Boston, Massachusetts. What do you think when you think of this city in the United States?
Just this Thursday, August 16th 2012, there was a crackdown & bust on a human trafficking ring! In 2011, according to the Polaris Project, the state of Massachusetts was categorized as one of the 11 states (out of 50 in the United States) providing the least effort to abolish human trafficking through laws and activism. Months later, on February 19, 2011, the state of Massachusetts enacted the Massachusetts Human Trafficking Law. With this came the formation of the Interagency Human Trafficking Task Force. Without the efforts of the Polaris Project, in bringing light to the lack of proactive legislation, and the implementation of the human trafficking task force, the following wouldn't have been able to happen:
Edited Press Release from the Boston, Massachusetts Police:
"On Thursday, August 16, officers from the Family Justice Unit, Human Trafficking Division, the Youth Violence Strike Force and District A-1 Detectives – while conducting an undercover online investigation into illegal online prostitution – arrested the following five individuals at the Park Plaza Hotel: