sex trafficking

Human Trafficking
6:47 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Wagner Takes Aim At Publications Faciliating Sex Trafficking

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, speaks Thursday at the Old Courthouse downtown. Wagner is sponsoring a bill allowing prosecutors to go after publications like Backpage.com.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

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.” 

“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.”

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.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:56 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

St. Louis Is A Hot Spot For Sex Trafficking: A Discussion About Efforts To End The Trade

An image from “The Price of Sex,” a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who've been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse.
Via Flickr / humanrightsfilmfestival

Sex trafficking is not just an international problem, or even a national one. It is also a problem here in St. Louis. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, St. Louis is a hot spot of sex trafficking activity, one of the top 20 in the country.

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Code Of Conduct
11:08 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Commentary: Informed People Can Help Reduce Sex Trafficking

Molly Hackett
Credit Provided by Nix Conference and Meeting Management

Jan. 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

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.

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.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:44 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

New Group Seeks To Help Prostitutes, Victims And Drug Addicts In St. Louis

(via Flickr / Daniel P Davis)

Magdalene is a residential program which provides services to women who are involved in prostitution, trafficking and addiction.

The program was founded in 1997 by Becca Stevens, an Episcopal priest at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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