Undercover sheriff’s detectives communicated with 33-year-old Sheila Johnston, who then took a juvenile to a hotel in Waukegan, IL. where she met with an undercover detective posting as a customer. During the meeting, Johnston offered both herself and the juvenile for sexual acts for money, police said.
Erin Graham, 41, was convicted of several counts of human trafficking after a five-day jury trial in April. Between 2015 and 2017, Graham posted advertisements on Backpage.com and forced the women to engage in sex acts with those who responded to the advertisements.
According to court records, three underage teens were victimized by the defendants between November 2016 and January 2017. According to Chatham County jail officials, the three defendants are not currently in their custody.
Rita Law of Chicago, IL sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday in a long-running sex trafficking case. Law ran two spas, Duneland Spa in Gary and Fun Fun Feet in Hobart, where she brought women from Asia to the spas and work as prostitutes, according to court documents.
An indictment alleging sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy was unsealed Monday morning against financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. “The victims, who were as young as 14 years of age, were told by Epstein or other individuals to partially or fully undress before beginning the ‘massage. The 66-year-old also allegedly “incentivized his victims” to become recruiters by paying the victim-recruiters hundreds of dollars for each girl brought to him.
P.S.A. from the USIAHT:
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.
A 16-year-old girl said she considered 40-year-old Police Chief Stacy Burger to be a “father figure” and “role model” until he asked her for oral favors in exchange for cash. When she declined, he asked her if one of her underage friends would be interested in pleasuring him orally but the girl also denied that request, calling him “sick.” Burger is married and a father of four later sent her a text pleading “Please, don’t rat me out.”
–3 people were arrested for sex trafficking, promotion of prostitution,
–8 people were arrested for solicitation of a minor or solicitation of prostitution under 16 years of age,
–18 trafficking victims were recovered from trafficking situations and offered victim services.
Jerome Edison was sentenced Wednesday to only 4 1/2 years in prison for transporting a woman into Connecticut to work as a prostitute. The victim told police that Edison pimps women in other places, but likes Connecticut “because he does not believe the police know what they are doing.” He told her that he has been pimping women since 2006
Keto Postemus of Delray Beach, FL. area who turned 23 on Wednesday, faces two counts each of sex trafficking involving a minor and labor trafficking involving a minor. One victim alleged that Postemus told her she needed to make money for him and made her work in a strip club as an exotic dancer. She allegedly used false identification to secure the job.
Scott Wilbert has been linked to one of the region’s most prominent sex trafficking cases — and who once sexually molested a 2-year-old — is going to prison for only It appears that the decision not to seek charges against Wilbert was related to his willingness to cooperate with the government. Wilbert’s “history of sexual abuse of children clearly demonstrates the danger he poses to the community,” Marangola wrote in court papers.
Alrico Ray Coleman pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree human trafficking and promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor. Commissioner Craig Adams determined there was probable cause and set bail at $500,000.
Just this last week, 24 people in Independence Missouri were arrested with connections to human trafficking. Kansas City is considered high risk because of the geographical location, central in the United States, and easy highway access in the transportation of human victims.
Reverend Anthony Haynes is serving life in federal prison for leading the nearly three-year-long child sex trafficking scheme in Toledo, Ohio. A federal jury found him guilty of engaging in sex trafficking with a minor, sex trafficking of a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, and obstructing a sex trafficking investigation.
Andrew X. Carnegie-Blackman, 23, of Highland Park New Jersey has been arrested and charged with the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 16-year old teenager from Pennsylvania that he met on social media. He is also charged with first-degree human trafficking.
Authorities are looking for additional human trafficking victims of Bryan Barkley, 23 who held a teenage girl with autism in his house against her will and had men pay to have sex with her in his South Los Angeles, CA. home. Barkley is being held in an L.A. jail on $150,000 bail, according to inmate records.
William Coleman, 48, was charged with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and nine counts of sex trafficking in U.S. District Court in Springfield. He was arrested on Dec. 23 and has been held behind bars ever since.
Investigators said an Aurora man, Tristan Woods, was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon at a hotel near the 1800 block of Briargate Parkway. Woods is facing multiple felony charges including Soliciting for Child Prostitution, Attempted Inducement of Child Prostitution, Attempted Patronizing of a Prostituted Child, and Obscenity.
Investigators put Oriental Massage under surveillance, and detectives saw numerous men entering and leaving the Waite Park, Minn. business. They stopped and spoke to customers, most of whom denied engaging in sexual activity. Three men, however, confirmed that after receiving a massage they paid extra for a sex act. The victim said she was made to split profits from performing sex acts 50-50 with Jiang, and worried for her safety.
Liberty County, TX- Large increase of truck thefts in Liberty County have led investigators to the conclusion that these pick-up trucks have been used for human trafficking and other types of smuggling activity.
Hillsborough County, FL. deputies rounded up dozens of men and women suspected of sex-related crimes as part of a six-month operation targeting human traffickers. Suspects face a range of charges including sex trade, child pornography, etc. The arrests took place at hotels, motels, spa and massage businesses, strip clubs, and adult book stores throughout the county.
“Trafficking minors for sex is one of the worst, most heinous and despicable crimes we see, and this office will stop at nothing to protect victims and put these criminals behind bars and stamp out human trafficking,” said U.S. Attorney Hurst. Courtney Tremel Louie was actively involved with the sex trafficking of a minor he had transported from Tennessee to Jackson, MS.
Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige by a team of eight victims’ rights attorneys on Tuesday on behalf of defectors who say they suffered a range of exploitation from child abuse, human trafficking and forced labor.
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.
The NXIVM trial In Brooklyn, NY. found Keith Raniere guilty on all counts of Racketeering, Racketeering conspiracy, Wire Fraud, Forced Labor, Sex Trafficking, Sex Trafficking conspiracy, and attempted Sex Trafficking.
Steven Pomie (also know as P Gutta), 36, was arraigned on June 18 on a 16-count indictment charging him with compelling prostitution, sex trafficking, sex trafficking of a child. If convicted, Pomie faces up to 25 years in prison.
Investigators said they identified Jovantay Bess, 23, of Fresno, as responsible for sexually trafficking her during the first local incident and Cirsten Joseph, 26, of Newbury Park, as responsible in the second incident.
Evan Vollerthum of was arrested for aggravated human trafficking and attempted commercial sexually exploit a child under the age of 18 and is in custody at the Shawnee County (Kansas) Department of Corrections on $500,000 bond, according to jail records.
Angel Ortiz Diamond, 31, who goes by the name Benjiboy Staccs of Orange County, CA. was charged with one felony count of pimping and one felony count of pandering after getting a tip from a relative of the 18-year-old victim. Officials said Diamond posted videos to YouTube “with songs glorifying the pimping subculture.” He used social media to meet young women in clubs and lure them into sex-related work.
Seattle, WA former cheer coach Leonard Bernard Lewis, pleaded guilty admitting that he transported images of child rape and abuse on his personal electronic devices when he traveled from Seattle to London.
Christian Tyler Zimmerman of Lake Charles, LA. has pleaded guilty to one count of human trafficking, one count of distribution of heroin, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He used the heroin and got the 19/20 year old female strung out on heroin to engage in commercial sexual activity.
A Glastonbury, CT. millionaire Bruce Bemer will be trading in a life of luxury for at least 10 years in jail for his role in a local sex-trafficking ring. He was arrested and accused of trapping vulnerable young men in a predatory cycle of cocaine addiction, prostitution and threats of death. At least two of the 15 victims had developmental disabilities.
Two sections of the Colorado Revised Statutes that were passed in 2018 make human trafficking of an adult for sex or labor a class 3 felony and trafficking of a minor for sex or labor a class 2 felony. Each charge can be punished with prison time and hefty fines.
Morris County jury found Aldophus Mims, 42, of Charlotte, North Carolina, guilty of four counts of first degree Human Trafficking, three counts first degree Promoting Prostitution. This was the first Human Trafficking of a Minor trial in Morris County history.
Officials from the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force focused on individuals who possessed, manufactured or distributed child pornography, or engaged in online enticement of children for sexual purposes as well as child prostitution and human trafficking.
Claudius English, 45, was convicted June 10 in the Southern District of New York, N.Y. (SDNY) for multiple counts of sex trafficking minors, attempted sex trafficking of minors as young as 8 years old, kidnapping of a minor, and using a firearm to commit the kidnapping.
Calvin Freeman, 41, was charged in Milwaukee County, WI. with human trafficking and battery. After police found that Freeman “has been involved in an extensive human trafficking organization” spanning at least six states and decades — dating back to at least the early 2000s.
The outcome of her interview would help determine whether Martin County, Fl. could prove the owners of five massage parlors its deputies raided are not just pimps, but human traffickers holding women against their will.
Luis Manuel Berrios-Trinidad, 29, of Tampa, Fl. was arrested on a criminal complaint charging him with the human trafficking of minors. If convicted, Berrios-Trinidad faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison.
According to Lee County, Fla. investigators, of the 15 people arrested, some were teachers, youth leaders, city employees, and business owners.
Here is a complete list of the suspects arrested in the operation:
aura Lloyd told a judge before she was sentenced to 21 months for lying to investigators. Her ex-husband, Cordell Jenkins, was sentenced life in prison for having sex with a teenager at his home and church office while recording the acts with his phone.
Naason Joaquin Garcia, 50 has been arrested in Los Angeles. CA. charged with crimes including human trafficking, child pornography production and rape of a minor in the U.S. He is being held in jail on a $50m bond.
Joseph Hazley, 35, was convicted in March on one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor, one count of sex trafficking of a minor, and four counts of transporting a person across state lines for the purposes of prostitution. Hazley’s family was in court as Judge Sharon Coleman sentenced him to 32 years. “The family is saddened, resigned and looking forward to his appeal,” said Raymond Wigell, Hazley’s attorney.
Russell Baize, 63 of Abilene,TX. was arrested last month for Prostitution and Online Solicitation of a Minor. Baize drove to a hotel where an undercover detective and a 16-year-old agreed to meet him, he asked for her to be sent to his room. Baize was released from jail after posting bonds totaling $105,000.
Deronarte Norwood was arrested in October of 2016 in Waukegan, according to authorities, and charged with sex trafficking and knowingly transporting a minor to engage in prostitution, and has remained in custody since then.
The latest raids here were on March 8, when police went into four spas and arrested five women. They charged all five with the felony of unauthorized practice of a profession, and four also with misdemeanor prostitution. As of April, three of those spas were still open.
Authorities in San Jose, CA. are crediting a 14-year-old girl with helping break up a human trafficking operation in San Jose earlier this week. The teen contacted the Crisis Text Line to report that she was being held against her will and forced to engage in prostitution, according to Sgt. Enrique Garcia.
Christopher Johnson, 39 of Sacramento, and Antoine Williams, 43 of Merrillville, Indiana, were arrested and booked into Santa Clara County jail for alleged felony human trafficking, pimping and pandering and kidnapping.
“Children cannot consent to have sex for money, and any adult, like this defendant, who encourages or profits from sexual exploitation of children faces a lengthy term in federal prison,” said U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur.
Pratik Ardeshna, 25 is charged with indecent behavior, solicitation and attempted carnal knowledge of a child. Jimmy Fowler, 36 is charged with prostitution and possession of oxycodone and methamphetamine. The Wet Baton Rouge, La. men were arrested Thursday after a sting operation revealed efforts to exploit children for sexual purposes.
30-year-old Anna Gutierrez of Nashville, TN. was placing internet ads and then forcing the victim to engage in prostitution with the men that responded. The victim told officers she was taken against her will from Arizona May 18th, and forced into prostitution.
The musicians real name is Anthony Denson was arrested on felony charges for human trafficking via the Los Angeles, CA. Sheriff’s Office’s records. “Sosamann” was released on a $100,000 bond after it was alleged that he brought two women to California with him and forced them to become sex workers.
The Cabarrus County, NC. Deputies said 11 victims have cooperated and agreed to provide details on their situations to law enforcement. Several victims were paired with service representatives who can help the victims rebuild their lives through access to housing, medical care, legal assistance, transportation and more.
Prosecutors say Khalil S. Maxwell led a sex trafficking ring in El Paso, Texas, from March 11, 2015 through October 31, 2016. Maxwell used physical violence to intimidate and cause underage girls, ranging in age from 13 to 17, to engage in commercial sex acts for money.
Kenneth Alan Pierce – already charged with three counts of transmitting obscene material to a child and four counts of possession of child porn – was arrested again Wednesday night on two more counts of transmitting obscene material and one count of promoting prostitution.
Arrion Marcus West, 25, Albert Kelly Price, 39, Kendall Andrew Streb, 52, Tommy Tate Collins, 40, and Isaiah Devon Patterson, 21, were charged with various offenses related to human trafficking minors and other crimes. All are in custody and have made an initial appearance in federal court in Des Moines, IA.
32-year-old Aubrey “Uno” Taylor had worked as a pimp in Washington, Idaho and Nevada. He transported girls to Las Vegas to engage in commercial sex acts, and controlled his victims with things like heroin and making them get tattoos of his name.
Charles Edward Garton, 40 of New Boston, TX, is facing two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Garton is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl from February 2018 to April 2018 who came to live in the home. Garton faces five to 99 years or life in prison.
The 40-year-old woman at a treatment center in Marion County has been taken into custody on a warrant from another county for two counts of human trafficking. Mekisha Lashaun Russ is alleged to have involved an 8-year-old girl in Tampa, Fl.
One suspect 34-year-old James Michels of Polk County, FL. traveled to meet with an undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old boy. Michels was HIV-positive yet told the undercover detective that he was not, and that he wanted to have unprotected sex.
The arrest report says the “11 year old girl” wore a tight-fitting dress and black high heels and had condoms in her purse. It also says she acknowledged smoking and drinking with the accused perpetrator 40 year old Gigi Mitchell in Las Vegas, NV. casinos.
The arrests were made as part of an undercover sting, the second this year in the Youngstown, PA. area. The investigation was by the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force led to the arrests of 16 in all.
Warren, Detroit Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said, 75 charges — 30 felonies and 45 misdemeanors — have been filed, including transporting a prostitute and accepting earnings of a prostitute, which he said are 20-year felonies. Other charges include solicitation and use of a computer in the alleged crimes.
Daniel David Ellington, 38, was charged in Washington County on two counts of sex trafficking and two counts of promotion of prostitution, according to a news release Thursday, May 16, from County Attorney Pete Orput.
Matthew Doyle, 39, was arrested by FDLE agents in Spring Hill, FL. He faces charges of human trafficking, lewd and lascivious behavior on a victim between 12 and 16 years old and unlawful use of a two-way communications device.
The three-day anti-sex trafficking operation was started on May 6 by the Bell County, TX. Special Crimes unit and several other agencies. Officers targeted people wanting to buy sex and those orchestrating sex operations, Sheriff Eddie Lang said.
Lynnsie Reddish, 22, and Terrance Chavez Jones, 32, were sentenced to one to 15 years each in the Utah State Prison for their convictions of human trafficking. Prosecutors say the couple recruited women who were typically battling drug addiction or who were homeless and would use their drug addiction as a way to control them, providing drugs when they made money working as prostitutes, and withholding drugs when they failed to comply.
Twenty witnesses testified for the government, including eight women, most of whom were addicted to drugs and worked in his sex and/or drug trafficking business. Two additional victims died of drug overdoses prior to trial.
Kyasha Tisdale and Doriun Thompson of Colorado Springs, CO. were arrested Thursday on numerous charges, including kidnapping, harassment and false imprisonment. “I want justice served, says the alleged victim. Tisdale was on probation in connection to a 2018 case where she was charged with attempted human trafficking of a child for sexual servitude, attempted pimping and pandering.
In March and April 2017, Reysean Williams, 28, with the assistance of Leonardo Gomes, 20, of Pawtucket, RI.
repeatedly sex-trafficked a missing 17-year-old girl in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and on Long Island, New York, by posting advertisements and pictures of the teenager on the website “Backpage.com”.
Delvin Ladon Jackson, 37, of Stafford County, VA. was indicted this month on nine felony charges, including five counts of soliciting prostitution and four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.
Eric Oliver, 35 of Syracuse,N.Y. became the poster-child for the state’s tough sex trafficking law that went into effect shortly before his 2013 arrest. The law was written to cover what had been previously considered street-level pimping of prostitutes. His crimes related to the sex trafficking of at least four underage girls ended up with an astronomical sex offender rating today.
The 16-year-old victim told authorities that Eric Taylor, 24 had cooked up fake documents that landed her jobs at strip clubs in San Antonio, TX. Detectives said Taylor forced the girl into sex and made as much as $1,000 a day off her. He is also accused of pimping out 10 other women, some of whom are runaways and juveniles.
A supervisor at a group home contracted by the Rhode Island Department of Children Youth and Families (RI DCYF) who repeatedly sex-trafficked a missing 17-year-old girl was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.
Ariel Guizar-Cuellar, 38 of Los Angeles, CA. ran a criminal ring that trafficked underage girls on the now-defunct sex website Backpage.com pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a string of federal charges.
This website was seized by federal agents in 2018 as part of a wide-ranging investigation into prostitution and child sex trafficking.
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…
“Our state has consistently been ranked among the best in the nation for its approach to this crime, as a growing number of advocates — from law enforcement to nonprofits to government agencies,” the TBI website states.
Jameel Muhammad of Delaware faces drug charges and human trafficking charges. The victims said Muhammad took them across state lines and offered them drugs, clothing, phones and food in exchange for sex work faces drug charges and human trafficking charges.
Silvia Cabeza de Baca, 36, and Efren Morales, 35, both of Las Cruces, New Mexico, were indicted on one count each of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine and endangering a child, five counts of trafficking of a person and five counts of smuggling of persons.
Greg Stephen, a prominent of Monticello, Iowa basketball coach was sentenced Thursday to 180 years in prison for soliciting explicit images, capturing secret nude video and photos and inappropriately touching hundreds of boys over the course of almost two decades.
Jorge Yon Jorge Yon is accused of soliciting for child prostitution appeared in court to argue his bond. When Yon was arrested on this charge, he was already on probation for drug charges. Yon is hoping to be granted a PR bond so that he can leave the state and live with his Mother in Arizona. was already on probation for drug charges. Yon is hoping to be granted a PR bond so that he can leave the state and live with his Mother in Arizona.
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.