WASHINGTON — More than 100 sexually exploited teenagers, some as young as 13, were rescued during a nationwide sex-trafficking sting over the weekend, the FBI announced Monday.

By Joe Johns and Tom Cohen

Washington (CNN) -- They are mostly teenage girls, often from broken homes where no one misses them. Their world is one of drugs and abuse -- emotional and physical -- in which they are forced to sell their bodies.

In announcing the FBI's latest crackdown on child prostitution, officials Monday described a dark underside of society that has grown through Internet sites that provide pimps easy access to johns in hotels, motels, at truck stops and just about anywhere else.

By Catherine Saillant

The closing days of a quiet race to choose Los Angeles City Hall's only female elected official have erupted in an unusual clash over which candidate is likely to be more attuned to issues of child sexual abuse.

The late-breaking controversy — which included one candidate telling her story of being abused as a child — has added a wild card to Tuesday's special election to fill the eastern San Fernando Valley 6th District seat vacated by Tony Cardenas, who was elected to Congress.

By Celia W. Duggar

A comprehensive new assessment of the ancient practice of female genital cutting by the United Nations Children’s Fund has found that it is gradually declining in many countries, even some where it remains deeply entrenched.

The authors of the report, released Monday, describe the practice as “remarkably tenacious, despite attempts spanning nearly a century to eliminate it.”

By NPR Staff

 

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is fighting for her bill to curb sexual assaults in the military. Her measure would give independent military prosecutors, rather than commanders, the power to decide which cases should be tried in military court.

Military leaders fiercely oppose moving that authority outside the chain of command, arguing that commanders are responsible for the health and welfare of their soldiers. Removing their authority would undermine their ability to lead, they say.

16 July 2013 – The deputy head of the United Nations today highlighted the power of technology to empower women and girls, especially to protect them from violence, and create a safer world for all vulnerable groups.

“Technology has enormous power to highlight and record human rights violations and to raise awareness so that we change mindsets and deal with violence at its roots,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said at an event in New York on harnessing the power of technology to prevent violence against women and girls.

NOTE: This article contains disturbing content that may be triggering for some readers.

 

By Harmeet Shah Singh and Ben Brumfield

(CNN) -- As India grapples with how to better protect women and girls from sexual assault, a court over the weekend convicted six men in the gang rape of a Swiss tourist.

The court in the province of Datia sentenced them to life in prison on Saturday for the March rape and robbery, public prosecutor Rajendra Iwari said.

The men have denied the charges and may appeal.

NOTE: This article contains disturbing content that may be triggering for some readers.

 

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