In the Booth with Ruth – William Eberle, Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate

“I believe that education is the key to dealing with human trafficking,” says William Eberle, Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate. Four years ago William heard the story of sex trafficking survivor, Carissa Phelps, through David Sauvage’s film project. Since then, he has been active in the fight against human trafficking. He explains what he does, why he does it, and how he goes about it, as well as showing how anyone can get involved and join the fight too.

Ruth Jacobs

William Eberle

How did you become involved in the movement against sex trafficking and sexual exploitation?

This is kind of a long story as it was a journey, not so much a revelation, but I’ll keep it short. It started with a song of all things, “Carissa’s Song” by Mandi Perkins. I liked Mandi’s music and saw the proceeds from this song were going to The Carissa Project, a film project by David Sauvage to share the story of Carissa Phelps who is a survivor of sex trafficking. Carissa’s story was so horrific that it truly shocked me, yet it is also a story of triumph, joy, and hope. This all started about four years ago for me.

This led me to trying to educate myself on the issue of, initially, sex trafficking and then human trafficking. I don’t think I will ever forget the nights I stayed up until 2AM listening…

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In the Booth with Ruth – Michelle Sweeney, Anti-Human Trafficking Activist

Anti-human trafficking activist, Michelle Sweeney, is in the booth for the first in the special series of interviews scheduled for January, which is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Michelle’s interview is educational and practical, as well as touching and inspirational, as she takes us through her own personal journey.

Ruth Jacobs

Michelle Sweeney

How did you become involved in the movement against human trafficking?

I was listening to a late night radio show one night in November 2011. I had never heard of human trafficking before and as I listened to the content of the show, I quickly found out that not only did human trafficking happen in our world today but that it happened in the city I lived in. As I continued to listen to the show, they explained how everyday people could help in this area by raising awareness in their communities.

That was it, in that moment, I was convicted that I should be doing something about this but not really knowing where to start, I decided to look it up on the internet and do some reading on it.

A couple of days later, I decided to start a petition asking for greater preventative measures to be put…

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Back on BBC London Radio

BBC London 94.9FM

I’ll be a guest on the Ladies’ Lounge show with Kath Melandri on BBC London Radio 94.9FM on Saturday night (8 September 2012) around 10.20PM until midnight, if anyone would like to tune in.

Further interviews can be found on my Find Me page.

Personal Update

This is a personal message to the lovely people I feel honoured who are following my blog. Due to an increase in my PTSD symptoms, I’ve been unable to write new posts for Soul Destruction Diary, but hopefully that will change soon. I get ill like this with a major episode of either my bipolar or PTSD, or a mix of them both, about once a year. I always get better in the end, though sometimes it takes a couple of months or so.

The only way I’ve been feeling useful is by raising funds and awareness for Beyond the Streets, a charity that helps women exit prostitution. Some of you will already know that I have published on Amazon “In Her Own Words… Interview with a London Call Girl” from which all royalties are being donated to Beyond the Streets. It’s the transcription of a video interview I undertook with a London call girl for my research on prostitution in the late 1990s. She was a good friend and sadly, is no longer alive.

“In Her Own Words… Interview with a London Call Girl” is 77p to download from Amazon UK here and 99c to download from Amazon US here. It’s also available worldwide. It’s received a number of 5* reviews between the UK and US Amazon websites.

I’ve just made a trailer and thought I’d share it with you. If you’d like to share it on your blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or anywhere else, I’d be extremely grateful.

Thank you for bearing with me while I’ve been unwell.