Dottie Laster Recent Media Appearances
Will Trump’s Border Wall Prevent Human Trafficking? Experts Aren’t Sure (April 2017)
Dottie Laster said she wants people to be aware that traffickers aren’t just bringing people into the United States — they’re also taking people the other direction across the border into Central America.
“Nobody stops you going out. It’s really easy to get into Mexico, but coming back — the security is more difficult,” Laster said.
Interview with People Magazine on the stabbing death of Mari Gilbert, mother of Shannon Gilbert whose remains touched off the investigation of the Long Island Serial Killer, July 2016
“The tragedies and illness are often intertwined,” says Dottie Laster, a private investigator and missing-persons specialist who helped the Gilbert family search for Mari Gilbert’s older daughter, Shannan.
Texas Monthly, THE LOST GIRLS (download PDF)
by Mimi Swartz with photos by Van Ditthavong
In March, 2017, Dottie Laster was featured in Vanity Fair Confidential on the Investigation Discovery channel who covered the case of “El Gallo,” leader of one of the largest human trafficking rings in Houston. Dottie played a large part in bringing down this ring and helping over 120 girls escape. She has continued assisting them over the years and believes that El Gallo was operating undisturbed for 20 years before being apprehended.
Locked up Next Door can be viewed online at the Vanity Fair Confidential website.
The Texas Rescue episode follows Dottie Laster and her team performing rescue attempts of known victims of trafficking by “purchasing” her services, often with the pimp waiting outside.
September 16, 2016 The Joe Pags Show
September 8, 2016 The Joe Pags Show
KSAT San Antonio Somber anniversary approaches for Heidi Search Center
News 4 San Antonio Interview with Melissa Varga
Five years in the making, The Cantinera tells the story of girls who are forced to work in latin bars, or cantinas, throughout the United States, often forced to drink 20-40 beers a night, 7 days a week. It’s a story often overlooked when studying aspects of human trafficking and forced labor, yet it’s an account of thousands of women who are caught in its web with no way out.
March 2015 Hotelier denies he exploited poor residents
Jan. 2015 New Braunfels Herald Zeitung
Nov. 2014 Rising Up, Ft. Worth Weekly
Dec. 2011 Anniversary binds slain woman’s kin
Aug. 2011 Gold & Blue (Download PDF)
March 2011 Teens talk about trafficking, My San Antonio
March 2010 Porn, addiction, and the black market, San Antonio Currant
The Roth Show, Regular Weekly Co-Host
January 2105, The Dana Pretzer Show on Scared Monkeys Radio
June 2014 PI Declassified with Francie Kohler
Feb 2013, It’s A Crime Radio with Margaret McLean
Nov 2012, The Full Monty Leadership Program with Dov Baron
Nov. 2012 San Antonio Living Interview
Host, TRAFFICKED Radio on Here Women Talk
Trafficked Designs Jewelry Making Workshops, “Make one, donate one”
Trafficked Designs Art Projects
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