Polaris Project Updates 8/6/11

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Your action needed now!

The articles below cover every form of human trafficking, which happens across the United States. We need your help to raise awareness and take action against this crime in our communities. Please forward this email to five of your friends and ask them to help fight the issue.

Thanks for taking a stand,

Johanna Olivas
Online Communications Specialist

Human Trafficking in the News

ALABAMA
7/26/2011    Fox 6 WBRC    Special report: Sex trafficking in Birmingham    
Sex trafficking is not only a problem in other countries; it’s also a problem here in Birmingham. A Birmingham-based non-profit organization called The WellHouse, Inc. is ministering to women who are trapped in the sex trafficking industry by offering 24-7 emergency care and a safe place to stay.  
http://www.myfoxal.com/story/15149985/special-report-sex-trafficking-in-birmingham 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
8/2/2011    The Daily News    Couple pleads guilty in forced servitude case    
A Micronesian couple living in Longview pleaded guilty Tuesday in a human trafficking case in which they were accused of forcing an 18-year-old woman from their homeland to work for them.    
http://tdn.com/news/local/article_74d1a44a-bd85-11e0-8a26-001cc4c002e0.html

HAWAII
7/29/2011    Hawaii News Now    Human trafficking trial opens in federal Court    
Aloun Farms owners Mike and Alec Sou are accused of forcing 44 Thai laborers to work on their farm in 2004. A federal court case has opened to prosecute them.  
http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/15177269/human-trafficking-trial-opens-in-federal-court

INDIANA
7/29/2011    The Journal Gazette   Miami girl’s beau/pimp acquitted of sex crime    
There was no argument that Lionel L. Cauley accompanied a teenage girl half his age from her home in Miami to the Midwest, where he collected the money she made through prostitution.           
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20110729/LOCAL03/307299967/1002/LOCAL

LOUISIANA
7/28/2011    Nola.com    Strategies to address human trafficking sought by Louisiana commission    
“An 18-member commission charged with finding ways for the state to better treat young people forced into prostitution or pornography got down to work Thursday, trying to identify ways to help the youths report the crime and receive treatment.”    
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/07/strategies_to_address_human_tr.html 

MICHIGAN
7/25/2011    The Detroit News    Detroiter known as ‘Gruesome’ faces human trafficking charges    
A 32-year-old Detroiter with the street name of “Gruesome” became the first person charged under the state’s new human trafficking law.  
http://detnews.com/article/20110725/METRO/107250398/Detroiter-known-as-%E2%80%98Gruesome%E2%80%99-faces-human-trafficking-charges

MISSOURI
7/26/2011    The Kansas City Star   Human trafficking is target of new federal initiative    
Western Missouri and Kansas will be the focus of one of six new federal law enforcement teams targeting human trafficking, the U.S. Justice Department announced Monday.  
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/07/26/118215/human-trafficking-is-target-of.html 

NEW JERSEY
7/26/2011    Atlantic Highlands Herald   We Must Work to End Human Trafficking in New Jersey    
“Debbie” is a fifteen year old straight-A student and the middle child in a close knit family. One night she was called by a casual friend who came to her house with two older men. When Debbie hugged her friend goodbye, she was pushed into their car and taken to an apartment miles away from her house. Threatened with her life, she was forced to engage in prostitution, giving all the money she earned to her captors. She was kept in a dog cage for days on end and endured threats to herself and her family. Debbie is one of thousands of American teenagers who are victims of human trafficking which is becoming increasingly common around the world and in communities throughout the United States.      
http://www.ahherald.com/opinion-mainmenu-30/letters-to-the-editor/11345-we-must-work-to-end-human-trafficking-in-new-jersey

NORTH CAROLINA
7/28/2011    Fox Charlotte    Human Trafficking Cases On The Rise In Charlotte Area    
As Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police investigate and track the sale of black tar heroin by the Mexican drug cartel, human trafficking becomes a concern.  
http://www.foxcharlotte.com/news/sc-news/Human-Trafficking-Cases-On-The-Rise-In-Charlotte-Area-126380243.html 

VIRGINIA
7/28/2011    Fairfaxtimes.com    Alleged MS-13 gang leader convicted of sex trafficking of a minor    
Jose Ciro Juarez-Santamaria, 24, was convicted today of prostituting a 12-year-old girl with clients throughout northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., according to a release from the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.   
http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/article/20110728/NEWS/707289764/1117/1117/alleged-ms-13-gang-leader-convicted-of-sex-trafficking-of-a-minor&template=fairfaxTimes

INTERNATIONAL
7/27/2011    The New York Times    81 Children Rescued in Raids on Trafficking Ring, Chinese Officials Say    
Police rescue 81 children from a major child trafficking ring that had operated throughout eastern China.            
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/world/asia/28china.html?_r=1

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