“Sex + Money: A National Search for Human Worth” Documentary

Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth is a feature length documentary about domestic minor sex trafficking and the modern-day abolitionist movement fighting to stop it. Since September 2009, the crew has traveled to over 30 states and conducted more than 75 interviews with federal agents, victims, politicians, activists, psychologists, porn-stars, among others.

Come out for the evening to see the film and learn more about how you can engage in fighting against child sex trafficking. This is one of 100 screenings that will be taking place as the Sex+Money team travels on tour to all 50 states.

The film content may not be appropriate for children under the age of 14.

Admission is FREE but space is limited.

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Groundswell Petition – end child sex trafficking

Source: Change.org

By the time Norman Barnes was picked up by Massachusetts state troopers, he had made $19,000 forcing a 15-year-old girl to have sex with up to 8 men a day for 10 days. He couldn’t have done it without Backpage.com, a classified website owned by Village Voice Media. Backpage.com is reported to be the nation’s #1 online platform for advertising sex with minors.  A recent letter from 51 Attorneys General to Village Voice Media’s lawyers cites over 50 cases (in 22 states) of trafficking or attempted trafficking of minors for sex using the site.  Although such use violates Backpage.com’s terms of service, the site continually fails to identify and remove ads selling sex with children.
Driven by the universal moral imperative to end child sex trafficking, a new multifaith action network called Groundswell has started a petition on Change.org. Sign Groundswell’s petition now to shut down the adult services section of Backpage.com — the only effective way to end child sex trafficking on the site. Village Voice Media executives are fully aware that their site is used as a platform for child sex trafficking, but have done close to nothing to stop it. Instead, after executives were confronted by the Attorneys General, the Village Voice ran a shocking cover story ‘expose’ that smeared hard-working advocacy groups by presenting sensationally low (and poorly researched) statistics on child sex trafficking.
What the story didn’t mention is that Village Voice Media earns $22.7 million a year from its adult services ads on Backpage.com, which it may have to shut down completely (like Craigslist did last year after hearing from 10,000 Change.org members) to effectively prevent the site from being used as a platform for selling sex with children.

Sign Groundswell’s petition to end child sex trafficking on Backpage.com now:


CNN: Raid Frees 30 from Alleged Forced Prostitution

Source: The CNN Freedom Project

MADRID – Police in Barcelona have arrested 39 members of a suspected Chinese mafia and freed 30 young Chinese women whom they allegedly forced into prostitution, a senior officer of the Catalan regional police told CNN Wednesday.

The arrests occurred earlier this week after a long investigation. It was the biggest strike to date against Chinese-run mafias involved in forced prostitution in the northeast region of Catalonia, whose capital is Barcelona, said the senior officer, Xavier Cortes, head of the Catalan police unit that fights human trafficking.

In recent years, the Chinese crime syndicate had crowded out others from the prostitution market in the fashionable Eixample district of Barcelona by using forced prostitution and charging below-market rates, Cortes said.

READ MORE: http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/2011/10/05/police-raid-frees-30-from-alleged-forced-prostitution/



Human Trafficking Updated to Violent Crime Status in Bipartisan Bill

Source: The State Column

Human trafficking would join the list of violent crimes reported under federal law enforcement grant requirements if legislation introduced today by U.S. Representatives John Carter (R-TX) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) is passed into law.

“Human trafficking is in many cases modern day slavery, with victims subject to heinous and degrading crimes,” said Carter, a former Texas judge. “These severe cases should be on the same federal reporting level as other violent crimes such as murder and rape, if we are to collect the national data needed by law enforcement to combat these atrocities.”

“By including human trafficking in the data collected and sent to the Department of Justice, we can get a clearer picture of the prevalence of this form of exploitation,” Rep. Maloney said. “And that data will help us create new tools to help combat this modern-day slavery.”
The bill addresses a major recommendation of the U.S. State Department 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report, which found that the U.S. needs to “improve data collection on human trafficking cases at the federal, state and local levels.”

The Human Trafficking Reporting Act, H.R. 2982 would amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to expand the definition of Part I violent crime to include severe forms of human trafficking. The inclusion would add human trafficking data report requirements to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance program (Byrne grants).

State and local governments which receive Byrne grants report Part 1 statistics to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, which tracks crime statistics and trends nationwide. Part I crimes are currently defined to include murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. In spite of the violent and degrading nature of human trafficking it is not included in the current definition of Part I offenses.

The bill is cost-free and has no impact on the federal deficit.

The New Slavery – Human Trafficking

Source: Fox News

As a new school year begins across the nation, students will once again take up their books to learn about the shameful history of the slave trade around the world. The problem is that the slave trade is far from history. In fact, it is very much the shame of our world today.

Currently, more slaves exist than during the time of slave trade abolitionist William Wilberforce. But unlike in Wilberforce’s day, 80 percent of today’s slaves are women and girls; 50 percent are children.

Earlier this summer, the U.S. State Department came out with its Trafficking in Persons Report for 2011. The report created global concern as nations reacted to their “tier placements.” Most third world countries fell under “Tier 2,” a dubious designation reserved for nations whose governments don’t “fully comply with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA’s) minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.”

READ MORE: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/09/15/new-slavery-human-trafficking/#ixzz1Y20sTgCN

Helping Human Trafficking Victims To Get On With Life

Source: Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 (Bernama) — A significant number of the four million legal and illegal foreign workers in Malaysia are human-trafficking victims, according to a 2011 report issued by the US State Department.

Notably, women have been identified as the most vulnerable group in human trafficking, with most of them ending up in the sex trade.

Almost half of the foreign women recruited in the restaurant and hotel sector in Malaysia under dubious designations such as “guest relations officers” actually are working or dabbling in the sex trade, according to the US Human Trafficking Report.

Authorities also do not rule out the possibility that the approximately 300,000 domestic maids in the country are victims of human trafficking as well, with most being cheated into the work, their mobility restricted, salaries not paid, passports withheld or bonded with agents or employers for the repayment of hefty hiring fees.

The lure of a better life in a foreign land and the opportunity to send money home to the family, are irresistible lures for those from poorer countries. Many are vulnerable to human trafficking, and the consequences are often tragic.

READ MORE: http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsfeatures.php?id=611929

Sex Slaves in Washington DC – A CNN Report

First posted by Project Hidden

This CNN report investigates sex trafficking in Washington DC, please take a look at this informative report by the CNN Freedom Project:

9 arrests in Chicago sex trafficking investigation

Source: Boston Herald

CHICAGO — Girls as young as 12 were lured into prostitution — coerced with brutal beatings and death threats — as part of a coordinated sex trafficking operation by Chicago gang members, authorities alleged Wednesday in announcing a rare undercover investigation that relied on wire taps.

The ongoing 18-month probe was conducted under provisions of the Illinois Safe Children’s Act, which was signed into law last year. It allows wire taps and treats minors arrested for prostitution as victims instead of criminals. While Illinois is not the first to have such legislation, it is among the first states to rely on wire taps in a sex trafficking investigation.

Nine people, all from the Chicago area, were charged in the investigation and dozens of girls and young women have been taken off the streets and placed with social service agencies, said Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Read more: http://news.bostonherald.com/news/national/midwest/view.bg?&articleid=1361152&format=&page=1&listingType=natmw#articleFull


‘Super VIP’ Child Porn Ring Busted

Source: Sky News

US law enforcement officials have broken an international child porn ring that elevated members to ‘Super VIP’ when they uploaded images considered to be the most depraved.

Authorities said 72 bulletin board members of Dreamboard have been charged with participating in the online international network engaged in sexual abuse of children that stretched from North America to Europe, Asia and Africa.

Twenty of the charged individuals remain at large and are known only by their online identities.

US Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Operation Delego investigated more than 500 people around the world since the probe was first launched in December 2009.


READ MORE: http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16043232

Poor Children Most Vulnerable to Trafficking

Source: MSN News India

Children living in slums, unauthorised and resettlement colonies are most vulnerable of being trafficked, running away or getting lost, a report by an NGO working for protection of child rights said today.

According to the report compiled by Child Rights and You (CRY) based on the information under RTI from various police station of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, 1,260 children were reported missing this year till April 30 from just eight districts of the three states.

While 250 children were missing from eight districts of Uttar Pradesh, 1,683 children were reported missing from six districts of Madhya Pradesh in 2007-08.

The report attributed labour, sex trade, domestic help, slavery, organ trade, marriage and begging as the main reasons for increase in children missing incidences in the country.

The NGO today also held a public hearing here in which families of some missing children from the three states narrated their stories to the jury comprising of Delhi Commission for Protection of Child”s Rights (DCPCR) President Amod Kanth, Bharti Ali from Haq – Centre for Child Rights, Additional Commissioner U K Chaudhary and retired Chief Justice of Delhi High Court A P Shah.

The families alleged they didn”t get any help from the local police to locate their child. Narrating an incidence, a daily wage earner Banwari Lal said his son Chetan was abducted seven months back.

“After repeated reminders to the police, an FIR was filed and the police later asked me to pay the ransom demanded by the abductors. When I asked the SHO to help me, he did not cooperate and despite knowing the abductor”s whereabouts he made no attempts to rescue my child,” Lal said, adding that till date he doesn”t know if his son is alive or not.

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