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Conchita Sarnoff is Executive Director, The Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking WWW.ATRVT.ORG; a Washington D.C. foundation to help rescue trafficked victims. Ms. Sarnoff is also an author and crisis communications advisor.

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64th Emmy Awards: Setting the Record Straight

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 11:05 AM

Jimmy Kimmel's opening statement honoring Philo T. Farnsworth as the creator of the American television at the 64th Emmy Awards was incorrect. It was in fact, General David Sarnoff, who created the American Television Industry as we know it today.

There has been considerable debate over the years about David...

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Pimps Tattoo Bar Code on Victim's Neck

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 1:34 PM

Pimps brand their victims the way Nike brands its shoes.

A 16 year-old girl Nicholas Kristoff identified as "Taz" in today's New York Times op-ed "She Has a Pimp's Name Etched on Her" was "branded" on her neck with a safety pin when she refused a tattoo. According...

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New York Times' Op-ed Confirms US Has Teen Sex Slave Epidemic

(4) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 6:19 PM

Finally, the New York Times' Nicholas Kristof reports on U.S. teenagers being sold for sex -- sex trafficking in America.

In today's New York Times op-ed (Thursday, April 19, 2012), Kristof reveals "Not Quite a Teen, Yet Sold for Sex" that the child sex trade or child sex slavery (as...

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Backpage Not Complying With Requests to Help Stop Sex Trafficking

(6) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 9:55 PM

Nicholas Kristof reported in Sunday's New York Times Magazine that Goldman Sachs owns a 16% stake of Village Voice Media. Village Voice Media in turn owns Backpage; and "Backpage replaced Craigslist as the leader in the prostitution online ad space" according to an October 19, 2010 report published...

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Florida House Bill to Implement Harsher Penalties on Human Trafficking

(40) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 6:36 PM

On Friday, February 24, 2012, CBS online reported how Florida "is taking stricter action against" human trafficking. According to Alex Conant, Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, the Florida House passed a bill that implements harsher penalties on human trafficking and smuggling in the sex-for-pay trade. "Just...

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Regulating Modeling Agencies to Help Prevent Child Sex Trafficking

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 7:49 PM

In 2010, Jezebel, an online site, published "The Sex Trafficking Model Scout" warning about the dangers of deregulated modeling agencies in the U.S.

Given the growing number of modeling agencies that transport underage teenagers from foreign countries into the United States and the growing sex trade of...

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When The Trafficking Victims Protection Act Fails

(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 1:00 PM

According to the Department of Health and Human Services' fact sheet on the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA):

The TVPA ... created new law enforcement tools to strengthen the prosecution and punishment of traffickers, making human trafficking a Federal crime with severe penalties.

For example, if...
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Palm Beach County Judge Denies Press Gag Order

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 10:18 AM

In the West Palm Beach Courthouse "a circuit judge Wednesday squashed an attempt by attorneys for Jeffrey Epstein to prevent parties in a civil lawsuit involving the billionaire sex offender from talking to the media. Circuit Judge David Crow denied the motion for a gag order," writes Michele...

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Virgina Governor Bob McDonnell Signs Landmark Legislation Prosecuting Human Traffickers and Helping Victims

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2011 | 1:05 PM

Yesterday, Tuesday, May 31st, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed a landmark legislation on human trafficking. During the State of Virginia bill signing ceremony at Dulles Airport in Virginia, Governor McDonnell signed bills HB-2190 and HB-1893 proposed by Delegates Timothy Hugo, Vivian Watts and Adam Ebbin. The bills will go into...

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Jeffrey Epstein Mocks the Law That Just Let Him Off Easy

(8) Comments | Posted February 25, 2011 | 2:15 PM

According to Friday's NY Post Jeffrey Epstein returned to New York City "making wisecracks about his just-ended jail stint for having sex with an underage girl". "I'm not a sexual predator, I'm an 'offender,' " the Wall Street hedge fund manager told The Post. "It's the difference between...

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Is the U.S. Actually Trying to Help Mexico Terminate the Drug Syndicates?

(4) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 10:04 AM

Jorge Castaneda, a former Foreign Minister of Mexico in 2000-2003 and a wise friend, wrote an analysis recently in which he credits President Obama for leaping into Mexico's drug war at the outset of his administration. According to his analysis, however, President Obama "now faces perils that are...

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Coming Home

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2011 | 9:45 AM

Greece, Paris, New York, Tuscany, and Brazil share one thing in common: the selling and buying of children for sex. While investigating the disturbing business of child trafficking I have come across many stories -- some more horrific than others. A few of those stories have become reference points for...

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The Nuclear Free Future Award

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2010 | 5:19 PM

On September 30, 2010, at The Great Hall of Cooper Union in New York City, Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, and Claus Biegert, co-founder of the Nuclear Free Future Awards, co-hosted the NFFA award ceremony to honor the prolific work of five inductees: Martin Sheen, Henry Red Cloud, Oleg...

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H.R. 5575 The "Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2010"

(4) Comments | Posted September 15, 2010 | 11:59 AM

Washington D.C.- A bill to create a grant program to benefit minor victims of sex trafficking will be heard today in Congress. The bill, H.R. 5575 has two main objectives. First, it would authorize large block grants to establish a comprehensive, victim-centered approach to addressing the issue of sex trafficking...

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Protest on Craiglist Doorsteps in San Francisco to End "Adult Services" Section

(11) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 9:27 AM

On July 8, 2010, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), Prostitution Research and
Education (PRE) plus more than 75 Co-Sponsors including Innocents at Risk, protested Craigslist's "Adult Services Section" at the company's headquarters in San Francisco, California. "When we arrived, Craigslist was literally whitewashing their cyber trafficking by...

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Child Sex Traffickers Deserve Stiff TVPA Penalties in Every U.S. Court

(5) Comments | Posted June 24, 2010 | 9:29 AM

After numerous conversations with law enforcement officials I realized that most law enforcement officials at every level of government and across every state, city and county are under the false assumption that some form of movement is required for a predator to be guilty of child sex trafficking. A child...

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Kansas to Become First Anti-Sex Trafficking Model City in America

(4) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 4:03 PM

The federal government became seriously engaged in the fight against human sex trafficking in 2000, with the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA); a federal effort that was and still is focused on the 50,000 (a vastly conservative figure), or more victims who come each year to the...

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Teens Sold as Sex Slaves on Craigslist

(19) Comments | Posted May 19, 2010 | 11:28 AM

Washington, D.C. -- According to Congressional estimates, everyday 100,000 children (that is under the age of 17) in the United States are being sold, bartered and bought for sex.

Outside of the enterprising Mexican drug cartels who traffic children for sex into this country -- using the same routes...

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Internet Pornography Is the "Sexual Revolution" on Speed

(3) Comments | Posted April 21, 2010 | 1:16 PM

In my continuous search for a viable legislative solution to the issue of child trafficking in America I spoke with Patrick A. Trueman, the former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division, U. S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., about the increase of child pornography in...

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What's At Stake

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2010 | 10:19 AM

Washington D.C. -- The hearing on "Human Trafficking: International and National Implications" took place March 25, 2010 in Congress at the Rayburn House. The Commission, which was chaired by U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern (D-Mass.) and U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.), promotes, defends and advocates internationally recognized human rights...

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