Senate Republicans Snuck Anti-Abortion Language Into Trafficking Bill 

The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act should be among the least controversial bills the Senate passes: it's meant to prevent human trafficking, aid its victims, and increase prosecutions. Instead, it's turned into an enormous and enormously stupid fight about abortion. Here we are, America. Everything is… » 3/11/15 11:10am 3/11/15 11:10am

What's Worse: Human Trafficking or Public Corruption?

Pick your poison: crooked elected officials, or human trafficking? Apparently, that's the kind of choice you make when you're a U.S. Attorney. Which is how Chris Christie ended up going relatively easy on a suspected trafficker, while nailing a shady mayor. » 3/18/14 1:20pm 3/18/14 1:20pm

Sex Trafficker Tried To Trap Woman With Promise of Sochi Reporting Gig

An NFL cheerleader-turned-sports journalist was in for a shock when she found out that the promising Olympic reporting job for which she spent four months interviewing was probably something way scarier: a scam designed to trap her in the Russian sex trade. » 2/25/14 11:30pm 2/25/14 11:30pm

Super Bowl Weekend Means Big Sex Trafficking Numbers

The Super Bowl is a sweet spot for sports fans — but also for sex traffickers, and these days you can order an underaged girl as quickly as a pizza. » 1/28/14 10:50am 1/28/14 10:50am

South Beach Strip Club Shut Down Amid Human Trafficking Allegations

A strip club in Miami Beach — the only strip club, as a matter of fact, on South Beach — has been shut down for six months while police investigate the horrifying claims that a 13-year-old girl was forced to dance in the club for money. » 1/11/14 3:00pm 1/11/14 3:00pm

Human Trafficking Victims Working in Plain Sight at U.K. Nail Salons

Despite the floundering economy, nail salons are going forth and prospering all across the UK. In the past year, the number of new manicure outlets has increased by 20 percent. Some in the beauty industry have cheerfully — and naively — chalked this up to the makeup being "recession proof." In reality, though,… » 8/20/13 4:10pm 8/20/13 4:10pm

Spoons Hidden in Underwear Could Save Teens from Arranged Marriages

A British charity is advising children being forced into arranged marriages to fight back — with metal spoons. In their underwear. » 8/15/13 6:40pm 8/15/13 6:40pm

Lawyer Pleads Guilty In Baby-Selling Ring

An expert in reproductive law admitted she had broken it, pleading guilty Tuesday in California to defrauding couples seeking babies through surrogacy. » 8/11/11 1:50pm 8/11/11 1:50pm

New Law to Clear Prostitution Convictions for Human Trafficking Victims

As of the beginning of next year, Illinois victims of sex trafficking will have the opportunity to legally expunge their records of convictions related to their being forced into prostitution. » 8/07/11 2:31pm 8/07/11 2:31pm

Nigeria's Nightmarish "Baby Farm"

Thirty-two women and girls were rescued from a so-called baby factory, where they were held and forced to sell their newborns, according to local authorities. » 6/02/11 6:45pm 6/02/11 6:45pm

Post-Superbowl, Let Us Turn Our Attention To Sex-Trafficking At The…

The Olympics: a time for the world to come together in collegial common purpose. And, unfortunately, for sex-trafficking. » 2/09/11 4:12pm 2/09/11 4:12pm

"I'm Not Buying It" Targets Super Bowl Sex Trafficking

Some say the Super Bowl is a magnet for sex trafficking, but the Super Bowl Host Committee has yet to acknowledge the problem. The "I'm Not Buying It" campaign wants to change that. » 1/28/11 11:14am 1/28/11 11:14am

Craigslist Can No Longer Help You Get An Erotic Massage Anywhere

Craigslist, which has caught flack in the US for providing users quick access to illegal sexual services, unceremoniously pulled its "Adult Services" section from international versions of the site. Guess back to "Casual Encounters" again for me. » 12/19/10 11:12am 12/19/10 11:12am

Super Bowl Sunday's Sex Trafficking Underbelly

The group that helped kick "erotic services" off Craigslist is now going after Village Voice Media's Backpage.com for hosting child sex-trafficking ad — and they want a crackdown before the Super Bowl, traditionally sex trafficking's biggest weekend. » 12/10/10 2:02pm 12/10/10 2:02pm

Women For Sale, So To Speak

[Tel Aviv, October 19: A woman stands in a store window at a shopping mall with price tags on her hand. The store, opened for a day, was used to raise awareness of the trafficking of women. Image via Getty.] » 10/20/10 5:27pm 10/20/10 5:27pm

Warning: These Photos Are Heartbreaking

Dana Popp's amazing photographic series, "Not Natasha," of Eastern-European sex workers, is as wrenching as it is beautiful, an eloquent testimonial both to a horrible reality and human resilience. (Although not graphic, link contains images of cutting and underage girls.) » 8/17/10 3:01pm 8/17/10 3:01pm

Joran Van der Sloot Unsurprisingly Linked To Sex Trafficking Ring

• New evidence has linked Joran Van der Sloot with the disappearance of two girls from Thailand. Van der Sloot was allegedly involved with a sex trafficking ring, where he recruited a dozen young Thai woman. » 7/16/10 5:17pm 7/16/10 5:17pm