The Case of Chrystul Kizer: A Look at Child Trafficking Laws in Action

By Elizabeth Lee On June 5, 2018, then 17-year-old Chrystul Kizer was arrested and put in jail. She is accused of murdering her trafficker, Randall P. Volar III, setting his house on fire, and stealing his car. Prior to that day, Chrystul had been abused and sold for sex by her trafficker for two years. Police detained Volar several times …

Ridesharing Services are Putting the Brakes on Human Trafficking

by Aubrey McMahan It’s almost midnight. With your Uber beacon lighting up the top of the dashboard corner, you pull up to an unassuming house and two passengers slide into the backseat. They’re dressed up nicely for the night. You confirm their destination and soon turn onto the highway to make your way downtown. Above the roar of the traffic, …

Tech vs. Human Trafficking 

By: Kassandra Jones The advancement of technology has played an essential role in the rapid growth of human trafficking. Perpetrators use social media as a means to access and groom potential victims. Pimps misuse of online personal advertisements to attract customers and sexually exploit victims. Still, other traffickers buy and sell victims through the anonymity of the Dark Web. Undoubtedly, …

Eight Things You May Not Know About Trafficking & Three Easy Ways to Help

By: Bailee Clark “They are hidden from view. You don’t recognize them in the back kitchens, shops, gas stations, and in hospitality. They are also tucked away in fields…It’s a different kind of slavery than long ago.”—Dr. Lucy Steinitz, Senior Technical Advisor, Catholic Relief Services Human trafficking is an epidemic that has been steadily increasing since 2010 because it is …

Interception – February 2020

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Interception, Just Ask Prevention Foundation’s magazine. In the ongoing fight to bring an end to human trafficking, this publication is another outlet to connect with our supporters, spread awareness, and share relevant information and success stories.    

How to Advocate for Survivor Protections in Virginia

By Aashna Sawhney, President of Just Ask’s Student Advisory Council Through my volunteer work with Just Ask Prevention and the Student Advisory Council, I have had the opportunity to learn so much about trafficking awareness.  I am often surprised at how much more information there is to learn on this very serious matter. Recently, I was researching state protections for …

Medical community puts new emphasis on addressing trafficking victims

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as seen on Inside NoVA January 24, 2020. Author: Scott McCaffrey for the Sun Gazette Newspapers The medical community could – and perhaps should – be on the front lines in helping to combat sexual-based human trafficking, especially of young people, but few in the profession have the specific knowledge to ask the right questions and follow up appropriately. A recent …

The Put Trafficking Victims First Act of 2019

By Elizabeth Lee Background On February 7, 2019, the House of Representatives passed an important bill entitled Put Trafficking Victims First Act of 2019. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Karen Bass (D, CA), introduced it to the House on January 11, 2019. The bill passed 414-1, indicating the significant bipartisan support for this issue. Rep. Bass’ co-sponsor was Rep. Ann Wagner …

Solving an Epidemic: Human Trafficking in America

Read the full statement presented by Bill Woolf. Congressional testimony in front of the House Rules Committee, Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process regarding human trafficking epidemy in America, was given by Bill Woolf, Executive Director for Just Ask Trafficking Prevention Foundation. Summary In such testimony, Mr. Woolf spoke about his findings derived from training and research, as well as …

Human Trafficking and Retail

By Kassandra Jones It’s official. We are now in the midst of “the most wonderful time of the year.” The holiday season has begun and the usual hustle and bustle of retail centers, has evolved into that joyous, yearly frenzy known to all as Christmas shopping. However, as masses of shoppers descend upon their local malls, so do those with …