BOSTON (AP) — Laws cracking down on human trafficking are on the books in all 50 states, but convictions are notoriously elusive, and state prosecutors haven’t come close to matching the success their federal counterparts have had in winning cases. States need to add resources into support trafficking victims, educate the public and train law enforcement if the numbers of prosecutions and convictions are to improve, officials and experts say.
It was not the first time “Wendy” had run away and not come home. The quiet 15-year-old from Prince William County, Virginia, chafed under the strict control of her single mom. She had lived previously in Maryland and had friends in Washington, D.C., who would help her get by for short periods. Melvin Douglas approached her as a friend, too—a potential boyfriend even. She’d met him twice before, briefly, a
ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) – More than 200 children who were missing or exploited are in safe hands. The rescue operation dubbed “Safe Summer II” was a joint effort with 27 different Georgia law enforcement agencies headed up by the FBI’s Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking (MATCH) task force. Between the start of the month and May 24, 231 children were located across the metro Atlanta area. “Thanks
A man who was arrested earlier this year and charged with 21 human-trafficking related offences is now facing an additional 17 charges. Police say they began investigating a report of human trafficking in January after a man allegedly used a noxious substance to render a 22-year-old woman unconscious and then “control her.” Police say he tattooed the woman’s body with his nickname “Sosa” to mark that she was his “property”