Child Prostitution http://kplu.org en 50 Mayors urge online escort service to check ages http://kplu.org/post/50-mayors-urge-online-escort-service-check-ages <p>Mayors of nearly 50 cities across the country are urging Village Voice Media to require identification for people posting escort ads on its Backpage.com &mdash; an online ad service that has come under scrutiny from authorities for allegations that it&#39;s used to promote child prostitution.</p><p> Mon, 07 May 2012 21:55:07 +0000 The Associated Press 4952 at http://kplu.org 'Hub' of underage sex ads targeted by Washington lawmakers http://kplu.org/post/hub-underage-sex-ads-targeted-washington-lawmakers <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; Washington state lawmakers introduced legislation Monday that would require classified-advertising companies to attempt to verify the age of escorts listed in sex-related postings.</p><p>The bill was one of a dozen introduced by a bipartisan group of senators seeking to curb sex trafficking.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:39:42 +0000 Jonathan Kaminsky & KPLU News Staff 3775 at http://kplu.org 'Hub' of underage sex ads targeted by Washington lawmakers McKenna threatens legal action against Backpage, if necessary http://kplu.org/post/mckenna-threatens-legal-action-against-backpage-if-necessary <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984359.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984359.mp3</a></p><p>The Washington State Attorney General wants a top provider of online adult sex ads to prove it&rsquo;s operating legally, calls Backpage.com a hub for human trafficking.</p><p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 00:26:01 +0000 Monica Spain 2502 at http://kplu.org McKenna threatens legal action against Backpage, if necessary Seattle confronts child prostitution problem after FBI sweeps http://kplu.org/post/seattle-confronts-child-prostitution-problem-after-fbi-sweeps <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-946355.mp3</p><p>Two years ago, the city of Seattle got the results of a harrowing study: <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/46893884/Report-Youth-in-Prostitution">it estimated as many as 500 children in King County are involved in prostitution</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>More recently, <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013377612_apwachildprostitutionpugetsound.html">FBI sweeps have found more girls victimized here than anywhere else in the country</a>. Seattle is identified by the FBI as one of the top ten human trafficking centers in the country - due in part, perhaps, to more effective law enforcement.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:15:50 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 549 at http://kplu.org Seattle confronts child prostitution problem after FBI sweeps Child Prostitutes Rescued in Seattle http://kplu.org/post/child-prostitutes-rescued-seattle <p>Does Seattle have more child prostitutes than other cities? During a three-day crackdown, the FBI picked up more young prostitutes in this area than anyplace else. But, there could be another reason for the high number.<br style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); " /> <br style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); " /> The latest FBI sweep, called Operation Cross Country V, resulted in the arrest of 99 pimps. Agents also rescued 69 teenage prostitutes. Twenty-three of them were from our area, in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.</p> Tue, 09 Nov 2010 13:27:31 +0000 Paula Wissel 111 at http://kplu.org Child Prostitutes Rescued in Seattle