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Trafficking, whether for labor or sexual exploitation, is a form of human slavery. By necessity, traffickers always use violence, fraud, or coercion to subjugate their prey — because there is no such thing as consensual slavery — and often enough, after days, months, and years of trauma, the violence becomes so engrained in the minds […]
They say a lie travels halfway around the world before the truth can even lace up its shoes. Right now, there’s a persistent one still circling around: “Legalizing prostitution is better for everyone involved — with government regulation, sex workers are safer, and sex trafficking becomes a thing of the past.” And yet, if you […]
Earlier this month, Backpage.com lost its appeal to have the presiding judge removed from their case about enabling rampant sex trafficking. The 9th Circuit Court refused to compel Judge Susan Brnovich, whose husband is Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, to step aside. The Backpage executives, notably James Larkin and Michael Lacey — both of whom […]
Zephaniah “Zephi” Trevino is being charged for a murder she did not commit in Dallas. Her sex trafficker, Philip Baldenegro, has already confessed to pulling the trigger, but the justice system refuses to acknowledge Zephi as a victim. At the age of 16, Baldenegro trafficked Zephi by originally posing as her boyfriend. Before long, he […]
What people say about collaborating with TRUST
We are proud to work with so many community partners in the fight against sex trafficking. Our working relationship with TRUST gives us added resources in this fight. From training to coordinating on the ground resources we appreciate our enhanced abilities provided by TRUST.
Working against sex trafficking requires a nuanced analysis, a sophisticated approach to action, and a deep commitment to social change. It is rare to find groups that combine all three in a seamless and innovative way. AATN and its program, TRUST, provide a model for what effective and paradigm-shifting anti-trafficking groups need to do to make this world safe and sustainable, where women and children move from being victims to empowered survivors.
TRUST is the first contact we make when getting involved in an anti-trafficking project in Arizona as it has become the point of intersection of the many efforts on the ground.
One of the most dangerous and growing threats to children in Arizona is Human Trafficking. In working with TRUST, stakeholders across the state have access to training, resources and collaboration opportunities to help put an end to this horrific crime.