Here is your weekly roundup of human trafficking stories in the news. We hope to highlight the good work that U.S. law enforcement and citizens are doing to fight human trafficking across the country. O.U.R. was not involved unless specified.
7 years ago, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore co-founded Thorn to combat child sexual abuse material on the internet. Today, Thorn’s CEO Julie Cordua is working hard to fulfill that mission.
Last week, search warrants were executed at six businesses that were allegedly involved in a human trafficking ring. The investigation stemmed from a tip given to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
This operation in Texas led to the rescue of seven survivors and the arrest of 64 perpetrators. “We will continue to conduct these type of operations like Operation Freedom simply because the fact is, the more we look, the more victims we find,” Houston Police Department Sgt John Wall said. “This crime will no longer be tolerated.”
A man in North Carolina was recently arrested for keeping a woman and her 8-month-old baby captive. He has been charged with human trafficking and other kidnapping-related charges.
Delta Airlines has committed an additional $1.5 million to the National Human Trafficking Hotline to help combat human trafficking. Since they donated $1 million in 2017, the hotline has seen a 36% increase in survivor contacts. Delta has also donated flights to help human trafficking survivors fly home.