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Sex trafficking in Indian Country a 'significant problem,' senators told

Sex-trafficking in Indian Country is a significant problem, with tribal women and children suffering at higher rates than the general population, a panel of experts and activists told a Senate committee Wednesday.... Read more»

Mexican human rights defenders say they are target of smear campaign

With the release of a report investigating a student massacre in 2014, its authors and other human rights advocates fear attempts to pre-empt the findings and discredit the work. ... Read more»

Cindy McCain: U.S. must lead fight against human trafficking

Cindy McCain told a Senate committee Wednesday that the U.S. should be the leader in the global fight against human trafficking.... Read more»

Firms showcase products aimed at boosting border security

Products on display at the Border Security Expo held in Phoenix ranged from body cameras to retinal scanners for customs checkpoints to an amphibious ball carrying video equipment. Makers hope to capitalize on calls for more secure borders. ... Read more»

Stiffer penalties for buyers key to curbing sex trafficking

When it comes to sex trafficking, the traffickers traditionally receive the harshest legal punishments. But states can do more to curb the practice by shifting that responsibility onto the men who purchase sex with young women, an advocacy group contends.... Read more»

Tucson victim of human trafficking shares story in D.C.

For those who think slavery exists only in history books, Tucson resident Beth Jacobs has a message. “Trafficking does not discriminate. It will find you at home, at church, or on the Internet,” said Jacobs, who said she was forced into prostitution as a teenager. “It can find you anywhere.”... Read more»

Christie: GOP needs to ‘show up’ and engage groups that disagree

Believing that Republicans can win support from Hispanics just by supporting immigration reform “is insulting to Hispanic voters all over the country,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Friday.... Read more»

Trafficking crimes tough to measure, harder to combat

Lawmakers will address the challenges of combating human trafficking in Texas — a state known as a national center for the difficult-to-measure crime — at a joint interim hearing in Houston on Tuesday. Texas has created harsher penalties for the crime, but advocates say it's hard to know whether they are working.... Read more»

Google donates $11.5M to fight slavery, human trafficking

Google announced Wednesday that it will be giving $11.5 million in grants to 10 organizations that fight modern-day slavery and human trafficking.... Read more»2

Lawsuit vs. Qatar diplomat in U.S. alleges human trafficking

The apparent lack of action against alleged human rights abuses by diplomats calls into question recent claims by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the U.S. doesn’t tolerate rights abuses by visiting officials.... Read more»

Texas lawmakers take closer aim at human trafficking

Human trafficking now exceeds all illegal enterprises except for illicit drug and weapon smuggling in terms of profits derived, which can be as high as $32 billion annually.... Read more»

African sex slaves forced to work in Irish brothels

A founder of the Irish Republic, Eamon de Valera, famously idealized Ireland 70 years ago as an innocent land of saints and scholars, whose villages were joyous with the laughter of happy maidens. If he came back today he would be shocked to find that a village in Ireland is just as likely to contain a brothel, populated by sex slaves from Africa.... Read more»