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#RealDeal Interview: National Child Protection Task Force Fights Trafficking at Its Roots
By Kristina Tanasichuk
National Human Trafficking Awareness Month is a time for stakeholders from government agencies to households to assess everyone's role in preventing and detecting modern-day slavery. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Metcalf of the 4th Judicial District of Arkansas, founder of the National Child Protection Task Force (NCPTF), shared with Homeland Security Today how jurisdictions and parents can all work together to protect children from exploitation.
We Can All Do Our Part to Help Stop Human Trafficking
By Lynda Cox
I've been involved in anti-trafficking efforts in one way or another since 2014. Like many Americans, up to that point, I knew human trafficking existed, but I had no idea of the severity of it. If I had been aware of the depth of the problem, I certainly would have jumped in much sooner.
How Data Analytics Reveal and Battle Human Trafficking
By Tom Sabo
The State Department  estimates that as many as 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year with about half of those children. These individuals, about 80 percent female, are forced into prostitution or other involuntary servitude .
Using Technology to Help Bring Home Missing and Trafficked Children
By Rich Cooper
Human trafficking in all of its forms is horrific, but when it involves children it is especially heinous. Law enforcement at every level - domestically and internationally - work tirelessly to combat it through coordination, information-sharing, training and crafting best practices. That sounds easier than it actually is, but there is probably no better partner to those law enforcement efforts and to the families of victimized children than the  National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
By Sabatino Nacson
The trafficking and smuggling of people to the U.S. and to Europe have reached alarming proportions in recent years. Human smugglers have made a lucrative business out of facilitating illegal migration, offering a wide range of services such as transportation, accommodation and fraudulent documents. They put at risk the health and lives of people being trafficked or smuggled.
By Lena Walther
Many of the young victims of human trafficking arrive at their destinations by air from all around the world. Las Vegas welcomes around 3.5 million visitors every month, largely arriving and departing from McCarran International Airport. With that volume of people transiting it is amazing that the process functions relatively smoothly.
By Courtney Desilet
It is time to stop modern-day slavery! No man, woman or child should be forced, coerced or compelled to engage in sexual activity for the financial benefit of another person. In combating this heinous crime, we are challenged with the many overwhelming misconceptions surrounding this crime defined as human trafficking. In my opinion, one of the most concerning and dangerous misconceptions is that it doesn't happen here.
How Can an In-N-Out Double Double Burger Save a Life? Not How You Might Think...
By Kalyna White
During a recent study break, my five girl friends and I piled into an Uber for a trip to the famous and beloved In-N-Out, a fast-food burger joint dotted all over California. I ordered my favorite - one of their famous "double double" burgers with pickle and onion and some fries. Opted to skip the shake.
Give Students the Tools to Fight Human Trafficking
By Dennis McCarty
Higher education has a critical role preparing all types of professionals who are needed in the fight against human trafficking. As part of their overall effort, many universities now offer courses that focus exclusively on the nature of trafficking and the impact that it has on both victims and society as a whole. Instructors can teach human trafficking in a manner that meets high academic standards while simultaneously empowering students to become part of the solution.
By Kylie Bull
Last year the number of illegal border-crossings at Europe's external borders fell by a quarter compared with 2017 to an estimated 150,000, the lowest level in five years. The total for 2018 was also 92% below the peak of the migratory crisis in 2015 .
Five Members of 'Rendon-Reyes' Mexican Sex Trafficking Ring Sentenced
By James Cullum
Five members of a sex trafficking organization operating out of Mexico for over a decade were sentenced to between 15 and 25 years in prison today. The defendants were members of the "Rendon-Reyes Trafficking Organization," which operated between 2004 and 2015, and previously pleaded guilty to racketeering, sex trafficking and other charges after their arrests in Mexico and the U.S.
The Trafficking of Nepal's Girls into India: A Narrative Study
By Bishnu Sapkota
This study explores the root causes and consequences of a trafficked girl, now aged around 40, her experiences, and feelings along with the challenges she faced in between trafficked and being rescued as well as her social adjustment in society in the context of Nepal. This study presents findings of a small-scale study about causes and consequences of the trafficking of girls in Nepal.
DHS S&T Combating Human Trafficking Using Social Science
Worldwide, an estimated 20.9 million people are victims of sex trafficking, forced labor, and domestic servitude, collectively known as human trafficking. It is estimated that human trafficking generates billions of dollars in illegal profits annually, making it second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime.
Recognizing key indicators of human trafficking is the first step in identifying victims and can help save a life. Here are some common indicators to help recognize human trafficking.
DHS uses a victim-centered approach to combat human trafficking, which places equal value on the identification and stabilization of victims and providing immigration relief, as well as the investigation and prosecution of traffickers .
A new  UN report shows that human trafficking is on the rise and taking on "horrific dimensions", with sexual exploitation of victims the main driver. Children now account for 30 percent of those being trafficked, and far more girls are detected than boys .
Countries Face Tighter Scrutiny on Human Trafficking Under New Law
Nations around the world face increased scrutiny from the United States over their attempts to fight human trafficking at home - and the price of failure could be steep, under a law signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump.
With the help of the McLennan County Sheriff's Office, investigators with the Freestone County Sheriff's Office arrested a local teacher Wednesday morning at her residence on CR 933 in Teague in connection with trafficking a minor overseas .
Toronto Police Say Sex Trafficking Suspect Likely Also Had Victims in Montreal
Toronto police are seeking the help of the public to locate potential victims in the Montreal area of a man who is now facing sexual assault and pimping charges .
ISIS Sex Slave Survivor Takes Refuge in Nebraska
Shireen Jardo Alhanto, 33, wakes up every morning with a broken heart but also a glimmer of hope she will find her family again .
Trump Duct Tape Stories Perplex Human Trafficking Experts
President Donald Trump has a new favorite anecdote, one that fixates on tape.
Specifically, in public remarks at the White House, border and farming conventions, the president has been talking about tape on the mouths of migrant women .
Human Trafficking Sting Across California Nets 339 Arrests, Rescue of Nearly 50 Victims Including Teens
Fourteen minors were among the nearly 50 victims of human trafficking rescued during a sting across California that netted 339 arrests, law enforcement officials said Tuesday .
Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Sting Now Up to 40 Arrests in Atlanta
Investigators said Friday 40 people have now been arrested for sex trafficking in the metro Atlanta area as part of crackdown during Super Bowl week .

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