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Strong By Design Podcast

Sep 11, 2019

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1(888) 373-7888


Although slavery is commonly thought to be a thing of the past, human traffickers generate hundreds of billions of dollars in profits by trapping millions of people in horrific situations around the world, including here in the U.S.

Traffickers use violence, threats, deception, debt bondage, and other manipulative tactics to force people to engage in commercial sex or to provide labor or services against their will.

Recognizing the local need (in Tampa, Florida) to develop advocacy on behalf of children without a voice, became the catalyst for South African Natasha Nascimento, to tackle what has evolved into a modern version of slavery head-on.

While working as a Financial Adviser with Anti-Trafficking Advocate Brian Robinson, Natasha was shocked by the formerly apathetic response and failure to address Human Trafficking that takes place domestically, with research estimating that up to 300,000 American children are at risk each year to be trafficked within the borders of the United States alone.

The launch of her foundation, Redefining Refuge in 2010, has since sparked a contagious willingness from participants around the world who contribute to confronting and ultimately preventing Human Trafficking.

Natasha’s dream of opening a local Safe House for trafficked youth became a reality in 2013, and is the first home of its kind in the Tampa Bay area that provides a therapeutic safe haven for girls that rescued from this depravity.

On this powerful and eye-opening episode, host Brian Klepacki sat down with Natasha & Brian. Everything, the good, the bad, and the ugly, was discussed about this fight against human-trafficking. 

Listen in to this heartbreaking yet inspiring conversation that will compel you to take action today! This is one episode that will change lives.

Natasha Nascimento
Founder & Executive Director of Redefining Refuge

Brian Robinson
Advocate of Anti-Trafficking


"In the US, less than 1% of sex trafficking cases of children are abduction cases.. so if you think it's looking like the movie Taken, it's not, it's absolutely not.


"The awareness is so much different today than it was just 5 years ago, than just 2 years ago, it's because of organizations like yours (CriticalBench) that are willing to have the discussion that the truth is now getting out."

-Natasha Nascimento & Brian Robinson

Time Stamps:

2:35 Familiarize oneself with Natasha’s narrative and how her advocacy about Human Trafficking started

4:20 Human Trafficking and its misconceptions

5:56 Organizations advocating against Human Trafficking, starting from mere two (2) to 7,000 organizations in the United States

7:00 How Brian got in to this fight against Human Trafficking

8:30 Why people avoid talking about this issue?

9:25 How Human Trafficking is similar to Sex Trafficking?

14:35 Sex Trafficking goes hand in hand with pornography

19:59 Statistics on Human Trafficking

22:30 Spot the signs of Human Trafficking

24:35 Human traffickers' victims branded with barcode tattoos

28:12 Why is Florida such a hotspot for Human Trafficking?

31:22 Restoring hope with Redefining Refuge (About the Organization)

38:40 Challenges on Human Trafficking – Legislation, Resistance, Manpower, Funding

46:19 Parental responsibility on protecting their child from Human Trafficking

47:57 National Human Trafficking Hotline and other resources

49:55 Contribute to a Great Cause

56:35 Episode recap, and the role of social media in Human Trafficking






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