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What is trafficking? How large is the issue? How can everyone help combat the issue? Find the answers to these questions and a whole lot more.
Even4One has recommended the following organizations as key players in the fight against anti-trafficking due to their affect and role in fighting the issue.
Human Trafficking is a global problem that encompases many forms of exploitation such as sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude, forced marriage, forced criminal activity and organ harvesting.
Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age (22 USC § 7102).“The term ‘commercial sex act’ means any sex act on account of which anything of value is given to or received by any person” (22 U.S.C. 7102 (4)).
Who is Affected? Sexual exploitation and trafficking affects every community, ethnicity, education level, economic class, however sexul exploitation disproportionately affects young people experiencing poverty, homelessness, and discrimination; particularily youth connected to the foster care system.
HOW? Exploitation is often coordinated through the internet using commercial sex websites, social media and/or dating websites. Some exploitation still occurs on street “tracks”, in businesses and/or through familial/social networks.
There are currently no reliable national-level prevalence numbers. This is due to the hidden nature of trafficking, that has only recently received attention and resources, and the shifting trends in the sex trades.
Even4One is a directory of anti-trafficking organizations across United States and Canada. Below are a selection of organizations that specialise in the education field of anti-trafficking.
Dive even deeper into the issue with our curated selection of books, articles and videos that help explain what trafficking is as well as the scale of the issue.
Sex trafficking is a worldwide epidemic, a tragedy that affects women, men and children. Men and boys throughout the United States are trapped in modern day slavery and forced to sell their bodies for sex. While the movement of sex trafficking has brought large awareness to female victims of trafficking, males have largely been overlooked. BOYS, seeks to do just that - bring validity to the truth that males are victims of sex trafficking here in the United States. January 2014, Chris & Anna joined forces with Kartal Peel to create a meaningful film. Through interviews with service care providers, male survivors and those in the field of Abolition, we hope to gain an understanding of what male sex trafficking looks like within the United States and how we can help male survivors have a voice.
I AM JANE DOE chronicles the legal battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, who were trafficked for commercial sex on Backpage.com, the adult classifieds section formerly owned by the Village Voice. Reminiscent of Erin Brockovich and Karen Silkwood, these mothers have stood up on behalf of thousands of other mothers, fighting back and refusing to take no for an answer.
The Intervene Practitioner Curriculum is an interactive and self-paced course designed for use by service providers who often must address the trauma experienced by Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) victims. The Intervene Practitioner Curriculum is approved for 4 CEUs by National Association of Social Workers.
This book is a second edition and includes a study guide with questions at the end of each chapter. You will learn more about pimps, familial, and gang trafficking. It is filled with survivor stories as well as my own story of trafficking. Each story has a purpose and that is to help others, especially trafficked girls, understand what happened to them when they were trafficked. This book will help break that trauma bond as well as facilitate the healing process. It is recommended for sex trafficking survivors, advocates, counselors, and anyone else who wants to learn more about trafficking and what the healing process looks like for complex trauma. I believe that if each girl understood how they were forced, coerced, or manipulated into trafficking that they could break the trauma bond that was formed with their trafficker and reduce the recidivism rate of being re-exploited.
Corban Addison leads readers on a chilling, eye-opening journey into Mumbai's seedy underworld--and the nightmare of two orphaned girls swept into the international sex trade. When a tsunami rages through their coastal town in India, 17-year-old Ahalya Ghai and her 15-year-old sister Sita are left orphaned and homeless. With almost everyone they know suddenly erased from the face of the earth, the girls set out for the convent where they attend school. They are abducted almost immediately and sold to a Mumbai brothel owner, beginning a hellish descent into the bowels of the sex trade. Halfway across the world, Washington, D.C., attorney Thomas Clarke faces his own personal and professional crisis-and makes the fateful decision to pursue a pro bono sabbatical working in India for an NGO that prosecutes the subcontinent's human traffickers. There, his conscience awakens as he sees firsthand the horrors of the trade in human flesh, and the corrupt judicial system that fosters it. Learning of the fate of Ahalya and Sita, Clarke makes it his personal mission to rescue them, setting the stage for a riveting showdown with an international network of ruthless criminals.
Compassionate, committed individuals and communities like yours are the most powerful resource there is to prevent and reduce human trafficking. But to leverage your power, you need the best possible information. Take our free introductory course, Human Trafficking 101, to learn what human trafficking really is, how it happens, and how you can be part of the solution.
What happens to survivors after escape from or arrest of their traffickers? What do they need? What do we, as a nation, offer? With over 200,000 American victims annually and only 700 beds available, we need infrastructure to support this population. Find out what YOU can do to help! Yolanda is a Registered Nurse. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from Regent University in 2004 and graduated in 2014 from Liberty University with a Master’s in Human Services & Counseling. Yolanda attended the University of Maryland, earning a Certificate in Working with Survivors of Violence, Trauma and Torture. Yolanda is a member of Delaware’s Human Trafficking Coordinating Council and Co-Chair of the Victim Services Committee.
This talk is eye-opening and heart-breaking. Yolanda Schlabach shows the reality of sex-trafficking in the State of Delaware, a terribly unrecognized and under-prosecuted state of affairs. She guides us through the process by which girls are trapped, and eventually lose their independent identity.
Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.
Roadmap to Redemption is the first of it's kind, a workbook for survivors of sex trafficking written by a survivor. Rebecca Bender was lured into the life of human trafficking at the vulnerable age of 18. Now, rescued and restored, she uses the valuable lessons she's learned to help bring other survivors toward redemption. This ten week workbook is cupped with her personal testimony and injected with scripture. Rebecca uncovers the seductive tactics traffickers use in America today and equips anyone who wants to work with exploited victims. This workbook can be used one on one, privately or in a group setting. Roadmap to Redemption should be in the hands of every victim of trauma and every advocate working in the field!
Jade Brooks grew up like any other kid — she played with friends, lovingly teased and was teased by her siblings, and excelled at school. It wasn't until she was removed from her family at age 11 that she felt something was wrong. Growing up between two of Halifax's predominantly black neighborhoods, Jade was raised in communities plagued by social problems. Addictions, tangled personal relationships, social workers, and prison terms became everyday facts. When the first serious love of her life entered the picture at age 15, that relationship became the center of everything. Following a path many have taken before, pushed along by her abusive boyfriend, Jade found herself in the sex trade. She learned to sell her body in the strip clubs and massage parlors of Toronto and Montreal in order to survive. Gifted with the ability to recall details of personalities, events, and conversations, Jade reveals a reality that will be unknown to many of her readers. She tells her story straight out, no holds barred, just as she remembers it. By doing so, she allows her readers to come to a far deeper appreciation of the circumstances that lead to the trafficking of young women in Canada today.
First released in 1996, Somebody's Daughter takes us inside the lives of real players in Canada's prostitution game. This book is about what we don't know about prostitution and perhaps what we don't want to know; what goes on inside that violent underworld know as The Game, and who the girls in the tight skirts really are. Author and reporter Phonse Jessome traces the short careers of several young girls actively recruited by pimps and describes the anti-pimping efforts of law enforcers who work to get teenage girls out the The Games and off the streets.
A child soldier, Grammy-nominated artists, and a Rock and Roll legend. Everyone has dreams. DREAM is an episodic series following inspiring stories of children, women and men from around the world.
Dreams. A cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal; an unrealistic or self-deluding fantasy. The two definitions could not be more opposed. In Dream, the filmmakers explore stories on both ends of the spectrum and ask the question: if anything were possible, what dream would you build your life on?
The world began when God, the Creator of everything said, “Let there be light.” As the wonder of the world came to life with all its intricate beauty, the most miraculous moment had yet to become reality. That’s when God breathed into Adam and, with that one breath, shaped humanity. In this thoughtful and inspiring book, Daniel Kooman, the award-winning director of She Has A Name and Dream: Find Your Significance, shares the creation story in a way you have never experienced it before.
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#dealwithit is the honest, raw, not-safe-for-work account of Dr. John A. King trying to piece his life back together, move forward and thrive after the spontaneous recall of over a decade of childhood sexual abuse by his parents and their friends. This recall event, or John-A-Geddon, was followed by the immediate onset of Complex Post Traumatic Stress, which led to the loss of his marriage, career and health. This book shares John’s gritty process of rebuilding his life. On his journey, you’ll find practical tools, unlikely mentors and his trademark Aussie sarcasm.
Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited, every day, through an astonishing array of practices including forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence, and child soldiering.
"Human traffickers are earning billions of dollars on the backs and in the beds of our children," says the film's director, Academy Award nominee, Robert Bilheimer, "and yet no one knows this is happening. We have a huge responsibility, right now, to learn the truth and act on it."
Challenging though it may be, Not My Life's message is ultimately one of hope. Victims of slavery can be set free and go on to live happy and productive lives. Those who advocate for slavery victims are growing in numbers, and are increasingly effective. At this crossroads for the defining human rights issue of our time, Not My Life tells us, as the late Jonathan Mann said, "We can no longer flee, no longer hide, no longer separate ourselves."
California’s Forgotten Children is a feature documentary that follows a diverse group of resilient survivors who have overcome commercial sexual exploitation as children and are changing the world by ensuring no child is forgotten. This film gives viewers the tools to combat this epidemic and empowers survivors on their path to freedom.
Training for adults to empower and equip you to make a difference. Sector-based training to empower and equip you in General Training, Labor Trafficking, First Responder, and Law Enforcement.
The Empower Youth Program is an innovative tool that equips you to train teens in person with the power to save people and respond to bad situations that intend to take advantage of them.
Welcome to the National Human Trafficking Education Centre – a unique online hub offering educational resources to help Canadians understand and fight human trafficking. Here, you will find a variety of courses intended for different audiences including youth, parents, educators, social workers, front line responders, medical professionals and those working in the justice system. Our courses range in length and the content is specifically tailored to the audience. Content is developed by the Joy Smith Foundation, a leading authority on the prevention of human trafficking in Canada. Some courses are free, while others are offered for a fee. Consider signing up for a course on your own, with your family, work colleagues or as a group. Check back often as new courses will be added on an on-going basis. Education is our greatest weapon as we work together to end human trafficking.
Are you ready for a new way to seek justice – an ancient way to know God?
Finally, a practical guide on how to do justice and grow in discipleship ―from those on the frontlines of the battle in the world’s darkest and most dangerous places. Jim Martin and International Justice Mission are experts not only at bringing rescue to victims of violence, sex trafficking, slavery, and oppression, but also, at bringing churches into the fight, through concrete steps that actually make a difference. Learn how to carry out one of the Bible’s core commands―to seek justice―in a way that amounts to more than mere words and good intentions. In the process, you’ll discover one of the most powerful tools to grow faith and deepen discipleship. In The Just Church, Martin shares tangible, accessible strategies to respond to God’s call to seek justice, defend the widow and orphan, and rescue the oppressed . . . whether in far-off places or right in your own community
The ONLY way to find abundant life and happiness is to give your life away. If God designed us to experience true happiness and abundant life, why do so many Christians feel dissatisfied and purposeless? We try to make our lives better by chasing our own dreams, but that only makes the problem worse. Instead, the path to a just life that''s satisfying and permeated with meaning leads us alongside the orphan, the widow, and the powerless. Using clear evangelical theology and compelling narratives drawn from two decades of global ministry and travel, Ken Wytsma, the founder of The Justice Conference, shows God''s unchanging love for all His children. On the way, the author calls us back to a proper understanding of biblical justice, a redeeming glimpse into the true meaning of righteousness and the remarkable connection between our own joy, the joy of others, and the wondrous Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pursuing Justice shows that God isn''t primarily concerned with personal piety but about empowering His children to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with their creator. The message is as hopeful as it is fresh: when you discover anew the meaning of the Gospel and give your life away, you will find it...and it will be the best life you can imagine.
While the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against global poverty, the hidden plague of everyday violence silently undermines our best efforts to help the poor. Common violence like rape, forced labor, illegal detention, land theft, and police abuse has become routine and relentless. And like a horde of locusts devouring everything in its path, the unchecked plague of violence ruins lives, blocks the road out of poverty, and undercuts development. How has this plague of violence grown so ferocious? In one of the most remarkable social disasters of the last half century, basic public justice systems in the developing world have descended into a state of utter collapse, and there's nothing shielding the poor from violent people. Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros offer a searing account of how we got here and what it will take to end the plague. The Locust Effect is a gripping journey into the streets and slums where fear is a daily reality for billions of the world's poorest, where safety is secured only for those with money, and where much of our well-intended aid is lost in the daily chaos of violence. While their call to action is urgent, Haugen and Boutros provide hope, a real solution and an ambitious way forward. The Locust Effect will forever change the way we understand global poverty, and will help secure a safe path to prosperity for the global poor in the 21st century.
As she shares her extraordinary stories of fighting human trafficking as an ordinary mom, Kimberly Smith Highland offers hope for readers who wonder if God is calling them to a different life--one outside the confines of cultural norms.
The challenges of global injustice can be overwhelming. The pain is real; the violence dark. Many well-intentioned Christians get burned out. What can you do to stay in the game? Bethany Hoang, director of International Justice Mission's IJM Institute, has seen firsthand how spiritual formation can fuel our response to God's call to justice--from the inside out. Hoang shares spiritual practices honed on the frontlines of the fight for justice--guideposts for an inward journey that can propel a disciple outward, empowering the difficult work of justice. Seeking the God of justice can be a catalyst for spiritual growth and deeper personal discipleship. Discover spiritual disciplines for the justice-seeker and renew and invigorate your own justice journey. Includes questions for group discussion.
Vanessa McNeal, a filmmaker and survivor of sexual violence sets out to explore the often overlooked reality about why the sex trafficking industry thrives. The truth is that sex trafficking wouldn’t exist without the unquenchable thirst and demand for it. On the quest to learn more, Vanessa discovers who the johns/buyers are and why there is a culture of impunity that hides and protects them. In this riveting and truly disturbing documentary what you think you know about sex trafficking will be challenged. What is hidden will come to light, even in a midwestern state like Iowa. The film features survivors of sex trafficking, local and federal law enforcement, advocates, politicians, and a recovering sex addict.
Jason, a lawyer, poses as a john to build a legal case against a ruthless pimp who is trafficking girls in Asia. He meets Number 18, a girl forced to work as a prostitute in a busy red light district whose testimony is key to his case. Can he convince her to risk her life to testify for the sake of justice?
Every day, everywhere, hundreds of thousands of children are being 'groomed'-- Will you be prepared when traffickers try to target you or your loved ones? Know the signs and apply them. Usually its not 'if,' but 'when?' The answer is usually within hours or days of a child using online social platforms. Most never tell their parents.
Traffick on 401 explores the sex trafficking world in Ontario and Michigan by speaking to a survivor, the Windsor Police Service, and advocates. Victoria Morrison, a sex trafficking survivor, tells us her story of what she went through for three months with her trafficker in Winnipeg, Canada.
Human trafficking is a media buzz word that often conjures images of brothels in Thailand or confusion with the ongoing immigration debate. This innovative digital training tool cuts through the confusion, arms the viewer with an understanding of what human trafficking is and is not, and helps them recognize that this is a Texas problem with Texas buyers, sellers, and victims. It refocuses our attention on adults and children who are regularly exploited but are unlikely to self-identify as victims or seek help. This video walks the audience through actual cases prosecuted in the state of Texas, identifies the tools of traffickers and how they are typically utilized to obtain and maintain victims, and equips viewers with red flags and a reporting protocol. Most of all, it challenges Texans to change the culture in which we live from one that identifies with and honors perpetrators to one that provides safety, security, and genuine reintegration for the survivors of trafficking.
Human trafficking is a global issue that includes our own cities. Visit Place of Hope’s website at www.invisiblepoh.org to see what Place of Hope is doing and additional educational videos. Discover how you can do your part to protect family, friends and the community by seeing the invisible.
Child sex trafficking expose' documentary, Contraland, filmed by the Veterans of non-profit organization Veterans For Child Rescue. V4CR exposes the multi-billion dollar industry of child sex trafficking, alerting the populace on the epidemic and how you can empower and safeguard all children.
Nameless is a documentary that addresses child sex trafficking in Washington, DC, and at-large. Through interviews with experts, advocates, and activists, child sex trafficking is reframed as a form of sexual violence that is often made invisible. Child sex trafficking is explored as an issue with deep historical-cultural roots, tackles misperceptions about which populations are most vulnerable to being trafficked, and illuminates systemic gaps in the current treatment of trafficking victims. Featuring 15 interviewees on the frontlines of the issue, Nameless mobilizes viewers to recognize and combat child sex trafficking.
As the fastest growing illegal business in the world, human trafficking has profound influences here in the United States. Through sympathetic understanding and awareness, both socially & legally, the average American can positively impact what has become the worst human right violation, slavery.
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. When news reports show the arrest of a human trafficker and their victims finding freedom in the United States, Americans ask, “How did that happen?” Catalleya, through their own story, will demystify the silent trade of young people in our own backyard and challenge society to find one way to respond to the problem.
Patty Haven Fleischmann is successfully combating child trafficking in Seattle and catalyzing similar nationwide efforts. As a therapist, child of a Holocaust survivor, and “kid advocate,” Fleischmann uses her ability to hold two opposing truths to attract a diverse and committed community and disrupt a seemingly insurmountable problem. Launching a Seattle-based non-profit which has raised $4.5 million to fund local organizations that combat both supply and demand, Fleischmann is galvanizing the community and driving a national conversation. A licensed marriage and family therapist of 25+ years, Patty is the co-founder and President of the StolenYouth board. StolenYouth’s mission is to support the rescue and recovery of our community’s sexually exploited youth. Patty and StolenYouth have worked tirelessly to build a unique coalition of organizations fighting trafficking on all fronts. Since then, these organizations have pioneered new ways to disrupt the scope and nature of child trafficking.
At thirteen, after being abandoned by her mother one summer and left to take care of her younger brother, Harmony becomes susceptible to a relationship that turns out to be toxic, abusive, and ultimately exploitative. She eventually finds herself working in a strip club at the age of nineteen, and her boyfriend becomes her pimp, controlling her every move and taking all of her money. Ultimately, she discovers a path to freedom and a whole new life.
Sex trafficking is one of the most misunderstood criminal enterprises in the US. In popular belief; women are forced across borders and held against their will. But a new picture shows eight in ten victims are US citizens. Many are enslaved through drugs and like old-world slavery, are branded as property. Often confused as valid sex workers, Columbus, Ohio is helping to free victims and transform their marks of "ownership".
Technology, including social media and classified websites is a continually changing landscape, and are widely viewed as being responsible for the explosion of sex trafficking in the United States. Our own research backs this up. Stay ahead of the game with out Free Internet Safety Resources.
This is the true story of an all-American teenager, who survived two years of being a sex slave in the Michigan suburbs at the age of 15. Over a two-year period, she was stalked, intimidated, sold and broken in mind and body. Out of shame, guilt and fear of what could happen to her young brothers, Theresa stayed silent. Twenty years later, Theresa is speaking out on the reality of human trafficking in the U.S. and how she overcame her past.On her worst night, being auctioned off to nearly two dozen men in a dingy, dirty, inner city Detroit motel, Ms. Flores recalled the only item that would have reached out to her, a bar of soap to clean up. With that in mind, she created S.O.A.P. -'Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution'.In 2009 Theresa Flores was appointed to the Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission and has testified before the Ohio House and Senate in support of Human Trafficking Legislation. Her efforts were a major part of the success of SB235 being passed into law by Ohio Governor Strickland on December 23, 2010.
The focus of this study is to examine the issues in sexual exploitation of Aboriginal girls, as identified by the grass root agencies, and to contextualize them within the trafficking framework with the purpose of distinguishing sexual exploitation from sex work. In doing so, the paper will outline root causes that make Aboriginal girls vulnerable to domestic trafficking as well as draw implications for policy analysis.
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends of modern day sex slavery. From the first scene, Nefarious gives an in-depth look at the human trafficking industry, showing where slaves are sold (often in developed, affluent countries), where they work, and where they are confined. With footage shot in over nineteen different countries, Nefarious exposes the nightmare of sex slavery as experienced by hundreds of thousands daily, through the eyes of both the enslaved and their traffickers. Nefarious features expert analysis from international humanitarian leaders, and captures the gripping and triumphant testimonies of survivors in order to galvanize hope and vision.
The Joy Smith Foundation has produced a documentary about human trafficking today in Canada, and the work of the Foundation and others to suppress it. It is an authentic story told by experts across Canada. Directors of leading NGOs speak about rescuing and rehabilitating survivors. A police officer talks about taking down trafficking ringsand bringing perpetrators to justice. A reformed trafficker tells how he lured young girls into thesex trade. A parent whose daughter was trafficked recalls the heart wrenching agony of what he and his family went through. A survivor of human trafficking tells her story.
Human trafficking generates 32 billion annually and enslaves over 30 million people half of them children Award-winning journalist David Batstone whom Bono calls a heroic character profiles the new generation of abolitionists who are leading the movement This groundbreaking global report is now updated with the latest findings new stories and statistics that highlight what is being done to end this appalling epidemic-and how you can join the movement