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.
“He just kept telling me all of the things I needed to hear, he told me that he’d be there for me.” “I so young and so naive, I listened to him,” recalls Jadyn Ferguson when she was 15 her life began to unravel.
Like so many other teenagers, Kat had been fighting with her parents. Frustrated, the teenager became determined to leave her home in Maricopa, Arizona, and head to nearby Phoenix. All she needed was a ride. What happens next is not uncommon.
A Tuscon, AZ. man who was a high school volleyball coach will avoid jail time after having been convicted of having sex with one of his players. The roommate of Robert Forman II roommate became suspicious that she might be an underage student player as well as the victim’s parents then saw their daughter leaving Forman’s house.
Sex trafficking can be a hard issue to approach in a community, but it is not impossible, according to two members of ARISE Project for Humanity, founder Williamson Sintyl and board member Coco Berthmann while at a Northern Arizona University event. Berthmann, now 25, said if she had not escaped her life of being trafficked for sex, she would be dead.
“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.
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.
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
Sex trafficking and your children is a combination no parent wants to imagine but is a very real threat in the Valley. The latest numbers from the FBI show in 2017 Arizona was third in the nation for human trafficking offenses and had the highest number of arrests. Experts warn it is impacting people from all walks of life.
The Phoenix City Council Thursday unanimously approved an ordinance that imposes new fees for soliciting prostitution on offenders who have been convicted more than once. Because there is often a link between prostitution and human trafficking, resources collected from the fines will be used to benefit victims.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Arizona police are pushing back on claims from a veterans group that a homeless encampment uncovered in Tucson last week was the site of a child sex-trafficking operation.