It’s time for our December In the Know: A Survivor’s Perspective blog! This one is written by Kyra Doubek, and she has some great advice for parents and educators to help safeguard their kids from trafficking!         “There are a variety of topics I could write about or speak to as a survivor working in this movement to end commercial sexual exploitation. It’s difficult to discern what

The Familial Sex-Trafficked Child by Vicki Dalia Two of my boys are truckers. Like most in the business, after trucking school, they started off doing the long-distance haul. They were away from home and loved ones for days at a time and occasionally spent a night at a truck stop. They told me of the knock on the door. “Are you lonely? Do you want some company?” Of course, they knew what that solicitation meant. It

Pipeline Out by Christa Hernandez There are so many ways in … but not enough resource to help victims come out. Being a survivor of the commercial sex industry, which then led to being sex trafficked for almost 20 years, makes this important work personal in so many ways. Most of all, my heart breaks daily! My story is different than most I reach. I escaped from my trafficker once

Stand Strong: Rethink stress, celebrate your resilience, and rock on! By: Marti MacGibbon You’re reading these words because you care about something bigger than yourself … ending human trafficking. And you’re dedicated to putting caring into action. You’re strong, brave, and altruistic. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines altruism as “unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others.” How do I know all these positive things about you? I know it

Possible Love By Toni McKinley, M.A., LPC Director of Therapeutic Services at the Refuge for DMST “Do you know what hurts so very much? It’s love. Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill that love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies,