National and Iowa Anti-Trafficking News: Updated

There continues to be a lot of anti-trafficking news both here in Iowa and around the country. Today’s blog post will help to keep you up to date. If you have anti-trafficking news, events, trainings, meetings, or resources to share across Iowa, please send to gbelitsos55@gmail.com.

  1. Over 20 direct service providers attended the recent meeting of the Iowa Survivor Services Collaboration. If you would like to join these agencies, contact Joy Fopma, Director, Wings of Refuge and Iowa NAHT Board member. If you would like more information, click here.
  2. For an update on Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), here is an article from the DOT newsletter (PDF).
  3. Iowa’s human trafficking laws received a report card grade of “B” and score of 84 points. For an analysis of how Iowa rates next to other states, click here.
  4. Texas police have rescued 341 children after anti-trafficking training. They hope it goes nationwide. For details about this rescue, click this link.
  5. The Iowa Victim Service Call Center is a resource to victims of survivors of crime throughout the state of Iowa. This includes sex trafficking, labor trafficking, sexual assault, domestic violence, violent crimes, and survivors of homicide. Advocates at the Iowa Call Center are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 1-800-770-1650 or you can text iowahelp to 20121. For a complete update from the center, click here.
  6. A National Sex Trafficking Conference will be held May 22-24, 2018. For more information, click here.
  7. The Siouxland Coalition Against Human Trafficking has just updated its resource directory. SCAHT Co-chair and NAHT Board member, Bernadette Rixner, has given permission to share this very complete directory (PDF) with you.
  8. 2018-NAHT-Scroll_400x948The Iowa NAHT has a new 7’x3’ banner scroll (image shown at right) for use at speaking engagements, trainings, and conferences. For more info contact Dr. George at gbelitsos55@gmail.com.
  9. Who buys a trafficked child for sex? Otherwise ordinary men.
  10. Congratulations to Gridshock: A Film about Sex Trafficking in Iowa which has met its production fundraising goal of $35,000!!
  11. Garden Gate Ranch will hold its first Gala fundraiser in Johnston, Iowa on April 21st at the Hilton Garden Inn. Governor Reynolds is one of the 8 honored guests. For more information, click here.
  12. Many of you have probably heard or read about the airline ticketing agent credited with saving two girls from trafficking. Below are two versions of the story. If you read both of them, you will get a very clear picture of how unaware young people – and their parents – are of the ways people are lured into trafficking. They also show how well organized and criminal the traffickers are.
    ABC news article
    MSN article
  13. We urge you to register for the 2018 Iowa Human Trafficking Summit April 18th and 19th! Learn more at http://iowatraffickingsummit.eventbrite.com. 300+ have already registered!!
  14. In case you missed the NAHT report on 2018 Anti-Trafficking Iowa legislation, you can catch up by clicking here.
  15. Congratulations to “Newton Says No to Human Trafficking.” They recently shepherded a massage business ordinance through the Newton City Council. Similar ordinances have stalled in Marshalltown, Ames, Sioux City, Clive, West Des Moines, and other locations. Click here to read the newly approved Newton ordinance (PDF). For a newspaper article about how they did it, click here. One shady Newton massage parlor has already closed and you can read about it here.
  16. The Break the Cycle Bike Ride will take place on Friday, June 22nd. Click here for more details.
  17. The courageous story of one child survivor of sex trafficking was aired on 4/1 on 48 Hours on CBS. Former Iowan Ashton Kutcher is also interviewed about his anti-trafficking national work. To view this program, click here.
  18. The Braking Traffik website is no longer operational. Go to http://www.famres.org/services/survivor-services for information about services this eastern Iowa group provides. They still have their Facebook page www.facebook.co/brakingtraffik and email: brakingtraffik@famres.org.