2015 Trafficking in Persons Report Released | How America Measures Up on Key Issues

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Today, the U.S. Department of State released the 15th annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. This report collects information from U.S. embassies, government officials, nongovernmental and international organizations, published reports, news articles, studies and research to evaluate each country’s action  to combat trafficking through the three P’s: Prevention, Prosecution, and Protection. The Department places each country […]

The CODE Campaign: Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct & the ‘#DoesYourHotelKnow?’ Campaign from ECPAT-USA

Does your hotel know?Countless arrests for cases of human trafficking occur at hotels. They are the ideal locations for pimps or traffickers to bring victims because there is anonymity, they can stay for short periods of time, and buyers of sex feel comfortable using hotels. As long as hotels are seen as an anonymous and low-risk venue for [...]

495 Child Sex Trafficking Victims Linked to Backpage.com; Visa, MasterCard, AmEx Cut Ties With Site

card3WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express announced that the companies will no longer be a payment option on Backpage.com, an online classified site highly criticized for its role in facilitating child sex trafficking. According to Shared Hope International, 495 victims of child sex trafficking in 46 states and D.C. have been [...]

OVC TTAC Trafficking Webinar for Service Providers

Las-Vegas-024Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) Offers Human Trafficking Webinar Series for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Service Providers Due to the coercive and abusive nature of human trafficking, it is common for victims to experience overlapping forms of victimization, particularly domestic violence and sexual assault. [...]

Buyers Beware: Mobilizing to End Demand

Buyers Beware Placeholder ImageWithout consequences for their actions, buyers continue to purchase sex and remain the driving force behind this industry.  Shared Hope releases a bold new video that features law enforcement agents and prosecutors on what it takes to mobilize to end demand! “One of the critical gaps in addressing sex trafficking is the failure to address [...]

Thank you for making another year of freedom possible.

kpjlDear Supporters, June 30 is a big day for us. It’s the day we close the books on the previous fiscal year and put the finishing touches on our financial commitments to restoration partners for the year ahead. It’s an exciting day at the Shared Hope offices. And we start months in advance. Our program [...]

How Tennessee Sentenced Buyer to 22 Years in Prison

derri headshot glasses final revHe wanted to buy girls "just over 8, not over 16." That’s what Michael Kohlmeyer told the person answering responses to an online ad for sex.  Thankfully for our children, the person answering the phone was actually an undercover Metro Nashville (TN) police detective. Men wanting to purchase sex with a child are, unfortunately, not [...]

Open Letter to Hawaii Gov. Ige: Establish State’s First Sex Trafficking Law

1164-004-0CD31DB5Hawaii: last state without a sex trafficking law Shared Hope International, Family Programs Hawaii, Ho ‘ōla Nā Pua, and IMUAlliance have sent a letter to Hawaii Governor Ige encouraging him to allow the enactment of SB 265, which would be the state's first sex trafficking law. Learn MoreProposed Advancements for Juvenile Sex Trafficking Victims in Hawaii’s Senate Bill [...]

DEAR JOHN: WE ARE ON TO YOU

Dear John, We are on to you. If you pay for sex, you might get a child, and be guilty for your role in child sex trafficking– the abduction, rape, and slavery of children. So hear us when we say: If you shop for our children we will see that you get the justice you […]

How Arizona is Getting It Right: Four Ways the State is Tackling Trafficking By Focusing on the Buyer

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Shared Hope International Releases New Study on Demand Deterrence, Enforcement, and Justice for Victims PHOENIX, ARIZONA – Sex trafficking is a crime unlike any other. It is one of the only crimes that allows a perpetrator to criminalize the victim by paying to commit the offense. In 36 states, including Arizona, child victims of sex […]