human trafficking http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Human Trafficking Summit Sheds Light On Harsh Reality, But Some See No Further Role For Feds http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/human-trafficking-summit-sheds-light-harsh-reality-some-see-no-further-role-feds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal government puts St. Louis in the top 20 jurisdictions for human trafficking.</span></p><p>That ranking, as well as a host of other sobering facts about human trafficking came to light during a summit Monday morning in Edwardsville hosted by Republican Congressmen John&nbsp;Shimkus&nbsp;and Rodney Davis of Illinois.</p><p>Attendees also learned:</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:54:40 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 38048 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Human Trafficking Summit Sheds Light On Harsh Reality, But Some See No Further Role For Feds Dooley Asks County Council To Boost The Effort To Fight Human Trafficking http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dooley-asks-county-council-boost-effort-fight-human-trafficking <p>St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley is pushing for more money to combat human trafficking.&nbsp;</p><p>Dooley asked the St. Louis County Council Tuesday for $250,000 to establish a computer forensic laboratory and hire two forensic examiners. That equipment and additional personnel could help establish evidence that could prosecute sex traffickers.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 19:00:56 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36118 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Dooley Asks County Council To Boost The Effort To Fight Human Trafficking 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 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 Episcopal Leaders In Boston, St. Louis Use World Series To 'Strike Out' Human Trafficking http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/episcopal-leaders-boston-st-louis-use-world-series-strike-out-human-trafficking <p><strong>Updated at bottom on October 22 with bets from the Archdiocese.</strong></p><p><strong>Updated at 3:30 p.m. to clarify quote about child trafficking.</strong></p><p>The leaders of the Episcopal cathedrals in Boston and St. Louis are betting that the World Series between the Red Sox and Cardinals will help combat human trafficking and prostitution in their cities.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 19:51:17 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 30822 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Episcopal Leaders In Boston, St. Louis Use World Series To 'Strike Out' Human Trafficking Illinois getting tougher on human trafficking http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-getting-tougher-human-trafficking <p>Illinois is getting tougher on those involved in human trafficking and forcing the vulnerable into prostitution.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law Saturday that strengthens the ability of prosecutors to target those behind what he called &quot;a tragic trade.&quot;<br />&nbsp;<br />The measure also offers greater protection to the victims, who are often from vulnerable groups like runaways, abused children and immigrants.<br /> Sat, 04 Aug 2012 17:12:43 +0000 The Associated Press 4251 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois getting tougher on human trafficking Hotels asked to help stop sex trafficking http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hotels-asked-help-stop-sex-trafficking <p>A suburban St. Louis event planner is seeking to enlist hotels in the fight against human trafficking of minors, particularly for sex.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/ywsByd">St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports</a> that Nix Conference &amp; Meeting Management has begun pressuring the 500 or so hotels it does business with to sign a code of conduct in the effort to protect children from trafficking.</p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 17:43:35 +0000 The Associated Press 2965 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hotels asked to help stop sex trafficking Defendant in Mo. sex slave case changes plea http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/defendant-mo-sex-slave-case-changes-plea <p>A suburban St. Louis man has pleaded guilty to participating in the commercial sex trafficking of a woman whom prosecutors allege was coerced into being a sex slave.</p><p>Thirty-three-year-old Bradley Cook of Kirkwood entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Kansas City.</p><p>The case revolves around a woman who said she was a teenager when she moved into the rural Lebanon, Mo., trailer of co-defendant Edward Bagley and his wife. The accuser said she was used as a sex slave for years and came to authorities only after going into cardiac arrest after a torture session.</p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 18:37:34 +0000 The Associated Press 2716 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Defendant in Mo. sex slave case changes plea Morning headlines: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-wednesday-july-13-2011 <p><strong>Nixon signs human trafficking bill</strong></p><p>People convicted of human trafficking in Missouri will face longer maximum sentences under a bill signed by Gov. Jay Nixon.</p><p>The legislation addresses convictions for trafficking for slavery, forced labor or sexual exploitation and abuse through forced labor. Those crimes now carry maximum sentences of 15 years in prison.</p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 14:27:54 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 1633 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 Hotel signs code to prevent sex trafficking http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hotel-signs-code-prevent-sex-trafficking <p>The Millennium Hotel St. Louis signed a code Tuesday to help prevent the sex trafficking of children.</p><p>The move came as nearly 900 Sisters of St. Joseph gathered for a three-day event at the Millennium.</p><p>Executive director of the Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph in the U.S., Kathy McCluskey, says they&rsquo;re working to inform Americans about the issue of child sex trafficking.</p><p>&quot;What we&rsquo;ve discovered is when you do that people will recognize the horror of it and immediately want to learn what can be done to prevent it at every level,&quot; McCluskey said.</p> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 22:17:32 +0000 Maria Altman 1632 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hotel signs code to prevent sex trafficking