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Grant to help Salvation Army fight human trafficking

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.

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Jeffrey Epstein pleads not guilty after sex trafficking arrest, prosecutors claim he preyed on young girls

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.

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Va. man wanted on sex trafficking charges

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.

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Oklahoma Police Chief Arrested for Soliciting 16-year-old Girl for Oral Sex

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.”

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City man tied to notorious sex trafficking crimes gets only 15 years for child pornography

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.

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City Club forum aims to educate community on sex trafficking

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.

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New Law Seeks to Curb Human Trafficking

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.

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Man arrested, facing felony child prostitution charges

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.

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How many human-trafficking victims work in NC massage parlors? More than you may think.

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.

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Central MN couple charged with sex trafficking

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.

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More than 80 arrested in human trafficking sting

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.

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Jackson man sentenced to over eleven years for sex trafficking of a minor

“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.

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YouTube rapper arrested in human trafficking case as police seek more victims

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.

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Lake Charles man convicted of human trafficking

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.

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Op Broken Heart Nets Nearly 2000 Child Sex Offenders

“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.

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The Silent Victims: A Hidden World Where Boys Are Trafficked

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.

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Boys are invisible victims in sex trafficking

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.”

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Man sentenced in teen’s sex trafficking death in 2016

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.

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