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Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) Kim Stark, LMSW Stacy Lambright, LPC Leslie Timmons Executive Director Sexual Assault.

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1 Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) Kim Stark, LMSW Stacy Lambright, LPC Leslie Timmons Executive Director Sexual Assault Therapeutic Counselor Community Educator Lubbock Rape Crisis Center dba Voice of Hope

2 Brief History Established in 1975 by Lubbock Police Chief J.T. Alley and Lubbock City Councils Human Relations Committee Second oldest Rape Crisis Center in Texas In 2012, assisted on 317 cases Rebranded in 2013 as Voice of Hope

3 Services LRCC/Voice of Hope operates 24/7 providing: 24 hour sexual assault crisis hotline 24 hour medical accompaniment Law Enforcement accompaniment Judicial accompaniment Case management, follow-up and referral Counseling for both primary/secondary victims SA primary prevention/community education ALL SERVICES PROVIDED TO VICTIMS ARE FREE!

4 Community Assessment Committee In September 2011, LRCC and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner became alarmed when we began seeing an increase in the number of child sexual assault cases presenting at the E.R. having red flag indicators of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST).

5 Details given to Advocate at the E.R. Victim indicated her father had brought her to E.R. but no one was there with her Victim seemed to want to hide her face-hoodie over her face and sunglasses hid her eyes Victim admitted she unwillingly worked for a pornography company and felt There was no way out Victim said mom sold her when she was six Victim indicated she experienced high levels of sexual abuse and torture Victim gave details of location and information on child pornography ring

6 Initial Steps NEEDED TO ANSWER TWO QUESTIONS First, was there in fact a problem with DMST in Lubbock and the surrounding communities? Second, if there was a problem with DMST were there gaps in services for victims?

7 Coordinated Community Response


9 First Community Assessment Committee met in November 2011 Meet monthly – did training on DMST then began working together to design the survey instrument It took a year to create the finished survey Published Survey online Nov 7, 2012 Ran the survey for 26 days

10 Coordinated Community Response History of /or current signs of physical, emotional or sexual abuse Tattoos& branding marks or gang involvement/use of slang associated with industry Truancy/ tardiness at school or withdrawal & lack on interest in previous activities History of running away or current status as runaway and/or youth living in group homes or youth shelters Explicitly sexual online profile via social media Inexplicable appearance of expensive gifts Presence of older boy/girlfriend or evidence of a controlling/domineering relationship

11 Recruitment Tactics Trafficker will target childs weaknesses; tell them what they want to hear and give them what they need o If they want love, they will give them love and become their boyfriend o If they need a place to live, they will offer them shelter o If they are lonely, they become their friend o If they dont have a loving father, they become their protector o If they are poor or have low self esteem, they sell them a dream and offer a life of status

12 Coordinated Community Response 124 Respondents Medical School Employees Human Services Law Enforcement Legal Other

13 Coordinated Community Response Medical 30% reporting youngest age of patient pregnancy being less than 10 years 20% reporting 12, 13, &14 year old pregnant patients 40 % reporting having patients they believe to currently be involved in commercial sex 60 % reporting patients presenting with no adult

14 Coordinated Community Response Law Enforcement 77% reporting coming across 1-5 minors in a week they know to be involved in sexual activities 33 % reporting they are aware of minor in the presence of known prostitutes and/or pimps 22% reporting 1-5 minors were being picked up on prostitution or other related charges in a months time

15 Coordinated Community Response Community 45% reporting minors in their communities who were homeless and going from house to house 48% reporting having to make a report of a minor believed to be in danger of physical harm

16 Coordinated Community Response Survey Summary 73% reporting they believe there is an issue of commercial sex in communities where they live

17 Coordinated Community Response In an effort to provide a continuum of care/comprehensive services it is KEY to coordinate efforts to combat DMST. Including but not limited to the following: Federal/State/Local Law Enforcement Judicial/Prosecution Medical Component Victim Advocacy/Case Management/Mental Health Components Spiritual Component

18 Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) DMST is the commercial sexual exploitation of American children within U.S. borders. The Game/The Life The subculture of prostitution, complete with rules, a hierarchy of authority, and language. Facilitator Any business or person allowing or assisting a trafficker to carry out his/her business. These facilitators (taxi drivers, hotel or property owners, etc.) benefit from the proceeds earned through the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Survival Sex A term referring to a situation that involves a minor providing sexual favors to an adult in exchange for basic needs such as shelter, food, or security. Daddy The term a pimp will often require his victim to call him. Coordinated Community Response

19 Family/Folks The term used to describe the other individuals under the control of the same pimp. He plays the role of father (or Daddy) while the group fulfills the need for a family. Bottom Bitch One girl, among several controlled by a single pimp, appointed by him to supervise the others and report rule violations. Sister Wife/Wifeys/Wife-in-Law What women and girls under the control of the same pimp call each other. Stable A group of victims under the control of a single pimp. Date The exchange when prostitution takes place, or the activity of prostitution. A victim is said to be with a date or dating. Coordinated Community Response

20 Circuit A series of cities among which prostituted people are moved. One example would be the West Texas circuit of Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Amarillo, and the cities between. Quota A set amount of money that a trafficking victim must make each night before she can come home. Quotas are often set between $300 and $2000. Seasoning A combination of psychological manipulation, intimidation, gang rape, sodomy, beatings, deprivation of food or sleep, isolation from friends or family and other sources of support, and threatening or holding hostage of a victims children. Seasoning is designed to break down a victims resistance and ensure compliance. Reckless Eyeballing A term which refers to the act of looking around instead of keeping your eyes on the ground.

21 Coordinated Community Response Choosing Up The process by which a different pimp takes ownership of a victim. When a victim makes eye contact with another pimp she is choosing him to be her pimp. Trade Up/Trade Down To move a victim like merchandise between pimps. Finesse Pimp/Romeo Pimp One who prides himself on controlling others primarily through psychological manipulation. Gorilla Pimp A pimp who controls his victims almost entirely through physical violence and force. Renegade A person involved in prostitution without a pimp. Lot Lizard A derogatory term for a person who is prostituted at a truck stop.

22 Coordinated Community Response Future Direction for LRCC/Voice of Hope Stage 1: Immediate Goal Research, Training & Development of DMST Program; Implement comprehensive community awareness and DMST Primary Prevention Programs to include extensive staff training Provide education for Law Enforcement, Medical, 1 st Responders, Educators, Truck Drivers, Oilfield workers, Social Services & community

23 Coordinated Community Response Stage 2: Hire & extensively train additional staff Prepare to open Regional Resource Center Open Regional Resource Center Regional Resource Center will be designed to provide a variety of resources (training videos, print materials, etc) to professionals and services to DMST victims needing case management and referral information

24 Coordinated Community Response Stage 3: Establish facility for Therapeutic Residential Safe House Hire and extensively train staff Open Therapeutic Residential Safe House Stage 4: Maintain and expand program

25 Coordinated Community Response For a copy of the Community View Final Report: Contact information: Presentations/Training-Leslie Timmons, Community Educator Lubbock Rape Crisis Center dba Voice of Hope (806)

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