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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Del Valle Man Charged With Sex Trafficking Of A Child Arrested In Austin

The U.S. Marshals Service announced Monday that a task force arrested a 51-year-old Del Valle man in Austin who has been charged in Comal County with sex trafficking of a child.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task force arrested James Aaron Lenox without incident in the 10200 block of FM 812.

Monday’s arrest was not the first time the task force has arrested Lenox. Authorities previously picked him up after he was charged with possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Human Trafficking Increased in 2016, Organization Reports

The National Human Trafficking Hotline found that 7,500 cases of human trafficking were reported in 2016 — up from 5,526 in the previous year, based on the group's data.

The hotline, which is run by the nonprofit organization Polaris, maintains a resource center for victims of trafficking and aggregates statistics based on incoming reports and phone calls. It also reported that California and Texas are again among the most egregious states for human trafficking.

NBC News reports

Alaska Flight Attendant Praised For Reportedly Saving Human Trafficking Victim

A flight attendant has been hailed a hero after reportedly saving a teenage girl from a sex trafficker while working on a flight nearly 6 years ago.

Shelia Fedrick of Alaska Airlines noticed a girl with greasy blonde hair, believed to be about 14 or 15, sitting next to a well dressed older man on an Alaska flight from Seattle to San Francisco in 2011.

Fedrick said the difference in age and appearance between the traveling companions seemed suspicious to her at the time>

FoxNews reports

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Human Trafficking Fugitive On Ice's Top 10 List Extradited To Us From Mexico

NEW YORK — One of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) 10 most wanted human trafficking fugitives was extradited Friday to face criminal charges for sex trafficking. This is subsequent to an initial arrest Sept. 2016 in Mexico, following a joint investigation between ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Mexico City, HSI New York and the Mexican Federal Police.

ICE reports.

Could This Senator's Simple Solution Curb Sex Trafficking?

With President Trump's controversy-filled first week in the White House dominating the headlines, it might be easy to forget about some of the other issues that directly affect the lives of young women across the United States.

One of those issues is human trafficking. An estimated 400,000 U.S. minors are ensnared in that tragic situation. The vast majority of those teens are women.

Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND, and Susan Collins, R-ME, are joining forces to keep that issue in the political spotlight. On Tuesday, the bipartisan pair of female senators reintroduced legislation aimed at identifying and protecting human trafficking survivors.

Yahoo reports

Mexican Fugitive Wanted On Sex Trafficking Charges Since 2011 Extradited To New York

A Mexican fugitive long sought by federal authorities for sex trafficking has been extradited and charged.

Raul Granados-Rendon and others illegally brought young women to the United States for years, forcing them into prostitution in New York City and elsewhere, according to the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office.

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