Ex-military and intelligence pros are using computer vision to scan illicit sex ads and bust the pimps who enslave innocent women and girls.
As part of Cyber Awareness Month, the FBI held a demonstration on how computer and telephone applications easily accessible to children can be used to produce and store pornographic images.
The bill at the center of the hearing would amend existing city laws to eliminate criminal penalties for selling or buying sex in the District. If passed, it would make the District the only U.S. jurisdiction to legalize prostitution, outside of some areas of Nevada where legal brothels exist. Prostitution involving minors and coercing others to engage in sex work against their will would remain illegal.
The Trump administration abruptly delayed a $13.5 million grant to house human trafficking victims. The program’s funds, which were approved two years ago by multiple federal agencies, are now in limbo with no indication when money will be distributed and no public explanation for the change.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre released a photograph from 2001 when she was 17 showing Prince Andrew standing in a London apartment with his hand around her bare midriff. A second woman, Johanna Sjoberg has said in recently unsealed legal filings in the same case that Prince Andrew posed for another photograph touching her breast while at the same time touching the breast of Ms. Giuffrie with a puppet of himself.
More than 70% of labor trafficking survivors say they travel on planes to the U.S. as part of their recruitment, according to a July 2018 Polaris report. And nearly 40% of human trafficking survivors and traffickers reported flying for the purposes of exploitation.
More than 100 child sex trafficking victims were rescued across the U.S. last month in an effort code-named Operation Independence Day that involved sweeps in Las Vegas, Atlanta and Seattle and resulted in 67 arrests.
This operation, conducted during April and May by the Internet Crimes Against Children task forces, resulted in the arrests of nearly 1,700 suspected online child sex offenders. The task forces identified 308 offenders and 357 child victims. The task forces investigated more than 18,500 complaints of technology-facilitated crimes targeting children and delivered more than 2,150 presentations on Internet safety to over 201,000 youth and adults nationwide, the DOJ reports.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a final rule that permanently bans commercial motor vehicle drivers who have been convicted of human trafficking.
Federal prosecutors revealed in court on Monday that authorities found “piles of cash,” “dozens of diamonds,” and an expired passport with Jeffrey Epstein’s picture and a fake name during a raid of his Manhattan mansion earlier this month.