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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Pasco County Man, Whose Victims Included Children And Foreign Nationals, Indicted On Federal Human Trafficking Charges

Pasco County Man, Whose Victims Included Children And Foreign Nationals, Indicted On Federal Human Trafficking Charges

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of an indictment charging David Alan Quarles (49, Odessa) with conspiracy; sex trafficking by force, threats, fraud, or coercion; importation of an alien for the purpose of prostitution; transportation of an individual in interstate commerce for the purpose of prostitution; and using a facility of interstate commerce in aid of prostitution. If convicted on all counts, Quarles faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Quarles that the United States intends to forfeit assets alleged to have facilitated these offenses or that are traceable to proceeds of the offenses.
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Red flags: Abortion industry turns blind eye to common signs of child sex trafficking

Red flags: Abortion industry turns blind eye to common signs of child sex trafficking

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and just days ago, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the sentencing of a Florida man for sex trafficking of a child under the age of 14. The man reportedly “directly participated in a scheme that sexually exploited children in the Philippines in order to produce child sex-abuse videos for his consumption.”

The press release is horrific, discussing how the man, Christopher John Streeter, “communicated and transacted with Philippines-based facilitators to recruit children to engage in sex acts on camera” with children “as young as 12 and 13 years of age [who] were particularly vulnerable due to poverty and illness.”

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Pasco County Man, Whose Victims Included Children And Foreign Nationals, Indicted On Federal Human Trafficking Charges

Florida Man Who Financed And Patronized Child-Sex-Trafficking Ring In The Philippines Sentenced To Life In Federal Prison

Tampa, Florida – Senior U.S. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington today sentenced Christopher John Streeter (63, Land O’Lakes) to life in federal prison for sex trafficking of a child under the age of 14. Streeter had pleaded guilty on October 15, 2020.

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Catholic Leaders Speak Out on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Catholic Leaders Speak Out on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

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A child trapped in the world of human trafficking.

Jan. 11, 2021 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, held during January which is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

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‘They didn’t ask questions’: A look back at how Planned Parenthood exploits victims of sex trafficking

‘They didn’t ask questions’: A look back at how Planned Parenthood exploits victims of sex trafficking

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, meant to raise awareness about modern day slavery and how to spot the signs. Human trafficking is defined as forcing a person into work against their will, with sex trafficking specifically forcing victims into prostitution. It is estimated that as many as 40 million people are trafficked around the globe, with women and girls making up the vast majority of those people. Most women who become victims of sex trafficking were abused as children, and enter the sex trade between 12 and 14 years old. And sadly, the abortion industry allows these victims to continue being used and exploited by their traffickers without being detected.

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U.S. Attorney’s Office And FBI Announce Federal Charges and Arrests In December 2020 Human Trafficking Takedown

U.S. Attorney’s Office And FBI Announce Federal Charges and Arrests In December 2020 Human Trafficking Takedown

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich and Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse of the FBI announced today a federal human trafficking takedown in the District of Nevada. With this takedown, the District of Nevada closes out 2020 having filed more human trafficking cases than in any previous year.

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Texas Is the First State to Hire an Anti-Human-Trafficking AI Expert

Texas Is the First State to Hire an Anti-Human-Trafficking AI Expert

Texas just became the first state to enlist an AI expert in the fight against criminal exploitation. On Tuesday, the state awarded $330,000 to Collective Liberty, a startup that uses machine learning to help law enforcement agencies identify the nearly 4,400 human traffickers operating in the U.S.

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The Disastrous Effects of Ignoring Human Dignity!

The Disastrous Effects of Ignoring Human Dignity!

I never thought I’d see the day when I would have to praise the New York Times for waging a battle against a huge force within the culture of death that just about nobody else had the courage or conviction to take head on. But that’s what seems to have happened in the past week.

Nicholas Kristof, an opinion columnist at the Times, has in recent days set his sights on Pornhub, the largest porn website in the world. Pornhub reportedly welcomes some 10.5 billion visitors a month – surpassing even Netflix in viewership.

Pornhub, incidentally, is owned by a company called MindGeek, which is located in Montreal, Canada.

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