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House passes sweeping overhaul of law to combat human trafficking

Posted by: Emma Kinnery, USA Today  | Friday, July 14, 2017

The House on Wednesday approved a sweeping reauthorization of the nation's most comprehensive law to combat human trafficking, in a rare bipartisan vote. The bill allocates $520 million over four years toward programs that aim to identify and aid victims of trafficking and prevent it from occurring. The bill — called the Frederick Douglass Trafficking

Minnesota now has more than 3,000 cops, advocates trained in sex trafficking

Posted by: St. Paul Pioneer Press  | Tuesday, June 28, 2016

ST. PAUL -- During the past 2½ years, the Ramsey County attorney’s office has trained more than 3,000 law enforcement and community advocates across Minnesota in processing sex-trafficking cases and helping victims. The training events and conferences were held in more than 22 cities and funded by a $700,000 appropriation made by the

Local officials researching app designed to fight human trafficking with hotel photos

Posted by: Zach Myers  | Tuesday, June 28, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind - Officials with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police say they are researching a new app that is designed to fight human sex trafficking. The app, called “TraffickCam” is meant to give law enforcement officials a large, searchable database of pictures showing specific hotel rooms

Snapping a picture of your hotel room could help stop human trafficking

Posted by: Tribune Media Wire  | Friday, June 24, 2016

ST. LOUIS - Snapping a picture inside your hotel room could help protect children across the globe. The TraffickCam app enables travelers to submit pictures of hotel rooms around the world. The images are matched against a national database used by police. “You just enter your hotel room, and your room number. You take four pictures, and you submit

Man charged with child solicitation, human trafficking

Posted by: Amanda Browning  | Wednesday, June 22, 2016

GREENSBURG – A Greensburg man accused of tricking an 11-year-old girl into sending him nude photos and threatening to release those photos if she did not agree to “hook up” was arrested after the girl told her mother, who contacted local police. Greensburg Police arrested Joshua David Bergen, 23, of the 1800 block of North Lincoln St.,

How a Bar of Soap Could Save a Sex Trafficking Victim

Posted by: Mary Kuhlman  | Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 14, 2016 CLEVELAND, Ohio - Some 50,000 people are expected to converge on Cleveland during the Republican National Convention in July. And among those who will not be there for political reasons are people who sell others for sex. Theresa Flores was trafficked as a teen and as a survivor founded S.O.A.P. or "soap" which stands for Save Our

Myth: Human Traffickers Only Target “Poor and Uneducated” Individuals

Posted by: Meghan Hampsey  | Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The stereotypical human trafficking victim is often portrayed as uneducated, poor, or otherwise disadvantaged and desperate. Although that can be true, many victims do not fit that image. Traffickers around the world target people of all social strata, education, and economic levels. Shandra Woworuntu, a prominent human trafficking survivor advocate and

I survived human trafficking. That makes me the exception to the rule

Posted by: Crystal Isle  | Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I feel cold metal on my wrists. I hear the click of the handcuffs. I see my hysterical toddler son being put into a police car and I wish I could say that the rest is a blur. As the police search me I feel terrified and alone. I know that I have drugs in my pocket and that I am going to jail. What I do not know is where they are taking my little boy who has

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