The sexual exploitation of children is an epidemic that touches every zip code, every neighborhood and every level of society. Your political affiliation, race, religion, or background is irrelevant. Child sexual exploitation and child sex trafficking is in every community.
"I've had a case in every high school in Hamilton County," said Tracey McDaniel, founder and CEO of Restored Indiana.
"It's in every zip code in Indiana and the most frustrating thing is that people are oblivious to what's going on right in front of them," said Jonathan Wallace of the ISSBA Anti-Human Trafficking Bureau for Indiana.
Jonathan Wallace is the North American Pres for the IBSSA Anti-Human trafficking project. He and his wife Natalia Wallace own Native Executive Security based in Noblesville. They train churches, schools, business, and law enforcement on safety, awareness, and how to help stop child sex crimes.
They also offer courses for families on how to protect your children. Courses are specialized to help families walk through the conversations and actions that will help safeguard against sex predators who are getting more sophisticated in how they target our children and families.
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FOX59 is stepping up and inviting you to join us in this fight along with some of the most highly-trained experts working on the front lines to protect and save our children.
Jaco Booyens is the CEO of After Eden Pictures and director of "8 Days," a film based on true stories of child sex trafficking and exploitation. Booyens founded the non-Profit SHARETogether and is one of the biggest voices in the fight to abolish child sex trafficking in the U.S.
He works with the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, etc rescuing children from exploitation in neighborhoods across the U.S. His sister Ilonka Deaton is a national recording artist who was trafficked at age 11 for six years. Ilonka lived at home with her family the entire time she was being bought and sold for sex as a child.
Would you know the signs to look for? Today, she speaks to students, parents, and professionals across the country educating them about the signs so many of us easily miss.
Deaton also works with survivors to help them heal from the trauma of sex trafficking. FOX59's Fanchon Stinger is moderating a community conversation with Jaco Booyens, Ilonka Deaton and local experts working on the front lines here in central Indiana.
It's a real & raw conversation.... a chance to ask every question you have, find out why so many signs are being missed, what we need to be doing as a community to protect our children. Everyone is invited. You and your family can not afford to miss this night.
The event will take place on Thursday at the Purdue University Physics Building, located at 525 Northwestern Avenue in West Lafayette. It will go from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.