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From child brides to human trafficking, UofL event tries to raise awareness of ‘everyday citizens’

While child marriages have steadily declined, Kentucky ranks third for the highest number of child brides in the country from 2000-2010, according to a recent estimate from The New York Times.

And data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that girls and young women who marry between the ages of 16 to 24 encounter the highest rates of intimate partner violence, while girls 16 to 19 experience victimization at rates nearly three times the national average.

“This is a significant concern, not only because of the numbers but because of what they speak to,” said Jeanne Smoot, senior counsel for policy and strategy at the Tahirih Justice Center. “There are some very young ages of girls getting married and some very large age differences of the adults that they’re marrying.”

Smoot was the keynote speaker at a United Nations Human Rights Day Conference at the University of Louisville

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Proposed legislation aims to stop online sex trafficking

WASHINGTON — Last year, Maryland had the 13th-most sex trafficking cases in the country with 161, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

This year, the hotline reported 61 sex trafficking cases in this the state as of June 30. Half of the incidents involved a minor, and about 84 percent included a female victim.

A House Energy and Commerce hearing Thursday examined legislation that would close loopholes in federal law that critics fear has allowed pervasive online sex trafficking.

Under current law, the Communications Decency Act does not hold online services liable for content that secondary users publish. Sites such as Reddit, Facebook and YouTube are not responsible for vile material that its commenters post in a thread or comment section.

Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri, introduced the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” earlier this year to make it easier for states to prosecute websites that facilitate sex trafficking.

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Maryland ranks 13th in sex-trafficking cases. Proposed legislation aims to stop it online

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Savannah man sentenced to 20 years for sex trafficking children

The Georgia Bulldogs are back in the SEC Championship Game for the first time since 2012, and they’re facing a team they played less than a month ago. 

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Sex Trafficking and Slavery

There appears to be an ironic disconnect between highly publicized moral outrage over historic symbols associated with a tragic colonial era of slavery, compared with insidious yet far less publicized present-day sex slavery, including molestation of juveniles, which has become epidemic in metropolitan areas across our nation.

As I have previously observed in this column, we have witnessed a growing trend of angry attempts to erase past racial injustices through attacks upon Civil War monuments along with memorials to American leaders who were slave owners. Less recognized are those owners of slaves who constituted between 20 and 25 percent of the populations in northern cities such as Boston and Newport.

Last month, a plaque honoring the memory of George Washington was removed by officers of Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Our American Revolution commander and first president had cofounded and worshiped in that church, purchasing pew number five in 1773. A companion

Read more at: https://www.newsmax.com/LarryBell/confederate-markers-statues/2017/11/20/id/827156

Fighting to end human trafficking

On Sept. 17, Yvonne Ambrose shared a heartbreaking story in front of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. She testified about her wonderful daughter, Desiree. She told us about how Desiree enrolled in JROTC because she dreamed of becoming a doctor in the United States Air Force. She wanted to help people.

Yvonne also told us about the last day of Desiree’s life. On Christmas Eve 2016, Desiree was brutally murdered by a 32-year-old man who “bought” her services on the internet from a pimp. Her mother stated, “She was only 16 years old and just wanted to make friends. We know now that adult men found Desiree on social media, reached out to her, pressured her, and used her to make money. Desiree didn’t know what Backpage.com was or the harm that would come from this website.”

For many years, the furthest reaches of the internet have enabled some

Read more at: http://www.theindependent.com/opinion/another_opinion/fighting-to-end-human-trafficking/article_1e575f80-cb23-11e7-90b0-bb9551e7944a.html

Fighting to end human trafficking | Another Opinion | theindependent …

On Sept. 17, Yvonne Ambrose shared a heartbreaking story in front of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. She testified about her wonderful daughter, Desiree. She told us about how Desiree enrolled in JROTC because she dreamed of becoming a doctor in the United States Air Force. She wanted to help people.

Yvonne also told us about the last day of Desiree’s life. On Christmas Eve 2016, Desiree was brutally murdered by a 32-year-old man who “bought” her services on the internet from a pimp. Her mother stated, “She was only 16 years old and just wanted to make friends. We know now that adult men found Desiree on social media, reached out to her, pressured her, and used her to make money. Desiree didn’t know what Backpage.com was or the harm that would come from this website.”

For many years, the furthest reaches of the internet have enabled some

Read more at: http://www.theindependent.com/opinion/another_opinion/fighting-to-end-human-trafficking/article_1e575f80-cb23-11e7-90b0-bb9551e7944a.html

Does Backpage.com help or hinder efforts to stop sex trafficking?

A bipartisan group of 47 lawmakers  – almost half of the Senate – is co-sponsoring a bill to close what it sees as a loophole that supports an online market for sex trafficking. They want to remove legal protections for websites that host prostitution ads, but some in law enforcement warn the effort could be counterproductive.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says classifieds website Backpage.com is involved in nearly three-quarters of all reports of online child sex trafficking that it receives from the general public, reports CBS News correspondent Anna Werner. A Senate investigation showed adult ads proved to be big business for Backpage, generating more than 90 percent of its ad revenue in 2011. Some victims’ advocates want the site shut down. But is it that simple? 

Chicago police use Backpage for undercover sting operations. They post ads on the site and according to Commander Bill Leen, who

Read more at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/backpage-website-investigation-sex-trafficking-prostitution/