Category: Awareness

Human trafficking is predatory exploitation

ccording to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “human trafficking” is the second largest criminal industry in the world (just behind drug trafficking) and continues to be the fastest growing. More than 30 million people are enslaved worldwide, roughly half of whom are children.

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‘Human-Trafficking, Homicide, Homelessness, & Hunger’ Stacey Spencer, Encouragement Expert, Featured Keynote Speaker for the Attorney General’s National Crime Prevention Conference, Tampa May 2019

Stacey Spencer the original founder of a non-profit organization named Teen Tyme Productions & the “Just Teens” television show which is a news-informational-educational show dedicated to empowering youth by showcasing their talents and providing forums on issues that are important to them.

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Graham couple wanted on charges of kidnapping, forcing person into prostitution

Christopher Gray Stevenson 27-year-old and 28-year-old Amanda Lynn Starr of Graham, N.C. both held a person against their will and forced them to engage in prostitution. Both are wanted on charges of kidnapping, forced sexual servitude, and promoting prostitution for profit.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit at 336-570-6777…

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Sex & Massage Parlors

Congressman Matt Gaetz pointed out there are an estimated 9,000 illicit massage parlors in the U.S.–more than Starbucks’ 8,222 locations. In 2018, Florida had 376 cases of human trafficking reported to the national hotline. Only California (760) and Texas (455) had more.

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The Essence of Evil: Sex with Children Has Become Big Business in America

“Children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day.”—John Ryan, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Children, young girls—some as young as 9 years old—are being bought and sold for sex in America. The average age for a young woman being sold for sex is now 13 years old. Holly Austin Smith was abducted when she was 14 years old, raped, and then forced to prostitute herself. Her pimp, when brought to trial, was only made to serve a year in prison.

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Equipping parents, children to be safe online

Kim Smith said parents need to monitor their children’s online activity and social media accounts until they are able to handle it appropriately. Things like knowing who children are interacting with online, adjusting children’s account settings to private and meeting children’s online friends in real life are measures which can prepare and inform children of the potential dangers.

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‘Change the men’, say U.S. fighters against sex trafficking

In St. Paul, Minnesota (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Schools where trafficking survivors teach men who buy illegal sex to “feel my pain” are growing and succeeding as a way to cut U.S. demand experts say. In a typical “john school”, police, therapists, lawyers and survivors tell first-time offenders about the health and legal risks of buying sex and the impact on women who sell their bodies – which many believe is key to ending sex trafficking.

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Hillsborough summer camp staffers may be trained to identify signs of human trafficking

Data shows that Hillsborough County has one of the highest occurrences of human trafficking in the nation, and one county commisioner is trying to shine light on an industry that’s thrived in the shadows. Commissioner Kimberly Overman wants to train Hillsborough County Parks Department’s summer camp staffers on how to spot the tell-tale signs of abuse. and what to do if they suspect something is wrong.

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‘This problem is everywhere’ | Sacramento cracking down on illicit massage parlors

The City of Sacramento is teaming up with the Sacramento Police Department and Community Against Sexual Harm (CASH) to create an ordinance aimed at cracking down on illicit massage parlors.
“The people who are going to these businesses are going to buy sex,” Sacramento Police Lt. Cindy Stinson told ABC10 News. “We do not know what the scope of the problem is. I would say it’s huge and there’s just no real way to determine that.”

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Officers learn human trafficking takes many forms

A Bay Area nonprofit is helping law enforcement officers look beyond a simple traffic stop or domestic violence call to spot the signs of human trafficking.

Officers don’t have to be in a special trafficking unit to learn what to look for to spot a potential victim using a new, free online certification program through U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking. It covers human trafficking in the forms of labor, sex, cyber, forced marriage and servitude. It was created to be accessible for all law enforcement officers.

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Members Move Medicine: Helping identify human trafficking victims

I have spent the past four years teaching medical students at my school how to identify victims of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a complex problem, and change is always incremental. However, the true reward is when someone tells me that they identified a human trafficking victim at the hospital as a result of my lecture.

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The evil web of human trafficking

The most recent case of human trafficking that I have been involved in, and they are many, is that of Angelica, a 15-year-old girl sold by her mother to her employer. This boss is a rough, crude man, the owner of several mini-buses, from which he earns a lot of money that enables him to buy children for sexual abuse.The most recent case of human trafficking that I have been involved in, and they are many, is that of Angelica, a 15-year-old girl sold by her mother to her employer. This boss is a rough, crude man, the owner of several mini-buses, from which he earns a lot of money that enables him to buy children for sexual abuse.

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Halting Human Trafficking Requires Public to “See the Unseen”

Bringing a halt to human trafficking needs help from the public, which must learn to “see the unseen,” an anti-trafficking advocate recently told church members here. Civilian training is the first step, said Rebecca McDonald, founder and president of Women at Risk, International (WAR), a Michigan-based non-profit organization that works to provide protection to those at risk, for the event.

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Bill that would have Florida schools teach about human trafficking moves to House floor

Children in Florida public schools would be taught about the dangers and warning signs of human trafficking under legislation headed to the state House floor. The House Education Committee voted unanimously Tuesday for the bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Patricia Williams of Fort Lauderdale. The measure would include human trafficking in the health classes currently taught in Florida public schools.

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Renew Hope 85 hosted a Hope Walk Saturday

About 75 people took to the street Saturday to raise awareness about human trafficking and child abuse. The walk was sponsored by the Renew Hope 85 Initiative — a subsidiary of the Circle of Care for Families — and was titled Hope Walk. Signs were along the trail, featuring quotes from human trafficking survivors to remind the participants who they were walking for.

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A.I. Joins the Campaign Against Sex Trafficking

The new chatbots are safer and cheaper than in-person operations, and they are always on the job. They can deter far more buyers than undercover operations can — before they buy sex. Lieutenant Sharpe said chatbots were “1,200 percent more effective than full operations.” The New York police wait several days to send deterrence messages, so that men won’t know which phone number was the decoy. “The perception for the buyer has to be that any ad could be the ad that sends him to jail,” Mr. Spectre said.

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Combating child sex trafficking in the United States

When I speak on sex trafficking in the United States, I meet many people who believe this crime only impacts children from other countries, who are smuggled across our borders. The truth is approximately 83% of sex trafficking victims in the United States are US citizens. In my new memoir “Beautiful Justice: Reclaiming My Worth After Human Trafficking and Sexual Abuse,” I share the story of two American teen girls who were coerced into sex trafficking by a man who offered to help them when they were on the streets.

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Rutgers Researchers Define the Emotional Bond Forced onto Adolescent Victims of Sex Trafficking

Rutgers University researchers have defined the relationship that forms between children who are sold for sex and the criminals who traffic them. Traffickers with multiple victims use isolation, favoritism and conflict to turn the victims against each other. This, combined with the shame of their forced sexual acts, causes victims to become more withdrawn and dependent on the trafficker.

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Protecting kids from human trafficking online

Founder of the Stop Trafficking Project Russ Tuttle spoke at the Law Enforcement Center about social media, the online world kids are in and how it all relates to human trafficking. Tuttle said traffickers target vulnerabilities, often through games like Fortnite and Minecraft.

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Meeting Professionals International Commits to Combat Child Sex Trafficking

Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the world’s largest meeting and event industry association, today announced the organization’s commitment to combat child sex trafficking through a partnership with ECPAT-USA. As part of a live stream on April 4, 2019, celebrating Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), MPI will sign the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code) a travel and tourism industry-driven initiative that seeks to provide awareness, tools, and support to prevent the sexual exploitation of children.

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Trafficked in Massachusetts: Exploitation, violence and the struggle to get out

“The demand is what drives all of this,” said Nikki Bell, founder and CEO of LIFT Worcester, which works to empower survivors of sexual exploitation in central Massachusetts. “A pimp isn’t going to sell a woman if nobody’s going to buy her, right? You’re not going to stand on a corner if nobody’s going to come to pick you up, right? So, it’s very clear that’s where our efforts should be focused.”
For the women caught up in “the life,” it is a seedy and violent reality that can often be hidden or overlooked by the rest of society.

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Fighting Sex Trafficking at the Truck Stop

It was October 2008, during a pouring rain. At 3 in the morning a knock on his cab door woke him.
It was a girl of 15 or 16, he said, soaked and shivering. “Do you want company?” she asked. Mr. Smith was furious at being awakened. “I’m not lonely — go away,” he yelled at her.
“There was absolutely no emotional response out of that young lady at all,” he said in a recent interview. “It was like looking into a doll’s eyes. She was completely lifeless.” She just turned and walked away. “I probably thought: ‘She made her choice. This is what she wants to do.’ And I didn’t want to be bothered in the middle of the night.”

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Dozens of Women Sue Salesforce For Allegedly Facilitating Sex Trafficking

More than 50 women have filed suit against Salesforce, an online customer management relationship provider, alleging that the company’s data tools helped facilitate sex trafficking on the now-defunct website Backpage. The women, known only as Jane Does, are accusing the company of facilitating sex trafficking because Salesforce “designed and implemented a heavily customized enterprise database tailored for Backpage’s operations, both locally and internationally

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Florida gets tougher on massage-parlor sex

When Florida authorities shut down 10 massage spas last month and charged hundreds of men with buying sex, they broke a longstanding pattern of meting out minor charges and punishment for owners, letting patrons off scot-free and turning a mostly blind eye to signs of human trafficking.

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First lady Marty Kemp to address human trafficking

In the next two weeks, Georgia’s First Lady plans to announce who will take part in a special commission created to address human trafficking in the state. “People don’t want to talk about, [be]cause they don’t think it’s going to happen to them,” said Marty Kemp. “We’ve had it happen in Athens. We’ve had it happen in Atlanta personally, with people that I know and I’m close to in my staff. So, you know, it’s right at our backdoor and we can’t ignore it anymore.”

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Human trafficking is a growing problem. Regions Bank on how we can fight it

“Banks play a vital role in fighting and preventing human trafficking,” explained Don White, head of Corporate Security for Regions Bank. “We partner with law enforcement every day, looking for disturbing signs and sharing information to the degree that we can with law enforcement. We are a crucial line of defense; we recognize suspicious activity, and we report it appropriately.”

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USF Panel Brings Awareness About Human Trafficking

Officials from the Tampa Police Department, Pasco County Sherriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security discussed the advances in and challenges of finding victims of sex trafficking and their abusers at a conference at the University of South Florida in Tampa Tuesday.

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How you can help fight human trafficking

Almost 25 million victims worldwide. A $150 billion industry. Today’s second-fastest-growing crime, behind drug trafficking. These figures from the World International Labor Organization describe the silent, troubling industry of human trafficking.

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Soup maker becomes anti-trafficking activist

She recalled a brief encounter with a man in a van when she was a teen; some time after that, he abducted a nine-year-old girl, who was never seen again. Reflecting on the lecture and on her childhood memory, she realized that human trafficking was as much a local problem as a global one and was much more widespread than she had imagined.

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Massage parlors still overlooked in fight against human trafficking, advocates say

When state Rep. Vincent Pedone, D-Worcester, stepped up to Statehouse podium in 2006 to call for the regulation of massage therapy, he was quickly met by laughter and catcalls that filled the chamber and cut him short. The bill that passed that day — despite lawmakers’ laughter, but policymakers and society still don’t take massage, and the human traffickers who increasingly hide behind it, seriously.

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