– Compiled by the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition
February 2, 2013: Same-Sex Marriage: Law & Culture at the Time Warner Center; featuring Christine Quinn, Frank Bruni, Debra Messing and Max Mutchnick
For more info: http://www.forumonlawcultureandsociety.org/conversations/on-same-sex-marriage
February 7, 2013: Sex Work and Human Trafficking: the Difference and Why it Matters, Fordham Law School, 12:30 – 2 pm Room 302
February 14, 2013; One Million Rising invites you to sign up at http://onebillionrising.org and participate in the global effort to end violence against women and girls.
LOCAL TRAFFICKING REPORTS
January 10, 2013; Queens, NY: Human Trafficking: The Route Through Queens”
The head of the Boston Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit discusses the route taken that transports trafficked women between New York and New England.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aryqspm
January 17, 2013; New York State: “Taking Action in the Fight Against Human Trafficking”
While commemorating Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women & Children Project hosted “Take Action: Stop Human Trafficking Now,” a panel discussion at the NYC Bar Association on January 14, 2013.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bkbjt2f
January 22, 2013; Brooklyn, NY: “Therapist Sentences to 103 Years for Child Sexual Abuse”
An unlicensed therapist, Nechemya Weberman, 54, a member of the Satmar Hasidic community of Williamsburg was sentenced to 103 years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a young woman. The attacks began when the victim was 12.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aqq3le7
January 23, 2013; New York State: “Religious Sisters Leading Fight Against Human Trafficking”
Many religious sisters have embarked on ventures to end human trafficking, particularly in New York State.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/axqdybe
NATIONAL TRAFFICKING REPORTS
January 11, 2013; Chicago, IL: Research Release: Online Forums for Men Who Buy Sex in Illinois
CAASE publishes research about men who buy sex in Illinois. The study examines Johns’ discussions in online forums of the USA Sex Guide.
Full report: http://tinyurl.com/b5s4con
January 22, 2013; Alfred, ME: “Jury Selection Starts in Zumba Prostitution Case”
A judge and lawyers begin the jury selection process for the prostitution and prostitution related charges brought against the business partner of a Zumba instructor accused of using her dance studio as a front for prostitution.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ah7yr2b
January 22, 2013; USA: “Human Trafficking Still With Us 150 Years after Emancipation Proclamation”
In light of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, it is time for us to consider what actions are still needed to bring an end to human trafficking at home and abroad.
Full article: http://www.vera.org/node/6065
January 23, 2013; California: “Legislative Update: Holden Bill Fights Human Trafficking”
Assembly Bill 156 would expand current wiretapping law to include human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aozk8fc
January 24, 2013; USA: “The Price of a Stolen Childhood”
How much can restitution help victims of child pornography?
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/byc5qd7
January 25, 2013; New Jersey: “Rutgers Graduate Presses Fight Against Human Trafficking”
Ellie Honig, deputy director of New Jersey’s Division of Criminal Justice, is focused on legislative reforms to crack down on human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bz4n3yf
January 26, 2013; Miami, FL: “School of Law Hosts Human Trafficking Conference”
UM Law School recently hosted the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Second Annual Human Trafficking Conference.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bda6uw5
January 27, 2013; Polk County, FL: “Florida’s Prostitution Buster”
Sherriff Grady Judd launches massive prostitution related stings and then posts pictures of the alleged johns on the internet. He discusses his controversial mission.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/a8zzglg
January 29, 2013; ME: “Zumba Prostitution Case Stalls in Second Week”
The trial of Zumba prostitution defendant Mark Strong has come to a halt. Judge Nancy Mills is awaiting an appeal of her decision to dismiss 46 counts against Strong.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/axldox7
January 29, 2013; USA: “Human Trafficking in The United States, More Prevalent Than You Think”
At this year’s Hispanic National Bar Association’s 2nd Annual Human Trafficking Conference; topics covered included the disproportionate affects of trafficking on minority women, many of whom are US citizens.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b8q89b2
January 29, 2013; Gulfport, MS: “More Charges in Biloxi Prostitution Case”
A federal grand jury has indicted Moonshep Kim, a 54 year old man, on new charges alleging he conspired to transport undocumented immigrant women from NY to MS; ultimately harboring them in MS for purposes of prostitution.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/a3lpkk8
January 30, 2013; USA: “Students Inspire MTV Anti-Slavery Campaign”
MTV has launched a new interactive, anti human trafficking campaign.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/akw862t
INTERNATIONAL TRAFFICKING DEVELOPMENTS
January 23, 2013; Istanbul, Turkey: “Turkey Cracks Down on Legal Brothels”
For the past year, law enforcement officials have been closing down and fining brothels in Turkey, where prostitution is legal, but soliciting and procuring are not.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/adlfkhb
January 23, 2013; New Delhi, India: “Indian Panel Pushes New Laws After Fatal Gang Rape”
The evening before a trial over a fatal gang rape that left many Indians horrified, a government panel recommended strict enforcement of sexual assault laws.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/a5ut2vx
February 1, 2013; Amsterdam, the Netherlands: “Why Even Amsterdam Doesn’t Want Legal Brothels”
The Dutch experiment in legalized prostitution has been a disaster.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/9wm2au2