HBO & The Normalization of Sexual Harm

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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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Resource Spotlight: Human Trafficking and the Internet

The presenter for the above-named session at UNC’s April ’08 conference (“Combating Sex Trafficking: Prevention & Intervention in North Carolina & Worldwide”) has posted a very extensive and informative resource on this topic.

Linda gives an excellent overview of human trafficking, the social attitudes that allow human trafficking to flourish, and the role that the internet plays in this devastating issue (including reviews of specific websites).

Thank you, Linda!

Resource: Human Trafficking and the Internet

(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…)

One Survivor’s Story

“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.

Read more…

“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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