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Five teens victimized by sex trafficking try to find their way to a new life in the new book Traffick, a companion to the New York Times Best Selling Tricks, by Ellen Hopkins author of Crank.   

  In Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law, Alison Bass weaves the true stories of sex workers with the latest research on prostitution into a gripping journalistic account of how women (and some men) navigate a culture that routinely accepts the implicit exchange of sex for money, status, or even a good meal, but imposes heavy penalties on those who make such bargains explicit.

Along the way, Bass examines why an increasing number of middle-class white women choose to become sex workers and explores how prostitution has become a thriving industry in the twenty-first-century global economy. Situating her book in American history more broadly, she also discusses the impact of the sexual revolution, the rise of the Nevada brothels, and the growing war on sex trafficking after 9/11.

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Over the Columbus Day holiday some local schoolgirls opted not to take a day off. They came away from a workshop having learned the most important lesson of their lives.

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  Albany County has cracked a prostitution ring.   Sheriff Craig Apple says ten people – one man and nine women ranging in age from 24-55 – are facing charges of Prostitution as part of a human trafficking case following raids on several unlicensed Asian massage parlors in the town of Colonie.  The arrests were initiated with the intent to help identify victims being exploited as sex workers. Apple plans to offer counseling to help the women, most of whom were from Flushing, NewYork.

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A task force chaired by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley issued a series of recommendations today for combating and preventing human trafficking.

The report from the Massachusetts Interagency Human Trafficking Policy Task Force urges expanding victims services programs and setting up “safe houses” for people trying to escape from the underground sex trade, which Coakley said remains a lucrative business for its purveyors.

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As the close of New York's legislative session draws near, advocates are pressing for passage of more effective anti-human trafficking legislation.  If you search "New York Sex Trafficking" on Google news, you'll find more than 12,000 recent articles. Awareness of the problem has resulted in the growth of public concern.

Three members of the New York State Police are suspended as officials look into allegations of a prostitution ring. One of the troopers, 18 year veteran Titus Taggert, allegedly promoted prostitution while off-duty from Troop-T, the branch which patrols the NYS Thruway. For more on the case, WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke to Albany Law School professor and defense attorney Laurie Shanks.

NY Advocates Say Condom Evidence Is Unhealthy

Apr 17, 2012

Advocates for New York sex workers are coming to Albany to push for legislation that would ban condoms as evidence in prostitution cases, arguing the law-enforcement tactic is bad for public health.