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  • ESPN Outside the Lines: Human Trafficking and the World Cup

    For more than nine months, the team investigated whether the presence of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa had an effect on human trafficking in the country. The investigation included undercover footage recorded from within the South African sex industry in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
  • Sex Slaves in America

    The story is "the culmination of a year long investigation into the underreported epidemic of the forced trafficking of educated foreign women into the United States to work in the growing sex industry of massage parlors, strip clubs and cantinas in major American cities."
  • Sex Spas

    The authors investigated brothels posing as massage parlors moving into affluent communities.
  • Dirty Little Secret

    Reader's Digest looks into the sex slave trade that has "exploded across the globe during the past decade, and inevitably . . . has reached the United States." More disturbing are the "estimates of women and children smuggled into the United States run as high as 50,000 a year, and many are forced into the sex industry." Reader's Digest reports on two specific cases of young girls promised good jobs in the United States and then forced into prostitution once here. Fortunately, a bill signed by President Clinton in October, "allows for life imprisonment for those convicted of trafficking children into the United States for purposes of illegal sex." Despite harsher punishments, "the victims of this cruel trade can be rescued, but their lives can never be fully restored."
  • Lives of Last Resort

    The series exposed how a local businessman was contributing to the exploitation of young women in the Philippines through so-called "sex tours" of the impoverished island nation. The commercial sex industry is a relic of the American military bases first established a century ago and flourished until the American troops were kick out of the Philippines. Since then it has been revived through sex tour outfits that advertise over the Internet These tours take lonely American bachelors to the islands' ports of call where young women sell their bodies to foreign tourists.
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    The Banner investigates Nashville's sex industry. The industry also includes a darker side, which law enforcement experts say sometimes skirts the line between legitimate business and illegal prostitution. This includes whirlpool and sauna centers, massage parlors and escort services. (Sept. 25 - 27, 1996)
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    Chicago Sun-Times series looks at Chicago's growing sex industry, August 1982.