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HawaiiNewsPolitics

Hawaii Becomes First State To Protect Victims Of Sex Trafficking Who Were Convicted Of Prostitution

Democratic Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed the legislation, which passed unanimously in the House and Senate, that rids victims of sex trafficking — even those who cannot prove they were trafficked — from prostitution convictions, so as long as they are not convicted of other crimes for three years, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

AwarenessHawaiiNews

‘Modern Hawaii was built on human trafficking’

“When I first decided that I wanted my platform to be on sex trafficking, my pageant director told me that I shouldn’t do it because it’s too dark. “The reality is we think of trafficking as an ‘over there’ issue. It’s something that could never happen here in the state of Hawaii … but it does.”

HawaiiNewsPerpetrators

Kailua-Kona man sentenced to more than 24 years in prison for production of child pornography

Michael Phillip Patrakis, 46, of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, was sentenced Thursday to 292 months in prison for producing child pornography of two minor females. The case is the result of a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Hawaii Police Department.

AwarenessHawaiiNews

Local nonprofit to provide safe haven for sex trafficking victims

An old, abandoned building on Oahu will soon be transformed into a safe haven for sex-trafficking victims.