Arizona gets middling grade for protections against sex trafficking

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While Arizona is standing still, however, other states have been making “incredible strides forward,” said a spokeswoman for Shared Hope International, which released the report card Thursday.

“Arizona now is becoming one of the lower-ranking states, because other states are advancing while it is not,” said Taryn Offenbacher, the spokeswoman.

Where 26 states got an F two years ago, today only six states got the lowest grade. Arizona was one of 17 states with a C this year, the first year the report has awarded an A – which went to Tennessee, Washington and Louisiana.

The Protected Innocence Challenge grades states on 41 key legislative components that it says should be addressed in a state’s laws…

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Sex Trafficking and Prostitution

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Sex trafficking is essentially the buying or selling of a person for the purpose of sexual exploitation or the trade in rape, as IJM calls it.  “Demand fuels the purchase of human beings for sex” (1) and if there is a demand, people will make sure to provide a supply.  The reason why the demand is so high is because of our culture that “tolerates or promotes sexual exploitation; men who buy commercial sex; exploiters who make up the sex industry; and states that are complicit in providing safe haven for pimps and traffickers either as source or destination countries (1).  

Many people consider sex trafficking and prostitution completely different.  The world sees sex trafficking as something that the victims are forced into while prostitution is seen as an occupation that people willingly do but this is not true.  Studies…

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St. Paul Man, 25, Accused Of Sex Trafficking 3 Underage Girls

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 25-year-old St. Paul man faces serious charges in connection with a “sophisticated, ongoing criminal sex trafficking business” he allegedly operated, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

On Thursday in federal court, Dontre D’Sean McHenry was charged with felony counts of sex trafficking of a minor and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor.

According to the criminal complaint, McHenry exploited three minor females — ages 15, 16 and 17 — and made them engage in commercial sex acts by force, threats of force, fraud or coercion for his benefit.

McHenry was arrested after police officers responded to a advertisement thought to be that of a juvenile sex trafficking victim. The information led them to a Motel 6 in Roseville where he was found inside a hotel room with a 17-year-old girl.

“The allegations in the Complaint set forth a sophisticated, ongoing criminal sex…

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Hannah’s Story

“I’ve seen people suffer and be treated badly, and seen people re-trafficked and go back into it because they feel they’ve got nothing else and no other way to survive. they think they are worthless. I’ve also seen its very difficult to get a job if you’ve been in prostitution. there is a prejudice towards them. I’d love for us to help these women believe in themselves again.”

                                                                                             – Hannah Story, Stop the Traffik