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Val Richey is King County’s Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and he’s fighting trafficking starting with the demand. He told us a story about a 15 year old girl who was selling sex out of her parents house while they were away. The girl had a man come over for sex, stole his money and shut the door on him. The…

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According to this article 61 children were rescued last week and over 250 arrests were made in an online sweep that lasted over 5 weeks. Some sexual predators were blackmailing children into sending increasingly graphic images or video through the act of what is being called “sextortion.” The article further states that of the arrests made nine of the suspects…

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A Saudi princess was charged Wednesday with human trafficking for allegedly holding a domestic worker against her will and forcing her to work at an Orange County condominium, prosecutors said. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/11/saudi-princess-arrested-in-california-human-trafficking-investigation/#ixzz2Z3tRM6Ed (AP)

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We were very fortunate to hear from Mar Smith last night. She said that the “worlds of human trafficking and hotels are closely tied.” She went on to point out signs that hoteliers can look for in order to spot trafficking victims such as anyone who appears fearful or disoriented, paid for the room in cash, is being restricted from…

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We were lucky enough to hear Dr. Debra Boyer speak to us about youth sex trafficking in Seattle last night. She stated that there are between 300-500 youth in Seattle engaged in prostitution. Since these youths are not old enough to consent to sex they are considered trafficking victims. According to police the numbers stated are a low estimate. So…

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The interfaith event “Breaking the Cycle of Human Trafficking” was held last night at Herzl Ner Tamid . We heard from a very special guest speaker, Urmi Basu. Basu is the founder of the New Light Center in Kolkata, India. The New Light Center works to promote gender equality as well as fight violence against women, children and young people in the…

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Todd Rignel from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) came all the way from Bellingham to give a presentation for us!  HSI is a part of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, and they handle cyber crimes, smuggling, and human trafficking investigations. Agent Rignel shared about cases involving agricultural trafficking, housekeepers kept as slaves, and sex trafficking of foreign victims in the U.S. He…

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An odd human trafficking case is unfolding in the mid west where two women from Wisconsin are being charged with forcing a young girl from Illinois into prostitution. According to police reports the two women were advertising on Backpage.com under escort services. Backpage was involved in a legal battle last year with Washington state over a law that required people…

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The President has declared January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. It’s really great that the issue is getting all this attention and hopefully one day the problems of slavery will be eradicated. Sadly though the scope of human trafficking is still unknown, even with all the attention the issue is receiving. We have a long way to go in…

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“The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that there are 215 million children in child labor worldwide, 115 million of them in hazardous forms of work. It also estimates that 21 million people are in forced labor, six million of them children.” – Department of Labor Every year children are forced to work in fields, factories and homes as slaves. The…

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