The News Digest provides brief descriptions of all major human trafficking stories reported in the popular press throughout 2014 and compiled by the Center for Public Policy Studies. Click to read more about these important topics covered by the referenced publications.

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2013 News Digest Summaries

News Digest: December 31, 2014
The Baltimore Sun: City Bill Aimed at Spotting Human Trafficking Victims (December 29, 2014)
The Oregonian: Funding Sometimes Lags for Sex-Trafficking Victims (December 29, 2014)
World Health Organization: A Public Health Approach to Human Trafficking (December 10, 2014)

News Digest: November 30, 2014
New York Times: UN Report Shows an Increase in Trafficking of Children (November 24, 2014)
New York Times: In a Queens Court, Women in Prostitution Cases Are Seen as Victims (November 21, 2014)
Elkhart Truth: Indiana Panel Hears Testimony on Human Trafficking (November 20, 2014)

News Digest: October 31, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle: Olens Appoints Human Trafficking Prosecutor (October 29, 2014)
Boston Globe: Most Victims of Human Trafficking Enter the US Legally, Study Says (October 21, 2014)
Reuters: Study Shows U.S. Forced-Labor Victims Unclear Where to Seek Help (October 21, 2014)

News Digest: October 3, 2014
Washington Post: Court Program Gives Prostitutes Another Chance (September 26, 2014)
Los Angeles Times: Governor Jerry Brown Signs Laws to Crack Down on Human Trafficking (September 28, 2014)
Denver Post: National Group Says Colorado the Most Improved in Human Trafficking Fight (September 23, 2014).

News Digest: September 13, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle: California Police Use Social Media to Out ‘Johns’ (September 6, 2014)
San Francisco Chronicle: Attorney General Hopeful Unveils Trafficking Plan (September 5, 2014)
Wall Street Journal: Fincen Elevates Human Smuggling, Trafficking Compliance (September 12, 2014)

News Digest: August 30, 2014
Washington Post: Philippines Makes Arrest in Online Extortion Ring (August 22, 2014)
Washington Post: Thailand’s Despicable Human Trafficking Record (August 19, 2014)
San Francisco Chronicle: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Launches Human Trafficking Initiative (August 19, 2014)

News Digest: August 4, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle: Georgia Included in Human Trafficking Training Program (July 31, 2014)
Washington Post: Trafficking Bust Reveals Worries Over Missing Kids (July 31, 2014)
Los Angeles Times: Prostitute Tortured, Held Captive in Orange County Motel for Days (July 30, 2014)

News Digest: July 2, 2014
Los Angeles Times: Foster Parents to Get Training to Combat Child Sex Trafficking (June 24, 2014)
New York Times: Malaysia’s Dismal Trafficking Record (July 1, 2014)
San Francisco Chronicle: Phoenix Policeman Arrested in Prostitution Sting (June 20, 2014)

News Digest: June 21, 2014
Washington Post: US Blacklists Thailand, Malaysia Over Trafficking (June 20, 2014)
New York Times: Life Sentences for 2 Sex Traffickers Who Preyed on Mexican Immigrants (June 15, 2014)
San Francisco Chronicle: Costco, Walmart Linked to Human Trafficking Through Supplier CP Foods (June 13, 2014)

News Digest: May 31: 2014
San Francisco Chronicle: Human Trafficking a Blight in Progressive Bay Area (May 30, 2014)
Arizona Republic: Study Points to Problems in Aiding Sex-Trafficking Victims (May 28, 2014)
Fresno Bee: Tips Aid in Shining Light on Valley’s Human Trafficking Woes (May 30, 2014)

News Digest: May 19, 2014
Christian Science Monitor: Rani Hong Was a Victim of Child Trafficking, Now She’s a Leader in the Fight to End It (April 29, 2014)
San Francisco Chronicle: Truckers Lauded for Work Against Human Trafficking (May 14, 2014)
Wall Street Journal: New Penalities Eyed for Sex Trafficking in New York State (May 13, 2014)

News Digest: May 1, 2014
WMUR New Hampshire: House Passes Bill Strengthening Human Trafficking Laws (April 30, 2014)
Al Jazeera America: The Dark Side of the Oil Boom: Human Trafficking in the Heartland (April 29, 2014)
Reuters: U.S. Lawmakers Press Obama Administration on Human Trafficking (April 29, 2014)

News Digest: April 15, 2014
Jamestown Sun: U.S. Senators Research Sex Trafficking in Mexico (April 15, 2014)
Abc 6 – Providence, RI: Bill to Up Penalties for Sex Trafficking Unanimously Passes the House (April 15, 2014)
Portsmouth Herald: States Working to Toughen Laws Against Sex Trafficking (April 13, 2014)

News Digest: March 31, 2014
The Courier: Anti-Human Trafficking Measure Moves Forward in Louisiana (March 31, 2014) Atlanta Airport Unveils Sex Trafficking Signs (March 28, 2014)
CUNY School of Law: U.N. Condemns Criminalization of Trafficking Victims as a Human Rights Violation (March 27, 2014)

News Digest: March 15, 2014
Fox8 WVUE New Orleans: Governor Jindal Supports Toughening Laws on Sex Trafficking (March 18, 2014)
Chicago Tribune: Despite Support, Sex Trade Bill Faces Uphill Battle (March 16, 2014)
Arizona Republic: Combating Sex Crimes a Priority for Phoenix (March 14, 2014)

News Digest: February 28, 2014
NPR: Courts Take a Kinder Look at Victims of Human Trafficking (March 1, 2014)
The Omaha World-Herald: Iowa Senate Oks Bill to Address Human Trafficking Involving Minors (February 28, 2014)
The Arizona Republic: Child-Sex-Sting Defendants May Face Short Sentences (February 27, 2014)

News Digest: February 14, 2014
Wisconsin Law Journal: Assembly Approves Human Trafficking Bill (February 14, 2014)
The Oregonian: Washington House, Senate Pass Human Trafficking Bill (February 13, 2014)
San Jose Mercury News: San Mateo County Officials Unveil Sex Trafficking Awareness Campaign (February 11, 2014)

News Digest: January 30, 2014
USA Today: House Panel Addresses Human Trafficking at Super Bowl (January 28, 2014)
Dallas Morning News: Texas Ranks No. 2 for Human Trafficking Calls (January 27, 2014) Human Trafficking Becoming a Big Problem in Kansas (January 27, 2014)

News Digest: January 15, 2014
The LA Times: Campaign Cracks Down on Oakland Child-Sex Trafficking (January 9, 2014)
Wall Street Journal (Blog): How Companies Face Up to Human Trafficking Risk (January 7, 2014)
The Journalist’s Resource: Does Legalized Prostitution Increase Human Trafficking (January 2, 2014)


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