KUTV 2NEWS Salt Lake City Interview with child sex trafficking survivor Jerome Elam and Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes
Please tune in November 23 at 5PM MST/7PM EST to KUTV 2News,Salt Lake City
( http://kutv.com ) to watch Holly Menino’s interview with child sex trafficking survivor Jerome Elam and Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes(http://attorneygeneral.utah.gov ).
It was both and honor and a pleasure to be interviewed along with Attorney General Sean Reyes by Holly Menino from KUTV 2News in early September of this year. I was invited to Salt Lake City by A.G. Reyes after he read the story of my survival as a victim of child sex trafficking for seven years and it touched his heart. So many victims and survivors of human trafficking bear the burden of their pain for a lifetime and many never escape the life that imprisons them with threats of violence and chains of fear. Attorney General Reyes along with his staff, Holly Menino and her KUTV crew all showed such compassion and understanding that reached into the very depths of my soul and allowed me to share the burden of my pain if only for a short time. I was inspired both by the unbridled compassion Attorney General Reyes has for victims and survivors of human trafficking and his personal commitment to end human trafficking everywhere it hides and to bring those who buy and sell innocent victims to the justice. I am eternally grateful to the people of Utah and they will always have a special place in my heart for the warmth and compassion they showed during my visit. Please tune in tonight to KUTV 2News (http://kutv.com) in Salt Lake City at 5PM MST/7PMEST to watch Holly Menino’s interview.
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Financial and Legal Resources for Victims of Sex Trafficking
Abolitionist William Wilberforce said, “You can choose to look the other way, but you can never say again you did not know.”
For Victims of Sex Trafficking:
Issues Affecting Women Programme (IAW)
FULL-RIDE SCHOLARSHIP FOR SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS IN THE WORKS AT CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
Sabre sets up first-ever educational scholarship program for human trafficking survivors -
See more at: http://www.sabre.com/newsroom/sabre-sets-up-first-ever-educational-scholarship-program-for-human-trafficking-survivors/#sthash.qssMsbwW.dpuf
University of Michigan Free Legal Services for Human Trafficking Victims:
National Educators to Stop Trafficking
THOSE MOST VULNERABLE TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARE IN OUR SCHOOLS AND YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS
In the United States, the average age of entry into sexual slavery is 13, and about 80% of sex buyers do so for the first time before age 25.
NEST equips teachers and youth leaders with age-appropriate curriculum and resources to educate and empower youth – teaching them how to avoid being trafficked, how to stand up for victims of trafficking, and how to spread the word in their communities so that sexual exploitation and human trafficking become a thing of the past.
How To Identify A Human Trafficking Victim• Seems anxious, fearful or paranoid. Avoids eye contact.
• Tearfulness or signs of depression.
• Unexplained bruises or cuts or other signs of physical abuse.
• Appears to be in a relationship with someone who is dominating.
• Never is alone and/or always has someone translating or answering questions on their behalf.
• Not in control of their own finances.
• Presents with secrecy or unable to answer questions about where they live.
• Inconsistent details when telling their story.
• Has no identification such as a license, passport or other ID documents.
Inability to leave their job or residence. Says they cannot schedule appointments.
Being a recent arrival to the United States and does not speak English.
Is under 18 and providing commercial sex acts. Or at any age unwillingly providing commercial sex acts.
Is afraid of law enforcement or receiving help from an outside entity.
If you can find an opportunity to get he/she alone, ask him/her the following screening questions:
Can you leave your job or house when you want?
Where did you get those bruises or is anyone hurting you?
Do you get paid for your employment? Is it fair? How many hours do you work?
(If foreign national) How did you get to the U.S. and is it what you expected? Are you being forced to do anything you don't want to do?
Are you or your family being threatened?
Do you live with or near your employer? Does your employer provide you housing? Are there locks on doors or windows from outside?
Do you owe debt to anyone?
If you suspect they are a victim of human trafficking,take the following actions:
Ask the person if you can help them find a safe place to go immediately.
If they need time, create an action plan with them to get to a safe place when they are ready.
Call and make a report to the human trafficking hotline at 1.888.3737.888. The hotline has language capabilities, so any individual can call directly if they choose.
The Department of Homeland Security online training about how to spot the signs of and report suspected human trafficking:The Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign is now offering online training about how to spot the signs of and report suspected human trafficking. The training is aimed at the general public, the Federal workforce, first responders, and airline employees and focuses on:
• Defining human trafficking
• Differentiating between human trafficking and human smuggling
• Recognizing populations vulnerable to human trafficking
• Recognizing indicators of human trafficking
A glossary and additional resources also are provided. View the Human Trafficking Awareness Training on the Department of Homeland Security's website:
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"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." - Albert Einstein
Always remember that you are never alone and that others have walked the healing path before you and are here to lift you up! Also remember that as survivors and victims, alone we may be strong but together we are unbeatable!