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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Human Trafficking in Hotels: New York Lawmaker Teams Up With Advocate

The first time Anneke Lucas heard about legislation designed to rescue human trafficking victims in hotels, she couldn't help but think about how something like that could have helped her as a child.

"If I had seen the definition that said I was not a prostitute, that would have made a difference for me," Lucas told NBC News. "I was the kind of child that wanted to get help but there was none."

A pioneering Connecticut law aims to put signs explaining who a victim might be along with the phone number for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline in every hotel lobby in the state.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Amal Clooney Discusses Work With Sex Trafficking Victims: 'It’s Been The Most Harrowing Testimony I’ve Ever Heard'

Amal Clooney doesn’t mind the spotlight on her marriage because it highlights her work as a human rights lawyer.

“There is lots of my work that takes place behind closed doors that is not ever seen,” Clooney, 39, told “BBC News at Six” on Tuesday.

“I think if there are more people who now understand what’s happening about the Yazidis and ISIS, and if there can be some action that results from that, that can help those clients, then I think it’s a really good thing to give that case the extra publicity that it may get,” the barrister, who married George Clooney in 2014, said.

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Mississippi Man Gets 20 Years In Jefferson Parish Human-Trafficking Case

A 28-year-old Mississippi man ended his trial by jury Wednesday (March 8) by deciding to plead guilty for his role in a human-trafficking case in which a 25-year-old woman was severely beaten and forced into prostitution in Jefferson Parish, according to the Jefferson Parish DA's office.

Pierre Braddy, of Jackson, Miss., was sentenced to 20 years after pleading guilty to forcible rape, human trafficking and obstruction of justice in connection with the April 2015 crimes.

Braddy entered his guilty pleas Tuesday afternoon, following the first day of testimony in his trial, which began Monday with the seating of the jury.

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Human Trafficking Suspect Holds 8 Women Captive In Million-Dollar Home

SANDY SPRINGS, GA - It was a 911 call from a woman who said she was being held against her will that led Atlanta Police to arrest a human trafficking suspect.

The call came from a 20-year-old woman alerting police that she and other women were being held at a home located in the 100 block of Strauss Lane.

"It's house of full of girls and...if I try to leave, he’ll try to kill me," the caller told the dispatcher.
Police said they arrested 33-year-old Kenndric Roberts of Sandy Springs in connection with the incident.

Atlanta reports

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wildllife & Fisheries Agents Arrest New Orleans Man Wanted For Sex Trafficking

ST. BERNARD PARISH (KLFY) – A New Orleans man is in custody after Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries agents cited him for boating violations in St. Bernard Parish.

Jean Luc Williams, 26, was spotted by agents on February 26th fishing alone in his vessel along Violet Canal.

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Attorney Addresses Human Trafficking In Texas

Waco defense attorney and Baylor Law School alumnus Robert Callahan II told students about realities of human trafficking and his experience fighting it.

Baylor International Justice Mission and Pre-Law Society hosted Callahan Tuesday evening in the Bill Daniel Student Center. Callahan, who has prosecuted crimes, including those against women and children, said he wanted to get involved with International Justice Mission after he heard about the organization during his second year of law school.

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