Exploring the depths of human trafficking, forced labor, slavery and other forms of unfree labor. We look at how the related issues of prostitution, migration, borders, prisons, criminal networks, race, laws, and psychology intersect with human trafficking.
Colorado Project 2.0 to Comprehensively Combat Human Trafficking
Amanda Finger, Executive Director and Founder, and Dr. Annie Miller, Co-Principal Investigator of the Colorado Project, from the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking in Denver, Colorado, discuss their recently released Colorado Project 2.0 to Comprehensively Combat Human Trafficking and their related Action Plan. Their community-based research project encompassed 183 individual surveys, 69 organizational interviews, and 29 focus groups from across Colorado.
* The Colorado Project 2.0, The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking
What is a T Visa and U Visa?
Seth and JJ explain what a T Visa and U Visa are, and how they can help victims of human trafficking get temporary nonimmigrant status. They also explain how Trump administration policies have affected these visa, including how they are slowing down processing times. Nevertheless, applications numbers have risen, but so have denials since 2016 along with a growing backlog of pending applications.
Information for Law Enforcement Agencies and Judges, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
T Visa Applicants Must Have Been “Trafficked” Into the U.S., NOLO
Victims of Human Trafficking: T Nonimmigrant Status, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Victims of Criminal Activity: U Nonimmigrant Status, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Human Trafficking Victims Blocked from Visas by Trump Wage Boss, Bloomberg
* Trump Wage Chief Adds Visa Hurdles for Trafficking Victims (2), Bloomberg Law
* How Trump Is ‘Destroying Protections’ for Victims of Human Trafficking, World Politics Review
* It Is Now Even Harder for Trafficking Survivors to Get Visas, The Appeal
* Trump immigration policies may interfere with human trafficking prosecution, The Colleges of Law Blog
Fewer Undocumented Immigrant Crime Victims Are Stepping Forward, WNYC
* Number of Form I-914, Application for T Nonimmigrant StatusBy Fiscal Year, Quarter, and Case StatusFiscal Years 2008-2019 (Fiscal Year 2019, Quarter 2), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
* Number of Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status By Fiscal Year, Quarter, and Case Status Fiscal Years 2009-2019 (Fiscal Year 2019, Quarter 2), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Jeffrey Epstein Charged with Sex Trafficking
Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested and formerly charged with sex trafficking by the Southern District of New York. Seth and JJ discuss the new charges and information that has come to light.
* Jeffrey Epstein Is Accused of Luring Girls to His Manhattan Mansion and Abusing Them, The New York Times
* $56 Million Upper East Side Mansion Where Epstein Allegedly Abused Girls, The New York Times
* Trump and Jeffrey Epstein Once Hosted a Party for “28 Girls” at Mar-a-Lago, VICE
* "So. More on the modern slave trade...", Virginia Heffernan
* Julie K. Brown: "Quite A Few Powerful And Important" Names Will Come Up In Jeffrey Epstein Sex Trafficking Case, RealClearPolitics
* Why Q-Anon Is Celebrating the Arrest of Jeffrey Epstein, Washington Monthly
* The next big question about Jeffrey Epstein, CNN
* United States of America v. Jeffrey Epstein, United States District Court Southern District of New York
* More Than a Dozen Jeffrey Epstein Accusers Have Come Forward Since His Indictment, Rolling Stone
* Jeffrey Epstein is worth more than $500 million, paid off potential witnesses, prosecutors say in child sex traffic case, CNBC
* What’s the Deal with the Bizarre Temple-Like Structure on Jeffrey Epstein’s Private Island?, Law & Crime
* How a future Trump Cabinet member gave a serial sex abuser the deal of a lifetime, Miami Herald
Programmable Slaves in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse
Seth and JJ discuss Joss Whedon's most controversial work, Dollhouse, which intersects with themes of human trafficking, prostitution, ownership, identity, and consent. While it's been 10 years since Dollhouse debuted for a two season run, Dollhouse's complex portrayal of trafficking is still good for a nuanced conversation of the issues.
* Dollhouse, Hulu
* Why Dollhouse Really Is Joss Whedon's Greatest Work, Gizmodo
* In defence of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, Den of Geek
* Joss Whedon's Dollhouse: Confounding Purpose, Confusing Identity - Edited by Sherry Ginn, Alyson R. Buckman, and Heather M. Porter
* lnside Joss' Dollhouse - Edited by Jane Espenson
* Joss Whedon and Religion: Essays on an Angry Atheist's Explorations of the Sacred - Edited by Anthony R. Mills, John W. Morehead, and J. Ryan Parker
* Joss Whedon Versus the Corporation: Big Business Critiqued in the Films and Television Programs - Erin Giannini
* The Philosophy of Joss Whedon - Edited by Dean A. Kowalski and S. Evan Kreider
* Reading Joss Whedon - Edited by Rhonda V. Wilcox, Tanya R. Cochran, Cynthea Masson, and David Lavery
Updatepalooza! NXIVM, Epstein, Kraft, Kelly, Lohan, Ayling
Seth and JJ gives updates on previous trafficking stories they've covered. NXIVM leaders Allison Mack pled guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering charges. We find out who the primary victim was for Jeffrey Epstein's case. Law enforcement backtracks on their claims that sex trafficking occurred at the Orchard Spa where Robert Kraft was a client. Cases are costing R Kelly money and he claims victimhood. Lindsey Lohan admits she misread a situation she's now Instafamous for. And Chloe Ayling feels vindicated after her trafficker was convicted and sentenced.
Here Are All the Major Players in the NXIVM Case, Where Women Were Allegedly Held as 'Sex Slaves', TIME
She was the victim in Jeffrey Epstein’s secret plea deal. She didn’t even know it, Miami Herald
New Jeffrey Epstein accuser goes public; defamation lawsuit targets Dershowitz, Miami Herald
Prosecutors Say There’s No Evidence of Sex Trafficking In Robert Kraft Case, Rolling Stone
R. Kelly breaks his silence on sexual abuse claims: "I have been assassinated", CBS
R. Kelly reportedly has only $625 to his name after string of legal battles, AJC
Lindsay Lohan Finally Addressed That Video of Her Being Punched in the Face, The Cut
Lindsay Lohan Says She’s “Learned” from Her Instagram Mistakes, Vanity Fair
Kidnapped model says she made abductor ‘fall in love’ to escape, NY Post
Kidnapped model Chloe Ayling: ‘People didn't believe me because I wasn't in tears', The Guardian
Photo: The Blue Diamond Gallery
Nona: Movie Review
Seth and JJ review the movie Nona, primarily analyzing how it portrays human trafficking. The movie has an intelligent script, strong characterization, and beautiful cinematography shot on location in multiple countries. It's depiction of trafficking is more nuanced than most films involving trafficking, with the focus more on dialogue and interactions within relationships. Sadly, the movie falls apart in the final scene.
Spoilers ahead. This is the story of Nona (Sulem Calderon), who met a guy named Hecho (Jesy McKinney) in her hometown in Honduras. He offered to travel with her to the United States, where she hoped to reunite with her mother, but upon crossing the border, found herself trafficked. During the first two-thirds of the movie, she and Hecho traveled through Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. We are given glimpses of her life through the well-crafted dialogue between the characters. This part of her journey resembled a travelogue similar to movies like Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise. Once she arrived in the United States, a madame greeted her and sex trafficked her within a brothel. The story then focused on the relationships between the women there, telling their stories through conversations and showing them dancing, doing nails, and painting faces. The oppression and control were also conveyed, but the focus was on the agency of the women within that limited space, which is a refreshing and realistic portrayal of trafficking. When Nona was sent to the store by the madame, she was stopped by a police officer who was both racist and unsympathetic. At the police station, a detective (Kate Bosworth) talked at Nona, telling the victim what her experience was, in English, without knowing what Nona has been through or who she was. Aside from being unrealistic, it was controlling. Nona is an above-average movie about human trafficking, but the poorly written ending makes it hard to recommend, unless to show what happens when law enforcement has insufficient victim identification training and doesn't use a victim-centered approach.
* Nona, Tricoast
* Photo: Provided by Tricoast
Fantastic & Factual
Speaker for the Living is wonderful- this podcast is such a breath of fresh air. It moves past the moral panic surrounding trafficking and takes a thoughtful and factual approach to exploring topics related to human trafficking. Thank you for exploring all forms of human trafficking, as well as intersecting topics that are generally ignored in the dominant narrative! As a person who works in the anti-trafficking movement, I often come across well-intended but poorly made information about trafficking. Thankfully this is an example of an exception to that rule. Also JJ and Seth are really endearing in their brainy (dare I say, nerdy) approach and demeanor. I always learn something new from them!