HBO & The Normalization of Sexual Harm

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
[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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(News Catch-up)

“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, 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…)

“Group Strives to Help Victims…” (Asheville Citizen-Times)

– about NCStop’s own Emily Fitchpatrick and the Hope House Project! –

ASHEVILLE – Emily Fitchpatrick hopes her personal journey will help her draw frightened victims away from their own troubles.

Having recovered from alcohol and drug addiction nine years ago, Fitchpatrick said she believes God can help her rescue women who have fallen prey to sex trafficking.

The crimes have gotten national attention, Fitchpatrick said, but little notice locally. Asheville police twice found evidence of young girls forced into prostitution in 2007 but were unable to make arrests, according to police.

“People think this (sex trafficking) happens in other countries, and they don’t want to see that it happens here,” said Fitchpatrick, 30, the director of the Hope House project, a planned home that would provide long-term care for victims.

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**There is a benefit concert for the Hope House Project in the Asheville area tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon – check out our events page for more info.

“Traffic in Human Lives” (The Baltimore Sun)

Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced 345 arrests in a nationwide crackdown on prostitution rings that preyed on children as young as 12. The operation targeted 16 areas, including Atlanta, Boston and Washington as well as Montgomery County, where prosecutors had earlier won convictions against traffickers for forcing immigrant women and girls into prostitution.

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“Stop Slavery Here and Abroad” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), profits from sex trafficking exceed $217 billion a year, or about $23,000 per victim. Organized crime is making a killing. A recent United Nations report ranked human trafficking third as a profit-making illegal industry behind arms dealing and drugs. No country, including our own, is exempt.

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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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“Prostitution and Prevention” (NY Times)

Child prostitution, a large and growing problem across the United States, is especially severe in tourist and convention cities. Atlanta, for example, has been identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as one of 14 American cities with the highest rates of child prostitution. Georgia’s lawmakers, religious groups and juvenile justice advocates are taking this issue very seriously, but they may miss an important opportunity unless they focus on programs that have a lasting impact on the lives of Georgia’s most vulnerable children.

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