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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

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

Modeling ad serves as PSA for human trafficking

Posted by: Lisa Greenberg | Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What looks like an advertising calling for models is actually a public service announcement for human trafficking. You click the link on the ad, and it asks to use your Facebook photo, then shows you a video with your own Facebook pictures on missing persons photos, Facebook posts from friends and family pleading for help, and news stories. The Florida

Human trafficking thrives as economy slows

Posted by: Sharika Regchand | Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Durban - As the economy declined, the country was going to see an increase in human trafficking because criminals viewed it as “an easier crime to get into”. It was simpler to get into human trafficking than other lucrative crimes such as drug trafficking, as little or no capital input was needed, said advocate Dawn Coleman-Malinga of the

Tip leads St. Joseph County police to human-trafficking arrest

Posted by: South Bend Tribune | Tuesday, June 21, 2016

SOUTH BEND — An anonymous tip last week led St. Joseph County police to a man who allegedly was prostituting a 17-year-old girl at a motel north of South Bend. David Lee Vaughn, 36, is charged with one count of promoting the human trafficking of a minor, a Level 3 felony, along with charges of possessing marijuana and lying to police. According

Human trafficking survivor turns experience into power

Posted by: Kelly Roberts | Tuesday, June 21, 2016

NEW HAVEN, Ind (WLFI) – Nearly 40 years ago Rhonda Patterson was trafficked, but didn’t even know what trafficking was until decades later. Now, she is dedicating her life to helping other survivors of the crime in Northeast Indiana, around the country and all over the world. “We’ve worked with families here in the Fort Wayne area

Human trafficking cases on the rise in Fort Wayne, learn how to spot a victim

Posted by: Kelly Roberts | Tuesday, June 21, 2016

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Right now, Fort Wayne law enforcement is working four human trafficking cases.These cases are increasing, but experts suspect it’s because more people are being taught what to look out for. The numbers shed the most light on the problem of human trafficking and who the victims are. About 18,000 people were trafficked

Sex trafficking a problem here, too

Posted by: Rebecca S. Green | Monday, June 20, 2016

It’s impossible to say it doesn’t happen here anymore: the trafficking of underage girls for commercial sex. Last month, a federal grand jury indicted 29-year-old Patrick Davis on a count of sex trafficking a child, related to what federal prosecutors allege was his recruitment of a 14-year-old girl to work as a prostitute, advertised on