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Thursday, March 31, 2016

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Sex Trafficking 'Staggering' In Illegal Latin American Gold Mines: Researchers

Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:49pm EDT

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The scale of sex trafficking around illegal gold mines in parts of Latin America is "staggering," and thousands of people working there are prey to labor exploitation by organized crime groups, a think-tank said on Wednesday.

"When these mines are directly controlled by criminal groups, or in areas controlled by organized crime, there is an elevated risk of human trafficking," the report by the Geneva-based organization said.

"In Colombia and Peru particularly, and to a lesser extent in the other countries studied, our research uncovered numerous instances of labor trafficking and exploitation, sex trafficking and child labor."

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Cape Fear Community College To Host Panel Discussion On Sex Trafficking

Cape Fear Community College’s Community Involvement and Service Learning Alliance will host a panel discussion entitled Sex Trafficking in the Port City on Wednesday, March 30.

The event, which is part of CFCC's human trafficking awareness initiative, Not4$ale, will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. in the college's Union Station Auditorium and is open to the public.

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Alleged Chattanooga Pimp Charged With Sex Trafficking

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – An alleged assault by a man described as a pimp leads police to so much more.

Kenneth Jones, 34, of Chattanooga is facing one count of trafficking commercial sex, aggravated assault, and two counts of drug charges following an incident at his home on Friday.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by News 12, a Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputy was called to investigate an alleged assault at a residence in the 2300 block of Lake Mist Drive where he encountered a woman outside who appeared to have been injured in some type altercation.

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Athens Probe Highlights Scourge Of Trafficking Juveniles For Sex

Slavery in the United States was made unconstitutional 150 years ago, but events in Athens recently demonstrated it is still alive and well.

Acting on a tip, local police last weekend descended on a westside motel where they said two juvenile girls were working in sexual servitude as prostitutes.

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Houston Texas has highest number of human trafficking victims nation-wide

“Texas is the second highest in the nation for number of calls to the National Human Trafficking Resources Center.”

AUSTIN (KXAN) — In 2015, there were 330 cases of human trafficking in Texas. Most of the victims were women and more than one hundred were minors.

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Human trafficking, drug abuse to be addressed at Ellwood City Crime Watch meeting

ELLWOOD CITY – FBI agent Denise Holtz, the Rev. Randy Crum and Dan Bailey will be the speakers during the Ellwood City Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Ellwood City Municipal Building, 525 Lawrence Ave.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Seven Arrested For Human Trafficking Of Juveniles At Motel In Athens - Florida and Georgia Involved


Authorities in Georgia and Florida this weekend arrested seven people and recovered two juvenile victims during a human trafficking investigation leading to a motel in west Athens.

The operation was spearheaded by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, acting on a call from someone in New York who said their 16-year-old relative contacted them to say she was being sold for sexual favors and would be with her captors at Days Inn on North Finley Street, according to Lt. Jeff Clark, commanding officer of the Sex Crimes unit.

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The Evolving Perception of Human Trafficking: Walking to End Slavery

This is the next in a series of interviews with individuals working to address human trafficking. You’ll meet students and educators, parents and professionals whose voices will give readers a new and better understanding of this crime while teaching us how to respond more effectively to it.
Barry Jurgensen is a history teacher at Arlington High School in Arlington, Nebraska.

On June 1, he will begin a 500-mile journey from Nebraska City, NE to Chicago, Illinois that is being called, Walk Forever Free. Barry is retracing the foot steps of two women that escaped slavery in 1858. He’ll stop at Underground Railroad historic sites along the way to teach about their amazing odyssey and raise awareness of contemporary slavery. Barry also strives to raise $50 for every mile he walks to support human trafficking prevention education and teacher training in schools. He hopes to finish the walk on July 2.

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Human Trafficking Bill Sent To Governor’s Desk

Even though legislative efforts intended to abate human trafficking requires annual funding to be effective, there is finally a bill on the governor’s desk.

By a unanimous vote of 98-0, the Iowa House voted to pass SF 2191 on Wednesday, sending the bill to Gov. Terry Branstad for what will likely be his approval. The Senate passed the bill, 50-0, in late February.

Human Trafficking A Concern As Truckers Get Trained To Help Stop Growing Crisis In America

Human Trafficking A Concern As Truckers Get Trained To Help Stop Growing Crisis In America

 Human trafficking is the second highest revenue generating criminal activity in the world. Each year it generates over $32 billion for those who are involved in enslaving others. The toll is actually much higher though, as 99 percent of those who are sold into the modern day slavery will never escape. Although some of those who are sold end up as laborers, more than half are women and girls who end up in the sex slave trade. Now the nation’s truckers are getting involved to stop the problem, while state governments are taking action to put an end to this modern day slavery.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Texas Teen Faces Sentencing For Sex Trafficking Of Minors

DALLAS (AP) - A North Texas teenager will be sentenced to prison next month for forcing four underage girls to act as prostitutes and for having one of them, a 12-year-old, engage in sex with a man for $50.
Federal prosecutors say 19-year-old Luis Rivera of Irving pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children.
Prosecutors say Rivera and another teen met the girls in late 2014 and took them to an apartment where they were told they needed to have sex with men to earn money for food.

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Courageous Teacher Discusses Human Trafficking, Social Media

Presentation aimed at area students

Never send online messages to strangers. Keep personal details private from Internet predators’ prying eyes. Don’t post sexually provocative photos.

An estimated 1,740 freshmen and sophomores received tips on preventing human trafficking during training sessions this week at Toledo Public Schools’ six comprehensive high schools.

Mona Al-Hayani, a history teacher at Toledo Early College High School, spent her spring break voluntarily visiting other high schools.

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The War on Sex Trafficking is the New War on Drugs

Friday, March 11, 2016

Sex trafficking: The horror and the hope

(CNN) When Karla Jacinto was aged just 12 she fell for a 22-year-old man.

She ran away from the small Mexican town where she grew up so she could be with him. At first he treated her well, showering her with gifts. It wasn't long before he was forcing her to work as a prostitute.

She says that for the best part of four years, she saw up to 30 men a day, seven days a week.
"I had to close my eyes so that that I wouldn't see what they were doing to me, so that I wouldn't feel anything," she said.

CNN reports here

Police: Multiple prostitution arrests have human trafficking component

NORWALK — In an undercover operation by Norwalk Police Department Special Services Unit (SSU) and NPD Special Victims Unit (SVU), multiple prostitution-related arrests were made on Wednesday in what police said had a human trafficking component.

Police said that the prostitution investigation, which also involved the Connecticut State Police Department Organized Crime Task Force, remains a continuing investigation.

Contact with the suspects was made pursuant to ads on the website “Backpage” in which the women allegedly posted ads for services in exchange for money, police said.

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Sex-slavery suspect busted for trafficking teen, child porn, MBI says

Authorities arrested a 23-year-old Orlando man on human-trafficking charges after a 16-year-old girl said he made her work as a prostitute for months.
And agents with Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation say there might be more victims.
Officials are expected to release additional details about their investigation at a news conference later this morning, but said they've arrested Martin Wright on a charge of human trafficking of a minor and 19 counts of possession of child pornography.
Investigators found out about the alleged sex trafficking after a woman came forward saying she worked as a prostitute for Wright and had knowledge that he was also controlling a teenager, records state.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Human Trafficking Is the New 'Crack-Cocaine Epidemic,' Says California Lawmaker

At a hearing on new measures to address human trafficking, California Assemblyman Reggie-Jones Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) told fellow lawmakers that "the last time we’ve had this kind of emergency was when we had the crack-cocaine epidemic."

Sadly, Sawyer was not referencing the ways in which the current popular panic about sex trafficking and governmental responses to it mirror the outlandish, hysteria-based, and detrimental state approach to the war on drugs. Rather, Sawyer sees our attention to the "crack-cocaine epidemic" as something we should now strive to emulate with human trafficking.

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