Saturday, July 1, 2017

[Audio] Sex trafficking victim and activist talks CNN interviews; Humboldt’s last week of news

Episode sponsored by Adventure’s Edge, Eel River Brewing and Bongo Boy Studio.
In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (9:21): Elle Snow, a local sex trafficking victim and activist, was on CNN last week discussing her experiences and efforts to end “the game.”

“Snow founded the anti-slavery organization Game Over in 2016,” narrates CNN reporter Lynda Kinkade. “A survivor of prostitution, Snow says her trafficker was a drug dealer who first tricked her into thinking they were starting a relationship. But she says when she agreed to travel from her home in Eureka, Calif. to his apartment in Sacramento, everything changed.”

“Working with CNN was amazing,” Snow said. “The executive producer of the CNN Freedom Project, Leif Coorlim, was extremely respectful and really had the right priorities while covering this subject. Unlike all the other major news outlets that have contacted me, they didn't want to attack Humboldt County and make us out to be a horrific drug-ran county. They wanted to address the issues, but they mostly wanted to highlight what Humboldt is getting right when it comes to combating sex trafficking.”

In the podcast, more information from Snow is shared. Also, info on how she helped secure the first ever human trafficking conviction in Humboldt County, the brutality she had to endure to achieve it, why she tracks local online classified ads for prostitutes, her educational work, and the reach of the CNN piece.

Snow says additional CNN pieces are tentatively going to air in the coming weeks featuring herself and other locals working hard to help those that are trafficked here.

The story begins at 9:21.

Also covered

A press conference on the case of an HSU student murdered at a house party, Betty Chinn is stolen from and the community rallies, possible energy karma, a new Humboldt-launched app, a corruption investigation within the Sheriff’s Office, a viral video of an altercation at a local business leaves you furrowing a brow, crime updates, and much more.

Elle Snow, CNN screenshot