Monthly Archives: October 2014

Dottie Laster Featured at Crimes Against Families Conference

Crisis Center of Comal County Conference, Dottie LasterCrisis Center of Comal County, Texas will be hosting the Crimes Against Families Conference on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, beginning at 8am Central. The event will be held at the McKenna Event Center, 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels. The goal of the conference is to learn how to reach out to rural communities with education and awareness of their risks for crime. Registration is required to attend.

Dottie Laster will be giving a presentation on how youth are being targeted by trafficking. Laster will explain the most common grooming practices being seen in schools and colleges across the country in order that young people, and adults, will be more tuned in to the epidemic of human trafficking.

Her presentation will cover the basics of trafficking, especially sex and labor trafficking, what danger signals are present, and the proper responses if one is approached.

Laster says, “There is a growing problem within our schools where traffickers are infiltrating. Many unsuspecting students are unknowingly being groomed by traffickers who will introduce them to a living nightmare.”

Crisis Center of Comal County

Crisis Center of Comal County was founded as a crisis and prevention agency for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Center is equipped to provide services and resources for women, children, and men of all ages including 24-crisis line, shelter, counseling, support groups, legal advocacy, assistance with filing for child support, case-management, victim’s advocacy, transportation, information/referral and community education/prevention. For detailed information about the agency visit Crisis Center of Comal County website.

Dottie Laster

Weekly Co-Host on the nationally syndicated radio show, The Roth Show, Laster presents discussion and guests to speak out about a variety of controversial subjects.

Dottie Laster has spent over 10 years in the effort of the anti-human trafficking movement nationally, and in her home state of Texas. She is the co-founder of the San Antonio, Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the past Administrator of the Orange County, California Human Trafficking Task Force and has successfully written millions in grants to assist children and victims of human trafficking. Currently, Laster is the Anti-Trafficking Coordinator with the Bernardo Kohler Center as an accredited representative recognized by the Bureau of Immigration Appeals to practice immigration law under BKC.

Laster is featured in the documentary on sex trafficking in Latin bars and cantinas, The Cantinera, and her direct rescue work is the subject of the MSNBC Documentary, Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue. She is the recipient of several human rights awards and has been featured in numerous publications including recent issues of Texas Monthly, Town Hall, and MORE Magazine.

Dottie Laster, human trafficking

Dottie Laster is the CEO of Laster Global Consulting which has consulted in several high-profile trafficking cases, and has been directly and indirectly responsible for the rescue and restoration of hundreds of trafficking victims. The strong multi-disciplinary team has an established track record and provide project development, consultancy, and training resources in domestic and international trafficking.

For more information visit her website DottieLaster.Com

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Dottie Laster Featured at Crimes Against Families Conference


Cans of Soda: The Marketing of Commercial Sex

commercial sex, Dottie Laster, human trafficking

I am often looking for ways to visualize (that are not too offensive) and to explain the tactics used by traffickers so that they are easily understood. I came up with the analogy of cans of soda and their marketing.

We all know that soda is sugar, water, flavors and dyes- to make it simple- it’s nothing more than flavored sugar and water in a can combined with branding, marketing, design and a promise of a “dream come true” or to live an “exciting fantasy.”

Commercial Sex and Marketing Flavors

When trying to explain commercial sex it’s like explaining cans of soda, just different flavors marketed as a fantasy, or a dream to purchase. It is as false as believing that Red Bull actually gives you wings, or that polar bears are happy and playful after drinking Coca Cola – at Christmas- with seals. ( I do love that one)

Stripping, pornography, escorts, cantinas (pony bars), Asian massage parlors, swingers, outcalls from websites, and BDSM are all just like brands of soda marketed for various tastes. Advertising for commercial sex, these tastes are created, manipulated, and marketed, primarily to a male audience.

In the documentary Sex + Money a pornographer states, “…there are many sick people in the world- we are just here to make money off of them… there are only a few ways people have sex so we have to create other ways to encourage consumption of our product such as violence, younger, and more disturbed scenes in order to create an ongoing demand.”

So cans of soda are created- new flavors invented and markets expanded.

To feed the demand of commercial sex a supply must be created. Force, fraud and coercion are used and the marketing campaigns are overwhelmingly targeted to men.

If women don’t want to buy sex, why would they line up in droves to sell sex many times a day, up to 40 in some cases.

Maybe an energy drink, or purchased sex, can give you wings or make polar bears smile?

Or perhaps it’s all just a marketing scheme, or scam.

Cans of Soda: The Marketing of Commercial Sex