SWGA Pair Sentenced to Federal Prison for Trafficking a Runaway Teen

SWGA Pair Sentenced to Federal Prison for Trafficking a Runaway Teen

MACON, Ga. – Two defendants guilty of trafficking a runaway Middle Georgia teen, forcing the victim to engage in sexual acts for food and shelter, have been sentenced to federal prison for their crimes. Demetrius Hunter aka Red, 39, of Albany, Georgia, was sentenced to serve 240 months in federal prison to be followed by 25 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to sex trafficking of children and co-defendant Tamara Taylor aka Coco, 30, of Albany, was sentenced to serve 60 months in federal prison to be followed by 15 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to use of facilities in interstate and foreign commerce to transmit information about a minor.
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Bill honoring abolitionist aims to expand human trafficking prevention

Bill honoring abolitionist aims to expand human trafficking prevention

CLEVELAND (CNS) — Two members of Congress have introduced a bill to expand successful trafficking prevention efforts in schools and businesses.

Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Karen Bass (D-Calif.) introduced the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2021 in the House of Representatives Sept. 3.

“During COVID … the exploitation of children has risen substantially, mostly online, and there is kind of like a pent-up demand to exploit, it’s lingering there,” Smith said during a livestreamed news conference prior to the bill’s introduction.

“As COVID further diminishes, we’re going to see people who feel they’re entitled to exploit young women or boys and we have to make sure we have all the tools arrayed against them,” he said.

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Baltimore Sex Trafficker Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Sex Trafficking Four Minor Victims

Baltimore Sex Trafficker Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Sex Trafficking Four Minor Victims

U.S. District Court Judge George J. Hazel sentenced Sean Dean, age 29, of Baltimore, Maryland to 10 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor. Judge Hazel also ordered that, upon his release from prison, Dean must register as a sex offender in the places where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

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The pregnancy help community is at the forefront of serving human trafficking victims

The pregnancy help community is at the forefront of serving human trafficking victims

(Pregnancy Help News) When considering the services offered by the local pregnancy help organization (PHO) it might not come to mind for some that assisting the victims of human trafficking is among the offerings. But the fact is, in the course of their day-to-day work of serving women facing unplanned pregnancy, pregnancy help centers have been serving human trafficking victims as well.

Like abortion, human trafficking is a violation of the sanctity of human life, and the awareness of this scourge is starting to catch up with its prevalence.

Pregnancy help centers and medical clinics are in a unique position to make a difference through the services they provide and partnerships they have established in their communities. 

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A Case for State-Mandated Human Trafficking Education in Schools

A Case for State-Mandated Human Trafficking Education in Schools

Defined as “the coercive exploitation of another person for commercial gain,”1 human trafficking is a global crime that impacts the most vulnerable populations in the United States and around the world.2 Children are among those uniquely vulnerable to traffickers—at times not even realizing they are victims.3

In 2019, children comprised over half of the victims in all active federal trafficking cases.4 Even more striking, in cases where a defendant was a sex buyer, over 92% of the victims were children.5 These numbers underscore the gravity of the issue.

Social Media and Romance: Tools for Traffickers

Increasingly, traffickers use social media to contact and earn the trust of children they hope to exploit.

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Angels’ first baseman Albert Pujols raises money for children with Down Syndrome with each home run

Angels’ first baseman Albert Pujols raises money for children with Down Syndrome with each home run

Opening day in Major League Baseball is here, and Los Angeles Angels’ first baseman Albert Pujols is using his star power to help kids with Down Syndrome. 

Pujols, a three-time National League MVP, raises money every time he hits a home run. Supporters of the program make a pledge through the player’s charity, The Pujols Family Foundation. Donations will be used to “promote awareness, provide hope and meet tangible needs for children and families who live with Down syndrome,” as well as help children with disabilities and/or life-threatening illnesses and impoverished people in the Dominican Republic, according to the PledgeIt site.

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Sister Eugenia Bonetti on Human Trafficking Victims: Nobody Does This By Choice

Sister Eugenia Bonetti on Human Trafficking Victims: Nobody Does This By Choice

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Sr Eugenia is chairperson of the ‘Slaves No More ‘ non-profit organization and coordinator of the Italian Religious Superiors’ Counter-trafficking Office for Women and Children.

The head of the Rome-based ‘Slaves No More’ association discusses her organization’s efforts, inspired by Christ, to help women and girls who are sexually exploited through national and international trafficking.

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Global Estimates of Modern Slavery: Forced Labor & Forced Marriage

Global Estimates of Modern Slavery: Forced Labor & Forced Marriage

This document from the International Labour Organization provides data on human trafficking (specifically forced labor and forced marriage) and suggestions for fighting it.

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Catholic Leaders Tell Conference: Human Trafficking Wounds the Body of Christ

Catholic Leaders Tell Conference: Human Trafficking Wounds the Body of Christ

Yupa Watchanakit
A woman sits alone in a dark room.

Human trafficking occurs through sex trafficking, forced labor, or domestic servitude, taking many forms including sexual exploitation, forced marriage, child soldiers, or debt bondage.

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Renewing Our Resolve to End Human Trafficking: Lessons from the Past Two Decades

Renewing Our Resolve to End Human Trafficking: Lessons from the Past Two Decades

We commemorated two notable anniversaries in our collective fight against human trafficking in 2020: The 20th anniversary of the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act (the law that sets the U.S. federal response to human trafficking), and the 20th anniversary of the Palermo Protocol (the U.N. Convention to prevent trafficking and punish human traffickers). This year brings us the 10th anniversary of the endorsement of the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (an internationally recognized policy framework for countries and companies to prevent and mitigate human rights abuses in supply chains).

Together, these set the legal, operational, and moral standards of how we ultimately end the buying and selling of human beings – and these anniversaries should strengthen our resolve to do so.

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Central Illinois Sex Trafficker Sentenced to Life in Prison

Central Illinois Sex Trafficker Sentenced to Life in Prison

PEORIA, Ill. – U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid today sentenced a Central Illinois man, Franshon Stapleton, 48, to multiple life prison terms for trafficking young women for sex. Stapleton, of Springfield, ran his prostitution enterprise from a motel in Champaign where he lived, and used women he recruited from Champaign, Sangamon, and Peoria counties.

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Justice Department Recognizes the 10th Annual Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Justice Department Recognizes the 10th Annual Human Trafficking Prevention Month

The Department of Justice today commemorates the 10th annual National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and declares a continued commitment to combatting human trafficking in all its forms. The fight against human trafficking remains one of the department’s highest priorities, and the department will remain relentless in its efforts to bring traffickers to justice and seek justice for survivors.

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Human Trafficking Has No Home in the Eastern District of Texas

Human Trafficking Has No Home in the Eastern District of Texas

“Human trafficking is modern-day slavery,” said Acting United States Attorney Ganjei. “We proudly partner with federal, state, and local law enforcement, as well as the remarkable men and women who work with victims, to bring traffickers to justice. Those who exploit other human beings for personal gain have no safe harbor in the Eastern District of Texas.”

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Georgia: Human trafficking awareness training video, resources

Georgia: Human trafficking awareness training video, resources

Gov. Brian Kemp and the First Lady of Georgia are taking new steps to combat human trafficking in honor of January being Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The state is providing free online training to help people become aware of how they can help eliminate the problem of human trafficking within communities.

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Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office Continues Fight Against Human Trafficking

Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office Continues Fight Against Human Trafficking

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. As a founding member of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office pledges to continue to combat human trafficking by working with our partners to investigate and prosecute traffickers and rescue victims. The Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force is a collaborative effort of trafficking survivors, social workers, community organizers, medical professionals, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and citizen volunteers dedicated to eradicating human trafficking and providing support, treatment, and resources for human trafficking survivors. Our communities, including the vulnerable victims who are the targets of traffickers, benefit greatly from awareness of the types of human trafficking; indicators of human trafficking; and resources available to survivors of human trafficking.
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