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Hawley introduces bill to document scope of human trafficking in America

A law passed by Congress in 2005 mandated that the Justice Department provide research, statistical review and analysis of severe trafficking of persons every two years in order to know the scope of the problem. Unfortunately, only one was ever done, in 2009.
This new bill will mandate that a comprehensive national study on human trafficking will be conducted every two years there will be statistical information available to the public to see as well as help experts in human trafficking to learn how human traffickers are currently operating and how to stop them. Kevin Malone, president of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking, said that these national studies “would be a tremendous help because a lot of people don’t believe the problem exists.”

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Port of Seattle boosting efforts to spot human trafficking

A nonprofit Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking in Seattle, Washington is assisting leaders in the business world on ways to prevent human trafficking. The biggest way in and out of Seattle is the port and they are stepping up the efforts to spot and end human trafficking through the ports. Signs are going up in and around the port for victims on how to find help.

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Trump signs executive order to combat human trafficking as some advocacy groups boycott summit

Washington, D.C.
“The anti-trafficking community received a major shot in the arm this morning with President Trump’s announcement,” said Lance Lemmonds of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking. “President Trump has committed more federal resources and more national focus on combating the systematic buying and selling of our nation’s kids than any administration in history.”
On January 31, 2020, “Trump signed an executive order Friday creating a position within his domestic policy team dedicated solely to fighting human trafficking. The order proposes an additional $42 million in funding for service programs and prosecutions…The order also establishes a federal working group on housing for trafficking survivors and a website listing the government’s anti-trafficking resources.”

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Four arrested in Pierce County juvenile sex trafficking sting

In Dupont, Wash. Four people are facing human trafficking and sexual abuse of a minor charges after a sting operation in Pierce County. “The safety of our children and citizens is our number one priority, and we want to send a message to anyone who is thinking of victimizing the innocent: Don’t come to DuPont to hurt our kids or our community.”

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DC police arrest another suspect in ‘Operation Independence Day’ sex trafficking sting

20-year-old Sadie Baca was charged with sex trafficking and obstruction of justice Friday in D.C. District Court. Working alongside local law enforcement agencies, officials said undercover officers scanned social media and escort sites looking for what appeared to be children advertising sex. The officers would then set up a fake date, meet up with the victims, try to help them, and eventually make an effort to arrest their traffickers.

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FBI Busts 67 Sex Traffickers, Recovers 103 Child Victims

Geoffrey Rogers, co-founder and CEO of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking, told The Epoch Times previously that the child trafficking problem in the United States is an “epidemic that’s continuing to spin out of control.” “I’m outraged at the fact there’s over 100,000 kids in America that are sold for sex every single day,” he said.
“What we are also outraged about is—where is the outrage?”

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Only 6 weeks out of prison, Tri-Cities man again is accused of sex trafficking a teen girl

Booked into the Benton County, WA. jail as a “contract inmate,” Jesus Rodriguez 27, just finished serving a one-year-nine-month term for similar charges involving a different girl. If convicted in federal court, he faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison for the online enticement and child sex trafficking charges. The child pornography charge carries a sentence of 5 to 20 years.

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Jobs must be part of the solution to human trafficking

Human trafficking doesn’t just happen in faraway places like India’s brick kilns or Cambodia’s brothels. Over 8,500 victims of human trafficking cases were reported in the United States last year, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. There is no greater blow to human dignity than a person being forced to perform work or sex acts against their will.

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8 busted in Tri-City sex trafficking sting

Two men and six women were arrested Sunday night in a Pasco police crackdown on prostitution and sex trafficking. Efrain Gonzalez, 26, and Edward L. Nelson, 28, both were locked up on suspicion of second-degree promoting prostitution, a felony. While six Tri-City area women were arrested in the sting, police cautioned that they may be victims of sex trafficking.

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Task Force Operation in Everett Recovers 13 Victims of Sex Trafficking in Washington State

On Friday, October 19, 2018, an FBI Seattle Division Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF), along with additional local partners, conducted an operation in the Everett, WA, area to recover juvenile victims of sex trafficking and identify subjects suspected of commercially exploiting children and/or adults, and other related crimes. The CETF contacted 11 adult females and two juvenile females being exploited through prostitution.

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