The legacy of human sex trafficking

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The legacy of human sex trafficking

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I'm really concerned about the legacy of the human sex trafficking issue and the people have come to this issue because it's not about the number of pimps you put in jail. The number of pimps you arrest and the number of children you rescued, it's about what we leave behind. What do we leave, what are the institutional changes, who have we taught. How do we help change the situation so that this doesn't happen to more kids. How do we provide exit points. So as much as people want to bring to the issue of what their programs are now. The issue is really what do we leave behind and that is something that preoccupies my thinking every single day, today. Children of the Night WOW was particularly important because it gives me the ability to teach others what it is that I've learned in over the last 34 years. I can teach them of how to take traditional social services and take them to people that are on the streets. The legacy of human sex trafficking industry is something that concerns me deeply because it's not about the arrest that you make today, the number of people you put in prison or even the number of children that you rescued. It's about what do we leave and place, what do we leave as exit points for children, what do we leave as services for children. How do we stop child prostitution, child sex trafficking on the front end. That's something that preoccupies my thinking today and tomorrow and the next day. It's something that we all need to think about, it's not about the heroic acts that we do today. It's really about what we leave and place.

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Lois Lee, PhD, JD

Founder & President Children of the Night

Dr. Lois Lee is a pioneer and trailblazer in rescuing America’s sex trafficked children right here in the United States.  She is the founder and president of Children of the Night and has rescued over 10,000 children from prostitution—that is more children than all of the other sex trafficking organizations combined. Since 1979 she has raised more than $40 million in private donations to support her groundbreaking programs. Diplomats come from all over the world to observe Lee's ground-breaking work at the Children of the Night home. Dr. Lee has received countless awards for her humanitarian work, most notably the prestigious President's Volunteer Action Award, presented to her by President Ronald Reagan at the White House in 1984, and permanent memorial portrait at the Frederick Douglas Museum honors her 1994 National Caring Award. Her life story was portrayed in a CBS Movie of the Week “Children of the Night” in 1985 and she was profiled on CBS “60 Minutes” in 1987. Dr. Lee was lauded by singer/songwriter Richard Marx in his song "Children of the Night," which appeared on his 1989 Repeat Offender album.

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