Here is a mother of an underaged sex trafficking victim in Washington State. She also tells her story on the Netflix original documentary called “I am Jane Doe”. She states some very important information in this YouTube video that we must address and change in our society.
1.) First responders need to be trained on recognizing sex trafficking victims.
Women Against Taboo is currently in the process of putting together a training program, not only for first responders but professionals in many different kinds of fields who may come in contact with these victims. The idea is that once these trainings are established, we hope to see an increase in reported victims and a reduction in the average time victims remain in the sex trade industry.
2.) Backpage.com has currently been hiding under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. However, since this ted talk has been released, Congress has passed the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017. The top members of backpage.com were arrested in April of 2018 and will be going to trial in 2020. We need to make sure this law is being enforced properly and the people of our nation stand up for these victims. Every voice matters.
3.) In this video, the mother states how they tried their best to make a normal life for her daughter when she came back home after running away the first time. Unfortunately, when teens and children run away and experience emotional, physical, and sexual abuse we must bring in professional help. Women Against Taboo will also be working on treatment plans for victims and parents who go through experiences like this. We hope to prevent other runaway situations with the victim as well as mental health disorders that follow these type of abuses, ex: PTSD, complex PTSD, personality disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, anxiety, and more.