Is Your Child's Self-Esteem For Sale?

June 22, 2017
Hosted by Opal Singleton

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Episode Description

This week we will explore “FREEMIUMS" and the world of online gaming. The video game industry is expected to reach $102.9 BILLION IN 2017. Game makers all over the globe have discovered a most lucrative revenue generator called “FREEMIUMS.” "FREEMIUMS" are defined as "a business model that provides a game to players free of charge, but charges a premium fee for special features, powers or content. Game designers purposely make the game as difficult as possible to progress within the game so you will buy upgrades, power ups and equipment that will raise your score. It was reported last year that 76% of iPhone app revenue came from in-app purchases. In a video game, the player's score determines their acceptance and/or rejection by their teammates. This means game players are ensuring the difficulty in succeeding and ultimately the player will "pay" for acceptance and success. A gaming chat room is open season for grooming and influencing a young player’s ideas on many subjects.

EXPLOITED: Crimes Against Humanity

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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. 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 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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Episode Directory

June 2017

  • 6/22/2017: Is Your Child's Self-Esteem For Sale? Listen Now
  • 6/15/2017: Who Are The Men That Are Buying Sex - Really? A Hard Look at the 'Demand' Side of Commercial Sex Listen Now
  • 6/8/2017: Understanding the Secret 'Codes'of Internet Sex Advertising Listen Now
  • 6/1/2017: Human Trafficking in the UK and Europe Similarities and Differences to U.S. Trafficking Listen Now

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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. She has been with the organization from the early beginnings and is devoted to educating about Human Trafficking and Exploitation. She manages all of the organization's social media accounts, as well as websites.
Susie is also the owner of Figgyworks Design & Marketing. She is an accomplished designer with a unique balance of creative and technical expertise, coupled with a strong background in print design. 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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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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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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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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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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