Category: Iowa

EICC joins Trafficking Free Zone initiative

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) Board of Trustees has formally proclaimed the college a Trafficking Free Zone. The board officially approved a resolution at its May meeting, in support of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking (USIAHT) Trafficking Free Zones program.
EICC asks the citizens of its Clinton, Jackson, Muscatine, Scott, Cedar, Dubuque, Johnson and Louisa County service area to join in learning more about human trafficking and eliminating it in all its forms.

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Cedar Rapids man to serve 32 years in prison for sexually exploiting a child

Kevin Herring, 30, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will spend 32 years in prison after he sexually exploited a 14-year-old. Herring convinced, induced, and enticed the runaway-girl to engage in prostitution and send him sexually explicit pictures of herself. “His repulsive conduct earned him every minute of the sentence he received,” said United States Attorney Peter Deegan.

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How to spot and stop a human trafficking event

Des Moines has been ranked in the top 100 cities as a human trafficking cite…Last year, the Altoona PD trained all their law enforcement and first responders on how to spot it. Detective Harmon says that parents should know what is on their child’s cell phone at all times. He explains that most kids, ages 14 to 16, get picked up after meeting someone on the internet and through apps.

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Police: Des Moines man threatened to kill witness in human trafficking case

The accused took the victim to a truck stop in Altoona, Iowa with the intention of soliciting her for prostitution, police said. The victim told Nelson she did not want to prostitute; Nelson then fired gunshots into the air, according to a criminal complaint. The accused and the victim approached a person at the gas station to solicit sex; that person later called the police.

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