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.
St. Cloud, Minnesota, is rewriting their entire massage ordinance in order to better prevent human trafficking from occurring in massage parlors. The ordinance has not been amended in over 10 years, so St. Cloud officials are eager to update it to include more in-depth inspections, higher requirements for background checks, and more.
The manager of a motel in Louisiana was arrested for his alleged involvement in the sex trafficking of a 14-year-old girl. She had been trafficked since January of this year and forced to perform sex acts with multiple men in one of the motel rooms.
In honor of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, ESPN released a short summary of the fight against human trafficking in the world of sports.
Arizona is making an effort to train professionals in the tourism industry about the signs of human trafficking. The SAFE (Safeguarding All From Exploitation) Action project is being supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.