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Sex Trafficking: Can Private Investigators Fill Gaps Left By Police?

In Part Two of our investigation of America’s sex trafficking crisis, TCR finds a burgeoning “niche” industry of private nonprofit groups—many comprised of ex-cops or military operatives—who operate outside law enforcement. One former FBI agent maintains that if such groups didn’t exist, the picture would be a lot grimmer.

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Cheap Motels, Highways and Poverty Facilitate Sex Trafficking: Study

Sex traffickers prey on poor and urban neighborhoods near highways and cheap motels, according to researchers at Texas State University, who examined “clusters” of trafficking arrests in Austin. The researchers say their findings support criminologists’ theories that the presence of a particular crime may depend on the physical makeup of a community.

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Sex Trafficking: South Florida’s Youngest Victims

The trafficking of young girls for sex in the U.S. is often overshadowed by the attention paid to the $150 billion international trade. A Crime Report investigation looks at victims and their families in south Florida, now one of the nation’s major human trafficking centers.

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The Deadly Consequences of the Anti-Sex Trafficking Law

Since the federal legislation was passed in April, three women have been murdered and dozens more are missing. That was inevitable when the shutdown of sex sites like Backpage forced sex workers back on the street and into the clutches of pimps, writes an advocate for decriminalization of prostitution.

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Sex Workers Decry ‘Moral Panic’ Over Human Trafficking

As the campaign against sex trafficking grows into a $47 million cottage industry, it has also been spurring a “moral panic” that sex workers say makes them increasingly vulnerable to police abuse, and turns them into targets for those with religious or moral objections to prostitution.

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Courts Fail Black Sex Trafficking Victims, Say Advocates

Justice-involved women, particularly women of color, are often “exploited” twice: first by human traffickers, and then by a court system that focuses on punishment rather than on providing the trauma services and counseling they need, said a New York City judge.

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The Link Between Opioid Abuse and Sex Trafficking

Few Americans realize that sex trafficking is as close to home as their own communities. As the nation notes “human trafficking awareness” month, a West Virginia advocate explores the special tragedies it inflicts in a state that leads the nation in both poverty and drug addiction.

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