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What can you do to help put a stop to human trafficking in America? What should you be teaching your kids to keep them safe? How can people practice online safety in an increasingly technologically-based world?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Andi Beurger about human trafficking and what you can do to help.

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Meet Andi Buerger

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Andi is the founder and chair of Voices Against Trafficking(VAT), an international organization that networks with other nonprofits, individuals, businesses, and leaders. creating a powerful collective force in the fight against human trafficking.

Andi is an in-demand speaker and has saved hundreds of innocents through her efforts to stop human trafficking. Her own story of surviving unspeakable childhood abuse and familial trafficking is captured in her book: A Fragile Thread of Hope-One Survivor’s Quest to Rescue.

Andi Buerger is also the Co-Founder of Beulah’s Place, a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving at-risk homeless teens in danger of abuse, trafficking, or other criminally predatory activities. Through Beulah’s Place, Andi and her husband Ed have successfully rescued hundreds of teens.

Currently, Andi advocates for Voices Against Trafficking, an organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. Visit Andi Buerger’s website and learn more about Voices Against Trafficking.

Connect with Andi on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

In This Podcast

  • Human trafficking in America
  • What parents should keep in mind
  • Online safety for kids and adults
  • How you can help stop human trafficking
  • Andi’s advice to private practitioners

Human trafficking in America

Human trafficking is coercing someone into labor or sexual activities against their will, at any age and stage. (Andi Buerger)

Human trafficking has been present in human society for thousands of years.

In recent times, it is still highly prevalent, and hundreds of people are abducted each day across the world.

In America, we somehow elevated that heinous and depraved activity into a business function, where we now are globally a $160 billion industry, [and] $99 billion of that is sex industry … if we didn’t have demand, there would be no need to supply, and without supply, there wouldn’t be [profitable]. (Andi Buerger)

Greed and perversion are the tenets that drive human trafficking.

What parents should keep in mind

1 – Have a special code that only your family knows so that your child can signal you, either by hand or words in person or over text message, if they are in danger.

2 – Have conversations with your kids where you make sure that they know they can speak to you about anything that makes them uncomfortable, and that you will be there to protect and support them.

Adults are very impatient because they’re stressed out, they’re working, and they have all these issues going on in their adult life, and sometimes [they] simply don’t listen to [their] kids and teenagers the way that we need to. (Andi Buerger)

3 – Let your kids know that you will not judge them for making poor decisions. They are young and they are learning, and it is far more important for your kids to trust that you will listen to them when they need you, instead of them lying to you because you punish them for a mistake.

Online safety for kids and adults

Pay attention to the games that your children are playing.

Have open conversations about online safety with your kids, and make sure to calmly and openly explain why you have certain rules around online activities.

There is a lot of live interactions with games, so be aware of that when it comes to gaming.

Tell your children why it is important not to give information out and make sure that you do have safety protocols if it’s your computer. Again, as adults, we need to be the examples … you need to know what’s on your computer that a child or teenager could get into. (Andi Buerger)

How you can help stop human trafficking

  • Add your voice and name to the Voices Against Trafficking roster
  • Go to your local law enforcement office and see how you can assist
  • If you see something, say something
  • If you have voted for or financially supported anyone in government or leadership positions, you have the right to ask what they have done to make the community safer
  • Add your name to petitions and forums to add more stringent punishments for assault and trafficking crimes

Andi’s advice to private practitioners

Some people need to keep moving through the work that it takes to recover. Know that there is hope to move through trauma with the help of counseling and support.

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Meet Joe Sanok

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