“You’re going to have tens of thousands of extra people in your city,” Fernandez Rundle said. “My office wants to make sure we’re ready. Our concern is that a lot of predators will bring other dancers and their victims that work in strip clubs. We have seen that with other major destinations.”
“Human trafficking—the commercial sexual exploitation of American children and women, via the Internet, strip clubs, escort services, or street prostitution—On average, a child might be raped by 6,000 men during a five-year period of servitude. This evil is on its way to becoming one of the worst crimes in the U.S.,” said prosecutor Krishna Patel.
ccording to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “human trafficking” is the second largest criminal industry in the world (just behind drug trafficking) and continues to be the fastest growing. More than 30 million people are enslaved worldwide, roughly half of whom are children.
Hospitals across Delaware are joining forces in a unique, new initiative to combat human trafficking. Medical professionals in the First State have adopted a set of guidelines to help better identify victims and provide a safe space for those seeking help.
Corporal Alan Wilkett said boys rarely admit or identify themselves as human trafficking victims. He said that’s often discovered by law enforcement after they’re picked up for other crimes.
“So it may be shoplifting or a drug charge or it could be a trespass,” Wilkett said.
Stacey Spencer the original founder of a non-profit organization named Teen Tyme Productions & the “Just Teens” television show which is a news-informational-educational show dedicated to empowering youth by showcasing their talents and providing forums on issues that are important to them.
Corporal Alan Wilkett heads the human trafficking division of the Pasco County, FL. Sheriff’s Office.
Wilkett said boys rarely admit or identify themselves as human trafficking victims.
Corporal Alan Wilkett heads the human trafficking division of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
rafficking survivors who spoke to news.com.au in Louisville on the eve of this year’s derby revealed they had collectively been buried in the ground by a trafficker, “raped up to 30 times a night”, locked in a box, thrown out of cars, viciously beaten and repeatedly threatened with murder.
But those men shared one commonality with the stereotypical trafficking victim, according to Krishna Patel, former deputy chief of the National Security and Major Crimes Unit in the District of Connecticut. Vulnerability is at the root of it,” Patel explained.
They are near pizza shops, coffee shops and schools — massage parlors that are offering more than just a massage. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says they are in the business of selling sex.
The posters are required to be placed in or near bathrooms in hotels, airports, train and bus stations, urgent care centers, emergency rooms, strip clubs, women’s health centers, abortion facilities, family planning clinics, truck stops, roadside rest areas and more.
Christopher Gray Stevenson 27-year-old and 28-year-old Amanda Lynn Starr of Graham, N.C. both held a person against their will and forced them to engage in prostitution. Both are wanted on charges of kidnapping, forced sexual servitude, and promoting prostitution for profit.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit at 336-570-6777…
That’s who the sex traffickers prey upon. It’s these children their customers seek out. It’s these children who suffer the physical and emotional pain that, if they survive, will follow them throughout their lives.
Congressman Matt Gaetz pointed out there are an estimated 9,000 illicit massage parlors in the U.S.–more than Starbucks’ 8,222 locations. In 2018, Florida had 376 cases of human trafficking reported to the national hotline. Only California (760) and Texas (455) had more.
Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force in D.C. have announced an arrest has been made in reference to Transportation for Illegal Sexual Activity and Racketeering offenses involving juveniles.
“Children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day.”—John Ryan, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Children, young girls—some as young as 9 years old—are being bought and sold for sex in America. The average age for a young woman being sold for sex is now 13 years old. Holly Austin Smith was abducted when she was 14 years old, raped, and then forced to prostitute herself. Her pimp, when brought to trial, was only made to serve a year in prison.
Lee County, FL. Health is working with Christy’s Cause to educate medical professionals on the signs of human trafficking victims. It all started when an ER nurse noticed an increased number of human trafficking victims.
In the absence of strong regulation and enforcement, advocates say, sex-trafficking networks have increasingly turned to massage and related fields as a front for illicit businesses that operate in plain sight out of storefronts.
One former porn actress testified, “Women are lured in, coerced and forced to do sex acts they never agreed to do… [and given] drugs and alcohol to help get [them] through hardcore scenes…The porn industry is modern-day slavery.”
“We’ve seen human trafficking victims here in our own community,” said Craig Police Department Sgt. Cory Wagner at a Craig City Council meeting Tuesday, April 23. “The most common type of trafficker is a family member.” Human trafficking — the use of force, fraud, or coercion to lure victims into enslaved labor or commercial sexual exploitation.
“Backwards,” she said. “We have to change it to where men are bearing the brunt of the penalty for buying and selling human beings. They are walking away without being held legally, financially accountable for the harm to individuals and the community.”
Human traffickers are likely to prey on vulnerable young women and children at this year’s Kentucky Derby, state and local officials warned on Monday, and urged spectators to be alert to people with matching tattoos or branding marks.
Kim Smith said parents need to monitor their children’s online activity and social media accounts until they are able to handle it appropriately. Things like knowing who children are interacting with online, adjusting children’s account settings to private and meeting children’s online friends in real life are measures which can prepare and inform children of the potential dangers.
Experts say one out of every nine Middle Georgia ninth graders admits they know someone who has been sold for sex. Traffick Jam quickly grew. Dr. Tammy Crutchfield with Mercer University said since its inception in 2015, students have educated over 3,000 Middle Georgia high schoolers.
Detectives said Warren agreed to meet the girl in the vicinity of a local high school and was arrested by the street crimes unit. Warren is in the Lane County Jail and faces a charge of first-degree online sexual corruption of a child.
Juveniles accounted for 428 of the overall 744 confirmed victims of human trafficking reported in Louisiana in 2018. Forty-two of those victims were age 12 or younger. Forty-two victims identified in 2018 were age 12 or younger, down from 72 victims reported in 2017. The reported ages for all victims ranged from 5 months to 65 years old.
The Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City has became more than a transit hub – it became a site of prayer and activism that connected the Stations of the Cross to the plight of sex trafficking victims.
In St. Paul, Minnesota (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Schools where trafficking survivors teach men who buy illegal sex to “feel my pain” are growing and succeeding as a way to cut U.S. demand experts say. In a typical “john school”, police, therapists, lawyers and survivors tell first-time offenders about the health and legal risks of buying sex and the impact on women who sell their bodies – which many believe is key to ending sex trafficking.
Data shows that Hillsborough County has one of the highest occurrences of human trafficking in the nation, and one county commisioner is trying to shine light on an industry that’s thrived in the shadows. Commissioner Kimberly Overman wants to train Hillsborough County Parks Department’s summer camp staffers on how to spot the tell-tale signs of abuse. and what to do if they suspect something is wrong.
The City of Sacramento is teaming up with the Sacramento Police Department and Community Against Sexual Harm (CASH) to create an ordinance aimed at cracking down on illicit massage parlors.
“The people who are going to these businesses are going to buy sex,” Sacramento Police Lt. Cindy Stinson told ABC10 News. “We do not know what the scope of the problem is. I would say it’s huge and there’s just no real way to determine that.”
Michelle is a sex trafficking survivor. She says it was a milestone when she started sharing her experiences. “For a long time, due to the fear of being discriminated against and preconceived notions of what it is to be trafficked, I was really too afraid to step out and tell people,” says Michelle, who’s originally from Milwaukee.
A Bay Area nonprofit is helping law enforcement officers look beyond a simple traffic stop or domestic violence call to spot the signs of human trafficking.
Officers don’t have to be in a special trafficking unit to learn what to look for to spot a potential victim using a new, free online certification program through U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking. It covers human trafficking in the forms of labor, sex, cyber, forced marriage and servitude. It was created to be accessible for all law enforcement officers.
I have spent the past four years teaching medical students at my school how to identify victims of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a complex problem, and change is always incremental. However, the true reward is when someone tells me that they identified a human trafficking victim at the hospital as a result of my lecture.
The most recent case of human trafficking that I have been involved in, and they are many, is that of Angelica, a 15-year-old girl sold by her mother to her employer. This boss is a rough, crude man, the owner of several mini-buses, from which he earns a lot of money that enables him to buy children for sexual abuse.The most recent case of human trafficking that I have been involved in, and they are many, is that of Angelica, a 15-year-old girl sold by her mother to her employer. This boss is a rough, crude man, the owner of several mini-buses, from which he earns a lot of money that enables him to buy children for sexual abuse.
“What we are seeing overall is an evident drop in demand… a number of these operators are struggling to continue operating their services,” says Rob Spectre, CEO of Childsafe.AI. “There is also a significant influx of scam advertising.”
A Georgia group is helping survivors of human trafficking turn the pain of their past into symbols of triumph, with a little assistance from tattoo artists. The work they’re doing covers up and alters tattoos, signs and scars inflicted upon survivors, using them to create works of art.
Bringing a halt to human trafficking needs help from the public, which must learn to “see the unseen,” an anti-trafficking advocate recently told church members here. Civilian training is the first step, said Rebecca McDonald, founder and president of Women at Risk, International (WAR), a Michigan-based non-profit organization that works to provide protection to those at risk, for the event.
At Wednesday’s Newington Rotary Club meeting, members lined up around a table and filled dozens of brown paper bags with personal hygiene items, snacks and Gatorade, to be distributed to victims of human trafficking working on the streets of Hartford.
Children in Florida public schools would be taught about the dangers and warning signs of human trafficking under legislation headed to the state House floor. The House Education Committee voted unanimously Tuesday for the bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Patricia Williams of Fort Lauderdale. The measure would include human trafficking in the health classes currently taught in Florida public schools.
About 75 people took to the street Saturday to raise awareness about human trafficking and child abuse. The walk was sponsored by the Renew Hope 85 Initiative — a subsidiary of the Circle of Care for Families — and was titled Hope Walk. Signs were along the trail, featuring quotes from human trafficking survivors to remind the participants who they were walking for.
The new chatbots are safer and cheaper than in-person operations, and they are always on the job. They can deter far more buyers than undercover operations can — before they buy sex. Lieutenant Sharpe said chatbots were “1,200 percent more effective than full operations.” The New York police wait several days to send deterrence messages, so that men won’t know which phone number was the decoy. “The perception for the buyer has to be that any ad could be the ad that sends him to jail,” Mr. Spectre said.
When I speak on sex trafficking in the United States, I meet many people who believe this crime only impacts children from other countries, who are smuggled across our borders. The truth is approximately 83% of sex trafficking victims in the United States are US citizens. In my new memoir “Beautiful Justice: Reclaiming My Worth After Human Trafficking and Sexual Abuse,” I share the story of two American teen girls who were coerced into sex trafficking by a man who offered to help them when they were on the streets.
He’d see it on the news. These teens who walked into the mall, smiling with spending money in their pockets, ready to hit the food court or the latest fashion shop or gaming store, being abducted and sold into sex traffickin
These headlines show that authorities are getting serious about stopping sex trafficking. But more needs to be done to protect the most vulnerable in Texas from being exploited. As a state, we need to adjust the way we address victims who can be resistant to receiving some services.
Two people have been indicted in the case. Christopher Childs, 46, of Hartford, faces federal charges in Milwaukee, WI. of sex trafficking involving force, fraud and coercion and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking. Jennifer Campbell has also been charged with conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking.
Rutgers University researchers have defined the relationship that forms between children who are sold for sex and the criminals who traffic them. Traffickers with multiple victims use isolation, favoritism and conflict to turn the victims against each other. This, combined with the shame of their forced sexual acts, causes victims to become more withdrawn and dependent on the trafficker.
Founder of the Stop Trafficking Project Russ Tuttle spoke at the Law Enforcement Center about social media, the online world kids are in and how it all relates to human trafficking. Tuttle said traffickers target vulnerabilities, often through games like Fortnite and Minecraft.
Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the world’s largest meeting and event industry association, today announced the organization’s commitment to combat child sex trafficking through a partnership with ECPAT-USA. As part of a live stream on April 4, 2019, celebrating Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), MPI will sign the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code) a travel and tourism industry-driven initiative that seeks to provide awareness, tools, and support to prevent the sexual exploitation of children.
“The demand is what drives all of this,” said Nikki Bell, founder and CEO of LIFT Worcester, which works to empower survivors of sexual exploitation in central Massachusetts. “A pimp isn’t going to sell a woman if nobody’s going to buy her, right? You’re not going to stand on a corner if nobody’s going to come to pick you up, right? So, it’s very clear that’s where our efforts should be focused.”
For the women caught up in “the life,” it is a seedy and violent reality that can often be hidden or overlooked by the rest of society.
It was October 2008, during a pouring rain. At 3 in the morning a knock on his cab door woke him.
It was a girl of 15 or 16, he said, soaked and shivering. “Do you want company?” she asked. Mr. Smith was furious at being awakened. “I’m not lonely — go away,” he yelled at her.
“There was absolutely no emotional response out of that young lady at all,” he said in a recent interview. “It was like looking into a doll’s eyes. She was completely lifeless.” She just turned and walked away. “I probably thought: ‘She made her choice. This is what she wants to do.’ And I didn’t want to be bothered in the middle of the night.”
Florida lawmakers want to educate students about human trafficking and child abuse. In 2018, Florida ranked 3rd in the nation for reports of human trafficking, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
The recent discovery of a human trafficking ring in Central and South Florida has also prompted lawmakers and state leaders to revisit the issue.
More than 50 women have filed suit against Salesforce, an online customer management relationship provider, alleging that the company’s data tools helped facilitate sex trafficking on the now-defunct website Backpage. The women, known only as Jane Does, are accusing the company of facilitating sex trafficking because Salesforce “designed and implemented a heavily customized enterprise database tailored for Backpage’s operations, both locally and internationally
When Florida authorities shut down 10 massage spas last month and charged hundreds of men with buying sex, they broke a longstanding pattern of meting out minor charges and punishment for owners, letting patrons off scot-free and turning a mostly blind eye to signs of human trafficking.
“We have to do everything we can to prevent and end the heinous crime of human trafficking,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “It’s the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the United States, with thousands of victims identified in Louisiana alone in recent years.
Nine defendants have recently been sentenced in Des Moines for sex trafficking crimes. U.S. Attorney Marc Krickbaum commented, I truly cannot think of anything more pervasive than sex trafficking. I will never be able to fully comprehend how people are treated as property and used for instant gratification
The NCOSE is the leading organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health crisis of pornography. The mission includes any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power or trust, for sexual purposes.
In the next two weeks, Georgia’s First Lady plans to announce who will take part in a special commission created to address human trafficking in the state. “People don’t want to talk about, [be]cause they don’t think it’s going to happen to them,” said Marty Kemp. “We’ve had it happen in Athens. We’ve had it happen in Atlanta personally, with people that I know and I’m close to in my staff. So, you know, it’s right at our backdoor and we can’t ignore it anymore.”
“Banks play a vital role in fighting and preventing human trafficking,” explained Don White, head of Corporate Security for Regions Bank. “We partner with law enforcement every day, looking for disturbing signs and sharing information to the degree that we can with law enforcement. We are a crucial line of defense; we recognize suspicious activity, and we report it appropriately.”
Officials from the Tampa Police Department, Pasco County Sherriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security discussed the advances in and challenges of finding victims of sex trafficking and their abusers at a conference at the University of South Florida in Tampa Tuesday.
An Ohio State student organization is working to educate the public about the human trafficking crisis shortly after an Ohio grant put the issue more in the public eye.
Why Us? Is a group founded to spread awareness of the severity of trafficking and its impact on college campuses.
“We didn’t have food or money and this guy was offering it. I didn’t think I had a choice,” Angela says. She felt her self-worth disappear completely when the stranger subtracted the cost of the condoms he bought from the total he gave her. “I felt disgusted.”
Ten spas have been closed, and several people have been taken into custody on sex trafficking charges. The owner of Orchids of Asia Day Spa, 58-year-old Hua Zhang, was arrested Tuesday on 29 prostitution and related charges. Police in her arrest report said they watched video of her employees performing various sex acts with two dozen customers.
South Carolina law requires posting of human trafficking awareness posters in hotels, bars and airports.Now, posters with the human trafficking hotline and other awareness information are in stalls in the men’s and women’s restrooms of Colonial Life Arena for college basketball’s biggest annual event.
Roger DeHart walked from the Broward courthouse to the front steps of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., DeHart, 48, logged 1,065 miles on foot during his “No More Miles” walk. First S.T.O.P, which stands for “Saving Teens and Others from Predators.” And now DeHart is ready to put on his walking shoes again.
Almost 25 million victims worldwide. A $150 billion industry. Today’s second-fastest-growing crime, behind drug trafficking. These figures from the World International Labor Organization describe the silent, troubling industry of human trafficking.
She recalled a brief encounter with a man in a van when she was a teen; some time after that, he abducted a nine-year-old girl, who was never seen again. Reflecting on the lecture and on her childhood memory, she realized that human trafficking was as much a local problem as a global one and was much more widespread than she had imagined.
U.S. Army veteran plans to walk to Springfield next week to raise awareness and funds to help children and young adults affected by human trafficking. Jordan Mitchell, 28, of New Lenox, said he plans to make the 189-mile march with a ruck sack weighing up to 100 pounds.
“Sexual exploitation in all of its forms is reprehensible,” Markey told the Globe’s Bob Hohler. “These allegations are very alarming, and I have confidence that the authorities will be investigating this matter fully to get to the truth.”
It truly took a community effort to build this community of tiny houses. More than 40 businesses donated materials and labor. Every Saturday 50 to 100 volunteers, many from local churches, would show up to help.
When Tampa Bay Tech’s government class came up with a mock bill to pass among peers, Anjali Sanichara took it as a challenge. Sanichara chose to draft a bill which would provide amnesty to human trafficking victims.
Victims are often forced to commit crimes, Sanichara explained, crimes they would otherwise not commit and should not be prosecuted for.
An Austin-based nonprofit Allies Against Slavery has developed new technology to help social service agencies identify victims of human trafficking. The screening tool, called Lighthouse, makes it possible for organizations to quickly and effectively identify whether their clients are being exploited.
When state Rep. Vincent Pedone, D-Worcester, stepped up to Statehouse podium in 2006 to call for the regulation of massage therapy, he was quickly met by laughter and catcalls that filled the chamber and cut him short. The bill that passed that day — despite lawmakers’ laughter, but policymakers and society still don’t take massage, and the human traffickers who increasingly hide behind it, seriously.
Most have a history of childhood trauma to include physical, emotional or sexual abuse and are lured by traffickers with false promises of a better life to include employment and financial success.
These victims are manipulated and often don’t realize they’re being trafficked for sex or labor or both.
Joseph Moore of Salt Lake City, UT. was sentenced to two terms of five years up to life in prison for sex trafficking Bailey Orr, who was 16 years old at the time and exploiting his own adult daughter for prostitution.
Orr is now 18 and agreed to share her story in hopes of helping other potential victims.
Sex trafficking, as the federal government defines it, is “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act” by means of “force, fraud, or coercion.” This is a form of modern-day slavery.
While most girls planned their Sweet 16 birthday parties, Connie became a victim of sex trafficking by a serial sex offender father who was also her pimp. She was that girl next door. No one ever suspected she was being sold for sex
The victims range in age from 12 to 66 years old, according to a news release from the Cuyahoga County, OH. Additionally, 227 individuals have been interviewed and given a referral for recovery services.
I never, ever, would have thought that this topic would need to be breached here in Tillamook County. I am concerned about the reaction of Tillamook County residents to this discussion, but I am determined to be a part of the solution…and I hope you will all do the same.
Nevada lawmakers are considering a bill that takes the first step toward treating survivors of child sex exploitation as victims, not criminals. Assembly Bill 151 ensures Nevada’s compliance with federal law requiring states to tweak their child abuse and neglect statutes to include sex trafficking.
Officials from more than 10 U.S. cities convened Tuesday in Houston to learn about its successes combatting human trafficking, a broad approach in which the city’s health department, restaurant inspectors and cab companies all help identify potential victims.
In February, Kansas Judge Michael Gibbens came under fire in national news for claiming that two girls, ages 13 and 14, acted as “aggressors” in a situation of exploitation in which a 67-year-old male, Eugene Soden, paid them to have sex.
Texting, online ads and social media have created a new market for sex traffickers, but now same technologies can be tools to fight back.
Geoff Rogers- CEO at the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking
In Norwell, MA. the Platinum Body Works Spa was housed in a nondescript blue Cape along a commercial stretch of Route 53. But workers at the neighboring business knew it was no ordinary massage parlor.
After a Scottsbluff, NE. Police officer stopped a driver on May 1, 2018, for a traffic violation, he experienced an unexpected situation: a woman in the car told the officer she was being held against her will.
“This study shows we can do a better job identifying trafficked youth, who typically find it difficult to open up to healthcare providers,” said Dr. Claire Bocchini, a Baylor College of Medicine professor of pediatrics and the paper’s senior author.