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NORTHWEST NEWS

At Least 13 Arrested During Far-Right Protests

Police said there were about 1,200 on the streets, but that number fell throughout the day. Six people suffered minor injuries

Six Arrests Send Message Ahead of Demonstrations

The Oath Keepers pull out but Patriot Prayer's Joey Gibson says: “we don't bend the knee; we show up ten-fold, one hundred-fold...Force them to arrest you for being peaceful."

Portland Mayor Decries Violence, Hatred Ahead of Rally

The mayor of Portland, Oregon, said Wednesday that people planning violence or espousing hatred at a weekend protest by right-wing groups in the liberal city "are not welcome here"

ACLU of Oregon to Sue ICE

Group sues after US citizen detained outside courthouse

NEWS BRIEFS

Study Finds Lack of Racial Diversity in Cancer Drug Clinical Trials

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Matt Dishman Community Center Annual Block Party

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Sara Boone Sworn in as Fire Chief

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Portland Holocaust and Genocide Curriculum Symposium

Oregon State University’s College of Education will host a symposium for educators who will soon be required to teach about the...

Man arrested after throwing furniture out of Portland window

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Some residents were evacuated from their Oregon apartments because of a neighbor throwing furniture and other items out of his window.Portland police say Jerome Lee wasn't initially cooperative with officers Saturday night. Police say when they tried to talk to him, he...

Far-right and antifa groups both claim victory at Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With both the left and the right declaring victory following a long-hyped rally that had Portland, Oregon, on edge it seems the liberal city will continue to be a flashpoint in an increasingly divided country.City officials were mostly relieved that a downtown gathering...

Ex-Clemson star Kelly Bryant takes over at QB for Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Barry Odom never seems stressed about the future, whether the Missouri coach is pondering tough sanctions handed down by the NCAA over a recruiting scandal or the fact that one of the most prolific passers in school history is now in the NFL.When it comes to the...

Missouri DE Williams pleads to misdemeanor, put on probation

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri defensive end Tre Williams pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation after prosecutors dropped a felony domestic assault charge.The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Williams pleaded guilty to peace disturbance and was...

OPINION

Avel Gordly's Statement in Advance of Aug. 17 Rally

'All we have on this planet is one another' ...

A National Crisis: Surging Hate Crimes and White Supremacists

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Calling Out Racism, White Supremacy and White Nationalism is More Vital Than Ever

Telling the truth, in its entirety, is the most objective stance any journalist can take on any subject ...

A Dog for Every Kind of Hunting: The Hound

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Sanders' criminal justice plan aims to cut prison population

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly...

Sacramento files lawsuit to ban 7 men from business district

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The city of Sacramento has filed an unusual lawsuit to ban seven men considered to be a "public nuisance" from a popular business corridor.The lawsuit alleges the men are "drug users, trespassers, thieves ... and violent criminals" who have illegal weapons and...

Indiana lawmaker under fire for posting noose picture

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana lawmaker who posted nooses under a Facebook story about a black man pleading guilty to rape is drawing criticism for using racist imagery.Republican state Rep. Jim Lucas, from Seymour, posted a picture of a gallows with two nooses under a WISH-TV story about...

ENTERTAINMENT

Eataly severs ties with Mario Batali amid misconduct scandal

NEW YORK (AP) — Chef Mario Batali, whose career crumbled amid sexual misconduct allegations, no longer owns a stake in Eataly, the Italian marketplaces he once heavily promoted.Chris Giglio, a spokesman for Eataly USA, told The Associated Press on Friday the company has purchased Batali's...

With glut of festivals, hard to match Woodstock magic

NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty years after Woodstock, the mystical and messy event that gave birth to a myriad of musical festivals, the entertainment industry is diluted with festivals and events like it — some genre specific, some extremely diverse and others offering experiences in addition...

'Easy Rider' star, 1960s swashbuckler Peter Fonda dies at 79

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic "Easy Rider," died Friday at his home of complications from lung cancer. He was 79."I am very sad," Jane Fonda said in a...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Funeral for lost ice: Iceland bids farewell to glacier

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Trump dismisses worries of recession, says economy is strong

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Funeral for lost ice: Iceland bids farewell to glacier

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Restrictions continue in Kashmir despite security ease

NEW DELHI (AP) — Restrictions continued in much of Indian-administered Kashmir on Sunday, despite India's...

Tlaib declines to visit West Bank, citing Israeli conditions

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The Root

Sex Trafficking"He'd take wooden bats and hit me. I thought he loved me, but he'd turn around and beat me and all the girls in his house. But you just can't get up and leave. He would threaten me about my family… I was afraid of getting hurt, so I just stayed."

The speaker, who says she met her pimp when she was 11 years old, is seen in shadow to protect her identity. But you can tell that she's black, and she sounds like she's still young.

She's not the only one who fits that description. In another segment of a YouTube video projected onto a screen in a packed Washington Convention Center ballroom at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference session on Modern Slavery and Sexual Trafficking is "Erika." She says she was 13 or 14 years old when she was lured into forced prostitution.

"I was shaped like a boy. Very stringy, very thin, very underdeveloped. It flabbergasts me that the people who were coming to buy us -- the Johns, if you will -- they knew I was a child. "

When the screen goes dark, April Jones, the moderator of the two-hour "brain trust" conversation of experts on human trafficking, expresses what many in the room are no doubt thinking.

"The thing I noticed most about that video," she says, "is that everyone spoke perfect English. Everyone was from this country. This is not something that happened hundreds of years ago. It's happening here and now."

"It," of course, is slavery. From the point of view of panelist Ambassador Luis C.deBaca, director of the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, to call it anything else is a euphemism just as avoidant as previous ones in American history like "servitude" or "our peculiar institution."

Today, he says, its victims are diverse. "It's a woman lured from her home in another country with the promise of a good job. It's the man recruited to work on a fishing boat, who, once land is out of sight, is forced to work 20 hours a day, who's made to eat the bait, who's raped by the ship's operator."

But in the United States, when it comes to sexual slavery, it's often girls like Erika.

Panelist Malika Saadar Sar is a hero of the anti-trafficking community for her work with the Rebecca Project for Human Rights. She worked to shut down Craigslist ads that led to kids being sold for sex. "People sold for sex in this country are American children who are disproportionately black and brown," she says. "They are between the ages of 12 and 13 -- middle school aged. "

Indeed, according to the most recent FBI report on the issue, 83 percent of victims of confirmed sex-trafficking cases were identified as U.S. citizens. Forty percent of the victims and 62 percent of the suspected perpetrators were black.

In some places, the demographic breakdown is even more dramatic, like in Houston. The jurisdiction of panel host Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee is what she calls a "hub" of sexual slavery. According to panelist Ann Johnson, Harris County, Texas, prosecutor and human trafficking specialist, the breakdown of victims there is "roughly 55 African American, 25 Hispanic and 20 Caucasian."

In individual cases, abuse and poverty at home may combine to make girls -- often runaways -- vulnerable to the men who see them as human capital, says Johnson. Just as often, says Saadar Sar, they're victimized when they age out of the foster care system and the state no longer keeps track.

In other words, as they're held against their will, often subjected to torture, earning money for pimps through forced sex, no one is going to come looking for them.

There's an even more insidious factor that compounds all of that. It's one that makes the victims feel as though seeking help would be futile, according to C.deBaca. "It's the notion that crime in the Hispanic community, in the black community, is not to be taken as seriously. Because that's not where law enforcement officers go, that's where the traffickers decide to go."

Those issues, plus a long-standing commitment by the Congressional Black Caucus to be a voice on Capitol Hill for the vulnerable anywhere, are why Jackson-Lee says putting a stop to human trafficking is a natural part of the mission of the group of African-American elected officials.

"I want to be clear that many of modern-day slavery involves sex, and that it's just as devastating as the slavery we're more familiar with," she told The Root.

On March 8, 2013, President Obama signed legislation that renewed the nation's most important tool to fight modern-day slavery, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

Lee says it's not enough.

"We need specific legislation -- more local and state law enforcement to be alert to issues of human trafficking in states and local jurisdictions. We need more trained law enforcement so that we can prevent this," she said.

For Saadar Sar the effort is a desperate one. "Many of these girls are the great-great-granddaughters of those who were enslaved during an earlier part of our history," she says. "We must do the work of building underground railroads away from this new form of slavery."

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