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Monday, March 24, 2014

Connections between human trafficking and poverty

Last month, Mexican national Joaquin Mendez-Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison for operating a sex trafficking ring between Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas. He was also fined $705,000 in restitution for the women who worked as his personal prostitutes. While many may feel that his sentence and fine do not begin to make up for his horrendous crime, defense attorney Jonathan Hunt pleaded for a lighter sentence, arguing that "Many of the decisions made were influenced by this poverty and the need to survive."

Read more in the Huffington Post's "Joaquin Mendez-Hernandez, Accused Pimp, Gets Life In Sex Trafficking Case." How do you react to the claims that the sex ring was connected to "poverty and the need to survive"? 

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