August 19, 2018



You’re listening to Episode 21 of the Trafficking Dispatch, a biweekly podcast that briefs you on human trafficking issues in a brief amount of time. I’m your host, Victoria Erdel. In this episode, we’ll review our goals, present exciting opportunities for you to get involved, and announce our giveaway winner.


If you’ve been with us since the very beginning of this podcast, you know that the format and goals of Seasons 1 and 2 were pretty different from each other. If you’ve just joined us, I’ll fill you in. In Season 1, we had mostly information based episodes with only 2 interviews, one with Emily Wang who is now a part of our team, and Jenelle Gordon for our season finale. As we approached Season 2, The Trafficking Dispatch team decided that we needed more interviews with advocates and survivors to not only explain what human trafficking is, but what you can do about it. So, every Season 2 episode was an interview with an advocate or survivor. These interviews were great since we got to talk to advocates with diverse interests, abilities and backgrounds. But one thing we realized is that a lot of our second season focused on what you can do about sex trafficking specifically, not other forms of human trafficking. We also realized that the second season focused more on action and not a lot on what the issue actually is. This can make it difficult for you to combat a particular form of human trafficking since you won’t know exactly what you’re up against.

That’s why, starting this season, we’re going to combine our approaches from Seasons 1 and 2. Our next episode will be about a particular form of human trafficking, and the episode after that will feature an interview with an advocate who fights that particular form. We’ll repeat this cycle until our season finale, which will of course be an interview with a survivor of trafficking.


If we reflect back on our goals from Season 2, I think it’s safe to say that, with your support and encouragement, we have achieved all of these goals. Since the launch of Season 2, we’ve interviewed 4 male advocates, some of them survivors, of human trafficking. We did this because we wanted to emphasize that human trafficking comes in many forms and is not just a women’s issue, and even when a type of trafficking is commonly associated with women, like sex trafficking, we wanted to show that men can be affected as well. That way, male survivors and advocates will also be listened to and will encourage others to join the fight against human trafficking.


Our next goal was to expand our global audience. At the end of our first season, we had listeners in 25 countries on five continents. I’m happy to say that it has greatly increased to 92 countries on all habitable continents! We have also recruited translators for Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and Swahili, which just shows our expanding global reach. If you’re interested in joining our translation team or translating even just one episode, you can email us at


We also expanded our reach in other ways, such as being featured in the United Nations SDSN Youth Solutions Report 2018, getting two articles published in Teen Vogue and NYAToday -- we’ll include links at the end of our shownotes -- and by attending the Students Opposing Slavery International Summit and United Nations’ Youth Assembly! Of course, none of these opportunities and recognition would be possible without you tuning in, so thank you so much for every play, comment, like, share, and message that you send us!


Our goals for this season are essentially the same, but we have one more that we’d like to add: you. In this season and all following ones, we want to have more listener engagement, not just through our social media platforms, but directly in our episodes too. That’s why we’re introducing “Audible Audience” segments in our episodes this season. These segments are sponsored by our partners, Youth Underground, who work to amplify youth voices against human trafficking. Each episode will feature 1 or 2 30-second clips from listeners like you to briefly explain what you’re doing to fight human trafficking. We want to include you for two main reasons. First, we want to ensure that every episode is more than just us talking to you -- we want you to join the conversation! Second, we know that your clips will give listeners in other parts of the world concrete ideas on how they can fight human trafficking, and it may just inspire them to join your initiative! If you’re a young advocate or work for an anti-trafficking organization that includes young advocates, we’d love to hear from you! Just send us your 30-second audio clip of your name and/or organization, where you’re located, and what you do to fight human trafficking or include young anti-trafficking advocates. Your audio clips can be sent to, and we’ll try to feature every submission in an episode or on our social media. Stay tuned to the rest of this episode to hear our first Audible Audience segment, which should give you a better idea of what we’re looking for.


If you want to participate in our podcast but aren’t comfortable with being featured in an episode, we have another exciting opportunity for you! A few weeks ago we did a trial debate on our Instagram Story, where we discussed prison labor in the United States and had our Instagram followers send in their thoughts anonymously. We then published their views on our InstaStory and let others respond for up to 24 hours after the start of the debate. After the success of this first debate and your input, we decided to make InstaStory debates a permanent part of the podcast. We publish episodes every other Sunday, so on the Sundays when we don’t release a new episode, you can head over instead to our Instagram page @ttdpocast_official at 5pm EST, click on our icon, and join the debate on a topic related to human trafficking! Remember, your responses will be anonymous, and this will give you a chance to participate in our podcast on the Sundays when we don’t release a new episode.


And now, the part you have all been waiting for, the giveaway results! I’ll let our

publicist Anna explain the giveaway and announce the winner!


Anna: Hi everyone! So as you probably know, two weeks ago we announced an exciting giveaway to celebrate the one year anniversary of The Trafficking Dispatch, which is tomorrow, August 20th! We asked you all to enter for a chance to win some cool fair trade and world-changing prizes, and after over 200 entries across all of our social media platforms, we are excited to announce that the winner is Amalia Suri from Indonesia! Amalia, you have until August 22 at 5pm EST, exactly 3 days from now, to email us at so that we can arrange sending you your prizes! We want to thank everyone who entered our giveaway for their enthusiasm and willingness to join us in this fun opportunity. If you didn’t win this time, don’t lose heart! We’ll be hosting more giveaways in the future that you can enter! Stay tuned to find out when these are and what you can win! And now, back to Victoria.


Victoria: Thanks Anna, and congrats again to Amalia Suri from Indonesia. We look forward to hearing from you!


Before we launch into the rest of this season, I wanted to leave you with something that I heard at the United Nations Youth Assembly earlier this summer. In one of the sessions, a panelist said that when it comes to fighting world problems, we need to “be the brave or back the brave.” What she meant is that, a lot of times, we may feel that we need to launch our own initiative against an issue like human trafficking to make a difference. Of course, this is one great way to fight the issue and we applaud taking such initiative. But this isn’t the only way to make a difference. If you don’t have the time or resources to “be the brave” it is totally fine to also “back the brave.” It’s okay, and great to support organizations that already fight human trafficking. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to do something productive. We’re hoping that throughout this season, you will be inspired to either become the brave, or back the brave. Both are fine, and both make a difference.


If you’re interested in backing our mission at The Trafficking Dispatch, we are always looking for your input! Whether it’s becoming a shownotes translator or helping us in some other capacity, we welcome your ideas.


And speaking of ideas, I’d like to wrap up this episode with our first Audible Audience segment, brought to you by our partners, Youth Underground. Remember, you can send a 30-second clip of what you’re doing to fight human trafficking to for a chance to be featured in one of our episodes or on our social media. For this first segment, listen to what one of the delegates I met at the Youth Assembly has to say about how she uses her zero waste and minimalist lifestyle to fight labor trafficking in the clothing industry.


Phoebe: Hello, I’m Phoebe and I’m from the Philippines and I am 26 years old. I currently work as an architect, and I advocate zero waste and minimalism. And for the past year, I’ve been -- I’ve set a goal to myself that I will not buy any new clothes, but either buy secondhand clothes or clothes that are ethically made, like sustainably produced, they use materials that are safe for the environment.


To follow Phoebe’s zero waste journey, you can subscribe to her YouTube channel, mean living, and learn how simple changes in your life can help you take a stand against human trafficking.


This has been the Trafficking Dispatch with Victoria Erdel. You can subscribe to our SoundCloud channel and tune into our next episode which will be released on September 2 at 5 pm. Or, if you would like to interact with us before then, you can visit our website at, follow us on our social media accounts – our handles are below – or email us with any questions or suggestions at Thank you for tuning into this episode, and we hope you’ll tune in again to join the fight against human trafficking.

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