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SPD, rescue group receive grant to combat human trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on October 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm

The Seattle Police Department and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Seattle have been awarded a $750,000 federal grant to continue work combatting human trafficking of both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals, according to a news release issued Monday by U.S. District Attorney Jenny Durkan.

The money — $500,000 to the police department and $250,000 to IRC’s Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network  — will be used for criminal investigations and to provide services to victims, including housing, medical and mental health care and support for those involved in prosecutions against traffickers.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Justice was first awarded to SPD and IRC nine years ago, but up until July 2012, the funds could only be used to help foreign nationals involved in forced labor or the sex trade, said Kathleen Morris, program director of the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network. Now, the money can go to aid all victims of human trafficking in Western Washington, she said.

“It’s been going up exponentially, each and every year,” said Morris, adding that more people requested help in the first half of 2013 than in all of 2012. “Anyone exploited in this way deserves services.”

Source: Seattle Times


Ghana: Immigration Officers Trained On Combating Smuggling, Human Trafficking

In Human Trafficking on June 7, 2013 at 11:39 am

In its bid to improve upon its tactics in combating smuggling and human trafficking at the borders, the Ghana Immigration Service, in partnership with the Thematic Programme on Migration and Asylum, has trained 61 Immigration Officers on specific combat areas.

The programme on migration and asylum is European Union sponsored and aims at combating the menace of smuggling of migrants and other forms of irregular migration.

The six-day training programme took place in Bolgatanga, in Upper East Region.

Most the officers who benefited from the programme were those at the borders in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions, including an international trainee from Burkina Faso.

Source: All Africa

St. Paul, Ramsey County teaming up to crack down on sex trafficking

In Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on April 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Two different police departments made contact with sex trafficking victims and a suspect at two different times last July 7, and both times officers failed to identify the crime at hand. In the first encounter, Inver Grove Heights police cited the suspect with a traffic violation. In the second, St. Paul police responded to a home and left when they were told “simply a fight had occurred.”

It wasn’t until three months later that a concerned grandmother’s e-mail prompted police to more closely investigate the suspect, Otis D. Washington, his brother, the men’s two uncles and one of the suspect’s former girlfriends. Earlier this month, the five of them were charged in Ramsey County District Court with allegedly running a sex trafficking ring that spanned St. Paul to Ely and victimized at least 10 vulnerable girls and women, including the ones police encountered at 3:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. on July 7.

Source: Star Tribune

Agents on lookout for human trafficking in Ohio bars, other liquor establishments

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm

As agents in Ohio investigate liquor permit establishments for alcohol, drugs and weapons violations, they’re also looking for human traffickers and victims of the crime.

Every agent has received training on how to spot signs of human trafficking in Ohio’s bars, restaurants and other places that serve alcohol.

Last October, agents attended human trafficking awareness training by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The training explained what human trafficking looks like and what agents do when they see the illegal activity.

“Our agents are often in a prime setting to spot victims of human trafficking,” said Agent-in-Charge Eric Wolf. “In these cases, time is of the essence. Our agents can start the process to get these people to safety and do so quickly.”

Many victims of human trafficking are often moved through adult entertainment clubs, or even truck stops, which often have liquor permits.

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Professionals to receive training to spot child trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on February 1, 2013 at 8:39 am

Professionals working with children and young people will receive specialist training to spot and help victims of child trafficking as part of a Home Office scheme.

The initiative, designed for youth workers, social workers, GPs and midwives, will be rolled out across London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, Leeds and Brighton.

The training is part of the government’s strategy to support victims who are “lured to the UK by gangs and then exploited for sex, labour and domestic slavery”, including the rising number of children being forced into crime, such as street begging and cannabis cultivation.

The NSPCC is among five organisations that have received £70,000 of Home Office funding to provide training as part of continuing professional development courses for the children and young people’s workforce.

Source: Children & Young People Now

Teachers, doctors learn warning signs of sex trafficking

In Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on January 16, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Friday, Charlotte teachers, doctors, and social workers gathered to learn about recognizing and preventing human trafficking.

Human trafficking occurs every day throughout the United States, including Charlotte. Trafficking can take two different forms–labor trafficking and sex trafficking. Labor trafficking happens when workers are recruited and either forced or coerced into working without pay.

Sex trafficking involves women and girls as young as eleven years old who are forced or coerced into having sex.

Friday, Tompkins joined the Junior League of Charlotte and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in educating the public about human trafficking. The audience included multiple representatives from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) as well as health care professionals, social workers, and other community advocates.

Source: WBTV

Police enlist hotels in fight against sex trafficking

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 13, 2013 at 10:00 am

The hospitality industry in Hennepin County is the latest frontline against child sex trafficking.

Hotel employees received training from law enforcement Tuesday to spot possible cases of juvenile sex trafficking. Hospitality employees will be on the look-out for signs such as guests without luggage, rooms paid for in cash and young girls with significantly older males.

Last year, hotel workers in Ramsey County and Minnetonka underwent similar training to help spot suspicious activity and report it to law enforcement. Authorities said hotels and motels are often where underage girls are sold for sex.

Hotel workers are often the first to notice when something isn’t right, said Minneapolis police Sgt. Grant Snyder, who led the training.

“Nobody is better at recognizing problems in their hotel. Recognizing when something’s amiss, when someone needs help or when someone’s in danger. No one’s better at that than hotel employees,” Snyder said. “What we’re trying to do here is engage the hotel employees, engage law enforcement, engage our other partners into a collaboration that allows us on a very expansive, community level to be able to target this on the way that it should be targeted.”

Source: Minnesota Public Radio

Training Helps Professionals Identify Human Trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on January 2, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Dozens of social workers and law enforcement personnel around Kansas recently completed training designed to further understanding of human trafficking, which is a modern form of human slavery.

Classes were held in Wichita, Topeka and Hays. Social workers from the Kansas Department for Children and Families and Kansas Highway Patrol officers gained new insights from nationally renowned expert Dottie Laster.

Toni Schuckman, Wichita regional assistant director for the Department For Children and Families, said “everyone walked out with something new and a broader understanding of the problem.”

Source: KMUW

Airline Ambassadors International Human Trafficking Training Team Educates Sabre Holdings Employees

In Human Trafficking on October 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Airline Ambassadors International Human Trafficking Training team trained nearly 400 employees of Sabre Holdings directly before a brief ceremony where Sabre Holdings Chairman and CEO, Sam Gilliland , signed the Code of Conduct for the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism. Sabre is the first global travel technology company to sign The Code.

“This is a giant step in becoming an openly active and responsible corporation in regards to Human Trafficking awareness”, said Nancy Rivard, founder of Airline Ambassadors International. “We are honored to be the first trainers who will be sharing our program focusing on airlines and travel with Sabre employees”.

Source: eTurbo News

Non-profits, county work to rehabilitate human trafficking victims

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on September 22, 2012 at 8:52 am

As officials continue to battle illicit sexually oriented businesses in unincorporated Harris County, securing resources for victims has become more of a priority for local non-profits.

“In law enforcement, we’re making a paradigm shift,” said Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia. “In recent years, we’ve gone from arresting women on the streets, trying to convict them and send them off to prison to understanding that they are not born wanting to grow up and be a prostitute. They don’t go to school hoping to graduate magna cum laude in prostitution. So we’ve now developed a new perspective.”

In a new initiative, Garcia said all deputies with the sheriff’s office will go through human trafficking training by the end of the year, so they will be able to recognize victims and find them help.

Source: Your Houston News

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