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                                                                                                           STATEWIDE INITIATIVE TRENDS AGAINST HUMAN/CHILD TRAFFICKING



    - August 11, 2015, Amnesty votes to back decriminalizing sex trade,
    "Amnesty International on Tuesday voted in favour of adopting a policy supporting the decriminalisation of prostitution in the face of intense criticism over the highly controversial move." (Source: AFP,
    "Amnesty votes to back decriminalizing sex trade," August 11, 2015) (To read the story go to, "http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/amnesty-votes-to-back-decriminalizing-sex-trade/ar-BBlDZJS")

    - March 13, 2015,   "Border Security Bill Clears Committee in Austin" (RE: Human Trafficking) 
    "Border Security Bill Clears Committee in Austin," March 13, 2015) (Source:KTRH News Radio,,  To read the story go to, "http://www.ktrh.com/articles/houston-news-121300/border-security-bill-clears-committee-in-13406068/")

    - August 13, 2014, "Arkansas Task Force On Human Trafficking Makes Recommendations"
    "The Attorney General’s State Task Force for the Prevention of Human Trafficking presented a report to the Arkansas General Assembly on Wednesday containing 19 recommendations for addressing human trafficking." (Source: Times Record - Online Edition, "Arkansas Task Force On Human Trafficking Makes Recommendations," August 13, 2014) (To read the story go to, http://swtimes.com/news/state-news/arkansas-task-force-human-trafficking-makes-recommendations)   


    - August 11, 2014, "   "Law would crack down on gangs’ human trafficking" 
    "San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis joined Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach and Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) on Monday, Aug. 11." (Source: Sam Diego Jewish World, "Law would crack down on gangs’ human trafficking," August 11, 2014) (To read the story go to, "http://www.sdjewishworld.com/2014/08/11/law-crack-gangs-human-trafficking/")

    - August 11, 2014, "Trafficking in Maryland,"


     "In many ways, Maryland is uniquely situated to be a “hot spot” for human trafficking" (Source: mdhumantrafficking.org, "Trafficking in Maryland," August 11, 2014) (To read the story go to, "http://www.mdhumantrafficking.org/maryland/")

    - April 5, 2014, "Human trafficking awareness at The Ohio State University at Marion"
    "From her time as a child sex trafficking victim to an advocate for awareness of the issue, EleSondra “El” De Romano has gone by many different names." (Source: MarionStar, "Human trafficking awareness at The Ohio State University at Marion," April 5, 2014) (To read the story go to, http://www.marionstar.com/article/20140405/NEWS01/304040027/Human-trafficking-awareness-Ohio-State-University-Marion)

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    April 3, 2014, "California Bill Would Classify Human Trafficking as Gang Crime" 
    State law enforcement officials say gangs have become more involved in human trafficking because people can be repeatedly sold for profit, unlike drugs and guns." (Source: Capital Public Radio, "California Bill Would Classify Human Trafficking as Gang Crime," April 3, 2014) (To read the story go to, "
    http://www.capradio.org/articles/2014/04/03/california-bill-would-classify-human-trafficking-as-gang-crime/")



    - November 20, 2013, "Report Highlights Wisconsin’s Human Trafficking Problem,"
    "Representative LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) issued the following statement after Milwaukee’s Fox 6 News (WITI) aired a report on Wisconsin’s growing human sex trafficking problem:" (Source: thewheelerreport.com, "Report Highlights Wisconsin’s Human Trafficking Problem," November 20, 2013) (To read the report go to, "http://www.thewheelerreport.com/wheeler_docs/files/1120johnson.pdf")

    - November 6, 2013, "Attorney General Bill Schuette today unveiled the 2013 Report on Human Trafficking by the first Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking."
    " (Source: ABC10, "State Human Trafficking report released," November 6, 2013) (To read the report go to, "
    http://abc10up.com/state-human-trafficking-report-released/")


    -  October 31, 2013,  "After a nationwide FBI operation in July recovered 10 victims of human trafficking in Wisconsin, state lawmakers are circulating a bill to protect victims from being prosecuted for crimes they were forced to commit during trafficking."
    (Source: The Badger Herald, "Wis. lawmakers address human trafficking," October 31, 2013) (To read the story go to, "http://badgerherald.com/news/2013/10/31/wis-lawmakers-address-human-trafficking/")



    - October 16, 2013, "Local child center joins statewide network on human trafficking,"
    "A Fairborn child advocacy center will join a network of about two dozen other centers across the state in forming a team of “first responders” to work with children who may be victims of human trafficking.: (Source: Daytom Daily News, "Local child center joins statewide network on human trafficking," October 16, 2013) (To read the story go to, http://www.daytondailynews. com/news/news/local-child-center-joins-statewide-network-on-huma/nbQBz/)

    - July 22, 2013, " There are no ‘happy hookers’: In US sex trafficking is complex, brainwashes victims"
    "When Derek Williams was a pimp, one of his favorite phrases was, “I’d rather quit you than hit you.” (Source: The Grio, "There are no ‘happy hookers’: In US sex trafficking is complex, brainwashes victims," July 22, 2013) (To read the story go to, "
    http://thegrio.com/2013/07/22/there-are-no-happy-hookers-in-u-s-sex-trafficking-is-complex-brainwashes-victims/")


    - July 7, 2013, "Web groups sue to block NJ law on underage sex ads"
    "Two Internet groups are suing to block a New Jersey law concerning online ads for underage sex workers, saying libraries and other third-party service providers could be at risk of prosecution." (Source: San Francisco Chronicle, "Web groups sue to block NJ law on underage sex ads," July 7, 2013) (To read the story go to,
    http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Web-groups-sue-to-block-NJ-law-on-underage-sex-ads-4651063.php)



    -  June 24, 2013,   "Paso Del Norte movement raises awareness about human trafficking"       
    "A new initiative from the Paso Del Norte organization is hoping to fight human trafficking on three fronts -- awareness, education and service." (Source: El Paso Times, "Paso Del Norte movement raises awareness about human trafficking," June 24, 2013) (To read the story go to , "http://www. elpasotimes.com/news/ci_23524378/movement-seeks-higher-awareness?source=rss")


    - June 12, 2013, "FBI Ranks Minnesota 13th In U.S. For Sex Trafficking"
    "It’s a story being written in the halls of schools across the Twin Cities — girls as young as 12 are being recruited as sex workers." (Source: CBS Minnesota, "FBI Ranks Minnesota 13th In U.S. For Sex Trafficking," June 12, 2013) (To read the story go to, "
    http://minnesota. cbslocal.com/2013/06/12/fbi-ranks-minnesota-13th-in-u-s-for-sex-trafficking/")


- June 12, 2013, "Oakland won't quit on trafficked kids"
"As child trafficking problem intensifies, the community finds new ways to combat the problem." (Source: Oakland Local, "Oakland won't quit on trafficked kids," June 12, 2013) (To read the story go to, "
http://oaklandlocal.com/2013/06/oakland-wont-quit-on-trafficked-kids-journalism-for-social-change-fellows/")


- June 11, 2013, "Baucus tackles child sex trafficking"  
"There's new focus on reports of child sex trafficking in Montana and across the country, and it's coming from U.S. Senator Max Baucus. He met with the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday morning to shed light on the issue....."
(Source: NBC Montana, "Baucus tackles child sex trafficking," June 11, 2013) (To read the story and view the video go to,
http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/baucus-tackles-child-sex-trafficking/-/14594602/20529134/-/om8uk1z/-/index.html)

 - June 11, 2013, "Senate bill defines sex trafficking as child abuse"

(Source:
boston.com, "Senate bill defines sex trafficking as child abuse," June 11, 2013) (To read the story go to,
http://www.boston. com/news/local/connecticut/2013/06/11/senate-bill-defines-sex-trafficking-child-abuse/ piTXdgQmOhUscYberNjBQK/story.html)

- June 8, 2013, "...North Carolina our state is ranked eighth in the nation for human trafficking according to the N.C. Coalition Against Human Trafficking."
 
(Source: The Durham News, "We deserve to be safe," June 8, 2013) (To read the story go to,
http://www.thedurhamnews.com/2013/06/08/215788/we-deserve-to-be-safe.html")


-  May 20, 2013, "President's Interagency Task Against Human Trafficking"
"...This is the second time that we have held the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons here at the White House..." (Source: Scoop World, "President's Interagency Task Against Human Trafficking," May 20, 2013) (To read the story go to, "http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1305/S00462/presidents-interagency-task-against-human-trafficking.htm")

 

- May 7, 2013, "Northern Virginia becoming sex trafficking hotspot"
"Gang members and sex traffickers seek out emotionally vulnerable girls at school, on the Metro, at shopping malls and on social media sites and lure them with flattery and gifts. Threats of violence, drugs and alcohol keep the young victims quiet when they eventually realize they've been entrapped." (Source: The Examiner, "Northern Virginia becoming sex trafficking hotspot," May 7, 2013) (To read the story go to, "http:// washingtonexaminer.com/examiner-local-editorial-no.va-becoming-sex-trafficking-hotspot/article/2529078")


- April 22, 2013,   "Proposed law would strengthen human trafficking punishments"   
"Legislation to close loopholes by amending certain sections of state human trafficking laws passed in 2007 has been introduced in both houses and backed by the New York State Public Affairs Committee of The Junior League." (Source: legislativegazette.com, "Proposed law would strengthen human trafficking punishments," (To read the full story go to,
"
http://www.legislativegazette.com/Articles-Top-Stories-c-2013-04-22-83500.113122-Proposed-law-would-strengthen-human-trafficking-punishments.html")



- April 22, 2013, "Kansas human trafficking measure signed into law,"  
"Gov. Sam Brownback signed a new law Monday designed to strengthen efforts in Kansas to combat human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of young women." (Source: SFGate,
"Kansas human trafficking measure signed into law," April 22, 2013) (To read the story go to,
"
http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Kan-human-trafficking-measure-signed-in-to-law-4453264.php")


March 25, 2013,  "Oregon lawmakers target pimps, child sex traffickers"
"Oregon lawmakers are working to improve the tools that cops and social workers can use to separate pimps from the children they exploit."
(To read the full story go to, "http://www. oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/03/oregon_lawmakers_target_pimps.html")



- February 11, 2013, "Advocates seek more help for sexually exploited children
"Founded more than 20 years ago as a place for abused or neglected girls, the Heartland Girls' Ranch accepts girls referred by county child protection workers for a variety of reasons, but largely because they have been abused or neglected. In recent years, Minnesota counties have increasingly sent girls who are victims of sex trafficking, some of whom were sold on websites like backpage.com. " (Source: grandforksherald.com, "Advocates seek more help for sexually exploited children," February 11, 2013) (To read the story go to, http://www. grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/256216/group/homepage/)


- February 7, 2013, "Bill to toughen human trafficking laws clears Senate"
"Legislation intended to toughen Arkansas’ human trafficking law and offer new protections to victims passed the Senate on Thursday." (Source: Arkansas News, "Bill to toughen human trafficking laws clears Senate," February 7, 2013) (To read the story go to,
http://arkansasnews.com/ sections/news/arkansas/bill-toughen-human-trafficking-laws-clears-senate.html
)

- February 7, 2013, "KANSAS SENATE APPROVES CHILD TRAFFICKING LAW
"The Kansas Senate has approved legislation increasing the penalties child sex trafficking and providing help for victims of human trafficking." (Source: kake.com, "Kansas Senate Approves Child Trafficking Law," February 7, 2013) (To read the full story go to, "http://www.kake.com/news/headlines/Kansas-Senate-Approves-Child-Trafficking-Law-190277631.html") (NOTE: This story is a follow-up to, "Kansas Senate bill hopes to crack down on human trafficking," KCTV5 News, February 1, 2013, at, "http://www.kctv5.com/story/20935405/kansas-senate-bill-hopes-to-crack-down-on-human-trafficking")



- February 4, 2013, "LOUISVILLE HUMAN TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE"
(Source: "Louisville Human Trafficking Task Force," February 4, 2013) (To sign up at this and any of several other Anti-Human Trafficking web sites go to, "https://www. facebook.com/LouisvilleHumanTraffickingTaskForce")
 

- February 1, 2013, " KANSAS SENATE BILL HOPES TO CRACK DOWN ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING
"The federal government calls it one of the most heinous crimes. Now Kansas wants to take a stand, expanding services for victims of human trafficking and strengthening penalties when those victims are part of a juvenile sex trade."   (Source: KCTV5 News, February 1, 2013, at, " http://www.kctv5.com/story/20935405/kansas-senate-bill-hopes-to-crack-down-on-human-trafficking")


- January 31, 2013, "BILL SCHUETTE: JOIN MICHIGAN'S FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING"
"The brutal crime of human trafficking is a serious human rights violation, and you might be surprised to know it is happening here in the Great Lakes State." (Source: Detroit Free Press, "Bill Schuette: Join Michigan's fight against human trafficking," January 31, 2013) (To read the full story go to, "http://www.freep.com/article/20130131/OPINION05/301310104/Bill-Schuette-Join-Michigan-s-fight-against-human-trafficking" 

- January 26, 2013,  "Human trafficking hotline get hardly any calls" 
"A hotline to set up to take reports and offer aid to human trafficking victims in Tennessee has gotten only 28 calls in 15 months." (Source: wate.com, "Human trafficking hotline get hardly any calls," January
26,
2013) (To read the full story go to, "http://www.wate.com/ story/20714896/human-trafficking-hotline-get-hardly-any-calls")
- January 7, 2013, " CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING DATA POOLED IN TEXAS"
"A Texas nonprofit organization will soon launch the first of two comprehensive databases that it hopes will aid in the fight against child sex trafficking." (Source: Government Technology,
January 7, 2013, at, "
http://www.govtech.com/Child-Sex-Trafficking-Data-Pooled-in-Texas.html")