Human trafficking is everywhere, including in Blair County. It was the topic of a recent presentation at the Blair County Chamber of Commerce’s Committee on NonProfit Businesses, Best Practices Forum. Guest speaker Ashley Owens, Children’s Advocacy Center director at Family Services Inc., said it is hard to tellContinue Reading

A formerly prominent Wichita Falls businessman accused of human trafficking and indecency with a child bailed out of Wichita County Jail Monday, according to online jail records.  Anthony Ryan Patterson, 44, was free from jail on $500,000 in total bonds, according to online jail records. He was arrested by Texas RangersContinue Reading

BAKERSFIELD — Over the course of two years, police across California investigated seemingly unrelated crimes and disappearances: teens from the Bay Area who’d allegedly been abused by their pimp and “branded” with tattoos. A woman from the Central Valley whose 3-month-old baby was kidnapped to force her into sex work.Continue Reading

After organizing to repeal the “walking while trans” ban, advocates in the state—and around the country—are looking ahead to the next fight. Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that repeals a decades-old statute that advocates say disproportionately targeted trans people who are simply walking or standingContinue Reading