The News Digest provides brief descriptions of all major human trafficking stories reported in the popular press  throughout 2015-2016 and compiled by the Center for Public Policy Studies.  Click to read more about these important topics covered by the referenced publications.

News Digest: May 31, 2017
Forbes: California’s Largest Health Provider Takes on Human Trafficking (May 26, 2017)
Hartford Courant: Senate Passes Bill to Strengthen Penalties for Sex Trafficking of Minors (May 26, 2017)
Texas Tribune: Behind Closed Doors, Texas Lawmakers Strip Funding for Sex Trafficking Victims (May 25, 2017)

News Digest: April 30, 2017
NBC News: ‘Frederick Douglas’ Bill Introduced in Congress to Curb Human Trafficking (April 27, 2017)
Reuters: Immigration Expert Predicts Human Trafficking Will Surge Under Trump (April 25, 2017)
The Business Journal: Juvenile Human Trafficking Court Launching in Fresno County (April 24, 2017)

News Digest: March 31, 2017
NPR: In U.S. Restaurants, Bars and Food Trucks, ‘Modern Slavery’ Persists (March 29, 2017)
Houston Public Media: New Study Reveals Human Trafficking Indicators (March 27, 2017)
Harvard Political Review: Trafficked in Persons Report: 15 Years Later (March 16, 2017)

News Digest: February 28, 2017
US News & World Report: Reyes Touts Human Trafficking Arrests, but Without Details (February 24, 2017)
Seattle Times: Trump Vows to Fight ‘Epidemic’ of Human Trafficking (February 23, 2017)
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Nebraska Could Increase Prison Sentences for Sex Traffickers (February 23, 2017)

News Digest: January 31, 2017
Forbes: 3 Nonprofit Leaders Speak on Their Top Priorities to Eradicate Human Trafficking (January 31, 2017)
University of Texas-Austin: Study Estimates More Than 300,000 Victims of Human Trafficking in Texas (January 24, 2017)
CBS News: Human Trafficking Cases Increase More Than 50 Percent in Florida (January 15, 2017)

News Digest: December 31, 2016
St. Louis Public Radio: Raising Marriage Age Seen as Weapon Against Human Trafficking (December 27, 2016)
Indiana Public Radio: Human Trafficking on the Rise in Indiana (December 21, 2016)
The Recorder: Attorney General Targeting Sex Rings, Human Trafficking (December 21, 2016)

News Digest: November 30, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle: Addiction Crisis Fuels Human Trafficking (November 28, 2016)
The Missourian: With New Enforcement Regulations for Child Trafficking in Place, Task Force Considers Additional Measures (November 28, 2016)
Kansas Public Radio: Kansas Improving in Fight Against Human Trafficking (November 22, 2016)

News Digest: October 31, 2016
NPR: Survivors Present Recommendations on How to End Human Trafficking (October 18, 2016)
WLKY: $1.5 Million Grant to Help Fight Human Trafficking in Kentucky (October 14, 2016)
Great Falls Tribune: Montana Joins Human Trafficking Victims’ Legal Fight (October 12, 2016)

News Digest: September 30, 2016
The Missouri Times: Human Trafficking Task Force Meets in Columbia (September 30, 2016) Courthouse News Service: Human Trafficking Victims Get Help in California (September 27, 2016)
The Gazette: Marijuana Grow Prompts Human Trafficking, Forced Labor Investigation (September 22, 2016)

News Digest: August 31, 2016
Michigan Public Radio: ER Doctors Train to Spot Human Trafficking Victims (August 26, 2016)
Chicago Sun Times: Rauner Signs Bill Creating Human Trafficking Task Force (August 21, 2016)
Los Angeles Times: Human Trafficking Sweep Leads to Arrests (August 17, 2016)

News Digest: July 31, 2016
Michigan Public Radio: Michigan Casinos Working to End Human Trafficking (July 27, 2016)
Council on Hemispheric Affairs: The Ongoing Human Trafficking and Farm Labor Crisis (July 25, 2016) WLRN-Miami: New Report, Florida’s Human Trafficking Assessment Tool May Not Be That Effective (July 7, 2016)

News Digest: June 30, 2016
New York Times: U.S. Criticizes Myanmar Over Human Trafficking (June 30, 2016)
National Public Radio: Controversy Follows Thailand’s New Ranking in Human Trafficking Report (June 30, 2016)
US News and World Report: A Year Later, Authorities Struggle to Help Victims of Human Trafficking (June 28, 2016)

News Digest: May 31, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle: Senate Approves Bid to Raise Human Trafficking Threshold Age (May 18, 2016) Michigan Public Radio: Human Trafficking: It’s “Hidden in Plain Sight” (May 10, 2016)
CBS St. Louis: Missouri Still a Hotspot for Human Trafficking (May 10, 2016)

News Digest: April 30, 2016
UCLA Newsroom: UCLA Study Reveals Large Gaps in Data About Sex Trafficking in U.S. (April 29, 2016) Orlando Sentinel: State Attorney Gets $1.4 Million to Fight Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence (April 12, 2016)
The Christian Science Monitor: How Michigan Fights Human Trafficking (April 5, 2016)

News Digest: March 31, 2016
Detroit Free Press: Prostitution, Trafficking in Michigan ‘A Widespread Phenomenon’ (March 18, 2016) The Gazette: Human Trafficking Bill Goes to Iowa Governor (March 16, 2016)
NPR-Market Place: Identifying Trafficking Victims is Just Start of Health Care’s Challenge (March 4, 2016)

News Digest: February 29, 2016
Des Moines Register: Iowa Senate Backs Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative (February 23, 2016)
Reuters: New York Agency Offers Help to Undocumented Trafficking and Crime Victims (February 22, 2016)
Christian Science Monitor: U.S. Closes Legal Loophole on ‘Slave Labor’ Imports (February 18, 2016)

News Digest: January 31, 2016
Washington Post: Obama Administration Placed Children with Human Traffickers, Report Says (January 28, 2016) The Tennessean: Nashville Launches Human Trafficking Court (January 26, 2016)
Christian Science Monitor: California Keeps a Closer Eye on Recruiters (January 25, 2016)

News Digest: December 31, 2015
Bismarck Tribune: ‘John School’ Law Aimed at Sex Trafficking Takes Effect January 1 (December 26, 2015)
San Francisco Chronicle: Now Apps Even Try to Fight HT (December 24, 2015)
Portland Press Herald: Portland Will Host Federal Task Force on HT (December 18, 2015)

News Digest: November 30, 2015
Topeka Capital-Journal: Kansas Receives “C” Grade for Legislation Addressing Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (November 22, 2015)
Los Angeles Daily News: How California’s Law Enforcement Officers Are Combatting Human Trafficking (November 20, 2015)
USA Today: Senators Threaten Sex Ad Website CEO with Contempt (November 19, 2015)

News Digest: October 31, 2015
Orlando Sentinel: Restoring Kids of Human Trafficking: Front and Center (October 31,2015)
New York Law Journal: Human Trafficking Summit (October 13, 2015)
Wall Street Journal: Facebook and New York Attorney General Team Up to Fight Sex Trafficking (October 8, 2015)

News Digest: September 30,2015
ABA Journal: Justice Department Announces $44 Million in Grants Against Human Trafficking (September 24,2015)
Alaska Public Radio: State Launches Task Force on Human Trafficking in Alaska (September 24, 2015) Minneapolis Star Tribune: Unprecedented Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Child Sex Exploitation Victim (September 23, 2015)

News Digest: July 31, 2015
New York Times: Malaysia’s Critics Fear U.S. May Ease Stance on Trafficking (July 10, 2015)
Fox News 7: Travis County, TX, Creates Prostitution Court (July 17, 2015)
Akron Beacon Journal: Ohio to Speed Up Delivery of Services to Victims of Human Trafficking (July 20, 2015)

News Digest: June 30, 2015
US News & World Report: New Phase in Government’s Effort to Combat Human Trafficking, Expand Initiative to More Cities (June 25, 2015)
Chicago Tribune: Counties Team Up to Fight Human Trafficking (June 19, 2015)
Lawrence Journal-World: Kansas Attorney General Plans Campaign on Human Trafficking (June 18, 2015)

News Digest: June 1, 2015
Chicago Daily Herald: Cook County Establishes Diversion Program for Prostitution Defendants (May 29, 2015)
Indianapolis Star: Sex Trafficking Expected to Spike During Indy 500 Weekend (May 21, 2015)
News and Tribune: Indiana Attorney General Praises Legislation Passed to Thwart Human Trafficking (May 21, 2015)

News Digest: May 1, 2015
Texas Public Radio: The Source: Dealing with Human Trafficking in Texas (April 30, 2015)
Minnesota Public Radio: Visas Available for Victims of Trafficking, Domestic Violence (April 28, 2015) Wall Street Journal: Senate Passes HT Bill: Chamber Votes 99-0 to Curb Sex Trafficking: Clears Way for Vote on Loretta Lynch (April 22, 2015)

News Digest: March 31, 2015
Times-Picayune: Human Trafficking in New Orleans and How to Curb it: Group Makes Pitch to City Council (March 31, 2015)
KTVB: Bills Would Allow Anti-Human Trafficking Signs in Rest Stops (March 20, 2015)
Time: How Human Trafficking Bill Became a Debate About Abortion (March 12, 2015)

News Digest: February 28, 2015
The San Francisco Examiner: San Francisco Sheriff Expands Legal Services for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking (February 26, 2015)
The New York Times: Four Female Senators Testify at Human Trafficking Meeting (February 24,2015) Aljazeera America: Human Trafficking: Mag Crew Kid at Your Could Be a Victim (February 24, 2015)

News Digest: January 31, 2015
Arizona Republic: Billboards Aim to Stop Human Trafficking (January 7, 2015)
U.S. News and World Report: How Big Data Battles Human Trafficking (January 14, 2015)
Time: Republican House Takes Aim at Human Trafficking Again (January 27, 2015) Previous news and published articles: 2014 News Digest Summaries 2013 News Digest Summaries