Ruth Jacobs Speaks on Social Networks: The Good, The Bad and The Horrifying

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Published on The Social Network Station – 7 October 2013

What was your most astonishing experience on a social network?

The most horrific was discovering what was very obviously a large interconnected group of child sex abusers on Facebook. Being aware of Facebook’s inadequate policies and procedures, I reported this to law enforcement instead – the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) in the UK… I don’t believe this will ever leave me, and I doubt I will ever know what happened to those children, if they were saved, if the abusers were jailed, or even if anything was done at all. I only know I did what I could to reach the relevant authority, then I had no further choice but to leave it in their hands. Read the full article on The Social Network Station here.

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Victim-centred: The Merseyside Model – Ruth Jacobs interviewed on Policing Today (Part 2)

stalkerPublished on Policing Today – 8 August 2013

In the second part of an exclusive Policing Today interview, author and human rights campaigner Ruth Jacobs talks about human trafficking and the urgent changes needed to the criminal justice system’s attitude towards victims of sexual crimeRead the full article on Policing Today here.

Founder of Once Upon An Eden and survivor of extreme child abuse, Michelle Carmela, gives her opinion on Facebook’s issue of child sex abuse images

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Michelle Carmela

Michelle Carmela was born and raised in a Mafia family. She is a survivor of incest, child rape, child labour and child prostitution. For over twenty-five years, she has been sharing her story and speaking out against child abuse. She advocates for victims and advises organisations, NGOs and governments. Michelle is the founder and CEO of Once Upon An Eden.

Are there issues with child sex abuse images on Facebook?

Yes, indeed there are problems Facebook has with allowing child sex abuse images on their site. I have been using Facebook since 2008 and in the early months, I came across so many hideous sites that promoted various abuses of infants, children and teenagers. In those days, it was easier to launch campaigns against such ghastly sites and get results to have the sites taken down. Now it is not so easy. It seems the standards of Facebook have declined…

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Chong Kim, a survivor of sex trafficking, meets me in London to talk about Eden, the newly released film based on her life

Chong Kim, a survivor of sex trafficking and an inspirational advocate, met with me this week while she was in London for the UK release of Eden, a film based on her real life story.

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Eden is based on the real life story of sex trafficking survivor, Chong Kim, who was abducted at 19 years of age from Dallas, Texas. I met up with Chong in London to talk about the film and her life as a survivor and advocate.

Directed by Megan Griffiths
Starring Jamie Chung, Matt O’Leary and Beau Bridges

“Nothing short of gripping” – Indiewire
“Arrestingly suspenseful” – Variety
“Powerful” – Village Voice
“Breathtaking” – Austin Chronicle
“Brave, gritty, complex and suspenseful. Jamie Chung gives the best performance of her career.” NYC Movie Guru

“In the Booth with Ruth – Chong Kim” Produced by Matthew Lynch (www.jlfilmandmedia.com)

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In the Booth with Ruth – Linda Sullivan, Executive Director/President of B.E.S.T. & Master Certified Coach for Victims of Human Trafficking

Linda Sullivan shares her experience and knowledge as the Executive Director and President of B.E.S.T. – Building Empowerment By Stopping Trafficking – and as a Master Certified Coach for Victims of Human Trafficking.

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What inspired you to support the movement against child sexual slavery and exploitation?

I have been working in this field since I was a young volunteer myself, for over 25 years.  I have been an advocate for at risk populations over my lifetime and became passionate about the subject of human trafficking when I first assisted a victim.  I studied social sciences in Manhattan at the New School University and became well-versed in cross cultural human rights issues. My studies at the New School University opened the doors for studies in comparative religions and anthropology and tribal studies.  My work, studies and volunteer efforts kept me drawn to human rights and human trafficking issues.

How did you go about setting up your non-profit organisation?

I analysed as many programs as I could and worked with professionals in the legal and other fields to design a holistic model that filled in…

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In the Booth with Ruth – Aashika N. Damodar, Anti-Human Trafficking Activist, Advocate and Non-Profit Founder

Aashika Damodar is an anti-human trafficking activist, advocate and non-profit founder. In this in depth interview, she explains what inspired her to devote her life to this cause, what her work involves, and how other people can help. She has kindly supplied her contact email address for anyone who would like to talk through becoming part of the anti-human trafficking movement and personally discuss the ways you can be involved.

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Aashika N. Damodar

What inspired you to support the movement against child sexual slavery and exploitation?

So many events in my life have culminated to this point: a life dedicated to combating sexual violence and trafficking. When I entered university, I learned about a trafficking case that took place right across from my dormitory at UC Berkeley. Lakireddy, a Berkeley landlord and restaurant owner, came under investigation when a young woman died in one of his apartment buildings. He was convicted for both sex and labor trafficking. This made me realize that what makes modern-day slavery so elusive is that its existence lies in the most seemingly normal terrain. By this point, issues of sexual violence and trafficking had crept into so many facets of my life, from my own personal experience, initial exposure to the issue in post-tsunami India, in my backyard at Berkeley, in an Indian restaurant in the same area, and…

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In the Booth with Ruth – David Wayne, Child Trafficking Survivor and Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate

“I still felt the need for further support in dealing with the memories of being trafficked though, and this led me to GEMS, based in New York. Thanks to the efforts of Rachel Lloyd and all the GEMS girls, I finally began to come to terms with the nature of the crimes that had been committed….

From early on in my own recovery, it was very obvious to me that I had a greater chance to heal if I assisted in the healing of others. Even more of a contributing factor though, is that I was a witness to sexual crimes committed against others whom I cared very deeply for. While my own suffering is nothing to dismiss, I suffered much greater distress in watching these events happen and in spite of attempts to stop them, remained unable to help. I’m hypersensitive regarding people in dangerous or degrading situations, especially children and women. These things aside, there is also the recognition of the bigger picture and a desire to lend assistance in any way I can to combat modern slavery and exploitation…

I’m forty-four years old and my life is just beginning.” David Wayne, Child Trafficking Survivor and Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate.

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David Wayne

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

My involvement began as I was receiving EMDR trauma therapy to recover from lifelong posttraumatic stress disorder. I was overwhelmed by flashbacks, night terrors, anxiety and depression that were triggered by the passing of my father, who began grooming and sexually assaulting me at the age of three, and then trafficked me on a regular basis, mostly in my home state of Pennsylvania, but also in New Jersey and Delaware, from age four to the time I entered school at the age of five. He photographed me pornographically at the age of twelve as I was forced to engage in sexual acts with an older female cousin. Throughout early childhood, there were other male perpetrators, and at the age of ten I was lured into the home of a middle-aged, female neighbor, who made sexual advances…

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