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Brewer signs law combating human trafficking

The help that Gov. Jan Brewer promised victims of human trafficking in her State of the State address became law Tuesday, increasing penalties and establishing being a victim of sex trafficking as a defense in child prostitution cases.... Read more»3

Study: Super Bowl sex trafficking too much for one agency

A study of advertising placed during the recent Super Bowl in New Jersey suggests the volume of sex trafficking that will occur when the event comes to Arizona in 2015 will likely exceed the ability of any one law enforcement agency to address.... 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»

Little-known visa for trafficking victims is chronically underused

Visas to enter the U.S. are typically a hot commodity: The government stopped taking applications for its 2014 allotment of 65,000 H-1B work visas after just four days, for example. But not the T-visa. Of the 50,000 T-visas that have been offered over the last 10 years, the government has issued only 6,206 of the little-known visas meant to protect victims of human trafficking and their family members.... Read more»

Looming Super Bowl drives efforts to toughen Az sex trafficking laws

With the clock ticking down to the 2015 Super Bowl, nonprofits and advocates are already working to raise awareness about sex trafficking and persuade lawmakers to toughen laws. Advocates say that sex trafficking increases around sporting events, and the Super Bowl in particular. That was a consideration when a committee appointed by Gov. Jan Brewer made recommendations for new laws and policies in September.... Read more»

‘In Her Shoes’: Program focuses on choices that lead girls into sex trade

A young girls' story is part of an “In Her Shoes” simulation offered by the Arizona State University Diane Halle Center for Family Justice, where a group of reporters had to make choices faced by individuals who fell victim to sex trafficking. ... Read more»1

Comic: Politics

Close Protection

What happens in Cartagena stays in Cartagena ... until you decide to stiff the hookers and they complain. Loudly. To (eventually) your boss. The President. Of the United States.... Read more»

Border Patrol scrutinized for tactics with minors crossing into U.S.

An inquiry by Homeland Security’s inspector general serves to illuminate other, broader concerns about having Board Patrol agents undertake sensitive interviews, or screenings, with children that Congress has mandated of unaccompanied minors, specifically Mexicans, who cross illegally into the United States. ... Read more»

Hitler gave blow-up sex dolls to Nazi soldiers, author claims

Did Adolf Hitler supply Aryan blow-up sex dolls to discourage his troops from sleeping with disease-ridden French prostitutes?... Read more»1

Canada weighs legalizing prostitution

Ruling being appealed said prostitution restrictions endanger sex workers by forcing them to work on the street and banning them from hiring drivers or bodyguards, violating their right to personal security as guaranteed by the constitution.... Read more»

Bankers behaving badly: London's 'sex limos'

A popular London strip club has reportedly been raided and shut down after a two-month investigation by the city's police "vice squad" found that bankers had been paying almost $1,400 for threesomes in a stretch limo.... Read more»

Arizona graded C on curbing child sex trafficking

Arizona should have a zero tolerance policy for men who engage in sexual intercourse with underage prostitutes, a former congresswoman said Tuesday.... 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»

French prostitutes oppose reopening brothels

A French lawmaker wants to reopen brothels, outlawed in France since 1946, in order to protect prostitutes from predatory pimps and exploitation. But the sex workers say no thanks.... Read more»

2010 World Cup

World Cup welcome: A billion condoms and 40,000 sex workers

Arguably, the soccer World Cup is to the sex industry what the holiday season is to candy shops. A temporary surge of excited people feeling collectively festive, willing to pay for a bit of extra indulgence.... Read more»