Elizabeth Nolan Brown is an associate editor at Reason, where she covers sex policy, free speech, criminal justice, women’s healthcare, food regulation, and national politics. Her writing has also appeared in outlets such as Politico, Playboy, the Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, Fox News, The Week, The Dish, and Time magazine, and been published by entities such as the New America Foundation and the Cato Institute.In 2016, her Reason cover story “The War on Sex Trafficking Is the New War on Drugs,” won the Western Publishing Association’s “Maggie” award for best feature article and took third in the Southern California Journalism Awards best-feature category.  Brown is a frequent commentator on sex work, First Amendment issues, libertarian feminism, and general politics—in libertarian spaces and the media more broadly. In the past year, she has spoken at events like FreedomFest, the International Students for Liberty conference, and the Porcupine Freedom Festival, and been invited to talk to students at New York University and Vanderbilt Law, among other places. She has also spoken on these issues on radio and TV, including Fox Business’ Stossel and Opening Bell, NPR’s 1A, the BBC’s Business Matters, and Al Jazeera’s The Stream.

Human-Trafficking Arrests Are Very Rare in Most States – shared from Reason.com

Human trafficking arrests are almost nonexistent in most states, according to the FBI’s newly released U.S. crime statistics for 2016.

Part of the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) project, the new data on sex and labor trafficking shows that arrests for either offense are rare and that many suspected incidents of trafficking did not ultimately yield results. For comparison, 9,374 people were arrested for murder last year in the U.S., 18,606 were arrested for rape, 304,626 were arrested for aggravated assault, 7,767 were arrested for arson, 101,301 were arrested for fraud, and 2,905 for illegal gambling. More than 30,300 people were arrested for “prostitution and commercialized vice” (a category that is separate from illegal gambling or drugs). And 40,292 people were arrested for sex offenses that were not prostitution or rape. In total, UCR data shows 89,220 suspected sex-offenders were arrested last year, of which 881—about 1 percent—were suspected of sex trafficking. In Alaska, three adult men were arrested for alleged sex trafficking last year. Indiana, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island each reported two adult arrests on sex-trafficking charges; Arkansas, California, Michigan, Montana, and North Dakota each had one. None of these states reported any labor trafficking arrests. Meanwhile, Arizona and Connecticut each reported zero sex-trafficking arrests, with 34 in Arizona and 14 in Connecticut arrested on labor-trafficking charges. Overall, 29 minors arrested on human-trafficking charges last year were white, 23 were black, and four were American Indian. For adults, 626 suspects were white, 251 were black, 27 were Asian, 11 were American Indian, and one was Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. A total of 12 minors and 193 adults arrested were identified as (white or black) Hispanic.

Human-Trafficking Arrests Are Very Rare in Most States – shared from Reason.com

Thanks to Bella Robinson at COYOTEri for staying on top of the s/w data and media.

Complete Reason article with stats: //reason.com/r/17P9 The exceptions in 2016 were Minnesota and Texas, according to newly released FBI data.

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