Human Trafficking
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HHS cannot account for thousands of migrant children

Immigration | Overwhelmed feds stopped screening sponsor homes and sent some children to abusers and traffickers
by Evan Wilt
Posted 1/28/16, 04:50 pm

WASHINGTON—The U.S. government placed tens of thousands of migrant children in unscreened homes without even writing down the phone numbers or addresses of the adults in charge, a congressional investigation revealed. As the government eased safety precautions to deal with an overwhelming number of unaccompanied minors, thousands of children were trafficked as slaves, abused, or simply disappeared.

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Abused and exploited

Trafficking | The digital age offers predators new opportunities to lure young girls into sex trafficking, and many victims have few places to turn
by Sophia Lee
Posted 12/11/15, 01:00 am

Sarah had always found it suspicious that her neighbor was making $400 after an hour of “cleaning house.” There was something about her neighbor—the things she said, the way she behaved—that set off icky déjà vu. That neighbor reminded Sarah of her “girlfriend” at age 11, someone who had forced her to perform sexual acts with other boys while she watched. “Watch that lady,” she told herself. “She’s bad.” 

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Senate breaks gridlock, passes human trafficking bill

Politics | Republicans win five-week battle over legislation’s abortion language
by J.C. Derrick
Posted 4/22/15, 04:43 pm

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan human trafficking bill on Wednesday, scoring a significant victory for Republicans who fought to ensure taxpayer funding wouldn’t go to pay for abortions.

“Help is finally on the way for the thousands of enslaved victims who suffer unspeakable abuse in the shadows,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. 

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