What’s Current: Over 50 per cent of sex trafficking victims recruited online last year were groomed on Facebook

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  • Last year, 59 per cent of sex trafficking victims recruited online were groomed via Facebook, according to the US-based Human Trafficking Institute. Victor Boutros, CEO of the Human Trafficking Institute, told CBS News:

 “The Internet has become the dominant tool that traffickers use to recruit victims, and they often recruit them on a number of very common social networking websites. Facebook overwhelmingly is used by traffickers to recruit victims in active sex trafficking cases.”

  • One in five children in Switzerland have witnessed domestic violence, according to research from the Federal Office for Gender Equality. The Swiss government has committed to making “support to children affected by violence” one of its priorities in combating domestic abuse.
  • A young lesbian woman was brutally murdered in South Africa in an apparent hate crime. Angele Bhengu, 22, was allegedly raped before being stabbed.
  • More than 3,000 calls for help regarding domestic violence were cancelled by Irish police force Garda Síochána, and an internal investigation has been opened.
  • Many Japanese female politicians report having suffered sexual harassment, including being followed home after giving a speech, being sent sexual messages to their social media pages, and unwanted touching by other assembly members or voters.
  • The Ohio House of Representatives passed an amendment protecting women’s and girls’ sports from sex self-identification amid shouting and booing from Democrat politicians.
Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve Gluck is a writer and advocate for women's sex-based rights and creator of Women's Voices, an audio library dedicated to bringing awareness to feminist texts and speeches.