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(EDITOR’S NOTE: David Chartrand is an adjunct and the writing coach for a small class of student journalists at Benedictine College where I’m an adjunct. The following editorial piece is a sample of some of the students’ work.)

Sex Trafficking

by Katherine Hollcraft

Benedictine has announced a spring 2016 initiative to reduce the incidence of sexual harassment. The plan is praiseworthy but will remain incomplete without attention to the growing epidemic of sex trafficking. It’s not too late for the college to amend its plans.

Under federal law, anyone under 18 years of age induced into commercial sex is a victim of sex trafficking, regardless of whether the trafficker uses force, fraud or  coercion. It’s clear that students and faculty need more specific information about how to recognize and rescue victims of sex trafficking. The attention Benedictine has given to this issue is a good start, but more can be done. Continue reading

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