Julie Sercus, Senior Assistant Statewide Prosecutor with the Florida Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, details a sex trafficking case study from 2016. She shares her perspective on the case as a prosecutor, key details of the investigations, and helpful indicators for both the general public and law enforcement to be looking for.
Sydney Zuiker, Safe Community Programs Manager for Crime Stoppers of Houston, joins Esther Goetsch to discuss how to keep kids safe online during the pandemic, including tips and resources for parents.
Liz Williamson, a survivor advocate and public speaker, talks to Esther Goetsch about some of the realities of familial trafficking and how important it is for people to take notice of those around them. She shares key insights into the experience of feeling invisible while being “in the life” and how one bus driver’s act of kindness changed her life.
Representatives from the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force and the Maryland Office of the Attorney General discuss some of the ways that COVID-19 has affected trafficking, from a local perspective, and some of the things to be on the lookout for as states reopen.
Kylla Lanier and Annika Huff discuss the impact of COVID-19 on trafficking victims, and how traffickers are likely to be operating and changing tactics during the global pandemic. Recruiting for victims is of high priority during this time of increased vulnerabilities, so our vigilance as parents and community members must rise to meet that reality.
Elizabeth Gerrior, Associate Director of Data Quality for Polaris, joins Kendis Paris to discuss the increased vulnerabilities the pandemic has created and how necessary it is for frontline professionals to remain vigilant.
TAT Ambassador and professional truck driver Bill McNamee takes a moment to remind the Everyday Heroes of the trucking industry of the critical mission of Truckers Against Trafficking in the midst of COVID-19. As the trucking industry continues to deliver crucial supplies and products across the nation, Bill encourages his fellow drivers to remain at the top of their game and to stay vigilant in the fight against human trafficking. During the pandemic, traffickers will continue exploiting their victims … and members of the transportation industry need to continue to pay attention and call in those tips.
Annie Sovcik, Director of Busing on the Lookout (BOTL), comments on the impact COVID-19 is having on the bus industry along with the vital role members of that industry continue to play in the fight against human trafficking. Even as many sectors of the economy are shut down, this pandemic and recession are more likely to fuel the crime of human trafficking than slow it down, as traffickers prey upon vulnerability and use economic hardship, instability and isolation as methods of recruitment and control. At a time when social interaction is so limited, bus drivers could be one of the only points of contact a victim might have with the outside world.
Jake Roberson, Director of Communications for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, joins Kendis Paris for a brief conversation on the increase of porn subscriptions during the pandemic, and the reality that many victims of human trafficking are used in the creation of this content.
Chief David Lorenzen of Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement, reviews potential indicators of human trafficking roadside and how to employ a victim-centered approach.
While it has been glamorized and made to appear innocent and an easy quid pro quo way of adults to meet each other’s needs, there is a power imbalance that haunts the relationship in sugaring from its inception. TAT Training Specialist Annika Huff and TAT Deputy Director Kylla Lanier discuss sugaring and the ways traffickers and predators are actively grooming and recruiting our nation’s youth through their social media accounts for commercial sexual exploitation.
TAT Executive Director Kendis Paris shares a short video greeting on the impacts of COVID-19, the first in our series titled “COVID-19 Impact on Trafficking.”