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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 31

Auburn man accused of forcing 2 women into prostitution

By Alexis Krell - www.thenewstribune.com

An Auburn man accused of human trafficking was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury.  

Jul 29

Prostitute tortured, held captive in motels for a week, police say; 3 arrested.

By Jeremiah Dobruck - www.dailypilot.com

A group of kidnappers tortured a prostitute in Costa Mesa and Westminster motel rooms for about a week before officers were able to free her, authorities said Tuesday.  

Jul 29

Fugitive ex-cheerleader caught in San Francisco

www.sfgate.com

PORTLAND, Ore. - The FBI says an Oregon woman accused of sex trafficking a minor has been arrested a month after she removed an ankle monitoring device and failed to show for a court hearing.  

Jul 23

Child Sex Trafficker Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

www.fbi.gov

EUGENE, OR - On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Chief U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken sentenced Steven Anthony Kidd, 21, of Linn County, Oregon, to a prison term of 12 years for two counts of child sex trafficking.  

Jun 23

Police, FBI arrest 3, recover child victim, cite 20 prostitutes in Oregon sex trafficking sting

By Lynne Terry - www.oregonlive.com

Federal and local police have arrested three people, recovered one child victim and cited 20 adults prostitutes in a sex trafficking sting in the Portland and Eugene metro areas last week. 

Jun 23

168 children rescued from sex trafficking, FBI says

By Mary Beth Marklein - USA Today

Law enforcement officials rescued 168 child victims of commercial sex trafficking in a nationwide sweep during the past week and arrested 281 alleged pimps, the FBI said Monday. 

Jun 12

Ohio man gets life term in sex trafficking case

By Mark Gillispie - www.sfgate.com

A Northeast Ohio man accused of prostituting four women and helping to keep them addicted to drugs was sentenced Thursday to life in prison. 

Jun 11

Local man tells horrifying tales of child sex slavery

By Heather Crawford - www.firstcoastnews.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Human sex trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States according to the Department of Justice, and it's happening right here on the First Coast. 

Jun 07

Missing teen found as part of Oregon sex-trafficking ring

By BakersfieldNow Staff - www.bakersfieldnow.com

BEAVERTON, Ore. - A missing Bakersfield teen has been found in a suburb of Portland, Ore., as part of an alleged sex-trafficking ring.  

Jun 06

Three Charged In Brutal Contra Costa County Sex Trafficking Ring

By Associated Press - sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

Three Northern California men are facing charges in what prosecutors say was a brutal sex trafficking ring in which women were raped and beaten and one was branded with a clothes iron.  

May 22

Owner of Chinese buffet faces human trafficking charges

By Jennifer Weigel - www.wlky.com

Louisville, KY - The owner of a Louisville Chinese restaurant faces human trafficking charges after an investigation into treatment of the workers at the Golden Palace Buffet. 

May 21

Department of Defense and Truckers Against Trafficking to present at 2014 Trafficking In America Conference

By Yvonne Williams - www.prlog.org

With Demand Reduction the focus on the 3rd day of the 4th National Human Trafficking Conference, two of the nation's largest employers, the Department of Defense and the American Trucking Industry will educate this year's audience of 300+ guests. 

May 21

Dozens arrested in New York child pornography bust

By Victoria Cavaliere - news.yahoo.com

Two police officers, a Little League coach, and a mother were among 71 people arrested across the New York City-area in the largest-ever roundup of people who share child pornography online, federal and local law enforcement said Wednesday.  

May 21

Training teachers to spot signs of human trafficking

By Karen Lehr - www.jrn.com

The Idaho Department of Education is partnering with detectives in the Boise Police Department's Gang Unit to provide training materials to teachers, counselors and principals about human trafficking. 

May 20

Chicago Pimps Used Facebook, Smartphones In Prostitution Empire

By D.L. Chandler - newsone.com

Twin brothers Tyrelle and Myrelle Lockett were the masterminds of a sex trafficking and prostitution ring in Chicago, using social media and smartphones to lure teenage girls into their insidious business.  

May 19

How police are targeting online child sex tourism

By Henry Rosoff - kirotv.com

SEATTLE - There is a new form of chlild abuse that connects predators to kids thousands of miles away. 

May 15

Tigard man who met victims through Craigslist convicted of rape again

By Emily E. Smith - www.oregonlive.com

Washington County jurors convicted 59-year-old Ronald Leistiko Thursday of raping two women he met through Craigslist ads. 

May 10

Human trafficking gains ground: How one new criminal element has fostered growth in sex crimes

by Rachel Stine, www.thecoastnews.com

A new element to the age old crime has made sex trafficking carried out in San Diego County more sophisticated, more widespread, and more mobile.

May 06

Boko Haram Nigeria schoolgirl abductions: 8 more taken

by Thomson Reuters, www.cbc.ca

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped eight girls from a village near one of their strongholds in northeastern Nigeria overnight, police and residents said on Tuesday.

May 03

Call for layered fix for human trafficking

by Lauren Dake, www.columbian.com

U.S. Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, opened a panel discussion on human trafficking Friday by telling the audience that it’s the fastest-growing category of organized crime.

May 02

UPDATE-Possible Human Trafficking Victim Located Safe

www.kuik.com

On Wednesday night, Adrian Brown was located safe in Vancouver Washington.

Apr 30

Authorities still searching for missing Aloha girl, feared to be victim of human trafficking

By Rebecca Woolington, www.oregonlive.com

Authorities have received many tips from the public in an effort to find Adrian Brown, a missing Aloha teenager, feared to be a victim of human trafficking.

Apr 27

Officials say missing Oregon girl may be trafficking victim

The Columbian, www.columbian.com

Law enforcement officials say a possible human trafficking victim from Aloha, Ore., could be in the Vancouver area.

Apr 19

Tri-Cities First Area in Washington to Enact Policy to Help Sexually Exploited Children

Sara Schilling, www.tri-cityherald.com

The Tri-Cities on Friday became the first community in the state to put in place a protocol for dealing with child victims of commercial sexual exploitation, a form of human trafficking.

Apr 18

Tri-Cities First To Create Sex Trafficking Protocol

By Katherine Hessel, http://www.kvewtv.com

The Tri-Cities made history today by signing the first co-operative protocol to combat sex trafficking of minors in the state of Washington.

Apr 17

Teen in sex trafficking case told Beaverton police that couple knew she was underage, court documents say

by Everton Bailey Jr, www.oregonlive.com

A Vancouver tenn told authorities she was prostituted by a young married couple for two months before a police chase and crash in Aloha led to the husband's arrest, court documents say.

 

Apr 16

Detective: Sex trafficking ‘constant battle’

By Amy Frazier, www.koin.com

Local police admitted sex trafficking is a consistent issue in the area but also said investigators are getting better at fighting it.

Apr 15

Car crashes during police chase involving human trafficking of 17-year-old

By Bob Heye, www.katu.com

A car rammed into two police cars before crashing in Aloha on Tuesday afternoon during a chase involving an investigation into the human-trafficking of a 17-year-old girl, police said.

Apr 13

Oregon's top prosecutor on child sex trafficking: “We still have a long way to go"

By Erica Nochlin, www.katu.com

Oregon's top prosecutor says there is a key piece missing in our area to help reduce a form of modern day slavery. 

Apr 07

Federal indictment accuses 30-year-old man and 19-year-old former cheerleader of sex trafficking a minor

Maxine Bernstein--www.oregonlive.com

A federal grand jury has indicted a 19-year-old former competitive cheerleader and a 30-year-old man on the charge of sex trafficking a minor, a 17-year-old Lake Oswego girl.

Mar 29

Arrest Papers In Human Trafficking Investigation Allege Spa Was Cover-Up For Operation

By Mecca Rayne - www.kktv.com

From the outside, the Healing Art and Relaxtion Spa on Colorado Avenue looks like a traditional spa.  But according to authorities, the appearance is a facade for the spa's true intent: human trafficking. 

Mar 26

Lottery, strip club end deal amid sex trafficking investigation

By Associated Press - www.katu.com

Salem, OR - A Beaverton strip club has agreed to end its contract with the Oregon Lottery amin an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and prostitution involving an underage girl. 

Mar 20

Human trafficking a big problem, panel says

By Peter Wong - www.statesmanjournal.com

Whether they are undocumented immigrants exploited for their labor or youths from other states exploited for sex, human trafficking is a big problem in the Northwest, a panel at Willamette University concluded Thursday. 

Mar 10

Police, hotel workers watch for signs of human trafficking

By Mark Tauscheck - www.kcci.com

We are deep in high school tournament season in Des Moines and while there are many great stories of young atheletes unfolding before our eyes, there is also a dark side during these large gatherings of spectators. 

Mar 10

Human-trafficking legislation reaches governor's desk

seattletimes.com

OLYMPIA - Several bills related to human trafficking in Washington state are heading to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee, who is likely to sign them.