HEADLINES: Trafficking

button_icon_trafficking_headlinesVisit our blog on Fridays for our HEADLINES: Trafficking feature, a part of LIRS’s End Human Trafficking Now 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 www.lirs.org/ehtn for more information on our End Human Trafficking Now campaign and how to get involved.

UN Says Trafficking Found in 18 Countries.  A new U.N. report paints a grim picture of the millions of people trafficked for sexual exploitation and forced labor: They come from at least 136 different nationalities, have been detected in 118 countries, and the majority of victims are women though the number of children is increasing.  [Associated Press]

Human Trafficking Victims Testify in Support of Bill That Would Protect Minors.  Heartbreaking accounts from victims of human trafficking in a state Senate committee hearing Tuesday. [CBS Baltimore]

Five Republicans Oppose Combating Human Trafficking.  As the Senate moves to a final vote on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), today 93 Senators endorsed an amendment to combat human trafficking.  [Think Progress]

SumAll Offers Its Analytics Capabilities to Help Shed More Light on Human Trafficking.  SumAll, the leading source of Big Data business intelligence for fast-growing businesses, announced an initiative through its SumAll Foundation (www.sumall.org) to help better present and advocate data surrounding global issues, the first being focused on human trafficking.  [PR Newswire]

Leahy Calls on Senate to Support Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking.  U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), lead author of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) currently pending on the floor, called on the Senate today to support his amendment to combat human trafficking.  [Vermont Digger]

Tougher Sentences for Pimps Sought in Sex Trafficking Bill.  Pimping is referred to as pandering in Nevada law books, and Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is fighting to call it sex trafficking.  [KSNV]

Scott Seeks 4.5 Million to Help Human Trafficking Victims.  Gov. Rick Scott wants to earmark roughly $4.5 million in the state budget to fight human trafficking and help victims recover in a safe place after they’re rescued.  [Associated Press]

Legislative briefs: Panel Oks Strengthening Human Trafficking Law.  The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill Wednesday that would stiffen penalties for those convicted of human trafficking and ensure that victims receive counseling and other services rather than a jail sentence.  [Lexington Herald-Leader]

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