Sex Trafficking

Criminal Justice

Cyntoia Brown's Clemency Gives Hope to Other Trafficking Survivors

After being incarcerated for 15 years, a trafficking victim who received a life sentence after killing the man who paid her for sex as a teenager was granted clemency. We spoke with trafficking activists on what this case means for other survivors.
Kimberly Lawson
1.8.19
Criminal Justice

Trafficking Victim Serving Life for Killing Man Who Hired Her for Sex Pleads for Clemency

At 16, Cyntoia Brown was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who bought her for sex. Now, her fate rests in the hands of Tennesse Governor Bill Haslam.
Kimberly Lawson
5.23.18
Op-Ed

We Must Repeal SESTA, a Deadly Law That Does Nothing to Help Trafficking Victims

The controversial anti-sex trafficking law is an example of sloppy legislation that has already done untold harm to marginalized communities, argues New York Congressional candidate Suraj Patel.
Suraj Patel
5.21.18
Op-Ed

SESTA Won't Stop Sex Trafficking, But It Will Kill Sex Workers

I am a homeless trafficking survivor, and I haven’t been helped at all by this bill — and the sex workers I know have already suffered as a result of it.
Laura LeMoon
4.26.18
sex work

Controversial Online Trafficking Bill Will Endanger Sex Workers, Advocates Say

The House is set to vote on the "Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act" (FOSTA) bill today. Critics warn it could actually censor victims of trafficking and endanger the lives and livelihoods of sex workers.
Kimberly Lawson
2.27.18
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
11.22.17
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
6.8.17
memorials

The Ongoing Fight to Honor Women Who Were Sex Trafficked During WWII

Advocates in the US are working to erect memorials that honor the tens of thousands of women sexually enslaved by the Japanese military during WWII. But organizers say their efforts are being suppressed by the Japanese government.
Kimberly Lawson
4.6.17
crime

Four Sex Trafficking Victims Sue Hotel for Doing Nothing to Help Them

One woman was kidnapped, injected with heroin, and forced into sex work. But are the hotels where sex trafficking occurs responsible?
Diana Tourjée
3.1.17
crime

Non-Profit Accused of Exploiting Sex Trafficking Victims It Was Meant to Help

Courage House was built to serve underage victims of sex trafficking. But former employees say the organization exploited the young women it was established to support, pushing its religious agenda at the expense of their privacy and denying them...
Steven Blum
9.19.16
crime

Boston Police Want to Open 'John School' to Shame Men Who Buy Sex

We talked to a criminologist about the potential problems with a plan to fight sex trafficking through shaming.
Kimberly Lawson
9.16.16
study

After Backpage.com Sting, Pimps Move to Dating Sites and New Tactics

A new study says that the crackdown on sites that host adult listings, like Craigslist and Backpage, are only making sex traffickers harder to find.
Gabby Bess
8.15.16
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