Human Trafficking in the News

Survivors, advocates shed light on city’s lucrative human trafficking trade:

“Plymouth Church in Brooklyn is building on its rich abolitionist history by aiming to end human trafficking.”


Hundreds of illegal massage parlors fuel sex trade in N.J.:

“New Jersey has hundreds of illegal massage businesses that could be harboring victims of human trafficking and fueling the sex trade, according to a new report. The Polaris Project, a nonprofit that advocates to end human trafficking, found 373 possible massage parlors that advertised sexual services in the state.


Human trafficking: Rockland’s hidden secret:

“It starts out like just another day at the mall. A group of teenage girls is hanging out when a couple of older boys approach them and strike up a conversation. After a while they share contact information on their cellphones and connect on Snapchat. What could be the start of a new friendship could also turn into something dangerous.”


Texas Governor unveils new anti-trafficking initiative:

“Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday unveiled a wide-ranging new initiative to combat human trafficking and sexual misconduct that would increase pressure on people accused of sex-related crimes in Texas, including legislators and state employees.”


Human trafficking investigations rise in Ohio:

“Human trafficking investigations in Ohio rose last year to its highest level since the state started keeping track of such numbers. The state’s attorney general’s Human Trafficking Commission issued a report last week that showed authorities investigated 202 human trafficking cases in 2017, a 50 percent increase from the previous year.”


Almost 60 people rescued in Californian trafficking bust:

“A statewide human trafficking sting has resulted in the rescue of 56 people, including 11 girls, officials said Tuesday.

The three-day sweep known as Operation Reclaim and Rebuild was part of an ongoing effort led by the Los Angeles County Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, a collection of federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies and social service and community-based organizations.”