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In this episode of The 411 Live, we interview Dr. Kweku Akyirefi Ramel Smith from Blacksmith Consulting and Jolanda Rodgers, founder of Talk Consulting about how traffickers use a victim’s trauma to lure them into sex trafficking.
We begin with Jolanda introducing the “I Dare You to Heal” movement and all that entails it as Dr. Smith goes on to explain what trauma is and how Traffickers use it. Dr. Smith uses the example of molesters and pedophiles and the trauma they bring to their victims. He leads into how traffickers will then use that trauma as a weapon or a tool on their victims. Jolanda chimes in as well and helps explain how the history of trauma can affect people long into their adulthood. She explains how something may have happened to you when you were four and can come back and haunt you when you have a four-year-old of your own and the resemblance of age can snap the bad memory right back into your mind.
Dr. Smith and Jolanda both agree that trauma is something we have to take very seriously and talk about. Trauma is a scary tool that can affect the young and old and traffickers know this. Burying it deep and not talking about it won’t help. Follow along as Beverly Taylor interviews our guest on trauma, a trafficker’s currency.
About Talk Consulting
T.A.L.K.: Tell your story. Accept your truth. Learn your identity. Know your strength.
There are astounding statistics that reflect the challenges of survivors reclaiming their lives after experiencing various forms of abuse, trauma, and gender-based violence. Both women and men, young and old are often unable to live beyond their trauma and thrive as a healthy and whole person. T.A.L.K intends to position them to do so through psychotherapy, experiential engagement, and inner healing. T.A.L.K. provides manuscript preparation and editorial services to individuals wishing to share their journey in literary form. For those aspiring to take their journey into the non-profit or business world, T.A.L.K. offers business proposals and grant writing.
Contact Info: Jolanda Rogers – Founder, Counselor
About Blaquesmith Psychological Consultative Services, LLC
Dr. Kweku Akyirefi Ramel Smith is a Licensed Psychologist and President of Blacksmith Psychological Consultative Services. Between 2014 and 2016, Smith also served as the Team Psychologist of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and was warmly received as a speaker at the 2015 Leaders Sport Performance Summit in New York City. Dr. Smith is often referred to as the “Total Package or TP” by his family, friends, and colleagues. The title of “TP” was bequeathed upon him because he embodies the Mind, Body, Soul paradigm that he presents and teaches.
Contact Info: Dr. Kweku Akyirefi Ramel Smith – Licensed Psychologist and President of Blacksmith Psychological Consultative Services
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733)
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