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Putting a Human Face on Crime Stats

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 15:24

By Ted Gest

It has been a little more than three decades since the federal government issued its first major report on how to help crime victims.

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KALISPELL - Senator Max Baucus hosted a panel discussion addressing the controversial topic of sex trafficking in Montana last week on Capitol Hill.

His office reached out Windie Fischer, a survivor of sex trafficking who now works as a victim advocate.

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Some aren’t old enough to drive a car, or vote, or have even reached the designation of teenager. One survivor told of how girls were shown a horrific act perpetuated on one victim who tried to escape.
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A New Deal for Crime Victims

Monday, 29 April 2013 04:37
By Ted Gest
 
With nearly 6 million violent victimizations each year in the U.S., the nation needs "to permanently alter the way we treat victims of crime in America," the U.S. Department of Justice said today.
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Good afternoon, Mr. Chairman, and thank you for the invitation to testify today. I also want to thank the Commission for its continued leadership in the U.S. Government’s efforts to combat modern day slavery, and in particular for shining a light on the problem of human trafficking for forced labor as a human rights violation.

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Human trafficking has been described by the Justice Department as “a big moneymaker for criminals and a scourge to society” and a group that seeks to help those caught in its grips says the number of callers to its national hotline identifying themselves as victims is increasing — and that’s good.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rob Portman (OH) sat down in an exclusive interview with Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro. On the agenda: his new sex trafficking legislation.

Here's the transcript of the interview:

Policastro: Senator, we know that in Ohio there is a shocking statistic.

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Prosecute DC officer for sex trafficking

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 20:17

Under federal law, inducing a child under the age of 18 to commit a commercial sex act is human trafficking. In the United States, many believe that the kind of law enforcement corruption alleged in this case occurs only in other countries.

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Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

With an estimated 25 percent of the nation’s sex trafficking victims hailing from the Lone Star State, Texas Sen.

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