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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.
Have you ever watched movies on Lifetime about sex trafficking? What about Dateline NBC or those other news shows where sex trafficking victims tell their stories. Have you ever wondered how to identify victims or what to look for? Well on the next Nite Talks with Sasha we will discuss not sex trafficiked victims but those that are also slaves or indentured servants! We will discuss
Visable Indications of trafficking
Health Characteristics of a trafficked person
How to report suspected trafficking
Vocab that a sex trafficked worker may use
Tune in this Friday, May 8th at 11:30pm est/8:30pm pst as delve deep inside the world of Sex and Human trafficking! Log on www.blogtalkradio.com/nitetalkswithsasha to hear the show LIVE on your PC,Tablet, or Phone. Call in at (215)383-3929 to hear the show LIVE but to also ask questions and voice your opinion on our topic!
Michaela Floyd grew up in a very dysfunctional household. Her father was a preacher that eventually was kicked out of the church due to his alcohol abuse and was abusive to her mother. Michaela suffered through emotional, verbal and physical abuse at the hands of her father. Her mother finally left her father in Michaela’s late teens.
Dating was very difficult for Michaela because she felt that every man would be abusive but while in college she married an older man just to escape her chaotic life. Early in her marriage her husband was very controlling and for the most part she was compliant but when she wasn’t it resulted in extreme physical abuse. The abuse continued through the marriage and although Michaela never denied him sex, he began raping her in order to show his control over her.
After her husband began abusing drugs, they divorced & she moved to Nashville. After seeking employment with no luck, she finally took a job as an erotic masseuse after being assured that she would not have to do anything she didn’t want to do. She soon found out the company was owned by a prominent mafia family. She was trafficked in 11 states and 26 cities within a 3-month period. After finally being able to get back to Nashville and becoming an independent sex worker in order to support her family. But over the course of 15 months was able to rebuild a life for her family, attend counseling and eventually get out of the life.
Michaela has become active in speaking out and working with other survivors to reach out to women still trapped in trafficking and prostitution. Eventually, she would like to do this kind of work full-time, but for now God has opened many doors and she has been busy educating herself about this horrific evil. She feels very blessed to know so many survivors and to call them her sisters and friends.”
Human trafficking is the modern form of slavery, with illegal smuggling and trading of people, for forced labor or sexual exploitation.
Trafficking is officially defined as: the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by means of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, or abuse of power of a position of vulnerability for the purpose of exploitation. Human trafficking is not synonymous with forced migration or smuggling.
In the U.S., human trafficking tends to occur around international travel-hubs with large immigrant populations, notably California and Texas. The U.S. Justice Department estimates that 17,500 people are trafficked into the country every year, but the true figure could be higher, because of the large numbers of undocumented immigrants. Those being trafficked include young children, teenagers, men and women and can be domestic citizens or foreign nationals. According to the Department of State's statistics from 2000, there are approximately 244,000 American children and youth that are at risk for sex trafficking each year. Of these children and youth, 38,600 were originally runaways.
Join us tonite live with Dave Mc Cleary who is with a group called End Human Trafficking Now. The website is http://endhtnow.com/commit/ This show is sponsored by the non profit 501 (c) (3) non profit Studentsforabetterfuture.com
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Jennifer shares "I grew up feeling unloved and unworthy. I had deeply embedded negative thoughts and feelings that drove me to seek comfort in negative things. After loosing my virginity to a sexual assualt at 12, I began to seek comfort in drugs and older men. After a series of abusive relationships, I ended up with what I thought was someone who took care of me and truly loved me. That man quickly turned me onto iv drug use and started grooming me for a darkness I had never known existed. What started as being a dancer at local strip clubs quickly evolved into placing ads on Craigslist. Before I realized that my soul was being emptied, I found myself being raped regularly, kidnapped, held hostage, sold to gangs and branded. After 5-6 years of enslavement, including birthing my last child by myself on a strangers floor, I was able to escape. Only to be left with 4 semingly permant marks of demorilization and constant reminders of the violence I escaped. After 8 months of saving I was able to fund my first of the four cover ups of my brandings. That is when a very special person came into my life and sponsored me to have my remaining coverups done. The feeling of freedom and empowerment I felt reclaiming my body was amazing and life changing. That is when I founded Survivor's Ink. It quickly became a non-profit strictly for survivors of human trafficking who have been branded or scarred from their traffickers, abusers and time of enslavement. Not only have I been able to give this freeing gift to other survivors. I have found my strenth, myself and healing by us uniting and fighting back against human trafficking and grip of that darkness. I now have been able to try to use my story to raise money for the strongest, most amazing survivors ever! My sisters.
Speak Life Radio ~ What We Need To Know About Human Trafficking!
Blesings beautiful family and welcome back to another amazing show! We have 2 awesome women on the show sharing some great information with us, Our 1st guest is the beautiful Petula Beckles Gospel Jazz Artist, With her unique blend of Jazz' Soul and Gospel, Petula is one of the most vibrant, and promising Gospel artist to date. Her golden array of smooth tones and melodious stories captivates her audience creating a warm effervescent atmosphere of praise. Petula will be sharing with us the Mother's Day Cruise she's putting on May 10th. Our next guest is the super awesome Theresa Johnson Human Trafficking Advocate. What is Human Trafficking you ask? It is the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. Theresa will share with us more about what we need to know and how it's speading here in the United States! Please join us!!!
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.
Join Chaplain E. Jean Jones, Minister Crystal Bates, Minister Patrina Smalls, Nancy Smith and Minister LaShanda Lewis as they speak to members of God Answers All Prayers (GAAP) organization who will host of a Grant Writing Seminar Saturday, May 30th.
God Answers All Prayers (GAAP) is a professional training program for individuals, churches and/or non-profit organizations seeking assistance in establishing a non-profit organization and the grant seeking and the grant writing process. We offer group training seminars/sessions in a Christian Environment.
For more information about GAAP and the grant writing seminar visit http://www.godanswersallprayers.org
This program will be featuring my Subject Tracer™ titled Grant Resources. We will be highlighting the latest and greatest grant sources covering search engines, subject directories, articles, guides and tracers - literally everything needed for the grant sources for your business or non-for-profit group!!! We will also discussing my latest freely available Awareness Watch Newsletter V13N5 May 2015 featuring Business Intelligence Online Resources 2015 and my freely available May 2015 Zillman Column highlighting my eMarketing MiniGuide 2015. You may call in to ask your questions at (718)508-9839. The show is live and thirty minutes in length starting at 2:00pm EST on Saturday, May 16, 2015 and then archived for easy review and access. Listen, Call and Enjoy!!
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