WASHINGTON – In Fiscal Year 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested 1,437 individuals for human trafficking -- the illegal trade and exploitation of people for commercial gain, most commonly in the form of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation. From those cases, nearly 400 trafficking victims were identified and offered critical services. 

This year marks the sixth anniversary of President Barack Obama’s proclamation of January as National Slavery and Trafficking Prevention month. ICE participates in a variety of human trafficking awareness events in January and throughout the year.

U.S. Gay Sex Slave Trial Exposes Dilemmas faced by Male Trafficking Victims

 

Reuters - 12/29/15 - by Elizabeth Daley

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Three young Hungarian men have helped dismantle a U.S. gay prostitution ring that enslaved them, marking a victory for local prosecutors but highlighting the difficulty in reaching and helping male trafficking victims, campaigners said.

The men's accounts of being raped, locked up in windowless rooms, and their lives threatened led to the conviction this month of Andras Janos Vass, 26, for helping to operate a male prostitution ring of gay Hungarians in New York City and Miami.

The following article was originally published by The Huffington Post, written by Eleanor Goldberg on 2/3/13

Super Bowl Is Single Largest Human Trafficking Incident in U.S.:Attorney General

When it came time for the Super Bowl, Clemmie Greenlee was expected to sleep with anywhere from 25 to 50 men a day. It’s a staggering figure, but it doesn’t shock advocates who say that the sporting event attracts more traffickers than any other in the U.S.

"The Super Bowl is the greatest show on Earth, but it also has an ugly underbelly,"Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott told USA Today in 2011 when his state was gearing up to host the event. "It's commonly known as the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States."

 

Date Published: June 19, 2015 • By Laura Walter, Staff Reporter • Source: Coastal Point

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Yolanda Schlabach talks about the ugly truth of human trafficking in Delaware

 Christine McCoy was completely shocked the first time she heard Yolanda Schlabach speak about the ugly truth of human trafficking in Delaware.

“To me it was always oversees, or cities — not right here in Sussex County. And the more people that are aware, the better we can start fighting it,” said McCoy, president of Southern Sussex Rotary Club, where Schlabach spoke in May.

“Apparently, southern Delaware is a hotbed for this type of activity because of the rural nature of our communities and several other factors,” McCoy stated.

“Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act,” according to U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

If a child is caught in prostitution, that is automatically labeled “trafficking,” not child prostitution. There is no need to prove force or fraud. And human trafficking is one of the largest organized crimes in the world.

“I think it’s a problem that we never realized, and a lot of us with teenage kids don’t really want to acknowledge it, because it’s too scary to think about,” McCoy said.

“We have children and grandchildren in our area that need to be protected,” said Schlabach, executive director of Zoë Ministries, a Delaware non-profit aiming to provide a safe place for sex-trafficking victims and minors.

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