We monitor and fact-check media coverage of human trafficking and 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.
Massachusetts Plymouth County Arrests 5 Buyers and Charges Them for Contributing to Sex Trafficking Plymouth County, an established partner of Collective Liberty, conducted a one-day buyer operation using a local hotel. Despite defense claiming this is just a “simple prostitution” issue, the Plymouth County effort is showing that attempting to buy another person for sexual servitude is not simple and does mean consequences.
Tennessee Rutherford County Arrests 12 Buyers in 2-Day Operation Murfreesboro, TN placed decoy ads to attract potential buyers. This practice reduces the risk that undercover female officers have previously faced while continuing to move law enforcement jurisdictions away from policing potential trafficking victims and instead focus on exploiters and traffickers.
Florida Hillsborough County Conducts First Buyer Operation Hillsborough County arrested over 125 buyers in a 4-day sting that also resulted in 5 trafficking survivors being connected with services. Among the buyers was a Florida teacher and a local pastor. Most of the buyers who contacted members of the Hillsborough County Human Trafficking Taskforce thought they were agreeing to purchase children.
Virginia Fairfax Officers Protected Traffickers and Abused Victims It is with incredible sadness that we highlight the story of officers who made sure a trafficker was aware when the department would be doing sex trafficking stings and tipped her off about when they would be searching sites like Backpage.com and Eros.com, where she allegedly advertised her services. In exchange, the suit states, [the trafficker] made Jane Doe available to them for sexual services gratis. The actions of these officers have destroyed trust among victims and vulnerable communities and dramatically hampers the work being done by dedicated, trauma-informed law enforcement.
—Facebook has been found to allow false recruitment and fraudulent ads resulting in dozens of people being trafficked in domestic work and sex trafficking venues
—Threats to Immigration Status Now a Crime in NY
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