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Human Trafficking in Seattle

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

300

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

81

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

$292,000

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

4

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

8

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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