Tucked inside a neighborhood in a small town just north of New York City, Hawthorne Cedar Knolls was on idyllic, green grounds. It was landscaped to give some peace and stability to the emotionally troubled teenagers who were placed there. But in recent years, Hawthorne, located in the town of Mount Pleasant, began experiencing unusually high rates of teenagers going missing from its campus. Staff, law enforcement officials and advocates

APPLETON – A 39-year-old man convicted of trafficking three women through brutal means was sentenced Monday to 60 years in prison followed by 30 years on extended supervision. Willie G. Allison tailored his tactics to the vulnerabilities of each woman to manipulate and control them, Assistant Attorney General Peter Hahn told the court. The tactics included beatings and controlling their access to drugs. “He recruited them, he set the rules,

To learn about the 25 types of human trafficking in the US, see the Typology of Human Trafficking report: https://polarisproject.org/typology-report

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Dozens of people have been convicted for their role in a massive international sex trafficking organization based out of Thailand, which sold women in a variety of U.S. cities, including Minneapolis. A federal jury handed down the convictions for five defendants Wednesday in U.S. District Court in St. Paul. Thirty-one other defendants had previously pleaded guilty in the case. At a press conference, officials

Porn has had a detrimental effect on my relationships with men, but I didn’t realize it until I was exposed to a lot of porn in the workplace. I worked as a receptionist in a legal Melbourne brothel that marketed itself as a “high end” venue. I didn’t recognize why I was getting very unpleasant and degrading demands from my male partners until I saw porn for myself. It was

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