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   Carrie Crawford, Esq.
   Theresa Flores
   Ivan Coyote
   Dr. Brittney Cooper

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Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI, USA 48197

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Survivor and Author Theresa Flores travels the US sharing her story of trafficking and slavery while living in an upper-middle class suburb of Detroit Michigan. At fifteen years of age, she was drugged, raped and tortured for two long years. Kept in bondage, forced to pay back an impossible debt. All the while living at home, attempting to keep her family safe. She attended school during the day along side of her abusers, only to be called into "service" late each night while her unknowing family slept. Involuntarily involved in a large criminal ring, Ms. Flores endured more as a child than most adults will ever face their entire lives.   Visit her website at http://www.traffickfree.com

She has appeared as a guest on The Today Show and MSNBC and appears in Kidnap & Rescue, a TV series which airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. / 9c on Discovery Channel. She will also appeared on a two hour special about sex trafficking on America’s Most Wanted on 2/24/12.

She has created SOAP, an outreach that aims to distribute thousands of bars of soap with the National Human Trafficking Hotline number and key identifying questions FREE to local motels. Volunteers talk to motel owners and managers and provide them with a quick overview of what is happening to young girls in their hotels.  On her worse night, being auctioned off to nearly two dozen men in a dingy, dirty, inner city motel, Ms. Flores recalled the only item that would have reached out to her. A bar of soap to clean up. With that in mind, she has created SOAP, standing for Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution.

The project’s goal are:
  • To Educate Motel Owners and staff on human trafficking.
  • To offer a way for motel owners, clientele and victims to reach out for help.
  • To address the Demand side of trafficking through awareness.