Contact: Joe Ullrich
For Immediate Release
March 11, 2005
Conference in Chicago calling for the public awareness and media education of international sex trafficking!

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 and Canada.

Among the topics that Anne is an expert and discusses:
• Designer Sex
• 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 contact:

Joe Ullrich
Omni Publicity And Public Relations Group

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