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The Speaking for the Silenced Podcast is a student-run podcast that examines the world-wide issue of human trafficking. Join podcast host, Jacqueline Sun, as she breaks down many examples human trafficking including forced labor, bride trafficking, and more.

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The Speaking for the Silenced Podcast is a student-run podcast that examines the world-wide issue of human trafficking. Join podcast host, Jacqueline Sun, as she breaks down many examples human trafficking including forced labor, bride trafficking, and more.

    Sex Trafficking Pt. 1

    Sex Trafficking Pt. 1

    Hopewell Valley Student Podcasting Network Show Name: Speaking for the SilencedEpisode 8: Sex Trafficking: Part 1Tune into this week’s episode of #SpeakingfortheSilenced!
    You are listening to Speaking for the Silenced podcast with your host(s) Jacqueline Sun.
    In this episode of Speaking for the Silenced, we will be discussing one the most pervasive forms of human trafficking, which is sex trafficking. This crime reportedly makes up 79% of human trafficking instances all across the world. Virtually everyone knows or has heard of it, yet sex trafficking is still not given enough attention in mainstream media.
    Segment 1: BackgroundDefinition of sex trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to cause a commercial sex act with an adult or cause a minor to commit a commercial sex act.
    Includes prostitution, pornography, and sexual performance exchanged for any item of value.
    May occur at brothels, clubs, hotels, and other night-time locations to sell their services
    As of 2019, the National Ceter for Missing and Exploited Children has estimated thatn1/6 runaways were likely sex trafficking victims
    Sex trafficking victims are both genders, although a majority are women and girls
    Sexual assault among males is given much less attention
    Segment 2: Clearing up some misconceptionsCommon misconception that sex trafficking only occurs in “shady dealings”; this is untrue
    By establishing trust early on and a degree of intimacy, the traffickers can exploit this later
    Prositution is often looked down upon but can often overlap with sex trafficking
    Many of these women have their appointments arranged for them by men known as pimps, who are individual traffickers
    However, not all sex work is sex trafficking.
    In general, the stigma that exists around sex work has caused many of the workers to fear going to law enforcement
    Contributes greatly to the insidious nature of human trafficking
    Segment 3: How can we prevent sex trafficking?The best thing the average person could do is learn to recognize the signs of sex trafficking
    Unstable living conditions
    Imbalanced power dynamics with the employer
    Abuse, threats, or clear signs of manipulation
    These signs apply for human trafficking in general, but it is important to known them so you may help any and all victims
    Increasing online safety could prevent sex trafficking as well
    Fostering safer homes and neighborhoods
    Cutting demand for commercial sex
    Learn to recognize the little signs
    Thank you for listening to this week's episode of Speaking for the Silenced! See you soon!
    Music Credits: Brooklyn and the Bridge by Nico Staf
    At the Restaurant by Monolog Rockstars
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    Sources:https://sharedhope.org/the-problem/what-is-sex-trafficking/
    http://www.endslaverynow.org/learn/slavery-today/sex-trafficking (http://www.endslaverynow.org/learn/slavery-today/sex-trafficking)
    https://guardiangroup.org/sex-trafficking-myths/ (https://guardiangroup.org/sex-trafficking-myths/)
    ​​https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/sexualviolence/trafficking.html (https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/sexualviolence/trafficking.html)

    • 8 min
    Sex Trafficking Pt. 2

    Sex Trafficking Pt. 2

    Hopewell Valley Student Podcasting Network Show Name: Speaking for the SilencedEpisode 9: Sex Trafficking: Part 2Tune into this week’s episode of #SpeakingfortheSilenced!
    You are listening to Speaking for the Silenced podcast with your host(s) Jacqueline Sun.
    In this episode of Speaking for the Silenced, we will be focusing on two stories of sex trafficking that occured in New Jersey, not far from where we are now.
    Segment 1: TrentonIn January of 2018, state troopers found a 17 year old girl was found alone, in the middle of the night on the side of Interstate 295 (
    Eventually she revealed she was sex trafficked by Ashley Gardener and Breon Mickens of Trenton
    For the days before she was found, Gardener had arranged between 5 and 15 men for the teen per day
    While Gardener was the so-called mastermind of the operation, Mickens did the grunt work
    As of 2021, Mickens has been sentenced to 5 years in prison while Gardener has received 50.
    This is a reminder that sex trafficking is a very real and present threat.
    The next story will focus on the an international human trafficking ring exposed in 2021 run by a considerably larger group.
    Segment 2: Group TraffickingIn early February of 2021, Authorities announced the charging of 22 members of a sex trafficking operation that made its base in Bergen County.
    More than 50 women, most of them immigrants from Mexico, were caught up as victims
    Had over 1500 clients
    Victims ranged from anywhere in the late teens to the mid-30s
    They were promised jobs and shelter but were then forced into prostituion
    The crime ring was reportedly bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars every month from the work of the captive women
    The women were compensated with half of what was paid for the prostitution, but most of it was used to pay off their “debt”
    Currently, the prosecutor’s office is coordinating efforts with the Covenant House to provide shelter and crisis care for the 50 plus women rescued from the trafficking sting.
    Thank you for listening to this week's episode of Speaking for the Silenced! See you soon!
    Music Credits: Brooklyn and the Bridge by Nico Staf
    At the Restaurant by Monolog Rockstars
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    Sources:https://nj1015.com/nj-woman-who-made-teen-have-sex-with-dozens-of-men-gets-50-years/ (https://nj1015.com/nj-woman-who-made-teen-have-sex-with-dozens-of-men-gets-50-years/)
    https://www.nj.com/bergen/2021/02/22-accused-of-running-human-trafficking-ring-in-nj-for-past-six-years.html

    • 6 min
    Organ Trafficking Part: 2

    Organ Trafficking Part: 2

    Hopewell Valley Student Podcasting Network Show Name: Speaking for the SilencedEpisode 7: Organ Trafficking: Part 2Tune into this week’s episode of #SpeakingfortheSilenced!
    You are listening to Speaking for the Silenced podcast with your host(s) Jacqueline Sun.
    In this episode of Speaking for the Silenced, we will end a two-part segment discussing organ trafficking. Today, we will focus on a real-life incident of trafficking that occurred in Kosovo in 2008.
    Segment 1: BackgroundVictim’s name is Yilmaz Altun, located in Pristina, Kosovo
    Fainted in middle of airport due to wound from organ removal
    It was found that the organ donation was conducted a clinic in Pristina called Medicus
    Medicus was a chain of organ trafficking clinics that were designed solely for the purpose of making profit.
    Preyed on the poor and vulnerable
    Crime ring was operated by Lutfi Dervishi and his son, both Kosovo physicians.
    Actual organ removal was conducted by Yusuf Ercin Sonmez, a Turkish surgeon
    The main operators of Medicus had been on the run for some time, evading capture since their operations were exposed in 2008.
    However, a few have been incarcerated
    Segment 2: Even more twisted originsThe Medicus Case has an even more complex twist
    Council of Europe found connections with Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA)
    Terrorist group that sought to seprate Kosovo from Yugoslavia
    The KLA reportedly began organ trafficking in 1999
    People and authorities have even began to suspect that Hashim Thaci, Prime minister of
    So how is the link between Medicus and the KLA established?
    Kidneys harvested from the Serbian captives were transported to Sonmez, the doctor who was involved in the transplants in Medicus
    Public hoped that Medicus could be linked back to the KLA and ex Prime Minister Thaci.
    Music Credits: Brooklyn and the Bridge by Nico StafAt the Restaurant by Monolog Rockstars
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    Sources:
    https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/an-organ-trafficking-conviction-in-kosovo (https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/an-organ-trafficking-conviction-in-kosovo)
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/01/08/a-cruel-harvest-of-the-poor-israeli-allegedly-behind-human-organ-black-market-arrested-in-cyprus/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/01/08/a-cruel-harvest-of-the-poor-israeli-allegedly-behind-human-organ-black-market-arrested-in-cyprus/)

    • 6 min
    Organ Trafficking Part: 1

    Organ Trafficking Part: 1

    Hopewell Valley Student Podcasting Network Show Name: Speaking for the SilencedEpisode 6: Organ Trafficking: Part 1Tune into this week’s episode of #SpeakingfortheSilenced!
    You are listening to Speaking for the Silenced podcast with your host(s) Jacqueline Sun.
    In this episode of Speaking for the Silenced, we will begin a two-part segment discussing organ trafficking, perhaps one of the least visible forms of human trafficking.
    Segment 1: BackgroundInvolves a lot of stealth and intricacy, many crime groups participate in it
    Organ demand is much higher than supply, what makes the practice so lucrative
    Most traded are kidneys
    Average wait time for a kidney is around 3-4 years
    Time is much too long, people take desperate measures
    Segment 2: How does it happen?Traffickers target the most vulnerable as in other forms of trafficking
    Offer a lump sum of money
    Engage in insanely upscaled reselling
    Actual removal of organ is done without care for the patient
    Organ buying and selling is illegal in many countries, many engage in something known as “transplant tourism”, which is legal
    Little regulation on transplant tourism
    CoVID-19 has bred the perfect conditions for an influx of organ trafficking
    Influx of debt, traffickers can more easily extort organ removals
    Hospitals are backed up with COVID-19
    Waiting lists for organs increases, demand increases
    Segment 3: What Has Been DoneTracking through the monetary transactions
    Raising initiative: Project Protect initiative
    Legislation targeting transplant tourism and organ trafficking
    Involving the private sector
    Working through social media platforms, where many ads are posted for organ buying and selling
    Music Credits: Brooklyn and the Bridge by Nico StafAt the Restaurant by Monolog Rockstars
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    Sources:https://www.acamstoday.org/organ-trafficking-the-unseen-form-of-human-trafficking/ (https://www.acamstoday.org/organ-trafficking-the-unseen-form-of-human-trafficking/)
    https://www.scidev.net/global/features/covid-19-a-perfect-storm-for-organ-trafficking-victims/ (https://www.scidev.net/global/features/covid-19-a-perfect-storm-for-organ-trafficking-victims/)

    • 9 min
    Child Soldiers: Part 2

    Child Soldiers: Part 2

    Hopewell Valley Student Podcasting Network Show Name: Speaking for the SilencedEpisode 4: Child Soldiers: Part 2Tune into this week’s episode of #SpeakingfortheSilenced!
    You are listening to Speaking for the Silenced podcast with your host(s) Jacqueline Sun.
    In this episode of Speaking for the Silenced, we will finish a two-part segment discussing child soldiers and their roles in wars. This week’s episode will focus on the country of Yemen specifically, a place infamous for their frequent employment of children in fighting. Yemen is a desert country in Western Asia.
    Segment 1: BackgroundYemeni Civil War fought between Houthi Rebels and Saudi Arabia starting in 2014
    In 2011, there had been political uprising, led to the war
    Now given support by Iran, a Shia majority nation
    Shia and Sunni Muslim divide + conflict
    Yemeni Civil War predicted to end quickly, continues today
    Both sides exploit child soldiers
    Segment 2: Set-Up for Child SoldiersVillages left impoverished, no food/resources, disease
    Houthis and Saudi Arabia coalition take advantage of this, target the villages
    Offer jobs to the unknowing children before throwing them into the war
    Houthis engage in form of indoctrination in summer camps
    Make fighting out to be a holy, noble purpose
    In 2020, the UN had counted 163 cases of children being turned into soldiers by Yemen.
    In 2021, Houthis have continued their advancement
    US is trying to pull out of support for Saudi coalition
    Segment 3: What Has Been DoneOrganizations and groups are fighting child soldiers in Yemen
    Believe it violates International Criminal Court’s Rome Statute ban on child soldiers
    Trying to have the UN intervene
    CRUCSY program that reintegrates children
    Prioritizes safety and assimilation
    Issue is at its roots connected to the Civil War, so hard to pinpoint exact solution
    Visit the Children And Armed Conflict UN website or the Borgen Project to learn more about the issue.
    Music Credits: Brooklyn and the Bridge by Nico StafAt the Restaurant by Monolog Rockstars
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    Sources:
    https://www.dw.com/en/underage-martyrs-recruiting-child-soldiers-in-yemen/a-58203651 (https://www.dw.com/en/underage-martyrs-recruiting-child-soldiers-in-yemen/a-58203651)
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29319423 (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29319423)
    https://arabcenterdc.org/resource/child-soldiers-in-yemen-one-element-of-a-humanitarian-disaster/ (https://arabcenterdc.org/resource/child-soldiers-in-yemen-one-element-of-a-humanitarian-disaster/)
    https://borgenproject.org/child-soldiers-in-yemen/ (https://borgenproject.org/child-soldiers-in-yemen/)

    • 7 min
    Child Soldiers: Part 1

    Child Soldiers: Part 1

    Hopewell Valley Student Podcasting Network Show Name: Speaking for the SilencedEpisode 4: Child Soldiers: Part 1Tune into this week’s episode of #SpeakingfortheSilenced!
    You are listening to Speaking for the Silenced podcast with your host(s) Jacqueline Sun.
    In this episode of Speaking for the Silenced, we will begin a two-part segment discussing child soldiers and their roles in wars. A child soldier is someone who is under 18 years old who is compelled through force or fraud to engage, directly or indirectly, in armed conflict. They may work under the military or a non-government organization.
    Segment 1: Background of Child Soldiers93000 children found to be soldiers around world
    South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
    First use in Iran-Iraq war
    3 causes
    Poverty/Bad Home Conditions
    Find food/income/home
    Survival/Protection in Warring Zones
    Outside threats of attack/organizations coerce families or child themselves
    Force, Coercion, or Indoctrination (as seen in the Iran-Iraq war, where it all started)
    Young, weaker, and more easily manipulated.
    It is an extensive form of trafficking
    Never a truly voluntary choice
    Segment 2: The Experience of the VictimsNot always used in direct combat.
    3 main uses:
    Fighting:
    Child more vulnerable, experience chronic injury or mental illness
    Sent on suicide missions, talk about the Iraq-Iran war experience
    Reconnaissance:
    Due to unassuming nature, act well as spies
    More trustworthy, experience less resistance, bring information back to their organization
    Sexual services:
    Girls are frequently targets, given to adult soldiers as compensation
    Suffer physical and mental trauma, highly susceptible to STIS
    Segment 3: The AftermathPTSD plays huge role :
    Adults more likely to find help, children more likely to shut down
    Grow up believing in a life of violence
    Important to welcome child back into comfort and normality, which often doesn’t happen
    Provide physical comfort and aid, psychological support
    Music Credits: Brooklyn and the Bridge by Nico StafAt the Restaurant by Monolog Rockstars
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    Sources:
    https://www.aft.org/periodical/american-educator/winter-2005-2006/child-soldiers
    https://ecommons.udayton.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1174andcontext=stander_posters#:~:text=Child%20soldiery%20can%20be%20a,sexual%20exploitation%20by%20armed%20forces.
    https://www.unicef.org/protection/children-recruited-by-armed-forces

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