For New Braunfels, Texas, resident Dottie Laster, flowers, horses and good food represent freedom. She makes a point of appreciating them. Laster is a longtime advocate for victims of human trafficking, and through her work she’s seen horrendous conditions and unspeakable suffering. “If I didn’t have good things to eat and flowers to photograph, I would be bitter and angry,” she says. “The world has so many beautiful things, and
TAT trained the Maine Chiefs of Police Association on September 5 in Sugarloaf, Maine. We heard from officers who had active trafficking cases in their areas, and we enjoyed the opportunity to give best practices on how to work with trafficking victims to law enforcement leaders from around the state!
Although Jeffrey Epstein, who died on Aug. 10, may be the current face of sex trafficking, buying and selling youth and adults for sex is a more common practice for everyday people in the U.S., mostly men. Experts have a term for what Epstein is accused of doing: sex trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act, passed in 2000, defined a sex trafficking victim as any adult involved in a commercial
CLEVELAND — A Youngstown-area doctor who was charged in July for the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl he met online is now facing additional charges in federal court related to other underage victims. Dr. Albert Aiad-Toss, 52, of Canfield, has been indicted on four counts of sex trafficking a minor and one count of production of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “This defendant is accused of
What a Labor Day weekend we had in Nebraska! Draft horses, fair queens, antique tractors and the FDP! Thanks to the work of the Nebraska State Patrol the Freedom Drivers Project enjoyed the last two days of the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island that weekend. We had over 1000 folks tour the trailer and many more learn about the powerful work the trucking industry is doing to combat trafficking