Category: Awareness

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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Advocate shares her story of sex trafficking survival

Sula Skiles is an advocate for sex trafficking survivors. She serves on the board of the The Trinidi Initiative, an extension of Lavished Ministries. As a survivor herself, she is using her story as a platform to help others.
“When I was 20, this was 15 years ago, I was a young, naive model in Los Angeles, went to just an event for the modeling industry,” Skiles said. One Skiles was overseas, she said what once was a dream come try turned out to be a nightmare. “Once I got there, I was forced to sleep with this monster along with other girls. They would come and go. Every night, there were new girls showing up,” she said.

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Law enforcement focuses on sex trafficking

When Martin County Sheriff William Snyder laid out details last month of a sex trafficking ring his officers helped shut down in central Florida, he made an important distinction to a reporter who referred to the women providing services at the day spas as prostitutes. It’s not a label he was willing to use, he said.

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Human trafficking victims ‘can be anybody’

Robert Kraft is accused of soliciting prostitution more than 1,400 miles away in Jupiter, Florida. But in reality, sexual acts for money – similar to what Kraft has pleaded not guilty – happen frequently across Massachusetts, fueled by widespread human trafficking. “This is an activity that exists in Florida, it exists in Massachusetts, it exists all over the country,” said Attorney General Maura Healey during her semi-regular “Ask the AG” show on WGBH radio in February.

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Human trafficking probe’s focus: Target the johns

In recent years, law-enforcement agencies have focused on arresting and prosecuting human traffickers who profit from exploiting others. But a months long investigation in Martin and Palm Beach counties,was one of the largest in recent memory that targeted the buyers whose dollars allow trafficking organizations to thrive.

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Sheriff: Women are the victims

The “zombie-like” victims in the South Florida spa sex case in which Patriots owner Robert Kraft is entangled could be part of a $20 million human trafficking ring with ties to China where “the men are the monsters,” a local sheriff says.

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Robert Kraft got busted. What should happen now?

Kraft’s legal woes may be a boon to the world of late-night comedy and talk radio, but to those touched by the moral rot of human trafficking, there’s nothing amusing about this. Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, FL. is the definition of seedy: a strip-mall storefront where immigrant women were essentially held in captivity, forced to sleep on massage tables and prepare food in a back alley.

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Governor and first lady announce plan to combat human trafficking

Governor Brian Kemp and the first lady have announced a plan to combat human trafficking in Georgia. A new bill introduced to the Georgia Legislature on Friday aims to fight the growing threat of modern day slavery in Georgia. Kemp says the Anti-Human Trafficking Protective Response Act or Senate Bill 158 will equip law enforcement with the tools they need to keep Georgia families safe.

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Tampa trafficking survivor says victims live in silent fear

“How long have they been trying to tell someone through their eyes or gestures, ‘there is something going on behind those closed doors,'” Rose said. He said first-time offenders are unlikely to get jail time, but depending on where they live, will have to respond to the charges either in person or by mail.

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How this nonprofit is decreasing the demand for sex

While in production of “Blind Eyes Opened,” a documentary about the truth of sex trafficking in America through the mouths of survivors. Geoff Rogers met Kevin Malone, former general manager of the Dodgers. The two of them began asking why, with thousands of nonprofits in the fight against trafficking in the U.S., were we losing the battle.

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Robert Kraft’s arrest shines spotlight on real victims of sex trade

“Unfortunately, it takes something like a Robert Kraft or someone of celebrity status to get the attention on human trafficking that it deserves, said Keven Malone President and Co-founder of the U.S. Institute Again Human Trafficking. Malone also said,“In a lot of these so-called massage parlors that a lot of the women are not there by choice. They are being forced and coerced — especially in this situation, those women were enslaved. This is human trafficking.”

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Kraft case casts uncomfortable spotlight on depths of massage parlor sex trafficking in US

Kevin Malone, president and co-founder of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking told Fox News, “Florida’s trafficking bust in massage parlors is just the tip of the iceberg. This is happening all across the country.” Noting that many of the IMBs are managed by Chinese organized crime syndicates, Malone said the women involved “are taken usually to New York, where they are trained what to do.

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How to spot the signs of sex trafficking

Members of the public have more power than they realize to help spot and stop sex trafficking. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of trafficking victims are not kept in locked rooms or held without access to the outside world. Here are some things to look out for:

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Hillsborough County looks to form human trafficking task force

Hillsborough County leaders are looking at ways to fight back against human trafficking. At Wednesday’s Board of County Commissioner meeting, Commissioner Kimberly Overman proposed forming a task force to combat the crime, saying she wants to send a clear message. Tampa Bay has zero-tolerance toward human trafficking in general, whether it be for sex trafficking or labor traffic,” Overman said. “Hillsborough County is not ground zero, but close, to some serious problems that are causing a great deal of pain in our community.”

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NoVo Foundation announces $10 million funding opportunity to close on-ramps to sexual exploitation—and open exit ramps

The NoVo Foundation today announced The Life Story Grants, a $10 million, 3-year commitment for programs in the U.S that open exit ramps and close on-ramps to commercial sexual exploitation. NoVo is now inviting Letters of Inquiry for grants across six system-focused “moments”: Housing, Medical Needs, Law Enforcement, Trauma and Mental Health, Immigration, and Systems Impacting Youth.

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Sex trafficking victims need community support

A major sign of sexual abuse is a change in behavior, said Jean. Children may no longer want to participate in physical education out of the fear of getting undressed in front of others. They may also start to exhibit low self-esteem, poor peer relationships or eating habits. Some victims tend to wear extra layers of clothes regardless of the weather. They may also revert to infantile behavior such as bed wetting, thumb sucking and excessive crying.

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It’s Not Just at the Super Bowl: Understanding the Real Scope of Human Trafficking

In the article entitled “Is the Super Bowl Really the U.S.’s biggest sex trafficking magnet?”,journalist Sebastien Malo interviews Bradley Myles, the chief executive of the Polaris Project, a nonprofit working to combat and prevent modern-day slavery. “All this is, is a one-day snapshot into what otherwise is a 365-day problem,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “The same traffickers that are committing trafficking . . . during the Super Bowl, they’re going to wake up in the morning on Monday and do the same thing.”

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Sex trafficking victim sues Albuquerque motel

A woman who says she was sold for sex as a teenager is suing an Albuquerque motel and the now-closed Backpage website, alleging both businesses had a hand in allowing her to be trafficked. “The evidence is pretty strong (for) that hotel knowing what was going on due to the frequency of the visitors to the room,” McAdams said

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Amazon No. 1 – for sexual exploitation of kids Read

“Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer” is “promoting material that sexualizes children and normalizes the dehumanization and sexual commodification of women,” the group said. “Items for sale on Amazon include child-like sex dolls, photography books with eroticized child nudity, pornographic magazines, and clothing items, and more.”

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Growing concerns over potential sex trafficking during NBA All-Star weekend

In 2017, North Carolina had 221 reported cases of trafficking, while South Carolina saw 118 reported cases. Officials say both the NBA All-Star Game and CIAA basketball tournaments are large-scale sporting events that could be magnets for human traffickers, with police out in full force and on high alert. “Anybody can be a human trafficker, anybody can be a victim,” said one Charlotte official.

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Survivors call attention to tattoos used in sex trafficking

Sex trafficking survivors and advocates are working across Wisconsin to help communities recognize signs of exploitation, such as tattoos used to brand victims. Nancy Yarbrough is a survivor who started Milwaukee nonprofit Fresh Start Learning, Inc. to provide resources to women and children who are victims of sex trafficking. Yarbrough told Wisconsin Public Radio that tattoos are commonly used in the sex trade to show that a person belongs to a specific trafficker.

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Modern Day Slavery: Saving young lives from sex trafficking

Mary Ballinger is one of 250 volunteers taking part in the three-day effort. It’s where people canvass the streets, handing out flyers and gathering tips, that’ll potentially lead them to males and females listed as missing by the state of Nevada. Those missing have been identified by law enforcement as vulnerable, with a great chance of being exploited or sexually trafficked.

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State urging businesses to fight human trafficking

It’s been nearly three years since the legislature created a program called Texas Businesses Against Trafficking. The idea is to encourage businesses to adopt anti-trafficking policies and train their workers to spot victims. But right now, there are only six companies taking part across the state, including one in San Antonio. To get more companies on board, the state is now tweaking its rules for membership.

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Victim advocates, NFL players, FBI, police working to break up sex trafficking at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta

“It’s not necessarily about football or the NFL,” says Courtney Dow, an outreach coordinator for the Atlanta-based nonprofit Dream Center. “It’s just about when groups of men get together, usually trafficking and exploitation increases. “They’re on vacation, their wives and girlfriends aren’t with them, and it’s also a boys’ club, and it’s time for boys to boys.”

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48 human trafficking victims rescued, more than 300 suspects arrested in CA sting

Authorities involved in a 3-day human trafficking sting operation rescued almost 50 victims across California, including 14 minors, some as young as 13. Law enforcement officials with “Operation Reclaim and Rebuild” announced Tuesday they made 339 arrests in the 3-day operation, which involved 93 human trafficking task forces throughout the state. The National Human Trafficking Hotline says 8,524 cases of human trafficking were reported nationwide in 2017. Of those, 1,305 were in California.

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Advocates: Sex trafficking more common than known

“We have children who have been trafficked,” said Rhonda Morris, who is in her 20th year as executive director of Kids First. “This is something that has been going on for many, many years.” Kids First provides comprehensive services to victims of sexual abuse, ages 18 and younger, in seven area counties. The nonprofit served 270 new children last year, up from 253 the year before, and an average of between 210 and 225 several years before that.

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Project looks to help trafficking victims ahead of Super Bowl

With Super Bowl LIII just a week away and the city of Atlanta seeing an influx of visitors over the next week; human trafficking experts believe the problem may be growing with the crowds. But advocates are also stepping up their efforts to identify and help those who may be being trafficked…The Soap Project is an initiative that places bars of soap and wipes with the number to the human trafficking hotline in places where those who are being trafficked may frequent.

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Local organization fighting human trafficking in Acadiana

Each year, thousands of people fall victim to human trafficking in the United States. That’s not including the thousands more that go unreported. Human trafficking, also known as modern day slavery, happens everywhere… Even in Acadiana. That’s why the St Landry-Evangeline Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force is raising awareness.

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How to spot sex trafficking-even in Carlton County

Sex trafficking is a market-driven criminal industry based on supply and demand, according to the National Sex Trafficking Hotline. In other words, as long as people are willing to purchase other people for sex, there will be incentive to continue trafficking…It is common for them to target victims on social media. Young people may pour out their heartaches and problems online, creating an easy target for a trafficker.

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Cooke Co. authorities battle modern slavery

Yes, the number of human trafficking cases handled in Cooke County over the past several years may not be staggering, but it does indicate there is a problem, according to Sgt. Jerry Crumley with the Cooke County Sheriff’s Office. “Trafficking is here,” Crumley said. “It’s everywhere. It’s growing. It’s becoming a bigger and bigger problem throughout the state of Texas.

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