U.N. Report Details Abuse of Children in Syrian War

By SOMINI SENGUPTA for The New York Times on February 4, 2014— “United Nations investigators say in a new report that children in Syria have been sexually abused in government detention, recruited to fight with the opposition, tortured and used as civilian shields. The report, the first to assess the impact of the nearly three-year-old … More U.N. Report Details Abuse of Children in Syrian War

FLORIDA: Sheriff’s Office Wants to Raise Awareness About Human Trafficking

By Jay Meisel | Highlands Today on February 28, 2014— “Years ago, before she was elected Highlands County sheriff, Susan Benton was part of a joint operation doing surveillance on a farm. They had received information that workers were being brought in from Mexico or other countries as farm workers and then being kept essentially … More FLORIDA: Sheriff’s Office Wants to Raise Awareness About Human Trafficking

GEORGIA: Accused Pimp Gets Life in Sex Trafficking Case

By RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press, on February 19, 2014— “A man convicted of acting as a pimp for women forced into prostitution was sentenced to life in federal prison Wednesday for his role in what prosecutors called a sex trafficking ring that traded women like slaves between Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas. Joaquin Mendez-Hernandez, a … More GEORGIA: Accused Pimp Gets Life in Sex Trafficking Case

NEW JERSEY Works to Curb Sex Trafficking Before Super Bowl

By Katie Zezima and Samantha Henry for The Associated Press on January 23— “Law enforcement agents in New Jersey have redoubled efforts to fight what they worry could be one of the biggest menaces to come with next month’s Super Bowl: sex trafficking. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to descend on New Jersey … More NEW JERSEY Works to Curb Sex Trafficking Before Super Bowl

Italian Distributor Apologizes for “Slave” Posters

By the AP on December 30, 2013— “The Italian distributor of the film “12 Years a Slave” has apologized for promotional posters attacked as racist for featuring Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender, despite their relatively minor roles, and not the film’s star, Chiwetel Ejiofor. BIM Distribuzione said in a statement Monday the “inappropriate materials have … More Italian Distributor Apologizes for “Slave” Posters

UK police: Three Women Held for 30 Years

By Cassandra Vinograd for Associated Press on November 21, 2013— “Three women have been freed after spending 30 years held captive in a south London home, police announced Thursday, including one woman believed to have spent her entire life as a virtual slave. London’s Metropolitan Police announced the rescues after two people — a man … More UK police: Three Women Held for 30 Years