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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Sex Trafficking Couple Who Exploited Women for Profit Receive Federal Sentences

Sex Trafficking Couple Who Exploited Women for Profit Receive Federal Sentences

Quan Tu (a/k/a Aaron Tu Chan), 48, pleaded guilty on July 6, 2020, to coercing and enticing individuals to travel in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution and was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant.

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Baltimore Man Indicted on Federal Sex Trafficking Charges

A federal grand jury today returned an indictment charging Ryan Odell Oliver, a/k/a Dre, Fame, and Foreign, age 38, of Baltimore, Maryland, on federal charges for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and sex trafficking; conspiracy related to interstate prostitution and interstate transportation for prostitution; enticement to travel interstate for the purposes of prostitution; and possession of ammunition by a felon.

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4 Cincinnati individuals charged in human trafficking conspiracy

4 Cincinnati individuals charged in human trafficking conspiracy

CINCINNATI – Four individuals facing human trafficking conspiracy and attempt charges made their initial appearances in U.S. District Court today. Each of the defendants is charged with a crime punishable by a mandatory minimum of 10 years up to life in prison.

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Assistant Attorney General Beth A. Williams Delivers Remarks at Columbia Law School Virtual Event on Combating the Online Exploitation of Children

Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for joining us today for a conversation on one of the most pressing challenges we face – the continuing fight against the online exploitation of children.  I want to thank Berit Berger and Columbia Law School for hosting us virtually, and for putting together this event on such an important subject.

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Texas pastor details realities of human smuggling: Ransom gets paid or people get killed

The well-dressed cartel member drove a new Lincoln Navigator. He had clean-cut hair and no tattoos. He demanded the money and gave the pastors the boy, Sanchez said. Then he showed the AR-15 under his coat. “Once the relatives know, they’ll pay any money,” Sanchez said. “When human traffickers don’t collect, they’ll just kill them.”

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Separating Fact From Fiction: Recent Cases of Recovered Missing Children and What They Show About Child Sex Trafficking

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In just the past few weeks, law enforcement operations in Georgia, Indiana and Ohio have led to the rescue of some 70-plus children who had been reported missing or were considered endangered. In some cases, charges of sex trafficking have been filed. The public will likely never know a great deal of detail about how these children wound up in these horrible situations – and that’s as it should be. They deserve the privacy to heal. Unfortunately, when information is hard to come by, rumors and misinformation fill in the gaps. Some of these rumors and misinformation are spread intentionally to scare people into believing they should live in fear for their children in today’s environment.

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177 arrests, 109 survivors rescued during largest anti-human trafficking operation in Ohio’s history

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost discussed the results of, what he believes was, the largest anti-human trafficking operation in the state’s history, which was conducted in the last week. Yost announced that 177 arrests of “Johns” and traffickers were made during “Operation Autumn Hope.” More than a dozen of those arrests involved men who were attempting to arrange sex with a child. Yost added that 109 survivors of human trafficking were rescued.

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Federal Response on Human Trafficking

The U.S Department of State released a whole-of-government website focused on combating human trafficking on Oct. 19, 2020. The United States has made the global fight against human trafficking a policy priority and employs a whole-of-government approach to stop human traffickers, protect victims, and prevent this crime.

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Colorado judge sentences leader of human trafficking and forgery ring to 304 years in prison

A 30-year-old man is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison after a Colorado judge handed down one of the longest sentences ever for human trafficking.

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Harrisburg man sentenced to 25 years in prison for leading human trafficking operation

Miguel Scott Arnold, 33, of Harrisburg, was sentenced Sept. 3, to 25 years imprisonment for his role as the leader of a human trafficking operation, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Fifteen years are mandatory. Arnold was convicted on June 21, 2019, following a four-day jury trial.

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A Conversation Between a Human Trafficking Survivor and Her Lawyer

Taushia Chacon is an empowered woman and devoted mother. She is also a sex trafficking survivor. In August 2020, her trafficker was sentenced to life in prison and ordered to pay almost $2 million in restitution and fines after being convicted on 13 counts of human trafficking-related charges. Justice has been served, but Taushia’s recovery endures.

Sarah Byrne leads Moore & Van Allen’s Human Trafficking Pro Bono Project in Charlotte, North Carolina. Taushia was referred to Sarah for legal services in 2017 after reporting her victimization to law enforcement. Over the years, the two women have discussed the need to raise awareness about survivor legal needs in order to ensure success in both the criminal process and, more importantly, in survivor well-being.

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Uber launches new podcast for drivers on how to spot human trafficking

More than 400 cases of human trafficking were discovered in Georgia last year. Since the coronavirus outbreak, there has been a 40 percent increase in reports. Now, Uber is working to fight human trafficking by releasing advice for drivers, delivery couriers, and riders to identify signs and report human trafficking.

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Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking Women in Central Illinois
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Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking Women in Central Illinois

PEORIA, Ill. – Following jury selection, as his trial was about to begin, Franshon Stapleton, 47, entered pleas of guilty to sex trafficking young women in Central Illinois from 2016 to May 2018. Stapleton pleaded guilty to all the charges against him on Sept. 28, 2020, in Peoria, Ill., before U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid. Sentencing for Stapleton has been scheduled on Jan. 29, 2021.

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