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Growing Up in America 4/21/14 (Radio show)

May 12, 2014 | by CommunityEd

HRRC’s Deputy Director, Misa Nguyen is interviewed during “Growing Up in America”, on Children at Risk’s radio show.

Check it out!

“Growing Up in America” (link to audio)


Advocate Citizen- Exposing Human Trafficking (TV Show)

May 12, 2014 | by CommunityEd

Check out Maria Trujillo, HRRC’s Executive Director on Advocate Citizen- Exposing Human Trafficking, aired May 8th, 2014 @ 6PM CST.

Advocate Citizen- Exposing Human Trafficking Part 1 of 2

Advocate Citizen- Exposing Human Trafficking Part 2 of 2


Massachusetts moves to crack down on human trafficking

August 22, 2013 | by Matt

Alyssa A. Botelho

August 19th, 2013

The Boston Globe

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley presented new recommendations to the Legislature on ways in which to address the complex issue of human trafficking. The recommendations come as the result of the work of a 19-member special task force, and point toward a more holistic view of human trafficking. Most notably, the recommendations focus on protecting and empowering survivors of trafficking, rehabilitating “johns”, and cracking down on the powerful traffickers who orchestrate it all. A more comprehensive definition of human trafficking is still necessary, suggests Coakley, in order to address the issue with the same ferocity at local, state, and national levels. To read the whole story, click here.

Officials crack N.J. human sex trafficking ring

August 1, 2013 | by Matt

Bob Jordan
July 19, 2013
USA Today

Authorities in New Jersey discovered women being trafficked in high-volume prostitution through Operation No Boundaries. With fraudulent promises of jobs as house cleaners or nannies, Jose Cruz “Chato” Romero Flores was able to lure many into his sex-trafficking ring.  Jon Hoffman, the acting state Attorney General commented on the life of the women: “They endured a miserable life. “This case bears the classic hallmarks of international sex-related human trafficking in that we have young women brought illegally into the United States. They are fearful and they are vulnerable because of their illegal status, their inability to earn a living legitimately and their lack of a network of supportive family and friends.” To read the full story, click here. 

Mexico: 46 women rescued after sex trafficking bust

July 11, 2013 | by Matt

July 2, 2013

Forty-six women have been rescued in Mexico City. The human trafficking bust resulted in not only the rescue of the women, but also the detaining for 40 people of whom 14 are facing charges of human trafficking sexual exploitation.

Study: At Least 100,000 Children Being Used in U.S. Sex Trade

July 10, 2013 | by Matt

Emily Stanton
July 8, 2013
U.S. News

Sex-trafficking continues to flourish within the United States. According to a report by Shared Hope International, human trafficking is approximately a $9.8 billion industry domestically, with around 100,000 children who are victimized in sex-trafficking. Recovery from the traumatic experiences of human trafficking require specialized treatment that is specifically tailored to each child’s needs. It is important to advocate for various treatments to rehabilitate and empower survivors. To read the full US News article, click here.

Police suspect human trafficking, prostitution at Vegas house

June 27, 2013 | by Matt

Craig Huber & Lindsay Curtis
June 20, 2013
Fox News – Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Vice Squad served a search warrant to a suspected residential brothel and hub for sex-trafficking. It was a suspicious community member who tipped off local law enforcement to the possibility that the house was operating as a brothel. Raising community awareness can have very tangible results, as seen through this particular case. Watch the Fox News Report for more information: click here.

Former Long Island Bar Owner Sentenced to 60 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking, Forced Labor, and Immigration Crimes on Long Island

June 19, 2013 | by Matt

US Attorney’s Office
June 12, 2013

Antonio Rivera, a former New York bar owner, was sentences to 60 years in prison for his role in sex trafficking and forced labor networks. Additionally, two other co-conspirators, John Whaley and Jason Villaman, where charged with 25 and 30 years respectively for similar offences. These 3 individuals were convictions were the result of a four-week trial presided over by United States District Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein. The victims were Latin American immigrants who were recruited, hired, and harbored by Rivera to work as waitresses in Rivera’s bars, and then forced into engaging in sexual acts with the bar’s patrons.To read the full report from the New York FBI Field Office, click here.

Kamala Harris dismantles Northern California sex trafficking operation

June 18, 2013 | by Matt

Mike Aldax
San Francisco Examiner
June 16, 2013

“Sex trafficking rings like the one we dismantled yesterday destroy the lives of young women and degrade the social fabric of our communities,” said Attorney General, Kamala Harris. The sex trafficking network of brothels in Northern California that was dismantled as a result of a five-month investigation is what Harris was referring to in this statement. During the raids on Thursday, June 13, at least four men have been arrested and charged with pimping and or pandering according to the California Attorney General’s Office. To read the full article, click here.

Traffickers selling victims in luxurious St. Louis hotels

June 11, 2013 | by Matt

Farrah Fazel
June 6, 2013

Luxury hotels across Saint Louis are hot spots of human trafficking. It is an unfortunate secret that the traffickers have relationships with hotel staff, unknown by managers, that makes it easy for them to sell sex to hotel guests. In response to this, Kimberly Ritter has developed a way to educate hotel employees about how to identify potential victims of human trafficking. To read the full article click here.