Ghost Orchid Coalition https://ghostorchidco.org Ghost Orchid Coalition Thu, 21 Feb 2019 19:32:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.1 https://ghostorchidco.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/cropped-goc-logo_1-32x32.png Ghost Orchid Coalition https://ghostorchidco.org 32 32 Ghost Orchid Coalition – Counter Human Trafficking Coalition Calls Nashville Home https://ghostorchidco.org/ghost-orchid-coalition-counter-human-trafficking-coalition-calls-nashville-home/ https://ghostorchidco.org/ghost-orchid-coalition-counter-human-trafficking-coalition-calls-nashville-home/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 19:27:22 +0000 http://ghostorchidco.org/?p=632 Industry:Tracing Services

The Ghost Orchid Coalition, announced today that it will call Nashville its home. The Ghost Orchid Coalition, which aims to counter human trafficking across the USA.

Nashville, TN (PRUnderground) February 20th, 2019

A new 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The Ghost Orchid Coalition, announced today that it will call Nashville its home. The Ghost Orchid Coalition, which aims to counter human trafficking across the United States, was co-founded by Timothy Gill and Walter Loope of Specter Security Group LLC, and David M. Luna, Luna Global Networks & Convergence Strategies LLC, is comprised of former senior-level FBI, U.S. State Department, U.S. Special Forces, Department of Defense (DoD), and CIA officials with a combined 100 years of professional experience.

The Ghost Orchid Coalition will leverage the combined expertise of dedicated former government national security professionals and veterans to help target, track and provide actionable intelligence to law enforcement and bring to justice today’s criminal traffickers and complicit facilitators.

At any given time, an estimated 40.3 million persons are enslaved around the world, including 24.9 million in forced labor of which 4.8 million endure forced physical exploitation. One in four victims of modern slavery are children. Human trafficking is happening at all hours, in all countries, cities and our own communities, with ever increasing frequency and intensity. While still largely an underreported crime, it is believed that every year thousands of American children in our country are commercially exploited physically including runaways, many between the ages of 13 and 17. Children 12 and younger also suffer physically and emotionally at the hands of criminal traffickers.

With the public announcement today of the new organization and the launch of their website – http://ghostorchidco.org/ – concerned Americans and donors can provide support to advance the Coalition’s noble mission of helping bring victims of trafficking home through an array of innovative targeting analytics, training, and the creation of a state-of-the-art Intelligence Fusion Center.

No single community can abolish modern-day slavery or human trafficking.  Through a network of networks approach and actionable intelligence, the Ghost Orchid Coalition will provide law enforcement supplemental data to rescue victims and that leads to the dismantling of trafficking networks.  Additionally, Ghost Orchid Coalition aims to provide customized corporate training and educational programs that will help businesses and institutions better understand the threats posed by human trafficking and supports the resiliency of impacted families and their communities.

The website http://ghostorchidco.org/ includes an interactive “Create your own campaign” feature, which will allow anyone to join the cause and become actively involved with the efforts of the Ghost Orchid Coalition to stop human trafficking at its core.  Through public-private partnerships and strategic alliances across borders will help citizens to become more empowered and armed with intelligence and knowledge to spot human trafficking and report it to law enforcement agencies.

About The Ghost Orchid Coalition

Our mission is to rid the world of human trafficking using the finest technology and training available, raise awareness, and ultimately bring the victims home. Hidden in the shadows just like the ghost orchid, our team will target and track criminals and stop the exploitation of humans against their will.

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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month https://ghostorchidco.org/blog-post-three/ https://ghostorchidco.org/blog-post-three/#respond Tue, 29 Jan 2019 16:31:04 +0000 http://ghostorchidco.org/?p=173 President Trump has proclaimed January the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. It’s estimated that there are 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today.

Human trafficking, in general terms, refers to the abduction and trade of humans, often for sexual exploitation and forced labor. It is the most rapidly growing criminal industry in the world. According to the U.S. State Department, approximately 20 million people globally are victims of trafficking. Of these, the International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that 55 percent are female, and 26 percent are children.

The President sent out a proclamation saying,

“Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery.  It is not enough merely to denounce this horrific assault on human dignity; we must actively work to prevent and end this barbaric exploitation of innocent victims…and pledge to continue the battle to abolish modern slavery and restore the lives of those affected by human trafficking.”

The President also noted that these crimes often are undetected and underreported “because victims are reluctant to seek help for a variety of reasons, including language barriers, fear of traffickers and law enforcement, and lack of trust.  Human trafficking destroys precious lives and threatens our Nation’s security, public health, and the rule of law. It is a scourge on the global community.”

In efforts to do our part and become more knowledgeable follow these tips from the U.S. Department of State and take action.

The Everyone has the potential to discover a human trafficking situation. While the victims may sometimes be kept behind locked doors, they are often hidden right in front of us at, for example, construction sites, restaurants, elder care centers, nail salons, agricultural fields, and hotels. Traffickers’ use of coercion – such as threats of deportation and harm to the victim or their family members – is so powerful that even if you reach out to victims, they may be too fearful to accept your help. Knowing indicators of human trafficking and some follow up questions will help you act on your gut feeling that something is wrong and report it.

Human Trafficking Indicators

While not an exhaustive list, these are some key red flags that could alert you to a potential trafficking situation that should be reported:

  • Living with employer
  • Poor living conditions
  • Multiple people in cramped space
  • Inability to speak to individual alone
  • Answers appear to be scripted and rehearsed
  • Employer is holding identity documents
  • Signs of physical abuse
  • Submissive or fearful
  • Unpaid or paid very little
  • Under 18 and in prostitution

Questions to Ask

Assuming you have the opportunity to speak with a potential victim privately and without jeopardizing the victim’s safety because the trafficker is watching, here are some sample questions to ask to follow up on the red flags you became alert to:

  • Can you leave your job if you want to?
  • Can you come and go as you please?
  • Have you been hurt or threatened if you tried to leave?
  • Has your family been threatened?
  • Do you live with your employer?
  • Where do you sleep and eat?
  • Are you in debt to your employer?
  • Do you have your passport/identification? Who has it?
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The country’s First Shelter for Sex-Trafficked Boys https://ghostorchidco.org/blog-post-two/ https://ghostorchidco.org/blog-post-two/#respond Tue, 29 Jan 2019 16:30:24 +0000 http://ghostorchidco.org/?p=170 Ashley Greve for human trafficking center.org, wrote, “If ‘male prostitute’ is an uncommonly heard term, then ‘male sex trafficking victim’ is rarer still. “

“There was this predominant narrative out there that this is an issue solely affecting girls. Then we found all these boys.” This is why Chris and Anna Smith wanted to not only shed light on this issue, but also create a safe place for those seeking asylum. Their goal? to “Restore One’s goal is to see DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) survivors live in complete freedom, and to generate communities that are intolerable to the problem of human trafficking and human exploitation.”

It is commonly thought that women and girls are the main victims of this crime.  Most victim-advocacy work has focused on the crime’s prevalent image: girls and young women forced into prostitution. But researchers are starting to upend that model, uncovering signs that many more boys are trapped in the illegal sex industry than previously believed.

You can find evidence of this in media coverage, early literature, and legislation of sex trafficking, it would appear that the commercial sexual exploitation of men and boys is a something we are just beginning to learn about or, something that didn’t even exist until recent years. When in fact Greve states, “Men and boys are subjected to commercial sexual exploitation in many countries around the world, and they even outnumber female victims within certain subcategories of trafficking. To ignore these facts is not only inaccurate, but also dangerous – it has led to the oblivious abandonment of tens of thousands of victims.”

NBC reported, in their article Invisible Boys: Inside the Push to Help Unseen Victims of the Sex Tradehthat “estimates reflect a more modest proportion of male victims – as low as 3 percent. But no matter the methodology, advocates say, there are clearly a lot of boys who need help.”

Even for girls, restorative care is hard to find. The Polaris Project, a nonprofit organization based in Washington D.C., estimates that in 2016 there are only 529 shelter beds in America for victims of human trafficking – those sold for sex or for slavery.

But the survey found that only two of those beds were set aside for boys.

After long and careful planning, funding and backlash from communities, The Anchor House finally opening in the fall of 2018. They are housing men and boys, 12-18 years old who have been sex trafficked or sexually exploited.

You can learn more about The Anchor House here

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Uber Drivers Trained to Look out for Signs of Sex Trafficking https://ghostorchidco.org/sample-blog-title-one/ https://ghostorchidco.org/sample-blog-title-one/#respond Tue, 29 Jan 2019 16:21:31 +0000 http://ghostorchidco.org/?p=167 While visitors from all over the country flock to Atlanta for Super Bowl festivities it has come to light that with this great event comes great horrors.

For the last several years, every city that has hosted the Super Bowl has waged an aggressive campaign against sex trafficking. This male dominated event, America’s biggest sporting event, may also be America’s biggest sex-trafficking event. Similarly to the world cup, this event draws lots of people from out of town and procurers’ or “Pimps” see this as an opportunity.

The city of Atlanta, according to many reports, already has a problem with human trafficking. Some even ranking it as the worst city for human trafficking in our country.

Technically, “There’s no evidence that the Super Bowl has a higher than average rate of human trafficking. But sex work does spike when travel increases for a big event, experts say. And sex work and human trafficking often go hand-in-hand.”  says Kalhan Rosenblatt, a reporter for NBC News

Fortunately, in preparation for the event  Uber drivers were given lessons on how to spot sex trafficking victims. Similar to Shelia Fedrick, the flight attendant who “instinctively felt something was wrong” when she saved a woman from her trafficker ona flight from Seattle to San Francisco.

The Uber office held a training session with about 70 drivers in attendance. Arming drivers with information and tips and reminding them to be vigilant.

Richardson noted that spotting a victim can come in various forms like a suspicious demeanor or how they’re dressed.

Trafficking victims are not often dressed appropriately for the season or the time of day,” she said.

Informing drivers to be on the lookout and shed a light on how a big event like the Super Bowl can be a big draw for people.

“Whenever you have lots of people coming in with disposable income, you are going to have human trafficking,” said Deborah Richardson executive director of the International Human Trafficking Institute

Richardson noted people can call and report suspicious activity at 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733.

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