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The Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking is a group of committed individuals that educates and engages our community so that each person can play a role in ending human trafficking.

It will take a community effort to eliminate human trafficking- we invite you to join us. 

Volunteer. Use your unique skills and talents to raise awareness and further the fight against human trafficking. 

Speak Up. Use your voice to influence and strengthen legislation. 

Donate. Use your resources to help prevent future cases of human trafficking.  

Learn. Educate yourself and share your knowledge with others.


Decriminalization of sex work would only expand abuse
By Pete Holmes, Dan Satterberg, Debra Boyer

Decriminalization of sex work would only expand abuse

Amnesty International is considering a policy calling for governments to eliminate most laws that prohibit selling or buying sex.

AMNESTY International is considering supporting the global decriminalization of crimes related to commercial sexual exploitation. This would be a travesty. The sex trade is rapidly growing here and across the world. Decriminalization would only expand the abuse and deepen the inequality inherent in the commercial sex trade.

Amnesty International’s mission against sex trafficking is noble. However, decriminalization, including amnesty for sex buyers, pimps and brothel owners, stands in direct opposition to that mission. [More]

More arrests made of men seeking underage girls for sex in King County
By Sara Jean Green, Seattle Times staff reporter
Two registered sex offenders — one from out-of-state, the other a homegrown child rapist — were arrested within days of each other last week, adding to the growing number of men charged with attempting to pay underage girls for sex, according to King County prosecutors.

The men are typically arrested when they show up at prearranged locations with cash in hand, said Senior Deputy Prosecutor Val Richey.

Fifty men were charged with attempted commercial sex abuse of a minor in 2014, an increase from the 40 men charged the year before, Richey said.

Last week, for instance, Seattle police arrested Mohanad Alalnabkh, a 27-year-old citizen of Saudi Arabia, who was charged July 8 and released from jail the next day after posting $100,000 bail, according to court and jail records.

“He’s just one in a steady stream,” said Richey, who since 2013 has charged foreign nationals from Canada, Mexico and several Central American countries as well as India, China and Bulgaria.

Seattle police have historically made the bulk of arrests — a trend that continues, with the department’s Vice & High Risk Victims Unit busting half the men charged so far this year. Renton police have had 16 cases of attempted commercial sex abuse of a minor in the first half of 2015, Richey said. [More]

Over 1,000 ‘break chains’ of Human Trafficking in Federal Way
Photos by Carrie Rodriguez, the Mirror and courtesy of Bruce Honda

Over 1,000 participants strolled and sprinted through Federal Way for the third annual Break the Chains of Human Trafficking 5k fundraiser on Saturday.

Event organizers said this is the biggest turnout the event as generated so far.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking. The coalitions was formed out of the need to address the problem of human trafficking in Federal Way.

There have been several reported cases of trafficking in Federal Way, most recently the bust at the Blue Moon in 2012, when eight people were indicted for operating an interstate prostitution ring at the Korean nightclub.

Mayor Jim Ferrell and others kicked off the event on Saturday with testimonials in support of the efforts. The crowd broke purple paper chains at the start of the 5k, which began and ended at the Federal Way Farmers Market.

For more information, visit www.fwcat.org.



September 22, 2015 - Tuesday - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Federal Way, WA - EX3 Ron Sandwith Teen Center

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October 27, 2015 - Tuesday - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Federal Way, WA - EX3 Ron Sandwith Teen Center

November 24, 2015 - Tuesday - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Federal Way, WA - EX3 Ron Sandwith Teen Center

December 22, 2015 - Tuesday - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
No Meeting-Happy Holidays
Federal Way, WA - EX3 Ron Sandwith Teen Center

January 20, 2016 - Wednesday - 6:00 - 8:30 PM
5th Annual Forum on Cultural Grooming
Federal Way, WA - Federal Way City Hall


September 15, 2015 - Tuesday - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Pierce County Coalition Fall Kick-off Event
Tacoma, WA - The Salvation Army

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