MICHIGAN — Mindy Hughes, a Michigan sex trafficking survivor, author and public speaker, said she had been sold to men in her community in the Thumb starting from infancy.Hughes said she was sexually exploited, abused and neglected from the age of 1 through young adulthood by her mother’s husband and others in her life.As a child, Hughes remembered a hospital visit with injuries from abuse and said her injuries should

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CALGARY – A Calgary woman has been sentenced to eight years for human trafficking after extorting a young woman to become a sex-trade worker.Amanda Kathleen McGee pleaded guilty Friday to human trafficking, extortion, sexual assault with a weapon, forcible confinement and various prostitution charges.Court was told police found the 18-year-old victim at the Calgary bus station in January 2014 after relatives asked RCMP to check on her welfare.The young woman

Nashville becomes just the fifth city in the country to create a specific court process for victims of human trafficking. It puts less emphasis on criminal punishment and more on treatment. Police and prosecutors will work harder to identify trafficking and offer victims up to a year of counseling, housing, or drug treatment. If they complete the program, known as “Cherished H.E.A.R.T.S.,” their charges will be dismissed. This is similar

Chattanooga (WTVC) — It’s a project a local charity thought they wouldn’t see happen until one church changed that. Mile Straight Baptist Church in Soddy Daisy donated land that will help house survivors of human trafficking. Blazing Hope Ranch has been working for more than a decade to help women coming out of sex slavery. Wednesday night, a local church voted to give them land the church has owned for

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