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.
Kentucky Derby 2013. Rally Warns of Human Trafficking this Week. Dozens of people, including many women in Roman Catholic religious orders, rallied at Jefferson Square Park on Tuesday afternoon to raise awareness of a potential spike in illegal human trafficking during Derby Week. [Courier-Journal]
Oregon Lawmakers Focus on Pair of Sex-Trafficking Bills. The Oregon Senate passed a complex bill cracking down on child sex trafficking Tuesday, sending the legislation to the House and marking the bill as the main vehicle for legislation on the issue this year. [The Oregonian]
The Lives of Sex Trafficking Victims in Maine. Sex trafficking is a vile form of human trafficking. Sex trafficking and exploitation in the greater Portland community, across Maine and the nation is not pretty. It is downright ugly. [Bangor Daily News]
Slavery Continues to Haunt the Modern World, but Efforts to Eradicate it are Growing. Maria watched the expensive car roll into her small town in Honduras. Two well-dressed men stepped out of the vehicle. They walked toward Maria, 15, and two friends who were with her. [ABA Journal]
Human Trafficking & PTSD: Is there a Connection? Many believe that PTSD is a disorder that exclusively affects war veterans; however, professionals like Licensed Master Social Worker, Margaret Howard, have learned that many survivors of human trafficking have undiagnosed PTSD symptoms. [Washington Times]
President Obama Priority: End Child Trafficking. Todd Park, chief technology officer of the United States and an assistant to the president, told a symposium Wednesday that officials across the government are using data analytics and online tools to help thwart criminals who sexually exploit girls through trafficking. [Politico]
Pols Push to End Child Sex Trafficking. Lawmakers, administration officials and activists pledged to move forward on combating child sex trafficking at a conference here on Wednesday. [Politico]