Saving Children from Trafficking: Joseph Travers and Suzi Day of Saved in America

In a powerful interview, Richard meets with Joseph Travers, founder of Saved in America, and Suzi Day to discuss how Saved In America is working to rescue young girls from the epidemic of sex traffic and provide helpful advice on how to protect your own children in age of social media.

Joseph Travers, a retired Navy veteran, former Police Detective, and licensed private investigator started working on Saved in America in 2010. After 4 years of planning, they conducted their first rescue operation in 2014 and since have successfully rescued 133 girls from sex trafficking. Their organization operates on three basic principles:

Their serves are always free.
All of their team members are volunteers.
All team members are retired Navy Seals, special operatives, or retired police officers and are licensed private investigator.

Saved in America volunteers estimate that there are between 3,400 and 8,100 victims of commercial exploitation, including child sex trafficking, in San Diego alone every year. The FBI officially considers San Diego to be one of the 13 highest areas of child sex trafficking in this country.

Using their special skills in close association with police agencies Saved in America assists families and law enforcement to locate and recover missing and runaway children. They work tirelessly no matter how long it takes. Sometimes it is only 12 hours, sometimes months. They are currently expanding their efforts through a reserve program which allows them to call on a specialist in other states to expand their search efforts throughout the country.

On November 1st Saved in America with Honorary Co-Chairs County Board Of Supervisors Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar and Mike & Yvonne Parziale will hold their 2nd Annual fundraising dinner “Mission: Child Saved Not Sold” at the Cuvier Club in La Jolla from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The evening will include a sit down dinner and short program, featuring families assisted by Saved In America. You will also get to meet the team as they honor a community partner and award a scholarship to a survivor of sex trafficking.

You won’t want to miss this very important and powerful evening that will help us continue our efforts to assist families and law enforcement to locate and recover missing and runaway children at no cost.