HEADLINES: Human Trafficking – March 8th, 2013

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button_icon_trafficking_headlinesVisit our blog on Fridays for our HEADLINES: Trafficking feature, a part of LIRS’s End Human Trafficking campaign.  Human Trafficking is a much overlooked crime, but every Friday I will strive to bring you the most up-to-date news and information on the fight to eradicate trafficking.  Visit https://www.lirs.org/eht for more information on our End Human Trafficking campaign and how to get involved.

North Carolina Among Top States for Human Trafficking. North Carolina made it onto a top 10 national list, but it’s nothing to celebrate.  According to the Polaris Project, the state ranks 10th in the nation for human trafficking – which includes sex and labor trafficking. For years, NC was previously ranked 8th.  [WFMY]

Senate Committee Passes Tougher Penalties for Human Traffickers, Safe Harbor for Victims.  The bill toughens penalties for human trafficking and provides treatment for children found to be victims of trafficking, rather than treating them as criminals.  [Courier-Journal]

Support Bills to Fight Human Trafficking in Connecticut.  As the title of your editorial suggests (Feb. 21), members of the Center for Youth Leadership in Norwalk are trying to serve the victims of prostitution, or, as we like to say, the victims of human trafficking, especially the child victims in Connecticut.  [Stamford Advocate]

Human Trafficking a Growing Problem, U.S Attorney Says.  Human trafficking for sex is not a crime that only occurs in other countries or in large cities.  [Rapid City Journal]

Human Trafficking Measure Attached to Kentucky Senate Bill.  A stalled measure to strengthen Kentucky’s human trafficking laws, including creating a safe harbor for child victims, was attached to a Senate bill Tuesday in hopes of moving it forward. [Courier-Journal]

Chattanooga Women’s Fund Battles Human Trafficking in Tennessee.  A statewide women’s group today launched a campaign to help educate law enforcement, middle school personnel, emergency room workers and others about human trafficking and encourage use of a state hotline to report cases. [Times Free Press]

Human-Trafficking Bill Clears Key Hurdle in Kentucky Legislature.  A House bill that would stiffen state penalties for human traffickers and provide more services to trafficking victims took a major step Thursday toward becoming law.  [Lexington Herald-Leader]

Human Trafficking Bill Advances.  A bill that would provide law enforcement and prosecutors more tools to combat human trafficking passed a House committee unanimously Thursday afternoon.  [The Salt Lake Tribune]

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