WASHINGTON state is a longtime leader in crafting policies to combat sex trafficking, but persistent demand means that countless girls, boys and women continue to be exploited. That frustrating reality is just one side effect of the region’s booming economy as well as the rise of the Internet as a marketplace for commercial sex. A massive sting operation this month in King County succeeded in shutting down 12 brothels and
Earlier this year, U.S. Marshals announced the arrest of Rosain Moreno, a 27-year-old Pennsylvania man, who allegedly convinced a 13-year-old girl to run away from her parents and travel with him to South Carolina. Once the child was reported missing, police asked the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force to get involved. Fortunately, they acted quickly, locating and arresting Moreno in South Carolina and bringing the young girl home safely.
(CNN)There are times when I feel like screaming, on behalf of all human trafficking survivors, “We need jobs, not pity!” I was a victim of labor trafficking from ages nine through 18, sent from Cameroon to the United States, where I was forced into domestic servitude and abused. I’ve now been an advocate for 11 years — long enough to know that my path to an educated, successful and productive
Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors by Anne K. Ream Book review by Kylla Lanier, TAT Deputy Director It’s been said that everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud. When something is spoken, it becomes more real, and to the speaker, the words can transform, release, and empower them to move past even the most unspeakable things.