Andrea Powell

Andrea Powell co-founded FAIR Girls in 2003 and currently serves as Executive Director. For the past ten years, Powell has led FAIR Girls’ efforts to identify and assist female survivors of human trafficking in the United States and in FAIR Girls’ global programs in Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Russia, and Uganda. In her current position at FAIR Girls, Powell oversees all operational, programmatic, and developmental aspects of FAIR Girls. She currently serves as the FAIR Girls’ chief liaison to the DC Anti-Trafficking Task Force where she has trained American and international audiences, including federal and local law enforcement, service providers, state and federal policy makers, and teachers, in how to identify and assist victims of sex and forced labor trafficking. In 2009, Powell served as co-investigator to a Department of Justice-funded study on commercial sexual exploitation of children in the United States where she interviewed over 100 runaway and commercially sexually exploited teens aged 14 to 19. Powell currently acts as an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Her efforts to stop the trafficking of youth have been featured in media outlets, including CNN, the BBC, Marie Claire, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, and Voice of America. Her writings have been published in the Huffington Post, and she has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Our America series with Lisa Ling, the Katie Show, and America’s Most Wanted.
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Sex Trafficking in America: The Role of Online Advertisers

Each year, websites make millions from advertising women for sale. "!!! @ ALL Submissive @ All Bottom @ Slave Coco Chick in need of a DOMINANT master" — an online advertisement for a teenage girl on Backpage.com, June 1, 2012. Sex trafficking is serial rape for profit. That is the simple, non-legal definition. It is a distinct crime from that of sexual assault, where there... Continue Reading

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