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NYS ANTI-TRAFFICKING COALITION NEWSLETTER, ISSUE #12

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NYS ANTI-TRAFFICKING COALITION NEWSLETTER, ISSUE #12
March 21, 2013

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UPCOMING NYSATC MEETINGS

April 17, 2013; New York, NY: 4PM. Sanctuary For Families  (Please note location change!)

May 15, 2013; New York, NY: 4PM. MetLife Building (Please note date change!)

Please RSVP for our ALBANY TVPJA Lobby Days April 23 and May 21: http://tinyurl.com/azuflb2

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 23, 2013; Albany, NY: 2-3:30PM. The Hispanic Coalition NY is hosting a workshop, “Human Trafficking: Its Impact in the Hispanic/Latino Community in New York State.” The event is sponsored by the Lebron Group, LLC and will be held at The New York State Museum; 260 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY. This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP/More info: http://www.hcnewyork.com/human-trafficking-workshop.html

April 19, 2013; New York, NY: 9AM-3PM. The Jacob Burns Center for Ethics in the Practice of Law, Cardozo Law Review and New York Center for Juvenile Justice invite you to attend “In Search of Meaningful Systemic Justice for Adolescents in New York.” To be held at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 55 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.

April 22, 2013; New York, NY: 8:30AM-5:00PM. Join the UJA-Federation of New York’s Task Force on Family Violence for “We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Human Trafficking.”
To register, please contact Lydmila Liberchuk at liberchuckl@ujafedny.org or call 212-836-1633
For further details, including featured speakers, location, and ticket information: 
http://tinyurl.com/bewxrsb

June 5, 2013; New York, NY:  9AM-4PM at Baruch College, Mason Hall. The Trauma Stewardship Institute invites you for a day of “Transforming Trauma,” a day of raising awareness on how to live and work sustainably.
For more info: http://traumastewardship.com/nyc
Or e-mail: support@traumastewardship.com

LOCAL TRAFFICKING REPORTS

March 15, 2013; Syracuse, NY: “Groups Rally For Anti-Trafficking Laws”
The New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition and the Spanish Action League urged community leaders and state legislators to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/amrn5wg

NATIONAL TRAFFICKING REPORTS

March 21, 2013; Austin, TX: “Truck Stop Points to Human Trafficking”
After Austin police pulled over a truck on a tip, the driver and passenger fled, leaving 13 people in the truck, some of whom were hidden in the back. The Department of Public Safety is now working with the US Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to figure out whether this is a human and/or drug trafficking case.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/brf5w49

March 20,2013; San Francisco, CA: “Editorial: Another Way To Stop Human Trafficking”
An editorial lauding San Francisco’s new policy requiring hotel clerks to obtain basic guest information to assist police when investigating human trafficking related crimes.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cl528my

March 20, 2013; Austin, TX: “Human Trafficking Bill Heard In House”
The proposed bill that would crack down on human trafficking and offer greater protection and services to victims had a hearing on Monday, May 18, 2013.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cuog6lq

March 19, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK: “OK Senate Committee Approves Two Human Trafficking Bills”
The Oklahoma Senate Judiciary has approved a pair of bills related to human trafficking that are now in the hands of the full Senate for passage.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cz4wr82

March 17, 2013; Savannah, GA: “Human Trafficking Number Added To Hotel Soap During St. Pat’s Weekend”
The Savannah Working Against Human Trafficking organization went to work in advance of St. Patrick’s Day weekend, labeling hotel soaps with the national human trafficking phone number.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bobb365 

March 15, 2013; Milwaukee, WI: “Two Men Charged In Human Trafficking Case Involving Girl In Milwaukee”
Two Milwaukee men face several criminal charges, including human trafficking, kidnapping, soliciting a child for prostitution and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aft2apc

March 14, 2013; USA: “Sex Trafficking, Child Exploitation Case Connected to Herndon”
A Georgia man pleaded guilty to running a prostitution ring including juvenile girls from Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/c4wqwja

March 13, 2013; Portland, ME: “Accused Zumba Madam Fails To Reach Plea Agreement”
Alexis Wright, Zumba instructor, charged with running a prostitution ring out of her studio, has failed to strike a deal with Maine’s prosecution office.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/c3spyao

March 13, 2013; Lansing, MI: “Michigan AG To Lead Human Trafficking Commission”
Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the creation of the Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking. The Commission includes lawmakers, activists and law enforcement working together to review current state policies, victim services as well as strategizing on raising awareness around the issue.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b38983t

March 13, 2013; San Francisco, CA: “Proposed Ordinance Aims To Fight Human Trafficking at Local Motels”
A proposed ordinance designed to fight human trafficking would force local motels to obtain information of their guests.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/d4glxtk

March 13, 2013; Sacramento, CA: “Sacramento Second Worst City in US Among Human Trafficking”
Sacramento is one of the top five cities in the country suffering from human trafficking and sadly, it shows no signs of slowing down.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cducp74

INTERNATIONAL TRAFFICKING DEVELOPMENTS

March 21, 2013; Norway: “Norway is More Popular for Human Traffickers”
Law enforcement officials in Norway have set up a special group to identify, combat and prevent the trafficking of individuals into the country.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cm8t5wr

March 20, 2013; Suva, Fiji: “Fijians Maybe Involved In Human Trafficking Overseas”
The Fiji Financial Intelligence Unit suspects people from Fiji may be involved in human trafficking, prostitution and other crimes committed abroad.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/c35sfjl

March 15, 2013; Romania: “Romanian Boxers Accused of Human Trafficking”
Several Romanian boxers have been charged with human trafficking. It is alleged that two boxers and their coach recruited boys whom were subsequently taken to Germany for sexual exploitation.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/d25stk6

March 13, 2013; Khartoum, Indonesia: “Sudan Will Soon Pass Law to Combat Human Trafficking: MP”
The Sudanese Parliament expects to receive a draft bill from the cabinet containing harsher penalties for those involved with human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bl8jyoj

March 13, 2013; Camp Olivas, Australia: “Australian, Girl Nabbed for Human Trafficking”
Police arrested an Australian man and a woman thought to be his accomplice inside their rented hotel room in Mabalcat City after receiving multiple tips that minor girls were frequently spotted coming in and out in pairs from that same hotel.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ceehhvu

NYS ANTI-TRAFFICKING COALITION NEWSLETTER, ISSUE #11

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March 13, 2013

Follow Us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nys_atc
‘Like’ Us on Facebook: New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition

 

UPCOMING NYSATC MEETINGS

March 13, 2013; New York, NY: 4PM at the MetLife Building

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 20, 2013; New York, NY: 8:30AM-1:00PM; SisterLink invites you to attend their Final Forum to celebrate the successes and contributions towards ensuring high risk pregnant women in Northern Manhattan received medical and supportive services. To be held at The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 5th Avenue at 103rd Street, 10029.
RSVP/More info: http://tinyurl.com/cqn5dln

April 19, 2013; New York, NY: 9AM-3PM. The Jacob Burns Center for Ethics in the Practice of Law, Cardozo Law Review and New York Center for Juvenile Justice invite you to attend “In Search of Meaningful Systemic Justice for Adolescents in New York.” To be held at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 55 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.

April 22, 2013; New York, NY: 8:30AM-5:00PM. Join the UJA-Federation of New York’s Task Force on Family Violence for “We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Human Trafficking.”
To register, please contact Lydmila Liberchuk at liberchuckl@ujafedny.org or call 212-836-1633
For further details, including featured speakers, location, and ticket information: 
http://tinyurl.com/bewxrsb

June 5, 2013; New York, NY:  9AM-4PM at Baruch College, Mason Hall. The Trauma Stewardship Institute invites you for a day of “Transforming Trauma,” a day of raising awareness on how to live and work sustainably.
For more info: http://traumastewardship.com/nyc
Or e-mail: support@traumastewardship.com

LOCAL TRAFFICKING REPORTS

March 5, 2013; New York City: “To The NYPD, Condom Possession Means You Are A ‘Prostitute’”
The NYPD uses possession of condoms as justification for many prostitution-related arrests.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/a9bnrf8

NATIONAL TRAFFICKING REPORTS

March 12, 2013; Tulsa, OK: “8 Sentenced in Oklahoma Human Trafficking Case”
Federal agents in Tulsa have sentenced eight individuals to prison terms for their respective roles in a far-reaching human trafficking case spanning several cities.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/acwe5uw

March 12, 2013; San Francisco, CA: “San Francisco Police Make Arrest in Human Trafficking Sting”
SFPD busted two men for sex trafficking related charges.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/auvrcj6

March 10, 2013; Hartford, CT: “Proposal Increases Penalties For Human, Sex Trafficking”
The CT state legislature has followed the lead of many fellow states, proposing increased penalties for those convicted of sex trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/au98eyv

March 8, 2013; Oxnard, CA: “Oxnard Marchers, Panel Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking”
At the Stop Human Trafficking Event in Oxnard, CA, community members, assemblymen, District Attorney Greg Totten, a member of the US Department of Homeland Security and others came out to raise awareness about human trafficking and host a panel discussion regarding pending legislation designed to further combat human trafficking and pointed to public support for ending the problem.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b3lk394

March 8, 2013; Cleveland, OH: “Fight Against Human Trafficking Goes From Street to Stage”
The Cleveland-based Renee Jones Empowerment Center held a fundraiser calling for the end of violence against women at the 14th Street Theater at Playhouse Square.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b4ftw66

March 8, 2013; San Antonio, TX: “Man Arrested In Human Trafficking Case Now Charged With Murder”
43-year old Glen Dukes has been held in the Bexar County Jail since early February on several charges related to human trafficking. He was charged with capital murder of 24 year-old woman, Jacqueline Johnson on Friday, March 8, 2013
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bdc2bwm

March 8, 2013; Washington, DC: “Passage of Human Trafficking Bill Sends Clear Message”
The renewal of the TVPA is important legislation that will increase protection for women threatened by domestic violence. The TVPA will also serve as a fundamental tool in combating human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bdfcegm

March 7, 2013; Detroit, MI: “Hidden Victims: Human Trafficking Hits Close to Home”
In raising awareness about sex trafficking, a spotlight needs to be placed on the common misconception that trafficked individuals are willing participants.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ad4p5ex

March 7, 2013; Cleveland, OH: “Human Trafficking: Cleveland Man Charged With Engaging in Illegal Sex Acts With Minors Overseas”
A 55 year-old Cleveland resident has been charged with engaging in illegal sexual activity with minors overseas.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ahsc26s

March 7, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT: “Human Trafficking Bill Advances”
A bill that would provide law enforcement and prosecutors with more tools to combat human trafficking passed a House committee unanimously.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aska97j

March 7, 2013; Frankfort, KY: “Kentucky Senate Passes Tougher Penalties For Human Traffickers, Safe Harbor for Victims”
The Kentucky Senate passed a bill which toughens penalties for human trafficking and provides treatment rather than criminalization for children whom are victims of trafficking.
Full article: 
http://tinyurl.com/bheqrrd

March 6, 2013; Portland, ME: “Insurance Agent Convicted in Zumba Prostitution Case”
A Maine jury convicted Mark Strong of promoting a prostitution business centered at a Zumba exercise studio.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aqgcuy8

INTERNATIONAL TRAFFICKING DEVELOPMENTS

March 13, 2013; Batam, Indonesia: “Batam Legislators Pass Bill on Human Trafficking”
The Batam Legislative Council passed a bill to eliminate human trafficking in the city’s entertainment industry. The bill requires that all participants within the Batam entertainment industry and/or agencies that recruit workers for the industry must provide letters stating the origins of a worker.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cmuz23 

March 8, 2013; New Delhi, India: “Provisions On Trafficking Not Part of Ordinance”
The Indian government’s proposed Criminal Laws Amendment Bill would have expanded the scope of a section of the Indian Penal Code criminalizing the human trafficking to include harsher penalties who employ trafficked persons. This government decided not to adopt these changes on the grounds that they are not directly related to sexual assault.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/byxunw 

March 8, 2013; Beijng, China: “China Seeks Crackdown on Human Trafficking”
China’s General Office of the State Council is calling for an action plan to prevent the very serious problem of human trafficking; particularly of the country’s young, poor women.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/a4rvyka

March 8, 2013; Altamira, Brazil: “Human Trafficking and Prostitution Scandal Threatens Belo Monte Dam”
Brazil’s Parliamentary Commission on Human Trafficking (CPI) announced its summoning of the President of a dam-building consortium to explain its relationship to a nightclub where women and an adolescent girl were held hostage and forced into prostitution before being freed.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/az8td8h

March 8, 2013; International: “International Women’s Day 2013: 7 Sadly Disturbing Truths About Women’s Bodies (How You Can Help)”
The Huffington Post has published an article celebrating the many accomplishments women worldwide continue to make while reminding us that women still face horrifying abuse and health risk, including making up about 98 percent of people trafficked globally.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ba7v3sd

March 7, 2013; American Samoa: “American Samoa Looks to Criminalize Human Trafficking”
Lawmakers in American Samoa introduced the “Anti-Human Trafficking and Involuntary Servitude” bill in the House. The bill defines and prohibits criminal conduct regarding human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aqfdzab

March 6, 2013; Germany: “German Job Center Under Fire For Prostitution Ad Promoted on Website”
The Federal Employment Agency Office in Dusseldorf, Germany, is under fire for an online advertisement offering employment as a prostitute.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/alcctc7

March 6, 2013; London, UK: “London Police, Social Workers Get Trained to Spot Human Trafficking Victims”
For the first time, London police, with assistance of local social agencies and health care providers are being trained on how to identify victims of human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/c88yebh

Housing Protections Fall Short for Domestic Violence Survivors

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States Must Act to Fill Gap in Federal Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 14, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) – One week after President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Act, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty has released a new report showing that state action is still urgently needed to prevent homelessness for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

In some areas of the country, one in four homeless adults report domestic violence as a cause of their homelessness.  Moreover, between 50 and 100 percent of homeless women nationwide have experienced domestic or sexual violence at some point in their lives.  Theres No Place Like Home provides a comprehensive examination of the canon of state laws designed to address housing instability for survivors.

The federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), signed into law on March 7 following advocacy by the Law Center, includes numerous housing protections for survivors living in public and Section 8 housing, as well as all housing programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, USDA, and Low-Income HousingTax Credit (LIHTC) program.  These protections include the rights to early lease termination, emergency transfer, and freedom from discrimination based on their status as survivors.

Unfortunately, VAWAs protections do not apply to private housing, meaning that without strong state laws, survivors are faced with the horrifying choice of remaining with an abuser or ending up on the street, said Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the Law Center.  Many states have taken action, but much more must be done.

Theres No Place Like Home outlines legislation in all 50 states covering 16 types of housing protections, including: prohibitions against housing discrimination against victims of abuse; provisions allowing a battered tenant to terminate a lease early to flee violence; and provisions that protect the confidentiality of domestic violence victims housing records; among others.  In addition to examining the laws in each state, the guide highlights particularly noteworthy statutes in each area of concern.

Were pleased to see that the majority of states have enacted some type of housing protection for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, said Lisa Coleman, the Law Centers domestic violence attorney.  However, few states have enacted legislation on critical protections that often make all the difference in promoting housing stability for survivorsincluding providing for the right to take off work to seek safe housing.  The law is moving in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go.  We urge legislators at all levels of government to step up to the plate and solve this problem.

To read the report, click here.

The Law Center is hosting a free webinar to discuss the report April 4, 2013 from 2-3 p.m. EST. To register, click here.

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty is a leader in the movement to prevent and end homelessness. To achieve its goal, the Law Center uses three main strategies: policy advocacy, public education, and impact litigation.

Contact:
Robert Bennett
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NYS Anti-Trafficking Coalition Newsletter, Week of 3/6/2013

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NYS ANTI-TRAFFICKING COALITION NEWSLETTER, ISSUE #10
March 6, 2013

UPCOMING NYSATC MEETINGS
March 13, 2013; New York, NY: 4PM at the MetLife Building
UPCOMING EVENTS
March 6, 2013; New York, NY: 12:30PM; the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) invites you to attend “Ending Impunity: Holding the DSK’s, Elliot Spitzers and the Berlusconis Accountable.” The panel will be moderated by Dorchen Leidholdt, Sanctuary for Families’ Director of Legal Services. Event to be held at Armenian Convention Center’s Guild Hall, 630 2nd Avenue.

March 7, 2013; New York, NY: 12:30PM; CATW invites you to attend “Survivors Speak: Prostitution and Sex Trafficking,” moderated by Norma Ramos, Executive Director of CATW. To be held at the Salvation Army Auditorium, 221 E. 52nd Street (Between 2nd and 3rd Avenue).

March 7, 2013; New York, NY: 2:30PM; CATW invites you to attend “Why Are Policies on Prostitution Important to Combat Violence Against Women?” also moderated by Norma Ramos; to be held at the Salvation Army Auditorium.

March 11, 2013; New York, NY: 12:30-2PM; ECPAT USA in collaboration with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons, invite you to “Partnering to Stop Trafficking in Women and Girls” to be held at the UN Church Center, 2nd Floor, 777 UN Plaza.

March 13, 2013; Webinar: Empire State Coalition of Youth & Family Services invites you to participate in their webinar “Identifying and Connecting With Unaccompanied Asian Youth,” an online workshop aimed at improving cultural strategies to better connect with Asian homeless youth in our communities.
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2013.
For more information: 718-237-2722
To register, e-mail: bofield8@ix.netcom.com

March 20, 2013; New York, NY: 8:30AM-1:00PM; SisterLink invites you to attend their Final Forum to celebrate the successes and contributions towards ensuring high risk pregnant women in Northern Manhattan received medical and supportive services. To be held at The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 5th Avenue at 103rd Street, 10029.
RSVP/More info: http://tinyurl.com/cqn5dln

April 22, 2013; New York, NY: 8:30AM-5:00PM. Join the UJA-Federation of New York’s Task Force on Family Violence for “We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Human Trafficking.”
For further details, including featured speakers, location, and ticket information: http://tinyurl.com/bewxrsb

June 5, 2013; New York, NY: 9AM-4PM at Baruch College, Mason Hall. The Trauma Stewardship Institute invites you for a day of “Transforming Trauma,” a day of raising awareness on how to live and work sustainably.
For more info: http://traumastewardship.com/nyc
Or e-mail: support@traumastewardship.com

LOCAL TRAFFICKING REPORTS
March 2, 2013; New York City: “Officer Arrested For Trying to Patronize a Prostitute”
An NYPD officer has been arrested and charged with patronizing a prostitute, official misconduct, and conspiracy.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/at6429b

March 1, 2013; New York, NY: “Manhattan Prostitute Leapt Out of Six-Floor Window After Being Held Hostage and Raped for 2 Days”
Two men have been charged with trapping a 28 year old prostituted woman in two different apartments in upper Manhattan and forcing her to have sex with multiple men for two days. The woman escaped by jumping from the sixth floor window of an apartment, breaking her legs and back.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cdkk96b

February 25, 2013; New York, NY: “DA Vance: Jury Finds Man Who Raped Prostituted Woman Guilty on All Counts”
New York County’s DA Cyrus R. Vance announced the conviction of Devon McGee, for raping a prostituted woman, found through backpage.com, in 2010.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/abfwo9m

February 19, 2013; New York State: “Hidden in Plain Sight: One Story of Human Trafficking”
Sanctuary for Families’ own Ilana Herr discusses her experience working with victims of human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/arulj88

NATIONAL TRAFFICKING REPORTS
March 6, 2013; Kentucky: “Op-Ed: Pass Bill That Would Help Stop Human Trafficking”
An op-ed in which the author calls for action on Kentucky’s human trafficking bill, which has been stalled in the Senate for over a week, without any action.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ael9sxl

March 5, 2013; Bismarck, N.D. “Bismarck Man Accused of Human Trafficking in Minot”
A 34-year-old man has been charged with the Class A felony of human trafficking in NW District Court in Minor.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ae4lgw6

March 5, 2013; Grand Forks, N.D.: “2nd Suspect Seeks Trial In Human Trafficking Case”
Twenty-seven-year-old Joshua Harry plead guilty to promoting prostitution in a case involving the pimping of a minor. Harry now

March 4, 2013; Denver, CO: “Anti Human-Trafficking Groups on Missing Women: ‘The Common Denominator is Model Mayhem’”
The National Women’s Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation (NWCAVE) and All We Want Is Love Organization have partnered to raised awareness on behalf of several women who have gone missing after creating modeling profiles on the website ModelMayhem.com. The organizations are calling for a federal investigation based on the Better Business Bureau rating the website an ‘F,’ victims’ firsthand accounts of the site, and the suggestive nature of the photos.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b38mzav

March 4, 2013; Phoenix, AZ: “The Virtual Street Corner: Sex Trafficking Online”
An Arizona State University Professor has done extensive research on Backpage.com to understand the new trends in human sex trafficking, and the ways pimps use the site to evade detection of their illegal activities.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/az87n8t

March 4, 2013; San Diego, CA: “San Diego Man Gets 12 Years for Child Sex Trafficking”
A San Diego man was sentenced in federal court to serve 12 years in prison for sex trafficking of minors.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aukyevt

March 4, 2013; Olympia, WA: “WA Lege Day 50: Sex-Trafficking Bills Pass Senate”
Two bills were unanimously voted on to strengthen human trafficking laws in the Washington Senate. The first bill adds a fine of up to $5,000 in addition to any other penalties for anyone convicted of paying for sex with a minor via internet advertisement. The second expands penalties against those who recruit minors to become prostitutes or those who patronize minors for the purposes of prostitution.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/akfyzu9

March 4, 2013; Starkville, MS: “Human Trafficking Victim Talks to Local Students”
Shamere McKenzie, a former victim of human trafficking, talks to local students about her past, placing special emphasis that this can be anyone’s fate, as she was first victimized while a college student.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bf4gbug

March 4, 2013; Trenton, NJ: “Senate Budget Committee Approves Bill To Combat Human Trafficking”
A bill intended to reduce human trafficking in New Jersey was approved unanimously by the Senate budget committee.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/c9kadof

March 4, 2013; Bellevue, WA: “WA Suspects Accused Of Prostitution Ring With Illegal Asian Immigrants”
Five people in Washington have been accused of running a multi-state sex trafficking ring using illegal Asian immigrants.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bq2z3du

March 4, 2013; North Carolina: “Study: N.C. in Top 10 in Human Trafficking”
The results of a Polaris Project study designed to determine the top ten states in terms of human trafficking finds North Carolina to be in the nation’s top ten.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/d7h9h44

March 4, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL: “Man Pleads Guilty in Pinellas Human Trafficking Case”
42 year-old Kenyatta Cornelous received a 19 year prison sentence on March 1, 2013, after pleading guilty to sexual battery, human trafficking and other charges.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/a8l4uyt

March 4, 2013; Wichita, KS: “Students Take A Stand Against Human Trafficking”
Wichita State Students are attempting to raise awareness about human trafficking through “Standing For Freedom,” an event where students will stand for 27 hours to symbolize the estimated 27 million victims of human trafficking worldwide.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/btbkzlp

March 3, 2013; Chillicothe, OH: “Retired Educator Publishes First Novel About Human Sex Trafficking”
Former educator, Ronda Pauley, has published “Trapped in the Mayan Tattoo,” a book that deals with human sex trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/d79zkzz

March 3, 2013; San Antonio, TX: “Man Previously Charged With Human Trafficking Now Accused of Sexual Assault”
A Texas man now faces charges of human trafficking and sexual assault.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cwzyutd

March 2, 2013; Adrian, TX: “Texas Man Charged With Human Trafficking in Lenawee County By Computer”
41 year-old Jefferson Eugene Lawrence is the first person in Lenawee County to be prosecuted with human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bj2gbeu

March 1, 2013; Houston, TX: “Human Sex Trafficking In Houston’s Spotlight”
The 3rd Annual Human Trafficking Conference hosted by non-profit Free the Captives is intended to shed light on the problem of sex trafficking and discuss possible solutions.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b9lcf8r

March 1, 2013; Virginia: “MS-13 Gang Member Gets 10 Years in Sex-Trafficking Case”
21 year-old Jonathan Adonay Fuentes, was sentenced to ten years in prison for sex trafficking f a minor as part of a prostitution ring operated by MS-13, a violent street gang.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ao6d5gh

February 28, 2013; USA: “Cornyn, Blumenthal, Carter, Maloney Introduce Bill To Fight Human Trafficking”
On Feb. 28, US Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Richard Blumenthsl (D-CT), along with US Reps Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and John Carter (R-TX) introduced the Human Trafficking Reporting Act.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bj5yu9g

February 28, 2013; Lansing, MI: “Schuette Announces Criminal Charges in Pontiac Human Trafficking Case”
Michigan AG Bill Schuette announced that his Human Trafficking Unit has arrested Jackie Robinson Harris on charges of sexually exploiting a 16 year-old girl from Michigan for the purposes of prostitution.
Full release: http://tinyurl.com/b37z3l8

February 28, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK: “Oklahoma House Delays Vote on Human Trafficking Bill”
The Oklahoma House has postponed a vote on a bill introduced by Republican Rep. Lee Denney intended to shield minors from prostitution charges in certain instances.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/c5yfa88

February 28, 2013; Kearney, NE: “Justice Week Aims to Raise Awareness About Human Trafficking”
Students, faculty and staff at the University of Nebraska is hosting its first Justice Week to raise awareness about topics including forced labor and sex trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cwp8plw

February 28, 2013; Trenton, NJ: “Accused Pimp from Edison Charged with Human Trafficking in High-Priced Prostitution Ring”
An investigation conducted by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and the Edison Police Department resulted in the arrest of an Edison man who used violence and threats of violence to force women to remain in a high-priced NJ based prostitution ring.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bltza3v

February 27, 2013; Bayshore Blvd, FL: “Op-ed: Human Trafficking, A Growing Threat to Florida’s Children”
Bayshore Boulevard, an affluent community in the Tampa Bay area is now also noteworthy for being a central hub for human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/btcm2rk

February 27, 2013; USA: “Human Trafficking: A New Compliance Challenge”
Human trafficking is often thought of as an unworkable compliance dilemma for businesses, rather than the practical challenge with feasible solutions it actually is.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ba22qjl

February 27, 2013; Franklin County, VA: “Purse Party Raises $1,914 To Combat Sex Trafficking”
Two Franklin County High School seniors have raised almost $2,000 for Change for Purse, a nonprofit organization supporting exploited women and men.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/afcftaw

February 26, 2013; Phoenix, AZ: “Phoenix-Area Scope of Human Trafficking is Murky”
Phoenix area law enforcement and lawmakers alike seem reluctant to crack down on human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ac6e566

February 26, 2013; Miami-Dade, FL: “Miami-Dade Human Trafficking Unit Gets First Conviction, Sentence”
The conviction of 34 year old Robert Burton was the first for the Miami-Dade prosecutors’ Human Trafficking Unit.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b5zezoy

February 17, 2013; US: “A Game Aims to Draw Attention to Women’s Issues”
Using games to promote awareness of certain societal ills (social cause gaming) continues to grow. On March 4, 2013, a new game on Facebook, inspired by the book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” will be introduced, zeroing in on topics like female genital mutilation and child prostitution.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bmnxcwn

February 1, 2013; Chicago, IL: “Why We Should Listen to Men Who Buy Sex”
The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) released a report analyzing the USA Sex Guide; a website with forums where men discuss buying sex. The report details the Johns’ accounts of buying sex in order to analyze the effectiveness of certain law enforcement responses to prostitution.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b8uor8f

INTERNATIONAL TRAFFICKING DEVELOPMENTS
March 6, 2013; London, UK: “Scheme to Tackle Human Trafficking In London To Be Launched”
The European Commission has approved funding for a grant to raise awareness regarding human trafficking and provide victim support.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cgl5lcg

March 5, 2013; Indonesia: “Thai Link to Human Trafficking Victims”
Indonesia will repatriate ten Cambodian human trafficking victims.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b7j324p

March 4, 2013; Greece: “Turk Unveils Human Trafficking Scheme”
A human trafficker from Turkey disclosed the methods he used to smuggle illegal immigrants into Greece for the purposes of human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cxo8m9s

March 4, 2013; International: “Underground Trade Part Six: The Shame (of Human Trafficking)”
Part six of the Underground Trade series discusses the stigmatization of victims of sex trafficking and its ensuing shame.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/dytr5j9

March 3, 2013; New Delhi, India: “Nepali Actor Held in Delhi For Human Trafficking”
A Nepali actor and two accomplices were arrested in New Delhi and are accused of running a human trafficking racket.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/c6lcnys

February 28, 2013; China: “Underground Trade Part Five: Taken Into China (Human Trafficking)”
Vietnam has lost anywhere between forty-five thousand and 400,000 women and girls to a forced life of servitude since 2004; mainly to China. Trafficking experts attribute this to China’s one child policy, with preference for boys, which results in a skewed male-female ratio that has opened a market for servile marriage and/or prostitution.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/crpzlos

February 28, 2013; Thailand: “Surapong to Submit Progress Report on Human Trafficking to US”
The 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report showed Thailand remains on the watch list for its attempts to curb human trafficking. In hopes of preventing the country from falling further, US Ambassador Kristie Kenney will receive a report from Foreign Affairs Minister Surapong Towichukchaikui on the country’s progress in this area.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cfyqqbw

February 28, 2013; The Philippines: “80 Percent of Victims Repatriated After Seeking Help From Human Trafficking Hotline”
The Commission on Filipinos Overseas reports that about 80 percent of trafficked victims who seek help from the Philippine government’s human trafficking hotline were repatriated to their country of origin.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bm56645

February 28, 2013; Bangkok, Thailand: “Cabinet Approves Anti-Trafficking Plan”
The Cabinet of Thailand has approved a plan proposed by the Social Development and Human Security Ministry to combat human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/d25nsrp

February 27, 2013; Taguig, Philippines: “Freedom Rise Raises Awareness on Human Trafficking”
Anti human-trafficking advocates attempt to raise awareness by hosting the first ever Freedom Ride in The City of Taguig.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/alqnzz7

February 27, 2013; Lebanon: “Connelly Calls for Lebanon’s Prosecution of Human Traffickers”
US Ambassador Maura Connelly urges Lebanon to criminalize human trafficking and ensure suspects are prosecuted.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/akoqutg

February 26, 2013; Brazil: “Brazil Tightens Fight Against Human Trafficking”
Jose Eduardo Cardozo announced his intention of stricter enforcement of Brazil’s anti-trafficking laws.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/behy6es

February 26, 2013; Ireland: “New Report on Human Trafficking Highlights Low Number of Prosecutions”
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has issued a report on trafficking; highlighting the low number of prosecutions in Ireland.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/anyg234