PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Six years after outlawing prostitution, Rhode Island has developed protocols to guide law enforcement, medical providers, social workers, prosecutors and victims’ advocates in helping children who’ve been sexually exploited.“The reality is, we have a serious problem with human trafficking, and we have to do more,” Governor Raimondo said at a packed news conference at the State House on Wednesday. “These are our daughters, our friends and people

A Manhattan pimp was convicted Thursday of running a Super Bowl sex trade operation involving a 15-year-old girl. Damon Hayes, 45, was found guilty at trial of recruiting Yolanda Ostoloza, another woman and Ostoloza’s child for his illicit business when the NFL championship was held in New York in January 2014, prosecutors said. “The Super Bowl should not be used as an opportunity to promote illegal sex tourism,” said Manhattan

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From August until December, police say, a Fayetteville man forced a 19-year-old Fort Bragg soldier into prostitution. The incident is unique, according to Fort Bragg officials. But some warn the crime shows that human trafficking can effect every echelon of the community, including the military. The man charged with exploiting the soldier, Jibri Quandel Thomas, turned himself in to Fayetteville detectives Jan. 11. He faces several state and federal charges