On September 4th, the Harris County Sheriff's Office gave the Juvenile Probation Department a check for $300,000 in an effort to help victims of child trafficking. Houston is often called a hub for trafficking victims, both domestic and international, but to no one's surprise, these numbers are far ... More >>
Child prostitutes were the focus of a recent FBI anti-sex trafficking operation, where a total of 168 juveniles were recovered nationwide. The sting rounded up suspects in more than 100 cities and involved 54 FBI divisions. In Houston, four kids were recovered and four pimps, according to the Justi ... More >>
A Mexican national notorious for trafficking women in the Houston area landed in the U.S. yesterday and will face charges from the U.S. Attorney's Office relating to his smuggling of women. Gerardo Salazar, 47, of Mexico City, arrived in Houston yesterday after being arrested in Mexico. He will mak ... More >>
In all likelihood, it was ranchera music playing, and not a Donna Summer classic when a squad of law enforcement officials stormed a cantina called Lolita's Bar, an alleged front for prostitution, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. The sting was dubbed "Operation Last Dance," in a vi ... More >>
Remember when Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, said he was just a banker doing "God's work"? That statement was both false and borderline blasphemous. Some folks who are actually doing the lord's work are the people at Polaris Project, an NGO, which started The National Human Trafficking Resou ... More >>
A lot of strange press releases come sailing through your inbox when you are working for a news paper or news blog in the big city. Some are mildly amusing, some hilarious. Some are disturbing, some disgusting. Then, some are all of the above and more. The U.S. Attorney's Office sent a release out ... More >>
Dancers from Treasures implored a state administrative judge today to renew the club's liquor permit and dismiss the city's protests. (No ruling has been issued yet.) The dancers -- some of whom said they were single mothers and small business owners -- told State Office of Administrative Hearings ... More >>
Indianapolis mobilizes for an epic battle with an urban legend.
Village Voice Media asks for your support
New research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker — and sparks an outbreak of denial among child-sex-trafficking alarmists nationwide.
Headed behind bars.The last defendant in the cases surrounding La Potra, a Houston bar accused of being the center of drug- and sex-trafficking, was sentenced to three years in federal prison. Wilson Sauzo, 29, was convicted on cocaine-running charges. Four others involved in the case were ... More >>
CNN, USA Today, and other media organizations got fooled.
Schapiro Group data wasn't questioned by mainstream media.
Elastic tubes and pots and pans...This week's cover story focuses on the Women's Funding Network and their apparently bogus study that led to the removal of classified sex ads on Craigslist.com. The story reports on how, using an Atlanta-based research group, the organization trumped up numb ... More >>
A sign that won't be seen at the Super BowlHuman trafficking is a major problem in Texas, which is why Linda Geffin, chief of the Harris County Attorney's Special Prosecution Unit, will be giving people the 411 on The Today Show Thursday. "Houston serves as a destination for victims of traffickin ... More >>
Jo Frederiksen of The Woodlands has joined the ever-growing number of women who claim they were sexually abused and harassed in Iraq under the watch of their former employer, Halliburton's Kellogg Brown & Root. She recently filed a lawsuit in Harris County District Court against the company. ... More >>
Harris County, be proud -- you're a leader in...well, in human trafficking. Maybe you shouldn't be so proud, on second thought. Texas AG Greg Abbott released a lengthy report today on human trafficking in Texas, and the news isn't too good. Up to 17,500 people are brought into the US as victims of ... More >>