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“You will know the truth and the truth will make you free" -John 8:32
The foundation of effective change is the willingness to open our hearts to an eager desire to learn about the world we are called to change. In the news stories below, we illustrate local and global impact of human trafficking and the undeniable need to tackle these concerns through compassionate, collaborative action.

Apr 08

Life Changing Connections Can Start with a Dress

The Oregonian

When 16-year-old runaway Anna Hernandez wanted to come home, the first person she reached out to wasn't a family member or a social worker.

It was Tina Mirati, a volunteer with Adorned in Grace Design Studio.

Apr 07

Human trafficking exhibit comes to WSU Tri-Cities

KEPR

A new human trafficking exhibit called "SOLD" at the Washington State University (WSU) campus in Richland aims to show people just how close to home the issue can be, according to WSU officials.

Mar 22

Sex trafficking seminar leads to real-life arrest

Portland Tribune

It was supposed to be just a routine training seminar.

On Tuesday, March 22, the West Linn Police Department was hosting training for neighboring Clackamas County agencies on investigating human trafficking. As part of a demonstration, the investigators teaching the class had posted an advertisement on escort-related websites.

Mar 19

Portland police arrest 18 in sex trafficking sting

KGW

Portland police arrested 18 men during recent online sex trafficking stings.

Feb 25

Sex trafficking in Washington County: 'They are here'

Hillsboro Tribune

Brianna Myers was excited to explore the world.

Having just turned 18, the Clark County, Wash., native wanted to get out and have real-world experiences, do grown-up things and eventually attend medical school to become a nurse.

Feb 16

Survivor of human trafficking shares story

Catholic Sentinel

In an effort to help young people avoid what she experienced, a woman known as Amy has shared her story of human trafficking with a Portland social service non-profit, Northwest Family Services.

Feb 11

CGE educates about human trafficking

The Pacific Index

On Thursday, Feb. 18 an FBI Agent, a prevention specialist, a speaker from a local faith community and a survivor of human sex trafficking will speak in the Taylor Auditorium to tell their stories. 

Feb 05

Troutdale looks at human trafficking

Portland Tribune

In fighting human trafficking, part of the battle is awareness.

“Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery,” said Deputy Keith Bickford, manager of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Human Trafficking Task Force. “It’s a crime that exploits men, women and children from all over the world, including the U.S.”

Feb 05

New sex-trafficking legislation advances in Salem

KTVZ.com

The Oregon House unanimously approved a bill Thursday strengthening anti-prostitution laws, a move cheered by a Central Oregon advocate who fights human trafficking around the country.

Feb 01

Former strip club opens as family homeless shelter

Pamplin Media

Human Solutions opened its new family homeless shelter Tuesday, just 10 weeks after the organization announced the purchase of the former strip club on the border of Portland and Gresham.

Jan 29

Study finds human trafficking is judged unevenly by law, public

www.northeastern.edu

 

The severity of the criminal penalty for human trafficking in the U.S. has no effect on the number of suspects who are arrested and prosecuted for the crime, according to a wide-ranging new study by Northeastern criminologist Amy Farrell and her research partners.

 

Jan 21

LOHS Student Explores Girls' Barriers to Education

Pamplin Media

Emma Rose Taylor gathers nonprofits experts to show challenges females face, including being targeted by sex traffickers. 

Jan 20

Women On the Front Lines Explain How We Can Better Fight Human Trafficking

Opportunity Lives

Opportunity Lives spoke with anti-trafficking advocates in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. about their views on areas of improvement to combat trafficking and what ordinary citizens can do to alleviate the problem.

Jan 11

Federal judge sends man to prison for 10 years in sex-trafficking case

Oregon Live

After getting beat up by her pimp for not taking a customer's call, a woman posted on her Facebook page a photo of her black eye, and the message, "Black eye but rockin' it.''

Jan 10

Mother of Missing Teen Finds Alleged Photos of Daughter Online, May Be Victim of ‘Child Trafficking Criminals’

Epoch Times

The mother of a missing teen who disappeared six months ago found photos of her daughter online, and she believes the girl might be the victim of child trafficking.

Jan 07

12 women rescued in Puget Sound human trafficking bust

K5 News

SEATTLE – King County officials, Bellevue police, and the FBI announced Thursday they rescued 12 women, arrested 14 men, and shut down multiple brothels as part of a major human trafficking bust which was promoted through the Internet and social media. 

Dec 22

Backpage web site sues to prevent enforcement of Kirk, Wagner, anti-sex trafficking law

St. Louis Post Dispach

WASHINGTON • Backpage.com, the online advertising site that has been the target of anti-sex trafficking activists, is suing Attorney General Loretta Lynch on First Amendment grounds to stop her from enforcing a new law aimed at advertising sex on the Internet.

Dec 18

Portland Will Host Federal Task Force on Human Trafficking.

Portland Press Herald

Portland will be one of six additional cities to host a coordinated team of federal agencies as part of an existing program aimed at stopping human trafficking, which often takes the form of forced prostitution.

Nov 28

Visiting a strip club leads to no good (OPINION)

Oregon Live

I know good men. I know "good" men who sometimes go to strip clubs, because that's where the guys wanted to go or because someone is getting married. But I don't think they would enter the club's doors unless they were largely unaware or in denial that these venues are often places girls and women are coerced, manipulated or forced into sex work.

Nov 19

Poetry to raise awareness for human trafficking

Hilltop News

On Nov. 20, a group of students from the “Feminism in the Bible” class will be hosting an event to raise money for International Justice Mission (IJM) and to raise awareness for human trafficking, specifically in the Salem community, group member Delila Carter said. The event will incorporate music, poetry and art, and a human trafficking survivor will share her story.

Nov 12

Multnomah County moves forward with programs for human trafficking ...

Oregon Live

Multnomah County expects to double the number of human trafficking victims it helps through various programs after receiving a federal grant worth more than $225,000, officials said.

Nov 12

Sticker to help human trafficking victims to be placed in public restrooms

KATU

It is estimated up to 17,000 people a year in America are victims of human trafficking. People are enslaved, oftentimes for sex; but there is a new law right here in Oregon designed to help its victims.

Nov 11

'Freedom Stickers' in C.O. to Fight Human Trafficking

KTVZ.com

It's the second-largest and fastest-growing crime in the world. It's happening around the world and right here on U.S. soil. The crime cuts across all racial lines, age brackets, and socio-economic levels. Human trafficking is here, what will you do to stop it?

Nov 06

Accused Portland Pimp Faces $2.5 Million Bail

KOIN 6

A 24-year-old who is accused of human trafficking is facing a new grand jury indictment that alleges he promoted prostitution.

Nov 05

NE Portland Man Caught in Undercover Online Sexual Corruption Sting

Oregon Live

A 25-year-old Northeast Portland man was arrested Wednesday on accusations of online sexual corruption after communicating over the Internet with undercover police.

Oct 17

Hope in the Battle Against Sex Trafficking

Oregon Live

"Why don't we see more buyers getting four years?" That was one of former Congresswoman Linda Smith's comments when I asked her for insight about the sentencing of Julia Haner, the young woman found guilty of arranging sex acts for an underage classmate at Lake Oswego High School.

Oct 17

Arrest Made In Portland Serial Killings

1190 KEX

On March 23, 1983, at approximately 5:00 p.m., a person was walking along the western edge of North Portland's Overlook Park when he looked over the steep embankment, between North Greeley Avenue and the park, and discovered the body of a 23-year-old African American woman. 

Detectives learned that the victim, 23-year-old Essie Jackson, was a victim of sex trafficking and had last been seen more than a month earlier on Northeast Union Avenue, now Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Oct 13

FBI: Two Rescued from Sex Trafficking, Five Arrested in Oregon

Portland Tribune

The FBI says that its Child Exploitation Task Force and a number of state and local partner agencies recovered two child sex trafficking victims and arrested five pimps in Oregon as part of a national operation last week.

Oct 09

Social worker arraigned on child porn, human trafficking charges

WCWB

A private social worker has been arraigned on charges of human trafficking and child pornography, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said Friday. ... Hall is accused of enticing three 15-year-old girls in Oregon and paying them to email him nude photos of themselves.

Sep 28

Ex-LO Cheerleader Gets Prison in Sex Trafficking

KOIN

Julia Haner, the former Lake Oswego cheerleader who admitted to human trafficking, was sentenced to 4 years in federal prison on Monday. Haner said Monday she takes full responsibility and promised U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman she will no longer be involved with prostitution.

Sep 05

Man Accused of Being 'Driver' for Sex Trafficking

KOIN

A Washington state man is accused of promoting prostitution after he was caught by undercover officers searching for johns on the website BackPage.com, according to court documents.

Aug 30

New Law Aids Fight Against Human Trafficking

Herald and News

Nita Belles is the managing director of “In Our Backyard,” an organization formed to fight against human trafficking, and is author of a book by the same name. She is also Central Oregon Regional Director for Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans (OATH) . The primary uses of victims of human trafficking are for forced labor and commercial sex.

Aug 18

Nonprofit Agency Seeks to House Survivors of Sex Trafficking in Downtown Portland Dorm-Style Rooms

Oregonlive.com

Jennifer Unangst is forever thankful that her mother didn't give up on her when she ran away from her San Diego home at age 15, became a meth addict, crashed in dirty hotels and worked in the sex industry.

Aug 13

Safe Place for Sex Trafficking Victims: 'Coming Together to Change a Life'

KATU

The non-profit Compassion First is opening a new safe place for victims of sex trafficking in Portland.

The project is in partnership with the Salvation Army, and it gives those women a safe place to live. 

Aug 12

Pimp Gets Life for Making Girl, 15, Be Stripper

KOIN

A registered sex offender, who has multiple convictions for promoting and compelling prostitution, was sentenced to life in prison for his latest offense — putting a 15-year-old girl to work as a stripper.