Category: Perpetrators

Man charged with sex trafficking, luring victims through website promising help

South Florida man, William Foster, 48, formed a fake nonprofit called “Foster’s Care.” Its sophisticated website claimed it provided free service to victims of human trafficking. Foster targeted young women in group homes, shelters, or those working at strip clubs, particularly low-end ones, where the teens were likely to have violent pimps they wanted to escape.

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Police: Ellington man, owner of ‘sex dungeon’ arrested again in human trafficking investigation

Simon Hessler, 47, of Ellington, CT, has been charged with four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and four counts of risk of injury to a child. Hessler was previously arrested last year after seeking out girls between the ages of 10 and 12 online with the intent to train a young girl in his “slave quarters” and have sex with the girl.

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North Bay runaway teen turns up in Oakland, 32-year-old man charged with trafficking her

Kevin Fuqua, who authorities wrote goes by the nickname “Knote,” was pimping a teen girl who had run away from her home in Solano County, CA. Investigators say they uncovered text messages that indicate Fuqua was physically abusing the girl. Fuqua knew the girl was underage — having attended her 17th birthday months before the arrest — and forced her to walk areas known for prostitution until she made $500 per night.

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Porn Producers Accused of Fooling Women Get Sex Trafficking Charges

The owners, Michael James Pratt, 36, and Matthew Isaac Wolfe, 37, and two employees, Ruben Andre Garcia, 31, and Valorie Moser, 37, of two popular pornographic websites were charged this week in San Diego, CA with sex trafficking and other crimes. Using “deception and false promises” they lured women who had answered modeling advertisements on Craigslist to participate in sex videos that were posted on the internet.

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200 Filipino Nurses Win Human Trafficking Case vs New York Nursing Home

The New York lawsuit stated that employees were required to pay a contract termination fee of up to $25,000 if they left before the end of their term. US District Judge Nina Gershon found owners Benjamin Landa and Bent Philipson liable for violating the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). This act “prohibits the use of threats of serious harm or abuse of legal process to obtain the labor or services of a person.” This not only includes physical abuse, but also circumstances where employees are forced to work to avoid getting harmed.”

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7 men convicted for sexual exploitation of a minor following Mohave County-led sting operations

The Sheriff’s Office released an update of the results of seven of those arrests Wednesday through a press release “in an effort to promote transparency. ”Each man was arrested on multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and was subsequently convicted. They have each received either jail or prison terms. No minors were harmed during the sting operations, Anita Mortensen, spokeswoman for the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, told St. George News Wednesday.

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Postal carrier, college student, and chef among 23 nabbed in human trafficking crackdown

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in Sarasota, Florida arrested 23 people during a four-day initiative focused on protecting Sarasota County children from online predators and human trafficking. Suspects ranging in ages from 21 to 77 responded to internet-based ads, online apps, and social media sites to engage in sexually explicit conversations and traveled with the intent of having sex with a male or female child. One of the suspects, John Inga, was visiting Florida from Oklahoma and drove from Lakeland to Sarasota to meet who he believed was a 14-year-old child.

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Pimps sentenced in Jefferson Parish for forcing teen into prostitution

Earl Norman, 29, of Kenner, Louisiana, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Damien Holland, 26, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced to 10 years. Both men are charged with pimping a 17-year-old girl – arranging prostitution dates for the teen and pocketing the money she was paid. Norman and Holland are two of six defendants charged in the investigation which began in April 2017 when the victim escaped.

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Federal jury convicts Buffalo man in sex trafficking case

Valentino Shine Sr., of Buffalo, New York, has been found guilty of running a sex trafficking business out of his home on Humboldt Parkway. The U.S. Attorney’s office says he exploited women who were addicted to drugs, using those drugs along with beatings to coerce them into prostitution and selling them over the internet. Three of the female victims died of overdoses while working for him.

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Cedar Rapids man to serve 32 years in prison for sexually exploiting a child

Kevin Herring, 30, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will spend 32 years in prison after he sexually exploited a 14-year-old. Herring convinced, induced, and enticed the runaway-girl to engage in prostitution and send him sexually explicit pictures of herself. “His repulsive conduct earned him every minute of the sentence he received,” said United States Attorney Peter Deegan.

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Miami Man Faces Life In Prison After Being Convicted Of Sex Trafficking Of Minor, Other Charges

Jason Gatlin, 42, of Miami, Florida, is convicted of sex trafficking of a minor, production of child pornography, and witness tampering. “The defendant tricked the 17-year-old victim into believing that he loved her and wanted to marry her. He enticed her with his attention and drugs, gave her money for sex, took photos of them having sex, and lied to her,” authorities stated.

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6 men arrested in sex trafficking investigation after agreeing to pay for sex in Lincoln hotel

Authorities in Lincoln, Nebraska, arrested six men total on charges of suspicion of enticement and suspicion for soliciting a prostitute. Police said they also agreed online to pay for sex and were willing to meet at the hotel to have sex with a 15-year-old girl. During the operation, officials also corresponded with four women and referred them to advocates to see if they were being trafficked.

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Sex offender accused of prostituting disabled woman in Miss.

Louis Remont, 60, of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, is charged with multiple crimes, including exploitation of a vulnerable adult, abuse of a vulnerable adult and prostitution-accepting money from a prostitute. Forrest County Chief Investigator Capt. Phillip Hendricks spotted suspicious activity around Remont’s truck at a rest area and investigated. “The passenger was a developmentally disabled female and the driver was a three-time convicted sex offender, and he was actually pimping her out to people at the rest area,” Hendricks said.

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Report: Pair tortured human trafficking victim in front of children at Pineville, N.C. hotels

During a three-week investigation into the alleged human trafficking activity, Pineville, North Carolina Police say an adult woman came forward asking for help for herself and her two children. Officials say the victim was being held against her will by Thomas Antione Miller, 26, and Shakeeta Lasha Adams, 25. “Unspeakable violent acts” against the woman happened in front of her children.

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Doctor, church youth director among suspects arrested in trafficking, online child sex sting

More than 100 people in three central Ohio counties have been arrested in a massive human trafficking and internet sex sting. Among those charged include Austin Kosier, a 31-year-old doctor, who worked in the emergency department at Genesis Healthcare System and Christian Gibson, 26, a youth director in training at Redeemer’s at Courtright Church. Both men are charged with two felonies – attempted unlawful conduct with a minor and importuning. Kosier and Gibson are also accused of traveling to meet a 15-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity.

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Man sentenced 9 years after Camarillo sex-trafficking case

James Arthur Powell, 32, of Sacramento, California, had pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking a minor, pimping and pandering. In addition to the prison sentence, Powell will have to register as a sex offender. Through an investigation by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, it was found that Powell was trafficking the victims from Sacramento to Los Angeles and Ventura counties to engage in commercial sex activities.

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Texas Man Charged With Child Trafficking After 15-Year-Old Girl Forced to Work off Smuggling Debt

Texas man Cesar Valdez-Perez, 36, faces charges of child trafficking and forging government documents. Valdez-Perez forced a 15-year-old Guatemalan girl to work at a restaurant to pay off a $10,000 debt for her being smuggled into the United States. The suspect pretended to be the victim’s father providing restaurant staff with forged citizenship documentation.

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Neshoba Co. man charged after being caught with trafficked child from Ga.

Emanuel Moore, 32, of Philadelphia, Mississippi, is charged with kidnapping and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Clay Moore attempted to assist Moore with his disabled vehicle when he noticed a 15-year-old girl inside of the car. Upon interview with the child it was discovered that she was a victim of commercial sexual exploitation and missing in Georgia. Moore was out on bond for statutory rape of the same child.

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Chesterfield sex offender accused of paying St. Louis County high school athlete $200 for sex

Already a registered sex offender, Jeremy David Rogers, 44, of Chesterfield, MO, was charged today in U.S. District Court in St. Louis with sex trafficking of a child. Rogers paid $200 to a 17-year-old St. Louis County high school athlete for sex. A criminal complaint claims that Rogers reached out to the teen on Snapchat. Rogers pleaded guilty last year to attempted sexual exploitation of a minor in Boone County and was sentenced to five years of probation.

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Wichita man paid girl to recruit others for sex, court docs say

Long Van, 38, of Wichita, KS, was charged with aggravated human trafficking of a 15-year-old girl. Van, a registered sex offender, was already on Community Corrections for a conviction of commercial sexual exploitation of a child in 2017. A search on the teen’s phone uncovered more than 2900 messages between her and and Van in which they discussed exchanging money for sex and enlisting the teen to recruit other girls for sex.

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Ohio doctor accused of sex trafficking children between the ages of 12 and 14 years old

Dr. Albert Aiad-Toss, 52, of Canfield, OH, has been indicted on four counts of sex trafficking a minor and one count of production of child pornography. Authorities say Aiad-Toss allegedly “used force, threats of force, fraud or other coercion to cause three minor victims to engage in commercial sex acts” in June. The victims involved were between the ages of 12 and 14 years old.

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Suspected child predator in Stamford indicted after undercover operation

Russell Alan Baize, 63, of Stamford, TX was indicted Thursday for Online Solicitation of a Minor after an undercover operation targeting online child predators was conducted by the Abilene Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Baize was reportedly heavily active on social media, which was his primary platform for preying on minors.

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Dozens rescued, 37 arrested during undercover human trafficking bust: HCSO

Led by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Houston, TX, the six-night operation began on July 29 and used undercover officers to rescue those being held against their will and connect them with resources to escape their abusers. The operation ended Aug. 3, when officers made contact with human trafficking victims and their traffickers. The victims were detained and taken to a fire department where a team of social service providers were waiting to help.

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Man Sentenced for Human Trafficking and Prostitution that took Place in Parsippany Hotel

In New Jersey, Aldophus Mims, a 42 year old male from Charlotte, North Carolina was sentenced to forty (40) years in a New Jersey State Prsion after being found guilty of four counts of first degree Human Trafficking, three counts of first degree Promoting Prostitution, two counts of second degree Sexual Assuault, one count of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and two counts of third degree Distribution of Heroin.

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New Jersey rabbi sentenced to 18 months in prison for trafficking and prostitution of 17-year-old girl

New Jersey Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, 37, of East Brunswick, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his involvement in the human trafficking and prostitution of a 17-year old girl. Goodman met the teen at a hotel and paid to have sex with her after answering an online advertisement for the girl, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. At the time of his arrest, he was running a religious learning center out of his home.

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Toledo man sentenced to 35 years for sex trafficking of a minor

A Toledo, OH man will spend the next 35 years behind bars after he was sentenced for sex trafficking involving a minor. Lawrence Jones, 32, previously pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. Jones met the minor via social media who had run away from home and transported the girl to a home in Toledo, where he took nude photographs of her and posted them online, offering commercial sex acts in the Toledo area.

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After more than a year, man convicted in human trafficking case

A jury in Salt Lake City, UT convicted a man of multiple felony charges including aggravated human trafficking-against two women. James Savage Brown was convicted of the following charges: aggravated human trafficking for forced sexual exploitation, aggravated kidnapping, rape, forcible sodomy, aggravated exploitation of prostitution and tampering with a witness.

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Convicted former Stafford County track and field coach faces new charges for sexually abusing a child

A former Stafford County high school track and field coach who is already behind bars for sexually abusing children and soliciting an underage victim for prostitution is facing additional charges in Spotsylvania County. Jackson has been convicted of multiple counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and soliciting prostitution in Stafford County.

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North Carolina woman, mother-in-law sex-trafficked 3 minors to help pay for man’s jail bond: prosecutors

North Carolina residents Brianna Wright, 26, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex-trafficking three minors, and her mother-in-law, Tanya Fuentes, 56, was ordered to serve two years in prison for conspiracy. Wright’s husband, Zerrell Fuentes, arranged the entire scheme from inside the jail to recruit girls to engage in prostitution to earn money for his bail.

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Prince Andrew Denies Knowing of Sex Trafficking by Epstein

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.

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Owner of Mesa youth soccer team accused of sex trafficking children

Felipe Pina, 28 of Mesa, AZ. is facing six counts related to child prostitution, according to court documents. Those counts include permitting a minor in his custody to engage in prostitution, receiving a benefit for placing a minor in the custody of someone for prostitution and transporting a minor for the purpose of prostitution. The boys he had contact with were between the ages of 11-15 yrs. old.

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Corsicana: Man sentenced in county’s first human-trafficking case

Corey Deshundon Henderson, 40 is convicted of selling a woman and a girl to men for sex over a nine-month period has been sentenced to 99 years in prison in the first human trafficking case to be tried in Navarro County, TX. Jurors heard evidence that Henderson would slap, punch and choke his victims when they told him that they didn’t want to participate. Henderson would also utilize drugs and withhold food to gain compliance,

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Epstein’s Sex Ring Employed His Network of Shell Companies, Lawsuits Claim

Epstein, 66, died two days after writing his will. According to the suits, two of the plaintiffs were 17 at the time the alleged assaults began and one was 20. His death is no impediment to their pursuit of civil claims. A complex system of individuals” that worked “in concert and at his direction for the purpose of harming teenage girls through sexual exploitation, abuse and trafficking.”

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