Monday, November 22, 2010

A great site: Teens on Trafficking

About Human Trafficking...
Image linked from source: "Human trafficking is the practice of people being tricked, lured, coerced or otherwise removed from their home or country, and then compelled to work with no or low payment or on terms which are highly exploitive." Or so Wikipedia describes it. But human trafficking is basically the modern day slavery. The three main issues of human trafficking are: slave labor, sexual exploitation, and prostitution. Approximately 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, but no one can really put a number on how many people that have been affected by this heinous crime because it is an extremely covert, and underground issue. It is the second largest crime in the world only behind drug trafficking, but it is growing at dangerously rampant rates and will soon pass drug trafficking. When people are trafficked, they are forced to work and/or sell their bodies while also enduring mental, physical, and sexual abuse with hardly any food or pay.
The average age of entry of which girls enter prostitution is 13, and this number is still decreasing at an alarming rate. How someone can compel themself to torture and rape an innocent child is beyond me. But these heartless creatures must be STOPPED.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Healdsburg High School students, Monique Lessan and Sylvia Todd


Sunday, April 11, 2010


Monday, March 29, 2010

Teens on KFTY TV Channel 50

Left to right: up:  Monique Lessan, Laura Taylor
Down: Sky, Hanna and Celina from Healdsburg High School

Friday, March 26, 2010



A victim of Human Trafficking may look like many people  you see every day. Any child engaged in commercial sex is the victim of human trafficking. Children made to work against their will (such as in farm labor, domestic servitude or sweatshop factories) are victims of human trafficking.

If you think a child may be a victim of human trafficking, email us at:  or  
Call Monique lessan at 858-568-4972 or Laura Taylor at 707-322-2766.

Ask the right question and look for clues.You are vital because you may be the only outsider with the opportunity to speak with a victim. 

There are safe housing, health, immigration, food, income, employment, legal and interpretation services available to victims, but first they must be found. Call 1.888-3737-888

Friday, February 19, 2010

Laura Taylor shares the story of her abducted daughter

My daughter, I will refer to her as Kay, was a victim of Human Trafficking. She was “recruited” off the Santa Rosa JC Campus right here in Santa Rosa. I had “heard of” Human Trafficking “out there” in the world, and thought of it as something that happened in “other places”. I never realized it is happening locally

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Photos of Feb 11th presentation

Feb 11th Presentation at the Healdsburg High School

It was a big day. Our dream came true. Over 200 students showed up at the Black Box and the MC Josh Gordon started by introducing the project of Teens Against Human trafficking and then Monique Lessan, the founder of the project. Monique then introduced Laura Taylor and her daughter Kaylee who was kidnapped several  years ago from Santa Rosa J.C. Kaylee proudly stood by her mother, contributing her share to the project. 
Then the three films started. They each had their perspective of what sex trafficking means to each group of students. The first two were somewhat humorous but the last one  involved suicide of one of the girls and selling her kidneys and hiring a Private Detective Monique Lessan to recover the abducted girl.
Then the students asked their questions and received their answers by the students along with whistles for emergencies. It was a great day for Healdsburg high school. Helen Sager of Soroptimist International Of Santa Rosa who sponsored this project passed out certificates of every participating student.

Friday, February 12, 2010

KBBF Radio Interview of Students from Healdsburg High School

Monique Lessan and Laura Taylor along with students Marco Hernandez, Salina Gomez and Hanna Wycoff of Healdsburg High School were interviewed on KBBF on Februray 6th 2010.

Friday, January 22, 2010


Monique Lessan, the founder of Teens Against Human Trafficking and a Licensed Private Investigator with collaboration from Laura Taylor, a marriage and family therapist, Gwen Hall and Soroptomist International of Santa Rosa are working together with Healdsburg High School students to educate them about human trafficking in general, with an emphasis on sex trafficking. The goal of this project is to teach Teens about the perils of human trafficking, so that they may educate their peers about the same, but from their own perspective.  
The students will be speaking live on the radio 89.1 FM, in regards to their experience with this project and their perspective on Global Sex Trade Enterprise.
On February 11th, these courageous teenagers will be presenting their group short films to other students while being filmed on Channel 50 KFTY. The film is scheduled to be shown one Sunday in March at 7:00 pm. This is a great period for family viewing. This time slot follows "Monk", a very popular show. The exact date is yet to be determined. stay tuned....

Students at Healdsburg High School during the shooting of one of the films