E07: Selling Girls in America – Recovery

Here’s the seventh episode of the Podcast: Selling Girls in America, which I host with Guardian Group. to learn more about this horrible crime and how to protect yourself and your loved ones, visit their website at www.guardiangroup.org.

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Recovery

We are very careful when we talk about rescue vs. recovery. When you rescue someone you remove them from a dangerous situation, however, when you provide an opportunity for recovery you create a space that allows someone to return to a normal state of health and mind. Guardian Group simply exists to play a role in the overall recovery process. We believe the true heroes in this space are the law enforcement officers and aftercare providers.

Definitions:

Rescue Pimp – someone that thrives on being the rescuer, however, without the proper protocol in place to actually provide the necessary recovery elements. Results in an almost immediate re-exploitation of the victim

Laws – Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age [source].

If we are talking about a minor you do not need to prove force, fraud and coercion it is automatic trafficking. This makes for a much easier case to prosecute.

For more information on what we provide free to Law Enforcement check out our website.

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These articles contain information about the 5 Commandments of Storytelling and the Editor’s 6 Core Questions from the book The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne. They also give details on obligatory scenes and conventions for specific genres, such as the thriller, love story, war story, crime story, and more.

For an example of how these techniques are used, read Jane Austin’s The Pride and the Prejudice with annotations by Shawn Coyne.

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E06: Selling Girls in America – Molly’s Story

Here’s the sixth episode of the Podcast: Selling Girls in America, which I host with Guardian Group. to learn more about this horrible crime and how to protect yourself and your loved ones, visit their website at www.guardiangroup.org.

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Molly’s Story – On this episode you will meet Molly, the mother of a sex trafficking survivor. Her story takes bravery to share as we learn how this crime impacts all members of the family.

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These articles contain information about the 5 Commandments of Storytelling and the Editor’s 6 Core Questions from the book The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne. They also give details on obligatory scenes and conventions for specific genres, such as the thriller, love story, war story, crime story, and more.

For an example of how these techniques are used, read Jane Austin’s The Pride and the Prejudice with annotations by Shawn Coyne.

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E05: Selling Girls in America – Traffickers

Here’s the fifth episode of the Podcast: Selling Girls in America, which I host with Guardian Group. to learn more about this horrible crime and how to protect yourself and your loved ones, visit their website at www.guardiangroup.org.

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The Traffickers

Pimps or traffickers are responsible for running the supply aspect of the sex trafficking industry. Each uses their own tactics to recruit, manipulate and exploit the women and children involved. Selling people has become less risky and more rewarding than taking part in selling drugs or guns for two reasons: a person is a reusable product, they can be sold over and over. Second, a victim of trafficking experiences a lot of complex trauma and often times is too fearful to testify against their trafficker.

Statistics:
  • 70% of pimps/traffickers are brought into the industry from a previous generation, they are continuing on the family business [source].
  • 110 gangs in San Diego Country from a wide variety of neighborhoods and racial/ethnic backgrounds have members that are engaged in profiting from sex trafficking in San Diego. See the full study here.

There is some argument that due to inequality or lack of options we have “forced” people into making the choice to get into trafficking, however, does that make it right to exploit other humans? This is an argument we are going to leave to some else for now we will focus on helping law enforcement stop the violence associated with trafficking by placing these predators behind bars.

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For an example of how these techniques are used, read Jane Austin’s The Pride and the Prejudice with annotations by Shawn Coyne.

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E04: Selling Girls in America – Buyers

Here’s the fourth episode of the Podcast: Selling Girls in America, which I host with Guardian Group. to learn more about this horrible crime and how to protect yourself and your loved ones, visit their website at www.guardiangroup.org.

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The Buyers

Prostitution is not the oldest profession it is the oldest oppression.

Yes, there are outliers out there that make their living selling their body for sex, but as a country we must stop focusing on this small percentage and start focusing on the children being sold as products. In most cases of consensual sex work there is a history of abuse or trauma somewhere in her story or another form of oppression that lead the the belief that this is her only choice in life.

One of the number one contributors to who purchases sex is the fact that as a society we have created a culture where this is viewed as normal behavior, just “men being men.”  Those that purchase sex are purchasing a fantasy, unfortunately they often do not know that the pimp may very well be in the closet, under the bed or in the bathroom.

Two forms of combating this crime:

1. Educate the community on the actual victimization and oppression going on within the sex industry. Change the culture through education so that this is no longer viewed as acceptable or normal behavior, allow the peers of those purchasing sex to call out the behavior.

2. Raise the level of fear of being arrested — right now the punishment is often similar to a traffic ticket.

John Shaming – This tactic was successfully used by law enforcement for a time, publicly shaming those that purchase sex by printing their name and picture in newspapers or on billboards. However, this tactic is seldom used now because an unforeseen consequence resulted. The John’s family, wife and children, had to endure that form of shame as well.

For extensive and interesting research on who buys sex check out Demand Abolition.

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These articles contain information about the 5 Commandments of Storytelling and the Editor’s 6 Core Questions from the book The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne. They also give details on obligatory scenes and conventions for specific genres, such as the thriller, love story, war story, crime story, and more.

For an example of how these techniques are used, read Jane Austin’s The Pride and the Prejudice with annotations by Shawn Coyne.

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E03: Selling Girls in America – Breaking

Here’s the third episode of the Podcast: Selling Girls in America, which I host with Guardian Group. to learn more about this horrible crime and how to protect yourself and your loved ones, visit their website at www.guardiangroup.org.

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Breaking

The breaking phase occurs when a trafficker introduces his victim into “the life”. For some this can be very violent, including gang rapes, for others it may be giving an illicit massage to one of the predator’s friends.

Shame is often used to maintain power and control. Statements like: “You are just a whore now” “No one will believe you” “Your family won’t love you anymore” “You are the one committing a crime” may be used.

If recovery of a victim is not made prior to this breaking phase it becomes much more difficult.

Definitions:

Stable: the group of victims under the control of a pimp/trafficker. The average is 3-5.

The Life: what a victim refers to being trafficked as.

The Game: what a pimp/trafficker refers to trafficking as.

Statistics:
  • 25% of survivors report when sold online they saw an average of 10 buyers per day [source]. The number slowly goes down from there.
Complex Trauma:

In all trafficking situations complex trauma occurs that can be persistent and devastating. Trauma effects the body on every level, it removes the ability to self-regulate which then interferes with a victim’s perception and cognitive ability. Trauma is experienced not only from the interactions with their pimp/trafficker but with every sexual encounter the victim experiences. The trauma associated with just one day in “the life” is hard to comprehend, let alone years.

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These articles contain information about the 5 Commandments of Storytelling and the Editor’s 6 Core Questions from the book The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne. They also give details on obligatory scenes and conventions for specific genres, such as the thriller, love story, war story, crime story, and more.

For an example of how these techniques are used, read Jane Austin’s The Pride and the Prejudice with annotations by Shawn Coyne.

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E02: Selling Girls in America – Grooming

Here’s the second episode of the Podcast: Selling Girls in America, which I host with Guardian Group. to learn more about this horrible crime and how to protect yourself and your loved ones, visit their website at www.guardiangroup.org.

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Grooming

Trafficking can be difficult to identify, especially in it’s earliest stages. Often a pimp/trafficker will act like a boyfriend and groom his victims into the life by gaining emotional control over them as they fall in love with him. It can be tricky to see the red flags initially as this relationship develops.  It is important to listen to your gut.

Statistics
  • 42% of survivors report their trafficker earned their trust within one month of meeting [source].

Parents and caregivers can play a vital role in teaching our young people about the importance of safe dating, how to treat others and what to do if you suspect something is wrong. It is important to teach young girls that it is okay to get themselves out of a situation even if they are afraid they might disappoint someone. Once you learn this information do not keep it to yourself, share it with other caregivers in your sphere of influence. If we can protect our young people by educating them and their support systems then they rapidly become less of a target for predators.

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These articles contain information about the 5 Commandments of Storytelling and the Editor’s 6 Core Questions from the book The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne. They also give details on obligatory scenes and conventions for specific genres, such as the thriller, love story, war story, crime story, and more.

For an example of how these techniques are used, read Jane Austin’s The Pride and the Prejudice with annotations by Shawn Coyne.

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E01: Selling Girls in America – Assessment and Recruitment

Here’s the first episode of the Podcast: Selling Girls in America, which I host with Guardian Group. To learn more about this horrible crime and how to protect yourself and your loved ones, visit their website at www.guardiangroup.org.

To listen to the podcast, go here or subscribe at your favorite podcast platform.

Assessment and Recruitment

Assessment and recruitment is the first phase in the cycle of sex trafficking. Below you will find the statistic referenced throughout the episode.

– Average age of entry into the sex trade is 15 years old, with 1 in 6 being younger than 12. It is believed to be younger for males [source].

– One in seven runaways will likely become a victim of sex trafficking [source].

– Sex trafficking has been reported in all 50 states with 83% of victims being US citizens [source].

– Twenty-five percent of victims report when sold online they saw an average of 10 buyers per day [source]. The number slowly decreases from there. This is 10 rapes per day.

Definitions:

– Force: a method a traffickers uses to maintain control over a victim, often includes violence.

– Fraud: occurs when the pimp/trafficker promises things that they never intend to follow through with in order to maintain control over their victim.

– Coercion: persuading an individual to do something by using some kind of threat, pressure or shame.

– Bottom (or Bottom Bitch): the girl that the pimp/trafficker trusts the most, she is often given the task of recruiting, collecting money and training other girls.

– Stable: the group of girls a pimp/trafficker is “running” at a time, the average is 3-5 girls at a time.

For more statistics and definitions please check out Guardian Group’s 2019 Human Trafficking in America Report here.

When looking for red flags FIRE is a good acronym to remember:
F- flattery I- isolation R - request for secercy E - enticements
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Showrunners 015: The Umbrella Academy Analysis

Reminder, the Umbrella Academy on Netflix before reading this post. We discuss the plot and themes in the series and you will learn a lot more.

1. What’s the global genre?

External Genre: Action (Life and Death)

Melanie:

I was unsure about the subgenre of the Action story, at least for the TV series.

It could either be: 

  • Action – Man against Man – Hunted (Five is hunted by the Commission)
  • Action – Man Against State – Saviour (Hero fights someone who wants to destroy society)
  • Action – Man against Time – Countdown (8 days until apocalypse)

In the comic book, I decided it was action – savior because in the comic book the antagonist was the Orchestra Verdammten. Their intent was on social destruction because they wanted to end the world. And Number Five is set out on his own redemption plot to stop his sister Vanya from destroying the world.

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Showrunners 014: Intro – The Umbrella Academy Season 1

Due to the high interest he had in our episode that included the 6 core questions for Season 1 and 2 of Killing Eve, we’ve decided to change our format for this podcast. 


Important Notice:

The Podcast will now have two episodes a month

An intro to a new series that will introduce the series and talk about expectations from seeing the trailer and reading series descriptions. 

Then we’ll give our listeners 2 weeks to watch the series and the second monthly recording will cover the 6 core questions, what made the series good/ bad/ innovative and how the series could have been improved.  We focus on genre, global story and obligatory moments.

All are TV series are gonna be action/thriller stories. So at the end of the year, we have analysed 12 TV series in that genre and will be able to compare them looking at innovations in genre conventions, obligatory moments and the global story’s five commandments. So that you can learn how stories are broken down globally.

This season we, the Story Grid Showrunners, will dissect the hit Netflix television series The Umbrella Academy.


What’s The Umbrella Academy – Season 1 about?

Here is the Wikipedia Description

On October 1, 1989, 43 women around the world give birth simultaneously, despite none of them showing any sign of pregnancy until labor began. Seven of the children are adopted by eccentric billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves, and turned into a superhero team through what he calls “The Umbrella Academy”. Hargreeves gives the children numbers rather than names but they eventually are named by their nanny robot mother, Grace, as: Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Number Five (his only name), Ben and Vanya.[3] While putting six of his children to work fighting crime, Reginald keeps Vanya apart from her siblings’ activities, as she demonstrates no powers of her own.

In the present day, Luther is a part-animal astronaut, Allison is a famous actress, Vanya is a violinist, Klaus has a drug addiction, Ben is a ghost only able to converse with Klaus, and Diego has become a vigilante with a penchant for trouble. The estranged siblings learn that Reginald has died and gather for his funeral. Number Five returns from the future, revealing that a global apocalypse is imminent. Meanwhile, the reunited siblings try to uncover the secret of their dysfunctional family while beginning to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities.

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Showrunners E13: Killing Eve Season 2 Foolscap

Since we’ve talked so much about the first season of Killing Eve, we don’t wanna leave the big question unanswered, why the second season wasn’t perceived as good as the first one. Or as the Rolling Stones Magazine said: that spark from Season One never fully reignited.

It’s gonna be just this one episode where we focus on the global story and will answer and discuss the most important questions to see where Killing Eve Season 2 didn’t work – which means not having satisfied the viewer’s expectations.

For discussing the second season, we use the Story Grid 6 core questions to get a better sense of genre, expectations, and the beginning hook, middle build and ending payoff of the TV series.

Recap: What happened in Season 1:

  • An MI5 security operative, Eve Polastri, receives the opportunity to hunt down a female serial killer by joining a secret task force.
  • She gets obsessed with this particular female assassin, Villanelle, because her murders are committed so well and in a way that excites Eve
  • Eve gets personally involved as her affection for the investigation and the assassin grow bigger
  • She continues the investigation knowing that V. leaves clues only for her (new clothes in her suitcase, name of a nurse in Berlin Sex Hospital)
  • People close to Eve die (Bill, Frank)
  • Eve breaks the rules, loses her job but still follows one more clue that takes her to Paris, where she breaks the apartment of the assassin and tells her that she’s so exhausted. But the assassin is not able to seduce Eve. Eve stabs Villanelle, but Villanelle manages to get away badly wounded
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