NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS Human trafficking and forced slavery
This is a note we received today from Angela Mathers, Graduate Assistant in the NDSU Office of Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach. Sounds like a powerful presentation.
A sp... Posted on 4/15/09 at 4:24 AM
The role state Rep. Blair Thoreson, a Fargo Republican, serves with a national conservative group has him leading an effort to block a change in federal law to allow state prosecutors to go after websites that host ads for child sex trafficking.
Top law enforcement officers across the country are pushing Congress for greater authority to go after a booming online industry that hosts ads for child sex traffickers. But they are encountering opposition from an unexpected source — conservative state lawmakers who fear a government clamp down on Internet businesses.
More lawmakers, police and prosecutors across the country are starting to shift their view. Increasingly, they are focusing on arresting traffickers and customers (pimps and johns, as it were) and on getting help for prostitutes.
Two and a half years ago, federal prosecutors announced with great fanfare the indictments of about 30 people accused of operating a multistate child sex trafficking operation run by Somali gangs. So far, every defendant who has gone to trial has either been acquitted or had their conviction thrown out.
With potential jurors waiting in the next room, two men slated for trial on a human trafficking charge that could have put them in prison for life pleaded guilty at the last minute this morning to a lesser charge in a Grand Forks court.
Research shows that Minnesota girls who run from their homes are not only more vulnerable to being sold for sex, but also face a higher risk of being raped or sexually abused in other ways. In Ramsey County, police, prosecutors, advocates, and nurses are focusing on runaways as they take on the broader fight against juvenile prostitution.
American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz mixed entertainment with education Sunday to become the first world-class entertainer in decades to perform in Myanmar, with a concert to raise awareness of human trafficking.
Amanda Stewart was arrested and made an initial court appearance Wednesday on a charge of human trafficking in state district court in Grand Forks. The daughter of a former police chief, the 22-year-old now awaits a preliminary hearing in Grand Forks County jail, the same jail as the man who shot her father twice in the head when she was only weeks old.
A retired high school counselor who lives in Grand Forks and was arrested early Tuesday is the only client charged so far in what prosecutors say was a human-trafficking ring that forced a 17-year-old girl into prostitution.
Dusty J. Morsette recruited minors and young adults to be part of a gang on the Fort Berthold Reservation that he called the Black Disciples — a group recently found to engage in human trafficking. He was convicted in April of using force and coercion to recruit a young woman to become a prostitute performing sex acts on the reservation as well as in Williston and Minot.
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