Sex Trafficking
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Fishing boats dump trafficking victims on remote Indonesian islands

Human Trafficking
by Gaye Clark
Posted 4/01/15, 03:28 pm

The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote Indonesian islands has climbed to more than 4,000 in the last few weeks. Boat captains abandoned the men, many victims of human trafficking, after the government issued a moratorium on foreign fishing. Indonesian Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti, declared the moratorium in an effort to identify unlicensed ships and prosecute poachers.

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Reid vows to kill trafficking bill over abortion funding restrictions

Human Trafficking
by Gaye Clark
Posted 3/25/15, 04:00 pm

Two weeks ago, Senate Democrats and Republicans found something to agree on: Human trafficking should be stopped. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act sailed out of the judiciary committee with a unanimous vote and headed for a vote in the full Senate. No one feared its demise.

That was before March 10, when Senate Democrats cried foul after discovering the Hyde Amendment language contained in the bill. A new fund created to help victims of sex trafficking could not be used to fund abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or risk to the life of the mother.

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Truckers drafted in street-level fight against human trafficking

Human Trafficking
by Gaye Clark
Posted 3/25/15, 11:45 am

Trucker Kent Kimmel was parked at a Pilot truck stop in New Kent County, Va. when he spotted a young woman peeking out the window of a black-curtained RV. “The black drapes didn’t make it look like a families’ RV,” Kimmel told TV station WTVR. “When I saw the young girl’s face, I said, that’s not going to happen.” 

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