bed, and even better in the relationship, right? That’s the hope that women continue to cling to disappointment after disappointment, and fake orgasm after fake orgasm.
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Audience Questions We Will Address:
1. MY WIFE ALWAYS TELLS ME THAT SHE WANT TO WAIT TIL WE GET BACK FROM WORK TO HAVE SEX. THE PROBLEM IS THAT SHE'S ALWAYS TOO TIRED OR THE KIDS NEED ATTENTIONS. SHE KEEP DOING THAT AM THE GIRL AT WORK MIGHT BE GETTING A CALL. I KNOW I'M WRONG FOR FEELING THIS WAYS BUT WHAT ELSE CAN I DO I'M A MAN?
2. MY HUSBAND DOESN'T WANT ME ANYMORE OR THAT'S WHAT I THINK BECAUSE HE HASN'T TOUCHED ME IN OVER A MONTH. DO YOU THINK HE IS JUST NOT IN THE MOOD OR IS HE CHEATING ON ME?
3. DENYING SEX IS A FORM OF REJECTION TO ME SO WHEN WOMEN DON'T GIVE ME THE SEX I WANT WHEN I WANT IT, I LEAVE THEM. MY FRIENDS SAY I AM SELFISH BUT I HAVE NEEDS AS A MAN. WHAT DO YOU THINK C.O.L.?
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