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From left: Malebogo Molefhe, who uses a wheelchair because she was shot by her boyfriend, is a winner of the U.S. State Department's 2017 International Women of Courage award. Dr. Eqbal Dauqan, shown in a lab at University Kebangsaan Malaysia, won a scholarship for refugees. Mira Rai of Nepal, one of the world's top ultrarunners, was named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic. From left: Ryan Eskalis/NPR; Sanjit Das/for NPR; and Richard Bull. hide caption

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From left: Ryan Eskalis/NPR; Sanjit Das/for NPR; and Richard Bull.

Cyntoia Brown is pictured in a still from the 2011 documentary Me Facing Life: The Cyntoia Brown Story. Her case is renewing questions about how child sex trafficking victims are treated by the justice system. Courtesy Daniel H. Birman Productions hide caption

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Courtesy Daniel H. Birman Productions

The website Backpage has removed adult advertisements. A Senate report last year accused the website of being a forum for child sex trafficking. Backpage/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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This photo released by the Texas Office of the Attorney General shows Carl Ferrer, the CEO of Backpage, a classifieds website that allows users to post escort ads. Ferrer was arrested Thursday on felony pimping charges. Texas Office of the Attorney General via AP hide caption

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Texas Office of the Attorney General via AP

Sam Tahour, district manager for Travel Centers of America, stands next to a travel plaza in Oak Grove, Mo. Tahour was trained as part of a new effort to identify and stop sex trafficking at truck stops. Frank Morris/KCUR hide caption

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Truckers Take The Wheel In Effort To Halt Sex Trafficking

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Egypt's justice ministry says it will begin strictly enforcing a law requiring foreign men to pay to marry a woman 25 years younger or more. Human rights groups say the law only bolsters a business that preys on the poor and the vulnerable. George Peters/Getty Images hide caption

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Does Egypt's Law Protect 'Short-Term Brides' Or Formalize Trafficking?

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For Sex Industry, Bitcoin Steps In Where Credit Cards Fear To Tread

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The Daulatdia brothel is the largest in Bangladesh, with more 2,000 prostitutes. Many arrived here after being kidnapped by gangs, sold by family members or lured with promises of good jobs. Lisa Wiltse/Corbis hide caption

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