Washington

In 1853, the Washington Territory was formed from part of the Oregon Territory. Named in honor of George Washington, Washington was the 42nd state to join the Union, in 1889. Its coastal location and Puget Sound harbors give it a leading role in trade with Alaska, Canada, and the Pacific Rim. The state has two major mountain ranges–the 7,000-foot Olympic Mountains surrounded by temperate rain forest on the peninsula west of Puget Sound, and the more majestic Cascade Range, which boasts the 14,410-foot Mount Rainier and the volcanic Mount St. Helens, which erupted twice in the 1980s. Although the capital is Olympia, most people live in the metropolitan areas of Seattle-Everett and Tacoma. The state tree of the “Evergreen State” is the western hemlock, and the flower is the western rhododendron.

Human trafficking is a serious issue that affects people all around the world, including in Washington. It is a form of modern slavery in which individuals are exploited for labor, sexual exploitation, or other purposes.

According to data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Washington has consistently ranked among the top states in the United States for the number of human trafficking cases reported. In 2020, the state ranked seventh in the country for the number of cases reported to the hotline, with a total of 109 cases.

Human trafficking can take many forms in Washington, including forced labor, domestic servitude, and sexual exploitation. It often affects vulnerable populations, such as immigrants, children, and people who are homeless or in poverty.

If you suspect that someone you know may be a victim of human trafficking, there are steps you can take to help. You can report the situation to the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or by text at 233733. You can also contact local law enforcement or a trusted organization that provides services to victims of human trafficking. It is important to remember that the safety of the victim should be the top priority and to handle the situation with care and sensitivity.

 

 

UHP arrests man suspected of trafficking New England teen – KSL NewsRadio
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UHP arrests man suspected of trafficking New England teen – KSL NewsRadio

HURRICANE, Utah —  Police arrested a man in Washington County on suspicion of human trafficking a child on Thursday.  According to court documents, the Utah Highway Patrol pulled over Tevon Jarrell Cullors-Tillman after his car was spotted driving erratically. The officer became suspicious of the relationship between 35-year-old Cullors-Tillman and the passenger after she gave…

Tate rape allegations, text exchanges with women detailed in court document
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Tate rape allegations, text exchanges with women detailed in court document

Andrew Tate, the self-styled “king of toxic masculinity” who was arrested in Romania on allegations of running a human trafficking ring, is being investigated for two counts of rape, according to a court order obtained by The Washington Post, which also includes excerpts of extensive phone message conversations showing how Tate and his brother are…

The Devil in the Details: After School Satan Club and Public Education
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The Devil in the Details: After School Satan Club and Public Education

Editor’s note: we include this article so you know what is happening across America, culturally, with regard to the “Satanic Panic.” “We know that there is a very real war in the heavenlies,” said Derrick Wilburn, an organizer with Advocates for D20 Kids, during a Sept. 14, 2022 presentation at Church For All Nations in…

Man charged with human trafficking in Utah, missing Massachusetts girl found in vehicle
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Man charged with human trafficking in Utah, missing Massachusetts girl found in vehicle

HURRICANE, Utah (WWLP) – A traffic stop on a highway in Utah has led police to discover a missing Massachusetts girl. The driver of that vehicle is facing human trafficking and child endangerment charges. On Wednesday, Utah Highway Patrol say they observed a vehicle speeding and changing lanes without using a signal on I-15 southbound…

Combating human trafficking in aviation – AOPA
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Combating human trafficking in aviation – AOPA

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security hosted aviation industry professionals on January 26 for the Combating Human Trafficking in Aviation Summit with the Blue Lightning Initiative, an element of the Blue Campaign—a DHS push to promote public, law enforcement, and industry awareness about indicators of human trafficking and appropriate responses when encountering it. The Blue…

Senate Passes 'National Trafficking and Modern Slavery Prevention Month' Resolution
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Senate Passes 'National Trafficking and Modern Slavery Prevention Month' Resolution

Washington—The Senate today passed unanimously a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) designating January as “National Trafficking and Modern Slavery Prevention Month.” “We can’t ignore the fact that, even in our modern society, sexual exploitation and forced labor continue,” said Senator Feinstein….

Louisiana systematically keeping people incarcerated past their release date
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Louisiana systematically keeping people incarcerated past their release date

Watch our event with a brilliant panel of activists discussing forced prison labor. Louisiana, the U.S. state dubbed the “world’s prison capital”, has a deep-rooted forced prison labor problem. In addition to this human rights violation, it is the only jurisdiction in the U.S. that is known to systematically keep people incarcerated past their release…

DHS Helped 765 Human Trafficking Victims in 2022, Made Thousands of Trafficking Arrests
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DHS Helped 765 Human Trafficking Victims in 2022, Made Thousands of Trafficking Arrests

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today released the second Center for Countering Human Trafficking (CCHT) Annual Report, outlining the Department’s achievements in combatting human trafficking during the previous fiscal year (FY). As a global leader in the fight against human trafficking, DHS works to end sex trafficking and forced labor through a wide range of…

Federal government investigating possible human trafficking of children who cleaned slaughterhouses
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Federal government investigating possible human trafficking of children who cleaned slaughterhouses

Federal investigators are looking into whether 50 children — some as young as 13 — who were allegedly illegally employed cleaning Midwestern slaughterhouses were victims of labor trafficking, three officials from the Department of Homeland Security told NBC News. Homeland Security Investigations agents have interviewed children who worked cleaning a JBS Foods slaughterhouse in Grand…

Stronger Labor Laws Could Combat Human Trafficking
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Stronger Labor Laws Could Combat Human Trafficking

Author Melissa Hope Ditmore suggests that current political attention on human trafficking is performative rather than practical. In her new book, she makes the case for enforcing and expanding labor laws.  There’s an ugly truth about what powers the United States economy, says Melissa Hope Ditmore. Our economic system depends on exploited labor and forced…