Stories in the News

Polaris Statement on Backpage

Polaris released the following statement today after the U.S. federal government seized Backpage.com. Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris, said:

“The seizure of Backpage.com and its affiliated websites is a major victory and milestone in the fight against sex trafficking. Shutting down the largest online U.S. marketplace for sex trafficking will dramatically reduce the profitability of forcing people into the commercial sex trade, at least in the short term. Read More

A 3 Month Old Girl Was Among 84 Children Rescued From Sex Traffickers

By Melissa Chan
October 19, 2017

More than 80 children, including a 3-month-old girl, were rescued in a nationwide crackdown on child sex trafficking, federal authorities said. Read More

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Craigslist Shuts Down it’s Personals Section

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – Craigslist is shutting down its personals section.

The service announced on Friday it will no longer operate the portion of its website that allows individuals to seek encounters with strangers. Read More

U.S. House passes bill to penalize websites for sex trafficking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed legislation to make it easier to penalize operators of websites that facilitate online sex trafficking, chipping away at a bedrock legal shield for the technology industry. Read More

New Human Rights Case Alleging Deception Of Consumers Filed Against Food Companies (This Time On The East Coast)

In the wake of the 2016 dismissal of human rights cases filed against food companies in California, a new class action case was filed on February 26, 2018 in Massachusetts federal court. Read More

Presentation of a Resolution Proclaiming March 8, 2018 as Soroptimist STOP Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery Awareness Day in Ventura County.

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Human trafficking crackdown nets more than 500 arrests statewide

A statewide human trafficking sting has resulted in the rescue of 56 people, including 11 girls, officials said Tuesday.

Uber steps up to fight human trafficking

Uber has partnered with Polaris, which aims to fight human trafficking at the global level, to empower its drivers to combat this form of modern-day slavery. Worldwide, there are an estimated 20.9 million victims of human trafficking, according to the International Labour Organization.

Board of Supervisors Ventura County

Simi Valley Chapter discuss Stop Human Trafficking event.

ICE’s Victim Assistance Program helps crime victims

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Victim Assistance Program, also called VAP, helps coordinate services such as crisis intervention, counseling and emotional support to help crime victims, including those who have been trafficked. Read and hear the stories of the VAP’s Victim Assistance Specialists.

January Is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month You Can Do Something!

If you think slavery ended in 1865, think again. Today, modern-day slavery is called human trafficking. And although awareness is growing about this issue, it remains the second largest and fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world.

LA aims to quell tide of human trafficking

COMPTON, Calif. – Los Angeles County is employing a unique approach to get women out of the sex trade.

The county is the nation’s most populous with more than 10 million residents and it’s widely regarded as the U.S. epicenter for human trafficking, mostly women forced into prostitution.

 

Former owner and manager of Long Island catering hall indicted for forced labor and visa fraud

NEW YORK — Two Long Island men face charges of forced labor and visa fraud following an investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York with assistance from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General (DOL-OIG).