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Child Trafficking: The Tragedy of ‘Princess’

Even when information about online trafficking victims is brought to the attention of law enforcement, they can still be treated as “disposable people” by the system meant to protect them, says a trafficking expert.


Hunting the Internet’s Sex Predators

The director of a recent Netflix documentary on child sex-traffickers has called for legislation restricting commercial sex sites. But an expert on human trafficking argues police need them to identify –and save—the victims.


How L.A. County Faced Its Tragic Problem with Sex-Trafficked Kids

Los Angeles police and social workers believed the young girls picked up as prostitutes could best be helped through the juvenile court system. Then they realized little would change until they went after the traffickers who had made L.A. County one of the top child sex-trafficking hubs in the U.S.


Sex Trafficking: A Surprising Rescue Story

A researcher uses to identify a potential victim and get police help. The lesson, she writes, is that commercial sex trafficking sites are increasingly useful tools for law enforcement—and outlawing them is counterproductive.


Why Do We Criminalize Young Victims of Sex Trafficking?

A California law effective this month bars prosecutors from charging minors with prostitution. But the practice of bringing juveniles who have been victims of commercial sexual exploitation into court happens more often than we would expect in many parts of the country.


Holding Child Sex Traffickers Accountable

Efforts to prevent, identify and respond to commercial sex trafficking of minors in the United States require better collaborative approaches, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council. The two organizations formed a committee to study child sex trafficking, identify causes and consequences, and make policy recommendations. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention sponsor the committee's report. The report concludes that efforts to contain child sex trafficking will need to involve […]


Child Sex Trafficking Prosecutions Increase Fourfold

The U.S. Department of Justice is on pace to prosecute four times the number of child sex trafficking crimes during fiscal year 2013 than it did during fiscal year 2008, according to the Syracuse University Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The U.S. Department of Justice pursued 130 new child trafficking cases during the first nine months of fiscal year 2013, putting the department on pace for 173 prosecutions this year. That figure represents a 394 percent increase from five years […]


Catching Child Sex Traffickers on the Internet

As child sex traffickers increasingly turn to the Internet to facilitate their black market activities, law enforcement and advocates are following them into cyberspace. Researchers, policy makers and advocates gathered at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore yesterday to discuss innovations that could save victims of child sex trafficking. “We are working energetically, as part of a growing movement, to mobilize the power of data and tech innovation, to help win the fight against the evil […]