Human Trafficking in the News: 6/22-6/27
Here’s a round-up of news articles we’ve been reading this week about human trafficking:
ARIZONA – On May 22, a body was found on the median along Interstate 10, identified as Anaiah Walker. According to her father, she was caught in the grip of human trafficking in 2018. She escaped and went into a group home, but then ran away in December.
TORONTO – A Toronto police officer and nine other men have been charged in a human-trafficking investigation involving an underage girl. Since November 2019, the force’s human-trafficking team has been investigating the sexual exploitation of a 16-year-old girl.
ARKANSAS – A woman claims in a lawsuit that a North Little Rock hotel allegedly turned a blind eye when she was forced to work as a sex slave at one of its properties. The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, says workers at the motel ignored her desperate cries for help between March and August last year.
ALABAMA – Multiple agencies in Lee County have gotten together this year to discuss the growing problem of sex and human trafficking. “It’s very important for us to be vigilant because it could be and probably is going on right under our nose and we don’t know.”