New Challenges to Prosecuting Sex Trafficking

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Posted on August 08, 2013

In the wake of the FBI three-day, multicity child sex trafficking operation (Operation Cross Country) – a raid which recovered 106 teenagers and arrested 152 pimps – NPR reported that the operation highlighted an ongoing and often hidden problem in the US: the trafficking of young people and how the digital age is changing the tactics used by both pimps and law enforcement.

With the help of organizations like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the FBI were able to collect and analyze information on missing and exploited children.

“Up until about five years ago, sex trafficking of both adults and children were occurring in traditional venues, like street corners and alleys, bus stops,” said John Ryan, CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “The Internet has changed all that, particularly through social media platforms.”

While this unprecedented FBI sweep has rescued just a fraction of the children being exploited, the efforts must be applauded. More efforts need to be made to bring children out of prostitution.

It is important to raise awareness in our local communities — sex trafficking of minors is happening in our own backyard and we must come together to address the problem. Join GWEN and make a difference in your community today.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2013/08/03/208664066/online-the-web-of-sex-trafficking-can-be-even-more-obscure

Universities Failing to Respond, Students Turn to Feds for Action on Alleged Rapes

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Posted on July 26, 2013

According to a recent ABC News Report, federal authorities have launched an investigation into the handling of at least two alleged rapes at the University of Southern California to determine whether the school violated the victims’ civil rights by dismissing their claims, the latest in a growing number of similar investigations at colleges across the country. The lead organization investigating the incident is the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
Tucker Reed, the lead complainant, said that USC dismissed her claim that her ex-boyfriend had raped her, despite her providing audio recordings of him admitting to it. Reed said, a USC official told her the goal was to offer and “educative” process, not to “punish” the assailant.
USC’s response was allegedly so underwhelming that Reed started a group called the Student Coalition Against Rape (SCAR). The group has filed a complaint with the Department of Education, saying the private school “grossly mishandles sexual assaults and rapes on its campus.”
In another case, also a student involved in the USC complaint, said she was told the campus police determined that no rape occurred in her case because her alleged assailant did not orgasm, and that therefore they had decided not to refer the case to the Los Angeles Police Department. She was told not to call the LAPD because the detectives would be very tough on her. She was forced to attend classes with her assailant on a weekly basis for more than a month.
GWEN stands in unity with the Students Coalition Against Rape (SCAR). Stop violence on college campuses now, join GWEN!

Stop Sex Trafficking — GWEN on WVOC FM Talk Radio

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Posted on July 23, 2013

GWEN Co-Founder and COO, Tess Cacciatore, spoke with Jonathon and Kelly about the growing human trafficking industry in the US. “In our own backyard, there are 300,000 children and young people on an annual basis that are kidnapped and thrown into this billion dollar industry called sex trafficking and human trafficking.  This is in America,” stated Cacciatore.

GWEN is working tirelessly to raise awareness about human trafficking in an effort to stop this multi-million dollar industry.  Listen to Cacciatore’s interview below.

100.1 WVOC Columbia’s News, Talk & Sports — Jonathon & Kelly Show