PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - August 7, 2020 


The State Attorney of NY moves to dissolve the NRA; an update on the potential wave of pandemic evictions.


2020Talks - August 7, 2020 


The Commission on Presidential Debates rejects Trump campaign's request for a fourth debate. Hawaii has a primary tomorrow, but there are only 8 vote service centers.

“Human Trafficking” Bill Introduced in MN Legislature

March 3, 2009

St. Paul, MN – Some call it human trafficking; to others, it is sex trafficking. Either way, legislation to prevent it in Minnesota has been introduced in the State Legislature. Sponsor Sen. Sandy Pappas (DFL-St. Paul) says prostitution is a form of human trafficking, and SF 1050 is designed to fight it more effectively.

"We are recognizing that sex trafficking is a form of slavery and involuntary servitude, which results in grave human rights violations."

The bill would strengthen sanctions against traffickers and help victims obtain legal and counseling services. Pappas acknowledges that some don't view prostitution as slavery. She disagrees, and believes the state must do more to protect victims, prosecute violators and prevent further violations.

"You have vulnerable people who were abused or raped as children;, who are flattered and cajoled or coerced into performing sex acts with strangers."

One of the bill's supporters is Vednita Carter, executive director of the victims' rights group, Breaking Free. She says prostitution is on the increase - and not just in urban areas, but across the state.

"Some of the reasons for these increases include economic conditions, substance abuse, sexual slavery, debt bondage and child sexual abuse."

Carter estimates there are 8,000 to 12,000 women in prostitution in Minnesota.

Jim Wishner, Public News Service - MN