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May 2, 2012

Poison control centers educate public on hand sanitizer consumption

Poison control centers educate public on hand sanitizer consumption

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Poison control centers across the US are monitoring a recent increase in the trend of teenagers getting drunk by consuming hand sanitizer. In an effort to educate the public about the trend’s detrimental effects, these centers will be publicizing preventative methods, according to James Mowry, director of Indiana Poison Center.

“We are going to keep a close watch on this trend,” said Mowry. “We will be posting information on our Facebook page so our public will be aware of what could happen.”

Sixteen cases have been reported in California since March 1, according to the California Poison Control System. This amount raises California’s total to 60 cases reported since 2010.

Since the system “only receives the reported cases,” said Stuart E. Heard, executive director at CPCS, “… we suspect there are much more that go unreported.”

Ingesting the product can cause severe internal damage. The US Food and Drug Administration considers hand sanitizer a drug because the active ingredient in the product is alcohol. Low numbers of reported cases will not stop poison control centers from educating the public on the trend’s harmful effects, according to Mowry.

Hand sanitizer contains 62 percent ethyl alcohol.

Hand sanitizer contains 62 percent ethyl alcohol and, when ingested, produces the same effects of consuming a 120-proof alcoholic beverage or 50 percent more alcohol than hard liquor, according to Mowry. These effects range from dizziness to slurred speech. Ingesting the product can also lead to severe internal damage including alcohol poisoning. Alcohol poisoning symptoms include confusion, vomiting, seizures, slow or irregular breathing, blue-tinged or pale skin, low body temperature, and unconsciousness, according to a report from the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

“Teens may ingest hand sanitizer recreationally, and one or two swallows could get a child visibly drunk. The larger the bottle, the greater the potential for poisoning,” said Cyrus Rangan, a medical toxicology consultant at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and an assistant medical director at CPCS.

Hand Sanitizer Ingredients

Teenagers learn how to extract the alcohol from the product through various sources, like YouTube tutorials. A common method of distilling hand sanitizer involves using salt to isolate the alcohol. Other teens boil the product to separate the ethanol.

“Methods to distill it can be found through friends and the Internet, but straight ingestion of the product without distillation is also common,” said Rangan. Another concern with this trend is the product’s availability. “Hand sanitizer is readily available,“ said Heard. “Teens can buy it anywhere.”

Officials suggest parents keep hand sanitizer out of children’s sight and reach. Also, purchasing hand sanitizer in foam form instead of gel makes drinking the substance less appealing. However, education is critical. “The main preventative focus should be education,” said Heard. “Teens need to thoroughly understand the effects of consuming large amounts of alcohol in a short amount of time.”



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April 30, 2012

Teens drinking hand sanitizer to get drunk

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Cquote1.svg Teens may ingest hand sanitizer recreationally, one or two swallows could get a child visibly drunk. Cquote2.svg

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A recent trend of getting drunk by consuming hand sanitizer continues to grow amongst US teens in California. An alarming 16 cases have been reported since March 1, according to the California Poison Control System (CPCS). This staggering amount raises CPCS’s total to 60 cases reported since 2010.

“CPCS only receives the reported cases,” said Stuart E. Heard, executive director at CPCS. “We suspect there are much more that go unreported.”

In response to this recent report, John Cusak and Jimmy Kimmel took shots of Purell on the April 24 taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live to test this new craze. Both Cusak and Kimmel commented on the terrible taste.

“These kids are really determined to get drunk,” Kimmel said. Although Kimmel joked about feeling “cleaner inside,” ingesting the product can cause detrimental internal effects. The US Food and Drug Administration considers hand sanitizer a drug because the active ingredient in the product is alcohol.

Hand sanitizer contains 62% ethyl alcohol and, when ingested, produces the same effects of consuming a 120-proof alcoholic beverage or 50% more alcohol than hard liquor, according to James Mowry, director of Indiana Poison Center. These effects range from dizziness to slurred speech. Ingesting the product can also lead to severe internal damage including alcohol poisoning. Alcohol poisoning symptoms include confusion, vomiting, seizures, slow or irregular breathing, blue-tinged or pale skin, low body temperature, and unconsciousness, according to a report from the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

Hand sanitizer contains 62% ethyl alcohol.

“Teens may ingest hand sanitizer recreationally, and one or two swallows could get a child visibly drunk. The larger the bottle, the greater the potential for poisoning,” said Cyrus Rangan, a medical toxicology consultant at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and an assistant medical director at CPCS.

Hand Sanitizer Ingredients

Teenagers learn how to extract the alcohol from the product through various sources, like YouTube tutorials. A common method of distilling hand sanitizer involves using salt to isolate the alcohol. Other teens boil the product to separate the ethanol. “Methods to distill it can be found through friends and the Internet, but straight ingestion of the product without distillation is also common,” said Rangan. Another concern with this trend is the product’s availability. “Hand sanitizer is readily available,“ said Heard. “Teens can buy it anywhere.”

The trend is not as apparent across the country in Indiana where just four cases of hand sanitizer abuse have been reported so far in 2012, according to Mowry. “In a 10-year span, 41 cases have been reported,” said Mowry. “Of those cases, 31 were teenagers.” The low number of reported cases does not stop Indiana Poison Center from taking preventative measures to the public. “We are going to keep a close watch on this trend,” said Mowry. “We will be posting information on our Facebook page so our public will be aware of what could happen.”

Officials suggest parents keep hand sanitizer out of children’s sight and reach; however, education is critical. Also, purchasing hand sanitizer in foam form instead of gel makes drinking the substance less appealing. “The main preventative focus should be education,” said Heard. “Teens need to thoroughly understand the effects of consuming large amounts of alcohol in a short amount of time.”



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Hand sanitizer consumption amongst teens continues to grow

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Cquote1.svg Teens may ingest hand sanitizer recreationally, one or two swallows could get a child visibly drunk. Cquote2.svg

—Cyrus Rangan

Poison control centers across the US are monitoring a recent increase in the trend of teenagers getting drunk by consuming hand sanitizer. In an effort to educate the public about the trend’s detrimental effects, these centers will be publicizing preventative methods, according to James Mowry, director of Indiana Poison Center.

“We are going to keep a close watch on this trend,” said Mowry. “We will be posting information on our Facebook page so our public will be aware of what could happen.”

An alarming 16 cases have been reported in California since March 1, according to the California Poison Control System (CPCS). This amount raises CPCS’s total to 60 cases reported since 2010.

“CPCS only receives the reported cases,” said Stuart E. Heard, executive director at CPCS. “We suspect there are much more that go unreported.”

Ingesting the product can cause severe internal damage. The US Food and Drug Administration considers hand sanitizer a drug because the active ingredient in the product is alcohol. Low numbers of reported cases will not stop poison control centers from educating the public on the trend’s harmful effects, according to Mowry.

Hand sanitizer contains 62% ethyl alcohol and, when ingested, produces the same effects of consuming a 120-proof alcoholic beverage or 50% more alcohol than hard liquor, according to Mowry. These effects range from dizziness to slurred speech. Ingesting the product can also lead to severe internal damage including alcohol poisoning. Alcohol poisoning symptoms include confusion, vomiting, seizures, slow or irregular breathing, blue-tinged or pale skin, low body temperature, and unconsciousness, according to a report from the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

Hand sanitizer contains 62% ethyl alcohol.

“Teens may ingest hand sanitizer recreationally, and one or two swallows could get a child visibly drunk. The larger the bottle, the greater the potential for poisoning,” said Cyrus Rangan, a medical toxicology consultant at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and an assistant medical director at CPCS.

Hand Sanitizer Ingredients

Teenagers learn how to extract the alcohol from the product through various sources, like YouTube tutorials. A common method of distilling hand sanitizer involves using salt to isolate the alcohol. Other teens boil the product to separate the ethanol.

“Methods to distill it can be found through friends and the Internet, but straight ingestion of the product without distillation is also common,” said Rangan.

Another concern with this trend is the product’s availability. “Hand sanitizer is readily available,“ said Heard. “Teens can buy it anywhere.”

Officials suggest parents keep hand sanitizer out of children’s sight and reach. Also, purchasing hand sanitizer in foam form instead of gel makes drinking the substance less appealing. However, education is critical. “The main preventative focus should be education,” said Heard. “Teens need to thoroughly understand the effects of consuming large amounts of alcohol in a short amount of time.”



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April 23, 2012

Prince Harry of Wales to be awarded for humanitarian work

Prince Harry of Wales to be awarded for humanitarian work

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The UK’s Prince Harry of Wales is to be presented with a humanitarian award for Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership by the Atlantic Council, according to an announcement made by St James’s Palace today.

The recognition is for serving war veterans and the armed forces. He is to receive the award in Washington, D.C. on May 7 at the Atlantic Council’s yearly awards dinner.

Prince Harry means to accept the award on behalf of his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, and the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, an effort established in 2009 that enables the princes to advance their philanthropic aspirations.

“Prince Harry will use the award to pay tribute to British and American veterans’ charities for their achievements in helping to rehabilitate wounded servicemen and women, and to reintegrate those who have served in the armed forces into civilian life,” said a St James’s Palace spokesperson.

Prince Harry also supports other charities including Help for Heroes, Army Benevolent Fund, and Walking With The Wounded. He also helps run Sentebale, an organization that supports underprivileged children in Lesotho, Africa.



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April 20, 2012

Dick Clark dies at 82

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Dick Clark dies at 82

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Dick Clark, U.S. entertainment media cultural icon, died at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California on Wednesday of a heart attack, according to his publicist Paul Shefrin. He was 82 years old.

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“Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful,” Shefrin said.

In December 2004, months after going public with his Type 2 diabetes, Clark experienced a mild stroke, after which he did less on-camera.

Clark was a charismatic and successful entertainment-industry businessman. His business Dick Clark Productions featured teen dance television programs, prime-time specials, game shows, and movies. Known as “America’s Oldest Teenager,” Clark was known for his roles as host of American Bandstand and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

“I’m encouraged by the many people who tell me I’m an inspiration to them,” Clark said in an email interview with USA Today last December. He also said he would try to stay positive “and attack every day with the thought things are going to get better.”

Clark is survived his by wife, two sons, and daughter.



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April 17, 2012

Taliban raids Pakistan prison, 384 escape

Taliban raids Pakistan prison, 384 escape

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Pakistani Taliban militants attacked a Pakistani prison Sunday morning wounding four prison officials and allowing 384 prisoners to escape the facility.

The terrorist group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan took responsibility for the attack and claimed success for achieving their objective without losing any fighters.

The raid happened around 1 a.m. in Bannu, a stronghold for militants in northwest Pakistan, and continued for two hours with militants shooting and throwing grenades to enter the facility. Reports on the number of attackers were scattered and ranged from 150 to between 400 and 500 militants. Officials said the facility housed 944 prisoners at the time of the attack.

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Twenty-one of the escapees were prominent militants, according to Iftikhar Hussain, information minister of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (North-West Frontier) Province. Two of the twenty-one escapees were anticipating execution. Officials say one was Adnan Rashid, who was found guilty of the 2003 attempted murder of former President Pervez Musharraf, and Safi Ullah, who was sentenced for multiple bombings in northern Pakistan. Hussain also claims that the attackers’ motives were to liberate a senior Taliban commander.

“This is beyond terrorism. Such an attack challenges the writ of the state,” he said.

Prison raids have been a tactic used by the Afghanistan Taliban, but it has not been a common target in Pakistan. The Pakistani Taliban pledged in a statement to continue raiding prisons to release confined militants. “We will go where we need to go,” said Pakistani Taliban representative Ehsanullah Ehsan.



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April 13, 2012

Nine Peruvians rescued from collapsed mine

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Nine Peruvian miners were extracted from a collapsed copper mine Wednesday morning after spending six days underground. They were trapped under the Cabeza de Negro mine in Ica, Peru since the cave-in last Thursday.

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The rescue operation over the weekend was delayed by another cave-in. Workers used shovels, pickaxes, and wheelbarrows to remove more than 26 feet of earth. The only source of communication and provisions including food, water, and oxygen was a tube set in place before the shaft collapsed. Inside the mine, the men told jokes to maintain their spirits. “It’s pretty ugly inside,” said Edwin Bellido, one of the freed miners. “We slept on the ground on muddy plastic.”

President Ollanta Humala welcomed the miners as they ascended from the mine. The event rekindled Humala’s efforts to convert Peru’s illegal mines into government-recognized entities that could be regulated for safety. “This should lead us to reflect that we have to avoid these kind of risks because the results will not always be like today,” said Humala.

The nine men trapped in the southern mine will be alright after they get over dehydration and dizziness, the president said. Mining accidents killed more than 50 individuals last year in Peru’s illegal mines.



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March 17, 2012

News briefs: March 17, 2012

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Students wounded at King Khaled University protest in Saudi Arabia (0:28)

Dozens of female students were injured in Saudi Arabia after police stormed a demonstration at King Khaled University. Up to one thousand students had protested corruption and discrimination.

University officials said security moved in after the students attacked staff and they used fire hoses on the demonstrators when university property was destroyed. Both students and parents wished to remain anonymous about their complaints.

Thirty professors, reportedly, have stepped down, and protesters are demanding the president’s resignation.

Kenya government fires health worker strikers over failure to ‘report back to work’ (1:08)

The Kenyan government fired twenty-five thousand striking health workers, mostly nurses. A government spokesperson said workers failed to obey orders to resume work and that the government took action on behalf of patients.

The workers, who had been on strike for four days, wanted more pay, better working conditions, and benefits. The average monthly income for health workers there is around three hundred US dollars or about 225 Euros.

Three UK towns to be made cities following nationwide competition (1:42)

And the UK has three new cities after towns competed for the honor in celebration of Queen Elizabeth the Second’s Diamond Jubilee.

Saint Asaph in North Wales was a city before it was demoted to town and it has now regained its former status making it the second smallest city in the UK.

A regional official said Perth owed its stature as a new city to its contribution to Scottish culture.

And Chelmsford in Essex boasted its role in communication for its promotion.

Sandra Fluke insists she will not be silenced (2:18)

Sandra Fluke [PRONOUNCED Fl-uhk] — a law student from Georgetown University who testified before the U-S Congress — said in a C-N-N editorial that she will not allow critics to silence her or other women on contraception.

Rush Limbaugh, the radio talk show host, had called (Fl-uhk) a “slut” and a “prostitute,” but women and President Obama came to her defense.

And Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire said it was important not to silence women because the debate is about their personal health decisions.

Rocky Anderson announces he will seek Americans Elect nomination (2:54)

Rocky Anderson, the former mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, says he is seeking the nomination for U.S. president from Americans Elect.

Anderson is already running as the nominee of the Justice Party. While the Justice Party will be on the ballot in Utah and in Mississippi, Americans Elect has qualified in eighteen states and it says it aims to compete in all fifty states.

Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton present 2012 International Women of Courage Awards (3:24)

US First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have presented the International Women of Courage Awards.

One winner this year was Safak (Pronounced SHA-Fahk) Pavey, who is the first disabled woman elected to the Turkish parliament.

Now in the award’s fifth year, forty-six women from thirty-four nations have received the award.

Barcelona footballer Éric Abidal to undergo liver transplant (3:50)

Éric Abidal, a defender for both Futbol Club Barcelona and the French national team, is to undergo a liver transplant in the next few weeks.

The thirty-two year old athlete had previously undergone surgery to remove a tumor from his liver in March 2011. Team members have posted tweets on the social networking site Twitter in support of their teammate.

The club does not know when Abidal will be able to return.

1960’s Rockabilly music artist Terry Teen dies aged 70 (4:24)

Terry Knutsen, who performed rockabilly music under the name Terry Teen during the 1960s, died after life support systems were removed. Knutsen was seriously injured when his bicycle collided with a tow truck outside of Tyler, Texas.

Fans may best remember Terry Teen for his novelty song “Curse of the Hearse”. In later years, he performed as a clown and appeared in an episode of the television show In Living Color.

Encyclopaedia Britannica to stop publishing after 244 years (4:58)

And after almost two and a half centuries, Encyclopædia Britannica will no longer publish in print.

With less than one percent of its revenue coming from the print version, Britannica’s president indicated there was not sufficient demand. The cost of the last set was close to 1400 US dollars, or a bit over 1000 Euros.

In the last eleven years demand has plummeted due to competition from Wikipedia and Britannica’s own digital version.

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January 13, 2012

Observing the 2012 Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the US, and wider world

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This week US citizens observed National Human Trafficking Awareness Day through acts of education, legislation, and enforcement; whilst, around the world, other people highlighted or tackled this global problem in their own countries.

According to an annual report on human trafficking released by the US State Department in June last year, 27 million men, women and children are exploited through human trafficking. Worldwide, at least two million children are estimated to be trafficked victims of the sex trade; and, in military conflicts, it is not uncommon for children to be forced to bear arms. In releasing the report last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton highlighted the importance of international cooperation in addressing trafficking, and cultural issues associated with it.

Brown, orange and red are source countries, while light blue and dark blue countries are destinations for victims of human trafficking.
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Under the United Nations’ Palermo Protocols, human trafficking encompasses cases where victims are born into slavery, forcibly transported for exploitation, consented to work with a trafficker, and/or were forced to participate in criminal activities. The Protocols also recognize the unique status and rights of children.

US-based action

Reports from across the United States show a number of communities taking local action to solve, or otherwise highlight, this global problem.

In Southern California, Sister Caritas Foster is an advocate for the area’s victims of human trafficking. Commenting on the area’s involvement, she stated: “We in the San Francisco Bay Area are one of the largest receiving areas with our borders and coasts”. For over four years, Foster has worked on educating the public on human trafficking, speaking to civic and religious groups and describing the power traffickers hold over their victims through vivid accounts of situations trafficked individuals find themselves in. Many have no idea where they are located, suffer under the constant threat of deportation, and most often lack the language abilities to seek help.

Los Angeles politician Don Knabe said human trafficking was not a distant problem but one that hits close to home. As the county supervisor overseeing the fourth district in Los Angeles County, Knabe cited figures from the Probation Department showing 84 percent of arrests of children on prostitution charges in 2010 were in his district; he believes the overall problem for the county is much larger, and wants the Probation Department to establish a special unit dedicated to sexually exploited minors.

Northward in Seattle, Washington, members of the King County Sheriff’s department realized that law enforcement had to deal supportively with the symptoms of human trafficking — rather than putting victims in jail. This gave birth to the “Genesis Project” where sheriff’s deputies offer potential victims of trafficking a comfortable safe haven with amenities for 24 hours, and put them in touch with social services for counselling, job training, and education advice.

Politicians from several states have sought to address the connection between tourism and human trafficking; Indiana’s state Senate unanimously passed a human trafficking bill on Tuesday morning. Current legislation only considered forced marriage and prostitution as human trafficking; loopholes in the existing laws allowed some forms of human trafficking to escape prosecution. Lawmakers in the state hope to toughen their human trafficking laws, and have new legislation on the statute books in time for the Super Bowl, due to be held in Indianapolis on February 5. The just-passed bill now goes to the House for approval.

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Also on Tuesday, lawmakers from Hawaii held a special hearing on human trafficking. Kathryn Xian, of Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery, says traffickers capitalize on the state’s tourist-based economy. She introduced a package of seven bills she says will help prevent human trafficking in the state.

At a national level, the US government continues to work abroad on the issue of trafficking; Luis CdeBaca, a special ambassador for human trafficking, is working with Myanmar, commonly known as Burma, as the country seeks to improve diplomatic relations with the United States. Myanmar was identified by the US State Department as having one of the worst records of forced labor, and as a country that lacks necessary laws to curb human trafficking.

Trafficking, the global picture

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Although National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is a US-based effort to recognise, and highlight, this issue — as a topic of global concern being highlighted through the United Nations, others around the world continue efforts to increase public awareness and tackle trafficking.

Forty-six women from the international group Operation Mobilization sought to raise awareness by climbing Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro. The summit is called “Uhuru Peak”, with Uhuru meaning “freedom” in Swahili. Each of the non-professional climbers raised US$10,000 to help those affected by human trafficking.

In the Middle East, several countries are reported to have problems with human traffickers recruiting unemployed gay Kenyan men to become sex slaves. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are supposedly the more-common destination countries into which Kenyans are lured with offers of high-paying jobs. However, in the United Arab Emirates — where no law prohibits trafficking, but homosexuality is illegal — the problem is compounded.

Enforcement of existing laws, and acting against trafficking, are seen as key steps in reducing the activity. Showing that no country is unaffected, Northern Ireland police are currently investigating five sex trafficking cases; and, on Monday, Filipino police rescued fifteen women following a tip-off regarding women recruited, and being held, prior to being sent to work abroad.

In the Northern Ireland situation, Detective Superintendent Philip Marshall stated that fifteen men are to be contacted, suspected of having paid for sex with trafficked women. Identifying victims within the UK, or victims seeking help, is becoming more challenging with the sex industry having switched to using hotel rooms as-opposed to street corners. Many victims of trafficking are found to be unaware of where within the country they are.

In the Philippines situation, Zamboanga City police are still seeking the recruiter of the fifteen women rescued in Rio Hondo.

A range of complexities are involved in the sentencing of both those convicted of human trafficking, and their victims. In one Canadian case, 43-year-old Hungarian Lajos Domotor pled guilty to trafficking men and women into forced labor. Following being charged with conspiracy to commit human trafficking, he developed terminal stomach cancer and has been given a 10 to 15 percent chance of living five years.

In the UK, officials are seeking to detect exploitation prior to sentencing — as a counter to the high number of foreign women in jails, frequently having been victims of trafficking. One in seven women prisoners across England and Wales are foreign, with the primary offenses being drug or immigration-related. A report into the issue recommends sentencing decisions should consider the role of women, and of coercion, in such cases.

Artists also have a special role to play in the education and awareness of the public. The first opera about sex trafficking will premiere in Liverpool, England, on March 7. Anya17 was composed by Adam Gorb with a libretto written by Ben Kaye. Performers will come from Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic contemporary music ensemble 10/10. Funding for the production was provided in part by the United Nations.

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