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The 411 Live Podcast (S2) – EP 6 Sex Trafficking & The Law

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In this episode of The 411 Live, we are joined by State Senator LaTonya Johnson.

Sex Trafficking is a State wide problem but Milwaukee is ranked 3rd in the nation for child trafficking. Senator Johnson has been involved with bringing awareness and legislation to the Wisconsin State Senate and anywhere she can educate people on this horrific problem. You don’t want to miss this episode as she talks about the current laws surrounding sex trafficking and that sex trafficking exists in public and private schools. This is The 411 Live. Real People. Real Talk.

AB 49 is a tremendous step forward in protecting the innocent lives of Wisconsin youth who are victims of sex trafficking.

“Safe Harbor” Bill for Sex-Trafficking Victims

Testimony in Support of Safe Harbor for Trafficked Youth (AB 41)

About State Senator LaTonya Johnson

Senator Johnson is currently serving her first term as State Senator for the 6th District, located on Milwaukee’s Northwest side.  Prior to being elected to the State Senate, Senator Johnson was State Representative for the 17th Assembly District for four years.

Senator Johnson has been a resident of Milwaukee for thirty years.  For the ten years prior to be to being elected to the State Assembly, she owned and operated a child care center serving Milwaukee’s low-income children.  Improving the health, safety, and quality of life for Wisconsin’s children and their families is Senator Johnson’s top legislative priority, and during her tenure in the State Assembly, she successfully co-authored eight bills enacted into law.

Before running for office, Senator Johnson served as an Executive Board member for AFSCME’s District Council 48, President of AFSCME Local 502 Milwaukee Child Care Providers Together, and Chair of AFSCME’s Women Committee.  She has been a Financial Employment Planner for Wisconsin Shares, a member of the Special Committee on Public Assistance Program Integrity, and the drafting committee for the Wisconsin Shares Subsidy Policy Guide.

Senator Johnson has been appointed to the Wisconsin Center District Board, the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council, and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District Commission.

Committee Assignments

Contact Senator LaTonya Johnson

Phone: (608)266-2500
District Phone: (414)313-1241
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733)


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 “Trafficked” More Than Just A Story Healing Series

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Beverly Taylor is a prober, listener and talker. She utilized all those skills as an anchor and reporter at WITI-TV (Fox 6 News). During her 21 years there, Beverly became a very recognized face in southeast Wisconsin. The most rewarding aspect of the job for her was telling stories that make a positive difference in people’s lives and stories that bring awareness. That included multiple stories about sex trafficking, which makes this podcast about the subject a logical fit.

For her efforts, Beverly has received a lot in return. She’s met people in different stages of life: during their most joyous times, their most vulnerable times, and their most painful times. These people have given Beverly tremendous examples of courage, generosity and determination.

Beverly has received many honors for her reporting, including three EMMY nominations. The University of Tennessee graduate also has a Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from Marquette University. She left TV news in December of 2019. Resolving conflict is another way she hopes to make a positive difference in the lives of others. She is a video production contractor, voice-over artist and podcaster.

Putting God first is a constant aim for Beverly. She is a member of New Testament Church of Milwaukee, and loves hanging out with her husband Julian and son, Nate.

Lashondra Scott, Producer/Senior Editor

LaShondra Scott is a visionary leader on a mission to change the conditions, mindsets and attitudes of community residents through transformative and mission-driven films, television shows and new media.

LaShondra, a production executive for over 15 years, has produced and directed television programing, documentaries, video and radio content that has been broadcasted on a variety of outlets including, MPTV, radio 1290 WMCS and cable outlets. Scott, President and CEO of Neo Soul Productions also creates inspiring videos for business, organizations and non-profits.

LaShondra’s keen interest in her community and an intense desire to change the conditions so many of her fellow citizens experience, help her focus her eye on films that make a difference. With God’s guidance, she seeks to completely transform the mindsets and attitudes of individuals as wells as provide a sense of direction and purpose for all who share her vision.

“Always live life with a purpose” is Lashondra’s motto. She strives to make at least one person smile everyday because, as she says, “You never know what that person is going through, and making them smile could change their mood and make life just a little better.”

At an early age, Lashondra saw her life through the lens of a camera. She was 16 when she decided that television/video production would be her vocation. With that in mind, she attended Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and earned an Associate’s Degree in Television/Video Production. She then earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University in Glendale, WI.

She is on the programming committee of the Milwaukee Film Makers Alliance and is part of the Human Trafficking Taskforce of Milwaukee and Sojourner’s Family Peace Center’s human trafficking task force.

Dewayne Edwards, Associate Producer

Dewayne Edwards was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He loves all areas of filmmaking and is passionate about using the world around him to inspire his stories. With his passion for writing, he loves to develop stories to not only show a journey but to get the audience thinking.

With experience in writing, producing, and directing, Dewayne inspires to grow the filmmaking community in Milwaukee to show the different ways we can express our creative minds. Having grown up in Milwaukee, Dewayne knows that there are a lot of stories to tell to help and inspire people all over the world.