The Bait and Switch Recruiting Process for Sex Trafficking
August 22, 2019
Hosted by Opal Singleton
Million Kids has worked to combat sex trafficking in the U.S. for over ten years now and one thing we most often see, when a predator, pimp or bottom girl is recruiting a victim, is the Bait and Switch method of seduction. Whether it is a desire to be discovered as a model, singer, or reality TV star, or to connect with a new seductive boyfriend, or trusting new found girl friend, the victim is unable to visualize that they are actually being ensnared… until they are in too deep. This week we are going to look at three completely separate cases that involved "Bait and Switch tactics of recruiting. In every case another woman was involved in the recruiting. One was mesmerized by a rappers mansion; one started a relationship with a gang boyfriend; and one trusted a new girlfriend who had a sympathetic ear. In each case, they were deceived and the price they paid changed their lives forever.
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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.