Category: Illinois

Area man accused of child sex crimes

A 30- year-old man from Decatur, Illinois has been indicted on child exploitation charges. The man is accused of enticement of a minor, attempted sexual exploitation of children and sex trafficking of children. He was attempting to traffic a child under the age of 14. He used the internet and a cellphone to entice the minor to engage in sexual activity. The authorities say he acted like he was a 17-year old male while he was in contact with the minor.

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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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Cooke Co. authorities battle modern slavery

Yes, the number of human trafficking cases handled in Cooke County over the past several years may not be staggering, but it does indicate there is a problem, according to Sgt. Jerry Crumley with the Cooke County Sheriff’s Office. “Trafficking is here,” Crumley said. “It’s everywhere. It’s growing. It’s becoming a bigger and bigger problem throughout the state of Texas.

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