New Washington Law Takes on Escort Sites

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

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When she was only 15 years old, a girl in Washington state ran away from home. Within 36 hours, she was lured into the sex trade. And for over 100 days she was trafficked, with sites like backpage.com advertising her as an 18-year-old escort. Two years later, that girl is 17, and back at home. Her mother is working tirelessly, trying to prevent other children from living the same story as her daughter. The mother’s name is Nacole. And with her help, a new law has passed in Washington state, requiring sites like backpage.com to obtain documentation proving that the escorts they advertise are at least 18.

Nacole joins us from Washington state. Andrea Powell is also here. She is the executive director of FAIR Girls, which seeks to prevent the exploitation of girls through empowerment and education. FAIR stands for free, aware, inspired and restored.

Guests:

Nacole and Andrea Powell

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

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Maggie Macaulay from Florida

The mom in the interview said that her daughter ran away from home because she was making a bad grade, and she thought that her parents would forget about her grade in their happiness at seeing her again when she returned home. The issue that wasn't addressed was the pressure this girl felt about her grades and about "failure". Children may tie their parent's love to what they produce - their grades, the winning run in the baseball game, her scores on tests - rather than to who they are. When home can be a "safe place to land" even when a child is failing and when home is a place of acceptance no matter what grade a child is making, a child will make a safer choice than running away.

Maggie Macaulay, MS Ed
www.WholeHeartedParenting.com

Apr. 03 2012 12:57 PM

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