Trafficking: Saving our youth from the sex trade
Oct. 8, 2015, Black Box Theatre, Lynnwood, WA
An Issues That Matter, public forum hosted by Lynnwood Library
By one recent estimate, 250 girls and women work as prostitutes in Snohomish County, where the hotline to report sex trafficking received 93 calls over a nine-month span. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimates that one in six endangered runaways reported to them are likely sex trafficking victims. In this forum, experts discussed the extent of victimization in the North Puget Sound region, how we can support survivors of sex trafficking, and what can be done to prevent area youth from being exploited.
Moderator was Tim Matsui, director of "The Long Night," a film set in Seattle that gives voice to minors who are coerced into the American sex trade. Panelists include:
From the documentary 'The Long Night'
- Peter Teske, human trafficking detective for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit;
- Paula Newman-Skomski, a forensic nurse examiner with Providence Intervention Center for Assault & Abuse and founder of Peoria Home, which will provides housing and an array of support services for women with a history of sex trafficking, prostitution and chemical dependency;
- Lindsay Cortes, program manager for the Cocoon House emergency youth shelter;
- Kathleen Morris, program manager for the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (WARN), a coalition of organizations in Washington State that provide direct assistance to victims of trafficking.
Identifying and Responding to Victims of Human Trafficking in Washington
The Office of Crime Victims Advocacy's resource page.
Snohomish County Sheriff: Special Investigations Unit
The unit esponsible for investigating crimes against children as well as sexual assaults on adults and children.
Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking
The Polaris Project
Organization working with government leaders and technology corporations; focuses on identifying, reporting and eliminating trafficking networks.
A human rights organization addressing sex and labor trafficking in Washington State.
Washington State Attorney General--Human Trafficking
Washington was the first state to pass a law -- one of the toughest -- criminalizing human trafficking
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