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Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA)

Written by STOPP Website Staff (05/01/2018) The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended, is likely the most important anti-trafficking law ever passed. Its definition of trafficking is still used today: A human trafficking victim is a person induced to perform labor or a commercial sex act through force, fraud, or coercion. Any person under age 18 who performs a commercial sex act is considered a victim of human trafficking, regardless of whether force, fraud, or coercion was used. The TPVA combats human trafficking through a policy of the “Three Ps”: Prevention: includes raising awareness of the inhumane practices Read More

Alaskan Airline Stewardess Saves Trafficking Victim

Written by STOPP Website Staff (04/16/2018) This story is taken from The Sun, dated February 6, 2017. To quote the stewardess and others, “If you see something, say something.” Human traffickers are dangerous people and usually armed. Do not try to intervene on your own. But if you see what looks like Human Trafficking, do contact the authorities and allow them to take over. This is a story of a stewardess who did just that. As a result, Airlines for America, the trade group for American air professionals, is offering anti-trafficking training for airline personnel. For more information on the Read More

SESTA Passes in the US Senate

Written by STOPP Website Staff (03/28/2018) The United States Senate has passed the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA). Kudos to Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who moved this bill through the Congress. This bill updates the Communications Decency Act (CDA) which inadvertently protected websites like Backpage.com when they purposely advocated and facilitated online sex trafficking. The Senate Permanent Investigations Committee, chaired by Senator Rob Portman, was able to prove that Backpage.com knowingly advised traffickers as to how to word their online advertisements to skirt the law in order to sell minors for sex through the Backpage.com Read More

Medical Assessment for Human Trafficking

Written by STOPP Website Staff (03/14/2018) Labor and sex trafficking are physically and emotionally demanding. Victims of human trafficking will likely seek medical attention at some time. In one study, 88% of trafficked victims reported seeking medical care while being trafficked. Every person in a medical setting, doctors, nurses, administrative staff, psychologists and psychiatrists, dental offices, health educators, all are in a position to identify and to educate and help a trafficking victim. It would be so helpful if human trafficking became a routine part of medical screenings and medical education. These victims are less likely to be missed if Read More

U.S. House passes bill to fight internet sex trafficking

Written by Sabrina Eaton, at cleveland.com.03/01/2018 seaton@cleveland.com The bill adopted by a 388 to 25 margin would clarify that existing communication laws don’t protect websites that “unlawfully promote and facilitate prostitution and contribute to sex trafficking.” It would also establish prison sentences of up to 25 years for some online sex traffickers. Courts previously ruled the Communications Decency Act of 1996 shielded the websites from liability because they merely hosted third-party content and didn’t create it. The bill’s sponsor, Missouri Republican Ann Wagner, said it would “empower victims, equip state and local prosecutors, and ensure websites can no longer traffic Read More

Your Hotel Room Photo Can Save a Trafficking Victim

Written by STOPP Website Staff (02/19/2018) In 2016, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and the social action group Exchange Initiative developed an app to help locate and bring these victims home. TraffickCam, the app, urges travelers to use their smartphones to upload photos of their hotel rooms in order to create a database of room photos that can be compared with the photos posted online by traffickers. No personal information is kept except the phone’s GPS location. Photos with people in them will be rejected by the database. Furniture, patterns in carpeting, drapes, pictures, accessories, even window views Read More

Online Sex Trafficking and the Senate Committee on Investigations

Written by STOPP Website Staff (01-31-2018) Senator Rob Portman (R, OH), Chair of the Subcommittee, explains that if they can prove that backpage.com knows that the ads are featuring minor children, then the website should be held legally responsible. Through ongoing investigation, the Subcommittee has learned that backpage.com has actually advised the traffickers how to write and change their ads in order to bypass federal laws protecting children. This is the proof that the Subcommittee needs. At this time, the Senate is debating the passage of a law to change this situation. On the other side, the tech community is Read More

www.stopptrafficking.com blog for Jan 2, 2018

Written by STOPP Website Staff (01-02-2018) “Human trafficking is a sickening crime at odds with our very humanity. An estimated 25 million people are currently victims of human trafficking for both sex and labor. Human traffickers prey on their victims by promising a life of hope and greater opportunity, while delivering only enslavement. Instead of delivering people to better lives, traffickers unjustifiably profit from the labor and toil of their victims, whom they force — through violence and intimidation — to work in brothels and factories, on farms and fishing vessels, in private homes, and in countless industries. “My Administration Read More

New Technology to Fight Trafficking

Written by STOPP Website Staff (12-20-2017) When Mr. Kutcher testified before Congress and told this story, he went on to say that it is one thing to find these children. But he noted that there are not enough beds to treat them, once they are found. Mr. Kutcher is correct. According to the FBI and the Department of Justice, there are about 500,000 women and 300,000 minors who are trapped in this life. They are literally slaves, held captive by traffickers. Thorn’s software will make it possible to find and rescue more of these victims. And if a woman was Read More

Commercially Exploited Boys and Youth

Written by STOPP Website Staff (11/06/2017) Although we often focus on women and girls when we speak of sexual trafficking, we are aware that this happens to boys and male youth, as well. The following information is taken from an article written by Steven Procopio at Youth Today. Mr. Procopio emphasizes that often, law enforcement, courts, social services and others who work with sexually trafficked victims do not see the boys as victims, but as possible or future perpetrators. We need to be more aware of the background that leads boys into sexual exploitation, and be aware of their needs, Read More