Sex Trafficking
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The Mexican town where nearly all boys grow up to be pimps

Human Trafficking
by Gaye Clark
Posted 6/07/16, 01:22 pm

A Mexican sex trafficker on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s 10 most wanted list pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges of sex trafficking a woman for more than eight years. Paulino Ramirez-Granados was one of 12 members of the Granados family arrested in the small Mexican town of Tenancingo, extradited to the U.S., and then indicted in New York on sex trafficking charges. 

While 12 members of one family involved in sex trafficking might seem like a lot anywhere else, in Tenancingo, that’s just business as usual. 

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Christian couple prepares to open first U.S. home for sex-trafficked boys

Human Trafficking
by Gaye Clark
Posted 4/07/16, 09:00 am

Chris and Anna Smith, who are poised to open the first safe house in the United States for sex trafficked boys, didn’t set out to be trailblazers. They founded their Christian ministry, Restore One, in 2012, hoping to open a facility for girls in Greenville, N.C.

Anna, a sex trafficking survivor, worked as an intern at a similar facility, Hope House, in Asheville, N.C. When Hope House founder Emily Fitchpatrick learned the Smiths wanted to open a home, she asked them to consider taking in boys. 

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Senate holds Backpage execs in contempt after they skip hearing

Human Trafficking
by Gaye Clark
Posted 3/22/16, 05:25 pm

The U.S. Senate voted unanimously last week to hold executives with the classified ad website Backpage.com in contempt after the company refused to comply with a subpoena to appear before a congressional committee. Backpage, which sells ads in 431 U.S. cities and another 444 worldwide, stands accused of making huge profits by assisting traffickers who advertise minors for sex.

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