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.
Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested last week for allegedly having sexual relations with girls as young as 14. The case is still unfolding, but here is what is known so far.
The California Department of Social Services gave San Francisco a $9.3M grant to help provide services for victims of human trafficking in the city. They are in the process of building a drop-in center for youth to be able to access all necessary services at the same location.
Law enforcement conducted two undercover operations during the 2019 MLB All-Star Week. In Operation Triple Play, 28 men were arrested for soliciting sex with minors. The men engaged with undercover officers posing as minors online and agreed to meet up with them for sex. When the men showed up at the predetermined location, they were arrested. You can watch the video of one of the arrests below:
Nurse practitioner Jessica Munoz and her organization have educated over 30,000 people about human trafficking. She was even featured on an episode of Hawaii 5-0 talking about the issue. Munoz is now working to open Hawaii’s first residential campus for highly-traumatized teens.
Singer R. Kelly was arrested last week in Chicago on federal sex charges. Much of the evidence is decades old, but includes counts of child pornography and enticement of a minor. The singer has declared his innocence, and hearings are set to continue soon.