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Human Trafficking 3.1.15

Feb 24, 2015|

AN INTERVIEW WITH MASAYO HALPIN, AND FBI AGENT, AND MAGGIE JESSUP WITH THE FBI CITIZEN’S ACADEMY HUMAN TRAFFICKING COMMITTEE, ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE PORTLAND AREA AND WAYS TO HELP STOP IT.

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This is measures don't they never come radio Portland public affairs program my name's Gary Watson and this time on microscope we're going to be talking about human trafficking. How prevalent is this problem here in the Portland metro area. What are things we can do to help balance. Don't like to welcome Maceo health and from the FBI to McChrystal items like how are you how great things here because let's get started today by U letting everybody know how he got involved with the FBI. Okay. No top secret information the F. I look at what the so I was actually practicing attorney in Philadelphia. In. A friend of mine mentioned that she's gonna pocketed the Ayatollah she is crazy can't join the FBI the FBI. And I looked into it and I thought maybe I can be a lawyer for the FBI. And what I called on the set all our lawyers at this timer agents. So I said all right well I applied in seeking I would never get him and I've been in if you eighteen years and well yeah. That's a great great long time yeah yeah I'm. Custody and hasn't rigorous together and yes we took yes it's a very competitive it's. It's a very long process it's it's a life decision it's not just a job so it's a pretty big. It's a pretty big move to make him. Can you race to the parliamentary I am okay. What sort of both things are you doing in the if there what is what is some priorities right now so right now I'm currently the agent recruiter. In ninety community outreach so my most of my career has been in violent crimes specifically then more recently sex trafficking miners. The last six years I spent working human trafficking. Specifically to minors in Portland. But most of my career has been violent crimes have tried other things that a I was went back to times could. In the definitely the thing we will talk about today's human trafficking. How prevalent is that in this area. It's pretty bad. I know that there is a belief an important that we are one of the top cities. I don't think we're one of the top cities that we. Our one and when city gets hit a lot. Specifically because we have a couple of things going against us where I five corridor he. That the traffickers who all the churches camps because that's what they are. They travel Wesco circuit here. And so it goes from Seattle Portland Sacramento Los Angeles. They yes. Out of Anchorage and Honolulu are really hot right now. So we have the West Coast circuit gone on that where. And virtually involved with in Portland has hi summer pastor closed per capita. And that doesn't help either because. It's part of the sex industry ended. Can snow they can go get. Girls from strip clubs. They feel like if you're dancing and a guy's gonna pay you to take your clothes off and picture that next step and go have. That date in the car. Some girls get recruited at a strip clubs. And fortunately it party has always been easy to get fake ID so. We have all of those things going on that make it. Make this kind of hot that. Some children how prevalent is it with children it's. It's unfortunate and I apologize for saying anything that sounds crass but I'm just gonna say it the way it is the other. The younger. The girl more than money. Silicon can get more money. With the younger girl 'cause I'm fortunate to demand so high for young girls. We have. All the cases that we were were specifically Portland girls we have. You know art her cases are higher caseloads high and this is the throughout the country. Young girls or any kind. And to think what they call the game. Partly and also has that kind of a different dynamic than other cities in mount we. We have what we call a boyfriend can. Jacqui talked to a girl or woman who's in the game. They'll tell your boyfriend campus and a real hit because it's just a guy who has a girlfriend. And she does that makes money firm and brings back we'll buy legal definition he still apparent so it's still a pimp to us. But. So we have a lot more than them doing. Convene a prostitution that way. Verses like the Chicago or New York cases are the last these cases that have the hierarchy and that's more organized we have a lot of fun organized. People doing it everywhere also. We also which is growing. Nation might also ask. We have a lot of the gang members who are going from selling drugs to selling girls. Because when you sell a girl for date. That girl come back and you can keep selling her whereas if you sell address he had to replenish your supply and it's harder to get my drugs. In this for a girl to come to. Also sold through frightening it's pretty bad yeah who are these kids really come from. You know there are kids their local kids they are part of kids they're everywhere at their. Ossetia economic status all races all ages. I have parents called me. I and I hit I had to rely I would never say no to parent regardless held their childless or they're you know even if she is eighteen. Because other a lot of these girls don't count that parent that shares. Enough to reach out. So whenever parent would reach out to me I would definitely do what I could to try to help their. Their child there get them back. They could be from good families Vicki B from the cost families. They're all our kids. We certainly I think the public has a preconceived notion of who these kids are. Yes it's true well I am so a majority. Of the girls I have seen and worked with have. Have had a history of sexual abuse in their life. A majority of them were runaways. And a lot of them are in ths care. But then I had somehow worked so. Although a majority of our victims are. Can in that group that yet they were sexually abusing her runaways. Which can't turn our. Turn away from. The girl that's not paying just because you have a daughter or friend who is has doesn't have a history doesn't mean she's still a notch. The open to be victimized so we have to you know. Make sure we pay attention to all of our young girls so I I do a lot of speaking I do a lot of I go to speak to a lot of girl groups. Schools and to education. Is the key hits I think the key to prevention so. That's right keep talking about it. How instructing changed over the years half. Still when I first started these cases over six years ago that track which was a second avenue on the track is there avenue and when people come out it from other ad other cities say no to go to the track it's they want to pick up prostitutes for sex. Here's all the track other places in my become avenue the blade. Ours is a second avenue and it was pretty hot fact that you could not track down a shoot out scene. Women working young girls were keen pinch walking along side behind them -- keeping tabs on them. Portland police has done a great job they did a great job cleaning avenue up. So right now he you don't see him. Which is great. But with backing Avant. Internet and so now they're all on Internet and are hiding and we can't really see them as well. So we have to try to find them on the Internet and when we saturate the Internet and they hide even more and so. It's changed from imports and a change from the Internet from attracted Internet and now some two. The clubs. The strip clubs it's also. You meet guys aren't. Chat rooms. You know on line to start talking to people and next thing you know I am working. What's true words what are some things parents should be looking for. So that's a really good questions so I always tell parents who are worried about their child. If your child comes home wearing True Religion or seven jeans and you invite them. Gonna be aware that those are very expensive jeans. Guys who are grooming girls will. Did that by buying a nice expensive gifts at their nails are done and you're not paying for it they have cell phone Allison that you're not paid for anything that's. Any expensive I am that they have that you are not paying for he gotta ask yourself who is. Where are they getting this from. Does some big signs also if they start missing curfew that's a clue. Start missing curfew in the start running away. Those are all signs as well. Unfortunately these days we are seeing a lot of our girls being recruited by their friends. In schools and so. It can come that way he can come from a guy at the mall is just talk into earth a lot of a lot of the recruitment starts as a boy from groped her relationship. CC older guy who starts talking to de young girl with long you know you beanie baby they exchanged numbers. He starts by her nice things. They start dating. In against the young girls have hurt brain development isn't complete the session starts fell in love with them. And once. He knows that she's momentum this plan. Next thing you know hates me and you get some world I love you love me can you bring some into the tabling it brings him into this relationship boom she's out there. Well yeah it can happen that day could have tightened I know Carly took. About five years her camp met her in middle school and did not actually turn out until. She was in high school. So it takes several years for hinted. Group turn and and then I met one girl cassette and met him online in chat room I came to visit him I was on the track with an eight day. So it all depends on you know the relationship that depends on the guy can he get it could click take a lifetime. Through these men who these pimps and Bluetooth from so there are guys as well. So we have to to candidate stylistic hence we have the finance him who is a smooth talking can't who Kentucky and anything. And he is he's a very nice very sweet. He does not resort to violence. He doesn't has girls and then you have to guerrilla pimps who are a little bit more violent. Not as sweet talking and will. Hit their girls. So I think our kids we see are between usually bikini 1845. The younger guys that are coming in now tend to be gang bangers who hurt the relatives that their little bit more violent. Finesse Temps actually don't like that too much because it's given them that name. Kind of ruining the game. So. It could be an eighteen year old can be sixteen year old Alex tell young girls if a guy who's only Communist China talk cute that's a clue. Stay with an especially if you're like 1415 and they're twenty. You know between your guy should not wanna date for can't secure a girl I know it's flattering. You know and it it is to discuss paying attention and everything and buy any nice things but. Something's not right there. In and then we also have keynote camps now booked with called Adams. And I tell younger girls to get a twenty year old women 25 or woman who wants to hang out Q hey could smoke pilots have a good time so it's not right there either because. Typically adults like to hang out with their own age he of their own age so they wanna hang out there. You know I younger. Curled just kind of be aware that be cautious and some advantage of IQ did you okay definitely so what makes these kids vulnerable. And. Silly can be any thing typically what I see. A the opposite is the young girl who did not have got to figure grown up and again these are children and they don't have that brain development. You know there but for the grace of god go I if an adult man pays attention. I'd be flattered you know I mean I'm now could how old married that you know what I was their age I would than flattered. You don't have that male role model in your life and Alison this guy comes in and he's like Superman I mean. He's buying you think's paying attention. Continue to love and affection that you. That you are lacking now these girls don't realize secondly get their children but. So that makes Emily think a little bit worse. Easy to victimize the and again some of them have been sexually abuse as children. Some. Some always there's always a hook. We're asking Saturday Harris speaking with a group that she said. She asked me you know. How away. If and if I think my daughter is into in this. Kirk could be in this how to weigh you know. Getter outer what do what do. I said the first question to ask is why is she thinks there's a reason there's got to be a reason. He don't typically see. Girls who come from. To parent homes. Or were who have sports in her life for who have extracurricular activities. Involved in this because they're busy they're you know they they have self esteem he. It's the girls who don't have that self esteem and who. Her missing something in their lives and again I it could've been could've been me you know but I had sports. I mean all my time in sports can I have timing at a law you know and I specifically remember a friend of mine and schools and just go hang out at all. I have practice I can hand the ball you know and so. And I tell girls that all passport save my life I mean. You know so. What kind of help is there a different for girls and this so we weren't really closely with. Local law enforcement agencies and we also work with sexual assault resource center so are they do great great job I ths. They'll sort that life works this kind of multi disciplinary approach we have the mental health for life virtually have to advocate for saarc. To get in that's our is that Andy for so they do great work that they are confidential so they are not. Mandatory reporters which I think is great because I feel like patent. When I mean the girl who is in crisis sir who's in trouble. I want to get them in touch with that's our graphic here right away because. They need so that they can turn to that they can just talk to and know that is not being reported to the police and know that. This thing with these girls is quite. You can try to get them out of life and you can talk to them until they're blue in the face but until they are ready to get out. There's really nothing she did and so the way I was approached. Whenever I met a girl as I never tried to petered out as to who's a pinprick you can visit him I never tried to get her to you know to talk I saw a mixture she is safe. Jeff turned tetris Traficant. Gary international help she needed it getter to ths if you know they needed to be involved. In. Just be there when she is ready and so I tell refugees you're gonna see me again and keep bugging you in. Just Kenny given that perspective knowing that. They have that control. And when they are ready they'll call you and it's amazing because even though they don't keep in touch with me or other law enforcement if you always keep in touch with the search advocate. And so at least are charged with someone. And they know that when they are ready to leave they can hit it to say the word and I had. A minute Garland she was fifteen we had better and Judy as she said and I'll never forget it. Two cities snitching guy. She's I am not telling anything so it fiscal and and time went on a kind of kept tabs on her and never pushed her never you know Karl provider. Five years later her sarcastic comments page even ourselves up like we kidding how can I forget her she's ready to talk. And she was in adults had a baby she is nineteen. And she put her in the way. Yes she's too great right now so. You know. Against our life for XDHS they all have special what we can't see sex units at commercial sexual exploitation of children. They're all really were trained and we couldn't do it without them I mean this collaboration there's just there's just no way one group condemned alone so good works really well. What keeps girls and go live that lifestyle does not an appealing now really you know it's funny so I had one girl he told me. She said she. They have a different language chair she says is out of pocket on time which means that she broke a rule. They have a rule book she broke the rules and there in Las Vegas and he stripped down naked and made her to sit outside the house all day and said. Had to make you feel and she said justice for the game. Has out of pocket just for the game. That life was still better than a life at home. She would rather have that can be can go see that they go home. And some girls can't go home. And I mean if you think about it. And you're kind of plea coming in light. You know are superheroes K lettuce or rescue or its recovery and reality what can happen in a curfew. School homework I mean they're gonna march right now there to get to McDonald's and Taco Bell whenever they want. They don't have a curfew that get to travel with this guy where they're going. They're making him money. There were wearing nice clothes if they're lucky to get their nails done hair done. It's I think there's an attraction there but I think it's also my manipulation from the pen and it's a lot like domestic violence. There's a cycle of violence and these girls don't feel like. It will they don't think that they can only because they really chance there's been so manipulated to believe that this is all they know. I'm the only person that cares about you asks gonna care attitude or an army dad you know. Sometimes Helms not safe for them so they can't go back there so where they go either on the street or to another pimp and a young girl. Who is in the game can't survive on the street without him. So. And they don't want to you know I mean I'm going to be out there I'd rather have so who cares about me and be alone. Unfortunately though they also. We've seen recently that young girls want their friends to be looked at because they don't want to be alone and they might recruit her friends you know that's illegal. I mean are they related criminal. You now so. What can we just an average person what we do help. Tina ticket question. I tell young girls. When they say what affecting my friend is an abusive relationship Burres. In the game. It's just be different and just listen when they wanna talk when they're ready. Delete and they'll tell you and you can help them. Adults you might be that parents heard that chested adult one of the girls may want to confide in her talk to her. As society pay I really think this is gonna sound crazy we need to change society. I mean we had listened to the music that's out there and I'll have music a lot of its canned music climb is a guy like you know I mean they're talking about. You know pose and this that the other I mean this is the language of the game. We have shows called Pimp My Ride. You know ancillary glorified it's very glorified in my brother had time he said you know the actress my cart up. My Carson I didn't miss it big no no that's no no no no no no no no no exit that is not a positive word to be used the now. Is he now knows you know lair where French is I don't. Do you know different it is that people that are because society has yet we cooler credit we get videos that we watch arm. Like Rihanna has a video and I love Rihanna but it's cooler frightened stripping. And fascists. The next step you know and I think if we change society we still call them hookers but still ain't nothing hackers have come and mean. We have potentially we see this problem. A lot of people don't know it exists. Which is why again education. Change the way we see this prompt change what we think about it. Come to that realization that it is a problem that's a major problem and that these girls are being victimized. Her having. A tough time once it did get a life you know it's a tough road for them to you know. One thing that we can do his. How about portable phone that's coming up open up our pocketbooks and can get involved and it clicks away from may just that she's with the FBI citizens' academy from from the human trafficking committee. And can you tell us about the bowl on the news coming up we'll. This is answered an elbow both on and is so much fun last year we had about a 144 people there this year were doubling that. And it's going to be fat center planes in Beaverton. Fabulous plays a fabulously fun. And local businesses and individuals have made a lot of donations of products Sylvia to actually have a raffle. That's only open to the people affable assign and we have things from Columbia Sportswear from whole nation tavern Paul Mitchell school. Blount International they gave a 450 dollar chainsaw movies. Anderson glass rebound the park. Platform strategy Oswego crass and it is on and on and on. A lot of community or the businesses have donated products sell not only deacons don't have fun for two hours that you can literally really cool prizes. And what is all this money off. All make as to three different organizations in the Portland area that deal with human trafficking everybody on the committee is there are volunteer basis basis for all business people local business people. And so every time raise goes. To. Human trafficking organizations in the area. Which many reopen race. We're trying to have a tough player gonna double last hearing come right at 101000 dollar. That's also been. And that's again tell us that the did against this coming Saturday right it's going to be on March 7 from one to three at sunset lands in Beaverton. And to sign that just go to our web site it's PX bullish on dot com. And you can either sign up for news as an individual as a team or just making donations to the cops on the website truly great. Think into the sale house is gonna help out. Is this visible fund. And people just getting involved that's gonna help I have. If I think it's huge because one and it brings awareness to that issue. It brings money to the local agencies that. Are really in. You know on the ground helping with these girls and yeah and again just the awareness I think it's just it's such a big part of it. Again when I talk to people such as a like. They don't they realize prostitution is still going on principle alone with kids you know so. The fact that this is. Being you know at a public event I think is it's related. Desecrate you look at the word out. For sure I'd like to think Maceo Helton from the FBI agent with the FBI. And may just look with the FBI citizens' academy and we in the human trafficking too and thanks for being an episcopal thank you ask. Microscope and Entercom communications public affairs program my name's Gary and if you have a nonprofit or public affairs organization that you'd like let others know about. You can email me at microscope @entercom.com. Remember inter com starts of any four you can go directly to the station's website click on the community link and submit your information there. Also we like to hear this program again you can visit our podcast page at microscope PDX dot com thanks for listening to Madras golf and enjoy your weekend.