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Who Buys a Trafficked Child for Sex? Otherwise Ordinary Men.
Via USA Today
"More than 1 million children, according to the International Labour Organization, are exploited each year in the commercial sex trade. IndyStar columnist Tim Swarens, through the support of a Society of Professional Journalists fellowship, spent more than a year investigating a lucrative business where children are abused with low risk to buyers or traffickers, despite tougher laws and heightened international awareness of the scourge."
How to Spot a Sex Trafficking Victim at a Hotel
Via TIME Magazine
"As it has become clear over the last few years that sex trafficking takes place on every continent (O.K., maybe not Antarctica), approaches to defining it and ending it have changed. While there are ghastly situations in which young girls’ virginity is sold off by their debt-stricken parents in Cambodia, the reality is that western countries are by no means immune to the trade. Runaways, girls who have fallen for the wrong guy and naive women who have traveled from another country on the promise of a legitimate job can get trapped in prostitution rings anywhere."
Sex Trafficking And The Super Bowl
Via National Public Radio
"America's biggest sporting event may also be America's biggest sex-trafficking event. Out of town fans, drinking, partying in hotels in a new city, it all creates opportunities for exploitation. Now, whether the statistics bear out or whether this is just a narrative is an open question...For the last several years, every city that has hosted the Super Bowl has waged an aggressive campaign against sex trafficking. David Greene talks with Marc Chadderdon, a criminal investigator in Minnesota."
Nigerians return from slavery in Libya to thriving sex-trafficking industry back home
Via The Washington Post
"[Loveth] is one of thousands of Nigerians sent home from Libya in 2017 as part of an intensified international effort to rescue stranded migrants from a thriving slave trade.
Yet it is a harsh homecoming. Survivors and experts say the rush to return Nigerians is doing little to break the cycle of sex slavery and may be perpetuating it: Returnees are dropped back into the epicenter of Nigeria’s sex-trafficking industry, often deeper in debt and with fewer options than before they left."
Two Florida preteens busted for cyberbullying after student hangs herself
Via NY Daily News
"Two 12-year-olds in Florida were arrested for cyberbullying in connection with the death of a middle-school student who police say hanged herself two weeks ago.
The circumstances around the death of 12-year-old Gabriella Green on Jan. 10 led to the arrests of the two Surfside Middle School students, Panama City Beach officials said in a news release Monday."
LGBTQ homeless youth need attention from policymakers, USC scholars say
Via The Daily Trojan
"Increased training, more comprehensive outreach and more inclusivity are proposed as part of team’s research agenda."