How A Student Organization Is Helping To Combat Human Trafficking

Written by STOPP Website Staff (01/15/2019) According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Ohio is ranked No. 4 in the country when it comes to reported human-trafficking cases, but Ohio State University student organization Why Us? is looking to bring awareness to this terrible issue. Why Us? brings attention to the alarming rise in human trafficking throughout the state. The group aims to spread awareness of human trafficking on college campuses. While it is a relatively new organization on campus, it has made early strides and hopes to make more that will leave a lasting impact at Ohio State University. Read More

The Girl from Cameroon: Human Trafficking Survivor Describes Forced Labor Ordeal in U.S.

Written by STOPP Website Staff (01/05/2019) Evelyn Chumbow of Cameroon says she was only nine years old when she was trafficked into forced labor in the Washington, D.C. area. Chumbow, who’s now in her mid-30s, says she was sold by her uncle to a woman from her home country of Cameroon who had a home and a business in the United States. She said she came to the United States with the expectation that a better life awaited her. “The image that I had of the U.S. is completely from what I saw on television — you know, ‘(The) Cosby Read More

Online Gaming: The Newest Weapon of Human Traffickers: Part 3

Written by STOPP Website Staff (12/20/2018) In the first two parts of this three-part story the threat of online gaming was introduced and those it has affected were covered. Now it is time to talk about warning signs and prevention of any online gamers becoming victims of human trafficking. Children put themselves at great risk by communicating in online gaming forums with individuals they do not know in person. This is a place where individuals can interact with microphones or through messaging, and it is a place where traffickers can get in touch with potential victims through the process of Read More

Online Gaming: The Newest Weapon of Human Traffickers: Part 2

Written by STOPP Website Staff (12/10/2018) In part one of this three part story the dangers of human traffickers using online gaming forums were introduced and covered briefly with the hope of educating the public about this new and very real threat. Now it is time to talk about those who are threatened and those who have become victims of online gaming menaces. Online multiplayer action survival and building games, like Fortnite and Minecraft, are great places to interact and play games with your friends or people all over the world. But they also pose severe risks to children and Read More

Online Gaming: The Newest Weapon of Human Traffickers: Part 1

Written by STOPP Website Staff (12/07/2018) When you hear about incidents of human trafficking you may think the victims were approached or kidnapped in public by someone that observes them from afar. But with ever-advancing technology and the rise of social media behemoths, a new and disturbing threat has been forming: online gaming. A creation whose purpose always seemed pure, gaming through the Internet allows you to talk to and game with someone across the street, across town, across the country, and across the world. According to a 2013 study, over 1.2 Billion people play video games across the globe Read More

After the Rescue: A Plea for Restorative and Complete Treatment

Written by STOPP Website Staff (11/14/2018) As a clinical psychologist, I have over the years treated women who were trafficked or sold through prostitution, sometimes by their own parents, beginning in childhood. The slavery causes untold damage to self-esteem, confidence, and independent ability. Human slavery impacts the victim in a myriad of ways. There are medical and physical issues, including wounds, burns, and fractures. Gastrointestinal conditions include Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Crohn’s Disease, weight loss and malnutrition. Reproductive issues include sexually-transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies and forced abortions, genital trauma and sexual dysfunction. Of course there is a wide array of Read More

Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking in a Healthcare Setting

Written by STOPP Website Staff (11/01/2018) It is often said that healthcare workers are on the front lines in discovering victims of human trafficking. Beyond assessment, clinicians are also in a position to confidentially provide information and resources to trafficking victims that they would not be able to obtain in their everyday surroundings, information that would help them to leave the life. Anyone in a healthcare setting may be in a position to recognize human trafficking — from clerical staff to lab technicians, radiology technicians, nursing staff, security, case managers, and physicians. But given that most victims do not disclose Read More

New California Laws Target Human Trafficking With Transit, Hotel Workers

Written by STOPP Website Staff (10/24/2018) New California Laws Target Human Trafficking With Transit, Hotel Workers LOS ANGELES — Two new California state laws will require workers in certain industries to go through training to identify human trafficking as a package of legislation that advocates expect will help the state address the issue. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law two new bills aimed at addressing human trafficking on September 27th. The bills require human trafficking awareness training in industries where workers are likely to encounter trafficking victims. The laws are scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, Read More

Michigan Kids Story

Written by STOPP Website Staff (10/18/2018) 123 Missing Children found in Michigan during sex trafficking operation Over 100 children were found safe during a one-day sweep by multiple Michigan law enforcement agencies, the US Marshals Service said Wednesday. The agency said Operation MISafeKid recovered 123 missing children Sept. 26 throughout Wayne County in a sweep aimed to identify and recover missing children and locate victims of sex trafficking. The operation had 301 case files for missing children open before the sweep, which was the first of its kind in Wayne County, according to the report. All recovered children were interviewed Read More

President Trump’s Crucial Speech against Human Trafficking on Oct. 11, 2018

Written by STOPP Website Staff (10/17/2018) President Trump’s Crucial Speech against Human Trafficking on Oct. 11, 2018 President Trump had vowed a year ago to fight human trafficking and since then, the Department of Justice and the FBI have arrested record numbers of traffickers. President Trump spoke at the White House on October 11, 2018 to a gathering of people from various U.S. agencies and departments who have been fighting trafficking. One of the guests was Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) who was the Chair of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations when they moved the Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act Read More