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.
For months, a 33-year-old Amber Lynn Peak of Lake Worth, FL. sex-trafficked teenage girls and gave them cocaine and the mood-altering drug Molly “so they could stay awake and have more prostitution dates,” a 17-year-old told investigators.
Bonney Lake, WA. detectives this week arrested a 55-year-old Puyallup man who allegedly used an online chat application chathour.com to threaten and manipulate a 17-year-old girl into a sexual relationship over the course of nearly two months in 2018.
The sports editor of a Mississippi newspaper is accused of sexually exploiting a minor.The Commercial Dispatch reports 47-year-old employee Ronald Scott Walters was arrested Tuesday by Starkville police on an outstanding arrest warrant from Horn Lake.
Police say there was drug dealing, money laundering, and child sex trafficking all happening inside one Glendale home. Tennessee Jackson is now charged with 18 felonies, nearly half of them are child sex trafficking charges. She also is charged with multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor
A Lehigh County man accused of pimping out a half-dozen heroin-addicted women in York County and elsewhere has been sentenced to a decade in federal prison. Willie James Johnson appeared in Harrisburg’s federal court on Wednesday, Feb. 13, where he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay a $5,000 special assessment fee under the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, court records state.
Anthony J. McCaffrey, 59, was sentenced Monday to five years in state prison following a day-long bench trial in Plymouth Superior Court before Judge Cornelius Moriarty. “Human trafficking, especially involving our children, is not just a problem abroad, it is a problem here,” Cruz said in a statement.
A 33-year-old Lake Worth, FL. woman was arrested Sunday on charges including human sex trafficking of a minor and child abuse after investigators say she introduced two teens to a phone application that allowed them to advertise themselves for prostitution.
Regardless three weeks after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared war on human trafficking, the Rockville, MD. prosecutors opinion is “And I do have concerns about potential for flight risk and danger to the community.”
A federal judge on Feb. 1 sentenced a 26-year-old Elk Grove resident to prison for the sex trafficking of a child. Authorities said that the defendant contacted a 13-year-old girl on the Internet and later had her work as a prostitute. Abdul Basier Hashimi was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in federal prison.
Louisiana State Police arrested three alleged sex traffickers in New Orleans LA. after being called and finding a 16 yr. old girl that had been beaten, drugged, raped and “pimped out” by several different men in the past several days.
Police in Atlanta, Georgia, have arrested 40 people as they investigate human trafficking around the weekend’s Super Bowl sports event in the US. Four victims have rescued including two minors. The annual event – like many large scale gatherings around the world – is known to attract traffickers who exploit their victims through forced prostitution. Churches from the US-based Episcopal Church have taken part in a campaign to help reach out to potential victims.
A Johnson County man is accused of sexually exploiting a teen in a case of human trafficking. Prosecutors in Johnson County say this is an active investigation and more arrests could be coming, but a big break came when a driver didn’t come to a complete stop at Lenexa Drive and Switzer and police started asking questions.
Andrew Hellums asked the child in California to perform sex acts to be photographed and sent to him, police say. She sent him multiple photos of herself engaging in sexual acts or poses, according to court documents. also sent photos of both his face and genitals to the child on multiple occasions. When the child’s father discovered the conversations on a mobile device, he contacted a California police.
Two teenage girls were recently rescued in South Florida following two human trafficking arrests, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office announced Friday in a news release. Jamaal Denmon, 36, of Texas, has been charged with human trafficking of a victim under 18 and human trafficking of a victim under 18 for commercial sexual activity.
Authorities involved in a 3-day human trafficking sting operation rescued almost 50 victims across California, including 14 minors, some as young as 13. Law enforcement officials with “Operation Reclaim and Rebuild” announced Tuesday they made 339 arrests in the 3-day operation, which involved 93 human trafficking task forces throughout the state. The National Human Trafficking Hotline says 8,524 cases of human trafficking were reported nationwide in 2017. Of those, 1,305 were in California.
Louisiana State Police say they’ve arrested a fourth person in the abuse case of a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly raped, drugged and beaten. On Monday, police arrested 33-year-old David Perry and charged him with second-degree rape, trafficking a juvenile for sexual purposes and felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
A New Boston, Texas, man entered pleas of not guilty Monday to charges of human trafficking, child pornography possession and sexual assault of a child. Robert Allen Smith, 34, appeared for arraignment Monday morning with Assistant Bowie County Public Defender Clayton Haas. After Haas entered the not guilty pleas, First Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp asked 202nd District Judge John Tidwell to set the case for a jury trial in May.
Police in Florida have arrested a man for forcing a 14-year-old girl to have sex with other men for money.The Tallahassee Democrat reports the victim told investigators that 36-year-old Tyron Watson arranged sexual encounters between her and men since she was 13. She also told police Watson had sex with her at least twice.
A St. Petersburg, FL. woman who trafficked a 14-year-old girl for commercial sex was sentenced to life in prison. Katilia Brekeysha Seymour, 35, was convicted Jan. 24 of one felony count of human trafficking of a minor, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
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.