Alaska: The state attorney general proposed a bill to strengthen its measure against sexual violence. One of the bill, if implemented, will not only criminalize possessing child pornography but also viewing it on the internet. Also, the bill forbids “suspended imposition of sentences for people convicted of human trafficking, possession or distribution of child pornography, and distribution of indecent materials to minors.”
Canada: The human trafficking conference points out inactiveness of government in combating human trafficking. The speakers stated the number of abuse and rape as well as underground brothels which are the markets for human trafficking. According to the report, the media’s primary focus on the voices of pro-prostitution group or legalization of prostitution, is another factor to be blamed for the government’s inactive response to human trafficking.
Maryland: The 29 sex trafficker from Brooklyn faces multiple charges. He was charged with prostitution but released on $5000 bail. However, when he was arrested again in Feb. he was charged with two counts of running a prostitution business and a count of prostitution.
indiana: FBI offered ways to stop human trafficking during the Ninth Annual Human Rights Day in Indiana University. He also stated that cybercrime is a growing part of human trafficking in the United States particularly people downing child pornography in their own homes.
Texas: Texas is a hub of human trafficking according to an advocate. She also said that 25% of the trafficking victims who were brought to the US illegally reside in Texas.
Kansas: The governor signed the new law to crack down human trafficking in the state. The new legislation allows the court to order traffickers to forfeit their assets. The authority explained that the intent behind the law is to take away financial gains from human trafficking.
California: More than 280 people were arrested during the multiple agency crackdown yesterday. They were charged with cross-border illegal activities including human trafficking.
New York: The Gambino organized crime family and 13 other people were charged this Tuesday with an array of crimes, including minor sex trafficking. They recruited prostitutes at strip clubs including a 15 year old and advertised them online.
UK: An airport employee is running a marathon to raise the funds for the human trafficking cause. The money raised by the event will be used in several projects such as providing accommodation, getting travel documents, and reuniting them with their families.
Scotland: The government decided to keep prostitution legal. The government asked for further review of findings of inquiry to human trafficking before making decisions on criminalizing prostitution. While some members of the Parliament wanted to outlaw all forms of prostitution, the Parliament ‘s justice committee rejected the idea and favored more considered review on the subject.
Afghanistan: The country’s tradition of child prostitution is exposed on a show. Bacha Bazi is a dancing boy who is sold for sex. A boy as young as six year old is sexually exploited by the powerful men.
Liberia: IOM held an anti-human trafficking workshop. The IOM representative explained the basic elements and forms of human trafficking to alert law enforcement leaders, community and religious leaders.