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We monitor and fact check media coverage of human trafficking and will share the top cases with you from each week. A broad view of what is happening across the country can be translated into action, allowing us to collectively change the system and the public narrative. 

We appreciate the recent focus on child sex trafficking on social media, but let’s make sure we’re leaning on the facts and real cases. 
Alabama Hoover man charged with sodomy, human trafficking in sex assault of underage girl Police said he will be transferred from the Hoover City Jail to the Jefferson County Jail. No further details will be released concerning this case due to its sensitive nature and the age of the victim.
Arizona Department of Public Safety detectives arrest three in connection to prostitution of teenage girl During the investigation, detectives learned she was held against her will at 25-year-old Larry Darnell Williams’ apartment, assaulted and forced to have sexual intercourse with him. An unknown female, subsequently identified as 26-year-old Tainisha Haynes, was also present at the apartment and helped Williams prostitute the victim and forced her to sell drugs.
Florida  A Northern Virginia attorney accused of paying underage girls for sex The investigation began last year, when a 17-year-old high school student approached local police to say friends of hers had been paid for sexual activity with a man in his 40s. She said one friend was given $1,000 and a handbag; another a camera and marijuana.
Texas Houston man sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for sex trafficking minors  “Too many of our children are falling victims to sex trafficking and predators like Romello Lee,” said  FBI Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner in a statement. “We hope today’s sentence sends a strong message to those who continue to exploit our youth, but we also hope it sheds promise to sex trafficking victims waiting to be rescued.”It is a common myth that trafficking only occurs when victims are taken away from their town, state, or country. One does not have to be physically moved to other areas to be victims, however, intra-regional and domestic trafficking are the major forms of trafficking in persons in the US.
New Hampshire Man charged with human trafficking for sexually exploiting adult woman. Investigators say a woman come forward earlier in November, saying that she had been trafficked for the last six years.
Texas Katy man arrested for allegedly running year-long sex trafficking ring out of his home The victim was in a relationship with Jackson after meeting him on popular dating app Tinder. Shortly after they began dating Jackson started promoting her for prostitution on Instagram, Tinder, Pornhub, Facebook and Adult Friend Finder.

New York DA: Takedown of alleged prostitution and money laundering enterprise in Centereach Collective Liberty staff have previously trained and worked alongside the Suffolk County law enforcement on “best practices” in working Illicit Massage cases. It is exciting to see they took the approach we model, and targeted the traffickers. 
Illinois  3 women charged during human trafficking raid at Spring Grove spa Multiple workers were removed from the spa and authorities offered them housing and psychological treatment to victims while arresting the traffickers. Great use of best practices made by local and federal law enforcement!
In case you missed us on This Is Life with Lisa Ling this past weekend, tuned into the CNN app and watch the episode The Secret World of Massage Parlors. Lisa Ling did investigative filming on the massage parlor trafficking problem in the United States. We were featured as subject matter experts, highlighting our intelligence analysis support for local investigative partners and training on culturally competent best practice tools to level the playing field with traffickers. Understanding the nuance of trafficking as a crime is vital to our ability to identify it.

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