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Want some additional validation for why combatting human trafficking is worth it? Then read the story of Juanita Garcia. (As usual, we are not using a real name.)
Katie Ford, former CEO of Ford Models, Inc., got a life-changing phone call in 2007. She was invited to speak at the UN about human trafficking awareness.
Our expert is Nic McKinley, Founder and CEO of DeliverFund, a nonprofit, private intelligence organization that uses counterterrorism techniques to combat modern slavery. DeliverFund is made up of former elite intelligence operators from the CIA, NSA, FBI, and Navy SEALs.
Our expert is Dr. Jean Baderschneider, CEO and founding board member of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery. This organization is designed to catalyze a global strategy to end human trafficking and to increase the necessary resources from the public and private sector to fund it
If you were to meet Rachel Lloyd today, you’d see a leader known for improving the lives of young women who have been sex trafficked. The organization she founded, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), has helped thousands of girls and young women be restored to a life of dignity.
Making prosecution the number one priority has some immediate practical consequences. The crime of trafficking too often goes unpunished because it’s often difficult to get the victims to testify. In the absence of consequences, trafficking flourishes.
This is a story uncovered by investigative journalist Conchita Sarnoff. There’s a good chance that a lot of what you know about the Jeffrey Epstein case comes either directly from Sarnoff’s writing, or from others who benefitted from her decade’s long research.
Although traffickers prey on people who are vulnerable, you don’t have to be poor or come from a broken family to be vulnerable. Vanda M came from a solidly middle class, two-parent family.
You want your kids to be safe, right?
“Start early,” warns Lamont Hiebert. “Traffickers have been known to start grooming children as young as eight years old.” As Program Director of UNITAS, the New York and Serbian-based anti-trafficking organization, he has more expertise on this than most people.
The beauty of this case is, once the good guys tracked down the leader of the ring, they carted him off to jail and then took over his computer and pretended to be him.
“In the past, a trafficker might be able to find five or six young people who were vulnerable, and it would take weeks or months of grooming to entrap them. Now, with the Internet, the trafficker can be working on a couple of hundred prospective victims at the same time.”
This blog post is specifically aimed at healthcare providers, but if that’s not you, chances are you’ll find it important anyway.
Pippa Greenberg, founder of www.nxtmachine.co is an excellent guide. When she isn’t helping Fortune 200 companies make use of massive amounts of data, she uses her information technology skills to help find sex traffickers and help law enforcement prosecute them.
Yasmeen Hassan, Global Executive Director of Equality Now, has an interesting take on sex trafficking. Although Harvard-educated, she grew up in Pakistan, and her defining moment came at age 10 when her country’s laws were ‘Islamized.’
If you were to ask Dr. Bernadette Madrid why she values her work as founding director of the Child Protective Unit (CPU) in the Philippines, she might share with you the case of a 16-year old girl we’ll call “Ana.”