HT News Review (Week of 8/17-8/23)

(…plus or minus a few days..)

8/15/08 “Anchorage Man Gets 30 Years in Sex Trafficking, Drugs Case” (The Daily News-Miner)
[tagged for: court cases, prostitution]

8/16/08 “Wichita Film Debuts About Human Trafficking” (KSN News.com)
[tagged for: films, prostitution, sexual exploitation, public awareness]

8/17/08 “Measure would protect pimps, not prostitutes” (San Francisco Chronicle)
[tagged for: legalizing prostitution, sexual exploitation, child prostitution, children]

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“Clearwater accepts human trafficking training grant” (Clearwater Citizen)

CLEARWATER – Nearly two years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice awarded the Clearwater Police Department a grant to establish the Clearwater Area Task Force on Human Trafficking.

The task force is so successful that it has become a model for law enforcement agencies nationwide.

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“Suspects in Human Trafficking Case Indicted by Feds” (San Marcos Daily Record)

A federal grand jury in Austin has indicted six people arrested in San Marcos last month on charges relating to human trafficking. (Read more…)


“Abolitionists Take On Slavery – Online”
(The Christian Science Monitor)

Through Changemakers.net, many have joined in a global competition to identify the most innovative antislavery programs and extend their impact. (Read more…)


“Police: Prostitution Ring Employed Children, 50 Women”
(ABC 7 News, Denver)

After a two-year-investigation, Denver police said they have busted a major prostitution ring that employed 50 female prostitutes, including children. (Read more…)


“Hidden Epidemic: Children Recruited To Be Sex Slaves”
(WTOP News)

History teachers tell students that slavery ended in the U.S. in 1865, but sources tell WTOP that a “hidden epidemic” of child sex-slavery persists in this area and nationwide. (Read more…)

“Human Trafficking Increasing Worldwide” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Human trafficking crimes are increasing around the world but remain misunderstood and seldom prosecuted, underscoring the need for a more targeted response by government and private industry, panelists said during a legal conference Monday in Seattle.

Although the public often perceives trafficking as children forced to work in the sex trade overseas, the problem also involves domestic servitude and other forms of modern-day slavery in the U.S.

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“Sex Slaves: Twice a Victim” (Philadelphia Daily News)

MANY Daily News readers were no doubt shocked recently to learn that human trafficking and sexual slavery may be occurring right here in the Delaware Valley.

In the Berwyn case that the paper put on Page 1, the system apparently worked. The victims are in the process of obtaining the status allowing their continued presence in the U.S., and the traffickers are being prosecuted.

But what if those two courageous women had instead succumbed to the threats, violence and pressure of their handlers?

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