Children of the Night is a privately funded non-profit organization established in 1979 by Dr. Lois Lee, who is the worlds leading expert in rescuing child sex trafficking victims. Dr. Lee holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Anthropology, a Juris Doctor in Law and is an active member of the California State Bar. COTN’s mission is to provide intervention in the lives of children who are sexually exploited and vulnerable to or involved in prostitution and pornography.
Dr. Lee maintains a 70% to 80% success rate with her life-changing work that mobilizes children from prostitution to successful adult life. Children of the Night graduates go on to become Homeland Security, teachers, bankers, social workers, firefighters, and other professionals.
In this episode we discuss:
- Why she began in 1979 rescuing child prostitutes off the street, housing 250 kids in three years in her apartment
- How the hillside strangler in Los Angeles was prominent in her movement
- What every child who is trafficking usually has in common at an early age
- Why prostitutes love their pimps and how the pimp strategizes in order to “hook” the girls
- Why she doesn’t believe child trafficking should go to jail and why testifying against their pimp should be a healing process for them
- Why she ended housing for children a few years ago and moved her program digital, therefore can help children around the world
- What she believes is the solution to sex trafficking
- Why children prostitutes have a lower rate of suicide than the average child who is troubled
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