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.
Alexander Acosta, the US labor secretary under fire for having granted Jeffrey Epstein immunity from federal prosecution in 2008, after the billionaire was investigated for having run a child sex trafficking ring, is proposing 80% funding cuts for the government agency that combats child sex trafficking.
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.
The Salvation Army’s Flight to End Trafficking (SAFE-T) program in the Grand Island area has received a $5,000 grant from the Grand Island Community Foundation. The SAFE-T program was established in 2015 to help survivors of all forms of trafficking build their lives in a way that is empowering and meaningful to them.
Palm Beach County, FL- Roger DeHart is lacing up his sneakers once again, embarking on another long-distance walk to raise awareness of human trafficking. This walk will be around 650 miles and will take about a month and a half to complete.
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
Democratic Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed the legislation, which passed unanimously in the House and Senate, that rids victims of sex trafficking — even those who cannot prove they were trafficked — from prostitution convictions, so as long as they are not convicted of other crimes for three years, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
Three men were arrested on Tuesday for sex trafficking after an undercover operation in Weber County, Utah. Protecting the youth is of upmost priority for them and they will continue to conduct these type of operations to help combat the growing trend of exploiting juveniles and the vulnerable population.
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.
According to a tweet from FBI Louisville, the department has seen an increase in sexual exploitation and sextortion cases involving children ages 10-17. Authorities state the problem has become a nationwide issue.
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.
Oregon locals are utilizing a collaborative effort between local agencies and community partners called the Lane County Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Multidisciplinary Team. The team aims to support, educate and provide survivor-centered approaches. The joint effort allows the community to offer victims and survivors various ways to find resources or a support system.
The signing of HB-851 by Gov. DeSantis of Florida comes on the heels of 85 people arrested in “Operation Trade Secrets” — a months-long human trafficking sting in the Tampa area. The new law includes the creation of a database of people convicted of soliciting prostitution, and placing new requirements on the operation of massage parlors, strip clubs and hotels.
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.
The three women giving the massages rarely left the building. They worked nearly 12-hour days and slept on the same beds their customers used during the day. They stored their food and few belongings on plastic shelves in the back of the business. The office suite didn’t have a kitchen, so the women propped open the rear door each morning to cook breakfast.
Texas ranked first in the nation for the number of criminal cases that wound their way through federal courts last year. Of those 74 cases, 68 involved sex trafficking and six involved labor trafficking. Texas also ranked first for the number of new criminal human trafficking cases in 2018 with 19 initiated cases.
The Super Bowl is known to be one of the largest human trafficking magnets to the United States. The U.S. Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a partnership with Uber. More than 100,000 drivers will be given anti-human trafficking training sessions ahead of the Super Bowl.
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.
“The United States is the number one consumer of sex worldwide. So we are driving the demand as a society. These are American kids, American born, 50% to 60% of them coming out of the foster care industry” says Geoff Rogers, co-founder of the United States Institute Against Human Trafficking.
“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.
Junction City, OR to hold third annual Human Trafficking Prevention Summit this Saturday. Many experts on human trafficking including the FBI, will work alongside Chief Bob Morris with Junction City police to raise awareness to the worldwide issue.
San Diego, CA- A new high-tech tool to combat sex trafficking was unveiled at the San Diego County Administration Center in Kearny Mesa Monday. The tool is a 37-foot long mobile command trailer that can be used to find and rescue victims. It holds all kinds of equipment needed during a rescue operation, including drones, electronic gear, and safety equipment.
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.
& Shapiro, D.L. 2002), sex trafficking is the second most lucrative criminal enterprise in the United States.
The average age of entry into the life of trafficking is 12-14 years of age, and recruitment of these young girls and boys often happens through social media and online grooming tactics.
Virginia Beach, VA. Police did not release many details but said, “This is a joint effort between Homeland Security Investigations and the Virginia Beach Police Department to identify, stop and deter Human Trafficking in our area and to identify potential victims.”
This law will require any new CDL applicant to undergo industry-specific training to spot human trafficking. The group Truckers Against Trafficking will work with truck driver training schools and trade colleges to facilitate the training.
“Sexually exploiting children is pure evil, and our Office will continue to bring the full weight of our prosecutorial powers to ensure that offenders are brought to justice,” said Charlie Peeler, the U.S. Attorney. “To the victims of child exploitation: we support you and we will continue to target, arrest and prosecute those who have hurt you.
Frontline tells the unimaginable stories of young women coerced into prostitution – and follows one police unit that’s committed to rooting it out. They showed how a sixteen year old girl from Phoenix, AR. was lured into being a victim of sex trafficking.
There is a significant need for human trafficking (HT) training within pharmacy school curriculum and emergency departments (ED), according to researcher Macy England, 2020 PharmD Candidate, Belmont University College of Pharmacy.
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.
One boy was trafficked with his mother by her husband and held in captivity for most of his life. Another was lured through video games into a family that forced him to have sexual relations with them and their friends. These cases point to only a drop in the ocean of what many boys go through in the United States.
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.
Human trafficking is happening in the Peoria area, but it’s rarely reported because the signs are often overlooked. Statistics accurately depicting the prevalence of human trafficking are hard to come by, said Sefried. It’s under reported.
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.
The judgment means Backpage.com, LLC, Website Technologies, LLC, Posting Solutions, LLC, and Amstel River Holdings, LLC will have their certificates of formation cancelled 31 days after the current federal criminal charges against the company are resolved.
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.
After the Mets hosted the Colorado Rockies in New York City on Saturday at Citi Field, the announced 29,077 fans were treated to a performance from hip-hop legend and Grammy winner. Lauryn Hill to lend her support for Strike Out Slavery. Both Canó and Deidre Pujols, who was in Queens on Saturday, are fans of Hill.
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.
It’s been an incredible process to work with these young kids, to really learn firsthand the differences between how boys are trafficked compared to girls,” Rogers said. “Because they’ve really– they’ve never seen a program like this before. Every child and the experiences that they’ve had is very, very different, especially when it comes to the boys.”
Alison Franklin said traffickers prey people who have been abused. As she got older she was kidnapped by gang members in Houston. “My real trafficker pretended to rescue me from them. What I didn’t know is they actually worked together to enslave American women and children in trafficking,” Franklin said.
The primary factor driving sex trafficking on Long Island is the opioid epidemic that claimed nearly 3,700 lives in Nassau and Suffolk from 2010 to 2018. Traffickers use drug dependency to force victims into sex work, experts say.
BOYS ARE INVISIBLE VICTIMS IN SEX TRAFFICKING:
Last month, the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking’s safe home for underage male victims of human trafficking – one of the first boys safe home in the country – admitted a new resident. He’s 10 years old!
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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.
She said in her early 20s, when she worked at the truck stop east of Austin with her sister, she was aware of “Lot Lizards,” women who worked as prostitutes for the truck drivers, but she didn’t think much about their ages or their situations.
“Human trafficking—the commercial sexual exploitation of American children and women, via the Internet, strip clubs, escort services, or street prostitution—is on its way to becoming one of the worst crimes in the U.S.,” said prosecutor Krishna Patel.
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.
State lawmakers are pushing a bill that would create a public database, similar to the state’s registry of sex offenders, that would list the names, photographs and addresses of pimps and johns who are convicted.
Most of the public sees this horrific crime as one that happens elsewhere—far away from their backyards, but the shocking reality is that human trafficking is pervasive across the United States and the next victim could be right next door.
For the past five years, the ASU Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research has conducted the Youth Experiences Survey, or YES, to gather data about human exploitation among homeless and runaway young adults ages 18 to 25.
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.