DCFS report shows 77% increase in juvenile human trafficking victims
Posted on 3/1/2018 11:58:00 AM.
A state Department of Children and Family Services report finds there has been a 77% increase in the amount of juvenile human trafficking victims aged 12 or less. Juveniles account for over 52% of the 681 identified victims in 2017.
Author of the report Walter Fahr says part of the increase has to do with better identification methods.
"There's been a lot more focus on human trafficking at both the adult and juvenile level. And this is being reflected on people reporting this."
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Eight French Quarter strip clubs lose liquor license in human trafficking operation
Posted on 1/29/2018 12:31:00 PM.
Several strip clubs on Bourbon Street have had their alcohol licenses pulled by the ATC after investigators say they found multiple instances of prostitution, lewd acts and, in some cases, illegal drug activity. NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison says they have a strong commitment to keeping the entire city free of criminal activity.
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Governor's Office hosts regional human trafficking summits
Posted on 11/30/2017 2:54:00 AM.

The Governor’s Office is hosting a series of human trafficking summits and one of them is today in Alexandria. The goal is to highlight information regarding existing services, protocols and community response to human trafficking victims. Director of the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet Dr. Dana Hunter says they want to make sure different local and state agencies have the resources to tackle this problem.

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Six arrested for human trafficking in Bossier City
Posted on 4/19/2017 11:19:00 AM.

Six people have been arrested in Bossier City for human trafficking as a result of an undercover prostitution operation. Bossier Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Lt. Bill Davis says nine people, including four females, traveled in from Little Rock in the back of a U-Haul. Davis says a local man allowed his apartment to be rented out for prostitution. 


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Louisiana human trafficking reports in 2016 significantly increase over the prior year
Posted on 1/31/2017 12:12:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Case data has recently been released on the number of human trafficking reports received in Louisiana in 2016 and it shows a significant increase. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, 104 cases of human trafficking were called in last year, compared to 75 in 2015.
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Gov Edwards receives blessing from Pope Francis to combat human trafficking
Posted on 1/19/2017 4:15:00 AM.

During his trip to Italy, Governor John Bel Edwards met with Pope Francis, who blessed the state’s project to support human trafficking victims. Edwards told Vatican Radio that Louisiana is a hotbed for sex trafficking along I-10. He says a big component of the project is retraining police not to treat sex trafficking victims like prostitutes.

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Gov. Edwards travels to Italy to discuss ways to combat human trafficking
Posted on 1/13/2017 12:13:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards will be in Rome, Italy for the next few days to discuss ways to fight human trafficking with the Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy. Edwards says the Houston to New Orleans corridor has one of the worst trafficking problems in the country and we must put an end to this. He says the sisters plan to open the Metanoia House, a Louisiana shelter for young victims of sex trade.

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Report: Louisiana has best anti-trafficking laws in the country
Posted on 11/29/2016 5:02:00 AM.

Louisiana ranks number one in the nation for the best anti-trafficking laws, according to the nonprofit organization Shared Hope International. Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell, who serves on the state’s Human Trafficking Study Commission, says while this is a step in the right direction, more needs to be done to help the victims.

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Legislature sends stripper age limit law to the Governor
Posted on 5/24/2016 6:01:00 AM.

The bill that increases the minimum age for strippers to 21-years-old heads to Governor John Bel Edwards’ desk to be signed into law after the Senate gave final approval. Lake Charles Sen. Ronnie Johns, says he’s authored the bill as a way to combat human trafficking and he’s been working with the Department of Children and Family Services on this issue.

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Young/skinny stripper amendment lawmaker getting slammed on national and local level
Posted on 5/19/2016 12:49:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
More lawmakers and even the governor are still talking about the stripper age/weight requirement “joke” amendment. The proposed change was added on the House floor to a human trafficking bill stating strippers should be no younger than 21, but Jackson Representative Kenny Havard ending up withdrawing.
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