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Human trafficking is your problem, too

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By: Melissa Harris-Perry Blog

This is a guest post from one of our guests today, FAIR Girls executive director Andrea Powell, written prior to her appearance today.

Human trafficking isn’t something that happens "over there." I know this because as co-founding Executive Director of FAIR Girls, I spend my days side by side with girls from all over America who have been bought and sold like commodities. FAIR Girls helps hundreds of victimized girls each year become safe, healthy, and restored survivors.

President Obama: Human Trafficking is Modern Day Slavery

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By: President Obama, The White House

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Appreciate it.  Please, please, everybody have a seat. 

Well, good afternoon, everybody.  And, President Clinton, thank you for your very kind introduction.  Although I have to admit, I really did like the speech a few weeks ago a little bit better.  (Laughter.)  Afterwards, somebody tweeted that somebody needs to make him "Secretary of Explaining Things."  (Laughter.) Although they didn’t use the word, "things."  (Laughter.) 

Case #185 - Man Accused In Prostitution Of Teen In Watertown

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By: wwnytv.com

A Syracuse teenager missing since June has been found in Watertown working as a prostitute.

State police say the 15 year old girl turned up during an investigation into prostitution at Watertown-area motels.

Charged with second-degree promoting prostitution and endangering the welfare of a child was 29 year old Eric Oliver of Syracuse.

Police said their investigation began after they were contacted by the girl's mother, who had heard the teen was working as a prostitute in the Syracuse and Watertown areas.

Backpage.com: "A tool pornographers and traffickers are using to exploit minors."

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By: Beth Warren, The Commercial Appeal

Sex trafficking has spread well beyond impoverished pockets of large cities to wealthy suburbs and rural small towns, federal prosecutors told a room full of students Thursday at the University of Mississippi School of Law.

"Some (victims and traffickers) are from wealthy suburbs and some are living in poverty without electricity and running water in the home," Jonathan Skrmetti, an assistant U.S. attorney in Memphis, told the crowd during a panel discussion attended by about two dozen U.S. attorneys from California to New York.

Religious groups team up to fight sex trafficking

WILMINGTON, NC|Sex-Trafficking|Add Comment
By: Amanda Greene, Washington Post

Just 13. That’s the average age UNICEF reports that girls enter the commercial sex trade in the U.S

And while many Americans might think of sex trafficking as an international problem, it often starts in the United States. Prosecutor Lindsey Roberson has seen it happen.

One of her first cases involved a 17-year-old girl who met a guy at a downtown club. He wooed her, and then “took her out of town on a trip, and let her know what she would have to do to pay her way,” Roberson said.

Hold on there Baba Louie!

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Village Voice newspaper chain to split from Backpage.com

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By: Chris Francescani and Nadia Damouni, Reuters

Village Voice Media (VVM) will split off from its controversial Backpage.com online advertising site and create a new company for its struggling chain of alternative weekly newspapers and websites, VVM president Scott Tobias said.

Fired! Tony Ortega - Defender of the Child Sex Trafficking Ad Biz

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A work of photoshop art by our resident renowed NYC artist Leslie Tucker.

You can see more of her work here: http://villagevoicepimp.com/village-voice-art-exhibition-online

51 arrests include prostitution on Backpage.com

PHOENIX, AZ|Heroes & Activism|Add Comment

By: Erisa Nakano, abc15.com

Note: Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio is known as America's Toughest Sheriff.

Authorities say an undercover drug operation that lasted months in the East Valley resulted in a big prostitution bust involving BackPage.com.

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