WITF’s Smart Talk Discusses Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

WITF’s Smart Talk recently hosted two experts to discuss the problem and impact of human trafficking in Pennsylvania and the U.S.

From WITF:

Shea M. Rhodes, Director of Villanova’s CSE Institute, discussed the scope of human trafficking and forced prostitution and society’s approach to aiding those victims.  Dr. Susan Mapp, Professor of Social Work at Elizabethtown College, described the impact these crimes have in Central Pennsylvania. Mapp also pointed out that there are other forms of trafficking besides sex trafficking; she also talks about the people who are vulnerable to be trafficked.

Listen the the episode here:

The Daily Item: Judge Warns of Human Trafficking Dangers in the Valley

“If you think sex trafficking isn’t happening in the Valley, then think again, a former Lycoming County district judge said.

More than 60 people gathered at the Christ Wesleyan Church, in Milton, Saturday for a symposium titled, “Open Your Eyes: Reasons, Responsibilities, Responses,” for the purpose of helping the community understand that the problem of child exploitation is real and relevant, Senior Lycoming County District Judge Jim Sortman said.”

Read more at The Daily Item.

Photo courtesy of Francis Scarcella/The Daily Item.

Miami University student writes about growth of human trafficking in Ohio, nationwide

A Miami University student recently interviewed Stepanka Korytova, founder of the Centers for the Study of Human Trafficking – South-Central Pennsylvania, about the abuse she experienced emigrating to the U.S. as part of a story sharing about the the growth of human trafficking in the U.S.


Read Blair Donovan’s well-researched piece about the problems surrounding trafficking in Ohio in particular here: “Alone And Enslaved: The Human Trafficking Epidemic In The United States.”


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.

Read the full story on WITF.org.