Many of you responded to the voice of a grateful survivor this week, over 3,400 of you viewed the post and more than 50 shared it. Today we want to introduce you to Brianna and the police officer who orchestrated her escape. He had learned about trafficking after spending time with Linda Smith, founder of Shared Hope.
“Without this police intervention, Brianna may have disappeared forever.” ~Chief Criminal Deputy, John Chapman, Clark County Sheriff’s Office
There has been much interest from the Defenders in Brianna’s story. Three Defenders were involved in bringing her to safety: John Chapman, Vern Smith, and Ron Hart. In this interview, Brianna and John Chapman share the story of how law enforcement scrambled in the few hours they had, to put together a plan that would release her from the sinister plans of the seemingly innocent ‘friends’ who had tricked her.
Brianna was just 18 years old when a pimp made his move and began to groom her in preparation to sell her into the underworld of commercial sex. Through the intervention of a high school friend and his father, the quick actions of a law enforcement officer, and others, she was able to see that this friendship wasn’t what it appeared to be. Meet her here as she speaks alongside the officer who helped bring her to safety to expose the deception that would have taken her away.
In Brianna’s own words to us this week, she pleads the Defenders to continue to focus on recognizing signs of trafficking, to watch out for the vulnerable in their communities, and to know how to take action like her friends did.
Brianna says: Pimps/traffickers look for loopholes in your laws, strip clubs, lower educated areas, and perceived weakness in the police force, in order to set up for their operations. A police officer was involved in saving my life from this horror. Without their intervention, I very well may not have made it out alive. I will be forever grateful.
I would like to see an end to trafficking and we need your help! Support those who are there for the children in our community, and focused on finding them, and saving their lives from these monsters.
Shared Hope appreciates our many friends in law enforcement who go into situations where minors are trapped, and bring them to safety. Thank you Defenders, for working hard to protect children.