The FBI announced Monday the arrests of 159 people and recovery of 105 children involved in child prostitution rings across the nation.
The 76-city sweep, conducted in the past three days, represents the largest such law enforcement action focused on children forced into sexual slavery, federal authorities said.
Those rescued ranged from 13 to 17 years old and were often recruited from foster care or group homes, though the youngest victim was being forced into prostitution by her father.Source: USA Today
Quinnipiac University released findings from a survey of 1,468 registered voters on abortion. They asked respondents:
“The U.S. Supreme Court has said abortion is legal without restriction in about the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. Some states have passed laws reducing this to 20 weeks. If it has to be one or the other, would you rather have abortions legal without restriction up to 20 weeks, or up to 24 weeks?”
The results? Americans say they back a 20-week limit by a 25-point margin, 55 percent to 30 percent.
And an additional 7 percent of Americans volunteered that abortion should never be legal, with just 1 percent volunteering that it should always be legal.
Women, Hispanics and young adults were most likely to support the ban, which enjoyed broad support across demographics.Source: National Review
Busyness is often perceived as “the new normal” of the 21st century. Yet Americans self-describe as being less busy than they were a decade ago—only one-third of Americans today describe themselves as busy compared to about half the population who said so 10 years ago.
But what about overall happiness? Busy or not, do Americans describe themselves as happy? Eight out of 10 Americans today, in fact, would say yes. This is a slight dip from American life 10 years ago, when nine out of 10 Americans self-identified as happy. However, a bright spot remains: More Americans describe themselves as happy today (82 percent) than any other self-description.
Practicing Catholics (93 percent), Millennials (92 percent) and those earning over $60,000 annually (88 percent) were the most happy.Source: Barna Group
In 2012, 36 percent of the nation’s young adults ages 18 to 31—the so-called Millennial generation—were living in their parents’ home, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. This is the highest share in at least four decades and represents a slow but steady increase over the 32 percent of their same-aged counterparts who were living at home prior to the Great Recession in 2007 and the 34 percent doing so when it officially ended in 2009.
Those who live in college dormitories during the school year are counted in that number. Males and those who do not have a college degree are more likely to live at home.Source: Pew Research
The world’s atheists and agnostics are far more likely to have Christian friends than adherents of other religious traditions.
As a whole, fewer than one in five practitioners of non-Christian faiths personally know a Christian, while one in three non-religious people do, according to a study by Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC). As defined by the study to have “personal contact” or “personally know” a Christian required “more than casual or superficial relationship, although not necessarily deep friendship or intimacy.”
Afghanistan topped the least likely list for the religious, while the non-religious in North Korea were the least likely to have a significant contact with a Christian (6.1 percent).Source: Christianity Today