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The global authority on news, trends, technology and the impact on human exploitation and trafficking. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

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The global authority on news, trends, technology and the impact on human exploitation and trafficking. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

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MILLION KIDS EXPLOITED - BRUTAL! TRANSNATIONAL FINANCIAL SEXTORTION TARGETING YOUNG U.S. MALES

2/18/2024
In this show we continue our series on sharing our research on the latest trend in sextortion schemes that mercilessly target our teens, most are males. The perpetrators are from third world countries that now have sophisticated high-tech apps, dating sites, video gaming chat rooms and money transfer capability, where they can meet kids and seduce them into exchanging illicit images. This is all about making money and lots of it. Opal Singleton has been conducting research and comparative studies of these cases, where some of the victims have panicked and taken their own lives. Once the victim has shared an illicit image the blackmail begins. In some cases, the victim actually sent the money and/or blocked the communication, but the criminals are brutal. They continue to demand money, suggest the victim should take their own lives, and promise to destroy the victim if they don’t comply. These cases are heartbreaking. As technology capabilities expand to poor countries around the globe and as AI will be used to alter images, this type of blackmail will become common place. It is CRITICAL, that we understand this crime, and educate parents, grandparents and school personnel about how this crime takes place and how to help a potential victim so they are empowered to report and provide information so law enforcement can educate and prosecute predators, even if they are halfway around the world. Most important, we must prepare our kids so that when they become a victim, they will not panic and make life-changing decisions. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:31

MILLION KIDS EXPLOITED - SEXTORTION AND BOYS

2/11/2024
This episode is about young male victims of sextortion. They will panic and take their own lives. In the case of Tevan Tobler, he was being black mailed by a global underground criminal organization from the Ivory Coast. This trend has and will become more prevalent as the entire world is connected by internet We are also seeing Al used to alter images and voices to exploit our youth. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:31

MILLION KIDS EXPLOITED - HOW TO HELP FOSTER YOUTH, PART 2

2/4/2024
Foster youth are some of the most creative and resilient young people in our communities. They often overcome incredible odds. However, foster youth also face some of the greatest challenges of any one in our society. Most foster youth experience feelings of abandonment, trauma, and struggle to find the important feeling of inclusion and stability that many of us take for granted. This week our guest is Deena Murray. For many years Deena has provided marketing and events planning services to Million Kids. Even more awe inspiring is that Deena and her husband Bob, have raised and adopted 12 foster kids. Deena will share with us some of the challenges in raising foster kids and help all of us understand why foster youth are so vulnerable to becoming victims of trafficking and social media exploitation. If you want to make a difference in a foster youth's life, consider supporting the Million Kids Foster Youth Bedding Program. A $50.00 donation will provide a brand new comforter, with matching sheets and a fun toy or decorating item. Go to MillionKids.org and donate. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:31

MILLION KIDS EXPLOITED - How to help a foster child.

1/30/2024
HOW TO HELP A FOSTER CHILD: Join the bedding drive with Million Kids- either donate or help us shop! Subscribe to MillionKids MissingKids at Millionkids.org Support foster families in your church or social organization Purchase sporting outfits or dance outfits for foster kids -as directed by the foster parent. Help the foster parent throw a big birthday bash for their foster child. Decorate an apartment for a transitioning foster teen. Help a transitioning foster teen get a job or apply for a scholarship. Provide scholarships for a foster child. Foster Kids are one of the most vulnerable populations for trafficking or online exploitation. This program is one way to make life easier for them. Last year, Million Kids supporters donated cash for bedding for foster kids and it was a raging success. We want to out- do ourselves this year. With each $50.00 donation, each child will receive a very special twin comforter, matching sheets, a decorator item and an “I believe in You” challenge coin. That will be sure to bring a smile. Please consider donating or helping us shop and let’s break the record for number of kids we can make happy. For questions contact Opal at Opal@Millionkids.org. DON’T WAIT! TODAY IS THE DAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! GO TO MILLIONKIDS.ORG AND DONATE BE SURE TO PUT “FOSTER CHILD BEDDING PROGRAM” IN THE NOTES. THE FIRST NIGHT IN FOSTER CARE IS REALLY SCARY. THESE COMFORTERS WILL HELP THEM FEEL SAFE. THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU. According to several human trafficking experts, more than 50% of youth in sex trafficking came from the foster care system. According to Childrens Law Center, on any given day there are nearly 437,000 children in foster care and approximately 60,000 foster children in California. Childrens without family support are easy prey for sex traffickers. Foster kids often feel detached and have a hard time feeling as if someone really cares about them or that they are “special”. At the same time, they are losing connection with their family, they also lose material goodies that makes them feel successful. While we may not be able to change their life circumstances, Million Kids feels that making a child feel valuable and recognized is one of the keys to helping them navigate the challenges of their lives. That is why we conduct the “Foster Child bedding program each year”. A $50 or $75.00 donation allows us to shop and buy really, really “cool” stuff. Each child will receive a Twin (or Twin XL) decorator comforter with complimentary sheets and a unique and very special decorator item. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:31

MILLION KIDS EXPLOITED - TODAY, I CHOOSE

1/23/2024
Have you ever wondered how some folks seem to be healthy, mature adults with great attitudes and excellent decision-making skills and then others seem fearful, anxious, immature, dominating or extremely negative and seem to make poor choices? Another scenario is when parents are frustrated and concerned that their child will be easily groomed for sextortion or sex trafficking because they seem needy and dependent on others for happiness and insist on choosing very manipulative relationships. Life is about choices. Life is certainly unfair. Some people seemingly are given everything while others are born into unstable situations where it is a daily challenge just to survive, let alone thrive. Having worked with thousands of individuals (parents and kids) one thing I have learned is that today is a choice. One of the greatest gifts a parent/grandparent can give a child is helping them understand how to make solid cognitive decisions that will be healthy for them and their future. Every day is a gift. We can choose to be happy. We can choose that we are going to make the most out of each day. We can choose to be valuable. Once a child understands that self esteem is a decision THEY make, a gift THEY give themselves, they are much more likely to make healthy decisions and will be far more difficult to be recruited or groomed into exploitation. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:31

MILLION KIDS EXPLOITED - JANUARY IS NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH

1/15/2024
Human trafficking often strikes us as being rare and extremely and many people believe that mostly happens in third world countries. Certainly, it is true that for many third world countries, many people live in poverty and often their children are kidnapped or seduced into situations where they believe everyone will have a better life. However, human trafficking is also very prevalent in the U.S. and California is most often the number one state for cases. The victims and perpetrators are diverse in how they operate, but the one thing every case has in common is that victims are exploited in ways that makes it very difficult for them to recover. During this show we will talk about the many types of trafficking and pimping. We will look at family pimping, guerilla pimping, boyfriend pimping, that takes place here in the Inland Empire. We will also explore how foreign national trafficking is taking place in our communities. And we will look at how foreign national trafficking is often connected to other crimes including minor labor trafficking, fraudulent credit card trafficking, large scale shop lifting rings, stolen vehicles, and illegal pot grows. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:31

MILLION KIDS EXPLOITED - HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE INLAND EMPIRE

1/7/2024
January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human Trafficking is the commercial exploitation of individuals through force, fraud or coercion. The most common type of trafficking encountered is sex trafficking. Nearly half of people trafficked in California are U.S. Citizens. However, the foreign-born share of trafficked people has risen dramatically from 36% to 54%. For the past ten years, Million Kids has served as the Training and Outreach Coordinator for the Riverside County (Sheriff) Anti Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT). We believe it is important to educate parents and teens about how predators access, groom, recruit and exploit unsuspecting young people. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:31

MILLION KIDS EXPLOITED - WE WILL EXPERIENCE THE UNKNOWN

12/31/2023
As we prepare for 2024, we are all acutely aware that our world and nation is in a place that most of us have never known before. Nations around the globe are at war. Our own country is literally without borders and we wonder how long we can remain a sovereign nation as millions of unknown people from all over the world enter our country. As we look around or read social media it seems that homelessness is everywhere and crime is surging in our stores and neighborhoods. Some times we wonder where this is headed and how it will affect our personal lives. The "Unknown" has been with us since birth. It can create anxiety and stress, but it can also be exciting and challenge us to new heights. The year 2024 will bring opportunities and implore us to find the best in ourselves and others. It is a time to identify our values as individuals, and as a family. It is also a time to make a list of all that we are grateful for. Million Kids is grateful for each and every one of our followers and supporters. We appreciate your prayers. We appreciate your support. We are excited as we go into the Unknown in 2024. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:31

MILLION KIDS EXPLOITED - NEW SERVICE FOR MISSING KIDS & CELL PHONE FORENSICS

12/4/2023
Cell Phone Forensics Services Social Media Analysis Services Million Kids started the Missing Kids program in 2014 and since then we have sent out tens of thousands of flyers and been involved in the location and return of many missing kids. When a child goes missing, it is one of the most dangerous situations for everyone involved. Parents feel angry, helpless and frustrated that they do not know how to locate the child. They fear potential situations that the child might be facing. The missing minor is often in real danger whether they are with someone they met online or trying to find their way out on the street without awareness of just how devastating pimps, pedophiles and predators can change their lives. Million Kids will be expanding our services for parents who want to have a cell phone analyzed for potential blackmail, negative communications or use of apps or direct messaging that may represent danger to their child. We will also offer a social media analysis services to help parents understand all the social media communications their child is engaging in that might represent danger to themselves or others. Contact us at info@millionkids.org for more information. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:18

MILLION KIDS EXPLOITED - THANKFUL, GRATEFUL, BLESSED

11/26/2023
Holidays are important in our lives. It is a time of assessment, a time to look around us and realize all that we know and love and how much people mean to us. For some, it is a time of seriousness as we miss those that are no longer in our lives. We take stock of what is important and what we would like to change. Gratitude is one of the most powerful anecdotes to stress and fear. It is the expression of appreciation for what one has. Not necessarily for what we “possess” but rather a recognition that God has blessed us greatly far beyond what we deserve. One of the most important values parents and grandparents can instill in their children is the gift of gratitude. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:18

MILLION KIDS EXPLOITED - WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE BEING BLACKMAILED, CATFISHED, OR SEDUCED ONLINE

11/24/2023
Sometimes I hear people say the world is becoming a scary place. Working in a world where we combat sex trafficking and social media exploitation, I could not agree more. The Federal Trade Commission states that older adults (55-64 yrs. old) lost nearly $139 million in romance scams in 2020. Almost daily we hear new dire warnings about protecting ourselves from “deep fakes” created by global predators using AI -artificial intelligence, to alter the image or voice or online content to blackmail and extort innocent individuals all around the world, as technology progresses it is critical to educate our kids (and our parents) about how foreign national criminal organizations will use AI to exploit young and old alike. What to do if you think you are being blackmailed. Agree on a family code word so you can verify it is who you think you are reporting to. Block the app or online access and stop all communication. Do not alert the potential predator you are going to report it. Do not delete the photos or videos. If possible, screen shot them. Even if the images are embarrassing or incriminating, it is important to save them. Never pay blackmail money as you will never HAVE enough money to appease them. Never send money to someone you met online, no matter how legitimate it sounds. Change all your passwords immediately. Do not accept emails or text messages from someone you don’t know. Predators have many personas, email addresses, and ways to impersonate others. Never click on a link or attachment from someone you don’t know. Do not send more photos, as the predator will insist on more incriminating materials. Go immediately to law enforcement and ask to open a report. Get counseling for yourself and if appropriate other family members including children. Tell another person what is happening and where you are at all times. Take extra precautions for your own personal safety. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:18

Million Kids Exploited - THE IMPACT OF SB 357 CALIFORNIA SAFER STREETS ACT

11/5/2023
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING LINKS CONTAIN DISTURBING MATERIAL AND SHOULD ONLY BE VIEWED BYADULTS. MILLION KIDS SAYS THIS IS THE “PERFECT STORM” FOR HUMAN EXPLOITATION. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2Nb30xZyMg Prostitution in National City https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1Y8zVE7Yns PROSTITUTION IN LOS ANGELES https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A91O7DtxXVc Prostitution in Salinas, California History of SB 357, what it is and what it was represented as: Understanding the difference between commercial sex and victims of sex trafficking. Any attempt to repeal it will be met with strong opposition – Senator Weiner. Problem when combined with an open border: Asian Brothels Hispanic Brothels U.S. Women being brought in from out of the area. Our kids being recruited by gangs who are connected to cartels. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:18

Million Kids Exploited - When a Child Goes Missing

11/5/2023
According to the California Attorney General’s Office there were on average 450 missing children in Riverside County last year. There are many factors on why teens run away from home including online enticement, bullying, family conflict, pregnancy, to be with a friend or romantic interest, gang involvement, sexual abuse, or lack of acceptance of gender identity or sexual orientation. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children states that 77% of runaways were between 15-17 years old. For over ten years, Million Kids has operated Million Kids Missing Kids. This service is designed to assist law enforcement and support families in the first critical hours when a child goes missing. We have sent out millions of flyers and been involved in helping the family locate the victim and in some cases, bringing the child home. This weekend was one of those situations as we assisted a family in another state to help law enforcement to locate and rescue a young lady who went missing. Your generous donations make this possible and we thank you. This week we will talk about why kids leave home and what needs to be done immediately to enlist the publics help in locating your child. Additionally we will talk about just how well you know your child and how to create a social media contract that will help keep your kids safe online so they will not be tempted to meet up with a stranger they met online. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:18

MILLION KIDS EXPLOITED - HAVING THOSE TOUGH CONVERSATIONS ABOUT VALUES WITH YOUR TEEN

10/22/2023
If you asked your child to name five life values that are important to them, would they be able to do it? What about yourself? As a parent, you don’t have to have all the answers, but there is nothing more insightful than an open discussion with your child about what they believe in. Someone once told me that if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything. As the world seems in historical turmoil about decency, atrocities, and justice, it is a great time for parents to have open and honest discussions about what they believe in. Our world is changing fast and most of the day our kids are influenced online, in schools and through media about so many things that families used to hold sacred. Right and Wrong have not changed, but it certainly has been “repositioned” by millions of individuals we have never met. More than ever, it is important for parents to have clear goals for parenting and developing a strategy that will provide valuable input about old fashioned v0alues like honesty, justice, and empathy, whether it is in person, or online. Your child’s future is at stake. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:18

MILLION KIDS EXPLOITED - THE IMPACT OF OPEN BORDERS ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING

10/20/2023
Our hearts bled at the sights and scenes taking place in Israel. Nearly every news outlet immediately questioned how Israel could be so caught off guard. Only time will tell and history will decide what the contributing factors were. But we do know that many of the enemy attacked from INSIDE of Israel supporting the attack that took place outside the borders. And that allowed quick and easy access to over 1000 victims. Watching these scenes unfold, many news outlets turned their attention to the issues related to the U.S. and their open borders. During this week's show Opal talks about how individuals who have negotiated an illegal entry into the U.S. are in danger of being trafficked on U.S. soil. So many of us believe that as long as individuals get across the border they are safe. The reality is that human trafficking, both sex and labor trafficking takes place to the most vulnerable INSIDE the borders and on U.S. soil. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:58

MILLION KIDS EXPLOITED - WHEN A CHILD GOES MISSING

10/9/2023
According to the California Attorney General’s Office there were on average 450 missing children in Riverside County last year. There are many factors on why teens run away from home including online enticement, bullying, family conflict, pregnancy, to be with a friend or romantic interest, gang involvement, sexual abuse, or lack of acceptance of gender identity or sexual orientation. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children states that 77% of runaways were between 15-17 years old. For over ten years, Million Kids has operated Million Kids Missing Kids. This service is designed to assist law enforcement and support families in the first critical hours when a child goes missing. We have sent out millions of flyers and been involved in helping the family locate the victim and in some cases, bringing the child home. This weekend was one of those situations as we assisted a family in another state to help law enforcement to locate and rescue a young lady who went missing. Your generous donations make this possible and we thank you. This week we will talk about why kids leave home and what needs to be done immediately to enlist the publics help in locating your child. Additionally we will talk about just how well you know your child and how to create a social media contract that will help keep your kids safe online so they will not be tempted to meet up with a stranger they met online. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:58

MILLION KIDS EXPLOITED - COMBATING HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND CHILD SEX CRIMES

10/2/2023
STING IN MORENO VALLEY On September 20, 2023, the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station Problem Oriented Policing (POP) and Gang teams, along with the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) conducted a comprehensive “John” prostitution sting in an effort to reduce the demand for sex trafficking in the city of Moreno Valley. The operation resulted in 14 arrests, 11 males for solicitation of prostitution, 2 females for prostitution, and one additional male for pimping. The females were later identified as potential victims of human trafficking and provided victim services and resources. SB14 SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOVERNOR NEWSOM This bill has had it's challenges but in the end, our community, our families and especially our children are much safer today. SB 14 will include human trafficking of a minor within the definition of a serious felony, enhancing the punishment for felonies pursuant to existing sentencing provisions commonly known as the Three Strikes Law. ASHTON KUTCHER STEPS DOWN AS BOARD CHAIR OF THORN: Ashton resigned as Chairman of the Board of Thorn along with his wife Mila Kunis. This was the result of outrage over the couples support for Danny Masterson, their friend, who was convicted of raping two women. Certainly, we understand the issue especially for victims of violent sex crimes since Million Kids has spent the last 15 years in prevention and intervention related to all sex crimes. However, Million Kids wants to recognize the incredible contribution that Thorn has made over the past few years in supporting the development of technologies like Spotlight and generously sharing that technology with law enforcement across the nation. Because of their commitment to funding of this technology, thousands of young people around the world have been identified as victims or potential victims of online sex crimes. This technology has allowed law enforcement to quickly locate potential pedophiles and provide the information that helps sex crimes investigations to be successful in an expedient manner in getting the bad guy off the street and help bring critical assistance to victims. We are grateful for the contribution Ashton and Mila have made. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:58

MILLION KIDS EXPLOITED - WHEN EVERYTHING FEELS OUT OF CONTROL

10/2/2023
I recently returned from vacation in Scotland and Ireland. Such beautiful countries with lots of open spaces and sheep and cows and homemade cheese and mile upon mile of green grass, rolling hills and beautiful seaport villages. The people seem to live a simple life with wonderful hospitality, and old fashioned friendship. It was delightful. Immediately upon my return I was blasted with stories of how there are more than 75,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County. During my trip back from LAX we encountered trash in the streets, drug addicts sleeping on the sidewalks and graffiti seemingly on every unoccupied space. We read about how teenagers create "swarms" and go into Nordstrom's or invade convenience stores and steal and demolish anything they choose. I wonder what in their background or upbringing makes them feel that these actions are OK? The headlines today on Fox News showed that more than 8 million people have crossed the border illegally in the past three years and now there are large caravans of people moving across the Rio Grande en mass. Today's story focused on more than 2500 people charging through the border together at Eagles Pass (only 1 entry at the border and there are many) and it simply overwhelmed any security personnel that might be able to demand order. I wondered: What if 10% of those individuals were connected to organized crime? That means more than 800,000 potential criminal elements have entered our country in the past three years and we dont know who they are or how to protect ourselves against them. I could not help but notice that while there are many women and children a large number of those coming in without documentation are military aged males. Million Kids is a non profit organization that combats human exploitation and fights to keep kids safe from predators. Anyone who owes money to organized crime, are not safe, even if they are on U.S. Soil. Homeless people (especially women) are especially vulnerable to being exploited. The challenge to assist the vulnerable is sometimes overwhelming. During this weeks show, we discuss the need for families and young people to get back to the basics. To have joint discussions about personal values and what we believe. When everything feels like it is out of control, we start at home by defining our values and standing up for what is right and doing our best to help others. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:58

MILLION KIDS EXPLOITED - TEACHING KIDS TO LIVE IN AN UNFAIR WORLD

10/2/2023
This is a fast changing world and sometimes, at least to me (Opal) it seems like everything is upside down. We are witnessing corruption in this country at the very highest level through the media. Is it true? How can anyone know? I remember an America where we could “be all we could be”. That we are proud to take the high road, and if you committed a crime, there were consequences. How does ANYONE know what to believe? How do we teach our children that they have to obey MOST rules, but they don’t have to obey rules that others say are not fair. Who gets to decide? Daily we witness literally thousands of people from all over the world enter our country without documentation and the majority are paying cartels (organized crime) to get in. We have no idea who they are, what their intents are, and if they will respect and abide by our laws, since they have already been told by our politicians that we welcome them, even if they are breaking a federal law. What about the people who came in legally and made the sacrifices to become US citizens? We see how AI is used to make deep fakes where totally innocent kids are subjected to ridicule and rejection when the child is perfectly innocent, in fact, they are a victim. At the same time, we see, overseas telemarketing organization trick and blackmail our kids and now many of the young males are taking their own lives. There seems to be a different standard for just about everything, depending on who is making the rules. With that in mind, how do we teach our children about fairness, honesty, justice, integrity, and doing what is right. For me: I believe we are all better off taking the high road. For our kids: I believe it is more critical than ever to teach our kids about integrity, pride of self, doing what is right instead of what is easy. Even more important, we have to teach our kids how to protect themselves, because it is obvious we cannot depend on political leaders to set the example. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:58

MILLION KIDS EXPLOITED - UNDERSTANDING SEX TRAFFICKING

10/2/2023
There is real excitement with movie goers about the Tim Ballard's latest movie project filmed in South America. It is called Sounds of Freedom and it is indeed riveting and insiteful about human trafficking in foreign countries. However, trafficking and social media exploitation in the U.S. present quite differently. During this week's show of "Exploited: Crimes and Technology", Host Opal Singleton talks about how victims become victims of sex trafficking in the U.S. and how it differs from trafficking as portrayed in the film. We also talk about online social media exploitation and what parents should look for if they believe their child is at risk of being exploited online and the "do's and don'ts" for parent to intervene if their child is being exploited. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/million-kids/support

Duration:00:50:58