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  • A tour unholy in name, unpleasant by design

    June 7 2018 by Scott Barkley, The Christian Index | with 0 comments
    A tour unholy in name, unpleasant by design

    It’s Thursday evening, and a group boards a bus at the Georgia Baptist Convention building for several strip clubs, a few hotels and an apartment complex where human trafficking has been reported. The “Unholy Tour,” jointly sponsored by Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols and the Georgia Baptist public affairs office, stretched nearly three hours …

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  • Feds shut down Backpage.com over sex ads

    April 10 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Feds shut down Backpage.com over sex ads

    Opponents of human trafficking have applauded the federal government’s shutdown of Backpage.com, reportedly the leading online facilitator of the sex trade. An April 6 message at Backpage.com announced the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other government entities had seized the website and its affiliates “as part of an enforcement action.”

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  • Congress passes online, anti-trafficking bill

    March 26 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Congress passes online, anti-trafficking bill

    Congress has given overwhelming approval to legislation designed to thwart sex trafficking by holding accountable online sites that facilitate the crime. The Senate adopted the bill, barely three weeks after the House of Representatives had passed it. The bill will go to President Trump, who is expected to sign it.

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  • Child marriage on chopping block in some U.S. states

    March 15 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Child marriage on chopping block in some U.S. states

    An 11-year-old rape victim in Florida, a 14-year-old ninth-grader in Texas, a sexually abused 16-year-old in Kentucky. They are among thousands of girls forced to marry adult men in the past 50 years under laws permitting such unions in most U.S. states.

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  • Bipartisan anti-sex trafficking bill passes House

    March 1 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Bipartisan anti-sex trafficking bill passes House

    Sex advertising websites and their users would face penalties for sex trafficking under a bill passed by the U.S. House Feb. 27, amending a law that had shielded such offenders. Similar legislation is pending in the Senate. The House bill would establish monetary fines and up to 10 years’ imprisonment for abusers.

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  • ERLC, others endorse bills to combat sites aiding sex trade

    September 20 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC, others endorse bills to combat sites aiding sex trade

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) has strongly endorsed congressional efforts to hold accountable online sites that profit from sex trafficking. ERLC President Russell Moore and others wrote in support of legislative proposals, which Moore said would enable law enforcement “to effectively combat online sex trafficking hubs that provide a safe haven for modern day slave traders.”

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  • Fight against trafficking gains broad House support

    July 18 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Fight against trafficking gains broad House support

    A deeply divided U.S. House of Representatives has found at least one issue it can agree on across the board – combating human trafficking. The House has approved more than a dozen anti-trafficking bills in recent weeks, with only three votes total against the proposals.

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  • Teen walks 300 miles, spotlights human trafficking

    July 3 2017 by Lisa Misner Sergent, Illinois Baptist State Association | with 0 comments
    Teen walks 300 miles, spotlights human trafficking

    Fourteen-year-old Lindsey Yoder walked 15 miles a day along the dusty back roads of southern Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee in a quest to raise awareness about human trafficking. She departed from Arthur Southern Baptist Church, where she and her family are members and arrived at Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park on June 24.

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  • Human Trafficking foe enlists churches for the cause

    May 11 2017 by S. Craig Sanders, SBTS | with 0 comments
    Human Trafficking foe enlists churches for the cause

    In an age of partisan conflict, few causes unite people of faith and secularism like the human trafficking crisis that enslaves approximately 45.8 million people around the world. But if you ask someone how they feel about those who are prostituted, homeless and undocumented in their communities, their responses may be different – even hostile.

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  • Human trafficking: High Point organization plans to buy safe house

    May 1 2017 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer | with 0 comments
    Human trafficking: High Point organization plans to buy safe house

    North Carolina was among the top 10 states with the highest number of human trafficking cases reported in the United States, according to a 2016 report by the National Human Trafficking Hotline. These victims need “a place to restructure their lives and find true freedom in Christ,” said Sandra Johnson, founder of Triad Ladder of Hope.

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  • Porn deemed public health crisis, harmful in 5 states

    April 28 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Porn deemed public health crisis, harmful in 5 states

    At least five states have officially declared pornography a public health crisis or harmful to the public, and at least one other is considering a similar measure, according to bill updates filed on state legislature websites.

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  • Missouri attorney general targets human trafficking

    April 6 2017 by Brian Koonce, Missouri Pathway | with 0 comments
    Missouri attorney general targets human trafficking

    Missouri’s attorney general has drawn support from Southern Baptists for issuing regulations enforcing consumer protection laws to target human traffickers. Joshua Hawley likened human trafficking to modern day slavery, noting that each year, thousands of young women and girls are forced into commercial sexual exploitation – forced to provide sex for money.

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  • ‘Dirty Dozen’ sex exploiters named by watchdog group

    March 9 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Dirty Dozen’ sex exploiters named by watchdog group

    The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has released its 2017 Dirty Dozen list of companies most responsible for promoting pornography and sex crimes among adults and children in homes, libraries, hotels and other places. Amazon, the American Library Association, Amnesty International, Backpage.com, Cosmopolitan magazine, HBO, Snapchat and YouTube are repeats on the list.

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  • Shelters for trafficking victims aid their healing

    February 16 2017 by Grace Thornton, The Alabama Baptist | with 0 comments
    Shelters for trafficking victims aid their healing

    Erin Futch rolled up her sleeves and got to work in the kitchen of Mountain Brook Baptist Church right next to another girl. They started talking that morning, swapping stories. Turns out both of them were 22 and had played softball in high school. But then their stories had gone vastly different directions. ...

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  • Battling sex trafficking, trekking to hotels & motels

    February 16 2017 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Battling sex trafficking, trekking to hotels & motels

    Amy Lipovsky felt like a song playing on loop – walking into the same hotels, showing the same pictures of missing girls. “It’s emotionally draining” trying to get people to care, she said of FRe Outreach, which helps hotel and motel employees in the Detroit suburbs to recognize and rescue victims of sex trafficking.

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