Sex Trafficking

How a Sex Trafficked Teen Was Sentenced to Life for Killing a Man Who Bought Her

This week, celebrities like Rihanna, TI, and Kim Kardashian have posted about how the system has treated Brown unfairly, and a petition calling for her a pardon has garnered more than 200,000 signatures.
Kimberly Lawson

GOP Lawmaker Says Someone Should 'Go After' Roy Moore’s Accusers

Alabama representative Ed Henry said he isn’t “buying” the child molestation accusations against politician Roy Moore. “I think someone should prosecute and go after them. You can’t be a victim 40 years later, in my opinion.”
Kimberly Lawson

The Autistic Children Who Are Labeled As Sex Offenders

According to social workers and activists, numerous young kids on the spectrum have ended up on the sexual offender registry for offenses that lacked sexual motivation.
Mitchell Sunderland

Alarming Number of Deported Immigrants Claim Abuse, Mistreatment by ICE

A new report from the American Immigration Council details the alleged experiences of 600 deported Mexican migrants during their apprehension, custody, and removal by US Customs and Border Protection.
Kimberly Lawson

Video Surfaces of Cheerleader Screaming 'Please Stop' While Forced to Do Splits

Several anonymous videos sent to local media have prompted public outrage and a police investigation over alleged treatment of high school cheerleaders in Denver.
Kimberly Lawson

The Challenges of Blocking Self-Harm Imagery on Social Media

A new study examines the roles social platforms like Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram can, or should, play in stopping the spread of graphic self-harm imagery.
Steven Blum
human trafficking

Evangelical Church Allegedly Trafficking 'Slaves' from Brazil

The Word of Faith Fellowship has been under scrutiny for more than 20 years. An investigation by the Associated Press has uncovered allegations of human trafficking, child abuse, and a former storage facility said to house the worst sinners.
Diana Tourjée

Petition Calls for Sony Music to Drop R. Kelly Amid Abuse Allegations

Following a recent report on R. Kelly's alleged abuses of young women, a new petition calls for action from the major music label, which has a history of working with alleged abusers.
Allie Volpe

R. Kelly Has Faced Sexual Assault Accusations for Years. Why Did No One Care?

We talked to the journalist who has been covering R. Kelly's alleged abusive behavior since 2000.
Kimberly Lawson
Sex Trafficking

'Notes to My Father' Is the First Virtual Reality Film About Sex Trafficking

Jayisha Patel's groundbreaking movie explores how fathers are often complicit in selling their daughters into a life of abuse.
Sirin Kale

After San Bernardino School Shooting, Calls to Local Women's Shelter Double

"And that's just that fraction of women who know about us and are ready to get our help."
Dexter Thomas

When You Go to Prison For Crimes Your Abusive Boyfriend Made You Commit

When you're in an abusive relationship, it's hard to know right from wrong. This can leave women vulnerable to risky and even criminal behavior—especially if they're supporting a partner's drug habit. Some women end up paying with their liberty.
Sirin Kale