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NORTHWEST NEWS

Report: Oregon Has Too Few Public Defenders

Oregon has only roughly one-third of the public defense attorneys it needs to provide reasonably effective assistance to low-income defendants

Blumenauer Boosts Efforts to Put Three Black History Landmarks on National List

Congressman makes case for Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Dean’s Beauty Salon and Barber Shop, and the Golden West Hotel’s importance to city history and heritage.

Lawsuit Says New Majority Latino District in WA a 'Facade'

A Latino civil rights organization and others filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that says new political maps in Washington state approved by a bipartisan redistricting panel intentionally dilute Hispanic voters' influence.

Washington Students' Test Scores Drop Significantly

Reports show that between 2019 and 2021, the overall percentage of students who met state standards on the math portion of the exam fell by 20 percentage points.

NEWS BRIEFS

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at PSU to Present 'To Survive on This Shore

Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults' ...

Final Week for 'Mending The Social Fabric' Interactive Exhibit

A parachute with rips and tears encourages community over the course of the exhibition as visitors sit and mend. The piece will be...

Nearly 35,000 Oregon Households Have Received More Than $243 Million in Rental Assistance Relief During Pandemic

OHCS will again begin accepting new applications for OERAP starting on Wed., Jan. 26, 2022. ...

Five Schools Return to In-person Instruction on Jan. 24

Alliance, Faubion, Franklin, Ockley Green, and Roosevelt return to in-person instruction; George, Harriet Tubman and Kellogg...

COVID cases decline in Seattle area, surge moves east

SEATTLE (AP) — Cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 are decreasing in the Seattle metro area, but hospital leaders are warning that the variant is gaining steam in eastern Washington and could further stress health care facilities. In King County, data shows the rise in omicron...

Oregon Legislature: Will Dems, GOP be able to get along?

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As Oregon lawmakers prepare to return to the state Capitol next week for the 35-day legislative session, Republicans and Democrats have differing opinions on what that time should be used for. While Republicans say traditionally the short legislative session...

UNLV promotes interim AD Harper to full-time job

LAS VEGAS (AP) — UNLV has promoted interim athletic director Erick Harper to serve in the job full time. Harper's hiring, announced on Monday, was effective Jan. 1. He had served as interim athletic director since Desiree Reed-Francois left UNLV for Missouri in August. ...

Army stuns Missouri in Armed Forces Bowl on last-second FG

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Cole Talley kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired and Army rallied to beat Missouri 24-22 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Wednesday night. After the Tigers took a 22-21 lead on a touchdown with 1:11 to play, third-string quarterback Jabari Laws led Army...

OPINION

OP-ED: A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

January 6th, Voting Rights and the Tyranny Threatening America ...

Support Nikole Hannah-Jones and The 1619 Project

This important and ambitious project pulled back the curtain of euphemistic rhetoric composing American historiography that points only to the good in our history and sweeps under the rug the evil deeds perpetrated against people of color ...

In 2021, Organized Labor is Again Flexing its Muscles

We have seen dramatic change in the makeup of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under President Biden. ...

Study Reveals Racial Pay Gap for Social Media Influencers

The racial pay gap has long presented issues for African Americans in Corporate America and other industries. It’s now filtered to social media. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Biden nominating 6 lawyers for federal prosecutor posts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is nominating six lawyers to run U.S. attorney’s offices across the country, a diverse group of candidates in the latest picks for the top law enforcement positions. The nominees, being announced by the White House on Wednesday, would run the...

India's Republic Day parade curtailed amid COVID-19

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of people braved a morning chill Wednesday on a ceremonial boulevard in India's capital to watch a display of the country’s military power and cultural diversity, but the colorful annual Republic Day spectacle was curtailed amid COVID-19. Nearly 500...

Prosecution witnesses say they feared for Floyd's life

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors at the federal trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights are trying to show that even bystanders knew the Black man needed help, while the officers failed to act as former Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on...

ENTERTAINMENT

At Sundance, documentaries resurrect lost eras of music

NEW YORK (AP) — Can a music scene still develop the way grunge did in 1990's Seattle or hip-hop did in the Bronx in the 1970s? Or has the digital makeover of music made such geographical-based explosions obsolete? It's a question that hovers over the Sundance Film Festival...

‘Aftershock’ puts human face to maternal health crisis in US

It was 2017 when filmmaker Paula Eiselt started seeing articles about rising maternal mortality rates in the United States. She’d had traumatic experiences giving birth to her four children, but didn’t realize that the problems were widespread and disproportionately affecting Black women. ...

Howie Mandel urges pal Jay Leno to air 'Late Night' laundry

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Howie Mandel has a bone to pick with his longtime friend Jay Leno. On the podcast “Howie Mandel Does Stuff,” he tells Leno he should have publicly defended himself in the “Tonight Show" rivalries of decades past, when Leno and David Letterman and then Leno...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Indonesia's capital is sinking, polluted and now moving

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Jakarta is congested, polluted, prone to earthquakes and rapidly sinking into the Java...

Meet Methuselah, the oldest living aquarium fish

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Meet Methuselah, the fish that likes to eat fresh figs, get belly rubs and is believed to...

Biden nominating 6 lawyers for federal prosecutor posts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is nominating six lawyers to run U.S. attorney’s offices across the...

Explosion damages offices, stores in Athens; 3 hurt

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An explosion left three people injured and seriously damaged an office building while...

AP PHOTOS: Beast-like 'Carantoñas' return to Spanish town

ACEHUCHE, Spain (AP) — It's hours before dawn in Acehuche, a small town in Spain's western Extremadura region,...

Picasso heirs launch digital art piece to ride 'crypto' wave

GENEVA (AP) — Pablo, meet Crypto. Heirs of Pablo Picasso, the famed 20th-century Spanish artist,...

Brian Stimson of The Skanner News

According to the Protected Innocence Initiative, Oregon has received a "D" grade in our ability to protect children from being the victims of domestic minor sex trafficking. The grade comments primarily on laws that treat victims as criminals, the failure of state laws to adequately define a minor prostitute as someone who has been "trafficked," and the failure of "rape shield" laws to include trafficked minors.

"Oregon's laws show serious omissions in protective provisions for child victims, and the state lacks strong laws to prosecute the men who rent the bodies of other men's children. There is no distinction in Oregon's trafficking act between the trafficking of a minor or an adult," said Linda Smith, Founder and President of Shared Hope International.

Washington State was given a grade of "C" in their efforts to rescue minors and punish johns and pimps, according to the Protected Innocence Initiative.

In Oregon, there have been numerous cases of adults being charged with federal crimes related to the trafficking of minors, which does carry special penalties for underage victims.

The initiative particularly criticized the state's criminalization of minors who prostitute themselves or are prostituted. While certain jurisdictions, such as Multnomah County, do not bring criminal charges on these girls, state law treats prostitutes of all ages, and johns, with the same crime.

The Oregonian released an exhaustive report into the rhetoric surrounding human trafficking in Portland on Friday, Jan. 15. Despite many anti-human trafficking organizations labeling Portland as a "hub" of minor sex trafficking, there is no reliable data to back up that assertion. According to the FBI, Portland is no different from any other city its size.

The Skanner News has been reporting for months about the unreliable data that these organizations use to obtain federal grants and other funds. Many public officials, journalists and organizations have used the dubious assertion that Portland is the "number 2" city in the nation for child sex trafficking – a number that is entirely fictional. Dan Rather's "Pornland" featured that bogus figure and others to paint Portland – wrongly – as a child sex epicenter. The documentary will be showing at this weekend's Northwest Conference Against Trafficking, put on by Soroptimist International.

The bogus status of "number 2" was garnered from a one-night FBI sting in 2009 when four girls were rescued from prostitution. That raid also netted the arrests of 29 adult prostitutes.

This year, a similar raid found no underage girls in Portland. The Portland Police Bureau also do not keep statistics regarding rescued minors. They also do not differentiate in their data between the men and women who are arrested for either selling or buying sex.



For more coverage of this complex and sensitive issue:

http://www.theskanner.com/news/northwest/7738-sex-trafficking-poses-complex-problems-2010-07-08

http://www.theskanner.com/news/northwest/8006-safe-housing-is-hard-to-find-for-sex-trafficking-victims-2010-08-05 

http://www.theskanner.com/news/northwest/8781-victim-or-criminal-prostitution-laws-face-challenges-2010-11-11

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