The Guardian Group and SalesFish Join Forces to ‘Bring the Fight to Human Trafficking’

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SalesFish, Inc., a strategic sales and marketing agency, has announced a
partnership with nonprofit recognition and response organization The
Guardian Group in an attempt to “bring the fight” to the human
trafficking epidemic.

According to the CNN Freedom Project and Los Angeles Sheriffs
Department, human trafficking is the third largest international crime
industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking) and the #1
fastest growing crime industry at home and abroad. According to U.S.
Department of State, in the United States, 300,000 children are forced
into child prostitution and child pornography each year. In Washington
DC alone, trafficking innocent children is a $100 million industry. The
average age of a teen who enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14
years old – many of whom are runaway girls who were sexually abused as

“We know that those who are behind and committing the horrible crimes of
human trafficking have become substantially more sophisticated,” said
Sheriff Jim McDonnell, of LASD, a national leader in the fight against
human trafficking and partner organization with Guardian Group. “As the
criminal activity has become that much more lucrative, we need to – we have
to – work together to find new strategies. To make a difference,
we must not simply prosecute and punish wrongdoers, but equally as
importantly, prevent these acts from happening in the first

Made up of a team of elite former military and first responders in the
field of human trafficking abatement, Guardian Group was created to work
to alleviate the risk of these crimes in the United States. The team
draws upon decades of experience fusing intelligence and operations
expertise to achieve countering effects on human sex-trafficking.

“Our focus is on predators and networks specifically involved in child
sex-trafficking,” said Guardian Group’s Executive Director, a Counter
Terrorism and Counter Insurgency Expert with over 22 years of US
Military Special operations experience. “The intent is to gain an
offensive advantage against this spiraling problem. While the rescue and
recovery of children is paramount, by leveraging an offensive advantage,
they are able to disrupt the exploitation cycle before rescue is necessary.
We are working to train and inform the hospitality and travel
industries, which are among the most prevalent on-ramps to human
trafficking, as well as work directly with law enforcement to apprehend
perpetrators and free victims.

Guardian Group has teamed with the brand marketing and public messaging
experts at SalesFish to promote an aggressively proactive posture
against human trafficking and directly impact the hospitality and travel
industry’s potential role as prevention partners.

“We’re very proud to be working with Guardian Group in this urgently
important endeavor,” said Kenneth Schmitz, Chief Strategy Officer of
SalesFish, Inc. “We look forward to encouraging companies, hotels,
professionals and business people who are concerned about this issue to
join us in our fight against this blight on humanity.”

During the remainder of 2016, SalesFish and Guardian Group will be
hosting a series of dinner events around the country where concerned
individuals and groups can learn more about how to become an active
partner in the fight against human trafficking. Event date calendar and
registration information are available at

Guardian Group is a 501c3 nonprofit organization headquartered in
Bend, Oregon. It was created to alleviate the risk of human trafficking
through training, intelligence, recognition and response.
Guardian Group team draws upon decades of experience fusing intelligence
and operations to achieve counter network effects against human
sex-trafficking in the U.S. with a focus on predators and networks
specifically involved in child sex-trafficking, with the intent to gain
an offensive advantage against this problem. For more information call
800-380-8913 or visit

SalesFish is a national agency specializing in results-oriented
strategic brand marketing with offices in Irvine, CA and Bend, OR. For
more information, call 800-507-5520 or visit

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