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Connecticut's Child Trafficking Crisis

Anne Stevenson | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Anne Stevenson

Connecticut has a serious problem with child sex trafficking, but the State's Attorney's Office says it never prosecutes these types of cases. This is...

Cheering a Contempt Case Against Backpage.com

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 04.06.2016 | Crime
Kevin M. Ryan

The controversy over Backpage.com's escort service ads and their link to child sex trafficking is traveling through the state and federal courts, the financial services industry, and the court of public opinion.

149 Child Sex Trafficking Victims Rescued In Nationwide Sting

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 10.15.2015 | Crime

The FBI and local authorities arrested 150 pimps and johns and rescued 149 sexually exploited children in a nationwide sweep last week, dubbed Operati...

Facebook to Issue Amber Alerts: An Interview With John Walsh

Larry Magid | Posted 03.15.2015 | Technology
Larry Magid

Facebook and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) are teaming up to put Amber Alerts about missing children on Facebook News Feeds, but only for Facebook members in the targeted search area for an abducted child.

Is Backpage.com Liable?

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

The girls seek damages from Backpage.com -- believed to sell the most online prostitution ads involving children in the country -- for creating an illegal online marketplace and policing it in bad faith. After Backpage.com published their pictures and sales pitches about them, the girls, ages 13 and 15, were repeatedly raped by customers.

Recruiting Lawyers to Help Trafficking Survivors

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

I applaud these efforts and others like them. They are proof that it takes an entire community to create a safety net to lift up our neighbors, many of them minors, who have survived being trafficked.

#SaveUSChildren

Robert J. Benz | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

So, what distinguishes the Nigerian schoolgirls and U.S. children at risk of being trafficked? Why has one group received so much attention and the other very little? Well, semantics may play a role in how we react to different groups of children that become victims of violence.

Missing Teen's Adoptive Parents Face Ultimatum

David Lohr | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

A North Carolina judge has issued an ultimatum to the adoptive parents of missing North Carolina teen Erica Parsons –- speak up or kiss your childre...

Keeping Foster Kids Safe From Prostitution

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

At a Congressional hearing Wednesday, lawmakers tackled the pipeline from foster care to prostitution, hearing from child advocates and a victim of sex trafficking raised in foster care.

How Men Can Help Stop Sex Trafficking

Posted 02.19.2013 | Impact

By Ed Ouellette, TakePart Let me tell you a true story—Brianna’s story. Brianna was a normal teenage girl. She was an all-star athlete and a...

More Remains Tied To Green River Killer Identified

Reuters | Posted 08.18.2012 | Crime

By Laura L. Myers SEATTLE, June 18 (Reuters) - Remains of a woman killed by Gary Ridgway, the "Green River Killer" convicted of killin...

Etan Patz, My Children, And Me

Lisa Belkin | Posted 07.25.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

We are teaching them that the world is more dangerous than it actually is, that everyone and anyone is out to get them, that they need an adult close to keep them safe.

A Tale of Two Mothers: Casey Anthony and Jaycee Dugard

Cilla McCain | Posted 09.10.2011 | Impact
Cilla McCain

If we can be thankful for anything to do with Caylee Anthony's murder, at least she is now in a place where nobody can ever harm her again. However, there are children who at this very instant, desperately need our country's attention and swift action.

FBI Assisting Denver Police In Search For Missing Denver Woman

Associated Press | Posted 06.07.2011 | Denver

DENVER (AP) -- Denver police are stepping up their investigation into the disappearance of a 19-year-old woman who was last seen nearly a week ago at ...

A Plea for Somer's Family, and Some Shared Humanity

Lisa Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Cohen

The news of Somer Thompson is one of those horrible stories, made worse by the inevitable media onslaught. But, that onslaught also allows for strangers to connect in shared humanity.

Jaycee Dugard's Family: Left Behind

Lisa Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Cohen

Jaycee Dugard's face is everywhere this week. I've been thinking a lot about her story, because of the similarities to the Etan Patz case, which I've spent the last five years living and breathing for the first-ever book written on it.

A Childhood for Every Child: Combating Child Pornography Online

Brad Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Brad Smith

Today, Microsoft has donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children technology we call PhotoDNATM, designed to help fight the spread of graphic child pornography online.

Precious Doe

Amy MacKinnon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amy MacKinnon

I first learned of Precious Doe in May 2005 while driving home from the supermarket with my own little girl safely tucked in the backseat.

The Patron Saint For Missing Kids

Diane Dimond | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Diane Dimond

Bazzel Baz is a former CIA agent who takes on the most impossible cases. And he doesn't charge the heartsick family of the missing a penny.