FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Human Trafficking Expert Sunny Slaughter to present in Trinidad and Tobago
on Child Pornography and the Intersection of Child Trafficking
Birmingham, AL –October 10, 2016 --Sunnetta “Sunny” Slaughter will travel this week to Trinidad and Tobago to serve on an international panel by invitation of the Roman Catholic Archdioceses, Office of the Vicar General. Slaughter will be one of several experts presenting at “Consider This: A National Conversation on the Harmful Effects of Pornography on Children”, a two-day conference, in Port of Spain.
The conference will be hosted by the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission in conjunction with the Jubilee Ministries, and closes out a multi-phase project over several years, which was designed to raise awareness about the harmful effects of pornography on children and families. Trinidad and Tobago was cited by top internet search engine Googleas in the top ten for online pornography hits per capita and most recently fourth in 2014. Slaughter said: “I am excited to see the relationship that has evolved over the course of years with professionals and experts in Trinidad to produce such substantial change for the people. I am looking forward to being there and continuing to make a global difference which raises awareness and saves the lives of children and families.”
The intersection of child and adult pornography with human trafficking is a billion-dollar industry which involves the force, fraud, coercion, intimidation and manipulation of victims. Slaughter said: “Unfortunately, today’s technology is a double edge sword and allows traffickers and viewers of pornography, immediate and on-going opportunities for victimization.” The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Child Victimization Identification Program has reviewed and analyzed more than 115 million child pornography images since it was created in 2002. Slaughter further states: “The harmful effects of viewing pornography can be psychologically damaging, as well as, contribute to the direct and indirect dehumanizing threat to unknowing individuals, families and communities”. “We cannot ignore all of the intersecting components of exploitation, when we are constantly faced with the reality, that intervention is sometimes too late to change and save lives, and especially when we had the opportunity to prevent what we know exist.”
Slaughter’s presentation “Connecting the Dots in Real Life” will address the evolution of slavery and the impact of human trafficking today. In 2016, she launched her signature presentation Marginalized. Masked. Missed.
which addresses the intersectionality of social determinants, and vulnerable minority populations, who are often ignored for being victims of human trafficking.
Sunny has made this presentation nationally several times this year, and most recently in Washington DC at the National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, where she received astonishing reviews. Her next notable national presentation will take place in Denver, CO at the American Public Health Associations National Conference, later this month.
While in Trinidad and Tobago a meeting has been scheduled for her with the U.S. Ambassador, government officials and other leaders to discuss the transformational work she is doing to ensure racial, cultural and ethnic diversity is at the forefront of public health policy, federal compliance with human rights laws, and in corporate social responsibility discussions and platforms.
Slaughter has received numerous professional awards and accolades including being a 2016 Nominee and attendee of the United States of Women Summit, selected by the White House Office on Council and Girls, recipient of the 2016 AKA Global Impact Award, 2015 Alabama Black Achievers Entrepreneur of the Year and the 2013 Power Belle Bold Hat Award from Harry Belafonte. She is a member of several professional organizations including, the American Public Health Association, HEAL.org, the National Congress of Black Women, Inc.-DC Chapter, National Association of Social Workers-AL Chapter and the International Law Enforcement Educations and Trainers Association. She is a federally certified law enforcement instructor and consultant for the Department of Homeland Security, FLETC, the founder and CEO of Sunny Slaughter Consulting, LLC, with locations in Birmingham, AL, Miami, FL and Washington, DC. She has also served as a Crime Analyst for local, statewide and national radio and media outlets; ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN/HLN After Dark, Trinity Broadcast Network.