MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Several West Michigan law enforcement agencies helped nab suspects as part of an FBI operation to save human trafficking victims.Over the weekend, eight pimps were arrested in our area as a part of Operation Cross Country X.The o
Source: Pimps arrested in West Michigan as part of nationwide sting
The FBI’s annual law enforcement action focused on recovering underage victims of prostitution has concluded with the recovery of 82 sexually exploited juveniles and the arrests of 239 pimps and other individuals.
Source: Operation Cross Country X — FBI
Hearing about a young woman’s struggle to wipe away her conviction on prostitution charges inspired New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to introduce legislation to help other victims.
Source: Young Trafficking Victim’s Story On NPR Leads To Senator’s Amendment : It’s All Politics : NPR
The New Colossus focuses on prevention by speaking to teenagers around South Dakota about just how easy it is to enter into a sex-trafficking arrangement online.
Source: Organization strives to protect teens from online human trafficking
Mental health help and crisis intervention nonprofit Common Ground is among six organizations recently awarded $450,000 in grants by the U.S. Department of Justice for mentoring victims of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.
Source: Common Ground receives $450K grant for mentoring programs
Approximately ten members of the Ann Arbor Solidarity with Farmworkers Collective and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers gathered outside the Michigan Union Monday evening to protest Wendy’s for their purchasing choices.
Source: Ethical farming advocacy groups protest Wendy’s outside of the Union | The Michigan Daily
CBS News reports that about a dozen people were arrested in cities across the U.S. on Tuesday for running what authorities called a sophisticated sex trafficking operation in which hundreds of women were brought from Thailand to America through fake visas and forced to work as prostitutes to pay off tens of thousands of dollars …
Source: Breaking News: International Sex Trafficking Ring Busted, 17 Arrested in U.S.
Carl Ferrer and the two founders of the company, which has been accused in various jurisdictions of engaging in sex trafficking, including of children, were charged.
Source: C.E.O. of Backpage.com, Known for Escort Ads, Is Charged with Pimping a Minor – The New York Times