FORT COLLINS — Rebecca Bender was sold three times over the span of six years, and branded and tattooed with the names of her captors, but did not think of herself as a commodity in the world’s $150 billion sex trade. “I just thought I was a domestic violence victim forced into prostitution,” Bender, 36, said Thursday during Colorado State University’s first human trafficking symposium. Only later did she understand
Halfway into his 1,000-mile walk, Roger DeHart was stopped by a man in Holly Hill, S.C. It was a white man with Confederate flag, which made DeHart, a black man, uneasy. “I thought ‘oh boy,'” said DeHart, who was completing his walk from Fort Lauderdale to Washington D.C during the Spring of 2018 to raise awareness about human trafficking. The man got off his truck and met DeHart with tears
Seattle police say they’ve busted a human trafficking and prostitution ring run out of 11 different “massage parlors” in the city. The raids were carried out on February 28 and led to charges against five different spa owners, and a warrant for a sixth person. Those arrested are alleged to have conspired to lure women to the U.S. with the promise of a legitimate job making large sums of money.
Jacksonville attorney Crystal Freed is a nationally recognized leader in human trafficking advocacy. After growing up in Trinidad and Tobago, she came to the U.S. as a “dreamer,” the daughter of an undocumented worker. Now, for the first time, she’s sharing how her own violent childhood inspired her life’s mission: to help sex and labor-trafficking survivors. Freed said giving back to human trafficking victims is rooted in a violent childhood.