The operation is still arresting sex workers and calling it a rescue mission.
The bipartisan bill says "using drugs or illegal substances to cause a person to engage in a commercial sex act" or in any kind of labor counts as human trafficking.
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To state Rep. Jillian Gilchrest, “Raising women up” apparently means depriving them of employment opportunities.
'We know what we want to do with our bodies, and we don't need government interference.'
The bill also targets strip clubs
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Nonetheless, a judge will let a sex trafficking complaint against Weinstein proceed.
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We were told this sort of spying would only be used to stop terrorists. And yet...
Homeland Security and Florida Cops Spied on Chinese Massage Workers for Months but Still Couldn't Find Evidence of Human Trafficking
Nine women face felony prostitution charges and hundreds of their customers have been arrested. Florida says it's the real victim.
'No Allegations of Human Trafficking' and 'Women Could've Walked Out' In Florida Massage-Parlor Prostitution Stings
Authorities are walking back big claims about an international human-trafficking ring involving Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Patriots Owner Robert Kraft's Bust Is Being Billed as a Human Trafficking Bust, but It Looks More Like Ordinary Prostitution
It's also part of a larger national attack on massage parlors and sex workers.
Government statistics often show more reports of both. That doesn't mean either is on the rise.
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Occupational licensing programs deprive people of livelihoods and often don't improve public health.
How big hotel chains became arms of the surveillance state.
The Super Bowl is around the corner and a popular sex trafficking myth is back.
Plus: The TSA mask is slipping and government shutdown goes on.
The PATRIOT Act fell out of fashion-but swap "human trafficker" for "terrorist" and let the civil liberties infringements roll!
Why the Press Conflates Prostitution with Sex Trafficking—and Why That's a Threat To Free Speech: Podcast
Elizabeth Nolan Brown exposes the flimsy case against the alt-weekly pioneers accused of facilitating sex trafficking through Backpage.com.