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.
Mississippi. The Attorney General’s Office Leads Seven Trafficking Operations in Ten Days. We love seeing the Mississippi AG’s leadership in the region, and are proud to call them partners! In total, investigators encountered 49 potential victims; made 13 arrests for crimes including human trafficking, promoting prostitution, and statutory rape; and uncovered multiple leads that may mean additional arrests and victim recoveries in the future.
Arkansas. Mother trafficked her 6-year-old daughter. Two Little Rock men plead guilty to sex trafficking charges.
Alabama Life Sentence for Trafficker An Enterprise, Alabama man was sentenced to life in prison for forcing a woman to engage in sex with him, and others, in exchange for money and narcotics.
Ghislaine Maxwell Federal Trial: Have you been staying up to date on the Ghislaine Maxwell trial? The Independent (which has been consistently covering the Epstein/Maxwell arrests and prosecutions) has a play by play to catch you up! Ghislaine Maxwell Trial – Live
Texas Massage Parlor Arrests in Lubbock Police in Lubbock, Texas have raided six massage businesses and arrested five workers. The names and personal information of the workers, who are very likely trafficking victims, have been published as well.
Related: Lubbock is currently considering a revised massage business ordinance that would focus on the owners and potential traffickers, rather than potential victims and/or workers.
Georgia Update on Georgia Trafficking Operation The multi-state operation has identified close to 100 potential victims, the majority of whom thought they were coming to the United States legally on H-2A agriculture worker visas. The operation was able to petition for hundreds of visas and launder the proceeds, in addition to debt bondage that victims were charged, to earn millions of dollars. Victims were held in horrific conditions for years.
Pennsylvania Mennonite Farm Accused of Trafficking Young Men A year that has seen several instances of religious organizations participating in trafficking organizations has another episode, this time with a program run by the religious Mennonite order in Pennsylvania. A farm was set up for “troubled” boys who were subjected to long hours of unpaid labor, physical abuse, and threats of excommunication from the church and family.
Texas the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office has completed a multi-agency human trafficking operation involving multiple agencies that resulted in 115 felony arrests. Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office said in a press conference on Monday that the operation, called “Buyer Beware,” focused on reducing the demand which drives sex trafficking.
Colorado. Colorado State Sex Offender Management Board Drops ‘Sex Offender’ Term, Calling It A Negative Label
Louisiana. Governor Edwards announces $1.5 million in federal funds to address human trafficking in Louisiana.
United States. Hear our CEO Rochelle Keyhan discuss the vulnerabilities of Facebook’s new Metaverse and how it could be used by traffickers.
Malaysia Investigators from Homeland Security Investigations, an arm of U.S. Department of Homeland Security, interviewing workers of Goodyear Malaysia Berhad in relation to potential exploitation of foreign workers. Malaysian government’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Council (MAPO) have opened a case.
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