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.
“I saw my primary care physician all the time and while I wasn’t able to leave my situation, I believe they did plant seeds of hope,” said Jasmine Grace, a sex trafficking survivor from Boston. This project will both educate health care providers on the signs, and expand support services for survivors.
Project Artemis is software that recognizes specific patterns and word choices that may indicate child abuse or exploitation. Microsoft has now opened this software up to other companies to help them monitor their chat functions.
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority in Florida launched a new initiative to train their bus drivers on the signs of human trafficking and child abuse. Their initiative is called ““Eyes of the City” and aims to train 400 local operators.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reports that human trafficking exists in 100% of Tennessee’s counties. In 2019 alone, the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services worked on trafficking cases in 73 of the 95 counties.