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Dec 2018

In the Know

Human trafficking. I had never heard those two words until six years after I was trafficked. This new knowledge somehow felt threatening, yet comforting in some surreal way. My doctor said, “You have post-traumatic stress disorder, and what you survived is criminally known as ‘sex trafficking.’” I braced for the roller coaster of emotions welling up inside of me as painful memories shredded my core being. And as I sat

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Nov 2018

In The Know

Corporal CS knew the look and the words. When she saw the young woman with the awkward blue wig leaning against the bus stop bench, she also knew she had to be careful not to create confusion or fear if she was to be successful trying to help. A 12-year veteran of a Southern California police vice division, Corporal CS approached the bench cautiously, and spoke calmly but with the

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Oct 2018

In the Know

Hank had driven through the evening and into the night and was looking forward to a shower and a rest when banging on his passenger door startled him. A young woman with frightened eyes was clinging to the door, her hair in disarray and her makeup smeared. “Can you let me in?” she asked. Hank unlocked the doors and nodded toward her. He knew she was probably too young to

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Sep 2018

In The Know

Scoring a “10” By Jo Gabriel Scoring a “10” is often associated with the reaching of perfection. You can think back to the 1979 filmtitled “10” in which Bo Derek appeared, and her score of “10” was used to refer to her beauty. You can think of endless surveys where you’re asked to rate something on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest. You can think

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Aug 2018

In The Know

Our August In the Know: A Survivor’s Perspective blog comes from Selina Deveau. As is unfortunately common, after escaping sex trafficking, she found herself in a relationship filled with domestic violence. Her blog speaks to the devastation of that violence. “It takes courage to bring the darkness into light” It takes great strength to stand up against someone you fear. It takes faith in our justice system and law enforcement that

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