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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.

Jul 26

Oregon Woman on a Mission to Fight Human Trafficking

Toledo Blade

About a decade ago, Joy Grayczyk learned about human trafficking when two teenage girls on their way to an East Toledo fast food restaurant were abducted.

Though the girls were rescued days later, the issue of their nightmare of forced prostitution has remained with Ms. Grayczyk, 23, who knew the cousins.

Jul 08

US Mayors to Attend Vatican Conference on Climate Change, Human Trafficking

CatholicCulture.org

The mayors of Boulder (Colorado), Minneapolis, Portland (Oregon), and Seattle will join counterparts from around the world at a Vatican workshop on human trafficking and climate change.

Jun 16

Charlie Hales will Meet Pope Francis at Climate Change, Human Trafficking Summit

Oregonlive.com

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is one of 16 mayors from around the world invited to meet with Pope Francis next month as part of a global summit to discuss climate change and human trafficking.

Jun 16

Strip Club Could Lose License for Sex Trafficking Allegations

KGW.com

Beaverton strip club Stars Cabaret could lose its liquor license due to sex trafficking allegations involving a 13-year-old girl, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced Thursday. 

May 26

Health Class Teaches Teens Sex Trafficking Signs

Koin 6 News

Director Libby Spears filmed a lot of her documentary about child sex trafficking in the Portland area and helped develop a curriculum that teaches students about the scope and prevalence of the problem. Monday night, students from Madison High School and David Douglas High School will take part in a discussion with the Portland police, county commissioners, the district attorney and others about sex trafficking.

May 19

Congress Sends Bill to Combat Human Trafficking to Obama for His Signature

US News & World Report

The House approved long-awaited legislation on Tuesday to combat human trafficking, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature. 

The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act will expand law enforcement tools to target sex traffickers, create a new fund to help victims, and define child pornography production as a form of trafficking. Obama is expected to sign it. 

May 15

Kohl-Welles' Latest Anti-Trafficking Bill Signed into Law

Ballard News Tribune

Washington state continued to be a pioneer in the fight to combat human trafficking today when Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5884, legislation creating a human trafficking information clearing house and activating the former Washington State Task Force on the Trafficking of Persons. 

May 13

Beaverton Settlement Requires Strip Club to Take Stance Against Child Sex Trafficking

Oregonlive.com

Beaverton City Council did not oppose a liquor license renewal for Stars Cabaret and Steak House Tuesday night, May 12, despite having pursued a chronic nuisance action against the strip club.

Saying Stars, itself, was never charged with any wrongdoing after its former manager pled guilty to "conduct relating to exploitation of a minor," the city and the strip club forged an agreement that requires Stars to take an active stance against child sex trafficking.

May 09

UO Athletes Strut Their Stuff for Human Trafficking Awareness

KVAL News

At the University of Oregon, student athletes and volunteers are strutting down the runway to raise awareness on human trafficking. 

Apr 22

U.S. Senate Unanimously Approves Anti-Trafficking Bill

Reuters

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation increasing penalties for domestic human trafficking and exploitation of children. 

Apr 21

Deal Reached on Human Trafficking Bill and Loretta Lynch Nomination

NOLA.com

Senate Democrats and Republicans reached a compromise Tuesday (April 21) after a long-delayed legislation they all agreed is needed. 

Apr 20

Pimp Gets Prison for Trafficking Girl on Portland's Notorious Prostitution 'Avenue'

Oregonlive.com

A 28-year-old Oregon pimp who pushed underage girls into prostitution in at least five states was sentenced Monday to 12 years in federal prison for trafficking a minor on Portland's notorious Southeast 82nd Avenue. 

Apr 15

Bill: Make More Sex Crime Evidence Admissible

Koin 6 News

A bill fighting child sex trafficking was introduced to Oregon state lawmakers on Wednesday. House Bill 3040 would allow juries to get more information concerning sex traffickers adn their child victims when those sex traffickers are in court. 

Apr 13

Human Trafficking Awareness Event Happens Tuesday

KMTR Eugene

The Junior League of Eugene says there are more than 300,000 kids at risk of human trafficking in the United States alone. 

Apr 08

McNary Students Host Sex Trafficking Awareness Event

Statesman Journal

"I was recruited by a pimp out of the Lloyd Center," Sara Hunt said to a crowd of high school students and parents Tuesday evening at McNary High School's In Plain Sight Event, hosted by a student-run club called Aware. 

Apr 07

Sex Trafficking Bill Back on the Table in Washington, D.C.

KSFY News

Though lawmakers are on a recess, they still have a lot of legislation left on the table, including a controversial sex trafficking bill: the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. It's a bill that senators couldn't pass before they left Washington last month. 

Mar 17

Sex Trafficking Bill, Ensnared by Politics, Is Left in Limbo by a Senate Vote

The New York Times

On Tuesday, a measure that would create a victims' fund, using fines collected from perpetrators of sex trafficking, failed to clear a procedural hurdle, leaving a bill that once had majority support in Congress in limbo. 

Mar 13

Combating Child Sex Trafficking in Oregon

OPB

Rachel Hestmark grew up in Portland. She says she was a gullible 19-year-old. Just out of high school, she met a couple of girls - one of them a friend of a friend. And on the spur of the moment she and the two girls decided to go to California for a few weeks and make some fast money ... 

Mar 12

No Headway Made on Passing Human-Trafficking Bill

Houston Chronicle

Partisan politics continued to bog down a widely supported human trafficking bill Thursday. 

Mar 12

Kohl-Welles' Anti-Trafficking Bill Advances

Ballard News-Tribune

Washington state continued to be a pioneer in the fight to combat human trafficking today by passing legislation that creates a human trafficking information clearing house and activates the former Washington State Task Force on the Trafficking of Persons. 

Mar 10

Cornyn Human Trafficking Bill Faces Hurdle in Senate

The Dallas Morning News

A bipartisan bill to fight human trafficking sponsored by Texas Sen. John Cornyn hit a snag Tuesday. 

Mar 09

Klobuchar and Hoeven's Human Trafficking Recovery Bill Set to be Voted on Tomorrow

WDAY TV

A bill to create a fund for victim recovery due to human trafficking and other exploitation crimes will hit the floor of the U.S. Senate tomorrow. 

Mar 07

Adolescent Teen Sexuality Conference Canceled

Koin 6 News

The organization responsible for hosting the Adolescent Sexuality Conference decided to cancel the 2015 event just a month before it was held in Seaside. 

Mar 05

Senate Deals with Human Trafficking

The Wahkiakum County Eagle

Three Washington State Senate bills aim to increase awareness of human trafficking and help agencies coordinate efforts to confront the problem. 

Feb 26

Anti-Human Trafficking Bills Advance in Senate

U.S. News & World Report

Holly Austin Smith was 14 when she was approached by a man in a shopping mall who promised her a life of glamour and excitement if she ran away with him. Instead, he took her to Atlantic City and forced her into prostitution. 

Feb 26

Oregon Senate Approves Bill to Ban 'Revenge Porn'

Oregonlive.com

The Senate approved legislation Thursday to outlaw the practice of posting naked photos of an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend online. 

Feb 25

Bowling with the Feds: FBI Bowl-a-thon rolls into Beaverton

Oregonlive.com

You might feel out of your element bowling with the feds, but the FBI Bowl-a-thon is open to all, raising money in Beaverton for a good cause.

Organized by the Oregon chapter of the FBI Citizens Acadmey Alumni Association (which, to be fair, isn't really the FBI), the Bowl-a-thon is a thrice- annual fundraiser for human trafficking survivors. 

Feb 20

San Francisco, other major cities support suit against Backpage over child sex trafficking

Virtual Press Office

The City and County of San Francisco, together with the cities of Atlanta, Denver, Houston, Philadelphia, and Portland, Ore., has filed a friend of the court brief in support of a federal lawsuit against Backpage.com, a prominent national website known for posting "escort" advertisements, for allegedly promoting sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. 

Feb 19

Police Rescue Sex Trafficking Victim, Arrest Suspected Pimp

KGW News

Beaverton police on Wednesday rescued a 16-year-old sex trafficking victim from Portland and arrested a Las Vegas-area man for promoting prostitution. 

Feb 13

Teens Talk Sex Trafficking in Theater Production

Koin 6 News

KOIN 6 News recently reported on the death of sex trafficking victim Ashley Benson, and now a group of local teenagers are taking the issue of sex trafficking to center stage. 

Feb 12

Boston Joins Campaign Against Sex Trafficking

Daily Free Press

Boston organizations have joined advocates from 10 other cities this week in launching a campaign to reduce demand for commerical sex by 20 percent in two years, according to a Feb. 4 press release. 

Feb 08

Obama Says Rape Is 'Not Okay - And It Has to Stop' in Grammys Message

Huffington Post

President Barack Obama implored viewers of the Grammy awards on Sunday night to help stop sexual violence. 

Jan 24

Volunteers Take Stand Against Sex Trafficking on I-5

KGW News

A group dedicated to saving young women from forced prostitution took a very public stand Friday, lining Interstate-5 off-ramps for hours in the rain. 

Jan 23

Slain Vancouver Woman's Parents Reach out to Sex Trafficking Victims

KGW News

Ashley Benson's parents believe their daughter was victimized three times: first by a pimp, second by a killer and third by those who said she wasn't a victim. 

Jan 22

Details Revealed in Ashley Benson Sex Trafficking

Koin 6 News

When police identified the 24-year-old victim who was recently killed inside the DoubleTree Hotel, they said Ashley Benson was a victim of human sex trafficking. 

New documents obtained by KOIN 6 News now show she had been involved in the dangerous world of prostitution as early as 2011.