The FBI is asking for help identifying information regarding an unknown male who might have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.
In a first of its kind case here in Georgia, four sex-trafficking survivors have filed a lawsuit against four metro Atlanta hotels, claiming the hotels profited from and participated in sex trafficking. The complaint also alleges a sign was a front desk fixture there for years declaring “no refunds after 15 minutes,” encouraging commercial sex for a one-night rate.
News that Epstein, a billionaire who made his money as a financier, used Teterboro as home base for his fleet of private planes, and that he allegedly trafficked underage girls through the airport, was first reported last week by NorthJersey.com and the USA TODAY NETWORK.
lorida students in grades K-12 would be taught about child-trafficking prevention, under a rule proposed by state education officials. The intent of the rule is to have “every school in Florida be a ‘child trafficking free zone,’ ” according to the proposed regulation published by the Florida Department of Education Tuesday.
A man washes dishes in the back of a diner. A teenage girl waits in a car parked at a rest stop. And a woman leans against the gleaming wall of a hotel lobby. None of these scenes appear out of the ordinary—but the dishwasher isn’t getting paid, the teenager isn’t waiting for a parent to finish pumping gas, and the woman isn’t entering a room by choice.
Tax filings show that Maxwell donated $350 to Girls Educational and Mentoring Services ( GEMS), a charity created “to give the girls and young women of NYC who had been commercially sexually exploited a place for support and a place to create positive change in their lives,” according to its website.
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.
“Most of our kids identify as bisexual. And, that’s because they’ve been sold to this person or that person, males and females. So, they don’t know what their gender is,” said Lynn Caffery, Executive Director of the shelter Safe Harbor Youth in Huntsville.
Geoffrey Rogers, co-founder and CEO of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking, told The Epoch Times previously that the child trafficking problem in the United States is an “epidemic that’s continuing to spin out of control.” “I’m outraged at the fact there’s over 100,000 kids in America that are sold for sex every single day,” he said.
“What we are also outraged about is—where is the outrage?”
With this new digital age, parents have a lot more to worry about when it comes to their kids’ online presence. With several reports of online predators and human trafficking, authorities are reminding parents to watch out for potentially dangerous apps that their kids may be exposed to.
A four year old girl was found 1,200 miles from her home in the hands of suspected human traffickers — and authorities think her mother handed her over to them. The child was pretty much given to a pimp, an associate of a pimp or family of the pimp for keeping before she traveled to Louisiana.”
Two bikers from Tampa, FL. are driving over 2,000 miles to let Sturgis know that human trafficking is no longer acceptable and bikers have a responsibility to solve this problem. Over 500,000 bikers plan on attending Sturgis this year, which means the voice of Rainey and Doc can be multiplied across America and spread to the millions.
“The team just received a $100,000 donation from the Harry W. Bass Jr Foundation. The foundation says they were appalled by Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes, but they found a positive way to make a difference with their donation to Pedal the Pacific.”
This time it’s another inmate, Alsanne Keita, who says he was 15 years old when he was kept at the facility that during his time there in 2012, Nathalie Medford, an employee known as ”Ms. C” who called the inmates her “sons,” repeatedly raped Keita during his detention — and threatened to plant drugs and guns in his cell if he dared to talk.
This shift is an important development, as anti-trafficking efforts have long been criticized for their disproportionate focus on communities of color. Powerful men are now being brought to account in courts across the country for an increasingly diverse array of wrongful conduct.
According to law enforcement, Central Florida is a hotbed for this kind of modern-day slavery. And to make matters worse, victims are getting younger and younger, with pimps now recruiting elementary school-age children. But human trafficking survivor Savannah Parvu, who was 11 years old when she was sold for sex, knows a much darker side.
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.
Most sex traffickers aren’t millionaires who abuse girls in their mansions in Manhattan and Palm Beach. Sex trafficking usually happens right under our noses, and traffickers are often those we least suspect.
Detroit, MI – Two mothers are speaking about their experiences after admitting they missed signs that their daughters were being pulled into the world of human trafficking. Both of their daughters were groomed and pulled into trafficking, and one of them didn’t survive.
The Salvation Army’s Flight to End Trafficking (SAFE-T) program in the Grand Island area has received a $5,000 grant from the Grand Island Community Foundation. The SAFE-T program was established in 2015 to help survivors of all forms of trafficking build their lives in a way that is empowering and meaningful to them.
Palm Beach County, FL- Roger DeHart is lacing up his sneakers once again, embarking on another long-distance walk to raise awareness of human trafficking. This walk will be around 650 miles and will take about a month and a half to complete.
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Investigators in Williamsburg, VA. are asking for the public’s help locating a man wanted in a sex trafficking case. Evan Anthony Cole, 29 is described as being 6’2” and 190 pounds. He has unique tattoos on his face, neck and hands. Anyone with information on where Cole is should contact Investigator Nichols at 757-220-6238 or call the Peninsula Crime Line at 1-888 LOCK-U-UP.
Three men were arrested on Tuesday for sex trafficking after an undercover operation in Weber County, Utah. Protecting the youth is of upmost priority for them and they will continue to conduct these type of operations to help combat the growing trend of exploiting juveniles and the vulnerable population.
According to a tweet from FBI Louisville, the department has seen an increase in sexual exploitation and sextortion cases involving children ages 10-17. Authorities state the problem has become a nationwide issue.
Oregon locals are utilizing a collaborative effort between local agencies and community partners called the Lane County Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Multidisciplinary Team. The team aims to support, educate and provide survivor-centered approaches. The joint effort allows the community to offer victims and survivors various ways to find resources or a support system.
The signing of HB-851 by Gov. DeSantis of Florida comes on the heels of 85 people arrested in “Operation Trade Secrets” — a months-long human trafficking sting in the Tampa area. The new law includes the creation of a database of people convicted of soliciting prostitution, and placing new requirements on the operation of massage parlors, strip clubs and hotels.
The three women giving the massages rarely left the building. They worked nearly 12-hour days and slept on the same beds their customers used during the day. They stored their food and few belongings on plastic shelves in the back of the business. The office suite didn’t have a kitchen, so the women propped open the rear door each morning to cook breakfast.
Texas ranked first in the nation for the number of criminal cases that wound their way through federal courts last year. Of those 74 cases, 68 involved sex trafficking and six involved labor trafficking. Texas also ranked first for the number of new criminal human trafficking cases in 2018 with 19 initiated cases.
The Super Bowl is known to be one of the largest human trafficking magnets to the United States. The U.S. Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a partnership with Uber. More than 100,000 drivers will be given anti-human trafficking training sessions ahead of the Super Bowl.
“The United States is the number one consumer of sex worldwide. So we are driving the demand as a society. These are American kids, American born, 50% to 60% of them coming out of the foster care industry” says Geoff Rogers, co-founder of the United States Institute Against Human Trafficking.
Robert King, the leader of a Danbury, CT. targeted vulnerable young men suffering from addiction and mental illness was sentenced Wednesday to only four and a half years in prison. King testified against co-defendant Bruce Bemer in exchange for a sentence of 20 years in prison, suspended after he served four and a half years, and 35 years of probation.
Junction City, OR to hold third annual Human Trafficking Prevention Summit this Saturday. Many experts on human trafficking including the FBI, will work alongside Chief Bob Morris with Junction City police to raise awareness to the worldwide issue.
San Diego, CA- A new high-tech tool to combat sex trafficking was unveiled at the San Diego County Administration Center in Kearny Mesa Monday. The tool is a 37-foot long mobile command trailer that can be used to find and rescue victims. It holds all kinds of equipment needed during a rescue operation, including drones, electronic gear, and safety equipment.
& Shapiro, D.L. 2002), sex trafficking is the second most lucrative criminal enterprise in the United States.
The average age of entry into the life of trafficking is 12-14 years of age, and recruitment of these young girls and boys often happens through social media and online grooming tactics.
Virginia Beach, VA. Police did not release many details but said, “This is a joint effort between Homeland Security Investigations and the Virginia Beach Police Department to identify, stop and deter Human Trafficking in our area and to identify potential victims.”
This law will require any new CDL applicant to undergo industry-specific training to spot human trafficking. The group Truckers Against Trafficking will work with truck driver training schools and trade colleges to facilitate the training.
“Sexually exploiting children is pure evil, and our Office will continue to bring the full weight of our prosecutorial powers to ensure that offenders are brought to justice,” said Charlie Peeler, the U.S. Attorney. “To the victims of child exploitation: we support you and we will continue to target, arrest and prosecute those who have hurt you.
Frontline tells the unimaginable stories of young women coerced into prostitution – and follows one police unit that’s committed to rooting it out. They showed how a sixteen year old girl from Phoenix, AR. was lured into being a victim of sex trafficking.
There is a significant need for human trafficking (HT) training within pharmacy school curriculum and emergency departments (ED), according to researcher Macy England, 2020 PharmD Candidate, Belmont University College of Pharmacy.
Human trafficking is happening in the Peoria area, but it’s rarely reported because the signs are often overlooked. Statistics accurately depicting the prevalence of human trafficking are hard to come by, said Sefried. It’s under reported.
After the Mets hosted the Colorado Rockies in New York City on Saturday at Citi Field, the announced 29,077 fans were treated to a performance from hip-hop legend and Grammy winner. Lauryn Hill to lend her support for Strike Out Slavery. Both Canó and Deidre Pujols, who was in Queens on Saturday, are fans of Hill.
It’s been an incredible process to work with these young kids, to really learn firsthand the differences between how boys are trafficked compared to girls,” Rogers said. “Because they’ve really– they’ve never seen a program like this before. Every child and the experiences that they’ve had is very, very different, especially when it comes to the boys.”
Alison Franklin said traffickers prey people who have been abused. As she got older she was kidnapped by gang members in Houston. “My real trafficker pretended to rescue me from them. What I didn’t know is they actually worked together to enslave American women and children in trafficking,” Franklin said.
The primary factor driving sex trafficking on Long Island is the opioid epidemic that claimed nearly 3,700 lives in Nassau and Suffolk from 2010 to 2018. Traffickers use drug dependency to force victims into sex work, experts say.
BOYS ARE INVISIBLE VICTIMS IN SEX TRAFFICKING:
Last month, the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking’s safe home for underage male victims of human trafficking – one of the first boys safe home in the country – admitted a new resident. He’s 10 years old!
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“Human trafficking—the commercial sexual exploitation of American children and women, via the Internet, strip clubs, escort services, or street prostitution—is on its way to becoming one of the worst crimes in the U.S.,” said prosecutor Krishna Patel.
These are very under-reported crimes. Most victims don’t self identify, so I really think that the cases that we do see are just the tip of the iceberg. The average age for boys to be trafficked is around 11 or 12. For girls, it’s 12 or 13, says Sheboygan, WI. Detective Tamara Remington.
Most of the public sees this horrific crime as one that happens elsewhere—far away from their backyards, but the shocking reality is that human trafficking is pervasive across the United States and the next victim could be right next door.
For the past five years, the ASU Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research has conducted the Youth Experiences Survey, or YES, to gather data about human exploitation among homeless and runaway young adults ages 18 to 25.
“We cannot turn a blind eye to human trafficking. My bill is a commonsense solution to hold countries accountable. Understanding where this money comes from and where it’s going gives countries the ability to crack down on these crimes.
Her mission: to abolish slavery everywhere forever, and one of the ways she is doing that is by encouraging people to stop watching porn. She believes pornography is fueling human trafficking, and she believes people should do their part to help stop it.
The U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking is partnering with Florida’s Pasco County Commission on Human Trafficking and Pasco County Public Transportation to train more than 100 PCPT employees to identify and report human trafficking.
“In many ways, we view bus drivers as those on the front lines to combat human trafficking as they engage with thousands of people a day,” said Geoff Rogers, CEO and co-founder of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking.
Like so many other teenagers, Kat had been fighting with her parents. Frustrated, the teenager became determined to leave her home in Maricopa, Arizona, and head to nearby Phoenix. All she needed was a ride. What happens next is not uncommon.
Child pornography arrests have nearly doubled in Utah over the last five years – mirroring a national trend – as investigators at local, state and federal agencies deploy sophisticated tactics to catch more criminals.
[Perpetrators] engage in social engineering and make people think they are consenting participants to their own exploitation, when all the while they are pulling strings like a puppet master, says Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco, author of a book on sex trafficking
“Their staff continues to serve the shelter with compassion, dedication, and professionalism,” Rommal declared. “Whether rescuing victims from human trafficking situations, providing victim services to those in need, or supporting community outreach efforts across the metropolitan area.
“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.”