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.
During Operation Bright Light, seven men traveled to a hotel room because they thought they were meeting a minor for sex. Instead, they were met by an undercover police officer. “The name I chose was Operation Bright Light because this is a very dark and heinous crime and I want to shed that bright light on it,” LMPD Sex Crimes Detective Kris Pedigo said.
A group of five pilots raised money and awareness for O.U.R. by flying to airports across the state of Utah. This group harnessed their unique talents and interests to create local awareness through this “Flights for Freedom” fundraiser.
The Manhattan, NY, District Attorney said, “Through this investment in mentorship, case management, and emergency assistance, we will not only support child survivors of sex trafficking, we will help prevent children from being exploited in the first place.” He hopes to create short-term and long-term solutions to help these young survivors.
Police arrested a 42-year-old man and 63-year-old for the exploitation and trafficking of a 16-year-old girl. Human trafficking and exploitation even happens in places like Yakima, Washington, and it is important to spread awareness so we can prevent more children and teens from being abused.