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.
A man was arrested for trafficking a 17-year-old girl from Tennessee to Utah to engage in sexual acts with customers that he arranged. A variety of evidence was found in the AirBNB room that the trafficker had been renting.
UPS teamed up with Truckers Against Trafficking to educate more of their drivers on the signs of trafficking and how to report it. After training their freight drivers on the signs of trafficking, they are now focusing on training the drivers who drive through neighborhoods to deliver packages.
Legislation in Pennsylvania to increase penalties for human traffickers passed the state House on Wednesday, and is now moving to the governor. Senate Bill 60 would double the amount of potential jail time for a trafficker, along with increasing fines for those who are customers.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice is teaming up with convenience stores this month to help store employees recognize potential victims of human trafficking. The convenience store work force in Wisconsin is made up of around 50,000 employees.
Many traffickers target vulnerable teens on different platforms of social media. “The best way to prevent sexual exploitation is through open discussions,” said Kathy McGibbon.