Here are some of the most recent events!
A Huge FBI Operation Leads to Rescue of 84 Children and Arrest of 120 Traffickers
The multi-state operation was part of the Lost National Initiative, which has been responsible for finding and identifying 6,500 children since its 2003 inception.
Source: NBC News
Senate Panel to Vote on Online Sex-Trafficking Bill
The bill is geared towards holding web platforms more accountable for the activities of their users, when they knowingly and clearly facilitate sex trafficking. It comes in response to Backpage [dot] com, which “knowingly facilitated online sex trafficking, coached its users on how to post so-called ‘clean’ ads for illegal transactions, and covered up evidence of these crimes in order to increase its own profits.” This bill marks a shift in attitudes toward the internet tech industry which has largely gone unregulated. The vote is scheduled for next week.
New Report Confirms Link Between Trafficking and Terrorism
A new report produced by the Henry Jackson Society investigates the links between trafficking and terrorism in several countries.
Read the full report here: “Trafficking Terror: How Modern Slavery and Sexual Violence Fund Terrorism”
Trafficking Hotlines to Include Text Options
CA Governor Jerry Brown signed a Senate bill written by Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park), where the phone number 233-733 (Be Free) will aid victims by being posted in plain sight in businesses, hotels and motels for them to text for help.
Source: The Signal
U.S. Department of State Awards $25 Mill. to Global Fund to End Modern Slavery
This initiative reflects the United States’ broad and bipartisan commitment to increase U.S. and global funding to reduce the prevalence of modern slavery in specific countries and regions, leverage U.S. funds to build a significant resource base with contributions from other governments and private donors, and develop a global platform of data, analysis, and lessons learned to inform and improve global efforts to combat modern slavery. With this Department of State funding, the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery will invest over the next three years in projects to combat all forms of modern slavery that align with the “3Ps” of the global anti-trafficking framework: prosecution, protection, and prevention.
Source: U.S. State Department