In this episode, Sam and Alicen speak with Yiota Souras, the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 2020 was a high-volume year for NCMEC’s efforts, with more than 21.7 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation made to NCMEC’s CyberTipline. Yiota explains why the risk of exploitation of children is on the rise in COVID-19 and how we can all better protect them. She also explores NCMEC’s involvement in the Backpage litigation and explains potential implications on other internet providers such as Facebook, Instagram, and Pornhub.
If you or someone you know is currently in danger of human trafficking, you can view the National Human Trafficking Hotline website here. You can reach the hotline by calling 1-888-373-7888 or texting 233733.
You can learn more about Backpage, NCMEC’s involvement in litigation against Backpage, and the Senate report here.
You can find the documentary I am Jane Doe here.
Music: Blurry Vision by Corbyn Kites