Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue Featuring Dottie Laster
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As part of MSNBC’s November marathon, Sex Slaves in America, Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue will air again on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 6pm kicking off the evening’s 4 hours of the most compelling episodes about human trafficking filmed from coast to coast.
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.
One of Dottie Laster’s featured team members, Cat French of Elijah Rising, was specifically trained by Laster to recognize the complexities of the landscape of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. French says, “By her tenacity and resolute stand against wickedness, Dottie prepared the way for a whole new coalition of justice warriors to arise in Houston, some through Elijah Rising, and many others in similar organizations throughout our city. We have been equipped for the battlefield by Dottie’s patient and enduring mentorship. Many thanks to you, Dottie!”
Rescue of Sex Trafficking Victims in Houston
While filming, Dottie Laster and her team were able to make contact with several victims. Dangerously waiting are the pimp, or trafficker, anticipating delivery of money. Assuring they are paid exactly what’s expected before leaving the hotel room, often funded out of Laster’s own pocket, she lets the victims know that she is there to help, trying to gain their confidence, and to come up with a plan of escape, if the victim chooses to do so.
Viewers of MSNBC’s Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue will get a glimpse of the large demand in Houston, one of the nation’s largest hubs for trafficking according to the Department of Justice. Some victims are being imported from other countries, some come on their own lured by the promises to e big money. Before long they are living a nightmare, and can’t get out.
Over the years the MSNBC documentary series has covered sex trafficking at several locations in the US, including Florida’s Magic Kingdom, Chicago, Oakland, Detroit, and the suburbs of any town in America. Topics surrounding human trafficking and prostitution have also been exposed; the men who buy, massage parlors, and victims who are branded by tattoos.
|Marisol Nichols, Terry Crews, Dottie Laster|
Dottie Laster is affiliated with the non-profit Bernardo Kohler Center where she is accredited to practice immigration law. She created their Casita program and Save One Soul outreach.
As a weekly Co-Host on the nationally syndicated radio show, The Roth Show, Laster presents discussion and guests who speak out about a variety of controversial subjects surrounding the abolishment of human trafficking and corresponding crimes.
Dottie 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 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. Her strong multi-disciplinary team has an established track record and provide project development, consultancy, and training resources in domestic and international trafficking.
MSNBC’s Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue with Dottie Laster Part of November Marathon
In 2005, I found a victim that has escaped from this location- she was cooperative with law enforcement and the task force however- still no results. We assisted this victim and she was later written about in the story the Lost Girls in the April 2010 Texas Monthly. In the hard copy of the magazine we included a photo of the building. Again, no results!
The location belongs to a man who owns many businesses in Houston. One is a car dealership and his wife is a special counsel for Chevron.
After public pressure due to van tours conducted by my friend and colleague Cat French of Elijah Rising the land owner was pressured into closing the location. In meetings with this land owner Cat offered to rent the building- so last week she received the key. I now have a copy of the key on my key chain and I giggle every time I see it.
After 9 years of reporting, getting media attention and filing a victim’s statement with authorities – a van tour closed the facility.
I took great pleasure last week in using a sledge-hammer to break through walls that held my client Kiki.
I look forward to this location being a safe haven in the middle of numerous sexually oriented businesses thriving off the suffering of trafficked victims.
Teamwork, determination, prayer and forced patience led to this small victory.
How can you help?
Dottie Laster is available for law enforcement training, workshops, keynotes and presentations for schools, churches and organizations about all aspects of human trafficking, warning signs, prevention and reporting in an age/audience appropriate presentation. Please contact ImaginePublicity Tel: 843-808-0859 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org