Earlier this year former CBS newsman Dan Rather produced a documentary focused on Portland. Many states, including Oregon and Washington, have been taking on the problem to various degrees. Senator Ron Wyden and other politicians recently announced partial funding for a new shelter for survivors of sex trafficking.
Are you a survivor of sex trafficking? What led you into — and out of — the industry? What would help others get out of the forced sex trade, particularly minors? Do you work with survivors? What have you seen that’s been effective?
- Elisia Lopez: Advocate for the Sexual Assault Resource Center, former child prostitute
- Linda Smith: President of Shared Hope International in Vancouver, Washington
- Gwynne Skinner: Assistant professor of law at Willamette University, directed recent report [summary pdf] on human trafficking in Oregon
- Doug Justus: Portland Police Bureau Sergeant in charge of the Vice Detail