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Young workers in the oldest profession - Clark County girls make up a third of the underage sex workers in Portland
Isolde Raftery, The Columbian, December 6, 2008
Sarah was 16 and addicted to crack cocaine when she heard there was easy money to make in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant off Fourth Plain Boulevard.   “I went there to pick up guys,” Sarah, 22, said. “They would buy me what I wanted as long as I had sex with them.”   After working for a year in Vancouver, Sarah ventured to Portland. Willowy, her greasy blond hair pulled tight into a bun, she looks exhausted.   “I got here on Sandy and 82nd, and this guy, D.C., asked me if I wanted to get high,” she said one morning last summer, sitting on a curb in northeast Portland. “Then he told me I owed him money and to go get money.”   Sarah was trapped. She’d fallen prey to a pimp’s come-on and become one of the 20 to 30 juveniles Portland police say work the streets at any given time. Like more than a third of those girls, she is from Vancouver. And like many of them, she remains beyond the reach of police efforts to
separate her from her pimp. It’s been six years, and Sarah is still on the streets.

‘SNITCHES DIE, YOU KNOW’ - “I can cite case after case of girls coming from average families, and once the pimp was able to intervene, the family didn’t matter anymore,” Dick said. “I know of officers’ daughters who got into it, a federal prosecutor’s daughter, a DA’s daughter, a politician’s daughter.”  Cherise was a rebellious 15-year-old when she met her first pimp, Deandre Green, at Lloyd Center in Portland.          
Green was a 25-year-old Bloods gang member from Aloha, Ore.   He sweet-talked her to a nondescript, two-story motel and told her the rules: This is business, don’t be out of pocket, respect your pimp and give me all your money.   According to court documents, when Cherise said she had second thoughts, Green said, “I know where you live and where your family lives. I will kill you and your family if you say anything to anybody. You’re mine now.”

Human trafficking cases increase in El Paso
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June 5, 2011, Demi Moore to Host Report for CNN on Human Trafficking
Michael Nagle for The New York TimesAshton Kutcher and Demi Moore, with Trevor Neilson, at the United Nations for a panel on victims of human trafficking. Ms. Moore will host a CNN documentary about sex trafficking this month.For months, CNN has been campaigning against modern-day slavery on its newscasts and Web sites. For the next stage, it’s bringing in star power. continued below ...
                              October 2000, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) (Public Law 106-386) was enacted.  Prior to that, no comprehensive Federal law existed to protect victims of trafficking or to prosecute their traffickers.   
Human trafficking is increasingly committed by organized, sophisticated criminal groups, and is the fastest growing source of profits for organized criminal enterprises worldwide. Profits from the trafficking industry contribute to the expansion of organized crime in the U.S. and worldwide.  
T               TVPA Goals
 Prevent human trafficking overseas  
• Protect victims and help them rebuild their lives in the U.S. with Federal and state support  
• Prosecute traffickers of persons under stiff Federal penalties 
Prevention, Protection and Prosecution
The law is comprehensive in addressing the various ways of combating trafficking, including prevention, protection and prosecution.  The prevention measures include the authorization of educational and public awareness programs. 
Protection and assistance for victims of trafficking under the law include making housing, educational, health care, job training and other Federally-funded social service programs available to assist victims in rebuilding their lives. The law also established the T visa, which allows victims of trafficking to become temporary residents of the U.S.  The TVPA authorizes up to 5,000 victims of trafficking each year to receive permanent residence status after three 
years from issuance of their temporary residency visas.  The T visa signifies a shift in the immigration law policy, which previously resulted in many victims being deported as illegal aliens. The law also makes victims of trafficking eligible for the Witness Protection Program. 
The law makes victims of trafficking eligible for benefits and services under Federal or state programs once they become certified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Adult trafficking victims must be certified as a pre-condition for their eligibility for benefits and services.  Once certified, they will be eligible to apply for benefits and services under any Federal or state funded programs, to the same extent as refugees including refugee cash, medical assistance and social services.  Victims under the age of 18 
do not need to be certified.  HHS issues these victims letters of eligibility so that providers know they are eligible for services and benefits. 
Victims of human trafficking who are non-U.S. citizens are eligible to receive benefits and services through the TVPA to the same extent as refugees.  Victims who are U.S. citizens do not need to be certified by HHS to receive benefits; as U.S. citizens, they are already eligible for many benefits. 

National Human Trafficking Resource Center 1.888.3737.888
The TVPA also created new law enforcement tools to strengthen the prosecution and punishment of traffickers, making human trafficking a Federal crime with severe penalties.   
For example, if a trafficking crime results in death or if the crime includes kidnapping, an attempted kidnapping, aggravated sexual abuse, attempted aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, the trafficker could be sentenced to life in prison.  Traffickers who exploit children (under the age of 14) using force, fraud or coercion, for the purpose of sex trafficking (a commercial sex act
1) can be imprisoned for life. If the victim was a child between the age 
of 14 and 18 and the sex trafficking did not involve force, fraud or coercion, the trafficker could receive up to 20 years in prison. 

Moreover, the law addresses the subtle means of coercion used by traffickers to bind their victims in to servitude, including: psychological coercion, trickery, and the seizure of documents, activities which were difficult to prosecute under preexisting involuntary servitude statutes and case law.  

                 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2003
In 2003, the Bush Administration authorized more than $200 million to combat human trafficking through the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2003 (TVPRA).  

TVPRA renews the U.S. government’s commitment to identify and assist victims exploited through labor and sex trafficking in the United States.  
The TVPRA provides resources and initiatives to assist the 18,000 - 20,000 victims of human trafficking who are trafficked into the United States every year. It augments the legal tools which can be used against traffickers by empowering victims to bring Federal civil suits against traffickers for actual and punitive damages, and by including sex trafficking and forced labor as offenses under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization statute. 

It also encourages the nation's 21,000 state and local law enforcement agencies to participate in the detection and investigation of human trafficking cases.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a significant role in implementing the law's victim-centered, compassionate approach to finding and aiding the victims of this modern-day slave trade.  

If you think you have come in contact with a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1.888.3737.888.  This hotline will help you determine if you have encountered victims of human trafficking, will identify local resources available in your community to help victims, and will help you coordinate with local social service organizations to help protect and serve victims to begin the process of restoring their lives.  For more information on human trafficking visit

On Monday, the network will announce a plan for a one-hour documentary, “Nepal’s Stolen Children,” reported and hosted by the actress Demi Moore

In the documentary, which will be shown for the first time on June 26, Ms. Moore meets girls as young as 11 who had been forced into prostitution and were rescued by a Nepalese nonprofit.

At one point she talks to Nepal’s prime minister, Jhalanath Khanal. At another, she goes home with one victim to find out if the girl’s family will accept or reject
her. Rejection is pervasive because of the stigma of sex trafficking in some cultures.

Ms. Moore and her husband, Ashton Kutcher , have a foundation dedicated to ending child sex slavery and human trafficking.
That statement is both truth and a tag line. Specifically, it's the tag line for the Demi and Ashton Foundation (DNA), which was launched today. DNA's mission is to help raise awareness about and eventually bring an end to human trafficking, and it was created by Hollywood power couple Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher. You can check the website out here.

DNA is the next step in what has been a long and growing commitment of both Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore to bringing attention to modern-day slavery. Currently, the website is little more than a slickly-designed home page with some basic information, but the launch date is listed as today. So we can expect that DNA is in its nascent stage and will be growing soon.

Tony Maddox, the executive vice president and managing director of CNN International, said of the documentary: “This wasn’t, ‘We’ll get more publicity if we work with someone high profile, so let’s go find someone high profile.’ This was, ‘Who are the leading players in this field?’ ”

One of them, he said, happened to be a famous actress.

The documentary comes in the fourth month of the CNN Freedom Project, an effort to investigate and bring an end to human trafficking, bonded labor and other forms of what advocacy groups say amounts to slavery.

Led by Mr. Maddox, CNN is taking a stand against slavery — an “easy position” to take, he acknowledges, but one requiring hard work in coverage, campaigning and following up.

“It’s an issue of fundamental humanity,” Mr. Maddox said in a telephone interview. “When that humanity has been violated, there is a moral responsibility to say that this is wrong.”

Reports about slavery have appeared on CNN’s domestic channel roughly three times a week, and have been more prevalent on CNN’s international channel, even in the midst of an exceptionally busy season of international news.

The number of reports will increase in the United States during the week of June 19, the week that the State Department is to release its annual report on human trafficking.

The CNN project will continue through the end of the year.

Politics of the Plate: The Price of Tomatoes

Barry Estabrook, Gourmet Magazine, March 2009

The beige stucco house at 209 South Seventh Street is remarkable only because it is in better repair than most Immokalee dwellings. For two and a half years, beginning in April 2005, Mariano Lucas Domingo, along with several other men, was held as a slave at that address.

Lucas’s “room” turned out to be the back of a box truck in the junk-strewn yard, shared with two or three other workers. It lacked running water and a toilet, … Everything had a price. Lucas was soon $300 in debt. After a month of ten-hour workdays, he figured he should have paid that debt off.

But when Lucas—slightly built and standing less than five and a half feet tall—inquired about the balance, Navarrete threatened to beat him should he ever try to leave. Instead of providing an accounting, Navarrete took Lucas’s paychecks, cashed them, and randomly doled out pocket money, $20 some weeks, other weeks $50.

Taking a day off was not an option. If Lucas became ill or was too exhausted to work, he was kicked in the head, beaten, and locked in the back of the truck. Other members of Navarrete’s dozen-man crew were slashed with knives, tied to posts, and shackled in chains.

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