WAMU 88.5 : News

Lawmakers Try To Address Human Trafficking In Virginia

Play associated audio

Some experts believe human trafficking may be the motive behind a number of high-profile, missing persons cases. Northern Virginia Del. Adam Ebbin says areas with high immigrant populations have the most human trafficking cases, but the statistics go beyond that.

"There are as many as 200,000 young girls and young boys, who are runaways, brought into prostitution or just taken from their homes into trafficking situations," he says.

Ebbin sponsored legislation that is now headed to Gov. Bob McDonnell. It develops a state service plan to enable victims to apply for federal and state benefits, such as physical and mental health care, language and job training, housing assistance and funding for organizations that help victims.

Ebbin says the next step will be legislation to address catching and punishing human traffickers.

NPR

In Iran, A Poet's 700-Year-Old Verses Still Set Hearts Aflame

The 14th century Persian poet Hafez remains venerated in Iran, even though he wrote of wine, romance and other topics not necessarily welcome in today's Islamic Republic.
NPR

Buy Crop Insurance, Double Your Money

The nation's crop insurance program is really a lottery, says one economist. And it's rigged so that farmers win. In fact, farmers typically get back double the money they pay for premiums.
WAMU 88.5

The Politics Hour - February 12, 2016

D.C. Council Member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) joins Kojo and Tom Sherwood to chat about her upcoming fight for re-election.

NPR

Do You Like Me? Swiping Leads To Spike In Online Dating For Young Adults

A study by the Pew Research Center finds the use of online dating sites has mushroomed in the past few years, particularly among 18- to 24-year-olds.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.