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Holly’s Story

By | 2016-11-15T21:32:56+00:00 June 7th, 2013|Uncategorized|

My name is Holly Austin Smith and I am a survivor of Human Trafficking.  When I was fourteen years old, I ran away from home with a man I had met at a shopping mall in Atlantic County, New Jersey. After exchanging numbers, this man called at night while my unknowing parents watched television [...]

Ventnor man charged with human trafficking and prostituting young males

By | 2016-11-15T21:32:56+00:00 October 22nd, 2012|Uncategorized|

By LYNDA COHEN, Staff Writer A Ventnor man used drugs, money and friendship to lure vulnerable young men into prostitution, according to charges that he ran a human-trafficking ring out of his Newport Avenue apartment. Marc Branch, 39, was arrested at his home late Friday night and is charged with first-degree human trafficking, along with [...]

Protecting young victims: Local group works to end human trafficking of children

By | 2016-11-15T21:32:57+00:00 October 22nd, 2012|Uncategorized|

By MICHELLE BRUNETTI POST, Staff Writer The world still needs abolitionists, say the members of the local HEAAT Foundation, a nonprofit group based in Port Republic. Slavery hasn't gone away, they say. It has just morphed into human trafficking, especially of young women, girls and boys exploited for labor and prostitution. HEAAT stands for Helping [...]

16-year-old girl sexually assaulted in portable toilet on Atlantic City beach; police seek suspect

By | 2016-11-15T21:32:57+00:00 June 11th, 2012|Uncategorized|

By DEREK HARPER Staff Writer Atlantic City police are looking for a person who sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl early Saturday morning in a portable toilet on the resort’s beaches. The girl, a runaway from Pennsylvania, told police she met the man on the 3200 block of Pacific Avenue and walked with him onto the [...]