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ORGANIZATIONS around the worldhave done truly amazing work combating sex trafficking through the rescue and rehabilitation of victims and their families.

While this is a commendable and truly urgent need, by itself it is not sufficient to end human trafficking.

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ON two separate continents, in two different cultures, efforts to end the sex trafficking of minors are under way with remarkable parallels.

Washington state has passed 33 laws since 2002 clamping down on sex traffickers and improving funding for victim support.

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Woman forced into sex trade tells her story

Thursday, 20 September 2012 01:45

Trapped in the underworld of the multimillion-dollar sex trade, Jes Richardson says she was afforded only one luxury: sending postcards home to her mother.

She was 17, she remembers, when she was lured into a West Coast prostitution circuit by an older man who made her feel like a queen and promised her travel to faraway places and exotic beaches.

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SEATTLE – A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked enforcement of a new Washington state law that would require classified advertising companies to verify the ages of people in sex-related advertisements.

In response to a lawsuit filed Monday by the website Backpage.com, U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez granted a 14-day temporary restraining order. The law was due to take effect Thursday.

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With Allies Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

Thursday, 02 August 2012 16:25

Backpage.com, the site owned by Village Voice Media that posts adult services ads online, has claimed it is "a critical ally" in the fight against child sex trafficking. So why is it fighting a Washington law that makes it a felony to advertise the sexual services of juveniles?

A judge heard arguments in the case recently.

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A Seattle federal judge will hear arguments on Friday in a lawsuit that could determine the fate of a new state law aimed at preventing juveniles from being advertised for sex on websites like Backpage.com.

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Microsoft yesterday and today is holding its 13th annual Research Faculty Summit, which provides a forum for researchers from academia, government and Microsoft to discuss the latest advances in computing research and technology.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A woman who told investigators she was held captive for the last year against her will, sold for sex, and forced to take methamphetamine at homes and motels across Spokane Valley, has led to the arrest of four people in one of the first reported cases of human trafficking in Spokane County.

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – It's shocking to hear reports of human trafficking, regardless of where they are. But when a woman living in Spokane Valley reports she was held as a sex slave against her will, it sparks an incomparable reaction of disgust and disbelief among those in our community.

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SEATTLE -- Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world, and it's becoming a very serious issue in King County.

Members of the King County Council are now launching a public awareness campaign aimed at stamping out the horrific crime.

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