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Laila Mickelwait, CEO of the Justice Defense Fund, has two over-arching questions about Big Porn.
First, is it causing harm?
Second, if it is really causing harm, what can be done about it?
* Children in foster care are at increased risk for trafficking.
* Removing a child from his or her parents can be a balancing act between dangers at home and possible danger of trafficking.
* In some cases, the trauma of removal can be as devastating as the crisis that led to the removal.
Here are some of the COVID-19-caused vulnerabilities
1. Lockdown-caused Vulnerability
2. Decreased Governmental Resources for Combatting Human Trafficking
3. Impact on Charitable Giving
Patti Hathaway has an interesting way of looking at life’s problems. She asks, “Are you a thermostat or a thermometer?”
* Pornography is the world’s de facto system for sex education
* Porn sites get more visitors each month than Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter combined.
* Children are learning that sex means violence, degradation, and humiliation.
* There’s a tight connection between prostitution and criminality.
* Traffickers are often motivated to encourage pornography.
* Trafficking doesn’t exist in isolation; it is part of a whole ecosystem of criminality.
* 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.