HEADLINES: Trafficking – March 15th, 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.

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.  [Salt Lake Tribune]

Senate Bill Aims to Take On Human Trafficking.  Lawmakers are looking for ways to help victims of human trafficking in our state.  [WLTX]

General Assembly Approves Bill Strengthening Kentucky’s Human Trafficking Laws.  A bill to strengthen Kentucky’s human trafficking laws and provide more services to victims is headed to Gov. Steve Beshear’s desk to be signed into law.  [Lexington Herald-Leader]

Sex Trafficking in Denver. If you want to knock a middle-class mom out of her comfort zone, paint her the picture of a young sex trafficking victim in desperate need of rescue being kept hidden away somewhere in the metro area, right this second.  [Denver Post]

Lawmaker Proposes Specialty Court for Human Trafficking Victims.  Texas lawmakers over the past decade have approved some of the toughest measures in the nation to capture and punish human traffickers, the vendors in a modern-day slave trade of people forced into prostitution or labor. [Austin American-Statesman]

Sex Trafficking: has Anything Changed in 45 Years.  Almost five decades ago, 45 years to be exact, I was sold for sex.  [Washington Times]

Kimberly Ritter Stands up to Child Sex Trafficking.  The first time someone mentioned human trafficking to Kimberly Ritter, she had only a vague idea of what it was. “Isn’t that something that happens in third-world countries?” she asked.  [Christian Science Monitor]

Colorado and Mexican AGs to Discuss Drug and Human Trafficking.  Several Western U.S. attorneys general including Colorado’s John Suthers will meet next week with the new Mexican attorney general in Mexico to hash out strategies to fight human and drug trafficking.  [Denver Post]

Global Slavery, by the Numbers.  Here are some chilling statistics: The lifetime profit on a brickmaking slave in Brazil is $8,700, and $2,000 in India.  [New York Times]

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