Category: Louisiana

Pandemic closures raise child sex trafficking concerns

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) – With more children at home, experts across the nation are predicting higher rates of human trafficking, and with many students being schooled virtually, the cause for concern is even higher.
According to Pittman, with more children at home, sex trafficking and other crimes are a concern.
“One thing for any parent when it comes to anything when it comes to your child of any age is to be aware,” Pittman said. “Be involved, be aware of what your child is doing, be aware of who they’re with, who’s their social circles, who’s their friends.”

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Human trafficking capitalizes on crowds in the Big Easy

This time of the year in New Orleans, Louisiana is Carnival season. With Mardi Gras, then the French Quarter Fest millions of people will come to New Orleans over this time period. A human traffic survivor works as the prevention assistant and survivor leader at Eden House. She wants to help get the message out to young girls.

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Pimps sentenced in Jefferson Parish for forcing teen into prostitution

Earl Norman, 29, of Kenner, Louisiana, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Damien Holland, 26, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced to 10 years. Both men are charged with pimping a 17-year-old girl – arranging prostitution dates for the teen and pocketing the money she was paid. Norman and Holland are two of six defendants charged in the investigation which began in April 2017 when the victim escaped.

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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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Louisiana bail bondsmen arrested for human trafficking

53-year-old James E. Johnson Jr. was arrested Friday morning in Covington, LA. for two counts of human trafficking, two counts of first-degree rape, and one count of sexual battery. Detectives received information Johnson had solicited sexual favors from multiple victims in exchange for bond debt relief and evidence of pornography involving juveniles.

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Local organization fighting human trafficking in Acadiana

Each year, thousands of people fall victim to human trafficking in the United States. That’s not including the thousands more that go unreported. Human trafficking, also known as modern day slavery, happens everywhere… Even in Acadiana. That’s why the St Landry-Evangeline Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force is raising awareness.

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Bond raised for accused sex traffickers after public outcry

Responding to community outrage in New Orleans, LA. over what critics slammed as low bail amounts set for two sex-trafficking suspects, a judge Thursday dramatically increased the bail amounts after hearing graphic testimony from a State Police investigator. Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell raised the bail for Jovan Martin from $20,000 to $350,000, and for Elbert Riascos from $90,000 to $900,000, declaring the suspects a “danger to the community.”

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3 Louisiana men arrested for sex crimes with teenagers, children

In Baton Rouge, La. three Louisiana men have been arrested. Brian E. Thomas, 34, of Lake Arthur, and Quentin D. Coley, 57, of Greensburg, separately traveled to a hotel after they agreed to pay money to facilitate sex acts with an adult woman and a 13-year-old. While James Hankins, 55, of Sulphur also traveled to a hotel after he agreed to pay to have sex with an adult woman, a 13-year-old, and two 7-year-old children.

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Missing teen rescued, 2 New Orleans men arrested in sex trafficking case: State Police

Louisiana State Police arrested Elbert Riascos, left, and Jovan Martin both faces charges of trafficking of a child for sex purposes. The investigation started with a tip from the National Human Trafficking Hotline. A press release from the agency states the hotline caller said the teen “was being held against her will, repeatedly raped, drugged and beaten.”

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