A Look Into the 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report Part 2

By Steffanie Preston An Update on Trafficking on a Global Scale Each year, the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons releases the Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP). The purpose of this document is to address, educate, and potentially solve human trafficking issues. Each time the report is released, we at Just Ask take time to …

A Look Into the 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report Part 1

by Steffanie Preston Introduction to the 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report The U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons releases an annual report known as the Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP). The purpose of this document is to address, educate, and potentially solve human trafficking issues. Each time the report is released, we at Just Ask …

Ghislaine Maxwell: A Nightmare in Disguise

By Maya Beke The story has been splashed everywhere by media outlets across the globe: “Ghislaine Maxwell in Custody.” “Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested.” Someone who hadn’t followed the reports or seen the documentaries would see news articles begin by describing her: attractive, well-educated, personable, wealthy, well-connected. It seems she had it all, and yet she will be in prison without bail …

Saint Josephine Bakhita- Patron Saint of Human Trafficking

By Elizabeth Lee On this World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, as organizations, governments, and individuals all over the world pause to rededicate themselves to their anti-trafficking goals, it is important that we listen to the stories of survivors and let them guide us in our work. To this end, we invite you to learn more about the life of …

Trafficking, Meet COVID-19: A Crossroad of Crises

By Cheryl K. Chumley In late April 2020, officers with the Fairfax County Police Department arrested 30 men aged between 20 and 74 years old and charged them with a total of 68 felony charges ranging from solicitation of a minor to attempted indecent liberties of a minor, to soliciting a minor for prostitution. It was a major bust of …

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.