Posts Tagged ‘sex’

Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio: Modern-Day Slavery? Sex, Trafficking and Immigration

NYATN steering member Juhu Thukral was on a segment on Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio on February 9th, “Modern-Day Slavery? Sex, Trafficking and Immigration.”  Undocumented immigrants are highly vulnerable to becoming trafficked due to a lack of legal status and protections, limited language skills and employment options and poverty. As a result, they often become dependent on traffickers for employment or support while living in a foreign country.  Listen here….


NYATN member Avaloy Lanning was quoted in The American Prospect’s “The Hidden Indentured Class”

NYATN member Avaloy Lanning was quoted in The American Prospect‘s “The Hidden Indentured Class.”  The article states, in part: “[T]he disproportionate focus on sex trafficking detracts resources from labor-trafficking victims—and takes a direct emotional toll, as well. ‘If you have someone who is being trafficked, and they hear or see a story about human trafficking and all that story talks about is sex,’ says Avaloy Lanning, anti-trafficking program director at the New York-based nonprofit Safe Horizon.”  The piece goes on to state: “Avaloy Lanning of Safe Horizon says that’s the common denominator for all trafficking victims, whether they were doing sex work or housekeeping: being wholly controlled by another person is the most difficult part.”  Read more….

NYATN members represent human trafficking survivors, facilitating reunification, while feds arraign perpetrators

NYATN members represent some of the survivors of another human trafficking case that originated from Tenancingo, Mexico.  The perpetrators, extradited to Brooklyn to face federal charges, are “members of familial clans in Tenancingo that prey on girls in their early teens with false promises of romance and a better life in the U.S. only to enslave them in the world’s oldest profession.” The defendant perpetrators “recruited three victims in Mexico when they were just 14 and 15 years old.”

NYATN helped facilitate the reunification of a survivor and her child, in a stirring chapter of the federal criminal case United States v. Carreto.  NYATN member Sienna Baskin stated, “this ‘an example of people going above and beyond and being creative and thinking outside the box in order to make this happen. Now we need the lessons we learned in this case to be institutionalized.'”

According to reports, “The arrest of the Perez brothers brings to 52 the number of suspects indicted in Brooklyn on sex trafficking counts in the last decade.”  Read more here.


NYATN Member Sienna Baskin in the News

NYATN member Sienna Baskin, co-director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, was quoted in an The Christian Science Monitor‘s cover story on “Human Trafficking: A Misunderstood Global Scourge.”  The article says in part:

“‘To throw the net and label all prostitution as trafficking is too broad,’ says Sienna Baskin, codirector of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, a group that provides services to commercial sex workers – those who have been trafficked as well as those who say they were not manipulated into prostitution. ‘It doesn’t recognize that people have a really wide array of experiences in commercial sex; it also means that you’re trying to put the same solution on a bunch of different problems.'” Read the article here.


Save the Date! NYATN Networking Breakfast on May 15, 2012


NYATN will host a Networking Breakfast at 10 am on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at the Urban Justice Center.  This is an opportunity for anti-trafficking advocates to meet and discuss prevailing issues impacting victims and survivors of human trafficking.  Please RSVP by Friday, May 10, 2012.


NYATN Member Sex Workers Project Co-Director Sienna Baskin on the O’Reilly Factor

NYATN Member Sex Workers Project Co-Director Sienna Baskin faces off with Bill O’Reilly on the safety issues sex workers face and the need for them to be able to seek help from law enforcement and report crimes, such as human trafficking, without fear of being ridiculed or ignored.  Baskin says, “Our perspective is to try to address the human rights of the people we work with and to try to help them.” Read more or watch the video….


A Forum on “Dynamics of Human Trafficking in New York City”

In recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the New York Asian Women’s Center and John Jay College of Criminal Justice will host a forum on “Dynamics of Human Trafficking in New York City” on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6 pm.  Speakers include NYATN member Ivy Suriyopas, staff attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Deanna Croce, Training and Outreach Manager in the Anti-Trafficking Program at Safe Horizon.  RSVP at

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