This week our documentary production team followed a very special educator into her training in schools; Lisa with Sold No More, for years now has been going around to schools with an awareness and prevention training about child sex trafficking. This training includes important skills such as instructions on how to identify potential sexual predators, how to be safe on the internet, and creating personal self worth and healthy relationships. This training has been going on since 2010 and since then, Sold No More has educated over 30,000 students in Tucson.
The training is called “Power Over Predators” and while it was initially met with resistance by administrators due to the nature of the information, that concern quickly melted away after the first school hosted Sold No More. Lisa and Jerry Peyton have a very special way of presenting the complex information to students in a way that they are receptive to. Additionally, Jerry Peyton mentioned during our interview with him that these students have a surprising understanding of the topics they cover. After almost every single training, Jerry has at least a couple students come forward and confess that they’ve been a victim in the past. It is abundantly clear that the need for the training is great and Sold No More is more than happy to provide the information.
After we shadowed Lisa in her school trainings we sat down with her and she talked to us about the importance of the training and how her passion for the issue was shaped by her own personal experience with trafficking. After running away in high school, Lisa was kidnapped and brought into the world of sex trafficking; despite the terrible nature of the experience, Lisa is surprisingly open about it and more than willing to share for the purpose of education. The personal experience that she brings helps make the threat real to students who are receiving the training. Lisa is a very inspirational woman who has taken a horrible and traumatic event in her life and turned it into something that has helped thousands of people; her interview will be included in the documentary.
In the future, Vets 4 Child Rescue plans on partnering with Sold No More to increase the amount and reach of training that Sold No More offers. One of the new trainings that we hope to help with is training for parents who may not understand the vastness of the danger that is introduced with the age of the internet. A lot of times, parents may not be aware of the threat, thinking misleading thoughts such as “that sort of thing doesn’t happen here” and being lulled into a false sense of security. The training won’t be meant to scare parents, just like the student training isn’t, but will rather be focused on awareness and prevention. We also hope to create an app for parents to use called “My Mobile Watchdog” that will hopefully be coming out for use in the next couple years.
We are very excited about our partnership with Sold No More, their contribution to the documentary, and the projects that will continue to come from working together to end child trafficking.