What is Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking is a form of human trafficking that involves the exploitation of individuals for sexual purposes. Sex trafficking is a serious crime that violates the basic rights and dignity of the victims. Sex traffickers often use violence, threats, deception, and other forms of coercion to recruit and control victims.

Sex trafficking can affect individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds, and it can occur in a variety of different settings, including hotels, massage parlors, and online platforms. Sex trafficking is a global problem, and it is often connected to other forms of organized crime, such as drug trafficking and money laundering. The successful prosecution of sex traffickers is an important step in preventing and combating this crime.

PBJ Learning Announces New Advisory Board Member Ariane Gandy
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PBJ Learning Announces New Advisory Board Member Ariane Gandy

Co-founder of Foster Innovations joins human trafficking prevention training leadership PBJ Learning, the creator of Human Trafficking Essentials, a leading series of online human trafficking awareness and prevention courses, is pleased to announce the addition of a new member to its Advisory Board, Ariane Gandy.  She is a Co-founder of Foster Innovations, a nonprofit creating…

Tarrant County 5 Stones Human Trafficking Coalition November 2022 Meeting
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Tarrant County 5 Stones Human Trafficking Coalition November 2022 Meeting

Here is our recorded meeting link and chat notes for our 5 Stones November 2022 meeting! Also note there is NO meeting in December! Our 5 Stones meeting this November consisted of a year-end review, a video montage of taskforce agency WINS over the past year, and a celebration of three award-winning community leaders.  Our…

Wichita Falls Mayor experiences interactive Virtual Reality (VR) training
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Wichita Falls Mayor experiences interactive Virtual Reality (VR) training

Radical Empathy met up with Wichita Falls Mayor Stephen Santellana, through a great connection with Southern Grit Advocacy. https://youtu.be/MTnoDq1cmYA ABOUT RADICAL EMPATHY EDUCATION FOUNDATION Radical Empathy is an Austin-based nonprofit dedicated to ending human trafficking. Their VR experiences include fully interactive, computer generated environments married with narrative, user-directed stories. Visit them at reefcares.org or you can help immediately…

Interactive Virtual Reality (VR) training teaches human trafficking prevention in Wyoming
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Interactive Virtual Reality (VR) training teaches human trafficking prevention in Wyoming

Uprising’s Terri Markham explains how she uses TRAPPED: A VR Detective Story to train everyone from children to legislators using an interactive virtual reality experience Radical Empathy Education Foundation and Uprising began their relationship early in 2022, when Terri Markham was looking for unique ways to teach people about human trafficking. We caught up with…

A Guide To Understanding Sex Trafficking & Supporting Survivors – Love What Matters
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A Guide To Understanding Sex Trafficking & Supporting Survivors – Love What Matters

What is sex trafficking? Sex trafficking is the act of forcing or deceiving an individual into prostitution. Victims may be coerced into prostitution for an unknown period of time, while in other cases victims are coerced in prostitution until a debt is paid off, otherwise known as debt bondage. How does sex trafficking work? Sex…

Tarrant County 5 Stones Human Trafficking Coalition September 2022 Meeting
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Tarrant County 5 Stones Human Trafficking Coalition September 2022 Meeting

Here is our recorded meeting link and chat notes for our 5 Stones September 2022 meeting! Our 5 Stones meeting this September featured Brooke Istook, Vice President of Youth & Communities with Thorn – a tech non-profit dedicated to developing technology to defend children from sexual abuse.  She discussed the dangers of online predators and the importance of…

Tarrant County 5 Stones Human Trafficking Coalition October 2022 Meeting
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Tarrant County 5 Stones Human Trafficking Coalition October 2022 Meeting

Here is our recorded meeting link and chat notes for our 5 Stones October 2022 meeting! Our 5 Stones meeting this October featured Mark Reidland, Executive Director of Hope Local, as he discussed the intersection of foster care and trafficking, and the role the church can play in combatting this.   Here is the link to…

Tarrant County 5 Stones Human Trafficking Coalition August 2022 Meeting
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Tarrant County 5 Stones Human Trafficking Coalition August 2022 Meeting

Here is our recorded meeting link and chat notes for our 5 Stones August 2022 meeting! Also see the announcement about the 5 Stones award nominations! Our 5 Stones meeting this August featured a panel of experts who discussed what it takes to open and sustain a residential facility for trafficked victims.  On the panel…

Tarrant County 5 Stones Human Trafficking Coalition July 2022 Meeting
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Tarrant County 5 Stones Human Trafficking Coalition July 2022 Meeting

Here is our recorded meeting link and chat notes for our 5 Stones July 2022 meeting! Our 5 Stones meeting this July featured Dr. Shannon Wolf with Southcliff Christian Counseling Center.  Dr. Wolf presented on how to recognize trauma and its effects on the brain.  We also heard a report from Lindy Borchardt with the…

Tarrant County 5 Stones Human Trafficking Coalition June 2022 Meeting
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Tarrant County 5 Stones Human Trafficking Coalition June 2022 Meeting

Here is our recorded meeting link and chat notes for our 5 Stones June 2022 meeting! Our 5 Stones meeting this June featured Rebecca Bender, CEO and Founder of Rebecca Bender Initiative and Elevate Academy.  Rebecca taught us the dangers of sensationalizing trafficking and shared with us her personal story. Here is the link to…