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Human Trafficking In Our Own Backyard

Kay Buck, executive director of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), the only organization in the U.S. that is exclusively dedicated to working on the human rights issue of trafficking, joins Dr. Phil to share what we can do to help identify and eliminate sexual and labor trafficking. Learn how to spot traffickers, what questions to ask, what to do if you think you are interacting with someone who is trapped, and more.

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  • "It can be anyone. A lot of people think that it only happens in other countries or to other people. Foreign nationals are brought here, but it's also domestic people." Kay Buck

  • "Last year, 30% of over 30% of our cases were in the hospitality industry, and those were all forced labor cases; it's happening in restaurants and hotels." Kay Buck

  • "The number one common theme is that they are exploited commercially, so they are exploited for profit." Kay Buck

  • "One human being is exploiting another in order to make a profit." Kay Buck

  • "This is totally preventable! This is one human being exploiting another one for profit. We can prevent this from happening." Kay Buck

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Human Trafficking is the exploitation of human beings through force, fraud or coercion for the purposes of commercial sex or forced labor. Any person under age 18 who performs a commercial sex act is considered a victim of human trafficking, regardless of whether force, fraud, or coercion was present.


(A) sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or (B) the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. (Source: Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act of 2000)


Kay Buck

CEO & Executive Director

Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)

Fueled by her passion for justice, Kay has over 25 years of experience leading anti-trafficking initiatives in the United States and abroad. Joining the Los Angeles-based Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) in 2003, Kay leads one of the longest-running anti-trafficking organizations in the United States, serving thousands of human trafficking survivors and their families with comprehensive care to rebuild their lives. Kay is responsible for opening the first shelter for trafficked women in the country and leading a team of compassionate, culturally- diverse staff who provide comprehensive care to nearly 1000 victims and families annually, including emergency response, housing, case management, and legal services. In 2004, Kay created CAST’s one-of-a-kind survivor leadership program, which empowers and trains survivors across the country that are ready to use their voices to inform public policy and social change, resulting in better laws to combat human trafficking, a White House Strategic Action Plan, and a National Survivor Network. Under Kay’s leadership, CAST was the first organization to receive the Presidential Award to Combat Slavery and Trafficking in 2014 for their innovative programs serving survivors, when Secretary John Kerry said, “No one reaches survivors of human trafficking like CAST.” CAST’s reach is global, serving survivors who are trafficked to the U.S. from over 60 countries around the world.

Kay is an innovator and collaborator. Prior to CAST, Kay served California’s rape crisis and sexual assault prevention centers as the Director of the Rape Prevention Resource Center at California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, where she collaborated in the development of the first national College Campus Sexual Assault program. She also started the first CA Sexual Assault Response (SART) Team in the country with San Diego Police Department, and was responsible for the publication of the first California SART Manual. Understanding the link between local and global challenges, Kay spent more than 5 years working in Asia leading up to the United Nations Conference on Women in 1995, when human trafficking became a global spotlight for countries around the world. What she learned from this extraordinary experience can be found in her tireless advocacy for trafficking survivors today.

Kay has a wealth of non-profit management, coalition-building, and private public partnership experience. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and an Honorary Doctorate from Mount St. Mary’s University, and is a Senior Fellow at Marshall School of Business, Social Innovation Lab, University of Southern California. Kay is a founding Board member of End Violence Against Women, Inc., a current Board member of QueensCare Charitable Foundation, and a Steering Committee member for the Victims of Crime Act at the California Governor’s Office. Kay was recognized by the California Women’s Foundation as a Change Maker alongside Hillary Rodham Clinton, and named the #1 Los Angeles Visionary by C-Suite Quarterly in 2017, and the 2018 Ellis Island award

As a visionary leader, Kay has a deep commitment to diverse partnerships to build innovative social change. She believes that through partnerships and leadership, this generation of human trafficking survivors will be our last. #CastYourVoice #ItEndsWithUs

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Jul 04, 2022

Kay's definition of human trafficking fits perfectly what police and prosecutors have been doing with what they call "child predator sting operations". It's a form of human trafficking that has not yet been acknowledged for what it really is. This form of human trafficking not only exploits the vulnerabilities of the direct victims, it also exploits the public's ignorance and true fears of child predators, to make this scam work. This form of human trafficking has many more victims than the traditional forms of it.

These human traffickers abuse their power and put out a false narrative about trying to save and protect children from online predators. In reality what they are doing has absolutely NOTHING to do with trying…

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