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Hotels are the Battlefield of Human Trafficking

We all must choose our battles. Even when you know you’ve chosen the right battle, it’s sometimes a lot harder than you imagined it would be. Case in point, in January of this year, I took a new job where  we battle sex trafficking daily and the cowards behind this...

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Human Trafficking of Children Today

It didn’t happen when we first found out my wife was pregnant. No, then it was all excitement and joy and picking out names and decorating the baby’s room. To be honest, I don’t know exactly when it happened, but at some point, the questions started hitting me…“How am...

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Human Trafficking in Recent News

Human trafficking has recently captured the attention of news outlets across the United States. Two significant forward steps in the fight against human trafficking were made in the last few weeks.   Backpage seized... The FBI seized the website and a 93-count...

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April is Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

We can all agree child abuse and sexual assault must STOP now. We can all agree that the exploitation of other human beings must STOP now. So why aren't more people taking a stand and joining the fight against those who commit these traumatizing crimes?   Sex...

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Four Phases of Seizing Opportunity: Integrating the S Curve

In a recent article, we discussed the Life Cycle and how to look for patterns and trends that indicate whether a business is growing or withering. This bell curve analysis coupled with today’s focus on the “Fountain of Youth” are very similar to the S Curve concept....

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Spring Break Safety

Spring Break Ahh Spring Break.  Finally, a week away from work and school, and everything else that is wrong with the world… except human trafficking.  Yes, even that 5-Star Resort with the best possible reviews on TripAdvisor, where your family will spend the next...

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Self Defense and Spring Break

Self Defense and Spring Break Friends, sunshine and adventure are usually at the top of every teens’ spring break packing list. Unfortunately, safety and awareness all too often get left off that list. As we approach the spring break season, let’s make sure we and our...

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​Four Ways of Looking at Events to Inform Your Strategy

In the counter terrorism profession, most of what we do involves looking for patterns and trends. We draw conclusions from those patterns and use them to help us predict the time and place where we should confront our enemies. Getting this right can be the difference...

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What Is Human Trafficking?

Where Is It Happening? Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that affects an estimated 21 million victims worldwide. Defined as the use of force, fraud, or coercion to compel another human being to perform labor or a commercial sex act, human trafficking...

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Four Points for Establishing Core Values in your Company

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” I first heard this phrase two years ago in a business course a few months after I retired from the military. I had never heard this exact phrase in the Army, but the sentiment behind it is a crucial part of any effective unit I...

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Human Trafficking: Perception Vs. Reality

Public’s Perception of Modern Slavery Vs. Reality: Sex Trafficking is usually thought of by society in a way that is both naive and harmful in that it allows real sex traffickers to fly under the radar, undetected, due to stereotypes and common portrayals of sex...

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Hotel Civil Liability, Human Trafficking & Federal Law:

The Damage of Trafficking Leaves Lasting and Expensive Wounds: Given the tremendous physical, emotional, and economic damage incurred by victims of sex trafficking and their families, many federal and state legislators have recently amended laws to make it easier for...

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Human Sex Trafficking, California Law & Civil Liability:

Similar to Federal Law, California’s human trafficking law, CA Penal Code § 236, directly addresses sex trafficking and does not require proof of the use of force, fraud, or coercion in the commission of the crime against minors. But unlike the Federal Law, the CA...

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The Reality of Human Trafficking, A Modern Day Slavery:

What do human trafficking victims look like and who are the perpetrators? There are several roles within the sex trafficking industry that hold their own mythology. Below, you will find a few facts about each role that are meant to address some of the misconceptions...

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Things To Know: The Tactics of Predators

“‘With the young girls, you promise them heaven, they’ll follow you to hell,’… said a pimp convicted of child sex trafficking” (Source: Missingkids.org). Who could do such things to innocent children? How can people like this exist? I don’t know. But they do and they...

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Saved But Still Enslaved

Grace is 19, she has been prostituted for four years since she was lured away from her home by kidnappers. Due to the dedicated vigilance of America’s crime fighters, Grace was found and freed, and given a new life. This is a major victory, however, she faces a life...

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The Worst Thing You’ve Never Heard Of

The world has a few problems; maybe a few more than a few problems. Ok, all modesty aside, the world has an abundance of problems. Some are well known, others less so. We know global warming is an issue and rightfully so—the survival of our species is dependent on...

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A Look at State Laws That Help Combat Trafficking

An increase in the awareness of human trafficking in the United States means that more laws are being passed. Law enforcement agencies and state legislatures are moving to create and enforce laws to protect the victims and penalize traffickers. Human trafficking is...

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Rescued, Now What?

Did you know that helpless people are being bought, sold, and stripped of their basic human rights? Human Trafficking/Sex Trafficking is happening right under our very noses. It’s a problem in our world and it needs to be stopped. An estimated 30,000 victims of sex...

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How to Identify Human Trafficking

Human trafficking affects over 600,000 people in the U.S. alone annually. Trafficking is defined as the sale of human beings for forced labor or commercial sex. Victims primarily include women and children with an average age of 12-16, however, there are many that are...

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Not Buying It!

The state of Indiana has taken a progressive approach in bringing the fight to human trafficking. Taken from their website at http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2963.htm you can read about their mission to eradicate the demand for commercial sex and the commodification...

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Resources

Did you know that helpless people are being bought, sold, and stripped of their basic human rights? Human Trafficking/Sex Trafficking is happening right under our very noses. It’s a problem in our world and it needs to be stopped. An  estimated 30,000 victims of sex...

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How You Can Help

As human trafficking becomes more widely acknowledged across the United States, there comes a greater desire to find ways to end it. Finding the victims is a challenge on its own. The traffickers are very adept at keeping the victims under the radar by moving them...

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