Handmaids’ tales from the world of legalised prostitution

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"In 2003, New Zealand became the first country in the world to decriminalise its sex trade. I remember where I was when the Prostitution Reform Act passed into law. I was midway through a politics degree at the University of Auckland, so naturally, I was sitting at a café weighing in on what was deemed at the time to be a “modern” and “progressive” law change.

While I was firmly against legalisation, my opponents subscribed to a “harm reduction” philosophy. They argued that progressive legislation focused on regulating brothels, asserting that when the “industry” is regulated, abuse and violence can be effectively curbed. Regulation, so the argument goes, reduces stigma and prostitution can then be treated like any other form of work.

Unbeknown to anyone at that table, on the other side of the world, in Sweden, they had passed a substantially different piece of legislation two years earlier. It would come to be known as the Nordic model. Advocates of this system adopt a stance of “harm elimination”; prostitution, they argue, is innately harmful and needs to be abolished, just like any other form of violence against women or slavery."

To read more: https://www.mercatornet.com/mobile/view/handmaids-tales-from-the-world-of-legalised-prostitution

Authorities raise awareness about human trafficking

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -
Human trafficking is not only an issue happening across the world but also right here in Region 8.

With the most recent instances involving a restaurant owner and a Trumann teen who was found in Nebraska days after she went missing, authorities are stressing that the human trafficking issue is happening in our backyards.

“Anytime you have human trafficking, sex trafficking is soon to take over,” said Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd. “It is a problem that we see rising, unfortunately.”

Boyd called it a hidden trade in the world.

“Most people have the understanding that it can’t happen here,” said Boyd. “Even though we don’t get many cases, it does happen and it passes through here every day.”

To read more: http://www.kait8.com/story/37454587/authorities-raise-awareness-about-human-trafficking

Police turn to Houstonian to pull victims out of sex trafficking

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- It's one of Houston's worst kept secrets. Hidden under the cover of the city's shadiest motels and blasted on sites like Backpage.com, are underage girls sold for sex.

Victim advocates say sex trafficking is a $99 billion a year industry. In the Lone Star State, a study from the University of Texas states 79,000 trafficked victims are minors. No matter how they got into "the life," as so many call it, getting out is never easy. Now, there is a little hope for the women lost to this underground world in Houston.

Grainy cell phone video shows a woman sitting on a bed, coaxed by Houston law enforcement to leave a dimly lit hotel room.

To read more: http://abc13.com/3039013/

Human sex trafficking is as close as next door

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Editor's note: This story is based on federal court evidence, interviews with victims, and interview transcripts. The Democrat and Chronicle is not naming the victims in the Stephen Jones case as they were the victims of sex crimes and one was also a minor at the time of the offenses.

The East High School student was only 16 when she was selling her body for sex.

Fate seems to have conspired to set her up: Her mother was a drug addict; her father physically and sexually abusive.

She did not keep the money from her transactions — thousands of dollars from dozens of men, typically between the ages of 30 and 60. Instead, she handed the cash over to the man she believed loved her, the same man who ensured that she had tattoos on her wrist and her back that told the world that she was, in fact, his.

He provided the security she lacked; she provided him with lots of money.

To read more: https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2018/02/02/human-sex-trafficking-close-next-door-rochester-stephen-jones-backpage-child-teenagers-victims/1061834001/

Dozens of Rochester kids acknowledge they've been sold for sex

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In 2014 Rochester's Center for Youth Services received 127 referrals from police, medical officials, and local agencies about kids who could be sexually exploited.

Three years later, that number had more than doubled, to nearly 300.

Last year, 62 of those youngsters acknowledged that they had been sold for sex. And the Center for Youth's Safe Harbor program, which counsels the children and teens, still has more than 200 open cases.

"This has been going on for a very very long time," said Melanie Blow, the Chief Operations Officer for the Stop Abuse Campaign, which works to halt child abuse.

To read more: https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2018/02/02/teens-sold-sex-rochester-human-trafficking-new-york-laws-buyers-minors/1076210001/

This is the only life I'm going to have...

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I used to be afraid of almost everything and everyone. After living in community for two years with the most courageous women I have ever met, the fear that used to take complete control of me has gotten smaller and smaller. I live bravely today and I do this by getting out of bed and showing up for my commitments.

Living bravely means pushing through fear and having faith that everything will work out just the way it is supposed to. It means talking honestly about our feelings and having the willingness to work through conflict.

This is the only life I am going to have and I am choosing to live bravely!

To read more: https://bravely.org/blogs/bravely/this-is-the-only-life-im-going-to-have

In Texas, Growing Awareness That Human Trafficking Isn't Just An International Crime But A Local One

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Warning: this story contains descriptions that are disturbing.

Authorities in Mexico this weekend arrested two people they say were involved in a human trafficking operation. They rescued 24 young women who are from Colombia and Venezuela. This incident underscores how most of us understand human trafficking – as an international crime. But authorities in Texas are deepening their understanding of human trafficking as a local crime.
Ask Toni McKinley about anything related to human trafficking and she’ll answer on the spot. Ask, for instance, who’s at risk?

“All kids are vulnerable,” McKinley says.

As about similarities between trafficking andkidnapping.

“Very rarely is a kid kidnapped,” she says.

To read more: http://kut.org/post/texas-growing-awareness-human-trafficking-isnt-just-international-crime-local-one?utm_content=bufferbfbf9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Human Trafficking Report: 700 Illicit Massage Parlors Operate in Our Area

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Hundreds of illicit massage parlors in our area are involved in human trafficking, according to a new report.
Polaris, a non-profit group based in Washington, DC that tracks modern day slavery, released a 100 page report on human trafficking in illicit massage businesses. The report states that more than 9,000 illicit massage parlors, which are actually fronts for human trafficking, are operating in the United States and creating a total revenue of approximately $2.5 billion a year. Of the 9,000 businesses, 700 are operating in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, according to the report.
“Typically, they come in from Flushing, New York and Philadelphia is a main stopping point for the trafficking to occur,” said Rochelle Keyhan, Director of Disruption Strategies at Polaris.

To read more: https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Human-Trafficking-Report-Illicit-Massage-Parlors-Businesses-Philadelphia-Pennsylvania-New-Jersey-Delaware-469801113.html

Feds Charge Washington Man with Transporting Teen Girls for Sex

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A Washington state man arrested with two teenage girls near Green River last month has been charged with sex trafficking, according to federal court records.

David Peter Vier, 63, heard the single count of "transportation of minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity" during his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne on Wednesday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Kelly Rankin ordered Vier, in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, held without bond.

If convicted, Vier faces 10 years to life imprisonment, and when released from custody faces five years to life supervised release. Vier, a registered sex offender, also would be ordered to pay $5,000 to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.

To read more: http://laramielive.com/feds-charge-washington-man-for-transporting-teen-girls-for-sex/

Systems Change—Big or Small?

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TAT was featured in this article...a systems change making a difference!

The idea of systems change is gaining momentum. The social sector is improving its tools and frameworks for systems change, and Co-Impact’s recent announcement to invest $500 million in systems change initiatives is set to spark serious interest in the donor community.

Ashoka, a global network of more than 3,500 social entrepreneurs, has always linked the notion of social entrepreneurship to systems change, so for us, this trend is very exciting. It is equally great news for all the other social entrepreneurs who want to achieve impact on a systems level, many of whom have been struggling to explain their approach to donors and partners.

There is, however, a misconception that could severely limit the potential of and interest in systems change: that, by definition, it needs to be big.

To read more: https://ssir.org/articles/entry/systems_changebig_or_small

Feds: California pimp used drug-addicted women from small Missouri town as prostitutes

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Human trafficking charges have been filed against a California man who allegedly used drugs and violence to coerce Kansas City-area women into prostitution.

Ronald Ean Taylor is charged in a federal grand jury indictment unsealed Monday with six counts of sex trafficking of an adult by force, fraud or coercion and four counts of transporting a person across state lines for prostitution.

Also named in the indictment is 33-year-old Kimberly Anne Sanford, who allegedly worked as a prostitute but also assisted Taylor. She faces the same 10 charges as Taylor.

Taylor and Sanford worked together for about 12 years, according to a motion filed by prosecutors seeking to have her held without bond.

To read more: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article190335689.html