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Human trafficking is a real problem here in the United States and abroad! Let's Talk America with Host Shana Thornton in conjunction with the Henry County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will spotlight this critical social issue on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm EST. Celebrated community activists Reverend Natosha Reid Rice & Kara Wright will address the tough questions about this societal concern. Listen in live to be inspired to action!
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
Human trafficking is a global problem and one of the world's most shameful crimes, affecting the lives of millions of people around the world and robbing them of their dignity. While the best known form of human trafficking is for the purpose of sexual exploitation, hundreds of thousands of victims are trafficked for the purposes of forced labor, domestic servitude, child begging, or the removal of their organs.
Additionally, when it comes to child brides, approximately 14 million girls under the age of 18 are married each year. If present trends continue, 142 million girls will be married over the next decade. These facts and statistics are staggering and have become a global crisis. Tune in Friday, September 25, 2015 @ 9 pm as we shed some light on some of the world's worst attrocities against human kind.
For more information on child brides and the Too Young Wed foundation visit: http://tooyoungtowed.org/
National Human Trafficking Resource Center
1 (888) 373-7888 SMS: 233733 (Text "HELP" or "INFO")
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is a recording of the wonderful keynote speaker, Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, who is a survivor of human trafficking
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Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others.
Although slavery is commonly thought to be a thing of the past, human trafficking still exists today throughout the United States and globally when traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control other people for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex or forcing them to provide labor services against their will. Traffickers use violence, threats, deception, debt bondage, and other manipulative tactics to trap victims in horrific situations every day in America. All trafficking victims share one essential experience – the loss of freedom.
Some stats are:
There are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally, including 5.5 million children. 55% are women and girls.
In 2013, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, received multiple reports of human trafficking cases in all 50 states and D.C.
Human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide.
There is no official estimate of the total number of human trafficking victims in the U.S. With 100,000 children estimated to be in the sex trade in the United States each year, it is clear that the total number of victims nationally reaches into the hundreds of thousands when estimates of both adults and minors and sex trafficking and labor trafficking are aggregated.
The number of human trafficking cases increases every year.
Let's talk about this horrific issue in our communities.
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.