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August 23, 2011 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
The federal government has an unusual fast track to legal residency for illegal immigrants. Antonio Luna's ticket was a bullet in the back. The 30-year-old Mexican, who slipped into the United States in 2000, was delivering pizza to a narrow South Philadelphia street on a night two summers ago. The customer on the steps, in a hat raked low, took his time paying - time enough for another man to leap from between parked cars and thrust a gun against Luna's forehead. Luna gave up the food, his cellphone, and $140.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 27, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON When New Jersey hosts the Super Bowl in February, the football championship won't be so super for one group of people - victims of human trafficking. That's why about 200 people who work with victims gathered in Trenton on Friday to talk about how to prevent trafficking and identify and help victims. Human trafficking is gaining attention in Pennsylvania, as well. Also on Friday, U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D., Pa.), sent a letter to the chairman of a Senate committee that is considering a bill to assist the fight against human trafficking.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 21, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR & SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writers farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
November 23, 2009 | By Jan Hefler INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 17, 2012 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Ukrainian national was sentenced Monday to life in prison for leading a human-trafficking ring based in Philadelphia that lured its victims into forced labor, cleaning large chain stores such as Wal-Mart and Target. Omelyan Botsvynyuk, 52, was found guilty in October of conspiracy and extortion. Stepan Botsvynyuk, 38, his brother, was found guilty of conspiracy at the same trial and faces a possible 20 years in prison at his sentencing, scheduled for Tuesday. Two other brothers, Mykhaylo and Dmytro, also have been indicted in the case and are awaiting extradition from Canada.
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