In this final extended interview from our documentary, Karen Countryman-Roswurm of the Anti-Sexual Exploitation Roundtable for Community Action (ASERCA) and Laurel Edinburgh of the Midwest Children’s Resource Center talk about local responses to child sex trafficking in Kansas and the midwest. They specifically talk about what governments and NGOs are doing to help rehabilitate victims of commercial sexual exploitation and survival sex.
This was the last of our extended interviews from our documentary. We hope that you have been following along the releases of these extended excerpts and have seen the documentary. Most importantly, we hope that you have shared these videos with your friends and family. Too often, we are asked ‘what can I do?’. So many people want the hands on experience of being a councilor for a victim, of volunteering at a safe house, and other direct methods of help. Unfortunately, life is not so simple. While caring for one victim is noble, there are tens of thousands every year in need of help. These children need to stop being re-victimized by the judicial system, and given access to a multifaceted support network, which includes counseling, housing, healthcare, education, job training, and financial support. Certainly, one person can make a difference in one person’s life by offering them direct support, but the needs are far greater than that. The best thing you can do is inform others, and together push your legislators to change the laws and finance the support these victims need. You can make a difference in thousands of children suffering right now, and better the future for hundreds of thousands yet to be harmed.