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How a Fort Worth organization fights human trafficking

first_imgFacebook Comments disabled on pride post after negativity World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter ReddIt ReddIt A guide to understanding collegiate rifle Lindsay Tomainihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/lindsay-tomaini/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook Lindsay Tomainihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/lindsay-tomaini/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Linkedin Rifle honors seniors on Saturday + posts Lindsay Tomaini Lindsay Tomainihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/lindsay-tomaini/ Twitter Lindsay Tomainihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/lindsay-tomaini/ printHuman trafficking is often linked to random abductions of women, but experts in the field say that is the least likely way that people find themselves sexually or physically exploited. Instead, the most common way people are led into human trafficking is through manipulation of relationships, said Melissa Ice, founder of The Net. The Fort Worth-based organization works with people who have sexually exploited, as well as local refugee and homeless communities.“I think the important thing is to understand is how someone ends up there and why they get stuck and so much of it has to do with that hamster wheel of trauma and abuse,” Ice said. “Eventually, maybe you find your way out, but now that you’re out you don’t have any of the skills to cope with everything that has happened to you.”The Net was created to help create a supportive community for those who need it the most. The organization has helped create outreach programs for the local refugee and homeless communities in Fort Worth as well as victims of sexual-exploitation. Ice also said that vulnerable people are often preyed upon by traffickers.“Thirty-three percent of runaways within 48 hours will be approached by a trafficker, and that’s a Dallas Fort Worth statistic,” Ice said. “It’s very crazy because that means that a third of every girl who leaves home has a chance of encountering a trafficker.”In October 2019, the Fort Worth Police Department made an official unit for human-trafficking with a sergeant, two detectives, two officers, and one civilian. There are currently an estimated 313,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas according to a University of Texas at Austin study. The study also estimated that there are around 79,000 minors involved in sex trafficking in the state of Texas. Because of the issue’s prevalence in Texas, TCU students in a documentary class focused on human trafficking because of its relevance in Fort Worth. Students created the documentary, Worthy of More, by working alongside The Net.Human-trafficking is “recruitment, harboring, transporting, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, slavery or forced commercial sex acts.” H.R.3244 – 106th Congress (1999-2000): Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000“I think accessibility to technology, the increase in pornography consumption and its normalization all play a role,” Ice said on the high numbers of human trafficking. “The more you have people who demand these types of things then the more the supply is going to increase. It’s like simple economics.”In addition, Ice said 72% of online sex ads are actually underage girls. “The reality is most of the online sex that people are purchasing are from children, and in Texas, you cannot legally consent to sex until the age of 17,” Ice said. Linkedin Students create documentary on sex-trafficking in Fort Worth Previous articleSupreme Court’s landmark campaign finance case approaches 10-year anniversaryNext articleStudents create documentary on sex-trafficking in Fort Worth Lindsay Tomaini RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Pakistan: Pro-government activists besiege Dawn building in Islamabad

first_img April 21, 2021 Find out more The motive for the protest was an article in Dawn about the London Bridge attack in the United Kingdom on 30 November in which three people were killed including the man who murdered the other two. Quoting the London Daily Telegraph, Dawn identified the killer as “a British citizen born in the UK and of Pakistani origin.” Dawn has been subjected to repeated acts of harassment by members of the ruling Pakistan Movement for Justice (PTI) ever since one of its former journalists, Cyril Almeida, wrote an exclusive article in 2016 about the links between civilians and military at the highest levels of the Pakistani state. Incitement to violence Organisation Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News This simple, widely verified piece of information was regarded by the protesters as an insult to Pakistan and, to judge by their chants, grounds for demanding that Dawn be banned outright. After more than three hours, and long negotiations, the newspaper’s management managed to get the crowd to disperse, but not without being threatened and warned. The police did not intervene. June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Pakistani authorities to issue a public and unequivocal condemnation of last night’s siege of the Islamabad headquarters of Pakistan’s oldest English-language daily, Dawn, by an angry crowd of demonstrators calling for it to be banned on completely spurious grounds. “This show of force, which was clearly orchestrated, constitutes yet another absolutely unacceptable act of intimidation towards Pakistan’s leading daily,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The information we have obtained indicates that the federal government was, at the very least a passive accomplice if not the actual instigator of behaviour that is unacceptable in a democracy. We call on Prime Minister Imran Khan to publicly condemn these excesses, failing which he will be held personally responsible for this alarming press freedom violation.” PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independence Violence RSF_en to go further Receive email alerts PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independence Violence Help by sharing this information Fare from being spontaneous, the siege was the result of a series of ambiguous tweets by leading figures close to the ruling party and government. News News The entrance to the building that houses the newspaper and its sister TV channel, Dawn TV, was occupied by the protesters, who prevented anyone from entering or exiting, threatened any employees who tried to enter, and demanded written apologies for Dawn’s purported offence. Pakistan is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2010 World Press Freedom Index. News Follow the news on Pakistan A photo taken from the Dawn building by a member of the newspaper’s staff, who were trapped inside for three hours (photo: Pervez Banbhan – Dawn.com). Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists December 3, 2019 Pakistan: Pro-government activists besiege Dawn building in Islamabad Science and technology minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, for example, told Dawn in a tweet that he was “shocked on your cheap attempt to link a British terrorist to Pakistan,” while human rights minister Shireen Mazari tweeted that “Dawn has its own agenda.” The ambiguity of this phrase alone sufficed to elicit calls from thousands of trolls for Dawn to be attacked and ransacked. Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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NCAA March Madness set to begin in Indiana

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTuelekZa/iStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — The NCAA annual basketball tournament returns on Thursday night with its first four play-in games. One year after being canceled due to coronavirus concerns in March 2020, March Madness 2021 will be played exclusively in Indiana. Players, coaches, staffers and other event participants will undergo regular testing in a bubble-like environment. Watch the ABC News report:Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by March 18, 2021 /Sports News – National NCAA March Madness set to begin in Indianacenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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US election: Joe Biden backs Covid vow with new task force

first_img– Advertisement – The vaccine is a “significant step” forward for getting life back to normal, but challenges remain. ‘Milestone’ vaccine offers 90% Covid protection- Advertisement –last_img

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Ellsworth’s Lord, Bucksport’s Gross take 1st place at Skowhegan Invitational

first_imgELLSWORTH — Two local wrestlers earned wins in Saturday’s Skowhegan Invitational with Ellsworth’s Logan Lord placing first in the 138-pound weight class and Bucksport’s David Gross winning at 285 pounds.After starting the day with a bye, Lord got his first win when he pinned Ellsworth teammate Everett Huckins in the quarterfinals. Lord then took on Cony’s Khaled Alsaleh in the semifinals and won via technical fall 15-0.In the championship bout, Lord took on Justin Wing of Dexter. The Ellsworth senior posted a big win once again with a 13-0 major decision.At 285 pounds, Gross earned his first win of the day when he pinned Washington Academy’s Tanner Rolfe in 58 seconds. In the second round, he took out Brayden Doucette of Skowhegan in 1 minute, 45 seconds.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the semifinals, Gross pinned Romeo Mellits of Hermon midway through the second period to advance to the title bout. He then earned his fourth pin of the day just nine seconds into the first period against Mount View’s Nathaniel Fuller to become champion.Ellsworth will be at Piscataquis Community High School in Guilford at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, for its next competition, and the Eagles will also compete at Mount Blue High School in Farmington at 9 a.m. next Saturday, Jan. 19. Bucksport is scheduled to compete at Morse High School in Bath at that same time and date.last_img read more

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A near-trade involving Clyde Drexler could have taken an NBA title from Michael Jordan

first_imgSeattle lost in the first round that season but perhaps could have made a deeper run with the offensive support of Drexler. The next year, when Michael Jordan beat the Sonics in a six-game Finals series, the team could have also used Drexler as a difference maker.It almost happened… pic.twitter.com/XlMU88xF8a— George Karl (@CoachKarl22) June 10, 2020Love the feedback from Sonics fans about our convo with Bob Whitsitt. A lot of surprise about the failed Kendall Gill for Clyde Drexler deal. I wanted it! Wally talked himself out of it. Clyde goes to Houston and wins the title.Think we would have won it with Clyde in 95??— George Karl (@CoachKarl22) June 9, 2020MORE: Michael Jordan laughs at Gary Payton in doc A year before the Seattle SuperSonics matched up with the Bulls in the NBA Finals, they nearly acquired a Hall of Famer to join Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp and Detlef Schrempf.Then-coach George Karl said this week his team almost added Clyde Drexler in a midseason blockbuster deal and claimed he wanted the trade to go through before team president Wally Walker got cold feet. Instead, Drexler went to Houston and won a championship. Drexler averaged 20.5 points per game in the 1994-95 playoffs and 16.6 points per game in the 1995-96 postseason. Those were his age-32 and age-33 seasons. He would have been a veteran leader for a Sonics squad already stacked with experienced players.It’s obviously possible the Sonics would still have fallen short in the 1995 playoffs and either failed to retain Drexler or still lost to the Bulls in 1996.Still, imagining how a Big 3 of Payton-Kemp-Drexler would have fared against the Jordan-led Bulls is a fun exercise.last_img read more

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Sorry, Mr. President

first_imgTo The Editor:With the holiday season in full swing and the constant bombardment on television related to the Republican Presidential Nomination process I have made a decision.  I am throwing my wholehearted support behind Former Speaker Newt Gingrich.  I know, I know, some of you readers may be scratching your heads why, but before you totally dismiss this commentary, check out his ideas located on his website and his new 21st Century Contract with America.I am no political pundit and I cannot quote statistics but what I can say is that while Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House, the greatest growth our country has seen in decades existed including having a surplus instead of deficits.  In my personal life, as well as running a small business, the reality of sound fiscal practices dictate you can not spend more than you take in, it’s that simple.  Speaker Gingrich’s plan is to drastically reduce the size of government by eliminating unnecessary agencies, departments and “czars”, pass a balanced budget amendment, approve the Keystone Pipeline, and the list goes on, including “Day One” Executive Orders and a multitude of legislative proposals.  Sure, there is a lot of rhetoric like every other politician and Speaker Gingrich has been a member of the establishment, but the fact remains it is going to take a Washington insider to get this country moving forward again.  This need for leadership and legislative success is evident, given the President’s inability to get Congress on the same page or at least move them in a positive direction.  Newt Gingrich is the only candidate (including the President) with a record of accomplishments during a great time of prosperity for our country.  Newt Gingrich is a historian known for his great intellect and ideas.  I, too, majored in history and we all know that unless things change we are bound to repeat the same mistakes over and over.I voted for President Obama.  I believed in his message and his sincerity and his desire to make a change for the better. I am glad I voted for President Obama.  I think that was the only sound decision for me and this country at the time.  I believe voting for President Obama again would be a mistake and not a good decision for me or our country.  Newt Gingrich, in my opinion, is the whole package: he has the intellect, the knowhow, and the inside experience to get Congress working again to put this country back on top where it belongs.I am proud to be an American.  I am tired of being disgruntled. I am tired of watching the news about people protesting, being unemployed and jobs being outsourced.  It is time that we harness what made this country great, our people unified as a nation, making a difference at home and in our communities, and eventually the world.  More importantly, each and every generation prospering and doing better than the last.  I ask you to consider Newt Gingrich.  Thank you and God Bless America. Jude R. FlorioOcean Grovelast_img read more

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Cats coach confident of better days ahead for Kootenay squad

first_imgEven after losing two of three games on the Island, Wildcats skipper Cary Fisher remains confident there are bigger and better days ahead for the Kootenay-based squad.“Had you watched the game you would not have believed we came up short,” Fisher told The Nelson Daily after the Cats dropped two of three BC Female Midget AAA Hockey League games to the Vancouver Island Hurricanes this past weekend in Campbell River.Vancouver Island won the final two games by 3-1 and 2-1 scores.Kootenay opened the series with a 5-2 win thanks to the two-goal performance of Denomie Vockeroth-Fisher of Rossland.Danica Dahlin (Golden), Kimberley Huisman (Fernie) and Keegan Paterson (Nelson) also scored for the Cats, which held period leads of 3-1 and 4-2.Cats’ netminder Morgan Flynn (Castlegar) was in goal for the win. “This weekend was tough after coming out and playing well enough to score five goals we struggled to find the net in the next two games,” Fisher explained.“The players worked very hard in both losses and we had a great time of possession advantage in both losses.”Vockeroth-Fisher and Stephanie McAuley (Trail) scored the other goals for Kootenay.“I think our goal needs to be more engaged in the moment,” said Fisher.“For non athletes this may seem a bit odd but it works like this — a player can work hard but in the moment they can loose focus even while working hard.  We missed the net a lot and we missed open players. “Kootenay, 4-4-1, drops to fourth in BCFMHL standings, but is only one point from second in the six-team league.Fraser Valley Phantom tops the league with an 8-0-2 record.“I guess the best way to describe it is paying attention to details and being more surgical in our approach,” said Fisher, pleased with the play of Keegan Paterson of Nelson, McAyla Yuris (Trail) and Denomie Vockeroth-Fisher.“Simple is best with most things in life and I believe this team will find a simple game very soon.”The Cats are off until November 22 when Kootenay travels to Kelowna for a three-game set against the Okanagan Rockets.last_img read more

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FRANK E. KILROE MILE QUOTES – SATURDAY MARCH 12, 2016

first_imgNOTES: The winning owners are Sal Berumen, Robert Riggio and the Elwood Johnston Trust, et al. MIKE SMITH, BOLO, SECOND: “I think anybody that was going to lay close (to What a View) was just going to shoot themselves in the foot. To be honest, I think that helped us run second. If I had tried to lay close, I wouldn’t have run second.” JUDY JOHNSTON, PART OWNER/BREEDER, WHAT A VIEW: “It feels really good to win a race like this. There were some tough horses in there.” KENNY BLACK, TRAINER, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “We’ve had some issues with his feet and I just wanted to keep him on the grass. There were some really tough horses in here: Bolo, Bal a Bali and Om, so we knew we were going to have to run big to win.” TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTES center_img FLAVIEN PRAT, BAL A BALI, THIRD: “My horse ran good, the horse ran his race and did well. I feel that I got a good race, [Bal a Bali] had his shot and ran his race well. I don’t need to make an excuse for him, he did well.”​ REGARDING WINNING HER FIRST GRADE I WITHOUT HER LATE HUSBAND, E.W. (BUDDY) JOHNSTON IN ATTENDANCE: “He’s in the skybox, up there cheering for us.” KENT DESORMEAUX, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “Well from the ‘View’ I had everyone was going for the lead and this guy loves that; the faster, the better. I thought that if they all wanted to come at him, then he’d run them into the ground and I wanted to try and win the race that way.“He was loaded turning for home. He was enjoying himself and I think he enjoyed the soft ground. The time is incredible because the turf has a tremendous amount of give in the ground. For him to put that number up on the clock, he’s a real racehorse.“I feel like I’m making the right decisions right now and I hope that continues.” -30-last_img read more

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Broncos get the last laugh

first_imgDENVER – Maybe it’s true that the Denver Broncos have been a team playing under the radar this season. At the beginning, though, they sure were drawing some attention – and lighting up the laugh-o-meter. That’s what happens when a coach who insists his team is close to the Super Bowl tries to take the next step by: Jerry Rice got his tryout, but couldn’t beat out Darius Watts, who has since fallen to fifth on the Denver depth chart. Rice announced his retirement and is now appearing in ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and will be a judge in this weekend’s Miss America Pageant. Maurice Clarett got his chance, too. A surprise third-round pick, Clarett was a bust pretty much from the day he reported to Dove Valley. Hurt, not able to fit in with the team, Shanahan let him go in the first round of cuts. Clarett is waiting to see if a grand jury will indict him on aggravated robbery charges. Did the coach feel silly for making these moves? “You can’t worry about what people say about you,” he said. “You do what’s in the best interest of your organization. Sometimes, it’s taking chances and sometimes when you take chances you make mistakes. You just can’t be afraid to say you made a mistake and you’re going in a different direction.” But for every mistake Shanahan made this season, there was a success – or two, or three. Start with punter Todd Sauerbrun. He was considered poison after his final season in Carolina. Accused of using steroids, in trouble for drunk driving, ridiculed for his running feuds with the Gramatica brothers, he looked like the kind of guy to stay away from, no matter how strong his leg. The Broncos actually went out of their way to get him. They traded their own punter, Jason Baker, and a seventh-round pick and spent more than a few weeks negotiating a contract. This season, Sauerbrun has been solid and quiet. He came in second in team voting for special teams captain. The biggest news he’s made came last week, when he made a tackle on a kickoff and forced a fumble that led to a field goal against New England. “I gave him the guidelines of what was expected here,” Shanahan said. “And he’s been perfect since the day he got here.” Nearly lost in all the laughter was Denver’s low-profile decision to sign Ron Dayne to a free-agent contract. A bust with the Giants, he made only third string in Denver. But he had a key role in winning two of the team’s 13 games this regular season – in Week 2, when he ran for 38 yards during the late, game-winning drive, and in Week 12, when his 55-yard run in overtime set up the winning score against Dallas. Then, the crown jewel: The decision to bring on – in four separate transactions – all four starting defensive linemen from last year’s Cleveland Browns, along with the man who coached them, Andre Patterson. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Signing an aging standout receiver. Making a variety of moves to bring in the entire set of linemen, along with the position coach, from a team that ranked last in the league in rushing defense. Indeed, Denver’s locker room resembled a three-ring circus to many five months ago. But now, the Broncos are a win away from the Super Bowl. Mike Shanahan is looking like a genius for the chances he took and, not surprisingly, the snickering has stopped. “It’s taking chances,” Shanahan said. “What I do is, if someone’s got a checkered past, I’m not afraid to talk about their checkered past. I let them know I don’t care about their past, I just care about what they do when they come to this football team.” Some guys made it, some didn’t. center_img Drafting a malcontent running back. Trading for a punter with alleged steroid issues. last_img read more

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