Tag: human trafficking

Bill would require yearly training for all Baltimore hotel workers to spot human trafficking

Councilman Kristerfer Burnett speaks inside City Hall. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

A bill introduced tonight by Councilman Kristerfer Burnett would require all hotel workers in the city–not just new hires–to be trained each year to notice the warning signs of human trafficking.

Hogan taps Baltimore attorney from Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service to lead human trafficking fight

Maryland Anti-Human Trafficking Director Laurie Culkin. Photo via LinkedIn.

After a little over a year spent leading a pro bono project¬†through the nonprofit Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service to help survivors of human trafficking, Baltimore attorney Laurie Culkin has been appointed the state’s first-ever anti-human trafficking director.

Elizabeth Smart Speaks at Johns Hopkins on Why Kidnapping Victims Might Not Run



In a week when everyone is talking about the three young women who were kidnapped and held prisoner in Cleveland, it’s inspiring to see how Elizabeth Smart — a young woman who was herself kidnapped, repeatedly raped, and held for nearly a year — has, in succeeding decades, become a brave and outspoken advocate for women in similar situations. As news begins to trickle out about how Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight escaped from their captor, Smart’s comments from last week’s event offered one possible explanation for why they may not have gotten out sooner.