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Episode 12: What Makes a Person Vulnerable to Exploitation?

(Original  air date 05/14/2020)


​​Episode Description


Million Kids has spent over ten years working with teens and parents who end up being exploited by an online predator or become victims of sex trafficking because they trusted the wrong person. Our team has often discussed the issue of what makes one person more susceptible to being violated or exploited than another. This show will explore the many factors related to vulnerability. 

The number one factor is the belief that you are “damaged goods.” We will explore the difference between “failing” and “being flawed.” Very often it is the desire to “fit in” to be accepted and sometimes it has to do with the desperate need for others to “take care of me.”  We will explore risk taking behaviors and how the desire to take short cuts and get quick fame and success or easy money that opens the door to exploitation. 

Episode 3: The Many Faces of Trafficking Pt 2 of 2

(Original  air date 03/12/2020)


​​Episode Description


There is much talk these days about human trafficking. After watching documentaries, reading an online story or maybe looking at a news release one almost has the sense that it is all encompassing, and taking place on nearly every street corner. There are stories about kidnappings, scary notes on windows, immigrants being enslaved, massage parlors down the street, and even organs being removed from Southern California children to be sold in foreign lands. How on earth can anyone sort truth from fiction?

FIRST, THE TRUTH. Human Trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the U.S. and California is the number one state for cases. Surprisingly, more than half of the cases that happen in Southern California involve U.S. citizens and, all too often, our young people. To be fair, we must also acknowledge that there are many cases where individuals from outside the U.S. come to the U.S and end up exploited through sex and labor trafficking.

All of this takes place in our communities. And yet, IT IS NOT EVERYWHERE. In fact, it is hard to recognize, hard to respond to, and hard for the average citizen to know what to do about. The truth is no one in law enforcement wants Grandma down at the motel taking on the Cartel. There are things we can do to keep our kids safe from predators. And, it is important to understand the full scope of trafficking so, if you do see it, you can report it. But DO NOT GET INVOLVED IN THE MIDDLE OF A TRAFFICKING SCENARIO.

Episode 6: The Power of Social Media in a Pandemic

(Original  air date 04/02/2020)


​​Episode Description


We truly live in a “world without borders.” Every day there is an update as we measure the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on our lives, our city, our country and compare it to Italy, China, Japan etc. Most of us are in isolation, and now more than ever we turn to online information to analyze the state of our lives. Many are telecommuting, live streaming, taking online classes and playing more games than ever. It is truly an historic and life changing experience.

Kids have more access to strangers than ever before and now they have time on their hands. Some are bored, some are scared and some just want to try out something different to relieve their anxiety. As stress accelerates, pedophiles and predators become even more aggressive, obsessive and they also have time on their hands. 

Join us as we examine the power of social media during this crisis. We will look at “whats true,” whats possible, how predators seduce scared and vulnerable kids, and how we can all THRIVE through social media.

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Episode 2: Global Health Expert Shares Insights on Coronavirus, Opioid Epidemic and Human Trafficking

(Original  air date 03/05/2020)


​​Episode Description


Dr. Fernando works with the Department of Homeland Security as a physician on Plum Island, New York. He is also a world-renown infectious disease specialist, formerly touring the world while serving as a member of Doctors Without Borders in Sudan. Dr. Fernando will also talk about the health risks related to human trafficking, the opioid epidemic, as well as the Coronavirus.

Episode 9: Beyond Stranger Danger: Protect Your Children from Child Molesters

(Special Rebroadcast 04/23/2020 | Original  air date 12/05/2019)


​​Episode Description


Don Howell has spent a life time in law enforcement investigating sexually motivated crimes including child molestation, rape, physical abuse of children, homicide and child kidnapping/abduction. He is a 30-year member of the California Sexual Assault Investigators Association and the author of three books “Sex Crimes – a Step by Step Guide to Effective Interviewing of Victims and Suspects,” “Beyond Stranger Danger, Smart Parents Raising Safe Kids,” and “Lessons From a 21st Century Samurai Seiken Way, Completing the Circle, a True Story.”


This week as host, Opal Singleton, interviews Don, listeners will gain an eye-opening understanding of the motivations behind many sexual assaults. Don will share his experience of interviewing both perpetrators and adult and minor victims to help us understand how and why these horrendous crimes take place. Don will also reveal the five trademarks of sex offenders. Most important, we will share with parents what they really need to know about sexual predators to protect and educate their children.

Episode 7: The Power of Social Media in a Pandemic

(Special Rebroadcast 04/09/2020 | Original  air date 04/02/2020)


​​Episode Description


We truly live in a “world without borders.” Every day there is an update as we measure the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on our lives, our city, our country and compare it to Italy, China, Japan etc. Most of us are in isolation, and now more than ever we turn to online information to analyze the state of our lives. Many are telecommuting, live streaming, taking online classes and playing more games than ever. It is truly an historic and life changing experience.

Kids have more access to strangers than ever before and now they have time on their hands. Some are bored, some are scared and some just want to try out something different to relieve their anxiety. As stress accelerates, pedophiles and predators become even more aggressive, obsessive and they also have time on their hands. 

Join us as we examine the power of social media during this crisis. We will look at “whats true,” whats possible, how predators seduce scared and vulnerable kids, and how we can all THRIVE through social media.

Episode 11: The Anatomy of an Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force

(Special Rebroadcast 05/07/2020 | Original  air date 12/06/2018)


​​Episode Description


Dealing with all the challenges of isolation and business shut down and watching families struggle with illness, death and financial hardship has been difficult for all of us. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to “Keeping Kids Safe from Predators”, this has especially challenging for Million Kids. Historically our work is supported through book sales, speakers fees for presentations, and the generosity of many good people who carve out a portion of their resources to help us educate parents and teens and find missing kids and supporting law enforcement to help sex trafficking victims transition out of the life of exploitation. We are fighting every day to continue our work until we can return to normal.

The Covid 19 isolation has created many interesting scenarios that challenge our ability to combat crimes of sexual exploitation. Sex Offenders are being released early to protect prisoners who may be exposed. Some who are charged with sex crimes will be released without bail. Two Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies died from Corona virus and many more have tested positive. Pimps and pedophiles are more active than ever and their victims blatantly are forced to wear masks and gloves while still promoting their services.

Human Trafficking & Child Pornography expert, Opal Singleton, has educated tens of thousands of first responders, government agencies, civic leaders, school administrators, medical personnel, faith-based organizations,  parents & grand-parents about how predators operate and how to prevent young people from 
becoming victims 
of  exploitation.

Episode 4: Teaching Your Child to Live with Adversity

(Original  air date 03/19/2020)


​​Episode Description


Life is full of unpredictable events. Some how we all expect to live our lives in a straight line or even consistent upward momentum. We like to feel like we are in control and can handle whatever life sends our way.

The recent Corona Virus Epidemic has certainly challenged many of us. Schools are shutting down, all the bars and restaurants are closing, there seems to be a run on groceries and absolute craziness in the belief there will be a toilet paper shortage.

For Million Kids this has been especially a challenging time to deal with change. Prior to this week’s announcements about event cancellations, we were conducting three to four presentations a day and were totally booked until June. Suddenly, in a three-day period ALL of our events were cancelled or postponed due to government restrictions on public gatherings etc. Million Kids is a small but mighty nonprofit whose entire income is dependent on speakers fees, donations and book sales. Without speaking events, our income will be greatly limited.

The real challenge though is that this is a time of uncertainty and stress for everyone including our teens. Teens who are on the edge or living in high risk circumstances such as a parental divorce, diminished family income, changes in school schedules etc, will be at greater risk as the future of life as we now know it seems threatened. Some teens will turn to strangers to share their secret fears and frustrations dealing with change. Some marriages will experience more conflict as parents try to cope with financial insecurity.

This show will again feature our guest speaker, Dr. Rajeev Fernando but Opal will also address creative and positive ways to help your teen deal adversity in a time of uncertainty.

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Episode 1: The Many Faces of Trafficking Pt 1 of 2

(Original  air date 02/27/2020)


​​Episode Description


There is much talk these days about human trafficking. After watching documentaries, reading an online story or maybe looking at a news release one almost has the sense that it is all encompassing, and taking place on nearly every street corner. There are stories about kidnappings, scary notes on windows, immigrants being enslaved, massage parlors down the street, and even organs being removed from Southern California children to be sold in foreign lands. How on earth can anyone sort truth from fiction?

FIRST, THE TRUTH. Human Trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the U.S. and California is the number one state for cases. Surprisingly, more than half of the cases that happen in Southern California involve U.S. citizens and, all too often, our young people. To be fair, we must also acknowledge that there are many cases where individuals from outside the U.S. come to the U.S and end up exploited through sex and labor trafficking.

All of this takes place in our communities. And yet, IT IS NOT EVERYWHERE. In fact, it is hard to recognize, hard to respond to, and hard for the average citizen to know what to do about. The truth is no one in law enforcement wants Grandma down at the motel taking on the Cartel. There are things we can do to keep our kids safe from predators. And, it is important to understand the full scope of trafficking so, if you do see it, you can report it. But DO NOT GET INVOLVED IN THE MIDDLE OF A TRAFFICKING SCENARIO.

Episode 10: Combatting Sexual Exploitation Crimes During COVID 19 Pandemic

(Original  air date 04/30/2020)


​​Episode Description


Dealing with all the challenges of isolation and business shut down and watching families struggle with illness, death and financial hardship has been difficult for all of us. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to “Keeping Kids Safe from Predators”, this has especially challenging for Million Kids. Historically our work is supported through book sales, speakers fees for presentations, and the generosity of many good people who carve out a portion of their resources to help us educate parents and teens and find missing kids and supporting law enforcement to help sex trafficking victims transition out of the life of exploitation. We are fighting every day to continue our work until we can return to normal.

The Covid 19 isolation has created many interesting scenarios that challenge our ability to combat crimes of sexual exploitation. Sex Offenders are being released early to protect prisoners who may be exposed. Some who are charged with sex crimes will be released without bail. Two Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies died from Corona virus and many more have tested positive. Pimps and pedophiles are more active than ever and their victims blatantly are forced to wear masks and gloves while still promoting their services.

The Host

Episode 5: Keeping Your Sanity in Times of Adversity

(Original  air date 03/26/2020)


​​Episode Description


Times of adversity can either make you or break you. Many people are currently being forced into isolation due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Others are laid off or are forced to work in difficult conditions at home. Most of us are concerned about our financial future as incomes are tentative and the stock market is wiping out many retirement funds. Kids are out of school and many are functioning from a mindset of fear and uncertainty.   

 If this crisis is occurring at a time when there was already stress in the family or in relationships, it will definitely cause a greater impact. It is important to recognize the place where you and your family are and develop a solid strategy for taking control of your lives. Change brings out the fear and panic in all of us. It would be easy to make decisions that you would not make in more stable times.  

If you were contemplating a major move in your life, put it off. Especially if you were thinking of getting a divorce or a major relocation or leaving your job. Focus on stabilizing your current situation. Especially, if you have young people at home.

These are difficult times for young people. Most teens born after 2000 have not seen much adversity.They need your leadership more than ever, and they need solid, concrete steps to maintain stability in their lives. 

It is true that crisis accelerates bad guys. And right now, it also presents opportunity for your child to make poor decisions, act out in ways that are not healthy and take more chances on the internet. Help your child get a plan to take control of their lives and deal with adversity. Encourage them to put down the phone/tablet and verbalize what they are feeling.

Episode 8: Too Much Time Online Can Be Dangerous for Teens

(Original  air date 04/16/2020)


​​Episode Description


These are indeed challenging times. Every one of us are trying to maintain some sense of order and sanity while in isolation. Truthfully, few of us (including myself) want to hear anymore bad news. I believe that we will all get through this by taking care of each other. And, it can even be a time of self improvement, research, increased learning and finding ways to bond closer with our families.

But let’s face it. Most teens are now spending hours online (some of it doing homework and legitimate activities). The Covid 19 pandemic has changed all of our lives in regards to building online connections in ways we never did before. What we may not realize is that teens often share their innermost thoughts and feelings as they post Tik Tok videos, Instagram Hashtags and maintain Snapchat Streaks. Posts like, “I am bored, scared, or alone,” are all signals for bad guys. During increased times of stress, pedophiles, pimps and predators also spend more time online taking increased chances in the hopes of connecting with a vulnerable young person they can seduce and groom. 

This is where you will find upcoming show information with links to the cases that will be discussed. 

Also, if you miss a live show, you will find it here in our archives of past episodes in easy-to-access segments.​

Looking for more information about sex trafficking, labor trafficking, sextortion, child pornography, social media grooming & recruitment? Here is where you will find loads of resources from our parent organization, Million Kids!