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MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin’s human trafficking laws would be tightened under a bill that has passed the state Senate.

The measure passed on a voice vote Tuesday would also give victims a way to void any crimes they may have committed.

The proposal would allow trafficking victims to ask a judge to vacate or expunge prostitution convictions. The judge could grant the request if he or she gives the prosecutor a chance to respond and determines society won’t be harmed.

Current Wisconsin law defines trafficking as recruiting, enticing, harboring or transporting someone against their consent. The bipartisan bill removes the consent element and adds using schemes to control an individual to the definition.

The Assembly passed the bill last month and now it heads to Gov. Scott Walker.

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trafficking women in greece is new growth industry!

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Data can help fight human trafficking, here’s how

Posted: March 20, 2014 by cltromley in General


Google Ideas — Google’s think tank around human repression — has a mission statement to use data and technology to enable people to confront threats in the face of conflict and instability, explained Google Ideas Product Manager Justin Kosslyn at Gigaom’s Structure Data conference in New York on Wednesday. Essentially, they’re using data to do good.

When it comes to accessing this type of data from shady underground networks of human trafficking and violence cycles in conflict zones, it can be particularly hard to find, analyze and make this data actionable. But Kossyln says that one source of data that is particularly illuminating — as well as helpful for victims of these crimes — is hot lines. Hotlines can help victims directly, generate data points that yield insights and also create a positive feedback loop that builds trust in communities.

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How Google uses data to combat human trafficking

Posted: March 20, 2014 by cltromley in General

More than 100 people found in suspected stash house

Posted: March 20, 2014 by cltromley in General

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP ) — A house overflowing with more than 100 people presumed to be in the U.S. illegally was uncovered in Texas on Wednesday, a police spokesman said.

The suspected stash house, just outside Houston, was found during a search for a 24-year-old woman and her two children, a 7-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy, that were reported missing by relatives late Tuesday after a man failed to meet them as planned at an undisclosed location on the city’s north side, said John Cannon, a spokesman for the Houston Police Department. Many of the people in home that authorities said appeared to be part of a human smuggling operation were dressed only in their underwear and they were sitting in in filthy conditions and surrounded by trash bags full of old clothing, Cannon said.

When police opened the door to the home they found “a large, large group of people…

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