A few months ago author and investigative journalist Nick Bryant joined us live in the studio to talk more about his book The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse and Betrayal. Among many revelations, the book exposed the anatomy of a cover-up, and the funding structures of child sex trafficking rings. Today we talk with Dr. Lori Handrahan of American University’s School of International Service and author of many articles including, The Justice Department’s Child Porn Problem and To Catch Government Workers With Ties to Child Porn, Call the IRS. We continue the discussion on investigating child pornography and sex trafficking within the United States government, local, state and federal. It was only a few years ago that Dr Handrahan’s daughter involved in a nightmare altercation that involved the state of Maine, sex trafficking and a major court battles. We learn more about that and Dr Handrahan’s research into the current stories on sex trafficking, such as the recent Secret Service in Columbia, Pentagon and other government employees watching child porn on government computers and the list goes on. Dr Handrahan says there needs to be not only justice for the children involved but IRS accountability of the billions of dollars pouring through the trafficking industries.
Guest – Dr. Lori Handrahan, is from the London School of Economics’ Sociology and Gender Institute. She holds over twenty years of practitioner work in Central Asia, Asia, Africa and the Balkans, and she has focused on gender-based violence, international human rights, humanitarian response, conflict and post-conflict environments, masculinities and men/boys in development and violence, and gender within UN reform and organizational change. She has served as a UN consultant for UNFPA, UNDP, OCHA, UNHCR and UNICEF. She was UNHCR’s first gender expert in emergency operations in Chad during the Darfur genocide and Regional Gender Advisor for UNHCR in The Balkans. She was lead researcher for CARE’s Girls’ Leadership Assessment in Yemen, UNFPA’s Gender-Based Violence Information Management System pilot in Uganda, and OCHA’s Gender Review. Dr. Handrahan’s first book, Gendering Ethnicity, was published by Routledge in 2001. She is published in peer-review journals such as The International Feminist Journal of Politics and Security Dialogue, has been a guest on CNN, FOX News, CTV and VOA, and has written Op-eds in The New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor.