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Sold In America: The Trafficking

Across the U.S., thousands of people are trafficked for sex each year. Newsy spoke to survivors and explored what can be done to help.

This is one of three episodes in Newsy’s “Sold in America” documentary series on the U.S. sex trade. Watch the episode focused on sex workers here or the episode focused on sex buyers here.

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Thousands of people are trafficked for sex in the U.S. each year. Polaris, which runs the National Human Trafficking Hotline, received more than 4,000 reports of potential sex trafficking in the most recent year statistics are available.

The Department of Justice defines sex trafficking as when “a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age.” 

Beth Bouchard is a case coordinator with the Child Advocacy Center of

Read more at: https://www.newsy.com/stories/sold-in-america-the-trafficking-3/

Does ‘Three Billboards’ Say Anything About America? Well …

The Martian is actually Martin McDonagh, a playwright from the U.K. “Three Billboards” is his third movie (“In Bruges” and “Seven Psychopaths” precede this one), and the second set in the United States. He’s a dramatist and a linguist who can be glorious about the ordinariness and misery of duty and work. His plays — like “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” or “The Cripple of Inishmaan” — tether behavior to state of mind. You believe what people do because they appear to be making the choices — ugly ones — as opposed to an author you can picture yanking the strings.

But his movies are all strings. Often they feel as if other filmmakers are doing the pulling. “In Bruges” featured two hit men on a chatty stroll in Belgium, and certain people’s passion for it is fit for Valentine’s Day. But it was Tupperware Tarantino

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/movies/three-billboards-outside-ebbing-missouri.html

Report: There Are More Than 2000 Serial Killers At Large In America

A new report from The New Yorker reveals that it’s possible that more than 2,000 serial killers are at large in the United States. Archivist and researcher Thomas Hargrove has been tracking and analyzing data as it pertains to serial killers independently for years now.

Hargrove has been working on the Murder Accountability Project (MAP), a non-profit that collects data on murders and sends it to an algorithm Hargrove created, which he calls his serial killer detector. A serial killing, according to the FBI’s official definition, is the “unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events.”

The F.B.I. believes that less than one percent of murders each year are conducted by serial killers. But, Hargrove thinks that this number is higher.

“How do I know?” he told the New Yorker. “A few years ago, I got some people at the F.B.I. to run the

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/blogs/report-there-are-more-than-2000-serial-killers-at-large-in-america

7 Doctor Who spin-offs that never made it to TV, from Daleks in America to Rose Tyler: Earth Defence

Doctor Who has been blessed with a number of successful and not-so-successful spin-off series over the years. From 1981’s K9 and Company to 2016’s Class, the Who-niverse has been expanding its characters and worlds, as everyone from Captain Jack Harkness to Sarah Jane Smith get their own adventures.

But what you may not know is that there are a number of Doctor Who spin-offs which DIDN’T come to fruition. Here are the 7 most interesting, in chronological order, and the stories as to why they didn’t make it to screen.

1. The Son of Doctor Who

William Hartnell, the original Doctor, once revealed that he himself had an idea for a Doctor Who spin-off series.

The actor claimed that in late 1964 –

Read more at: http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/doctor-who/feature/a842108/doctor-who-spin-offs-that-never-happened-daleks-in-america/

How America’s National Parks Became Hotbeds of Paranormal Activity

This story is part of OUTER LIMITS, a Motherboard series about people, technology, and going outside. Let us be your guide.


The disappearance of Stacy Ann Arras has a cultish online following. On dozens of Reddit threads and chat boards, thousands of people—strangers intimately familiar with her life—obsessively dissect her vanishing. The case is mysterious, eerie, and frustratingly unsolved.

Arras went missing from Yosemite National Park more than 30 years ago. She “just seems to have disappeared,” the park’s then-superintendent, Robert Binnewies, told the Fresno Bee.

It was in the afternoon on July 17, 1981, when a group of six, plus Arras and her father, rode into Sunrise High Sierra Camp on horseback. The camp sits 9,400 feet above sea level and is regarded for its historic significance, being the final stop in Yosemite’s “mountain chalet” loop. It was

Read more at: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/gyjvdx/missing-persons-national-parks-paranormal-bigfoot-aliens

The Most Ticketed Car Show In America Has Been Canceled This Year

Photo: Raphael Orlove

H20i, the annual car show in Ocean City, Maryland that Jalopnik declared the most ticketed car show in America just last year, has been postponed until 2018, according to event organizers.

This is, of course, not an announcement that’s very shocking. The H20i event is known for collecting some of the lowest and flashiest cars in the enthusiast sphere. The cars and their modifications are almost never legal, and a police spokesperson last year reported 1,222 traffic stops in a town with a population of normally around just 7,000 people.

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The entire culture of the event is about avoiding the cops, with tickets, tow fees and impound rates viewed as the price of admission.

Here’s the announcement Read more at: https://jalopnik.com/the-most-ticketed-car-show-in-america-has-been-cancelle-1812938831

America’s Clean Energy Success, by the Numbers

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Over the past eight years, the United States has experienced a remarkable explosion of innovation and entrepreneurship in clean energy. The U.S. energy sector has steadily transformed to a cleaner one with electricity production from wind quadrupling and utility-scale solar electric generation increasing 40-fold. Throughout this transformation, the energy sector has maintained affordability and reliability and supported clean energy jobs for millions of Americans. The clean energy sector will continue to build on this foundation, given the powerful forces of technological innovation, ever-lower costs, and broad business and public support that have coalesced around clean energy.

Since taking office, however, President Donald Trump and his administration have set in motion numerous efforts to dismantle the clean energy growth engine. The Trump administration’s budget, for example, starves support for continued clean-energy innovation and its regulatory agenda undermines energy efficiency initiatives and

Read more at: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/reports/2017/06/29/435281/americas-clean-energy-success-numbers/

Voices of America


Americans, of course, have been listening to the radio for more than a hundred years. But radio is different: Beamed out to a broad audience whose choices in programming are limited by their physical location and the time of day they tune in, radio aimed from the start to reach anyone and everyone who happened to be listening. It couldn’t be too weird or off-kilter; it couldn’t be about individual obsession. It had to be about the shared stuff of public life.

No longer. If you care about a subject, there’s a podcast for it. There’s a podcast called Silage Talk, which is produced by Dairy Herd Management magazine. (“We’re kicking off a great new conversation about silage,” the

Read more at: https://newrepublic.com/article/140976/voices-america-podcasts-stories-individual-obsession

The Lawyer Burying America’s “Living Dead”

One morning in the fall of 2013, Ignacio Jimenez said goodbye to his family and left their home in Sierra Vista, Ariz. He would never be heard from again.

At the time, the family had been suffering through a rough patch financially. Ignacio, 31, had been furloughed from his full-time job, through a government contractor, as a plumber at Fort Huachuca, a U.S. Army installation in southeast Arizona. He and his wife, Alicia, had six children. Without his paycheck, they quickly fell behind on their mortgage payments.

To stave off foreclosure, Alicia would later testify in court, her husband came up with an ill-fated plan: He would earn some quick cash driving a childhood friend back and forth across the nearby border with Mexico. The details were hazy. Years later in court, Ignacio’s father would testify that he believed his son was helping to smuggle drugs.

Read more at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-03-27/the-lawyer-burying-america-s-living-dead

The Lawyer Burying America’s ‘Living Dead’ – Bloomberg

One morning in the fall of 2013, Ignacio Jimenez said goodbye to his family and left their home in Sierra Vista, Ariz. He would never be heard from again.

At the time, the family had been suffering through a rough patch financially. Ignacio, 31, had been furloughed from his full-time job, through a government contractor, as a plumber at Fort Huachuca, a U.S. Army installation in southeast Arizona. He and his wife, Alicia, had six children. Without his paycheck, they quickly fell behind on their mortgage payments.

To stave off foreclosure, Alicia would later testify in court, her husband came up with an ill-fated plan: He would earn some quick cash driving a childhood friend back and forth across the nearby border with Mexico. The details were hazy. Years later in court, Ignacio’s father would testify that he believed his son was helping to smuggle drugs.

Read more at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-03-27/the-lawyer-burying-america-s-living-dead