Berks County prosecutor gets first conviction in Pa. on “involuntary servitude”

(Reading) — A prosecutor in the midstate is believed to be the first one in the state to get a conviction under a new law meant to address human trafficking.

Berks County Assistant District Attorney Carmen White brought an involuntary servitude charge against a man who provided a teenage girl with drugs, and threatened to tell others if she didn’t have sex with him.

35-year-old Martin Mercado pleaded guilty in the case.

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Fight human trafficking by uploading photos of your hotel room


WTSP in Tampa Bay recently reported about a new app created to help fight human trafficking.

The app is called TraffickCam and is designed to allow hotel guests to snap photos of hotel rooms that are then shared with law enforcement officers to help track down potential traffickers.


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