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* Trafficking is a $150-billion-a-year global mega-business.
* Trafficking flourishes because it’s extremely profitable and there’s rarely any penalty for this crime.
* The anti-trafficking organization Polaris is taking a new approach to preventing trafficking: making jail time more likely by using the traffickers’ financial records.
Unpacking a possible link between the Atlanta murders and sex trafficking.
* Human traffickers prey on both adults and children alike, generating $150 billion a year.
* Traffickers use violence to terrorize victims into silence, making the chances of a trafficker doing jail time less than 1 in 100.
* Anti-money laundering organizations have begun to find and seize traffickers’ illegal profits, but their efforts are under-funded.
The speaker, Duncan Jepson, is the founder of Liberty Shared, an anti-trafficking organization. He and his colleagues are attacking the Achilles’ heel of trafficking, and that is, the obscene profitability that results when labor costs are close to free.
Myers and Wiley bring unique skills and artificial intelligence technology to the game by analyzing supply chains and assessing a client’s risk, in order to minimize the possibility of slave labor used by vendors.
The composite story comes from Dr. Angela Diaz, Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center in New York City. All the details described have happened to real people, although we are not using a real name.
In a moment we’ll get into how this relates to human trafficking, and we’ll be talking with Amy Rahe, Director of North America at the Freedom Fund. But first, a brief story impact of the words we choose. It has to do with my niece, a pulmonary physician.
Peace Promise, an Anti-Trafficking organization in Pennsylvania knows why. According to Susan Vigliano, “Most of these people who are in prostitution have vulnerabilities and very few have the life skills they need to function in society and be self-supporting.”
Dillon’s organization, Right to Be Free, addresses a major root cause of vulnerability and the trafficking that goes with it. We’re talking poverty.
Dr. Kristie Knights’ professional world includes two of the darkest areas of human behavior. As a psychotherapist, her clients include people who are suicidal and who have been trafficked.
Has it ever occurred to you that there’s a direct and appalling connection between human slavery and environment destruction? Kevin Bales, a Professor of Contemporary Slavery at the University of Nottingham, studies this connection.
Anti-trafficking organizations can always use more funding and more awareness. Here’s a project than can provide both!
COVID-19 has impacted the survivors of human trafficking in particularly harsh ways. By some estimates, even under normal circumstances as many as 80% of individuals who have been rescued end up being re-trafficked. COVID-19 has made the odds of this dramatically worse.
Traffickers study social media to find out what’s going on in a youngster’s life. If a trafficker discovers a deficit in the child’s life, such as, for instance, the parents aren’t giving the young person the attention he or she craves, the trafficker may be able to lure the child into a conversation on a phone app or on the internet.
The anti-trafficking organization Love Never Fails can’t solve the whole problem. However, through their residential program, they have an impressive track record of enabling trafficking victims to recover and be all they can be.