Sex Trafficking
Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Miracles in a tough season

Human Trafficking | As sex trafficking mutates to survive COVID-19, church closures and social isolation threaten those who have already escaped the life, in unanticipated ways
by Paul McDonnold
Posted 10/21/20, 11:07 pm

Harry Hines Boulevard in northwest Dallas is a “track,” a place where prostitution is, at least in normal times, visible and available. It’s a wide, treeless expanse of concrete, low-slung buildings, and neon signs. On a Saturday in early August, a nearly full moon glowed in the southeastern sky. A couple of strip clubs had reopened and, judging from the parking lots, were doing good business. Outside of one, a doorman stood wearing a surgical mask. 

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Photo illustration by Patrick White

An evil traffic

Europe | In the Netherlands, legal prostitution hasn’t turned out the way advocates predicted, and some are fighting to end it
by Jenny Lind Schmitt
Posted 1/16/20, 12:00 pm

The streets were crowded on a recent Saturday night in Amsterdam’s red light district. Thousands of pedestrians strolled the cobbled streets under pink neon signs and over canals where trash floated on brown water. High-pitched laughter occasionally punctuated the excited murmur of sightseers and crescendos outside an X-rated cinema.

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Career and calling

Charity | A major league pitcher supports boys’ and girls’ homes in Uganda to combat trafficking
by Laura G. Singleton
Posted 7/04/19, 03:25 pm

Many professional athletes establish charitable foundations. Some just want a tax break, but Detroit Tigers pitcher Matt Boyd and his wife, Ashley, wanted to see what they could do at street level in Uganda, where they have now established a nonprofit, Kingdom Home, housing 146 girls and boys ages 6 to 14. Typically born into poverty or abandoned to the streets, the children are among a group that human traffickers often target.

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