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The Traffik Report

Elvira Truglia & Fay Faraday

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Speaking truth to power on sex and labour trafficking. A podcast where former sex workers, survivors, front-line workers and advocates have fearless conversations about gender, racial and economic justice. Join us for SEASON 1 - YES, IN MY BACKYARD: Busting myths about human trafficking in Canada
 
Australian broadcaster, journalist, lawyer, documentary filmmaker and mama of four, Tammi Faraday, learns from others how to navigate life’s invariable challenges where there's no clear answer, but bravery has propelled them forward. With compassionate curiosity, reciprocal candour & vulnerability in spades, Tam uncovers her guests' brave life journeys, with the hope of empowering you to realise life’s difficulties don’t have to define you – they are often the making of you.
 
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There are many episodes on BRAVE JOURNEYS where I have cried, but not today. Today is about celebrating life, love & finding unbridled gratitude & joy in the ordinary. If I told you that my next guest is terminally ill with Stage 4 cancer & has also been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, it would be reasonable to assume this is a deeply sad epi…
 
What would you do if your worst private heartache was on the front page of every newspaper around the world? Kate Nason knows… Seven years into her marriage, Kate discovers her husband was cheating on her with multiple women. Then, the unimaginable happens. It’s January of 1998 & Kate wakes to the news that one of her husband’s mistresses was havin…
 
My next guest, Kenneth Feinberg, literally stopped me in my tracks. Ken is a prominent attorney, a world-renowned MEDIATOR and the one time chief of staff of the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy. But when we all stood still on 9/11 after one of the most horrific terrorist attacks the world has ever seen, Ken stood up and wanted – indeed asked - to …
 
Inspiration comes in many shapes and forms. One of them, without any shadow of a doubt, is my next guest, the truly inspirational Rebecca Faye Smith Galli. Just nine days after her divorce was finalised, Becky, a then 38-year-old mother of four, two of whom with special needs, wakes up at 2am with strange, shooting sensations in her legs. By 9pm, s…
 
We promised you something fun for our season finale, so here it is! We kick things off with the Traffik Report Collective playing a round of Karen Campbell’s Movie-Matchup Game: The Trafficking Edition. The Collective also joins us for a movie review, or take down, of the movie Taken! We interview collective member, Camilla Ho, about the Children o…
 
By her own account, Carolyn Moor had it all. She & her architect husband Chad, had two gorgeous little girls, their own business & a house they designed & built in Orlando. On Valentine’s Day 2000, they talked over a romantic dinner & fantasized about what dreams would come next. While they were driving home, a car struck theirs. Chad tragically di…
 
TRIGGER WARNING!!! Leslie Morgan Steiner is a New York Times best-selling author, columnist for The Washington Post, consultant and thought leader on women’s leadership, work-life balance, inspirational parenting, overcoming adversity and surviving violence against women. She is a graduate of Harvard and earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Bus…
 
This episode focuses on youth who are experiencing trafficking and sexual exploitation. The Traffik Report Collective gathers to ask: do we have to think about human trafficking differently when youth are involved? What does trafficking look like for girls and teens? And what has shifted during the pandemic? As front-line workers, how is advocating…
 
My next guest, Dr Lucy Hone is a global authority and celebrated Ted Speaker in the area of resilience. Lucy is an Adjunct Senior Professor at the University of Canterbury, a co-director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience, a published academic researcher and best-selling author and blogger for Psychology Today. Having been train…
 
We can’t talk about human trafficking without having difficult conversations. In this episode, the Traffik Report Collective takes on the polarized debates about the commercial sex trade. Some people working on the frontlines see the sex trade as fundamentally exploitative and think the solution is to abolish it altogether. Some look at it from a l…
 
TRIGGER WARNING!!! Proud Gunaikurnai woman, Veronica Gorrie, had spent a lifetime in fear of the police… and with good reason. Ronnie's grandmother, Linda, was stolen from her family as an eight-year-old in 1941, along with her three siblings. And Veronica’s beloved father John was forcibly taken at birth from his then 16-year-old mother Linda & pl…
 
In this episode, we speak to three fierce advocates about the false divide between labour and sex trafficking in rural and urban communities. We look at how gender and economic coercion happen in forced marriage, migrant labour, and domestic and transnational sex trafficking. We ask, what connects these experiences? Is the label “trafficking” helpf…
 
TRIGGER WARNING!!! My next guest, Stephanie Giese is a mother of five, a celebrated writer, a prolific blogger - recognised as one of HuffPost’s most viral bloggers of the decade & was named a BlogHer Voice of The Year - a former teacher and a tireless advocate for children and families living with mental illness. Stephanie and her husband Eddie ar…
 
In this powerful episode, two members of The Traffik Report Collective share their personal stories. Both from rural communities, Thunder and Jessica are former sex workers who identify as survivors of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. In an open and honest conversation, Jessica and Thunder keep it real. They talk about what was unique about…
 
Stephen Jon Thompson is a distinguished leader and Tech Executive whose job it is to find the most elite talent in artificial intelligence for the world’s most cutting-edge technology & consumer companies - Including; Nike, Amazon, LinkedIn, Apple & Google. So, it might be reasonable to assume Stephen was born into a beautiful family, with a silver…
 
This season of The Traffik Report is all about busting myths that people have about what trafficking is, where it happens and who it affects. We kick the season off by asking, why do we even refer to the economic and sexual exploitation of women and gender diverse people as “trafficking”? Where does that word come from? What assumptions are built i…
 
Laura Cathcart Robbins is an acclaimed culture writer, storyteller extraordinaire & now beloved host of The Only One in the Room Podcast. Laura’s survived post-natal depression; struggled through debilitating addiction and divorced her high-profile, Hollywood juggernaut, ex-husband. And when life felt very much rock bottom, Laura met her long-time …
 
Meet The Traffik Report Collective as we launch fearless conversations speaking truth to power on sex and labour trafficking in Canada. We are former sex workers, trafficking survivors, front-line workers and advocates. We are Indigenous, Black, racialized, and white. We identify with many ethnicities and class backgrounds. We encompass many gender…
 
MAJOR TRIGGER WARNING!!! From the age of eight, Dr Michelle Stevens was brutally tortured and enslaved, raped, and pimped out to countless men by a sadistic paedophile; a man who passed himself off as her father. After suffering more than ten years of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, Michelle escaped and with superhuman strength, Michelle cho…
 
Are you in for a treat BRAVE JOURNEYS family? Today’s guest is a bona fide superstar. But that’s not why I love him. And I really do love him. 36 hours after Jono Lancaster was born with Treacher Collins syndrome - a rare genetic disorder that effects the development of the cheek bones, jaw, chin and ears - his parents abandoned him in the hospital…
 
Doctor Mark Cross has worked in psychiatry for three decades and specialises in treating young people, complex PTSD, women’s mental health & anxiety disorders. Mark’s also a senior Lecturer at the University of NSW & a conjoint lecturer at Western Sydney University. He sits on the Board of SANE AUSTRALIA - whose mission is to improve the health of …
 
Susan Burton is the one-time producer & now editor of the Pulitzer Prize winning weekly public radio show and podcast - This American Life - heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations across America; with another 2.5 million people downloading the podcast each week. Susan’s radio documentaries have won numerous awards, including an Overs…
 
Eilene Zimmerman noticed that the man who’d loomed large in her life for nearly 30 years - her ex-husband and father of her two children – PETER – seemed increasingly out of sorts. He’d been looking progressively thin, seemingly preoccupied, couldn’t shake flu like symptoms and was becoming a more and more unreliable parent to their kids. Eilene as…
 
Never before in the history of humankind has it been possible for a woman to give birth to an infant who is genetically unrelated to her. Never before has it been possible for a woman to be the genetic parent of children to whom she has not given birth. Never before has it been possible to bring children into the world in more than 30 ways. Never b…
 
When Joe Hyman left his parents at the airport for a year away at a religious seminary, he was carrying so much more baggage than just his suitcase. His then hidden gay identity, dragged behind him wherever he went. A few months before leaving for his gap year abroad, Joe found what’s known as a conversion therapist online, falsely peddling a so-ca…
 
What happens when the love of your life — your husband, your best friend, the father of your 3 week old baby - who’s gorgeous, funny, tall, exotic, and wonderfully attentive; the person you’ve basically banked your whole life on, turns out to be a psychopath? This was the agonising question facing my next guest - JEN WAITE – as captured flawlessly …
 
If you’re a parent, pulling your proverbial hair out at the life force that is social media – you really don’t want to go anywhere for the next hour. My next guest, Kirra Pendergast, will tell you exactly like it is; she won’t pull any punches; she won’t sugar coat a thing; but she also won’t make you feel like a lousy, negligent parent for not kno…
 
Believe me when I say this is one of the most egregious cases of a miscarriage of justice you’ll ever hear. SABRINA BUTLER SMITH’s story can only be described as your very worst nightmare. At 17, Sabrina was a young, single mother to two children including her beautiful baby boy, Walter. When Walter was nine months old, Sabrina came home after a jo…
 
If you’ve ever second guessed yourself, hated yourself or harmed yourself because you weren’t a certain number on a scale. If you’ve ever been humiliated because of your size or praised when you shed kilograms in a hope to fit in and be good enough. If you’ve ever deluded yourself that living a life of deprivation makes you somehow more virtuous, m…
 
If you’ve ever wanted to know what deep, profound, abiding, altruistic, passionate, inspirational love looks like – this is the episode for you. Jason Rosenthal enjoyed a wonderful but quiet life. He was happy to have his extraordinary wife – Amy Krouse Rosenthal - the celebrated children’s book author, memoirist, filmmaker and all-round glorious h…
 
Sometimes you come across a person whose story breaks your heart, but whose will and determination for good – despite, or perhaps in spite – of the horrors they’ve faced, will ensure that they’ll leave the world better than they found it. Fred Guttenberg’s story will make you press pause on this episode and go and love the ones you love harder than…
 
When Professor Gemma Carey was 12 years old, a man twice her age would sneak into her bedroom on a weekly basis and sexually assault her. When Gemma was seventeen, she took the perpetrator to court without anyone else knowing and had him placed on the child sex offender’s register. Perhaps most startling is that for 20 years, Gemma’s mother had kno…
 
Dr Matt Morgan is an intensive care specialist, scientist, teacher, self-professed geek and now best-selling author. But to me, Matt’s a profound philosopher, helping the world make sense of what it means to live, to survive, to give your all, & to show up when you don’t think you can. He thought I wanted I to chat to him about his worldwide bestse…
 
Caro Llewellyn was living a dream life in her adopted home of New York, directing an international literary festival and even calling Salman Rushdie “boss”. Then one ordinary day, running in Central Park, she lost all sensation in her legs. Two days later she was diagnosed with MS. But Caro wasn’t a stranger to life’s blows. Her father Richard cont…
 
Greg Fleet - or Fleety to comedy lovers around the world - has been one of Australia’s most successful comedic exports for almost four decades. For much of that time, he also lived with a devastating heroin addiction. The rap sheet of his many deceptions during the haze of his habit, included touring an incredibly successful show about his miraculo…
 
When Joselin Linder was a teenager, her beloved dad, Dr William Linder, became mysteriously sick in his 40s. His doctors, as well as medical professionals across the US and around the world, watched his body slowly decline. But there were no answers. By age 49, he was dead. One of the world’s leading genetics research teams - at the Seidman Lab at …
 
Mark Lukach courageously shares the story of how his future changed unexpectedly at 27 years of age, when his wonderful wife Giulia - with no history of mental illness - was first hospitalised on a psych ward after a devastating mental health crisis. Mark first wrote about Giulia in the New York Times "Modern Love" column (Tam’s all-time favourite …
 
Dr Nicole Brooks is pure sunshine. A beaming smile and down to earth nature that belies the gravity of the work she does… day in, day out. You see, at 15 years of age Nicole, lost her beautiful mum, Susie, to cancer. And she’s taken that tragedy and profound loss and converted it into devoting her life to cancer research and improving the lives and…
 
Where should I start with today’s guest – apart from confessing that he’s a lifelong hero of mine? Clive Stafford Smith is one of the world’s most distinguished Human Rights lawyers and the Founder of ‘Reprieve’ - a UK based legal NGO that defends marginalised people who are facing human rights abuses, often at the hands of powerful governments. Cl…
 
For Isabelle Oderberg, professional success was a given. A trailblazing journalist who’d spent 15 years pioneering digital journalism and going toe to toe with Rupert Murdoch at expansive boardroom tables. But on the personal front, success, was not, well… so assured. When Isy decided at 34 that she wanted to become a mother, she had no partner to …
 
Christie Tate, is a Chicago-based lawyer, mother & now an author of an oh so personal memoir - GROUP: How One Therapist & a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life - that’s literally taken the world by storm. GROUP tells the story of Christie: A brilliant over-achieving, self-lacerating young law student, graduating top of her class, who wants to die & e…
 
For Jan Marshall, life was good. She’d worked hard, set herself up financially and was hoping to share her future with a special someone. Having never partnered, she did what millions around the world do… she turned to online dating. After just a few short days of being approached on a dating site, Jan was certain she’d met “the one”. She accepted …
 
As psychologist and filmmaker Eve Ash investigates her parents’ story and in doing so, she uncovers shocking family secrets that literally upend her life.You see, Eve’s beloved parents, Martha and Feliks, both lost their entire families in the Holocaust, including their spouses. Broken, Feliks and Martha met after the war and emigrated together to …
 
Hollywood actor, Katherine Kendall, is most known for her roles of Dorothy in Jon Favreau’s “Swingers” and The Counselor, in the cult classic “Firefly”. But as one of the first women to bravely come forward about being sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein - silence breaker, change agent and seasoned warrior, Katherine - is now one of the leading …
 
Leanne Czerniecki is one of those people whose capacity to give, and to love, is limitless. Apart from surviving two bouts of cancer, retraining from corporate law to the highest level of paediatric nursing, being a devoted mother to three children, becoming an egg donor to give the gift of parenthood to infertile couples – she and her husband then…
 
Rachel Berger is one of Australia’s favourite stand-up comedians and raconteurs. A woman of remarkable insight and depth. Scotland’s List Magazine has referred to her as the “sharpest comedian” - irrespective of “gender or hemisphere”.She’s loud. She’s brash and she takes no prisoners.Child of Holocaust Survivors. Single for most of her life. No ch…
 
Award winning author and teacher, Gabbie Stroud, speaks frankly with Tammi Faraday about why she left teaching… or perhaps more accurately why teaching left her. You see, Gabbie was the teacher everyone wished they had and more importantly, the one we wish our children had. In her smash hit memoir Teacher, Gabbie shares with incredible vulnerabilit…
 
Asher Packman was a global communications juggernaut when a series of significant events led Asher to totally redefine his purpose. BUT BEFORE YOU GO… Find out more about Asher here: https://www.warrior-within.com.au/asher Follow Asher on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/packman?lang=en Follow Asher on Insta: https://www.instagram.com/asherpackman…
 
Australian broadcaster, journalist, lawyer, documentary filmmaker and mama of four, Tammi Faraday, learns from others how to navigate life’s invariable challenges where there's no clear answer, but bravery has propelled them forward. With compassionate curiosity, reciprocal candour & vulnerability in spades, Tam uncovers her guests' brave life jour…
 
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