San Rafael child-sex sting snags 5 suspects
A team of investigators in Marin arrested five men in a sting targeting child prostitution. The sting was held last weekend as part of Operation Cross Country, an annual nationwide crackdown on juvenile sex trafficking. The San Rafael Police Department, the Novato Police Department and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office participated in the local operation.
Marin Panel Sounds Warning on Sexual Predation
Marin District Attorney Ed Berberian delivered a stark message on human trafficking Wednesday during a panel discussion on the topic sponsored by the Marin County Bar Association. “We’re not immune from it in Marin; it’s here,” Berberian said. “In Marin since 2014, we’ve had 17 individuals who have been charged with human trafficking violations.”
Lawsuit: Forced to have sex with 1,000 men, girl now suing the motel that she says let it happen
Lawyers in Pennsylvania say their client was sexually exploited at a motel for years, alleging the teen girl was a victim of human trafficking who was forced to have sex with more than 1,000 men. The teen’s lawyers are using Pennsylvania’s human trafficking law to sue the motel where they say their client was sexually exploited, marking the first civil suit under the law since it was enacted in 2014. The girl, now 17, wants the hotel to pay for what happened to her.
Back Page Sex Ads Are Gone
OAKLAND, Calif. — Since she was 14, Tiffany says, she has been sold for sex, offered via hundreds of advertisements on Backpage.com, a website that grew rich on classified ads for services like escorts, body rubs and exotic dancers. Far from being a marketplace for consensual exchanges, Backpage, the authorities said, often used teasers like “Amber Alert” and “Lolita” to signal that children were for sale.
Ashton Kutcher Speaks to Senate Hearing About Sex Trafficking
Ashton Kutcher delivered a powerful monologue for his latest role Wednesday: Witness at a Senate hearing titled entitled, "Ending Modern Slavery: Building on Success."
Flight Attendant Save Passenger from Human Trafficking
An organization training flight attendants to spot human trafficking victims is already making its mark.Former flight attendant Nancy Rivard founded Airline Ambassadors International, an organization focused on providing humanitarian services by leveraging connections with airlines. One of their main focuses is training airline workers to spot victims of human trafficking.
Kamala Harris, California Senator
NOT FOR SALE: Combating Human Trafficking in the Bay Area and Marin County - SB 1193 Poster Project
Last year, the Marin County Coalition to End Human Trafficking was formed to raise awareness and develop a regional and collaborative approach to ending all forms of human trafficking in this area. The Coalition has plans to get the word out in a number of ways. Its main focus will be getting informational posters into local businesses, like bars and transportation centers, where victims of trafficking may find themselves. The Coalition is also partnering with Marin Libraries to train staff members on how to recognize possible victims and to provide educational workshops for the public in libraries around the county. Click the button below to learn more and for workshop dates and locations.
See article in the Marin Independent Journal, February 20, 2017:
Poster Law: Hidden Problem - Human trafficking campaign to get underway in Marin
Human Trafficking Sweep in San Diego County
More than 400 people were arrested in a three-day statewide sweep aimed at stopping the sexual exploitation of young women and girls, law enforcement authorities in San Diego and other jurisdictions announced Tuesday.
2017 Presidential Proclamation:
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Our Nation wrestled with the issue of slavery in a way that nearly tore us apart - its fundamental notion in direct contradiction with our founding premise that we are all created equal. The courageous individuals who rejected such cruelty helped us overcome one of the most painful chapters in our history as we worked to realize the promise of equality and justice for all. But today, in too many places around the world - including right here in the United States - the injustice of modern slavery and human trafficking still tears at our social fabric. During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we resolve to shine a light on every dark corner where human trafficking still threatens the basic rights and freedoms of others. Click the button below to read entire proclamation.