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May 18, 2023

In this episode of Change It Up Radio, Paula Shaw is joined by Marjorie Saylor, who is a survivor of sex and labor trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation and is the current Program Director of Alabaster Jar Project's long-term shelter program and drop-in resource center for adult women survivors of sex trafficking. They discuss the grim reality of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, along with the trauma and grief that survivors of these horrors experience.


Some key topic points covered in this episode include:


  • The prevalence of human trafficking worldwide, including in the United States
  • Vulnerabilities that traffickers exploit and methods they use to lure and trap victims
  • Marjorie Saylor's personal experience as a human trafficking survivor
  • The effects of childhood trauma and vulnerability as a precursor to exploitation
  • How poverty, isolation, and a lack of resources factor into the cycle of abuse and exploitation
  • Different factors that prevent victims from leaving exploitative situations, including fear, financial dependence, threats to loved ones, and potential exposure
  • The need for public engagement to enact legal changes and bolster the fight against human trafficking
  • The role society plays in normalizing exploitative behaviors and the importance of challenging these norms and initiating conversations about these issues



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