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How a Miami Judge Pioneered a New Way of Handling Minor Human Trafficking Cases

The turning point came the day a 13-year-old girl appeared in Judge Maria Sampedro-Iglesias’s Miami courtroom. The child wouldn’t make eye contact, so the judge asked her to approach the bench. That’s when she saw…

‘The Ones Nobody Misses’: Scope of Human Trafficking in Alabama Wider than Reported, Experts Say

The cursive script scrawls down Claira’s skin, looping across the finger on her left hand that, at another moment in time, might hold a ring. But for now, it still holds the name of her…

Claira’s story: A ‘Broken, Normal’ Woman Preyed Upon by ‘Life’

A worn-out Pocahontas doll and some clothes are what Claira remembers bringing with her. She was 5 years old. Her parents were drug addicted. Social services picked her up from her parents’ South Carolina home. For…

Do Traffickers Kidnap Their Victims? The Myths and Realities of Human Trafficking

The stories persist, from the president of the United States to posts on neighborhood watch groups. Women are “tied up, they’re bound, duct tape put around their faces,” said President Donald Trump. In Montgomery, a woman…

Staying Connected: Moms Who Pump in Prison

Warden Nancy Giannetta, clutching a dense ring of keys, gets buzzed through a series of security doors and into Unit G of Riverside Correctional Facility, a county jail for women in Philadelphia. It’s a Thursday…

When Will #MeToo Reach Places Like North Philly?

From the earliest moment I can remember growing up in North Philadelphia, I was harassed for my looks. When I was little, I was teased for being tiny, with protruding teeth. The bullying made me…
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