Maria Ann Counts, who was arrested for the kidnapping, rape, and sexual exploitation of a Bonney Lake teenager, has pled guilty to all charges last week. The dramatic saga began May 9, 2018, when Lily Christopherson disappeared from her home in the middle of the night.
Shaela Latrece Chatman of Riverdale, GA. is accused of taking two teenage girls to the Gwinnett Pointe apartment complex where she allegedly set up the meetings and prices online for the girls, ages 14 and 15, and then drove them “to dates located at hotels, apartments and houses,”
24-year-old Robert Standfield of Port Huron. MI. was sentenced 1-15 years in prison for his involvement with Joseph McGough in the sex trafficking of a minor. The victim told investigators McGough took all earnings she made from performing commercial sex and she had to go on multiple “dates” a day.
One example was of Naila Amin, a Pakistani New Yorker who was betrothed at age 8 and married against her will at 13. After a lifestyle of sexual assault and beatings, she became a mere passport for her older husband after her family forced her to request his immigration approval.
Three Houston, TX. people were arrested in Houston on charges of sex trafficking after a woman from Fort Worth called her mother for help in December, saying she was being forced into prostitution, according to reports. When Kevin Winston asked her to become his prostitute, the woman resisted, but according to media reports Winston is accused of beating and forcing her into prostitution.
Jamarius Strickland of Memphis, TN. was again taken into custody on Tuesday and charged with trafficking for commercial sex acts. According to the victim, Strickland and another woman recruited her. Court documents state he “promised to provide protection, food clothing and personal needs” to a woman “as long as she gave him the money received from going on sex dates with men.”
The last person is now in custody after a human trafficking ring was busted in St. Petersburg, FL. As Gruwell was transferred to the Pinellas County Jail, FOX 13 asked him if he had anything to say about his actions and he answered…
Seven people in St. Petersburg, FL. have been arrested for human trafficking involving two teenage victims. Investigators believe one victim was lured through Discord, an online gaming app that allows direct communication and the other victim was lured from his family with promises of a better life, instead he was moved into a filthy trailer and used as a sex slave for nearly a year.
A Bowie County grand jury Thursday indicted a New Boston, Texas, man. Robert Allen Smith, 34, was indicted for two counts of sexual assault of a child and single counts of continuous trafficking of persons and possession of child pornography. The abuse allegedly occurred while the girl was 15 to 17 years old.
Rudolph and Gambrell are both facing the same charges and are both being held in the Wake County Detention Center — A second man in Raleigh, N.C. is facing child prostitution and trafficking charges after police say a 14-year-old was held in “sexual servitude.”Gambrell is being held under a $500,000 secured bond and Rudolph is being held without bond.
Metro News of W. Virginia claims, in the Lifetime series included his “alleged” sexual preference for underage women, allegations he kept a woman as a sex slave, and rumours that he had created his own ‘sex cult’ in which he would keep control of the women and their day-to-day lives.
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) in Fordyce, Ark. has made 40 arrests for Internet Stalking of a Child. “Every night when we get home to log off, there’s be another one. How do we slow down, how do we stop, when there’s multiple guys out there that are wanting to meet?”
K.R. Rudolph of Raleigh, N.C. is charged with felony human trafficking child victim, felony sexual servitude by using a 14 yr. old child victim and felony to promote prostitution – profits, according to an arrest warrant.
The Rendon-Reyes family will learn their fate this week after they plead guilty to human trafficking and money laundering. “Some of these women were required to perform sexual acts 45 times a night,” said Angel Melendez, Special Agent In Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New York City, N.Y.
In Greensburg, PA. a woman will serve up to 20 years in prison for selling sexual encounters with a 3-year-old girl. Rebecca Shadle was sentenced Thursday after she pleaded guilty in September to trafficking of a minor for sexual purposes, child endangerment, aggravated indecent assault and conspiracy.
Responding to community outrage in New Orleans, LA. over what critics slammed as low bail amounts set for two sex-trafficking suspects, a judge Thursday dramatically increased the bail amounts after hearing graphic testimony from a State Police investigator. Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell raised the bail for Jovan Martin from $20,000 to $350,000, and for Elbert Riascos from $90,000 to $900,000, declaring the suspects a “danger to the community.”
In Dallas/ Fort Worth, TX. an underage sex trafficking victim who was scheduled to testify against her abusive pimps. The threats and intimidation began almost immediately at the Fort Worth federal courthouse holding area, court records show.
In Brooklyn, N.Y. Federal court lawyers for accused Nxivm sex-slave cult leader and former “Smallville” star Allison Mack are arguing that she isn’t guilty of inducing forced labor if the Church of Scientology isn’t guilty of the same charge. She could face life in prison if convicted.
Police in Mountain View, CA. have arrested a brother and sister suspected of bringing Guatemalan families and minors to the United States and subjecting them to forced labor and sexual slavery. Carlos Garza, 33, and Evelia De Maria Galvez, 41, were arrested on Dec. 20 without incident. Garza is suspected of multiple counts of human trafficking and Galvez is suspected of being an accessory to a crime and intimidating a victim.
The mother of a missing Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania college student, who is an alleged victim of sex trafficking, said she’s holding out hope her daughter is still alive and being held against her will, adding that the 20-year-old “doesn’t have the street knowledge to survive out there.” “Woney engaged in a vile form of exploitation, using force and other coercion to compel young women to engage in paid sex for his enrichment,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said.
McLennan County law enforcement and local activists in Waco, Texas continued to bring the issue of human trafficking to light early this year with the arrest of dozens of men suspected of paying for sex, including a police officer, well-known restaurateurs, a pastor and a teacher.
In Baton Rouge, La. three Louisiana men have been arrested. Brian E. Thomas, 34, of Lake Arthur, and Quentin D. Coley, 57, of Greensburg, separately traveled to a hotel after they agreed to pay money to facilitate sex acts with an adult woman and a 13-year-old. While James Hankins, 55, of Sulphur also traveled to a hotel after he agreed to pay to have sex with an adult woman, a 13-year-old, and two 7-year-old children.
New Orleans City, LA. Council members and human trafficking victim advocates are expressing outrage over what they consider low bonds set for two men accused of holding a 16-year-old girl against her will, beating, drugging and raping her. “Trafficking of minors? You just don’t see that sort of bond that low,” Williams said.
A verdict will be announced Wednesday (Dec. 26) for St. Louis, Mo. man Loren Copp who faces nine felony counts for alleged sex crimes against girls. According to investigators, Copp groomed two girls at his business and then sexually abused them, and accused of taking pictures of his victims while he raped them.
Two Long Island, N.Y. men, including a “self-described Crips gang member,” were busted for the kidnapping and sex trafficking of two girls — one of whom was only 12 years old, police said Thursday. “I know she’s young,” Exavier told police “She looked like 15 or 16, but not 12 years old. ”Exavier also told cops “I was bringing her to the motel, if I don’t do it someone else will.”
Louisiana State Police arrested Elbert Riascos, left, and Jovan Martin both faces charges of trafficking of a child for sex purposes. The investigation started with a tip from the National Human Trafficking Hotline. A press release from the agency states the hotline caller said the teen “was being held against her will, repeatedly raped, drugged and beaten.”
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Houston, TX. and the United Kingdom Border Force.
Jason Daniel Gandy, 41, received the 30-year sentence following his July 23 conviction on four counts of sex trafficking minors, one count of transporting minors, one count of sexually exploiting a child, and one count of transporting child pornography.
Lawrence Fascia, of Manchester, N.J. will have to serve at least five years before his is eligible for parole, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement. He will on parole and be subject to Megan’s Law supervision for the rest of his life.
Two Henderson men are being held in the County Jail of Rusk County, Texas on human trafficking charges, and officials say they expect more arrests in the case. Davis, 28, arrested at the scene is being held on three counts of aggravated sexual assault, two counts of human trafficking along with forcing a 26 year old women to have sex with a 12-year-old boy.
Olabi, 22, of Raleigh, N.C. caused parents to be concerned over a year ago when he was recruiting teens to work part time with the Carolina Youth Club. He’s now arrested after a routine traffic stop outside of Wellford, South Carolina that led to the discovery of a kidnapped 13-year-old girl. “Certainly her age was cause for concern and the girl’s attire was also a red flag. “She was not dressed appropriately for the weather, Officer R.A. Smith said.
Rashad Sabree, 37, of Boston pleaded guilty in July to two counts of sex trafficking. When Sabree discovered text messages for help, he began assaulting one of the victims. A passing motorist, who witnessed the assault while driving on Interstate 95, called 911. Maine State Police responded and the defendant was arrested. “This case demonstrates the important role that the public can play in helping to protect those who are vulnerable,”
The five defendants, from California, Texas and Illinois, were convicted in St. Paul, Minnesota on a range of counts including conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, money laundering and sex trafficking by use of force, fraud and coercion. Traffickers used phony bank accounts, created fictitious biographies and set up fraudulent marriages to assist the victims in getting visas. The women were forced to have sex with as many as 10 men a day, then told to pay back debts of $40,000 to 60,000, prosecutors said.
The accused took the victim to a truck stop in Altoona, Iowa with the intention of soliciting her for prostitution, police said. The victim told Nelson she did not want to prostitute; Nelson then fired gunshots into the air, according to a criminal complaint. The accused and the victim approached a person at the gas station to solicit sex; that person later called the police.
Simon Hessler appeared Wednesday in Manchester Superior Court, where his case was transferred to Hartford Superior Court, which handles more serious matters. Charged last month with attempting to set up two days of “limitless sex” with a person he thought was a 10- to 12-year-old girl, Hessler was held on bail of $1 million for a court appearance set for Dec, 27.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation defines “sextortion” as “a serious crime that occurs when someone threatens to distribute your private and sensitive material if you don’t provide them images of a sexual nature, sexual favors or money.”
“The victims of this man were forced into prostitution after being lured to the U.S. with false promises then threatened, beaten and sexually assaulted,” stated Angel M. Melendez, special agent in charge of HSI New York.
This past October, a Dallas-area man was sentenced to life in federal prison for trafficking children for sex. The case offered a rare glimpse into a dark underworld most Americans don’t realize exists, right in their own backyards.
ST. CLOUD — Three men were arrested last week and charged on counts of soliciting a child to engage in sexual conduct after a sting by local law enforcement, according to Stearns County criminal complaints.
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – After a four day trial before a judge, a Jackson man has been found guilty of sex trafficking minors in exchange for money. Blackmon purchased a runaway minor for $500 and recruited other runaway minors for prostitution. Authorities say he knew the minors would engage in commercial sex acts with men for money. He faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison and fines of up to $1 million.
A Murfreesboro woman who was part of a human trafficking case managed to escape her captors Thanksgiving Day. The woman escaped her perpetrators by jumping out of a bathroom window in Murfreesboro and running to the Thornton’s on Old Fort Boulevard where she called her mother and then police. The 29-year old victim told police she had been sold, traded and swapped for money and drugs in the Bradyville and Readyville areas of Rutherford County, as well as Grundy County, and in Kentucky. According to a police report, the victim said she was given the drug ketamine, which induces a trance-like state, to make her sleep at night. Her captors also forced her to use cocaine during the day, she reported.
Attorney Robert Poole pleaded not guilty Monday to 15 charges including human trafficking of a minor and rape. A police investigation into human trafficking charges against prominent conservative activist and former judge Tim Nolan led to a tip about Poole, said Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear Nov. 16 in a news release. The 50-year-old Poole was arrested Nov. 16 at his Erlanger law office. A Kenton County grand jury indicted Poole on sex crimes charges.
Washington forced the victim to engage in prostitution while holding her against her will at the same house he and Lambert shared with a young child, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. The two were also charged with child endangerment.
During conversations, Kaufman told the purported child he was “rich” and had multiple businesses in Memphis, including an escort service. He also said she could make an enormous amount of money modeling for him and claimed he was in the Mafia in an attempt to intimidate her into giving him money for a “modeling fee” and to not call the police.
An Oakland man was sentenced to 10 years and one month in federal prison Wednesday for a sex trafficking extortion scheme in which he posted ads for a young prostitute, then burst into the room where she was having sex with a man and pocketed some of the proceeds.
One of the victims said Brown threatened her with violence and intimidated her to “go get that money” or “prostitute,” according to a statement released by the office. She said he would use controlled substances as a means to coerce her into working for him in commercial sex.
“Sex trafficking is happening here in South Dakota. I’m glad to see we’re identifying it, and we’re bringing those to justice who are doing the perpetrating,” Becky Rassmussen said.
“I’m happy to see that law enforcement was able to catch these individuals and go from there,” Michelle Trent said.
Michelle Trent is the assistant director at the Compass Center. She says this crime happens more than you think.
Another vulnerable girl duped on the internet into a relationship with a man who, in turn, sold her body time and time again. But this particular story had a twist, a twist that should give us hope that the scourge of human sex trafficking — a scourge that is all around us in Dallas — is something we can fight and we can defeat.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance (HTRA) and law enforcement partners from across our region, conducted a Human Trafficking/prostitution and “John” sting from October 15th to October 30th, 2018. Detectives and agents from multiple agencies along with Non- Government Organizations (NGOs) worked in an undercover capacity posing as “Johns” and “Prostitutes.”
A family’s hunt for their missing child just took a dramatic and disturbing turn after an arrest of an aspiring rapper from the Bronx. Back in September 2017, Corinna Slusser, 19, traveled to New York City from her hometown of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.
This sentenced was announced by U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox, Northern District of Texas. This investigation was conducted by the following agencies: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); the Texas Department of Public Safety; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the Shreveport (Louisiana) Police Department; and the FBI.
Michael Phillip Patrakis, 46, of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, was sentenced Thursday to 292 months in prison for producing child pornography of two minor females. The case is the result of a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Hawaii Police Department.
Police have charged a 35-year-old Lewiston man with aggravated sex trafficking as a result of their work this summer posing as prospective clients to find out if women were being forced or coerced into prostitution.
Two men were extradited to the United States Thursday to faces charges for their role in a transnational sex trafficking ring. This following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York with assistance from the HSI Mexico City Attaché office and the Mexican Federal Police.
Greenville County Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown and Greenville police Chief Ken Miller announced Friday that hundreds of warrants were signed and more than 20 people were arrested during “Operation Intercept.”
A man who’d previously been deported from the United States was mowing the lawn at a Lawrence public school the day he received oral sex from a 16-year-old student on school grounds, the Journal-World has learned.
Isiah Hayes, left, and Daireus Ice, right, were indicted Tuesday after police say they sexually assaulted a 9-month-old baby and recorded it on a cellphone in Shelby County, Tennessee, the district attorney’s office said. Shelby County District Attorney
A Navy Reserve officer and Naval Academy graduate will face a general court-martial after allegedly leaving his unit for weeks while on active duty following a deployment to Bahrain, where he was accused of sex trafficking, hiring prostitutes and failing to report misconduct by other troops.
Alliance Police Chief John Kiss released Tuesday that three men had been arrested: Robert Eugene Schefcik Jr., 26, of Alliance; John Robert Butler, 43, of Morgan Town, West Virginia; and Thomas Larry Floral, 62 of Gering.
A father and son from Reno, Nevada, were arraigned in federal court in San Diego on charges they conspired to engage in the sex trafficking of children and the attempted enticement of an adult and children, authorities said Friday.
A Lynn woman who worked at a Saugus group home for children referred by the Department of Children and Families has been indicted for allegedly prostituting a child who lived there, officials announced Friday.
Jesus Cervantes Garcia, 34, of Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Douglas County District Court to one count of unlawful sexual relations, a lower level felony. The plea agreement reached by Garcia’s appointed attorney and the state does not include specific recommendations for sentencing, prosecutor Mark Simpson said. Garcia is expected to get a sex offender evaluation prior to his sentencing date, Nov. 21.
A Milton man accused of trafficking women for sex in four states has pleaded guilty in federal court. Duhamel Cassagnol, 30, is due to be sentenced Dec. 18 on charges of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion; engaging in a conspiracy to commit sex trafficking; and transporting an individual for prostitution in federal court in Boston.
The son of the founder of Lambert’s Cafe is facing charges of child sex trafficking according to a report in the Springfield News Leader. The Missouri newspaper reports that Benjamin Lambert was indicted this month on several charges including child sex trafficking.
Pages of documents and photos from a child sex crimes investigation involving a former state senator were submitted by prosecutors this week in response to leniency requests ahead of his upcoming sentencing.
The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office is now reviewing the case involving an Atascadero Unified School District teacher placed on leave after being arrested on suspicion of producing child pornography.
Fifteen women were rescued from a human trafficking ring earlier this week in Dallas, Texas. Investigation began after a report of prostitution and possible human trafficking happening at the house. Lead suspect found to be a part of illegally prostituting women for profit in multiple cities. Police suspect he controlled and manipulated more than a hundred women.
A New Orleans man is accused of beating, raping and trying to traffic a 17-year-old girl after the teen, who had run away from a volatile foster-home environment, sought the man’s help in finding a place to stay, according to arrest documents.