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In this episode, Laura speaks with Alan Smyth, Executive Director for Saving Innocence and co-author of the book ‘Men! Fight for Me: The Role of Authentic Masculinity in Ending Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking’. Alan has been on the front lines of caring for child victims of trafficking for six years through his role with Saving Innocence in LA.

There are people in slavery, there are still people in slavery. And it still does actually kind of blew my mind, but in a different way. Since that time, I’ve had the opportunity, the privilege to be a partner with a few different organizations that do exactly that work. They rescue people living in slavery, they imprison and prosecute the men, predominantly men who run black market, slave organizations.

And two things continue to pop up for me.

The first being what I just mentioned, that it’s awful, it’s tragic, it’s actually mind-numbing, that human beings would sell and buy other human beings, specifically that human beings would sell, or buy children.

Secondly, I’m saddened at not just the cultural pattern, but even the pattern in my own life, by which I recognize or in which I recognize that I don’t maintain a regular concern, I lose focus about or towards this particular dark corner of the world. There are seasons when I do or we do focus on human trafficking on human slavery, the fact that we’re still buying and selling human lives, and then there are seasons, that it’s just not urgent. It doesn’t pop up. It isn’t in my regular everyday conscience.

And so I champion, the lives the voices, the energies of the people, who do fight this battle, who do dig in they after day after day. And really specifically over the next couple episodes, I want to highlight to folks who come from backgrounds really similar to mine, and have not just again, but have maintained that pace, beginning with Alan Smith, who’s a dear friend of mine that I got to speak to a few weeks ago about this organization that he has started working with, that allows him to place a year’s worth of work among adolescents in a different sphere of life into this really dark corner and bring a bit of light. I enjoyed the conversation. I think you will too.

Check it out.

Alan on WDBJ-7

Resource available for men on how to fight sex trafficking

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – It’s an authentically real conversation about the plight of human trafficking in America, specifically child sex trafficking. This book is a conversational approach from people with “Lived Experience.”

MEN! Fight For Me is co-authored by Alan Smyth & Jessica Midkiff, plus a host of other experts, survivors as well as professionals in the field. Alan Smyth is the executive director for Saving Innocence, an anti-human trafficking organization based in Los Angeles. Jessica Midkiff is a trafficking expert having survived 10 years of commercial, sexual exploitation herself as well as having spent 10 years of advocacy work helping younger victims escape and recover…

WATCH INTERVIEW

Saving Innocence was founded in 2010 with a mission to help serve, empower, and advocate for child victims of sex trafficking. In this episode, podcast host Garrett Jonsson sits down with Executive Director Alan Smyth to discuss the work Saving Innocence has done to help over 2,000 victims of child sex trafficking. Also, learn more about how anyone can tangibly help to decrease the demand for sex trafficking and exploitation.

You can learn more about Saving Innocence at savinginnocence.org. To attend Saving Innocence’s virtual gala on September 9, 2021, visit SavingInnocenceGala.org.

To find the book co-authored by Alan Smyth, “Men! Fight For Me,” visit fightforme.net.

To learn more about the harms of pornography on consumers, relationships, and its larger societal impacts, visit FTND.org.

Rusty George discusses practical steps for protecting your kids against human trafficking with Alan Smyth of Saving Innocence

Dr. Sandra Morgan and Alan Smyth, Executive Director of Saving Innocence, discuss his newly released book, Men! Fight for Me: The Role of Authentic Masculinity. Together, they go in detail into the four pillars of authentic masculinity and the significance of men’s role in the fight against human trafficking.

Saving Innocence is an organization that serves, empowers, and advocates for child victims of sex trafficking in Los Angeles. Alan Smyth and Jessica Midkiff play vital roles in this organization. We had a chat about the scope of the problem, the hope they have in such dark circumstances, and how we can help fight alongside them.

Author Alan Smyth was a guest on Pastor David Roberts’ “Healing Conversations” radio show on 790 KABC on March 6, 2021. The two discussed Alan’s work as Executive Director of Saving Innocence to combat human trafficking, specifically focused on helping child victims.

Alan Smyth is a guest on this life-changing docuseries where survivors, law enforcement and advocates tell their stories of being bought, sold and death while unpacking who, what, why, where and how this is happening to children in plain sight.

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