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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 Pres | 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

An Interview with Tim Matsui on Sex Trafficking in the United States

Posted by: Stand Magazine | Wednesday, June 22, 2016

STAND: How did you get started telling the stories of victims of human trafficking? This really started about fifteen years ago when I worked with students whose teacher committed suicide during an investigation into inappropriate conduct. I began to learn about sexual abuse, victimization, and trauma. What happens when you start talking about this stuff,

Guest opinion: Minors are trafficked for sex in Indiana; statistics only tell part of the story

Posted by: Greg Zoeller | Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Editor's note: Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller submitted this opinion in response to Post-Tribune columnist David Rutter's column "Bad data can stop the best of causes" which ran June 19. The Washington Post recently ran an opinion column disputing a statistic printed on a billboard my office displayed during the month of May to raise awareness of