Visit our blog on Fridays for our HEADLINES: Trafficking feature, a part of LIRS’s End Human Trafficking campaign. Human Trafficking is a much overlooked crime, but every Friday I will strive to bring you the most up-to-date news and information on the fight to eradicate trafficking. Visit http://lirs.org/eht for more information on our End Human Trafficking campaign and how to get involved.
Silencing Human Trafficking Victims in America. Women should be able to access victim services, regardless of their immigration status. [Huffington Post]
Lawyers: Human Trafficking Laws May Hit Some Too Hard. As human trafficking gains national momentum as an issue that must be dealt with harshly in the courts, some worry that laws may over-reach. [USA Today]
New State Laws Will Ease Toll on Human Trafficking Victims. Ten years after Telisia Espinosa had broken free, her life on the lam with the boyfriend who had urged her to sell her body for cash continued to haunt her. [Tampa Bay Times]
Brazil Lagging in Fight Against Human Trafficking. In contravention of international law, in Brazil trafficking in human beings remains invisible and unpunished, which encourages the practice of trafficking for sexual exploitation, forced labour, illegal adoption and the trade in human organs, according to experts. [Inter Press Service]
Senate Committee OK’s Major Sex Trafficking Bill. Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto talks to an Associated Press reporter about sex traffickers at the Legislative Building in Carson City, Nev., on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. [Associated Press]
Fifth-Graders Join Fight Against Human Trafficking. Fifth-graders in Tye Johnson’s class at Beye Elementary School in Oak Park have learned a lot about what it means to be denied freedom. [Chicago Tribune]
Prostitutes Testify in Defense of Pimps at Sex Trafficking Trial. To hear the testimony of the women who worked for them, Vincent George Sr. and his son were not the violent and manipulative sex traffickers that prosecutors described, but, rather, the heads of a happy extended family working together for a brighter collective future. [New York Times]