sex trafficking http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Wagner Takes Aim At Publications Faciliating Sex Trafficking http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wagner-takes-aim-publications-faciliating-sex-trafficking <p>There was a time when Katie Rhoades was sold for sex out of nightclubs, strip clubs, magazines and online websites. She was part of an estimated $45 million industry of what she called “selling human beings online.”&nbsp;</p><p>“It’s a lot of money, said Rhoades, the founder of the Healing Action Network. “It’s a lot of economic incentive to keep this industry going.”</p><p>Rhoades said it’s crucial that third-party facilitators of prostitution are held accountable. That’s why she’s supportive of Rep. Ann Wagner’s legislation taking aim at publications advertising human trafficking.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:47:28 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34407 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wagner Takes Aim At Publications Faciliating Sex Trafficking St. Louis Is A Hot Spot For Sex Trafficking: A Discussion About Efforts To End The Trade http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-hot-spot-sex-trafficking-discussion-about-efforts-end-trade <p>Sex trafficking is not just an international problem, or even a national one. It is also a problem here in St. Louis. <a href="https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/228631.pdf" target="_blank">According to the U.S. Department of Justice</a>, St. Louis is a hot spot of sex trafficking activity, one of the top 20 in the country.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:56:44 +0000 Camille Phillips & Alex Heuer 34065 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Is A Hot Spot For Sex Trafficking: A Discussion About Efforts To End The Trade Commentary: Informed People Can Help Reduce Sex Trafficking http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-informed-people-can-help-reduce-sex-trafficking <p>Jan. 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.</p><p>You may assume that human trafficking has nothing to do with you, and that there’s nothing you can do about it. If so, you would be wrong.</p><p>The average age of a child recruited into sex trafficking is just 12. When we tell that to people who know little about human trafficking, particularly child sex trafficking, we see them literally take a step back.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 05:08:03 +0000 Molly Hackett 32934 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Informed People Can Help Reduce Sex Trafficking New Group Seeks To Help Prostitutes, Victims And Drug Addicts In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-group-seeks-help-prostitutes-victims-and-drug-addicts-st-louis <p>Magdalene is a residential program which provides services to women who are involved in prostitution, trafficking and addiction.</p><p><a href="http://www.thistlefarms.org/">The program</a> was founded in 1997 by Becca Stevens, an Episcopal priest at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 22:44:55 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 26255 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Group Seeks To Help Prostitutes, Victims And Drug Addicts In St. Louis