||ABOUT THE GUEST:
Anne Bissell, a third-generation writer and former technical writer
in the computer industry, has a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Performing
Arts/Journalism) from the University of Maryland. She has worked
for well over fifteen years as a professional writer, and has also
earned a certificate in writing from the University of California,
San Diego. She is the author of the popular new book Memoirs
of a sex Industry Survivor.
Bissell has studied women in the sex industry for over two decades.
She has worked successfully with women in the criminal justice system
with the mission to help them get out of prostitution.
She lives with her husband and son in Southern California.
||Trafficking of women and children for the
sex industry and for labor is prevalent in all regions of the United
States. Annually an estimated 50,000 women and children are trafficked
to the United States from their impoverished native homes with the
promises of jobs and a better life. Nothing could be further from
the truth. Smugglers are getting rich by forcing many of the unsuspecting
women and children into one form or another of pornography, as a way
of compensation for their services.
Dubious pornography business owners are causing growth in
the illegal and highly immoral sex trafficking industry says
author Anne Bissell. They are doing irreparable harm to these
poor defenseless women and children.
Anne will be a guest at the Pornography: Driving the Demand
for International Sex Trafficking conference beginning this
Sunday at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Chicago. The purpose
of this conference is to share information about the connections
among trafficking, pornography and demand along with the development
of a toolkit to empower activists working to address pornography's
role in creating demand for sex trafficking. The public is welcomed
and urged to attend. The key speakers will address pornography,
demand and sex trafficking from a feminist perspective. The conference
is sponsored by Captive Daughters and the International Human Rights
Law Institute of DePaul University.
Bissell is joining the conference as the Executive Director of
Voices for Justice, a related non- profit organization devoted to
the research and public awareness of the social and economic impact
of the sex industry. Anne is also the author of the popular new
book Memoirs of a Sex Industry Survivor (2004 Cleopatra
International Publications ISBN 0-9746060-0-6) which is part of
the Juliet West Trilogy. Her new book is an exposé into the
sex industry and the consequent negative effects it has on the lost
souls in The Life.
But more than a mere author, Anne is an activist who has lit a
revolution. She has dedicated her life to deglamourizing the multi-billion
dollar sex industry while rehabilitating its victims and the victims
of sexual abuse. Through the global networks of groups and organizations
she has championed or supports, Anne is able to provide direction
to both young and old victims and pivotal help that is necessary
for recovery. Anne is the founder of Sex Industry Survivors Anonymous,
co-founder of Sexual Abuse Survivors in Recovery Anonymous and is
a member of the Rescue and Restore Coalition. Bissell is currently
expanding the networks to the top 200 markets in the United States
Among the topics that Anne is an expert and discusses:
Minors in the sex industry
The link between sexual abused teens and prostitution
Sex industry and sexual abuse recovery
Sex Trafficking/Sex Slavery
Availability: Anne has been a guest on scores of radio and TV Shows
including FOX Network News. She is available for interviews
nationwide by arrangement and via telephone or satellite. She is
also available as a last-minute guest. For more information please
Omni Publicity And Public Relations Group