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.
Jeffrey Farrell Davis, 36, who taught middle school in a Gainesville, Florida was among the men who responded to ads on Backpage.com offering a 14-year-old girl for sex. The child was delivered to so-called johns at homes and motels across north central Florida. Davis has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.
Jerome Edison, 49, pleaded guilty in Superior Court in Hartford to a single count of human trafficking. Under his plea agreement, he’ll be sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspended after he serves 4 1/2 years, and five years of probation.
“This defendant showed a complete disregard for the women he entrapped into sex trafficking,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta, GA.. “The FBI and our law enforcement partners made this case a priority and were successful in getting Obie off our community’s streets, despite his efforts to circumvent the charges against him by intimidating his victims.”
The arrest came following an investigation by the Vice and Human Trafficking Unit. The 26-year-old Daniel Garcia of Colorado Springs, CO. was reportedly using a “well-known” social media platform according to police.
Harry Eugene Rivers Jr., 29 of Delaware will spend 12 years in prison for forcing a 15-year-old girl to have sex with men at motels in Newark and Elkton, Md. He was sentenced in federal court Friday after pleading guilty to sex trafficking earlier this year. He could have faced up to life in prison.
Daniel Garcia, 26, faces charges of Soliciting for Child Prostitution, Attempted Inducement of Child Prostitution, Attempted Keeping a Place of Child Prostitution, Attempt to Patronize a Prostituted Child, and Obscenity.
Booked into the Benton County, WA. jail as a “contract inmate,” Jesus Rodriguez 27, just finished serving a one-year-nine-month term for similar charges involving a different girl. If convicted in federal court, he faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison for the online enticement and child sex trafficking charges. The child pornography charge carries a sentence of 5 to 20 years.
“Parents need to know that the profiles of underage girls and boys we posted on social media to catch these offenders could easily have been profiles of their own children, who might also be targeted by predators on chat apps and popular gaming sites,” New Jersey A.G. Gurbir Grewal said.
Prosecutors say 47-year-old Raymond Rodio III trafficked as many as 22 women between 2014 and February of this year, holding some of the women by force in a basement. They say he would set up dates with men in the basement or in motels around Suffolk County and that he often kept the women’s money and gave them heroin and crack cocaine instead.
U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said, “Sex trafficking exploits and traumatizes some of the most vulnerable members of our society. We are sending a clear message to those seeking to engage in this type of criminal activity: you will be caught and prosecuted.”
Ryan MacFarlane, 47, of Salt Lake City, UT. is facing the following charges:
* Human trafficking of a child, first-degree felony
* Aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony
* Rape, a first-degree felony
* Forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony
* Object rape, a first-degree felony
* Aggravated exploitation of prostitution involving a child, a first-degree felony
The victim is only 16 years old.
“These appalling individuals are predators who sexually prey on our youth. They are the filth of our society and every effort will be made to ensure these monsters are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Sheriff Doug Schuster of Kingman, AZ. said in a press release.
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.
A collaborative law enforcement operation between Lathrop Police Services, the San Joaquin County, CA. Sheriff’s Office and the Manteca Police Department back in February yielded nine arrests of people attempting to engage in sexual contact with a minor less than 14 years of age. Ages of suspects range from 12 yrs old to 61 yrs old.
During the stop, OSHP says the officer noticed a young female riding with an older male. Neither the girl or the man had identification on them or spoke English. Police say it was confirmed that the man had forced the girl to perform acts on him and that the girl was being taken to Chicago from New Jersey.
Two Columbus, OH. men were sentenced for their roles in sex trafficking dozens of women in the Columbus area. Curtis Gossett was sentenced to 13 years in prison, while Jeffrey Bagley received 10 years. Their charges included engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
“Bonilla-Hernandez profited from the sexual exploitation of women who found themselves in difficult and vulnerable places,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney. “The tears, pain, and mental anguish expressed by the victims in this case is heartbreaking.” El Salvadoran “Bonilla-Hernandez is in the United States illegally was sentenced to more than two years in prison for running an illegal commercial sex business.
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.
An Attleboro, Mass. doctor Sujan Kayastha, 37 was in court Thursday on several charges, including trafficking of a person for sexual servitude, possession of child pornography, and two counts each of electronic enticement of a child for prostitution, paying a minor for sex and disseminating obscene matter to a child. The boy is 14 years old. Kayastha’s bail was set at only $75,000..
A 21-year-old man was sentenced to 16 years and eight months in state prison in a case where prosecutors say he trafficked two girls and continued to do so after his arrest. Hackett was charged with trafficking two victims, both of whom he dated at the time of the offenses. One of them had his child, and within weeks of the birth, he sent her back out on the streets to “make money” for him, prosecutors said.
On April 15, 2019, a jury found Defendant Gabriel Guel, 33, guilty of the offense of Prostitution. The trial was held in County Court at Law Number One (1) of Montgomery County, Texas, Judge Dennis Watson presiding. Guel was arrested on October 24, 2018, during Operation Cross County after offering to pay a fee to an undercover officer in exchange for sexual intercourse and oral sex.
On April 12, 2019 Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Clare Maier sentenced Corell Olajuwon Hackett to 16 years and 8 months in state prison for sex trafficking two young women from 2016 to 2018. In 2016, 17-year-old Jane Doe 2 gave birth to defendant’s baby. Within weeks of the birth, defendant pressured her to go out and make money for him by working as a prostitute.
Eight alleged Reading, Pa. gang members were indicted on federal sex trafficking charges. Authorities said they conspired to recruit, entice, harbor, transport, provide, obtain, and maintain by any means females to engage in commercial sex acts. Some of the victims, they said, were under the age of 18.
An undercover human trafficking sting resulted in the arrests of 24 people in Independence, Missouri, last week, police said. The investigation, which took place over two days, focused on a hotel near Noland Road and Interstate 70. One missing person was located as the result of the investigation, and four human trafficking victims were rescued, police said. Police said the prostitution arrests involved people ranging in age from late teens to 50s.
A three-day operation in Mesa County has resulted in the arrest of 10 individuals for attempting to have sex with children or engage in prostitution, according to a news release from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators in the large-scale, multi-jurisdictional undercover operation posted ads for sex with children on several websites, social media sites, and applications.
Michael Harrison Hunt, 53, of Panama City, FL. has been charged with human trafficking and sexual battery on a victim under the age of 18, according to a release from Panama City. He continues to be a person of interest in the quadruple shooting Friday that left one dead and three seriously injured.
“They are going on unpunished, and are becoming so bold in when they do it and how they do it and whoever they bring in and however many lives they destroy, they don’t care, so these people have to be pulled out and really, really persecuted for what they’ve done.”
A Tampa firefighter was among four men arrested for solicitation in Hillsborough County, according to the sheriff’s office. Brian Hatzler, 46, is a Tampa Fire Rescue firefighter. The sheriff’s office says he was in his duty uniform when he solicited sexual acts from an undercover detective. Hatzler was arrested along with 30-year-old Curtis Hargrove, 44-year-old Lucio Martinez and 25-year-old Jawuan Hicks.
The Columbus City Attorney and Franklin County Sheriff announced their offices worked together to shut down a massage parlor that investigators say was a front for illegal sex acts. A months-long investigation revealed a pattern of prostitution at Sunflower Asian Spa in a Hilliard area strip mall.
A total of five people were arrested in New Orleans and St. Tammany Parish as a result of an investigation into sex trafficking in which police said girls who were being pimped out were also given tattoos, including a face tattoo for one girl that read “numb,” according to court records.
Louisiana State Police Troopers have rescued a 16-year-old girl who had been held against her will for several weeks and raped repeatedly by New Orleans, LA. 42-year-old Melvin Davis. Davis is charged with Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes, Third Degree Rape, Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile and more.
Willie Charles Blackmon Jr., 37, was found guilty in November of two counts of sex trafficking minors and two counts of promoting a prostitution business, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi. He provided them drugs and hurt them, according to authorities. If the kids did not perform sex acts or disrespected Blackmon, he held a gun to their heads.
As the notorious website Backpage was under fire by legislators and the public over alleged prostitution ads linked by critics to sex trafficking of minors, San Francisco software titan Salesforce stepped in to save the site and help it grow, a new lawsuit claims. “Salesforce knew the scourge of sex trafficking because it sought publicity for trying to stop it,” the lawsuit filed by 50 “Jane Does” alleged.The suit claimed Salesforce conspired with Backpage “to assist human traffickers’ sexual exploitation and human trafficking of minors.”
A federal jury in Concord found Steven Tucker, 33, of Manchester, NH. guilty on March 22 of sex trafficking of a minor. He sold heroin to numerous individuals, including young women and a minor. Witnesses described how Tucker used their addictions to cause them to prostitute for his profit.
Ashwaubenon, WI. Public Safety received a tip from a woman who said she had answered an online ad for modeling. The woman said Meixian Feng asked if she would be willing to “perform sex acts with white men to make money.”The woman said Feng also asked to bring along someone under age 18, for extra pay.”
Investigators say Xu, of Mt. Pleasant, owned four Tokyo massage parlors where the prostitution was happening and Chen, of Monroeville, would pick up young women at a bus stop and take them to the parlors.
Antonio Flemming of Lenexa, Kan. was charged with aggravated human trafficking and commercial exploitation of a child in Johnson County. Lenexa police officer was suspicious that the adults in the vehicle were involved in human trafficking, based on her training, experience and instincts.
Ronald Ean Taylor, 45, of Sacramento, CA. is facing 18 years in federal prison for the sex trafficking of six victims. A second victim said that Taylor smashed a liquor bottle over her head. A fifth victim said that Taylor would supply her and the sixth victim with heroin. The sixth victim died from a drug overdose.
53-year-old James E. Johnson Jr. was arrested Friday morning in Covington, LA. for two counts of human trafficking, two counts of first-degree rape, and one count of sexual battery. Detectives received information Johnson had solicited sexual favors from multiple victims in exchange for bond debt relief and evidence of pornography involving juveniles.
Detectives in Santa Ana, CA. located 21 year old Malik Malveaux’s vehicle parked outside a local motel. They then found him inside a room there along with two other underage human trafficking victims, ages 13 and 15, according to police. Malveaux was arrested and booked on suspicion of human trafficking of a minor, pimping of a minor and pandering of a minor, authorities said.
A Salt Lake City, Utah man has been sentenced to consecutive terms of up to life in prison for sex trafficking a 16-year-old child and exploiting his own adult daughter for prostitution. Joseph Moore proposed that the two girls could make money through commercial sex work. He helped them set up advertising online, transported them along the Wasatch Front for commercial sex appointments, and collected up to half of the profit made from the commercial sex scheme.
An alleged Lewiston, ME. victim of aggravated sex trafficking, who was scheduled to testify against her fiance at his trial starting Tuesday, was reported dead Monday morning. If convicted for this Class B felony, a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Subsequently, the charge will be dismissed, Assistant District Attorney Nathan Walsh said.
Eric James Moreno, 37, of Anson,TX. was indicted February 27 on a 1st degree felony charge of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child of 14 years old. He was later released from the Jones County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
A former Memphis, TN. police officer Andrew Hellums was previously arrested Feb. 2 after sending pictures of his genitals to an 8-year-old California girl and asking her to send him pictures of herself performing sexual acts, according to court documents. He was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and solicitation of a minor.
Leon R. Harrison, age 56, of Washington D.C., pleaded guilty today to sex trafficking of a minor, for having sex with a 15-year-old girl in exchange for money. Harrison admitted that he met Girl 1 online and began engaging in commercial sex with Girl 1 beginning in 2016 or 2017, when she would have been 13 or 14 years old. “Children cannot consent to have sex for money, and any adult who encourages or profits from sexual exploitation of children faces a lengthy term in federal prison,” said U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur.
A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for multiple sex trafficking and prostitution promotion charges involving two women, including a juvenile. In June 2017, the woman reported a domestic assault involving Woods because she “refused to post in St. Cloud for prostitution,” according to court documents. Woods was arrested, and the woman described an ongoing abusive relationship with him.
Florida ranks third in the country for human trafficking, much of it sex trafficking. Police charged Kraft and 24 others who allegedly paid for secret sex acts inside the Orchids of Asia Day Spa. The charge comes amid a widespread crackdown on sex trafficking involving more than 300 male buyers and multiple women running operations in several counties.
A 19-year-old Staunton man is behind bars amid allegations he was sexually involved with a younger teenage girl, and police said he was also found with multiple images of child pornography, according to an arrest report.
A former Las Vegas fire captain pleaded guilty to two felonies Monday after authorities accused him of paying a teenage girl $300 to have sex with him at a fire station. Richard Loughry, 48, entered a plea to one count each of attempted statutory sexual seduction and soliciting prostitution. He entered a type of guilty plea that required him to admit only that prosecutors had enough evidence to prove the case to a jury.
In the days and weeks before the victim of a double homicide died by gunfire, he had been posting videos on social media showing off cash and drugs. In the public Facebook videos, Maxwell Phillips, 31, flashes wads of cash — mostly $100 bills — and sings along to music while smoking marijuana blunts. Filming most of the videos is Brooklyn Alsobrooke, now 18, and the other victim of the double homicide just after midnight Wednesday in the 3000 block of 8th Avenue, not far from Central Elementary School.
But court records obtained by the Sun Herald show she also was named as a 17-year-old victim in a human trafficking case that Phillips was arrested in on July 17, 2018.
When authorities busted what they say is a multimillion-dollar human-trafficking and prostitution ring in Jupiter last month, law enforcement spoke out against the horrors endured by women taken as literal sex slaves. The trafficking, they said, was not a “victimless crime.” But nearly two weeks later, the majority of the victims remain behind bars as law enforcement seeks their cooperation in the case.
The TBI said arrested 34-year-old Edgar R. Gallegos and Armadi Imade, 38, each for one count of trafficking for a commercial sex act. According to court documents, the men exchanged money for sexual acts with an undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old minor.
El Joshua, 36 of Mays Landing, NJ. trafficked three adult women out of his Pearce Road home and used violence to make them engage in prostitution and domestic servitude, the Prosecutors Office said. El Joshua is charged with five counts of human trafficking, two counts of criminal restraint.
Her name is Lanyun Ma, and she’s a 49-year-old Orlando woman who ran East Spa in downtown Vero Beach. “It’s very difficult to charge somebody with that,” acknowledged Detective Sgt. Phil Huddy, who supervises the detective division at the Vero Beach Police Department. Ma was seen transporting numerous women with suitcases to and from the spa who are believed to be victims of human trafficking, according to her arrest warrant.
A former police vice squad lieutenant was arrested Tuesday following a prostitution sting after investigators say he offered to “manage” women. David Moss, 51, of Lehi, was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of exploiting a prostitute, patronizing a prostitute, two counts of lewdness and sexual battery.
City officials have shut down three northwest Dallas massage parlors they say employ women as prostitutes and have them sleep on mattresses on the floor, and four people suspected of human trafficking have been arrested. Last fall, undercover police officers said they were offered sex at each of the three parlors housed at 11309 Emerald Street: Jasmine, Passion X and Charming.
Mark L. Norton, the superintendent of transit security and emergency management for King County Metro, was arrested in Stanwood on Tuesday and booked into jail for allegedly “coercing a female to engage in commercial sex acts in King and Snohomish Counties.”
Police in Lincoln, NE. have made a pair of arrests as they sort through an alleged human trafficking operation. Hersel Bradley, 40, and Kurt Mortensen, 58, have both been arrested for pandering. Authorities say this investigation led to the identification of several women believed to be victims of human trafficking.
Cornell Devore Rhymes, 32 was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison in connection with forced and coerced sex-trafficking young women held against their will at area motels in Dumfries and Springfield, Virginia.
Tennessee Jackson, 37, and her husband, Donald Jackson, were arrested Jan. 11 in Glendale, AZ. and charged with multiple counts of drug possession and child sex trafficking, KNXV reported on Wednesday. Police said Tennessee Jackson forced the girls to pose nude for photos that were then posted on social media, KNXV reported.