Money That May Keep Survivors in The Cycle Of Inter-dependency

Let’s Talk About The $35 Million

Samantha Inesta-Founder/Executive Director BeaSister2aSister

All of the big non profits and NGOs in the Untied States are praising the Justice Department for awarding them (if they’re lucky) $35 million if they are providing short-term housing for survivors of human trafficking.

On the face of it, this sounds like a really good thing, but let’s look a little deeper into exactly HOW this is going to help survivors. Most non profits, especially in New York City, have “safe houses” or shelters that give survivors a safe haven and a place to rest their head without fear of being re-victimized. There are also organizations that have “transitional housing” which aids in survivors access to permanent housing-if they get to the point. So let’s look at the specifics, the $35 million grant will only go to 73 organizations that provide services, such as housing assistance, across 33 states. The grant will cover rent, utilities, related expenses (most likely related to the organization) and a security deposit. That means that there will be heated and probably nasty competition between organizations that want all access to that money. Another facet of that grant is that it’s temporary, 6-24 months temporary. This means that a survivor has 6-24 months to be out of the shelter system and into permanent housing.

I have yet to see that happen.

As I’ve said countless times before non profits have a lot to gain by keeping survivors in the shelter and agency housing system. Now, I do not believe all of them subscribe to this strategy however you can bet that organizations that already have this system set up will receive the grant. Survivors are their marketing tool for sustained funding which is why they need them to occupy their shelters and homes. The grant will keep survivors tied to these organizations while non profits continue to inflate the number of women and girls they are serving in order to gain more funding. This attempt at ending the evil scourge (as Bill Barr likes to say) of human trafficking with temporary funding for short-term housing only strengthens the cycle of inter-dependency.

In the wake of the corona virus pandemic employment is scarce even for survivors. Most have been placed in low minimum wage jobs that have now been shuttered because of the pandemic making it harder for them to leave their short-term housing. Even though their rent and utilities will be paid for, they will still need assistance with food, clothing and in some cases, childcare. All these things are what keep a survivor dependent on others to live until the money runs out. Even if she is given access to employment by the program she is in, it will never be enough for her to live independently.

Another issue that has become the driving force related to the grant is the fact that human trafficking victims must quarantine with their trafficker during the corona virus pandemic. I don’t understand how this grant is going to get her out of that situation and into temporary housing. She obviously can’t just leave so how can this help her? I guess in the event that she can get out, there will be places with a lot of money that can take her in-if she gets out.

The grant system in this country is completely disproportionate and favors large organizations with a lot of overhead and staff that needs to get paid. So much is being given to accommodate first level immediate services that resources like psychological and trauma informed therapy fall by the waist side. So many survivors are living with PTSD, depression, anxiety and panic attacks but not many are given the help they need to overcome them. Some have to deal with program directors that are insensitive to their mental and emotional state and suffer the consequences if they don’t comply with harsh rules and policies. Without these badly needed resources survivors can be easily manipulated and controlled so that they never move forward. Giving temporary funding to some organizations so that human trafficking survivors can live in shelters without having to pay rent will not end this widespread global issue, it may in fact exacerbate it. What will help is programs that are designed to encourage survivors to stand on their own, providing them with gainful employment that pays them a living wage and not a unsustainable wage, evenly distributed funding to ALL non profits that work with survivors on many different levels. This is what will combat human trafficking, setting up a highly competitive grant structure that is restricted to a certain number of organizations will only increase the lack of collaboration, partnership and sharing of resources that is instrumental in helping survivors overcome trauma and fear so they can rebuild and start again.

If your organization is lucky enough to get this grant, please use it wisely.

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All The Traffickers Live @ Pornhub

Samantha Inesta
Human Rights Fellow
Founder/Director
BeaSister2aSister

Every time a woman or young girl gets raped assaulted or even murdered it is always videoed and uploaded-not for evidence, for porn. In recent months there have been a huge spike in raping and assaulting women and teens that has been shown on the biggest porn website out there, Pornhub. Founders of the site claim they never know the age of the girl and it’s all consensual, we know this to be a blatant lie. Just about everything that happens in porn is never given consent by the female on the receiving end of this type of inhumane cruelty. The titles for these videos alone suggest a thorough hatred for women and girls of any age in any situation and more often then not, they are pleading with their rapist to stop because of the pain. This my friends is what Keishi Kameyama, founder of Pornhub, wants you to believe is how women want to be treated. He has started a multi-million dollar business on the raping, sodomizing and torture of women and girls.

The reality is, Pornhub already knows the videos uploaded onto their site are footage of actual rape but because they seem to have a don’t ask don’t tell policy, they very quickly look the other way. As far as the videos of young girls being bound and electrocuted in their private areas for men’s sick pleasure, is something Keishi and his predator friends will say they had no idea how old she was. Here’s the thing about that. It really doesn’t matter if she’s 14 or 45, the psychosis of a man wanting to do this to any female for any reason is beyond disturbing and should be criminalized as in why are these men walking the streets?! Anything done to women anywhere in the world ends up on this site, it is the head of the octopus, the destroyer of lives, marriages, love and relationships. There is such a deception that is put over these salacious acts to make the men watching it truly believe it’s consensual, and she wants to have these things done to her. Bottom line is Pornhub is profiting off of these illegal videos at the expense of women who were forced into this situation. That is one of the purest forms of trafficking, even by the UN definition. The toxic masculinity that surrounds this industry is deafening as they lobby for more violent porn. These men are in every area of business right down to the government that runs this country. The same men that refuse to sign legislation to help victims of sex trafficking. The arms of this octopus are more than eight, they are hundreds and they’re coming after your daughter, your sister, your niece and they don’t relent.

In recent weeks Laila Mikelwait, Director of Abolition at Exodus Cry, set up a petition to shut down Pornhub and got a surprisingly overwhelming response. Thousands of people signed on to have the site shut down referring to violence against women, porn kills love and the industry supports trafficking. It is good to see that people are finally waking up to the destruction of porn on love and relationships as well as women in general. What’s even a little more comforting is seeing men come out and speak against the evils of porn and the harmful effects it had on their personal lives. This is a public health crisis that has morphed into a human rights crisis for both women and men. For women, it the actual act of cruelty and rape done to them, for men it’s the re-wiring of their brain to hate love and love hurting women which in turn will give them a future of emotional and mental pain. We as a society have the power to take back what it means to truly be in love, have a relationship, start a family, have a future. We cannot let the industry’s poisonous dream of sexually imprisoning and exploiting women and girls for profit be the norm on how they are treated in society. But this didn’t start with Pornhub, this was a long history that built it’s foundation in Los Angeles California and has spread like a cancer in every home, computer website and digital apps all over the world growing into a full blown Kraken that we see today.

There is nothing “harmless”about watching porn. If you’re a male watching it and can’t stop, seek help, if your watching and engaging in sexual criminal behavior while uploading videos that hurt, mutilate or scar women, we will make sure the FBI pays you a visit.

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Trump’s Sex Trafficking Of The Underprivileged Address (#STOU)

Samantha Inesta
Founder/Executive Director
BeaSister2aSister

Most people who weren’t thoroughly fed up with the impeachment process watched the State of the Union address (STOU) when current and undergoing impeachment, President Donald J. Trump spoke to the nation. He postured about how great the economy in America is, leaving out that not all Americans are benefiting from it, and how he has created a healthcare plan that will cover preexisting conditions. The democrats that did show up did so by way of some representation and witness to the circus that it this current administration. Nancy Pelosi bit her tongue so hard it’s surprising that blood didn’t drip over her lipstick. But she had her say at the end when she publicly ripped up the speech that President Trump (who didn’t write by the way) read a loud wearing his pride for all to see.

So many promises, so many honors and a whole lot of patting on the back. Everything that was said that night was all important, relevant and worthy of attention-then there was other stuff. Rush Limbaugh was given a medal of freedom award, yep you heard that right no need to adjust your screen. This man spewed misogynistic, racist rhetoric and was dubbed “The most dangerous man in America.” To give a man with such an insidious character a medal of freedom is beyond comprehension. But this is Trump’s America, predators, bigots, misogynists and murders are given medals of honor and freedom. I guess he’s taking care of his own. All of it overlooked as if it’s the new normal and well he’s got lung cancer let’s give him something to feel good. Cancer takes the lives of many Americans, children lose parents and parents lose children, no one gets a medal for that. It was all smoke and mirrors so Trump could give one of his racist buddies a “shout out.” But then he began to speak about another thing he created but was really started by President Barak Obama, The Human Trafficking Task Force.

In addressing this issue the president’s focus seemed to be more about immigration and human trafficking-nothing about the countless women and girls in America (mostly of color) who are trafficked everyday. It was almost as if he was trying to make the point that all trafficking comes from across the border and none from inside our borders. Also something else worthy to point out, Obama’s task force had actual survivors on it, Trump has his daughter Ivanka and some random staff trying to create legislation for something they don’t seem too well versed in. He claims that because she’s heading up this task force she has created 15 million jobs. Hundreds of us work doing the same thing and most of our staff are volunteers, this isn’t something you do to “create” jobs. So much was missing from the human trafficking piece like, children are coerced into forced prostitution between the ages of 9 and 12. Child pornography is on the rise and rape has become a crisis in many institutions. The fact that 16 states declared porn a public health crisis include Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia and they are looking to add 15 more states. It has been proven time and time again that the Porn industry has contributed or outright takes part in sex trafficking of mostly underprivileged girls as well as underaged.

This all seemed so unsympathetic and insincere coming from a president who has photos of himself at Jeffrey Epstein’s mansions where groups of underage girls were forced to have sex with men 3 times their age. I find it hard to stomach when men who have done despicable things especially to women and girls get a pass by a president who claims to want to eradicate human trafficking. The reality is most of these girls are either underprivileged, girls of color or both. To not even address the issue with facts and statistics just makes it that more non transparent. Survivors have been watching the impeachment trials and they definitely have watched the STOU and I’m sure they have a lot of questions that will probably never get answered. One question that is begging to be asked is when cutting the food stamp program you are hurting survivors who rely on it, how will you fix it? And the answer will be…….crickets. I’m also positive that Ivanka and her staff knows nothing about the Nordic Model or the Equality Model which seeks to end the demand for women and girls in prostitution while providing services as they exit. Saying you are going to eradicate human trafficking, tie it to immigration and something that is imported into America through “Illegal Aliens”, as Trump calls them, is not a solution.

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Survivors Are Watching The Impeachment Hearings Too.

Samantha Inesta
Human Rights Fellow
Executive Director
BeaSister2aSister

The biggest event in history since Nixon is taking place on the airwaves, the impeachment trial of current president Donald J. Trump. He is guilty on a wide range of issues from domestic to foreign-and he denies all of it. Depending on where you sit on the spectrum, you may be more interested in the president’s dealings with Ukraine, Qassem Soleimani, or war with Iran. These are all big issues that need everyone’s attention but there are other issues that have fallen by the waist side that may not seem so important to some but they’re important to survivors.

Amid the nuclear debris of charges against Trump there are some that speak to how this country is viewing and treating women. His affairs, sexual assault and harassment and let’s not forget the Jeffrey Epstein disaster that not only saw young girls being raped and trafficking but ties to the Israeli government, weapons and intelligence. Then there was the train wreck that no one could look away from between the president and Stephanie Clifford (that is her name, she is a person and I will treat her as such) that dominated so much of the news. It became such a circus and an outlet for porn obsessed men to feel validated in their choice to watch it and justify their behavior. Karen McDougal was the next in line to come out and confess but not without remorse. More Trump accusers followed suit, one after the other they all had a story about how they were groped, pinched or had the president force himself on them. Donald Trump’s response was only to call them liars, degrade their looks, age and intelligence.

This president has been involved in one form or another, situations that put women and girls at risk or force them into a position where they will be silenced. During the two terms that President Barak Obama served he created a Human Trafficking Task Force that included survivors and their input on what legislation needed to be put in place so that survivors were treated humanely. Under the current administration that doesn’t exist anymore, we now have Ivanka Trump-I won’t say anything else. In recent days the Trump administration made some changes to the immigration policy as it pertains to human trafficking. Apparently if you are a survivor and you are looking for asylum or safe refuge and can prove it, it won’t mean a thing because you will be denied entry at every turn. He is closing the borders so tight that even victims will not be able to get help. This strategy is meant to keep “bad people” out but what it really does is denies rights of immigrants (mostly female) from seeking protection from a trafficker or an extremely abusive husband. It doesn’t stop there. Survivors in this country are at risk of losing badly needed support from the government such as food stamps and cash assistance because of the changes Trump wants to implement in programs that are designed to help people get on their feet, instead it keeps them in poverty. It is bad enough that most in America are underemployed or unemployed, homeless and hungry, now if you find yourself in a life altering situation such as trafficking or domestic violence, you are treated much worse.

The impeachment hearings are a window into who the president really is and why survivors should trust him or not. All the lying, denying and coverups are showing survivors that if the president of the United States is the cause of the obstruction of justice and won’t even show up for his own trial, how can they count on this government to help them. They’re wondering why all of his sexual deviancy isn’t included and why it was looked at as a bad “B” movie. These are the things that mean a lot because that is the measure of how they will be looked at and treated. With all the talk of foreign meddling and collusion in regards to elections, military and war, survivors want to know that the president of their country isn’t going to sell them out. I think the evidence clear, if president Donald J. Trump will not attend the impeachment trial, provide evidence and tell the truth then how are we to expect that he will do anything worthy of presidential decency when it comes to human rights issues such as trafficking and domestic violence.

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If We have Such A Great Economy, Why Are Women Selling Sex To Survive?

Samantha Inesta
Human Rights Fellow
Founder/Director
BeaSister2aSister

When we turn on the television big news media tells us over and over how unemployment is down which translates to everyone is working and the economy is recovering. It’s the details that they refuse to let leak out because either it will make the president look bad (if your watching FOX) or it will decrease morale of the country. But we all know the reality is that unemployment may be down but people are working at jobs that are barely paying them a living wage forcing them to seek government assistance to fill in the gaps that the current employment is not providing. This is a crisis that affects everyone-but mostly women and very much so, single women. This past decade has been a difficult one for a lot of people and it seems to be bleeding into the new decade that has just begun keeping everyone at a standstill. As the job market gets tighter, the need for sustainable employment becomes harder to obtain. The need for food, housing, medical insurance and other basic needs have become out of reach for a lot, especially young women who are idealists and felt there was a world of opportunity out there for them. Even those that were privileged enough to get a college education find themselves in the same boat as the underprivileged.

So is this a problem of the economy? Or is this a tactic to keep young women trapped in desperate situations where they must make decisions that will negatively affect their future? What ever it is, it has become not only a public health crisis for them but a breakdown of how they are viewed in this new age of misogyny and male patriarchy. In the current economic climate what was once accepted and welcomed has now morphed into special and preferential treatment of the elite and well connected. Many young women are wondering what went wrong, why are they having to resort to a money making decision that degrades and dehumanizes them while hurting their future should they decide to stop? This hurts women of color the most, they are the most marginalized and more often then not the ones who are kept from a better education or quality of life. Because of this, it has pushed the hand of the sex worker lobby to put out the damaging message of “Sex work is work”. This suggests that women have no other recourse, if they can’t get a job that pays them a living wage whether they’ve gone to college or not, they will have to walk into something they never thought they would ever have to do.

Getting into and staying in a prestigious school is also not as accessible as it is to those who have the financial means or support rather than those who don’t. It has opened a door to the “SugarDaddy” phenomenon where young women are paired up with rich older men (all married) that will “fund” their education or career in exchange for their “companionship”. They call themselves SugarBabies but really they are an escort for men who will most likely ask for more than just a dinner partner. It also makes these young women subservient and controlled by these men who probably have daughters at home the same age and also attending college. This whole concept and the usage of the word Daddy basically alludes to the whole porn message that having a Daddy isn’t a positive father figure but an incestuous male who requires sexual satisfaction in exchange for his help and support. Every time young women are seeking any type of assistance that will help them succeed, there is always a male entrepreneur starting a business that will force women to prostitute themselves for a better life- a systematic plan to derail their success. Getting back to sex work, as much as this is a hotly debated subject, it’s no wonder that desperate and marginalized young women are calling it “work”, they feel they have no other choice.

They say prostitution is the oldest profession, that’s because male dominance has kept it alive for so long. The payoff for them is access to a variety of women that are at there will whenever they are in the mood for something they can’t get anywhere else. This economy is failing because of this, if the women in the country fall, everything else will too. If society and government really want to see the economy boom, they need to help all women flourish no matter the educational, cultural or ethnic background they come from. If the only outlet they have for surviving is sex work, everyone loses. There needs to be an end to the great lie of prosperity that is spoon fed to the masses by the news media. Capitalism is sacrificing young women and making them collateral damage in an era of low wages, poverty and unattainable opportunity. How can the United States send a message of freedom for women when they are kept in sexual bondage in exchange for survival? This is the great stain of the country that they will never be able to wash out, especially on the world stage.

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BeaSister2aSister

“Being Accountable For Every Woman Around The Globe.”