Sex Trafficking

This week on The Local Take I speak with Pamela Shifman from the NoVoFoundation.  The NoVo Foundation is dedicated to building a more just and balanced world and focuses explicitly on girls and women. Their mission is to end violence against girls and women including shutting down the sexual exploitation and abuse of women. 

WCLK's The Local Take has covered sex trafficking since our inception eight years ago. Atlanta is, unfortunately, a national hub for sex trafficking.  I invited Jennifer Swain, Executive Director of youthSpark, back to our studio to talk about it in the run up to the Super Bowl.  youthSpark is a non-profit organization with a mission of putting a stop to youth exploitation and sex trafficking. 

The Local Take on WCLK has covered sex trafficking issues from the beginning as part of our engagement with the community. I spoke with Shawn Smash-Jett of Wealthy Divas and Shoptalk with Shay about her role as an activist against human trafficking. Shawn shares with our listeners that she attended the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit held this month in Washington, DC.  She was there when the federal government shut down BackPage.com a site used to facilitate sex trafficking.

Saturday, September 10 at 7:00 a.m. on The Local Take on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, I'll speak with Attorney Sherri Jefferson of the African American Juvenile Justice Project about their new campaign the #17ps in support of advocacy and education on sex trafficking in urban communities.

Sex trafficking is a horrendous reality in Atlanta, where our city is recognized as a hub for men(predominantly) looking for underage minors to exploit.  As part of WCLK's responsibility as a public broadcast licensee we engage with our community whether the picture is pretty or not.