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Arrest of Backpage CEO is Human Trafficking Game Changer

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Today, October 5, 2016, is a day that will be remembered as a turning point in a battle against modern slavery with the arrest of Backpage CEO in Houston, Texas, my home.

Our future generations will look back at a time when commercial sex was available everywhere and they will study the horrible stories of abuse, murder, child rape, porn, strip clubs and torture and think of this time we live in now as barbaric. The crimes surrounding commercial sex, the money drained from families and communities, the diseases, torn relationships, mental illness, victims incarcerated, long-term trauma, the children born because of commercial sex and the problems given to them, the costs to society.

 

Sex should not be sold in a civil society.

Stripping, porn, and prostitution are detrimental to all who are near them, buyers, victims, wives, girlfriends, mothers, fathers, children. The damage done grows exponentially in concentric circles for generations. Children and adults should be saved from rape for pay, torture, grooming; not considered collateral damage so that sex can be purchased on demand, free of risk, and at a cheap price with no chance of consequences.

Anyone, child or adult deprived of ALL of their human rights can NEVER be considered a product to be sold, traded, branded, marketed and served to predators. This is the United States and we are the land of the free and the spirit of justice for ALL. We already settled the issue of servitude and it costs us dearly, even today.

There is no business too big or person too powerful that can justify such behavior.

In fact quite the opposite. Someone blessed in life, those with power and position, have a duty to not use it for the purpose to enslave others.

I know that our society can move past these very common barbarous acts. However, those who would benefit from others’ exploitation have chosen to worship money. They have chosen not to go away on their own. Laws in 2000 were changed to stop this modern slavery, 16 years later human trafficking has grown not diminished.

Today is a turning point. This story and criminal case cannot go away with the next news cycle. This must live on strongly and now. Each day, in my office parents, children, siblings, and guardians lives are destroyed by commercial sex. Rapes by dozens and hundreds, starvation, beatings, deaths, murders, forced abortions, trauma 24/7 for days, months, years. The pain caused is unsustainable.

The sale of Commercial Sex is as barbaric as the slave trade in historic times. Traffickers are harvesting our youth, our future, and selling it off as quick and dirty as possible.

We need to make the choice today to stop.

No excuse, no myth or distortion, no fake lawyer’s argument about art, free speech, or some other distortion of the truth. This is ENOUGH!
I have never been so proud of Houston, the State of Texas and the State of California. I have worked in all of them for 13 years to combat this evil. Today, my soul is smiling with hope and encouragement for our future.

Please comment and share, please think about us today reading about Harriett Tubman, John Brown, and Frederick Douglass.Comment for future generations to read and to know that we got it right today!

https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/news/releases/ag-paxton-arrest-of-backpage.com-ceo-shows-texas-doesnt-tolerate-human-traf


Dottie Laster, human trafficking

Dottie Laster spent the last 13 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.

Along with her position as Executive Director at Heidi Search Center, 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’s Sex Trafficking’s Unlikely Angel and recipient of the Guardian Angel Award.

To bring Dottie Laster to your community or event, please contact ImaginePublicity, Tel: 843-808-0859 or Email: contact@imaginepublicity.com

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The Cantinera Screening in San Antonio Benefits Heidi Search Center

On Thursday, May 12, 2016 Heidi Search Center is presenting a screening of The Cantinera at the Alamo Draft House Cinema Marketplace located at  618 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX.  The event will begin at 6pm with the film screening followed by a panel discussion led by Dottie Laster, Executive Director of Heidi Search Center who is featured in the film.

The screening and panel discussion is open to the public and proceeds will benefit Heidi Search Center who is looking for 300 people to commit to a $20 per month recurring donation. For $20 per month the donation will assist in meeting budget needs and enable the center to continue to serve the families of missing persons. A special thank you to Ohlrich Law Firm for their sponsorship of this event.

Seating is limited and tickets need to be purchased in advance at HeidiSearchCenter.Com

i ticket : $20.00 USD – monthly
2 tickets : $35.00 USD – monthly
3 tickets : $50.00 USD – monthly
Recurring Monthly donation
$20.00
$30.00
$50.00

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The Cantinera captures the essence of trafficking for sex in the gritty bars and hidden back rooms in Houston’s cantinas. It takes viewers into the secret life, along with a group of advocates who fearlessly tread into dangerous situations looking for victims and offering help.

Additionally, the film records the true story of one cantinera who was brought into the life by her mother at 13, how she lived for 23 years drinking 30 beers a night, and how she longs for sobriety and a second chance.

Heidi Search Center prevents human trafficking

heidi search center logoWith the help of Dottie Laster’s expertise in combatting human trafficking, the center has been able to step in and prevent several missing youth from becoming victims of human trafficking by finding them early and returning them to their families along with referrals to specialized resources when needed.

Heidi Search Center has been on the cutting edge providing up to date resources, including the new Digital DNA kit which is devised to immediately conduct searches for individuals who are connecting with others online. The Digital DNA kit is a free download from their website and available to everyone.

Heidi Search Center was established in August, 1990, following the abduction of 11-year-old Heidi Lynn Seeman. She disappeared from her Northeast San Antonio neighborhood on August 4, while walking home from a friend’s house. The non-profit organization provides community resources and aids law enforcement with search efforts, provides advocacy, and referrals.

By providing educational programs, referrals, advocacy, and assisting law enforcement in search efforts for missing children and adults in San Antonio, Texas and beyond, Heidi Search Center continues to work towards their mission.

Heidi Search Center in need of donations

In order to keep the doors open at Heidi Search Center they are in dire need of funding.

Executive Director, Dottie Laster says, “We’ve received generous contributions from individuals for which we are grateful, but we must have a large influx of funds to be able to continue our mission. Our operating expenses have been cut as far as we can go, but the need for services from Heidi Search Center continues to increase.”

If unable to attend the screening, to make a donation please contact Heidi Search Center, 4115 Naco Perrin Blvd., San Antonio, TX, 78217 or call 210-650-0428. Donations can also be made through their website HeidiSearchCenter.Com

Who is Dottie Laster?

Dottie Laster, human trafficking

Dottie Laster

Dottie Laster spent the last 13 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.

Along with her position as Executive Director at Heidi Search Center, 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.

To bring Dottie Laster to your community or event, please contact ImaginePublicity, Tel: 843-808-0859 or Email: contact@imaginepublicity.com

1 ticket : $20.00 USD – monthly
2 tickets : $35.00 USD – monthly
3 tickets : $50.00 USD – monthly
Recurring Monthly donation
$20.00
$30.00
$50.00

Understanding the Grooming Process: Part 1

 

 

In the past 2 years, I have seen a sharp increase in the number of U.S. Citizen college students targeted

by human trafficking. I also hear from victims that sex traffickers are lurking around high school and

middle school campuses. After the many campus shootings and the other dangers parents warn their

children about before sending them away from home for the first time it is unlikely that most parents

are discussing the tactics of “romeo pimps” with the daughters who have achieved academic success.

I have worked with more and more families as the hopes and dreams for their daughters are crushed –

the parents have been blindsided by an evil they may never have known existed.

The tactics used are that the recruiter will find a target, he will then create some sort of friendship or

romantic connection.

During this early grooming period he will learn all he can about the victim and she will tell him EVERYTHING. Her hopes, dreams, fears disappointments, every disagreement with her friends, parents teachers, etc.

While she believes he is listening to her out of affection, he is listening for ammunition to carry out his plan.

He will begin to introduce her to his shadowy life and it will appear alluring and a bit mystical- especially to a naïve academic who has spent most of her time preparing for college.

He will learn what she thinks about sex, religion, her parents, grandparents, her embarrassing moments and her highest achievements.

This he will then use to distance and isolate her from her life and into his.

To be continued-

Understanding the Grooming Process: Part 1