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Guest Avail: Andi Buerger

Trafficking Survivor | Author | Advocate
  • Even when genuine love, healing, grace, and redemption exist, victims can never escape 'what happened' in their lives.
  • There's no return policy on violation. 
  • I'm a survivor myself. I say that because I know it is true.
Creating a new normal or finding good in one's life after that abuse has ceased can take years, decades, and it can take someone's life. The energy to live with and live through abuse is immeasurable, especially for a small child. - Andi Buerger

Every Day ... More Human Trafficking in the News ... Andi Buerger sheds light on how many people are affected by it. 

Human trafficking is a crime that affects people all around the world, and it's something that needs to be taken seriously. People often don't realize how big of a problem this is because they don't realize how many people are affected by it. This is why Andi Buerger has dedicated her life to fighting human trafficking, and helping other survivors find their way out of the situation they're in.

8 arrested in suspected human trafficking ring that may have victimized thousands: DOJ

Erminia Serrano Piedra, also known as "Boss Lady," allegedly ran the operation.
Full article here.

Officials say CA sex trafficking operations are 'out of control,' call for repeal of loitering law

San Diego's DA says pimps joke California loitering law makes conditions "easy" for trafficking.

Full article here.

Miami Beach doctor arrested on human trafficking, child solicitation charges

A Miami Beach doctor has been arrested on human trafficking and other charges involving alleged sexual activity with minors, court records showed. Dr. Jefferey David Kamlet, 68, was arrested Thursday.

Full article here.

Prostitution & Human Trafficking:
What’s the Difference?

Andi Buerger shares her story of abuse, and what it was like for her to escape from human trafficking. She also tells us about the laws she fights for every day in order to protect others who have been abused as well.

The Differences In Prostitution And Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking

In recent years, human trafficking has become a more common topic.

Accurate estimates on the number of people enslaved today are nearly impossible because of the hidden nature of the crime. Some estimate the global number to be near 50 million, while 24.9 million people are estimated to be in labor and sexual slavery alone.

But whatever the exact numbers are, it is true that at this moment there are people who are physically locked behind closed doors, who are threatened with their family’s safety, and who are paying off debts by servicing men in brothels or working without pay.

Human trafficking forcefully converts a human being to a commodity. One person profits by stripping rights and dignity from another person. There is no element of choice for the trafficked person; he or she is a product in a multi-billion-dollar industry.

Willing Participants in Prostitution

Prostitution is another oftentimes difficult reality for millions globally. Many women, particularly those living in impoverished areas, turn to prostitution because there are very little economic opportunities elsewhere. An uneducated woman can make fast money, she is under pressure to provide for her family, and she lives within widespread cultural acceptance of the sex industry. Prostitution quickly becomes a viable option — sometimes seemingly the only one.

One study of prostituted women in nine countries found that 70-95 percent of the women were physically assaulted, 60-75 percent were raped, and 89 percent of the women told researchers that they urgently wanted to escape prostitution. Even if individuals choose this profession, globally it is a dangerous one full of exploitative and demeaning circumstances.

Related Article: 

As California police fight rampant prostitution, johns line up like they're at a 'fast-food drive-through'

"Young women being openly trafficked in broad daylight, with individuals paying for sex lined up like they were going through a fast-food drive-through," San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan said at a news conference Tuesday. "It’s an unacceptable situation."

Police announced a series of sting operations in response to the widespread issue of prostitution in California, where according to authorities, johns were queuing up for sexual services as if they were at a "fast-food drive-through." In San Diego County alone, 48 individuals were arrested between Jan. 9 and Feb. 10 as part of a larger investigation into trafficking and sexual exploitation across San Diego and National City.
  • Trafficking of young women for sexual exploitation is a serious problem that can have long-lasting consequences for the victims involved. It can lead to physical and emotional harm, as well as further exploitation and abuse. As such, efforts to combat prostitution and trafficking are aimed at protecting vulnerable individuals and preventing future harm.


You can support VAT:
Voices Against Trafficking (VAT) releases "Voices of Courage" magazine in honor of heroes fighting human trafficking. The special issue showcases inspiring stories of individuals who rescue trafficking victims and offers readers a range of topics to be informed, inspired, and motivated to take action.

The magazine highlights the growing criminal industry of human trafficking, which impacts all races, genders, backgrounds, and social and economic statuses. Published by WOM Media LLC Productions, "Voices of Courage" is available now in a digital format, with a full-color print edition to follow on April 1, 2023.
The interactive digital subscription for "Voices of Courage" is currently accessible at Pre-orders for the Spring/Summer 2023 print copy and subscription option are also available with an estimated delivery date of April 1, 2023. By purchasing a copy or subscription, readers can contribute to the cause of supporting victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation as a portion of the proceeds goes towards this effort.
Interview of Andi Buerger - Topic Human Trafficking

About Andi Buerger, JD

Survivor | Author | Advocate
Founder, Voices Against Trafficking™

Voices Against Trafficking™ brings together national and international partners dedicated to eradicating the business of profiting in human lives.  We are individuals, corporations, survivors, nonprofits, law enforcement agencies, legislators, media outlets and human rights advocates. And we will be heard

Voices Against Trafficking launched its “ADD YOUR VOICE” campaign on July 29, 2020 in hopes of getting one million names and commitments by the end of Summer 2023, spurring this human rights movement on to greater heights and greater action for all victims of human trafficking.
“When we allow our children to be sold, to be used as a commodity, to be violated, persecuted, neglected, discarded and preyed upon by criminal influences, we deteriorate as a civilized community. There is nothing civilized about using the weak, the innocent, the vulnerable for selfish gain.”

- Andi Buerger, Founder, Voices Against Trafficking

Voices Against Trafficking: The Strength Of Many Voices Speaking As ONE

Voices Against Trafficking by Andi BuergerVoices Against Trafficking: the Strength of Many Voices Speaking As One collects insights, stories, and frontline knowledge from trafficking survivors, human rights advocates, and journalists. Every chapter provides essential truths and advice that affirm we can defeat the rising tide of human predators. Compiled by veteran activist Andi Buerger, these words demonstrate the power of joining as one voice against the evil of 21st-century slavery that is the business of global human trafficking. One voice has tremendous power. But when voices unite collectively to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation, an unstoppable movement is born.
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