Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:01 AM EDT2014-09-02 06:01:23 GMT
The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Dewayne Thompson, wanted in the wounding and kidnapping of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard, has been captured by Jackson Police. He was taken into custody around 5:45 in west Jackson near where Beard's vehicle was found earlier today.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:53:02 GMT
A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, along with 46 other state and territorial attorneys general, sent letters to Congress Tuesday, asking them to fund the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.
The funding would go towards programs that fight human trafficking in the United States and abroad.
"Human trafficking is a problem that will not go away unless we have the tools to fight it," said DeWine. "By funding the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, Congress will be taking the right action towards preventing this crime and helping those who have already fallen victim to human traffickers."
Established in 2000, the TVPRA greatly increased America's efforts to protect human trafficking victims, assist survivors, improve prevention methods and successfully prosecute human traffickers. The original legislation established human trafficking as a federal crime.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, after drug dealing, trafficking of humans is tied with arms dealing as the second-largest criminal industry in the world, generating about $32 billion each year. A study of U.S. Department of Justice human trafficking task force cases shows that 83 percent of sex trafficking victims identified in the U.S. were U.S. citizens. The average ages that U.S. citizens are first used for commercial sex is 12–14.
Attorneys general from 44 states, excluding New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia signed the letter to Congress. Territories, including Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and Virgin Islands, also signed the letter.
DeWine also re-established the Human Trafficking Commission to work to analyze, research, and find solutions to the human trafficking problem. The commission released an in-depth report on Ohio's human trafficking problem in August 2012.
Additionally, DeWine formed the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force and the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Collaborative to bring greater focus to the problem of human trafficking, add capacity to respond to human trafficking cases, and build communication channels across jurisdictional boundaries.