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US Honors Woman Held in Brothel for 2 Decades

Alika Kinan recognized for work fighting sex trafficking since 2012 rescue

(Newser) - This week, Alika Kinan was honored at the State Department for her work fighting sex trafficking; just five years earlier she was being held prisoner and abused in an Argentinian brothel. NPR reports Kinan, herself a victim of sex trafficking, was held captive in the brothel for nearly two decades... More »

Teen Forced to Have Sex With 1K Men Sues Philly Motel

Says hotel, employees turned a blind eye to sex trafficking

(Newser) - From the outside, Philadelphia's Roosevelt Inn may look any other motel. It's actually the city's "epicenter of human trafficking," according to prosecutors. In a lawsuit filed Friday, a 17-year-old girl details how she was "sold into sexual slavery" at the 107-room motel in 2013,... More »

Ashton Kutcher Blows McCain Kiss After Testimony

Kutcher was on Capitol Hill to discuss human trafficking

(Newser) - After an emotional testimony before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, a new bromance? Ashton Kutcher was in DC on Wednesday to testify about human trafficking, which he's been fighting against since 2009, and in addition to giving what CNN calls an "impassioned" speech on the topic,... More »

Boss of 'Top Online Brothel' Charged With Pimping

Backpage.com CEO arrested in Texas

(Newser) - The CEO of Backpage.com isn't just a pimp, authorities in California and Texas say, he's the pimp of "the world's top online brothel"—and underage victims of sex trafficking have made him a lot of money. Carl Ferrer was arrested in Houston Thursday on... More »

Amal Clooney Aiding Ex-ISIS Captive, With George's Blessing

Human rights lawyer is helping Nadia Murad seek justice for the Yazidi people

(Newser) - Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi woman who survived captivity as an ISIS sex slave, was named a UN goodwill ambassador Friday—the first time a human trafficking survivor was named as such, Time reports. Murad has another distinction: a high-profile human rights lawyer helping her cause of bringing ISIS criminals... More »

Why Sex Traffickers Love South Dakota

They 'see this as a trusting place'

(Newser) - Federal authorities are cracking down on sex trafficking in a seemingly unlikely place: the friendly, low-crime state of South Dakota. It's been a relatively nascent effort: KDLT quotes Assistant US Attorney Jeff Clapper as saying, "Before 2010, we didn't have any of these cases. Since then, we'... More »

Our Juvenile Justice System Is Failing Girls

Vast majority have been victims of abuse

(Newser) - A new report on the plight of girls in the nation's juvenile justice system has some shocking numbers: In some states, about 80% of them have been the victims of either sexual or physical abuse, reports the New York Times . It's often the abuse that triggers behavior that... More »

Elizabeth Smart Has Baby Girl, Her Dad Says

Former kidnapping victim is keeping little girl from the media

(Newser) - Elizabeth Smart has been guarding her private life pretty well from the media, it seems—considering that the Utah activist had a baby girl named Chloe three months ago, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. "It is totally private," says her father, Ed Smart. "This is something she... More »

Florida Prostitution Sting Nabs 61 People Over 4 Days

Officials say they targeted online ads for prostitution

(Newser) - A Florida prostitution sting yielded 61 arrests over four days in early December ... including that of a former Baltimore police officer. Mete Girit, 29, allegedly posted an ad for "male escort services," then, at an undercover location and apparently not very suspicious of police tactics despite his background,... More »

Walking Dead Star Is Real-Life Hero

Laurie Holden participates in sting to help rescue 55 sex slaves

(Newser) - Actress Laurie Holden, who played Andrea for three seasons on AMC's The Walking Dead, recently got the chance to be a hero in real life. As Us Weekly notes, Holden was featured in an ABC News segment last week about Operation Underground Railroad, a volunteer-based group that recently rescued... More »

Kids Not Reported Missing Rescued in FBI Bust

Operation Cross Country cracks down on child-sex trafficking

(Newser) - The FBI arrested 281 pimps and rescued 168 child victims of sex trafficking in a nationwide sting last week—the agency's eighth annual crackdown on the child sex trade, CBS News reports. The operation across 106 cities aimed to rescue child sex workers from casinos, truck stops, street corners,... More »

Goldman Sachs Owns Stake in Sex Trafficking Website

Backpage.com was already the target of legal action

(Newser) - The No. 1 American website for sex trafficking of underage girls is Backpage.com. And Backpage.com is owned by Village Voice Media, which is 16% owned by ... Goldman Sachs. The Wall Street firm "was mortified when I began inquiring last week about its stake in America’s leading... More »

Village Voice Runs Child Sex Ads: Protesters

Son of founder Norman Mailer joins march against Backpage.com

(Newser) - Protesters marched to the offices of the Village Voice in New York yesterday, slamming the weekly paper for allegedly running ads for child prostitutes in its adult classified section, Backpage.com. Among the hundred demonstrators was the son of Norman Mailer, the paper's founder. "This was once a... More »

Google Gives $11.5M to Fight Slavery

Move is a 'game-changing investment,' anti-trafficking group says

(Newser) - Google has made what is believed to be the biggest-ever corporate contribution to the fight against modern-day slavery. As part of $40 million in donations the search-engine king is making over the holiday season, Google coughed up $11.5 million to organizations working to end human trafficking, CNN reports. Up... More »

Teen Prostitution: America's Human Rights Scandal

Child prostitutes are victims, not criminals, writes Nicholas Kristof

(Newser) - The sexual trafficking of girls "is more similar in America and Cambodia than we would like to admit," writes Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times . Teen prostitution is "one of our country's biggest human rights problems." These teenagers are victims, not criminals, and the... More »

How This Billionaire Escaped Sex Trafficking Charges

Jeffrey Epstein could have done 20 years

(Newser) - Billionaire financial adviser Jeffrey Epstein allegedly flew in teenage girls from all over the world to give him “massages” , was once presented with three 12-year-olds from France as a birthday gift, and brought over a 14-year-old from the Balkans who he called his “Yugoslavian sex slave.” So... More »

Cops Probe Van der Sloot Links to Thai Sex Trade: Enquirer

Murder suspect allegedly brought girls to Holland for prostitution

(Newser) - Thai authorities are investigating allegations that Joran Van der Sloot tried to get involved in human trafficking, reports the National Enquirer . Van Der Sloot, 22, allegedly posed as a model scout while living in Bangkok, where a Dutch journalist set up a sting and busted him. "He promised they'd... More »

NY Madam Forced Korean Women Into Sex Slavery

Told them they'd work in a nail salon

(Newser) - A Queens woman allegedly lived the high life in a million-dollar mansion while farming out unsuspecting Korean immigrants as sex slaves to Long Island massage parlors. Jin Hua Cui, 44, lured the women by placing ads in Korean-language newspapers saying she was hiring for a nail salon. Instead they wound... More »

1,000 Kids a Year Forced Into Sex Slavery—in Ohio

Sweatshop labor also rampant in human trafficking hub

(Newser) - Each year in Ohio some 1,000 US-born children are forced into the sex trade and about 800 immigrants are sexually exploited or pushed into sweatshop labor. Weak trafficking laws, poorly informed law enforcement, and the state's proximity to the Canadian border combine to make Ohio a hub of human... More »

Craigslist Pimp Get 25 Years

'Bought' homeless woman, advertised her as sex slave

(Newser) - A New York City man who "bought" a 19-year-old homeless woman and advertised her as a sex slave on Craigslist has been sentenced to 25 years to life. David Brown forced the victim into sex with 30 men in August 2008, collecting payments of between $60 and $200, the... More »

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