Predator and prey: Investigating child exploitation and sex trafficking in your community

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Robert Cribb of Toronto Star; Brooke Shannon of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Konstance Smith of Phoenix Dream Center
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 4-5
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

It is among the darkest issues a journalist can cover -- the abuse of children and the enslavement and trafficking of people in the sex trade. It's often a treacherous world for a journalist to enter and can be even more difficult to navigate once inside. This panel explores the delicate sensitivities covering some of the most vulnerable and exploited victims in society, the challenges of holding their perpetrators to account and the systems in place that allow it all to flourish. 

Speaker Bios

  • Robert Cribb is an investigative reporter at the Toronto Star. He has received national reporting awards and citations for investigations into offshore tax evasion, child exploitation, human trafficking, dangerous doctors and public-health threats. Cribb is co-author of Digging Deeper: A Canadian Reporter’s Research Guide (Oxford University Press). He teaches investigative reporting at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism and the University of Toronto. @thecribby

  • Dr. Brooke Shannon is an assistant professor in the College of Security and Intelligence at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. Her research interests focus primarily on knowledge and information practices. She is interested in a range of research methodologies, including discourse analysis, phenomenology, and hermeneutical analysis. She also regional interests in East Africa.

  • Konstance Smith: I knew right away what my calling was after going on an outreach that reaches out to woman in forced prostitution. In 2015 I became the Program Director for Where Hope Lives, where we house and rehabilitate women that have been victims of human trafficking and crisis pregnancy. I have been the Director for almost 2 ½ years and we have formed many positive relationships with law enforcement, non-government organizations, churches, and the community. I love my calling!

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