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Human Stories: Christine Teo, Melbourne, Australia

Christine Teo works as a Senior Advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services in Victoria, Australia. Outside of work, she runs Generation 414, a social enterprise that reaches, rescues and restores women and children whose lives have been negatively impacted by the sex industry through the online sale of their handmade products. Each product a consumer buys is handmade by a survivor and helps to secure their freedom and restoration. Christine hopes to serve a notoriously difficult-to-reach demographic of commercially sexually exploited women by providing skills training and educational support while delivering long-term sustainable income through her social enterprise. She wants to alleviate poverty while simultaneously creating a global awareness around the issue of human trafficking and invites...

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❤ Happy Valentines ❤

❤ Here's $20 for this Valentines ❤   Shop to support survivors When the road seems too long When darkness sets in When everything turns out wrong And you can't find a friend Remember ~ you are loved   When smiles are hard to come by And you're feeling down When you spread your wings to fly And can't get off the ground Remember ~ you are loved.   When time runs out before you're through And it's over before you begin When little things get to you And you just can't win Remember ~ you are loved.   When your loved ones are far away And you are on your own When you don't know what to say When...

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5 ways you can help to defend our children from sex trafficking

We know the feeling well. When this issue hits you, it hits you hard, and your first thought is: “What can I do to help?” By choosing to learn more about this issue, you’ve already taken the first step towards building a better world for children, one where online child sexual exploitation has been eliminated. But before we get to live in that world we have a lot of work to do. The good news is that there are tangible things you can do today to make a meaningful difference in reaching victims of child sex trafficking faster and prevent trafficking in the first place. Here’s what you can do right now to help defend children from child sex trafficking:...

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How vulnerabilities increase child sex trafficking risk

Addressing child sex trafficking takes a very particular set of skills. However, depictions in films like Taken don’t hold up when we start talking about what sex trafficking actually looks like. Trafficking happens all around us. Child victims are often hidden away, but it is possible you will encounter individuals or situations of concern. Knowing how to vulnerabilities could save lives. There are certainly victims being forcibly held against their will in the world, but most of the coercion into sex trafficking occurs over months and years, with controllers building trust and psychological leverage in order to exploit their victims. While it can happen to anyone, there are some communities that are more vulnerable to becoming victims of child sex trafficking. In this fight, knowledge...

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