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Federal Court: If You Buy a Girl, You're a Sex Trafficker

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

A U.S. Federal Circuit Court has ruled that customers who arrange for or have sex with children under age 18 are to be considered human traffickers. Wow. That's a big and heavy stick we can use to protect kids who are forced into having sex for someone else's profit.

Want to Fight Trafficking? Fight Homelessness

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 04.23.2014 | New York
Kevin M. Ryan

If we want to fight the sexual exploitation of young people, we absolutely must fight youth homelessness. Kids who don't have a safe place to stay enter a direct pipeline to the pimps and exploiters who recognize their desperation and are waiting to prey on them.

Memo to the New York Times: It's Sex Trafficking!

Susan Danish | Posted 04.06.2014 | Media
Susan Danish

The New York Times had a great opportunity recently to create awareness about the face of slavery today -- human trafficking of women and girls for co...

France Takes First Steps Towards Abolition of Prostitution

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 04.15.2014 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

The Nordic Model, as this set of laws is known, views the sex trade as irreconcilable with gender equality and refuses to consider prostitution as inevitable.

9 Striking Photos Reveal The Faces Of Iran's Red Light District

Posted 02.05.2014 | Arts

From 1975 until 1977, photojournalist Kaveh Golestan captured the faces and stories of the women of Tehran's red light district, illuminating the dark...

Off-Duty Officer Arrested In Prostitution Sting By His Own Force

David Lohr | Posted 01.30.2014 | Crime

A Texas patrol deputy was arrested Wednesday during an undercover prostitution sting being conducted by his own agency. Emmanuel Augustine, 29, a f...

Snowstorms Leave Human Trafficking Victims out in the Cold

Mary David | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Mary David

Imagine she retreats to a shelter where aggressive, belligerent, or intoxicated people accost her, make snide comments about her child, and multiply the fears that first led her to the shelter. Should she stay? Would you?

To Stop Traffickers, Stop Their Supply of Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

While there are no firm numbers of how much the forced sex and labor trade expands during the week of the Super Bowl, the influx of hundreds of thousands of visitors means more homeless kids may be put at risk. And make no mistake, vulnerable kids are at risk.

Teacher And Coach Arrested In Prostitution Sting

Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

A South Carolina teacher who coaches the school football team was arrested in an undercover prostitution sting. Jamie Mathew Crisp was collared Fri...

Super Bowl 'A Huge Arena For Sex Trafficking'

AP | KATIE ZEZIMA and SAMANTHA HENRY | Posted 01.25.2014 | New York

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Law enforcement agents in New Jersey have redoubled efforts to fight what they worry could be one of the biggest menace...

Am I the Only Libertarian Democrat in America?

Fred Lundgren | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

My friend finally growled out, "I know what you are, you're a Libertarian Democrat." Had he labeled me correctly? Has my world view devolved into conflicting combinations of Liberalism and Libertarianism? If so, must these "brands" be mutually exclusive?

Helping to Make Free Rehab a Reality

Anna David | Posted 02.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna David

Lauri Burns had the sort of early life that you tend to assume a person wouldn't survive: She was abused, institutionalized, addicted and in a success...

Sex Workers in France Resist Attacks on Their Liberty

Michelle Chen | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Michelle Chen

These days, French political culture appears to be retreating from its stereotypical liberalism on one of its best-known "vice" industries: the sex trade. Controversial new legislation in the country would criminalize paid sex.

Legalize It? Seriously?

Chris Baughman | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Chris Baughman

Legalization does not benefit the people selling sex; nor does legalization produce female empowerment. What it does is serve the owners of brothels, pimps and the johns who frequent them.

Listening to Survivors: Europe Trend Towards Positive Change

Lauren Hersh | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Lauren Hersh

Europe is finally starting to listen to survivors. A new trend is emerging -- criminalizing the buyers, traffickers and pimps that fuel the inherently violent commercial sex industry, while decriminalizing and providing services and exit options to people in prostitution.

Reducing the Vulnerability Associated With Human Trafficking

Keeli Sorensen | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Keeli Sorensen

It's important to remember that human trafficking and modern slavery is not just a crime committed by a criminal against his or her victim.

How I Tell My Sex Trafficking Survivor Story

Danielle Douglas | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Danielle Douglas

At times it feels that in the search for a good story we are willing to sell not only our own souls to the devil, but also the souls of others, including those whose souls are just regaining their strength.

Legalize Prostitution

Daniel Raphael | Posted 02.10.2014 | Crime
Daniel Raphael

Every country in the world has prostitution, the longest running profession. The only difference within prostitution is the legal status surrounding it.

Notes From a Chicago Escort

Nikolaos Al-Khadra | Posted 02.10.2014 | Impact
Nikolaos Al-Khadra

When people do recognize escorting as prostitution, they believe it's somehow safer than street level prostitution. It isn't. Far from it.

Human Trafficking: Coming Soon to a City Near You

Dan Steele | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Dan Steele

The vast majority of detectives investigating sex trafficking spend hours behind their desks, compiling thousands of pages of case file documentation. There are no high speed chases, no shootouts and there are definitely no suspenseful, last minute rescues.

Making Tricked

Jane Wells | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Jane Wells

There is precious little data on the subject, and urban myths supporting both sides of the prostitution debate abound. We had to dispel the myths first; clarify the truths, second.

Alleged Prostitute Arrested For Wearing Skinny Jeans, Pea Coat

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 11.11.2013 | New York

A Manhattan judge dismissed the case against a woman who was arrested under suspicion of prostitution based on an NYPD officer's analysis of her outfi...

In Our Own Backyard

K. Sujata | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

What keeps this industry booming is the demand for cheap labor or services, or for commercial sex acts. Sex trafficking is big business, one of the world's biggest human rights issues and it's happening in our own backyard.

Eight Facts You Didn't Know About Child Sex Trafficking

Nathan Harden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Nathan Harden

LOVE146--an international charity that provides aftercare and rehabilitation for children rescued from sexual slavery--has collaborated with Nashville-based rock group Band of Love on a new video to increase public awareness on this issue.

Sex Trafficking in Chicago? NO! Yes.

Sally Duros | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Sally Duros

The plight of women in prostitution has always captured our attention. We've seen plenty of plays, movies and books written about and by women of the streets -- all usually through a dreamy vaseline lens. Now comes to Chicago Shadow Town, a play by Mary Bonnett.