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Human Trafficking

WNYC News

Even as Arrests Increase, Human Trafficking Remains A Problem

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Areas in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan remain hubs for human trafficking even as the number of related arrests increase, according to law enforcement officials. The number of arrests in sex trafficking cases in New York City increased more than five times to 50 in 2011, up from 9 in 2008. Still, the data also suggests many trafficking victims remain out of reach.

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WNYC News

Groups Tell City Council More Help is Needed for Victims of Sex Trafficking

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Advocates and lawyers for victims of sex trafficking said the NYPD is treating their clients more like criminals than victims, and that needs to change.

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The Takeaway

Frederick Douglass Descendant on Civil War Anniversary

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Many Americans are related to people who fought and died in the Civil War. But imagine that you’re related not just to one figure we associate with the Civil War and aftermath, but two. This is the case for Kenneth Morris. Not only is he the great-great-great grandson of abolitionist and Lincoln adviser Frederick Douglass, he’s also the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington, the post-Civil War educator and activist. On top of that, Morris is the Founder president of the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation, which aims to eradicate modern-day slavery.

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The Takeaway

Investigating Nail Salons as Cover For Sex and Labor Trafficking

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Today our partner WGBH Radio begins an investigative series about the growing national and international criminal enterprise of human and sexual trafficking, and examines how nail salons in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are being used to hide and legitimize illegal activities. Women are being trafficked to work in salons during the day and then pulled into prostitution at night, and because a salon is a cash-based business, it is a perfect place to launder the money brought in through prostitution. 

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The Takeaway

A Disturbing Practice Re-emerges in Afghanistan

Monday, April 19, 2010

Hundreds of boys in war-torn Afghanistan are being sexually abused with the return of a centuries-old practice called "bacha bazi," which means "boy play." The illegal practice, banned while the Taliban were in power, trains boys as young as eleven to sing, dance, and dress as women. After seeing the boys perform, former warlords and powerful businessmen buy the boys, and frequently use them as sex slaves.

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The Takeaway

American Children Victims of Human Trafficking

Friday, February 12, 2010

For most Americans, human trafficking is a horrific practice that nearly always seems to happen overseas and far away. However, a recent report by the Ohio Trafficking in Persons Study Commission says about 1,000 American-born children are forced into the sex trade every year in Ohio alone.

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