Sex Trafficking in the Midwest: What Can You Do About It?

November 1, 2018
Hosted by Opal Singleton

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Episode Description

Many people think that sex trafficking and sextortion does not take place in the midwest and/or in small communities. In this session, our guest, Division Chief Andrew (Butch) Diekemper of the City of Lenexa (Kansas) Fire Department and host, Opal Singleton, discuss several cases that are local to Lenexa and the surrounding areas. Chief Diekemper attended the Los Angeles Fire Leadership Training Academy where he met Opal Singleton, who was conducting a course on combating human trafficking. He was inspired to develop a two day training program for his community. On Nov. 13 & 14, 2018, Opal will conduct sessions for First Responders (Fire, Law Enforcement, Code Enforcement, Public Safety, Dept of Housing, etc) as well as Social Workers and Counselors, where she will focus on the psychology of grooming, impact on victims, understanding fantasy relationships, and the “Prism of Shame.” Finally, Opal will be presenting to the general public at the Westside Family Church.

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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

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.

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