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April 28, 2008 | By Dana Heiserer
Slavery, as much as we would like to believe, has not ended. There are still 27 million slaves in the world today. They are in brothels, rock quarries, rug-loom sheds, restaurants, sex shops, peep shows, orange farms, wars in the jungles of Africa, and in almost every major city in the United States. Don't kid yourself: The slave trade did not end in 1865 with the 13th amendment to the Constitution. Human trafficking is a business that generates more than $32 billion dollars annually, according to International Labor Office, a United Nations agency.
NEWS
June 15, 2007
'Human trafficking" is a bloodless phrase, official English for some of the ugliest crimes human beings wreak against their own kind. This year's State Department "Human Trafficking Report," released Tuesday, reveals the awful scope of these crimes - and also suggests that world efforts to curb them (including the report itself) are still inadequate. Human trafficking can include: Bonded labor (as in India), in which debts or loans are worked off, often by sending a child or other defenseless person to hopeless, arduous labor, often for years.
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April 12, 2015 | By Dr. Daniel Taylor, For The Inquirer
Forced to think that hell is a place called home Nothing else to do but get her clothes and pack She say she's about to run away and never come back. - Ludacris, "Runaway Love" Though I addressed all my questions to my 14-year-old patient, every answer came from the older man who brought her in to the clinic. "She just needs shots," he blurted, staring at his phone. He said he was her Uncle Jimmy, and, no, he would not let me speak to her alone. He said he was in a rush, and wanted me to hurry up. It's been a few years, but I still remember this girl, and how she stared at the floor.
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January 18, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Delaware County residents have become the first Pennsylvanians convicted under a 2007 state human trafficking law after pleading guilty to the charge, the District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. In addition, Deryck Alston, 41, pleaded guilty to unlawful contact with a minor, and Amanda T. Scott, 26, pleaded guilty to corruption of minors and prostitution. Both reside in Collingdale. A third person, Jerome Clemons Jr., 35, of Collingdale, also was charged in connection to the case.
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June 9, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Drexel Hill man has been charged with one count of rape, one count of human trafficking, and other violations in a case authorities said could be "a human-trafficking enterprise. " Kevin Cornish, 42, was arrested Friday after he allegedly tricked an 18-year-old woman into filling out an application for an escort service. She helped authorities find the apartment where he had taken her, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael J. Chitwood said Saturday. The woman, who lives in Philadelphia, was looking for job possibilities online on Craigslist, Chitwood said, when she came across an ad seeking home-health workers.
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August 6, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
While other 7-year-olds were playing with dolls and going to summer camp, Amy was being prostituted on the streets of Texas, Virginia, and Oregon. By her grandfather. Now deceased, he pushed her into the commercial sex trade as a prostitute and recruiter of other girls. Ten years later, a man in the Doylestown area bought the remaining days of her adolescence and became her pimp. She lived in a pricey Doylestown apartment for a couple of years, working in the adult-movie and sex industries.
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May 29, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A little-known aspect of child trafficking got attention Tuesday during a roundtable discussion organized by Rep. Patrick Meehan. "A lot of these kids are in the foster-care system," said Rosemarie Vesci, an FBI special agent in the Philadelphia office. Vesci was among 12 participants from federal law enforcement agencies, local district attorney's offices, and nonprofit organizations to give Meehan frontline information about human trafficking in general. The Delaware County Republican explained that sex and labor trafficking of children and adults, girls and boys, fetches about $32 billion annually around the world, according to a U.N. agency, second only in illicit industries to drug trafficking.
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October 12, 2011 | By Nathan Gorenstein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two Ukrainian brothers were found guilty Wednesday of running an ring that used Easter European immigrants as slaves to clean suburban big-box stores. Omelyan Botsvynyuk, 52, and Stepan Botsvynyuk, 36, were on trial for a month in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on federal charges of conspiring to engage in racketeering and extortion. Both men were found guilty of one count of conspiracy. Omelyan Botsvynyuk was also found guilty of one count of extortion. The jury found Stepan Botsvynyuk not guilty of extortion.
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June 29, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
MALINDI, Kenya - A whiff of wood smoke says there's a shantytown behind a row of little shops, and the smell grows stronger inside that maze of hot, narrow alleys. Beyond a vacant dirt lot is the source of the smoke: a ramshackle cube of sooty corrugated steel, six feet square. Inside, a thin young washerwoman, Evelyn Akinyi, crouches over a wood fire, frying fish in a cast iron pan to sell to passersby. "It's hot," a visiting health-care worker exclaims at the door, and steps back.
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June 26, 2015 | Ellen Gray, Daily News Staff Writer
* HUMANS. 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. ROBOTS are such a sci-fi staple that it might seem as if there's nothing left to say on the subject, at least until Roomba comes out with a vacuum cleaner that looks like a supermodel and wants to talk about its feelings. Yet, there has to be a reason we keep making - and watching - movies and TV shows about robots, and AMC's new "Humans" has a few ideas about that that go beyond Stephen Hawking's fear that artificial intelligence may eventually decide to destroy us. An eight-episode British-American remake of a Swedish show, "Humans," which premieres Sunday, takes place in what the network refers to as a "parallel present.
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June 23, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anne Marie Jones is bracing herself to tell a story of drug addiction, prostitution, and recovery to a city preparing for a pope. The 48-year-old mother of three clawed her way out of a life on the streets with the help of Dawn's Place, a residential treatment program for women involved in human trafficking. "Here, I found immediate peace and safety," said Jones, sitting at a table at the program's headquarters, where she is now a peer mentor. Jones is scheduled to share her story on Monday at a news conference to announce the formation of a charitable fund aimed at ensuring that the visit of Pope Francis, scheduled for Sept.
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April 12, 2015 | By Dr. Daniel Taylor, For The Inquirer
Forced to think that hell is a place called home Nothing else to do but get her clothes and pack She say she's about to run away and never come back. - Ludacris, "Runaway Love" Though I addressed all my questions to my 14-year-old patient, every answer came from the older man who brought her in to the clinic. "She just needs shots," he blurted, staring at his phone. He said he was her Uncle Jimmy, and, no, he would not let me speak to her alone. He said he was in a rush, and wanted me to hurry up. It's been a few years, but I still remember this girl, and how she stared at the floor.
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March 30, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
"SLAVERY is not an obsolete relic of the past, it is a global industry that generates $32 billion in profits through forced labor and the bodies of tens of millions of human beings each year. " This is what Ivan Cole, who sits on the board of the Life After Trauma Organization, told an audience yesterday during a conference hosted by the nonprofit at Temple University to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of human trafficking. LATO helps women recover from the trauma of human trafficking.
NEWS
March 20, 2015
THE IDEA that human beings can be treated like property is not new. It's as old as the Pharaoh using the Israelites as tools to build his pyramids. It's as old as the slaves who were counted as three-fifths of a man by the Supreme Court of this nation. It's as old as the woman who, married to her rapist, could not claim injury because the law said you couldn't be charged with stealing something - a vagina - you already owned. And, to those of us who've been bleeding with righteous anger since that same law made unborn children maternal property in 1973, the insult to human dignity marches on unimpeded.
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March 3, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
A 20-SOMETHING man was seated yesterday next to a teen girl at 30th Street Station, his arm around her small shoulders, working his charms to lure her to a party and so much more. But a film crew stationed a few feet away and a small number of adults standing nearby were a sign that all was not as creepy as it may have seemed. It was all in the service of "Keeping Our Children Safe: Online and IRL (In Real Life)," a volunteer, small-film production about human trafficking involving a couple of professional actors and five students from the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.
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February 26, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal jury convicted two Ukrainian brothers Tuesday for their roles in a human-trafficking organization that lured its victims to the United States with promises of stable jobs, only to treat them like slaves and put them to work for little to no pay. Mykhaylo Botsvynyuk, 46, and Yaroslav Botsvynyuk, 47, ensured their workers' continued labor with beatings, sexual assaults, and threats sent to family in Eastern Europe, prosecutors said....
NEWS
February 7, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
To hinder seedy activity at Philadelphia hotels, a city councilman has proposed banning establishments from renting rooms by the hour. Legislation introduced by Councilman Ed Neilson on Thursday would also require employees at all Philadelphia hotels to be trained to recognize signs of human trafficking. "You're looking to deter it. They'll always look for another route to go," Neilson said. "We want to make it as difficult as possible to allow this to go on. " Human trafficking is a growing problem worldwide, and Philadelphia is not immune, said Diana Marques, public policy and advocacy manager for Women's Way, a Philadelphia nonprofit that works to empower young women and girls.
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February 6, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
RENTING HOTEL rooms by the hour in Philadelphia may soon be a fling of the past if two bills designed to combat human sex trafficking become law. The bills, co-sponsored by Councilman Ed Neilson and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, were introduced yesterday during Council's regular meeting. Hearings on the bills have not yet been scheduled. "Hotels and motels offering hourly rates raise a big red flag for those of us who care that this type of inappropriate activity is happening," Brown said.
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