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  • Oregon’s First Federal Sentencing of Buyer Who Purchased Sex with Minor Results in Two Years in Prison (11/20/2014) - On November 19, 2014, Oregon issued its first federal sentence for a buyer of sex with a child. Ben Allen Riggs, 64, of Oregon City was sentenced in the District of Oregon under federal charges for transporting a person across state lines for purposes of engaging in prostitution – a federal offense under the Mann [...]
  • Why Some State’s Stricter Laws are Creating a Threat of Trafficking for Others (11/6/2014) - New Study by Shared Hope International Reveals One of America’s Greatest Threats Is Going Dangerously Unaddressed WASHINGTON, D.C., Child sex trafficking affects an estimated 100,000 American children each year. While many states have worked aggressively to combat the crime by strengthening state laws, several states have slipped dangerously behind the nation, according to a new [...]
  • AZ Central – ‘Why can’t she run away?’ and other nonsense (10/10/2014) - The vivid graphic of a fist in the face quickly dispatched the platitudes we offer for domestic violence, especially when it involves a superhero. It unhinged the “she could have just run” line of reasoning — one that is still prevalent today in the attitude toward child victims of sex trafficking. The video of Ray [...]
  • USA Today – Study: Soliciting Sex from Minor Nets Little Prison Time (8/25/2014) - By: Megan Cassidy, The Arizona Republic PHOENIX — The crime of soliciting sex from a minor in Arizona carries a sentence of up to 24 years behind bars, but a Phoenix suspect convicted of the crime should more realistically expect a term of three months, according to a new study released by anti-sex-trafficking group Shared Hope International [...]
  • LifeSiteNews – Bill would Punish Countries that Legalize Prostitution for Driving Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery (5/27/2014) - According to Vardaman, who is the senior director for anti-trafficking organization Shared Hope International, H.R. 4703 “is a clear and specific mandate to the State Department” to target the demand for human trafficking. She told LifeSiteNews that Hultgren’s legislation would add teeth to the TIP report, which she said has been used effectively “with regard [...]
  • Seattle Times – U.S. House Should Pass Anti Sex Trafficking Bills, Crack Down on Backpage.com (5/20/2014) - FULL STORY – Seattle Times – U.S. House Should Pass Anti Sex Trafficking Bills, Crack Down on Backpage.com The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote as early as Tuesday on several anti-sex trafficking bills. With broad support from members of both parties, these sweeping measures ought to have no problems getting passed off the floor [...]
  • HuffPost – Federal Court: If You Buy a Girl, You’re a Sex Trafficker (3/11/2014) - I’ve been a little surprised not to see more sting operations like the one in Sturgis, frankly. But Samantha Healy Vardaman and Christine Raino of the anti-trafficking advocacy group Shared Hope International, noted that some legislators worry that a differing ruling in another circuit court could confuse matters, leaving johns considered traffickers in one state, but [...]
  • Time – As Survivor Speaks Out, Lawmakers Target Human Trafficking (12/9/2013) - McKenzie, who now advocates for victims of trafficking, credits her restoration to Shared Hope International, which provides support for victims of trafficking. At a panel on trafficking last Friday at George Washington University’s Global Women’s Institute, McKenzie said that because of the organization she has hope for other victims. “My pimp used to tell me that the police [...]

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  • All Media & News Coverage 2014 (1/1/2014) - Dec. 4: New Republic – Why Do We Treat Child Sex-Trafficking Victims Like Criminals? Nov. 9: CBN – Grades Are In: The Weakest Anti-Trafficking States Nov. 7: NOLA – Louisiana best in nation at combating human trafficking, advocacy group says Nov. 6: AZ Republic – Advocacy group praises Arizona’s sex-trafficking laws Nov. 6: Washington Times – Child sex trafficking still [...]

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