January 23, 2014 |
Over the weekend, they put up posters in Audubon, Collingswood, Haddon Heights, and Mount Ephraim. And on Monday, they were busy in Oaklyn, Haddon Township, Bellmawr, and Runnemede. Pastor Randy Van Osten and members of his youth group at Oaklyn Baptist Church have joined scores of volunteers across the state who have placed tens of thousands of signs in businesses over the last two weeks to alert the public to human trafficking. Now, their work is bearing fruit. Tips have poured into the help hotline - 855-END-NJ-HT - as state law enforcement officials prepare for the expected trafficking increase ahead of the Feb. 2 Super Bowl at the Meadowlands.
February 6, 2012
SLAVERY IS alive and well. Not the old-time slavery - that is rare, although it exists in a few backwaters of the world. I'm talking about neo-slavery, which goes by the name of "human trafficking," and its reach is global. A lot of people throw the term around, but many don't understand it. Under federal law, at least one of three elements must exist to be considered "human trafficking": force, fraud, coercion. Without at least one of those, it may be exploitation or cruelty, but it is not "human trafficking" under U.S. law. These and other points were put on the table Saturday at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute during a film screening/panel hosted by state Sen. Daylin Leach, a Democrat representing parts of Montgomery and Delaware counties who is best known for having a sense of humor and a reliably liberal voting record.
June 26, 2012 |
Anne turned 45 last month. She's amazed she made it. Before dawn on an icy February morning last year, Anne was trolling for business on the corner of Kensington Avenue and Westmoreland Street. She had been on a crack bender for weeks and needed money. A woman in a car pulled up. "Do you ever do it with girls?" the stranger asked. Whatever, Anne thought, and slid into the passenger seat. She figured she could easily rip off the woman, then get the hell out of the car. As the stranger turned down an alley, Anne glanced in the rearview mirror.
April 28, 2004
Efforts to end human trafficking applauded On behalf of Amnesty International's 6,500 members in the Greater Philadelphia area, I applaud federal efforts to address the widespread problem of human trafficking, using Philadelphia as the first site of a new program ("Taking aim at human trafficking," April 21). Human trafficking for sexual exploitation is a serious problem worldwide. Women are often recruited under false pretenses. They are coerced, transported and bought and sold for a range of exploitative purposes, including sex tourism and forced marriage.
August 21, 2013
Authorities in Pennsylvania and 27 other states are acting with exceptional cruelty in charging young victims of human trafficking with prostitution and sending them to juvenile detention centers. Such was the case of a 17-year-old Bucks County girl. Soon after being freed from the sex trade last month, she was confined in a juvenile jail. Fortunately, within a few days, she was transferred to another facility where she could get appropriate therapeutic services. Locking up young victims who can't be considered consenting participants, even if only for a short time, compounds their trauma.
May 21, 2013 |
Today on PhillyDailyNews.com: View an interactive timeline looking back at the troubled career of former Police Officer Richard DeCoatsworth. IN 2008, AFTER the sentencing of a man who shot him in the face, Richard DeCoatsworth, who was then a Philly cop, said: "That young man's life is over now. He's going to have to find some way to get used to his new home. I'm sure the guys up there [in state prison] can't wait to meet him. " But this weekend, it was DeCoatsworth who found a new home behind bars, after he was charged with 32 crimes - including promoting prostitution, human trafficking and rape - for two cases involving alleged heinous acts against women.
September 22, 2004
President Bush did a good job of delivering a well-written speech yesterday at the United Nations General Assembly's opening session. Too bad it wasn't tethered to reality. Yesterday was the fourth time in his presidency that Bush has spoken at the General Assembly's launch. This year's address came in the middle of a presidential campaign in which the war and postwar in Iraq are stingingly hot issues. Sure enough, the President's speech seemed aimed more at the domestic U.S. audience than at world citizens.
November 23, 2009 |
There won't be any tearful goodbyes between Swarthmore native Henry Spelman and his sweetie when he heads to the University of Oxford next fall, after winning a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship on Saturday. That's because Libby Longino, his girlfriend, also was among the 32 students nationwide who were named 2010 Rhodes scholars, following in the footsteps of former President Bill Clinton and former Sen. Bill Bradley (D., N.J.), among others. Spelman wants to pursue a doctorate in Latin and Greek, while Longino, of Dallas, Texas, will research human trafficking at the renowned institution in England.
April 22, 2004
I'M GLAD the Daily News has opted to publish the photos of men accused of patronizing prostitutes. It exposed that principal. And forget that weak argument that what he does in his personal life is his own business. People who work with children are (and should be) held to different standards than those who don't. Some people make the claim that patronizing a prostitute is not a serious crime. Well, I say there is something seriously wrong with a man who chooses to sleep with these neighborhood working girls.
July 5, 2006 |
When the world unites, there's more to ponder than stoppage time: France coach Raymond Domenech is a crafty fellow, plying Portugal with phony praise while making certain he mentions its propensity to take dives. "If you reduce them to that, then it's false," Domenech said. "They're a good team, not just divers. " Are you listening refs? Get your yellow cards ready and expect some reverse one and a half gainers. Talking gobsmack England's Wayne Rooney said he was "gobsmacked" when the referee showed him the red. You can't sum it up any better than that.