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Sex Trafficking

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8 Minutes

Friday, May 01, 2015

A new reality show, 8 Minutes, follows a pastor trying to talk women out of prostitution. Brooke speaks with a writer and activist about why many are calling the show exploitative.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Preventing Sex Trafficking in America

Monday, March 24, 2014

Drawing on her own experience surviving having been sex-trafficked at age 14, Holly Austin Smith, advocate for human trafficking victims, talks about the cultural forces that make young men and women susceptible to exploitation in her book, Walking Prey: How America's Youth Are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

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The Takeaway

The Economics of Sex Work

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The sex trade is a lucrative business, nowhere more than in Atlanta, where it rakes in $290 million every year—more than the underground drug and gun trades combined.

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WNYC News

Human Trafficking: The Route Through Queens

Sunday, January 20, 2013

They arrive to Boston "fitting in" on a bus, a train or by car. But beneath the surface, is a world of sex, intimidation and crime. Phillip Martin from WGBH investigates the underground trade of human trafficking that often starts in Queens.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | January 9, 2013

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Why the Iranian Government Has 30,000 Spies | Iran Using 'Surgical Censorship' Online | To Circumvent Planned Parenthood, Texas Launches State Women's Health Program | Investigating the Underground Trade of Human Trafficking | The Complex Legal Problem Involving Civil Commitments and Child Pornography

WNYC News

After Delay, Bloomberg Signs Sex Trafficking Bill

Friday, June 22, 2012

It was a different kind setting from the usual bill signing ceremony, but Mayor Michael signed a bill to strengthen penalties against cabbies who knowingly work with sex traffickers on Friday morning.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Delays Signing of Sex Trafficking Bill

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg decided to hold off on signing a bill aimed at stopping sex trafficking by strengthening penalties against cabbies who knowingly work with traffickers.

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The Takeaway

International Sex Trafficking Trail Leads to the US

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons Report was released yesterday. Philip Martin, an investigative reporter from WGBH, reports on trafficking from Thailand.

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WNYC News

Drivers Aiding in Sex Trafficking Will Lose License Under New Law

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The City Council passed a law Wednesday that would fine and revoke the licenses of taxi and livery car drivers if they are convicted of committing a sex trafficking crime.

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The Takeaway

Women Trafficked from Mexico to Queens

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thousands of women are smuggled each year from Tenancingo, Mexico, to Queens, New York through an elaborate sex trafficking ring. The BBC's Laura Trevelyan followed the route and spoke with female victims, pimps and law enforcement officials along the way.

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The Takeaway

New Washington Law Takes on Escort Sites

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

When she was only 15 years old, a girl in Washington state ran away from home. Within 36 hours, she was lured into the sex trade. And for over 100 days she was trafficked, with sites like backpage.com advertising her as an 18-year-old escort. Two years later, that girl is 17, and back at home. Her mother is working tirelessly, trying to prevent other children from living the same story as her daughter. Andrea Powell is the executive director of FAIR Girls, which seeks to prevent the exploitation of girls through empowerment and education. FAIR stands for free, aware, inspired and restored.

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