NORTH CAROLINA -- A safe house just for male victims of human sex trafficking is set to open later this year in North Carolina, and experts say it’s a much-needed resource. Mark Blackwell, president of Justice Ministries, said, “In the past three years or so, we've had about 245 clients, four of which were boys.”That's a small number, but experts say that's not an accurate representation of reality when it comes to human trafficking among boys and men.
“I’ve been a volunteer fireman since I was 16 years old,” he said. But in 2011, a diagnosis that gave him a 35 percent chance of survival took him away from the fire department to a hospital bed. “It’s unexplainable,” Sellers told us. “It’s just an 'oh my God, you know, what’s going to happen? Am I going to die? '”He had a rare form of lymphoma. “It accounts for like 1 percent of all lymphomas in the world,” Sellers said.
Consuella Harge, currently enrolled at UNC Charlotte, is one of those recipients. “It's a perfect 2nd chance, and normally you don't get these 2nd chances!” she said. Harge told us she first started college in 2001, but due to abusive relationships, she never finished. Harge said being a full-time mom and full-time college student is challenging. “It's a 24 hour, 7 day a week job,” she said. But thanks to the scholarship, she can now pursue her dream of becoming an actuary.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".