Slave traders today make a return on their investment 25 to 30 times higher than their 18th- and 19th-century counterparts.

Siddharth Kara, a slavery economist and fellow of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, has calculated that the average profit a victim generates for their exploiters is $3,978 (£3,030) a year. Sex trafficking is so disproportionately lucrative compared to other forms of slavery that the average profit for each victim is $36,000.

One in 10 female university students say they have been sexually assaulted in the past two years, and only 4% of students believe their universities are doing enough to provide sexual assault support, a landmark report from the Australian Human Rights Commission and Universities Australia has found.

After allegations of child sex abuse plagued Seattle mayor Ed Murray, the Seattle LGBTQ Commission is calling for his resignation.

Gay Star News initially reported on the abuse claims in April, which Murray vehemently denied. Multiple teenage boys, including his own foster son, accused Murray of sexual abuse.

To read full article, visit this Gay Star News link.

On Wednesday morning the Utah's state crime lab and other agencies announced a new rape kit hotline number along with updates on kit testing.

To read full article, visit this KUTV link.

For far too long, boys and men who have been sexually abused or assaulted have been overlooked, neglected, minimized or stigmatized by society and, at times, by the health care community. It's time for that disregard to stop.

To read full commentary piece, visit this CNN link.

Four years into South Sudan's devastating civil war, the world's youngest nation is reeling from sexual violence on a "massive scale," a new Amnesty International report says. Thousands of women, children and some men are suffering in silence, grappling with mental distress.

To read full article, visit this ABC News link.

Gruesome billboards of a woman in a bloodied and torn bridal gown appeared around Beirut recently, captioned in Arabic: “A white dress doesn’t cover up rape.” This spring, a women’s rights group, Abaad, hung similarly defiled gowns along the city’s famous seaside promenade.

The United Nations migration agency today said that perhaps 80 per cent of Nigerian migrant women and girls arriving on Europe's shores in Italy could potentially be sex trafficking victims, spotlighting the horrific levels of abuse and violence migrants face along their arduous journeys for a better future.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled changes enacted five years ago to toughen reporting requirements under Pennsylvania's sex offender registration law cannot be applied retroactively.

To read full article, visit this WITF link.

Former U.S. House of Representative Speaker Dennis Hastert has been released from prison in Minnesota and moved to a Chicago halfway house after serving a 13-month sentence for a financial crime tied to sex abuse, federal records showed on Tuesday.

To read full article, visit this Reuters link.

 

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