Trafficking & Sexual Exploitation: Hope Amidst Adversity

This episode of 'Saint Louis In Tune' features a profound conversation on the pressing issues of commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking, distinguishing between the two and exploring their implications. Guest Katie Rhodes, founder and executive director of Healing Action, shares her personal journey from being a victim of sex trafficking to leading an organization dedicated to supporting survivors.

The conversation uncovers the structural forces contributing to human trafficking, the pivotal role of Healing Action in providing comprehensive support for survivors, and the significance of St. Louis in the broader context of trafficking due to its geographical position and socio-economic factors. Strategies for prevention and recovery are explored while underlining the community's role in fostering a supportive environment for survivors.

The episode concludes with a call to action for listeners to support Healing Action and other similar initiatives striving to make a difference in the lives of those affected by trafficking and exploitation.

Crime Victims' Awareness Week Film Screening & Expert Panel

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[00:00] Introduction to Saint Louis In Tune

[00:41] A Light-hearted Banter on Age and Respect

[01:26] The Importance of Respecting the Elderly

[02:37] Introducing Katie Rhoades: A Survivor's Journey

[03:25] Understanding Trafficking and Exploitation

[05:46] The Impact of Location on Trafficking Dynamics

[09:50] Personal Journey: From Survivor to Advocate

[20:01] Healing Action: Mission, Vision, and Values

[23:48] The Role of Healing Action in Recovery

[24:16] Promoting the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation

[25:18] Reflecting on Saint Louis In Tune's Mission

[27:15] Healing Action's Mission and Services

[27:41] Tailoring Services for Individual Needs

[29:32] The Role of Peer Support in Healing

[30:24] Coalition Against Trafficking and Exploitation (C.A.T.E.)

[30:55] Addressing the Silence Around Human Trafficking

[31:23] The Vision Behind Healing Action and Coalition Work

[34:12] Government's Role and Community Support

[36:52] Empowering Individuals to Make a Difference

[39:56] Personal Reflections and Messages of Hope

[44:41] Closing Remarks and How to Support Healing Action

This is Season 7! For more episodes, go to stlintune.com

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