"Angel" Helps Improve Lives of Human Trafficking Victims

A 75-year-old Compton woman doesn't just talk the talk, she actually "walks" the streets to help young girls and women who are victims of human trafficking and prostitution.
With the help and support of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies from the Compton station, Sinetta Farley is helping them find their way to a better lives.
Years ago, Farley she was deeply disturbed by the large number of girls, some as young as 13, that she saw soliciting sex on Long Beach Boulevard.
She knew she had to do something about it.

To read more: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/california/Compton-Angel-Works-to-Give-Prostitutes-Safer-Lives-433203033.html?utm_content=buffer1564f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer#ixzz4nOJNSMJd

Former Child Slave James Kofi Annan On His Mission to End Human Trafficking In Ghana

DIASPORA—Today marks the 15th annual World Day Against Child Labor, launched in 2002 but the International Labour Organization as a call to action to help eliminate forced child labor globally.

Millions around the world, including civil activists, labor unions, government leaders and everyday citizens are working to address the plight of child slaves and bring attention to the widespread epidemic of human trafficking.

Ghanian activist, James Kofi Annan is one of those people—though his proximity to the cause is more intimate than most. Annan was once one of the children that he is now fighting tirelessly for through his organization Challenging Heights, an anti-trafficking initiative working to protect the rights of children, and end child slavery in coastal communities in Ghana, where an estimated 1.8 million young people are engaged in child labour. He won the World’s Children Prize in 2013 for his contributions.

To read more: http://www.okayafrica.com/culture-2/james-kofi-annan-challenging-heights-child-slavery/

The Game: Living Hell in hotel chains

The victims are as young as 12, tricked into the sex trade by “Romeo” pimps who sell a dream of money, love and security.
Every day, an increasing number of teenagers and young women are being trafficked across Ontario and forced to work as prostitutes in what has become one of the fastest growing crimes in the province, a Star investigation found. Seasoned detectives and social workers estimate the number of girls being trafficked in Ontario today to be in the thousands.
On the streets, it’s known as “The Game.”
Some of the girls are beaten by pimps — whipped with coat hangers heated up on a stove, punched, choked, burnt and forced to sleep naked at the foot of the bed, like dogs.

To read more: http://projects.thestar.com/human-sex-trafficking-ontario-canada/

The Intersection of Family & Juvenile Law and Human Trafficking

70% of human trafficking victims have involvement with the family and juvenile courts at some point in their childhood and 88% of traffickers witness domestic violence as children. Trafficking is preventable through understanding the complexity of childhood trauma and getting to the root of the problem. It is imperative that we recognize risk factors in the court room before a trafficker does on the street.

Lawyers, mediators, GALs, CASAs and judges see victims of human trafficking before them without even knowing it. Within the court system it is important for everyone involved in the case to understand 5 basic principles:

Trauma Sensitive Services and Practices
How to identify and interview trafficking victims
Barriers to success for survivors of trafficking in and out of the court room
Understanding and implementing restorative justice techniques
Expanding evidenced based best practices to include human trafficking.

To read more: https://www.unhookedmedia.com/stock/intersection-of-family-law-and-human-trafficking

Teen held in basement for sex escaped when suspect left for court

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee man faces a slew of charges after he allegedly kept a woman tied up in the basement of a home on the city's north side, and forced her to have sex with multiple men.

The 69-year-old woman who owns the three-family home said she didn't know what was taking place below her feet during the fall of 2016 when police say 24-year-old Benjamin Hooks held the 19-year-old captive.

The homeowner told WITI-TV, "I didn't have an (expletive) thing to do with this. He snuck in. He snuck in and did it."

According to a criminal complaint recently obtained by WITI, the 19-year-old came to live at the home in order to care for the 69-year-old homeowner. The victim told police "soon after, people started showing up and taking over the house," including Hooks.

To read more: http://fox17online.com/2017/07/12/19-year-old-held-in-basement-for-sex-escaped-when-suspect-left-for-court-prosecutors-say/

How Amazon and National Australia Bank are fighting slavery

The story of how online retailer Amazon connected with a village in the Amazon to help end child slavery started with a brainstorming session six years ago.

A group of five people met in a restaurant in Half Moon Bay, California – an Australian banker, a baseball player, an agronomist, a lawyer and an industrial chemist. They were shown a film about a Peruvian village and asked to come up with an idea for a new business for the community.

The purpose was to provide a source of employment for young people so they would have an option other than the usual exodus to the cities where child slavery is commonplace.

To read more: http://www.afr.com/brand/boss/how-amazon-is-fighting-slavery-20170627-gwzx82#ixzz4mqt1JOsh

Las Vegas pimps look for women of all ages for sex trafficking, prostitution

Money can buy just about anything in Las Vegas.
Inside this 24/7 town, it’s easy to find whatever soothes a craving. That Sin City culture is further accentuated in its motto, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”
“We’re a hot spot for sex trafficking because Las Vegas is such a unique city,” said Adia Lancaster, project director at Congo Justice Las Vegas, a human rights advocacy organization and a project of New Hope Foundation International. “We have a record number of people come to the city every year. People come to Las Vegas for a good time, and our culture sells sex. We welcome people amidst all of this sexual immorality.”
Sex trafficking in Nevada is defined as the inducing or forcing of a person to engage in prostitution. However, when it comes to adult sex trafficking, experts say victims are harder to spot because of their age and what seems to be consensual understanding.
Annie Lobert, founder of the nonprofit Hookers for Jesus, which helps anyone in the sex industry, claims that many of them are held against their will.

To read more: https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-las-vegas/downtown/las-vegas-pimps-look-for-women-of-all-ages-for-sex-trafficking-prostitution/

Update: Child sex sting in Tri-Cities nets 26 arrests over five days

Twenty-six men have been arrested over the past five days for allegedly showing up at a Richland apartment intending to have sex with young girls and boys.

The suspects nabbed in the multi-agency effort range in age from 20 to 70, with 22 of them living in Kennewick, Pasco and Richland.

The child sex sting, dubbed “Tri-Cities Net Nanny Operation,” involved undercover detectives using various websites to chat with people interested in having sex with children.

To read more: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/crime/article160556469.html

House passes sweeping overhaul of law to combat human trafficking

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 Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act — was introduced by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who has written several anti-trafficking bills in the past, and Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif. It passed by voice vote with no recorded opposition.

To read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/07/12/house-passes-sweeping-overhaul-law-combat-human-trafficking/473550001/

Trio cycling Oregon Coast to bring awareness to human trafficking

Three young college women are pedaling the coast to spread the word about human trafficking and raise money for a planned shelter called The Refuge in Austin, Texas.

The trio stopped in to a Curry County commissioner meeting in Gold Beach Wednesday morning to explain the efforts of Pedal the Pacific after County Attorney John Huttl saw them riding and took them to breakfast.

“We are not cyclists by any means,” said Grace Pfeffer of Austin, who was first exposed to the sex-trafficking industry when she lived in Thailand. “Our cause is to get people to ask why in the world would we do this? The more people ask us why, the more opportunities we get to shed light on this issue.”

To read more: http://www.currypilot.com/news/5432964-151/trio-cycling-oregon-coast-to-bring-awareness-to

We must fight back against sex trafficking

Sex trafficking is a serious problem we must address now.

On issues like the budget, trade agreements or tax breaks, reasonable people can agree to disagree in good faith. But some topics bring people together because it is so wrong.

Sex trafficking is one of those issues.

For those unaware of this growing epidemic, sex trafficking is when young girls are coerced or deceived into joining the sex trade. The sex trade can range from street prostitution to dark dens where the women are trapped in brothels that double as prisons. These women are used as objects and left hopeless while others profit off their misery.

Many people view sex trafficking as an overseas problem for remote, dark parts of the world. Some would ask, “Is this really a problem here in Missouri?” The short answer, sadly, is yes.

To read more: http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/20170702/we-must-fight-back-against-sex-trafficking

Providing a way out for victims of human trafficking

Her current work started out as spiritual retreat nights through her church, for women in local group homes. From reaching out to those women to show them kindness and support, Susan Johnson started volunteering with other organizations doing similar work. People started donating clothes and toiletries to her because they knew she’d make sure those items were given to the women who needed help.

“In volunteering with these organizations and getting to know the women they were serving, it was apparent that there was and is a huge need in San Diego, and not enough resources,” said Johnson, who went on to become co-founder of Alabaster Jar Project, incorporated in 2013. “I want girls and women to know that they are not alone, that there is hope and a way out, and people that care.”

To read more: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/lifestyle/people/sd-me-one-johnson-20170628-story.html