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.
O.U.R. was able to provide 50 backpacks to the Richmond Police Department to help comfort survivors of trafficking immediately following their rescue. The backpacks were filled with personal hygiene products, non-perishable foods, and coloring books.
Dozens of people rode their motorcycles on the streets of Northeast Wisconsin to raise awareness about human trafficking last week. They hoped to advocate for victims of human trafficking in their state by making their presence stand out on the road.
Police Chief Blair Barfuss says that Utah is a big transit location for narcotics and other illegal goods. “Interstate 15 is a major distribution corridor, and human trafficking follows the same routes,” he said. Utah law enforcement has increased its efforts to find and arrest those involved in child exploitation and trafficking.
A soccer coach in Arizona was arrested for allegedly trying to solicit two young boys to help him pay off debt. The soccer coach brought the two young boys to an unknown suspect’s home because he allegedly knew that “the man had a sexual interest in children.”
Two lingerie shops in Illinois were shut down due to code violations last May, which led to the recent arrest of one of the owners for alleged sex trafficking. 27 other people involved have a warrant out for their arrest.