While child sex trafficking is a serious crime, those who purchase sex with minors often avoid stiff punishment in the U.S. criminal justice system, according to a new report.
Approximately 40 percent of people found guilty for purchasing sex with trafficked children in the United States avoid felony charges while 26 percent serve no jail time.
Shared Hope International's Demanding Justice Project report studied over 113 cases where buyers were found guilty of buying sex with a minor in various metropolitan regions of the country including Phoenix, Seattle, the Baltimore-Washington D.C. corridor, and Portland. Only five of the cases proceeded to trial while the rest of the cases settled on plea agreements. Only 81 percent of the guilty buyers were convicted of a felony and none of them were charged with sex trafficking. more >>
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, has garnered countless headlines across the globe.
Their atrocities against religious minorities and effort to create an Islamic state in the Middle East have spurred international outrage as well as U.S. airstrikes.
Below are four important points about ISIS, specifically its origins, military engagement, atrocities and denunciations from Muslim leaders. more >>
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced Friday that while the U.S. military might be conducting additional airstrikes Friday and over the weekend, he reiterated President Obama's statement on the humanitarian crisis in Iraq that the U.S. "will not be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq."
Earnest said during the White House daily briefing that the authorization Obama has given for military action is "very limited in scope," and didn't provide information on the possibility of additional military operations following the airstrike the Department of Defense confirmed Friday morning had already been carried out.
The protection of American military and diplomatic officials in Arbil is the administration's top priority, said Earnest, who added that their protection merits the use of military force. more >>
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a border security package late Friday night by a vote of 223 to 189, with one Democrat, Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas, voting for the measure. The Senate, however, recessed Thursday without passing their own border supplemental bill to allocate funds to aid the border crisis.
Reacting to Congress' failure to pass a measure to aid the crisis in his state, Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry suggested that lawmakers in Washington were effectively "abandoning their post."
"It's beyond belief that Congress is abandoning its post while our border crisis continues to create humanitarian suffering, and criminal aliens still represent a clear threat to our citizens and our nation," Perry asserted in a statement shared with The Christian Post. more >>
Fight the New Drug, an organization dedicated to raising awareness on the dangers of pornography addiction, believe the issue is a matter of public health.
The group uses innovative ways to inform the young men and women of the U.S. about the hazardous nature of over consumption of pornography. They do so by using scientific facts from studies that analyze the addiction's effects on the brain.
"We feel that education is the strongest tool that we can implement in our society to counteract the negative impact that pornography is having," said Clay Olsen, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Fight the New Drug to The Christian Post. more >>
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has distributed over 1,200 Spanish language Bibles to illegal immigrant children and adults who are being detained by U.S. Border Patrol near Nogales, Arizona.
Largely from the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, 1,000 people have received Bibles donated by the American Bible Society, along with 600 copies of "La Llave," an edition specifically written for youth. Publishing house Verbo Divino has also donated 200 copies of their Catholic Family Bible.
"This is definitely collaboration between multiple organizations," Matthew Kilmurry, director of marketing at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told The Christian Post Tuesday. more >>