Can You Legislate Illegal Sex Acts? Sounds easy, but it is harder than we ever imagined!

November 17, 2016
Hosted by Opal Singleton

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Episode Description

Child sex trafficking, sextortion, and child pornography are all crimes that are significantly impacted by exploding technology, laws regulating privacy and social attitudes about sexual privilege. In recent weeks, the CEO of Backpage.com was arrested for pimping. And, the FBI was caught operating the Playpen, a child pornography website, where they improved the performance of the system so that thousands more pedophiles were able to access it.
Today, many sex crimes are conducted by large-scale sex rings involving many states and multiple countries with varying laws that are often in conflict with the U.S. law. Join us this week as Opal Singleton takes you around the world to look at intriguing cases where the law was simply not enough or was manipulated so that it was ineffective. We will explore multiple cases of sexual exploitation and examine the challenges and impact of the legal system for law enforcement to develop a case and prosecute the offender.

EXPLOITED: Crimes Against Humanity

EXPLOITED: Crimes Against Humanity

Thursday at 7 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel

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. EXPLOITED: Crimes Against Humanity is broadcast live every Thursday at 7 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.

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Opal Singleton

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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October 2017

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Gwen Adams


Gwen graduated from Multnomah Bible College with a degree in Biblical Education. She has spent the last 30 years in women's ministries and church work. Her most recent work is in the Priceless Ministry working with women who have been trafficked in Alaska. Gwen loves seeing the women come along side “the least of these” and share a hope and a future with those who have been trapped in darkness. View Guest page

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Susie Carpenter


Susie is the Director of Media & Marketing for Million Kids and has been with the organization since it's beginning.
Susie formerly owned Figgyworks Design & Marketing where she was passionate about helping non-profit organizations and small businesses get great things done through design, creative branding and cost-effective marketing. Her vast experiences range from print design, web design and social media marketing.
Susie is an accomplished designer with a unique balance of creative and technical expertise, coupled with a strong background in print design. She has helped her clients develop corporate and brand identities, as well as market positioning. She understands the importance of knowing the long-term vision of a company and how to accurately and consistently reflect and strengthen that message in all visual and written communications.
On her "off-time," you will find Susie at the gym where she loves to weight train and kickbox. She considers herself a "gym mouse! View Guest page

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Dr. John DeGarmo


Dr. DeGarmo has a B.A. in History, a Masters in Media Technology, a Masters in Educational Leadership, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Walden University. He wrote his dissertation on Responding to the Needs of Foster Children Face While in Rural Schools. He is the author of several foster care books, including the new book Faith and Foster Care: How We Impact God's Kingdom, the training book The Foster Parenting Manual: A Practical Guide to Creating a Loving, Safe, and Stable Home, as well as the foster care children's book A Different Home: A New Foster Child's Story. He acts as a consultant to foster care agencies across the USA. Dr. John is a dynamic speaker and informative trainer on the foster care system, and travels extensively, meeting with foster parents, child welfare workers, churches, schools, and organizations. He writes regularly for many magazines, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, several publications, and newsletters. View Guest page

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Alana Hendrix, MS, LMFT


Alana Hendrix, MS, LMFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who specializes in working with families in various types of crisis. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and her Masters of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. She has extensive expertise in the field of parenting in crisis situations, which include addictions, juvenile sex offender, juvenile delinquency and family reunification following an extended crisis. She has a wide range of experience ranging from working with patients in an acute care psychiatric hospital to individuals and families in her private practice. She has also served as an adjunct professor of Psychology at Azusa Pacific University, California Baptist University, and Argosy University. View Guest page

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Dr. Thomas P. Howell


Dr. Thomas P. Howell is a licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY-10340) who has been practicing for over 34 years. He is one of the top forensic psychologists in Southern California and has completed over 1,050 Child Custody Evaluations (730) and over 100 Expert Witness Evaluations (733) in the County of Orange and surrounding counties. In light of his prolific and highly respected work in the area of child custody, he is also one of the few evaluators often chosen to provide input to the court in matters of International Child Custody disputes, and is appointed to oversee Special Mastering cases. Additionally, Dr. Howell accepts numerous other court referrals such as Family Reunification Therapy, Co-Parenting Counseling, and juvenile court cases (300 Dependency Cases and 602 Juvenile Cases).
In addition to court-related referrals, Dr. Howell has extensive experience in providing individual psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults in the general public. View Guest page

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Elizabeth Johnston


Elizabeth is an Activist Vlogger who educates about current events and topics that are important to families. She and her husband Patrick, who is a medical doctor, speak at conferences and events and lead a pro-life ministry to rescue children from abortion. Elizabeth homeschools her 10 beautiful children and assists her husband with his many wild and ambitious projects. Elizabeth met her husband Patrick while obtaining her music and education degrees in Florida. The pulse behind everything Elizabeth does is her love for Jesus Christ, who saved her from her sin during her teenage years and launched her on a very unpredictable journey of service to Him, which has included foreign missions, orphanage ministry, outreach to kids in troubled inner-city areas, backyard bible clubs, street ministry, pro-life rescue ministry, public speaking, producing a movie, and homeschooling her ever-growing family. View Guest page

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Lindsey Kahney


Lindsey Kahney has been with National Runaway Safeline for over 10 years. Joining the organization in 2007 as a call center supervisor, her focus was to provide solution focused crisis intervention for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth and their families. She also assisted school officials and youth services personnel in developing options and finding resources for working with runaway and at-risk youth. She transitioned into the role of Prevention Specialist in 2014 where she now engages and connects with communities while promoting the evidence-based Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum. Lindsey brings a unique perspective from not only working directly with at-risk youth but also focusing on strategies to strengthen youth’s resilience so they are better able to cope with life’s issues as they arise. View Guest page

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Dr. Skip Lanfried


Skip Lanfried has served as a Pastor in a large church setting starting in 1998. His passions are to see the local church engage fully in the great commission and to help bring an end to the trafficking of children. Skip has been married to his wife, Lara, since 1992 and they have an adult daughter and an adult son. Skip received a Masters of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1995 and completed his Doctorate in Ministry degree in 2015 focusing on developing a spiritual formation model which will lead people into a lifestyle of compassion towards those who are suffering. Skip believes in simple things done well and the power of ordinary Christ followers to change the world.
Recently Skip, with his wife and a small team, visited the nations of Turkey, Jordan and Greece to examine the global refugee crisis with special attention to the thousands of at risk children who are part of that massive human movement from war torn homelands to an uncertain future. View Guest page

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Mona Lumpkin

Jennifer Osgood


International Director of Client Services, Rapha House
Jen’s greatest desire has always been to utilize her educational and life experiences to make a difference in the lives of children who are hurting. With a bachelor’s degree in psychology, eight years of experience working in special education, and ten years of experience working with the child welfare system, Jen began working for Rapha House in 2008 as the Child Protection Officer. In 2013 Jen moved to Cambodia to serve as country director for Rapha House. After almost two years in Cambodia, Jen returned to the US as the International Director of Client Services. In this position she continues to use her passion and skills to write and implement Child Protection policy, train staff, audit programs, advocate, and develop resources for all Rapha House. View Guest page

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Donna Staples

Maria Suarez


Maria Suarez is a counselor, public speaker, and advocate for victims of modern-day slavery. For over ten years, her work in the Greater Los Angeles area and Mexico has been an integral and invaluable part of the effort to end slavery. Maria courageously shares her personal story to prevent others from enduring the same trauma. She has spoken at numerous national conferences, legislative hearings, and media events in the U.S. and Mexico, and her testimony was instrumental in passing the 2005 California Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Maria has been recognized as an “unsung hero” and received awards for her ant-trafficking advocacy from La Opinion, CA Community Foundation, Eisner Foundation, Bank of America, National Association of Social Workers, and special recognition from the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Immigration Law Section. View Guest page

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