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Finding Hope in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Posted by: Raleigh Sadler | Friday, February 19, 2016

"I don't want this to happen to someone else," Shandra said as she recalled her story. After losing her job as a financial analyst due to an economic downturn in her native Indonesia, 25-year-old Shandra Woworuntu was desperate. Expanding her job search internationally, she found a six-month seasonal employment opportunity in Chicago's hospitality industry.

Seven Juveniles Recovered in Joint Super Bowl Operation Targeting Human Sex Trafficking

Posted by: East County Today | Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The FBI, in partnership with more than thirty enforcement agencies in the Bay Area, recovered seven juveniles during an enforcement action focused on commercial human sex trafficking. Additionally, more than a dozen pimps and their associates were arrested, some of whom traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area from other states specifically for the purpose of commercial sex exploitation at the Super Bowl.

Human Trafficking in the Hotel Industry

Posted by: Polaris Project | Wednesday, February 10, 2016

"The hotel industry is just one of many venues sex traffickers use to exploit their victims. Pimps commonly use hotel and motel rooms to set up “dates” between victims of sex trafficking and those individuals purchasing sex."

As Super Bowl 50 Nears, Prosecutors on Alert for Human Trafficking

Posted by: Kale Williams | Thursday, January 28, 2016

Four prominent Bay Area district attorneys came together Wednesday to once again thrust the issue of human trafficking into the limelight and to implore everyday citizens to keep their eyes open for the subtle signs of what they called “modern-day slavery.” With Super Bowl 50 as a backdrop and with the Bay Area coming under a national media

Let's Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking in January and Beyond

Posted by: Megan Foo | Friday, January 15, 2016

For years, I have heard and read the heartbreaking narratives of injustice that reverberate throughout the human trafficking landscape. Be it stories of children who endured unrelenting violence as child slaves in Cambodia, testimonials of women who were coerced into prostitution or reports of individuals who could not escape persistent psychological

Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major US Cities

Posted by: Meredith Dank, Bilal Khan, P. Mitchell Downey, Cybele Kotonias, Debbie Mayer, Colleen Owens, Laura Pacifici, Lilly Yu | Friday, January 15, 2016

"Sex sells" does little to explain the multimillion-dollar profits generated by the underground commercial sex economy. From high-end escort services to high school "sneaker pimps," the sex trade leaves no demographic unrepresented and circuits almost every major US city. What we know about the underground commercial sex economy is likely just the tip of

Sex trafficking happens across Indiana, Attorney General Zoeller says

Posted by: Carson Quinn, CBS4 | Saturday, January 9, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 6, 2016)– Many people are uncomfortable talking about commercial sex and human trafficking, but they’re happening in our community, including Hamilton County and throughout the State of Indiana. That’s according to Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office. “I mean you’re really talking about the

Lured for Sex

Posted by: Jessica R. Key | Saturday, January 9, 2016

Click here for online article. Pimping is often glamourized in popular culture, yet there is nothing captivating about a young girl being held against her will and used for sex, turning her profits over to someone who manipulates her while possibly being transported to another state where she doesn't know a single person. Unfortunately, this happens