“Teen recounts horror of abduction into sex slavery” (MSNBC)

For someone who’s only 18, Shauna Newell is remarkably composed as she describes being kidnapped, drugged, gang-raped and savagely beaten.

It is only when she talks about seeing one of the men who sexually assaulted her — free and unafraid of being prosecuted — that she starts to break down.

“I went out to the beach a few weeks ago and I saw the dude who raped me, and he just looked at me,” Newell told NBC News, her voice choking. “Like, hey … you ruined my whole life. You have scarred me for the rest of my life and you’re just sitting there going on with your life like nothing is wrong.”

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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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(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 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…)

“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.

“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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