Human Trafficking: happening in the United States
Did you know that human trafficking claims more than 27 million people around the world today?
Between January 2008 and June 2010, 2,515 nationwide incidents of human trafficking were recorded, approximately 40 percent of which were children. The average age for entry into prostitution is between 12 – 14.
A girl ages 13, escaped from trafficker and helped the police trace find other underage victims. The Bakersfield police have now charged a 22-year-old with human trafficking of a minor and attempt pandering of a minor.
New York/North Carolina
Man pleased guilty to sex trafficking women in New York state.
North Carolina trial begins for human trafficking and the rape and killing of a 5-year-old girl.
Bloggers Against Social Injustice held Freedom Walk Buffalo on Saturday to raise awareness about human trafficking around the world, especially its presence in Buffalo.
Anna Beard speaks of her own experience of sex trafficking, having been tricked into modelling for an older man as part of what he claimed was “an art project”.
Read about the event and Anna’s story here:
A legislative bill was signed into law will help victims of human trafficking. It takes effect on July 1.
Attorney General Gary King, who is part of a team prosecuting human traffickers, said “You know we want to continue to improve our efforts in New Mexico – both our efforts as law enforcement but also our efforts to reach out to the public and get them to recognize human trafficking as a crime and particularly to help us identify the victims, because victims of human trafficking don’t self-identify. They’re normally afraid to go to the police and so we have to search a little bit harder for those victims to get them out of their situations.”
A missing Aurora teen has been found in California, but parents worry she may sex trafficking victim after two other missing Colorado women also created online modeling profiles.
Law enforcement has said they are considering the missing womens’ modeling aspirations in their investigations, but have not linked the online profiles to any of the disappearances.
A new campaign called “Gentlemen Don’t John” is pushing men of color to speak about the realities of sex trafficking. 9“John” is a commonly used term to identify men who solicit prostitutes.
When the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity begin their Las Vegas Conference next week, they will be increasing their awareness of sex trafficking within the Black community, with help a San Diego-based non-profit organization.
The non-profit ministry is Vision Beyond Borders, is teaming up with Billings church, Word of life, in an attempt to prevent women and children being sold on the streets.
Ohio lawmaker Teresa Fedor says she expects to introduce new legislation in the next few days to help reduce sex trafficking especially for minors.
Read here about what the new legislation will cover:
The Michigan Attorney General has announced the creation of Michigan’s first human trafficking commission.
Michigan may have as many as 112 to 115 victims of human trafficking per month. Find out how victims are lured into human trafficking.
New Mexico State University students will hold a human trafficking awareness event on the morning of April 27 at the Farmers and Crafts Market.
The Polaris Project estimated that 244,000 American children and youth were at risk of child sexual exploitation, including commercial sex exploitation, in 2000.
This event will increase awareness of Human Trafficking, which is often known as Modern-Day Slavery.
- Kansas on brink of enacting human trafficking law inspired by Wichita programs (kansas.com)
- How human trafficking happens all around us (northcountrypublicradio.org)
- Historic human trafficking trial: Three young girls accused of running prostitution ring (metronews.ca)
- Human trafficking awareness growing (abc4.com)
- The Terror of Human Trafficking Hits Home & It’s Been Here a While; Author Stephen Cummings Helps to Bring Awareness to Human Trafficking in the USA with ‘Lost Sheep’ (prweb.com)
- Human traffickers target aboriginal girls, women (sott.net)