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Human trafficking is predatory exploitation

ccording to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “human trafficking” is the second largest criminal industry in the world (just behind drug trafficking) and continues to be the fastest growing. More than 30 million people are enslaved worldwide, roughly half of whom are children.

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‘Human-Trafficking, Homicide, Homelessness, & Hunger’ Stacey Spencer, Encouragement Expert, Featured Keynote Speaker for the Attorney General’s National Crime Prevention Conference, Tampa May 2019

Stacey Spencer the original founder of a non-profit organization named Teen Tyme Productions & the “Just Teens” television show which is a news-informational-educational show dedicated to empowering youth by showcasing their talents and providing forums on issues that are important to them.

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‘I’m a monster’: Utah woman convicted of human trafficking faces first parole hearing

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.

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Alleged victim speaks out on terrifying encounter with human trafficking suspects

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.

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Syracuse pimp of underage girls gets astronomical sex offender rating

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.

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Bill classifies strip clubs as adult theater so state can regulate them, protect children

Strip clubs will be classified as adult theaters to ensure they’ll be regulated by the state under a legislative crackdown aimed at preventing human trafficking. Bill classifies strip clubs as adult theater so state can regulate them, protect childrenStuart Rep. Toby Overdorf co-sponsored House Bill 851 and added the adult-theater classification, in part to ensure strip club owners don’t hire underage employees.

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Graham couple wanted on charges of kidnapping, forcing person into prostitution

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…

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Sex & Massage Parlors

Congressman Matt Gaetz pointed out there are an estimated 9,000 illicit massage parlors in the U.S.–more than Starbucks’ 8,222 locations. In 2018, Florida had 376 cases of human trafficking reported to the national hotline. Only California (760) and Texas (455) had more.

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Child Predator Looking to Leave Colorado

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.

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The Essence of Evil: Sex with Children Has Become Big Business in America

“Children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day.”—John Ryan, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Children, young girls—some as young as 9 years old—are being bought and sold for sex in America. The average age for a young woman being sold for sex is now 13 years old. Holly Austin Smith was abducted when she was 14 years old, raped, and then forced to prostitute herself. Her pimp, when brought to trial, was only made to serve a year in prison.

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Georgia Sex Trafficker Gets 21 Years

“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.”

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Only 6 weeks out of prison, Tri-Cities man again is accused of sex trafficking a teen girl

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.

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Local deputy awarded for dedication to fighting human trafficking

“The support of my administration and the strength of the Heart of Texas Human Trafficking Coalition is having an impact, not only in Central Texas, but throughout the state,” Det. Joseph Scaramucci told KWTX.
Scaramucci was the keynote speaker at the fundraising luncheon at the Austin Country Club in Austin, TX. Within one hour, the event raised more than $300,000.

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Utah man accused of kidnapping, raping child, forcing her into prostitution

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.

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18 arrested for seeking sex with kids under age 14

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.

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Equipping parents, children to be safe online

Kim Smith said parents need to monitor their children’s online activity and social media accounts until they are able to handle it appropriately. Things like knowing who children are interacting with online, adjusting children’s account settings to private and meeting children’s online friends in real life are measures which can prepare and inform children of the potential dangers.

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Ohio state trooper rescues human trafficking victim

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.

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El Salvadoran man illegally in U.S. sentenced for sexually exploiting women in northern Virginia

“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.

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Doctor charged with paying 14-year-old boy for sex

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..

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Hillsborough summer camp staffers may be trained to identify signs of human trafficking

Data shows that Hillsborough County has one of the highest occurrences of human trafficking in the nation, and one county commisioner is trying to shine light on an industry that’s thrived in the shadows. Commissioner Kimberly Overman wants to train Hillsborough County Parks Department’s summer camp staffers on how to spot the tell-tale signs of abuse. and what to do if they suspect something is wrong.

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Officers learn human trafficking takes many forms

A Bay Area nonprofit is helping law enforcement officers look beyond a simple traffic stop or domestic violence call to spot the signs of human trafficking.

Officers don’t have to be in a special trafficking unit to learn what to look for to spot a potential victim using a new, free online certification program through U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking. It covers human trafficking in the forms of labor, sex, cyber, forced marriage and servitude. It was created to be accessible for all law enforcement officers.

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Suspect in prostitution bust charged with child abuse

A woman arrested in Allentown last week on prostitution charges is also facing accusastions in a three-year-old child abuse case.
Allentown police arrested Lisette M. Mercado at a Super 8 motel last Friday during a prostitution sting. Authorities discovered an arrest warrant issued by the Easton Police Department in March 2016 against the 26-year-old, who was accused of drunkenly punching her 2-year-old daughter in the face.

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East Brunswick rabbi pleads guilty to sex trafficking

An East Brunswick rabbi, who is registered as a sex offender, has pleaded guilty to paying to have sex with an underage victim. Rabbi Aryeh Goodman of East Brunswick pleaded guilty to interstate travel in aid of racketeering enterprises in connection with soliciting prostitution with a minor, according to the Office of the U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey.

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