Dottie Laster has been giving presentations and training to thousands over the years she has worked as an anti-human trafficking advocate and expert. Usually contracted by law enforcement, government agencies and organizations, the tide seems to have shifted lately and more and more high schools and colleges are bringing her to speak on campuses.
One explanation for the rise in schools sending invitations and inquiries is the fact that human trafficking is being recognized as an epidemic among teens and young people, and they aren’t always involved in abductions for sex slavery or other forms of modern slavery, but groomed and lured away from their homes and communities.
Lately Laster has been called on more and more cases of young girls, academically doing well, and coming from upscale, stable families who have been lured by traffickers after a period of “grooming.” She writes on her blog about the tactics used to groom and lure unsuspecting youth who wind up crushed by an evil they didn’t even know existed. Read: Understanding the Grooming Process
The pimp may actually want the victim to get arrested as then he will be her ‘savior’ as he bails her out of jail (with the money she earned). He will then use this to further make her feel responsible for “costing him money” both for the bail and for the time she was not producing. This also prepares her for later when they all get caught she will do the time for him and protect him as all costs. He has then groomed her and the environment around her to make sure he walks and she takes the full punishment.
Reaching into the middle and high schools, along with many college campuses, Dottie Laster’s presentations (age appropriate) have been widely successful in catching the interest of the students. Most have never heard of trafficking, or think it’s something that happens overseas in third world countries, but by the time Laster is finished, they’ve learned what to look for, how to recognize a “romeo pimp” and how to safely report an incident.
Speaking at several high schools in the Houston, Texas area, Laster has been amazed at the outpouring of letters directly from the students and staff, all of them to express how much they appreciate the knowledge and eye-opening facts presented to them. Many will be inspired to continue in some form of advocacy, and others will at least have the insight to discuss trafficking within their own circle of friends and families, thus sustaining the awareness and education.
Dottie Laster is available to give presentations to all grade levels and classes, as well as law enforcement and government agencies, organizations, churches and community groups.
Dottie is the CEO of Laster Global Consulting and is an accredited representative recognized by the Bureau of Immigration Appeals under Bernardo Kohler Center. She has been trained by the Department of Justice to train law enforcement on human trafficking and is the architect and leader of human trafficking task forces and coalitions in many cities in Texas and California. Throughout her career she has been directly and indirectly responsible for the rescue and service of over 200 victims of trafficking in the United States.
….I was surprised to learn that human trafficking is the second most practiced crime in America…..Rachel V.
….I was never aware that human trafficking was this bad until I heard you speak…I have informed my family of how to spot both victims and traffickers and their locations….. Jake C.
…..with this new found knowledge I am going to spread the word about the dangers of human trafficking and how it could affect people.….Justin M.
….I was surprised at the fact that the victims could be so ordinary…..Clare B.
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