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Multi-country collaboration shows Canadians' role in Cuba's child sex market

Canadians are travelling to Cuba in surprising numbers to sexually exploit young people trapped in the socialist country’s underground sex tourism industry, a joint investigation by the Toronto Star and El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-language sister publication of the Miami Herald, has found. Havana’s conspicuous scenes of street-level prostitution are the public face of a hidden, sordid trade in children as young as four. Many prostituted children in Cuba are second- or third-generation, following in the footsteps of sex-worker mothers to earn money for families complicit in their exploitation. Cuban authorities deny the problem. And Canada’s lax ...

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Florida's failing public education system

The business of human body parts

"ICIJ launches today its new investigation “Skin & Bone: The Shadowy Global Trade in Human Body Parts.” A team of reporters spent eight months, across 11 countries, exploring the little-known trade in medical implants made from cadavers."

"Their investigation found the business of recycling dead humans has grown so large over the past decade that you can buy stock in publicly traded companies that rely on corpses for their raw materials."

Poverty and homelessness on the rise for Florida students

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, along with the Miami Herald and Florida NPR, has found that "since the collapse of the economy in 2008, Florida’s student population has become poorer each year, with almost all school districts in the state experiencing spikes in the number of kids who qualify for subsidized meals."

"The Center also found that children have become homeless at an alarming rate as well, with an 84 percent increase since 2007."