The Put Trafficking Victims First Act of 2019

By Elizabeth Lee Background On February 7, 2019, the House of Representatives passed an important bill entitled Put Trafficking Victims First Act of 2019. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Karen Bass (D, CA), introduced it to the House on January 11, 2019. The bill passed 414-1, indicating the significant bipartisan support for this issue. Rep. Bass’ co-sponsor was Rep. Ann Wagner …

Solving an Epidemic: Human Trafficking in America

Read the full statement presented by Bill Woolf. Congressional testimony in front of the House Rules Committee, Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process regarding human trafficking epidemy in America, was given by Bill Woolf, Executive Director for Just Ask Trafficking Prevention Foundation. Summary In such testimony, Mr. Woolf spoke about his findings derived from training and research, as well as …

Human Trafficking and Retail

By Kassandra Jones It’s official. We are now in the midst of “the most wonderful time of the year.” The holiday season has begun and the usual hustle and bustle of retail centers, has evolved into that joyous, yearly frenzy known to all as Christmas shopping. However, as masses of shoppers descend upon their local malls, so do those with …

Trafficking in Holiday Traffic

by Linda Manson The Thanksgiving rush? I’ll be home for Christmas? The busiest travel days of the year occur during the holiday season. Shepherding the kids, hurrying to flights, not forgetting possessions at TSA checkpoints—it’s easy to ignore your surroundings. However, someone in the same crowd might quietly truly hope you notice them. Human trafficking is the fastest-growing and second-largest criminal industry in the …

Pop-up Brothels and Airbnb: A Disturbing Human Trafficking Trend

By Marilyn Ardis Airbnb is a popular online platform that allows property owners seeking to rent space to connect with potential guests. The company, valued at $31 billion in September of 2017, makes its money by charging service fees to the hosts and guests who use its rental booking site. This short-term rental service, popular with vacationers, boasts that two …

Mail-Order Brides—A Form of Human Trafficking?

By Mariel Branagan Entering “mail-order brides” into any search engine results in a minimum of a half-million entries. The introduction of the internet to the mail-order bride industry created an explosion of supply and demand for women, making it easier for international marriage brokers to reach more people and cheaper to facilitate sales since they don’t need to use paper …

From Modeling to Sex Trafficking: A Slippery Slope

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By  Bailee Clark In the past two years, bright lights have been shone on big names such as Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein, and Larry Nassar, pointing out their continuous predation. Beyond the shock of these tragedies, people have responded with confusion as to how these horrifying acts can continue to occur in such established industries. The modeling industry is no …

What does teen grooming look like?

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By  Linda Manson Back to school means new classrooms, new friends, and new activities. As kids start a school year, they gain more independence and have opportunities to try new things. These same positive aspects of growing up are also opportunities for sex traffickers to find and manipulate young people. Back to school is an ideal time for parents to …

A Look at the National Human Trafficking Hotline’s 2018 Statistics 

By  Aashna Sawhney – Staff Writer On July 30, 2019, The National Human Trafficking Hotline published a summary of its 2018 statistics detailing the number of cases, the prevalence of different types of trafficking, and crucial demographics regarding trafficking. The data demonstrated many changes from the previous year while confirming some of our previous notions about the horrific crime. The …