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Prostitution exploits people overseas and in the U.S.

Photo credit: Jaime Munoz

Nicte Hernandez

February 11, 2018

When thinking of Amsterdam, thoughts usually race to its legalized and controlled substances. Marijuana, and other mind-altering substances, are legal and easy to buy in The Netherlands.However, what usually does not immediately come to mind, but is also legal throughout The Netherlands, is prostitution in t...

Human traffickers look for vulnerable people

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Nicte Hernandez and Briana Mcdaniel

November 23, 2016

Every 30 seconds a person falls enslaved into human trafficking. Today, it's most commonly known as modern-day slavery, according to Abolishing Injustice in the 21st Century.Traffickers look for individuals with certain personalities that are easy to manipulate or individuals who happen to be in challenging situations.Ma...

Chico helps fight against human trafficking

Protesters marching. Photo courtesy of Maliah Seavey.

Kaylie Lewis

October 23, 2016

People marched through downtown Chico on Oct. 22 to raise awareness for human trafficking and slavery. A21, a non-profit, nationwide organization that works to abolish human trafficking, hosted a Walk for Freedom that consisted of a mile-long silent protest. A single-file line of volunteers walked...

Survivors speak out against human trafficking

Carissa Phelps, human trafficking survivor, talks about the experience of being trafficked and how to approach those who are. Photo credit: Ryan Corrall

Bridget Comito

April 24, 2016

Every year, Stop Trafficking of Persons hosts a conference for an entire week. This year “A Voice for the Voiceless” was cut short due to the possibility of the faculty strike. It turned out to be one of STOP's most successful events, according to the club. Jeanette Adame, senior history...

Students raise awareness of human trafficking issue

Stop Trafficking of Persons will host a human trafficking awareness event on Monday. Photo courtesy of STOP.

Bridget Comito

April 11, 2016

The Stop Trafficking of Persons club at Chico State will be hosting a human trafficking awareness event Monday. A Voice for The Voiceless will be held in the BMU Auditorium from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and the event continues until Tuesday. It is free and open to the public. On Monday, a human trafficking ...

S.T.O.P. conference cut short by strike

Vincent Le runs the booth for Stop Trafficking of Persons. Photo credit: Molly Sullivan

Molly Sullivan

March 10, 2016

The Stop Trafficking of Persons club tabled outside of Butte Hall on March 8 to raise awareness about their upcoming events, including their annual conference on April 11-14. However, the conference may be cut short by the CFA strike. Organizers worry that the strike will interrupt students’ ...

STOP to host 4th annual human trafficking conference

Carissa Phelps speaks to an audience at a 2014 STOP event. Phelps will be speaking and offering a free training on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Courtney Hudson

Dylan Dewit

February 28, 2015

STOP, a Chico State organization committed to informing the community about human trafficking, will kick off its 4th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Week conference Monday. STOP President Courtney Hudson, a junior sociology major, has orchestrated the week-long event before. The conference will ...

Aruna 5k brings awareness to human trafficking

Participants team up at the 2014 Aruna 5k. Photo credit: Hannah Suzuki

Hannah Suzuki

February 25, 2015

Many in the Chico community are looking forward to running or walking in the Aruna 5k, a race that raises awarenes and money for those who are being trafficked in different parts of Asia. The race will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday at Lower Bidwell Park by the softball fields. Those who are interested can sig...

Students debate politics at Town Hall

Ryan Patten, Chair of the political science department spoke at the Town Hall Meeting on Thursday Nov. 13 Photo credit: Jovanna Garcia

Jovanna Garcia

November 17, 2014

Students, faculty and community members gathered to discuss and find solutions to contemporary issues like homelessness and human trafficking at the 15th biannual Town Hall Meeting last Thursday. Approximately 740 students and 100 faculty and community members met at the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium ...

Survivor speaks out against human trafficking

Shamere McKenzie, a survivor of human trafficking, urges students to make a change, to try to stop human trafficking. Photo credit: Chelsea Jeffers

Amanda Hovik

April 20, 2014

Shamere McKenzie knew that she didn't want to die. Her body told her to run, so she headed to a stranger's garage and found a man and his 2-year-old daughter inside. "What are you doing?" the man asked. "Why are you running around here?"Fearing for her life, McKenzie told the man a lie — that she was running away from her ex-boyfriend who w...

Students host charity run to stop sex trade

Ashlley Martinez, a junior communication sciences and disorders major and president of Stop Trafficking of Persons, sports her STOP club shirt.Photo credit: Dominique Diaz

Dominique Diaz

March 1, 2014

One campus organization believes that slavery still isn't abolished.Millions of women and children are trafficked for sex each year, according to the Aruna 5K website. The Aruna organization is an initiative in South Asia to bring freedom to those enslaved or sold into the trade and to end slavery altogether. One campus organization believes that slavery s...

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