Monday, January 16, 2017

When Backpage.com Peddles Schoolgirls for Sex - The New York Times


"... other websites may fill the void, and indeed, when Backpage closed its adult section, ads selling sex immediately moved over to the site’s dating section."

"We need Congress to amend the Communications Decency Act to clarify that companies like Backpage don’t get protections when they permit pimps to sell kids on their websites. There is a mounting bipartisan effort to pass such an amendment, and I hope President-elect Donald Trump will show leadership on this as well. We also need local police departments and prosecutors to go after pimps and johns, rather than sometimes targeting the children who are the victims."

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California Partnership Launches First Statewide Education Program, PROTECT, to Fight Human Trafficking | Business Wire

"A public-private collaboration of law enforcement, government, education and human trafficking leaders today announced the launch of PROTECT (www.protectnow.org), an education program designed to reduce human trafficking in communities across California. PROTECT is being rolled out throughout 35 rural California counties over the next three years, with the goal of reaching potentially 325,000 students and teachers."

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court will not examine tech industry legal shield | Reuters

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday boosted one of the tech industry's go-to defenses in suits to hold websites liable for content posted by others, rebuffing an appeal by women who accused an online ad site of promoting child sex trafficking."

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UPS to train drivers to spot and report human trafficking | Supply Chain Dive

  • "Working with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), UPS drivers will be part of an initiative in 2017 that seeks to increase awareness of signs of human trafficking, the Louisville Courier Journal reported Wednesday."
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Backpage.com shuts down adult services ads after relentless pressure from authorities - The Washington Post

"Fighting accusations from members of Congress that it facilitated child sex trafficking, the classified advertising site Backpage.com abruptly closed its adult advertising section in the United States on Monday, saying years of government pressure left it no choice but to shutter its most popular and lucrative feature."

"The decision came shortly after a Senate panel released a report alleging Backpage concealed criminal activity by removing words from ads that would have exposed child sex trafficking and prostitution."

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Invisible Boys: Inside the Push to Help Unseen Victims of the Sex Trade - NBC News

"Most victim-advocacy work has focused on the crime's prevalent image: girls and young women forced into prostitution. But researchers are starting to upend that model, uncovering signs that many more boys are trapped in the illegal sex industry than previously believed."
"One study, by the John Jay School of Criminal Justice, determined that nearly half of commercially exploited children in New York City were young males."
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