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  • Human trafficking during Super Bowl week prompts ministry

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, January 29, 2019 (19 days ago)

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    ATLANTA (BP) -- When Heather Havard was a freshman in high school, she heard the song "27 Million" by worship leader Matt Redman about the number of slaves in the world.

    She was moved enough to begin doing her own research and taking measures to fight human trafficking. This weekend, she's leading a group of 10 people, most of them students at Sam Houston State University, where Havard is now a sophomore, to Atlanta to raise awareness during the Super Bowl about the problem of human trafficking.

    "The Super Bowl is the number one event every year where human trafficking rates skyrocket," said Havard, a member of University Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Texas. "Traffickers will come from all over the country, and some from places all over the world. They'll rent out whole hotel floors. Sometimes you'll find that entire hotels are rented out by traffickers." Read More

  • Bipartisan anti-sex trafficking bill passes House

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Sex advertising websites and their users would face penalties for sex trafficking under a bill passed by the U.S. House Feb. 27, amending a law that had shielded such offenders. Similar legislation is pending in the Senate.

    A bipartisan group of 388 legislators passed H.R. 1865, termed the "Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (FOSTA)," to amend Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934. Section 230 had limited the legal liability of interactive computer service providers or users for content they publish that was created by others, according to a summary at Read More

  • Online sex crimes loophole removal nears House vote

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, February 27, 2018 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A legal loophole that has shielded sex advertising websites and their users from prosecution may be reversed after the U.S. House of Representatives heard arguments today (Feb. 27).

    A bipartisan bill, hailed by such advocates as the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), would amend Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934. Classified advertising website and its users have used the act to avoid federal and state prosecution over interactive computer services related to child sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, according to the bill's supporters. Read More

  • Super Bowl Twitter campaign tackles sex trafficking

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 02, 2018 (one year ago)

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (B) -- Sex trafficking demand increases when large crowds gather for such events as the Super Bowl, an advocacy group said in launching a Feb. 4 Twitter campaign to spread awareness of sexual exploitation.

    While sex trafficking remains a crime that must be tackled all year round, the demand has been proven to increase at previous Super Bowls, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) said in launching #TackleDemand. Read More

  • 'Dirty Dozen' sex exploiters named by watchdog group

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, March 08, 2017 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has released its 2017 Dirty Dozen List of companies most responsible for promoting pornography and sex crimes among adults and children in homes, libraries, hotels and other places.

    Amazon, the American Library Association (ALA), Amnesty International,, Cosmopolitan magazine, HBO, Snapchat and YouTube are repeats on the 2017 list, with the ALA and Cosmopolitan making the list the past five consecutive years. Comcast, EBSCO Information Services, Roku and Twitter are newcomers. Read More

  • Shelters for trafficking victims aid their healing

    by Grace Thornton/The Alabama Baptist, posted Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (2 years ago)

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Erin Futch rolled up her sleeves and got to work in the kitchen of Mountain Brook Baptist Church right next to a girl who looked like she was about her age.

    They started talking that morning, swapping stories. Turns out both of them were 22 and had played softball in high school -- not only that, they'd played against each other.

    But then their stories had gone vastly different directions. Read More

  • Battling sex trafficking, trekking to hotels & motels

    by Grace Thornton, posted Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (2 years ago)

    NOVI, Mich. (BP) -- Amy Lipovsky felt like a song playing on loop -- walking into the same hotels, saying the same things week after week and showing the same pictures of missing girls.

    "It's emotionally draining" trying to get people to care, she said of FRe Outreach, which helps hotel and motel employees in the Detroit suburbs to recognize and rescue victims of sex trafficking. "There's not a lot of visible return for your efforts." Read More

  • Sex trafficking: One click led NYC church to action

    by Grace Thornton, posted Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (2 years ago)

    QUEENS, N.Y. (BP) -- It all started in a Facebook community group. It could've ended there but something happened that changed everything.

    He recognized her face.

    "The Facebook group was a place where people in our part of town share things," Nathan Creitz, pastor of City Life Church in Ridgewood, Queens, New York, recounted, "and somebody on there shared a link and said something like, 'I can't believe this is happening in our neighborhood.'" Read More