Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking in the United States and across the globe is real. Today, this day, human beings are still being enslaved. In fact, the industry is growing exponentially — a $150 billion industry worldwide. Currently, it is the third largest international crime industry. The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally (labor and sex trafficking). In the US, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimated in 2016 that 1 in 6 endangered runaways reported to them were likely sex trafficking victims.

We are all connected and we cannot afford to close our eyes to what is occurring. It affects each of us whether we realize it or not.

People are not property. I’ve had an interest in seeing an end to global human trafficking for 20 years and awhile back learned its right here, in the US, in Michigan — in my own backyard. It is unconscionable that human beings are still for sale in 2018.

A part of my service involves this vulnerable population. As such, I am working with survivors, have created a cloud-based program for human trafficking recovery, and am honored to be a part of this groundbreaking documentary,Break the Chain. People deserve to be free.

– Kintla

If you suspect human trafficking in your community, are a victim or wish to help,  please call the Polaris Project at  202.745.1001  :: Freedom Happens Now ::

Honored to be a Part of This Ground-breaking Film

 

Break the Chain is a feature-length documentary that addresses the issue of Human Trafficking in Michigan communities and the United States.

It was developed for the sole purpose of education, awareness and providing a valuable resource for the non-profits, shelters and law enforcement agencies that work to end human trafficking every day.

 

Awareness is always the first step toward making a difference, and to healing individually and collectively.

 – Kintla

 

Addressing the often “hidden-in-plain-sight” issues of human trafficking within Michigan communities and the United States.

 

“I am wowed by the filmmakers, awed by the bravery and resilience of the survivors, and honored to be a part of this exceptional film.

My commitment personally and as a Michigan small business owner to doing my part to end human trafficking and empower survivors is stronger than ever.”

– Kintla

 

Human Trafficking: It's "Hidden in Plain Sight"

by Laura Swanson - Filmmaker | Michigan Radio - NPR News Station

Preying on the Vulnerable: Documentary Shines Light on Human Trafficking in Michigan

by Filmmaker Laura Swanson and Human Trafficking Survivor Debbie | Michigan Radio - NPR News Station

Beyond ‘Break the Chain’

 

Kintla serves in numerous capacities in efforts to help the vulnerable.

 

Kintla has most recently participated in human trafficking commission and health advisory board meetings, trainings, and human trafficking brainstorming sessions and focus groups for Senator Emmons.

She also works privately and in groups with survivors.

 

Only from the heart can you touch the sky. 

– Rumi

 

“Thank you for the opportunity to visit your studio to learn about your work on trauma-informed yoga this morning. It was a delight meeting and talking with you. I appreciate you sharing your personal and professional stories about healing and overcoming trauma.
The students who spoke with me after the visit expressed that this opportunity was powerful and moving.”

Kevin L. Brooks, PhD

Academic Specialist for Diversity and Civic Engagement, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities; Michigan State University

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