The operation is still arresting sex workers and calling it a rescue mission.
The claim that 100,000 to 300,000 underage people were being sex trafficked in the United States was used in effort to destroy Backpage.com's founders.
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.
For the second year in a row, federal prosecutions for sex trafficking of children have dropped.
Aggressive asset forfeiture collides with First Amendment rights.
Trump—Who Once Said Jeffrey Epstein 'Likes Beautiful Women as Much as I Do'—Moves to Distance Himself From the Disgraced Palm Beach Billionaire
Plus: Gabbard slams Harris' "political ploy," a fair use win for Vanity Fair and Andy Warhol, Hawaii decriminalizes marijuana, and more…
Plus: How the French could kill U.S. speech, do economic centrists exist?, and more...
Plus: Ashton Kutcher serves up "sex trafficking"-enabled surveillance, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio goes after soft serve, and more...
'We know what we want to do with our bodies, and we don't need government interference.'
The bill also targets strip clubs
Plus: the biggest trouble with Devin Nunes' Twitter lawsuit, the Senate fails to override Trump's Yemen veto, bad news for the gig economy, and more...
Did San Francisco really see a 170 percent "spike in human trafficking" last year?
Nonetheless, a judge will let a sex trafficking complaint against Weinstein proceed.
Plus: "content moderation laws are...not about punishing tech companies" and union fees have taken an astonishing hit.
Video evidence contradicted Santana Adams' account.
Plus: a Robert Kraft/spa-sting update, Florida sex-buyer registry nixed, D.C. activist alleges entrapment, and more sex-work and sex-policy news.
Fake news is real. Momo is not.
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.
Kamala Harris Won't Denounce Federal Law That Harms Sex Workers, but May Support Decriminalizing Prostitution
"I think that we have to understand though that it is not as simple as that."
'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.
Last Year Saw 'Furthest-Reaching Attempt to Censor Online Speech' Since the 1990s, Say FOSTA Challengers
As the lawsuit against FOSTA hits appeals court, three essays about the law that everyone should read.
Elizabeth Nolan Brown talks about DHS's "Blue Campaign," which is pushing hotel and airline workers to call the feds if they suspect human trafficking.
Plus: Lionel Shriver on cultural erasure and Stormy Daniels on strip-club labor laws
Plus: New York's CBD-foods crackdown, Laura Loomer gets booted from PayPayl, and more hits from last night's speech.
How big hotel chains became arms of the surveillance state.
The senator and presidential hopeful went to bat for dirty prosecutors, opposed marijuana legalization, and championed policies that endanger sex workers.
The Super Bowl is around the corner and a popular sex trafficking myth is back.
2018 was a mixed bag, but that means there was still a lot of good news.
Congress Ramps Up War on Sex Workers and Their Customers With Secret Votes on Four New 'Protection' Laws
A national strategy for arresting sex buyers and letting local cops wiretap sex workers are among the approved changes.
A Tucson Weekly investigation finds that federal funds to "fight sex trafficking" are actually perpetuating it.
Plus: Trump endorses sentencing reform and Bitcoin's value continues to fall.
The ruling is a major win for Backpage founders James Larkin and Michael Lacey, as well as a strike against government overreach.
Plus: fight against FOSTA continues and Tennessee trooper reports Democrat for visiting falafel restaurant.
Plus: why Gary Johnson will be good for the Senate, "toxic culture" at the TSA, the dismissal of an anti-FOSTA lawsuit, and a new economic freedom index.
The PATRIOT Act fell out of fashion-but swap "human trafficker" for "terrorist" and let the civil liberties infringements roll!
But the real problem here isn't human-trafficking troops, it's regulators raising crime panic.
Plus: Another one of NYU professor Avital Ronell's teaching assistants talks, and Tucker Carlson goes after Amazon.
Matt Welch interviews Brown (and others, including ex-Reasoner Lauren Krisai) from 9-12 ET.