Polaris Project Launches TraffickingResourceCenter.org

We are pleased to share this May 22 press release from the Polaris Project:

Dear Supporters,

Polaris Project recently launched the first official website of the National
Human Trafficking Resource Center

The website provides information on the services
offered by the NHTRC 24-hour hotline (1-888-3737-888), available training
, and information
and resources
on human trafficking within the United States.

  • See our Know
    the Signs
    page to learn about how to recognize and report human
    trafficking to the NHTRC hotline.
    Many tips received by the hotline
    are called in by individuals like you who see something unusual in their
    everyday lives and want to do something about it.  Once tips are
    received, NHTRC Call Specialists connect victims with law enforcement and
    social service providers in their local area who can help them get out of
    exploitative situations and into safe environments where they have access
    to services, such as emotional support, health care, and legal services.
  • View our Training
    page for details on the range of training and technical assistance topics
    offered by the NHTRC.
  • Download materials to hand out at awareness
    raising events on our
    and Resources

Visit TraffickingResourceCenter.org
to learn more about how the NHTRC can be a resource for you. 

To support the work of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, make
a direct donation today

Sarah Jakiel
Program Director
National Human Trafficking Resource Center

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Advocate Advertises “Foreign Fantasies” Where “Everything Goes”

While MSNBC is busy investigating the sex industry, the Valley Advocate
is busy making money from it. The Massage/Escort ads in the 1/10/08
edition below include an advertisement of “FOREIGN FANTASIES” where
“Everything Goes”…

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month ago there was a major prostitution raid in Cincinnati, southern
Indiana and northern Kentucky that shut down a number of Asian massage
parlors. These establishments were well advertised in CityBeat.

owners of the parlors/brothels were all of Asian descent. It was
determined by law enforcement the owners had brought young women into
the country for the sole purpose of prostitution. In an effort to give
the appearance of legality the owners stated they were merely receiving
100% of the money the ladies obtained for the legitimate massage and
any profiting by the women was up to those women. They further admitted
that was the only way the ladies were paid…

What really
bothers me is what touched off this debate. One of the indicted owners
of the Asian massage parlors admitted to the police that she had driven
40,000 miles this past year delivering girls to massage parlors
throughout the country…

These people are making a very large
amount of money by dealing in human trafficking aka slavery. If
CityBeat continues to run ads promoting this type of business, they are
turning a blind eye to a shameful problem.

Pasadena Weekly: “Lives for sale”
always a point of concern,” Pasadena Police Chief Bernard Melekian told
the newspaper. “We follow up on them fairly regularly. I have always
been surprised that the [Pasadena] Weekly underwrites the exploitation
of women to some degree.”

…“Asian Lovers: Best Young Girls in
Town,” “Asian Girl: Pretty Apples,” “Grand Opening, Young Asian
Cuties,” read several ads that appeared recently in the Weekly…

Suriyopaf, an attorney with the Asian-American Defense League, said
that if an ad is suspicious, newspapers shouldn’t run it.

have a choice about whether to run certain ads,” said Suriyopaf. “If
they have any reason to believe that businesses are conducting illicit
activities, they have a social responsibility to report it to the
authorities or, at the very least, not run the business’

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Gloria Steinem at Smith: Cooperation, Not Domination
are more slaves in proportion to the world’s population–more people
held by force or coercion without benefit from their work–more now
than there were in the 1800s. Sex trafficking, labor trafficking,
children and adults forced into armies: they all add up to a global
human-trafficking industry that is more profitable than the arms trade,
and second only to the drug trade. The big difference now from the
1800s is that the United Nations estimates that 80% of those who are
enslaved are women and children…

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