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Finding hope: The story of a child sex trafficking victim

WASHINGTON, January 8, 2015 — As a trafficked child, I clung to hope, and the light deep inside me may have flickered but could never be extinguished. I never accepted what was happening to me as normal. Even though those who trafficked me denigrated me in every way shape and form, I always knew it was not ...

Sex Trafficking: My Life My Choice offers a mentorship model for victims

BOSTON, April 5, 2014 — In my recently-released book, Walking Prey, I explain that exposure to healthy and empowered survivors is vital in aftercare programs, especially for child victims of commercial sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking. In the chapter on Intermediate and Long-term Aftercare, I point out that, “One way to do this is via a ...

Survivors of Slavery: New book offers global narratives on modern-day slavery

NEW ORLEANS, LA, March 24, 2014 – Last week, my book, Walking Prey, was released by Palgrave Macmillan and is available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.  Walking Prey is an academic nonfiction book about child sex trafficking in the United States.  This week, another promising book will be released: Survivors of Slavery: Modern-Day ...

Wellspring Living serves victims of sex trafficking in Georgia

ATLANTA, GA, March 15, 2014 – Wellspring Living is an organization that offers services to victims of sexual abuse and exploitation. Their mission is “to confront the issue of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation through awareness, training, and treatment programs for women and girls.” In the following interview, Founder and CEO Mary Frances Bowley takes ...

Mental health workers must collaborate with trauma survivors

BOSTON, February 22, 2014 – My name is Zoe Kessler, and I am both a clinical social worker and a survivor of commercial sex exploitation as a minor. As a clinician and an advocate against all forms of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), I have witnessed a gross misunderstanding for CSEC on the side ...

The Federal Government steps up anti-trafficking efforts

WASHINGTON, February 3, 2014 ─ In September 2012, President Barack Obama spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative and openly declared a U.S. initiative to address human trafficking. In his speech, Obama called for a national action plan to better identify victims of human trafficking and address their aftercare needs. Last month, the White House administration ...

Pedophiles and pimps score at large sporting events

Washington , January 17, 2011—As the roar of the crowd fills Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on February 5, two teams will struggle for victory in Super Bowl XLVI. Fans will cheer for their chosen heros, unaware that a darker struggle will be taking place in the cheap hotels and brothels surrounding the stadium. The ...