Flashpoint: Human Trafficking Awareness, Gender reassignment surgery, Black History at Free Library

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January 26, 2019 - 9:40 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the multi-billion dollar business of stealing freedom for profit. Human trafficking is a criminal industry that impacts millions around the world. In 2017 the National Human Trafficking Hotline ranked Pennsylvania 7th for the number of human trafficking reported. Trafficking can happen in broad day light and out in the open. Besides the sex trade, labor trafficking takes place at massage parlors, landscaping services, cleaning companies and in other industries. Traffickers target the most vulnerable, so what are the red flags, and what can the community do to stop it? We walk through the flames of this discussion with Hugh Organ, Associate Executive Director of Covenant House, Pearl Kim, a former assistant district attorney for Delaware County who prosecuted Pennsylvania's first human trafficking case and Stephanie Shantz-Stiver, Human Trafficking advocate for Network of Victim Assistance, aka NOVA, of Bucks County. If you see something, say something. by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1 (888) 373-7888.

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The Flashpoint "Newsmaker of the week" is Dr. Christine McGinn, founder of the Papillion Gender Wellness Center.  For the past two years, Dr. McGinn has provided free gender reassignment surgeries for transgender troops who are on active duty. McGinn, who is also transgender and a Navy veteran, explains why she decided to do the pro bono work and why she believes Transgender individuals will always serve in the military. 

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Our "Changemaker of the week" is the Free Library of Philadelphia. Kalela Wiliams director of Neighborhood Enrichment Programs provides details on the city library's programming for Black History Month.

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Flashpoint airs every Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Subscribe to the Flashpoint Podcast on the Apple Podcast, RADIO.COM or others apps where you get your podcast by searching "Flashpoint KYW."