Million Kids President and CEO, Opal Singleton, just returned from Washington D.C. where she participated in the Police Executive Review Forum. What a privilege to participate with the nations top law enforcement executives and NGO’s as they addressed issues related to combating national and global labor and sex trafficking.
During this weeks show, we are going to examine some of the trends that are taking place in sex trafficking.
Foreign National sex trafficking rings are large-scale, multi-national, and multi-state. Many are led by females. Many are established for the purposes of money laundering.
Numerous domestic sex trafficking rings are controlled by gangs. But gangs are changing and are using social media to coerce, recruit, groom and arrange sex buying transactions. Some gangs are operating sex trafficking rings from prison.
Social Media is used in 90 percentage of sex trafficking cases. Much of the communication is encrypted.
This week our nation seems to have been inundated with news stories about famous people charged or convicted of sex crimes involving minors. Some have been charged with sex trafficking and others charged with child pornography. There is a difference and this week we will explore those differences during our case analysis. We will also explore how these powerful and wealthy men accessed and lured their victims.
We will follow the trail of how a runaway girl hooked up with a rapper and was lured in and taken to a huge mansion only to be very quickly transported to a motel for filming and then forced into a life of abuse and commercial sex.
As technology makes our kids more and more available to mass audiences, it is important to understand how rich and famous people can easily use others to access, groom and recruit innocent young people, who think they will be discovered and become famous.
Million Kids has educated hundreds of thousands of parents and kids about how predators use dating sites, social media apps, online gaming chat rooms, and mass audience live streaming apps to seduced and groom young people that often ends in exploitation. It is believed that social media is used in over 90% of minor-related sex trafficking cases to access and groom the victim. It is also believed that one out of six youth, who runaway from home, will be victims of sex trafficking in the first 48 hours. That is simply astounding!
This week we examine the "push-pull" influencing factors that make runaway youth so vulnerable. We will identify many factors that make a teen more vulnerable to recruitment and also some of the positive things families can do to help their child build strong identify and self worth.
Facebook is preparing to release a new crypto currency backed by commercial assets through a corporation in Switzerland. With over two billion followers, Facebook is strategically positioned to change the world of social media since it controls billions in ads, a soon-to-be dating site, and operates a legitimate site in the Dark Net. Equally important is their long-time use of artificial intelligence used to record over a billion users’ information including searches, location, and video and facial images. Using blockchain technology and 5G connections, Facebook stands to increase global online commerce exponentially as teens and adults from third world countries are introduced to online gaming and easy money schemes. The U.S. congress is expressing concerns over how it will affect U.S. currency and how to protect against global money laundering.
So what does all of this mean for the future of crimes and crime solving? Be sure to join us as we explore this controversial topic.