New Statistics report provides 2016 Data From the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline

Originally posted on PolarisProject.org in January 2017— “Our new statistics report provides 2016 data from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, Polaris’s BeFree Textline, and communications referencing overseas cases. Through these hotlines, Polaris has the largest available data set on human trafficking in the United States. Comprehensive case and call data for the U.S., … More New Statistics report provides 2016 Data From the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline

A Victory Against Online Peddlers of Children For Sex

Originally published on January 12, 2017, on The Seattle Times, by Nicholas Kristof— “As a 16-year-old high school sophomore living in Boston, Asia Graves was sold on the internet “like a pizza,” she recalls, handed over to be raped by strange men every day. Along with thousands of other girls, she was sold through what … More A Victory Against Online Peddlers of Children For Sex

BREAKING: Backpage Just Shut Down Its Entire U.S. Adult Section

Originally posted on January 10, 2017, on Polaris Project— “Polaris, a global leader in the fight against human trafficking, issued the following statement tonight as Backpage.com, a long-time facilitator of sex trafficking in the United States, shut down the “adult” section of its website. The move comes hours before a hearing scheduled by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on … More BREAKING: Backpage Just Shut Down Its Entire U.S. Adult Section

Former Sex Slave Helps Women Reclaim Their Branded Bodies with New Tattoos

Originally posted by Emma Batha for Reuters on November 27, 2016— “After escaping years of sexual slavery, Jennifer Kempton could not look in the mirror without being taken back to her dark, traumatic past. On her neck was tattooed the name of one of her traffickers along with his gang’s crown insignia. Above her groin … More Former Sex Slave Helps Women Reclaim Their Branded Bodies with New Tattoos

Utah Trucker Accused of Keeping Women as Sex Slaves Gets 20 Years

by LINDSAY WHITEHURST Associated Press, on Wednesday, November 9, 2016— “A Utah trucker who pleaded guilty to keeping women as sex slaves in his semi-trailer as he drove across the country was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison. Timothy Jay Vafeades, 56, sexually assaulted and brutally beat the victims almost daily after trapping them … More Utah Trucker Accused of Keeping Women as Sex Slaves Gets 20 Years

Wisconsin Players Cite Campus Racial Inequalities, Demand Change

Originally posted by Jesse Temple for ESPN.com on November 8, 2016— “Several University of Wisconsin athletes used their Twitter accounts Monday night to post a statement demanding change in racial inequalities on campus. The message came in the wake of an incident at an Oct. 29 home football game in which two people were involved … More Wisconsin Players Cite Campus Racial Inequalities, Demand Change

Another Officer Charged In San Francisco Bay Area Police Sex Scandal

Originally posted by Richard Gonzales on NPR.com on November 4, 2016— “Another law enforcement officer will be charged in the ongoing investigation of dozens of San Francisco Bay Area police officers who allegedly had sex with a teen sex trafficking victim. Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson said he is filing a single misdemeanor charge against … More Another Officer Charged In San Francisco Bay Area Police Sex Scandal