The Impact of Illegal Immigration on Human Trafficking
January 4, 2018
Hosted by Opal Singleton
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When it comes to the migration of people around the globe, we are living in historical times. Europe is seeing a major influx of displaced persons arriving from foreign cultures. The U.S. is grappling with “the wall" and how to deal with the entry of people from Latin America, who are seeking to escape violence, crime and poverty. This week legislators voted to make California a "Sanctuary State" ignoring immigration laws. Lost in the dialogue is the reality of what happens to a vulnerable undocumented adult or child alien with few resources, who has paid a cartel member (coyote) to cross the border illegally and is now being extorted. For many, their family members back home are being threatened with violence if they don't come up with more money. They fear ICE and being deported and being violated both financially and sexually by gangs or organized crime. Few can go back home. Many become victims of sex and labor trafficking. Their dream of starting a new life becomes a nightmare.
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This program is designed to educate first responders, civic leaders, social workers, education professionals, faith based leaders and parents about how predators access, groom, recruit and exploit victims into prostitution and sextortion. We analyze real cases from the perspective of Law Enforcement, the victim, and the perpetrator. We look at hard core trafficking cases and how law enforcement is able to intervene. We examine cases of child pornography and the Dark Web. We examine how predators use apps, chatrooms, games and the latest technologies. We discuss the impact of gangs and cartels on human exploitation. We also look at trends in global human trafficking. Our goal is to build a global interactive community of individuals empowered to eradicate human exploitation.
Opal Singleton is a global human trafficking and child pornography expert. She has trained tens of thousands of first responders, government and civic leaders, faith based leaders and education administrators about how predators groom and recruit innocent victims into prostitution and exploitation. Opal works with the Riverside County (CA) Anti Human Trafficking Task Force through a Department of Justice grant. Opal sits with parents of missing kids and assists teens in trouble through social media. Opal is the President and CEO of Million Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating child sex trafficking. She has authored a book “Seduced: The Grooming of America’s Teenagers” to educate parents and grandparents and educators about how predators use apps, chatrooms, online video gaming and social media to exploit young people. Opal is on the Board of Rapha House serving human trafficking victims in Cambodia, Thailand and Haiti. She is an Instructor for the USC Sol Price Institute for Safe Communities training law enforcement administrators and is an Instructor for the Los Angeles Fire Training Academy. Opal retired in 2000 after a lifelong career in international marketing having accrued nearly three million frequent flyer miles. Opal is passionate about protecting families and youth from predators and is dedicated to providing an in-depth global interactive internet training program to educate leaders around the world to stop human exploitation and trafficking.