Human Trafficking in Seattle

October 14, 2011 Published in the November 2011 issue of Seattle Met


Minimum number of children, 18 or younger, believed to be exploited for commercial sex in King County


Number of sexually exploited children recovered by the Seattle Police Department in 2010


Federal funds granted to 
the SPD in September to fight human trafficking


Documented cases of child prostitutes advertised on—an ad venture of Seattle Weekly owner Village Voice Media—in the first six months of 2011, according to the SPD


Mayors in the region, including 
Seattle’s Mike McGinn, openly critical of The Village Voice, in some cases threatening to pull city ad budgets until a photo ID is required for ad placement

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