The Opiate Connection: Sex Trafficking and Drugs- The Deadly Intersection – Barbara Amaya, BASMARTGIRL

Understand the complex relationship between opioids and sex trafficking. Learn how sex traffickers use addiction to control victims. An opioid addiction may lead someone to be vulnerable to being sex trafficked in the first place, and in a vicious cycle,…

The Opiate Connection: Sex Trafficking and Drugs- The Deadly Intersection - Barbara Amaya, BASMARTGIRL

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Understand the complex relationship between opioids and sex trafficking. Learn how sex traffickers use addiction to control victims.
An opioid addiction may lead someone to be vulnerable to being sex trafficked in the first place, and in a vicious cycle, keep them exploited and trafficked for years.
Understand the differing circumstances under which this can occur and what can be done today.
Objectives or Takeaway Ideas:
1. Understand formulas sex traffickers use to maintain control over their victims
2. List four precursors that are present when a trauma bond/forced addiction is formed
3. State one main commonality between all victims of sex trafficking
4. Complete interactive exercise in identifying vulnerability

BIO
Barbara Amaya is an activist, a subject matter expert on human trafficking in the United States, and a sought-after, award-winning, internationally recognized speaker and trainer. Barbara Amaya’s extensive advocacy and policy experience includes work at the federal level; work at the state level, where she has testified before Virginia, Maryland, and Florida legislative bodies; and ongoing, active work to raise awareness of human trafficking in the United States.
In 2014 Ms. Amaya was awarded the James B. Hunter Advocacy and Human Rights Award.
Ms. Amaya was instrumental in the passage of both the Safe Harbor and the vacating convictions bills in Washington D.C., as well as the amendment of Section 230 of the CDA (Communication Decency Act).
An award-winning author, her best-selling memoir, “Nobody’s Girl”, as well as her educational comic book and accompanying curriculum, “The Destiny of Zoe Carpenter”, can both be found online. Please visit her website to access educational resources and learn more about her work at: www.barbaraamaya.com

This presentation was given at the 2019 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit. endexploitationsummit.com/

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