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Although at first glance the headline “increase in human trafficking reports” may seem disheartening, it actually highlights the success of statewide efforts in 2019 to raise awareness of human trafficking – resulting in a high volume of reports of suspected trafficking and many arrests. Attorney General Alan Wilson recently released the South Carolina 2019 Human…

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A recent lawsuit filed in Georgia accuses email marketing platform Mailchimp of facilitating sex trafficking, according to a December 5th article published by Buzzfeed News. The suit claims Mailchimp worked with YesBackpage.com, which is an ad marketplace used by sex traffickers after the similar website Backpage was shut down. They say Mailchimp sent an email…

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Rideshare company Uber released its first-ever safety study on December 5. This was the end of a yearlong wait after the company announced they would conduct such a study concerning public safety concerns. The 84-page report encompasses 2017 and 2018, and covers both sexual assaults and fatalities involving Uber rides. The Uber safety report hit…

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The dangers of vaping and vaping illness have been all over the news (and our blog) during the past few months. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and hundreds of hospitals across the nation, have been working nonstop to try and find a reason for a mystery lung illness causing some of the…

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Sex trafficking has two components: human trafficking and sexual slavery. These are reprehensible crimes. The crimes begin when sex traffickers groom or recruit a young woman or person to engage in forced or coerced sex acts. Businesses like hotels, truck stops or massage parlors have long been complicit in these types of crimes. They benefit…

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Human trafficking and sex trafficking are, unfortunately, two of the United States’ largest and fastest growing problems. Millions of women and girls are drawn into this criminal underground system every year. Many are held against their will, moved around under the control of another person or group. As a result of the current spotlight on…

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Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. It is recognized by the United Nations as a violation of human rights. Trafficking in any form is reprehensible. The National Human Trafficking Hotline defines sex trafficking as “a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals perform commercial sex through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Minors under the…

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On Friday, November 8, federal authorities arrested a VA doctor on charges of healthcare fraud and false statements. Javaid Perwaiz, 69, was under investigation by the FBI for nearly a year after receiving a tip from a hospital employee who suspected Perwaiz was performing unnecessary surgeries on his patients. According to an article at ABC…

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