Synopsis: Sex and labor trafficking are big business in the U.S. and around the world. Often it’s young people and immigrants who are forced to work in the sex industry or in sweatshops, restaurants and hotels with little pay, horrible hours and horrible living conditions. We talk to an author who’s experienced dealing with young people caught in this web, and a university lecturer who’s an advocate for trafficked victims, about the extent of the problem, how desperate people become ensnared in the trafficker’s trap, and how law enforcement and communities can help the victims escape from a life of slavery and abuse.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: Ellen Hopkins, author of the young adult verse-novels, Tricks, and Traffick; Tony Talbott, director of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives at the University of Dayton.
Links for more info:
- National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888