Officials from the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force focused on individuals who possessed, manufactured or distributed child pornography, or engaged in online enticement of children for sexual purposes as well as child prostitution and human trafficking.
“Children cannot consent to have sex for money, and any adult, like this defendant, who encourages or profits from sexual exploitation of children faces a lengthy term in federal prison,” said U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur.
Harry Eugene Rivers Jr., 29 of Delaware will spend 12 years in prison for forcing a 15-year-old girl to have sex with men at motels in Newark and Elkton, Md. He was sentenced in federal court Friday after pleading guilty to sex trafficking earlier this year. He could have faced up to life in prison.
Bringing a halt to human trafficking needs help from the public, which must learn to “see the unseen,” an anti-trafficking advocate recently told church members here. Civilian training is the first step, said Rebecca McDonald, founder and president of Women at Risk, International (WAR), a Michigan-based non-profit organization that works to provide protection to those at risk, for the event.
Donna Bruce in her late 30s and teaching about 20 students the physiology of hair, a passion of hers since she was young. What they didn’t know, or she didn’t think they knew, was her past. When she was a teenager, her mom trafficked her for drugs and money.
Regardless three weeks after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared war on human trafficking, the Rockville, MD. prosecutors opinion is “And I do have concerns about potential for flight risk and danger to the community.”
In Bethseda, MD. Marriott International today announced that, as of this month, it has successfully trained 500,000 hotel workers to spot the signs of human trafficking in its hotels and how to respond if they do, marking a watershed moment in the global fight against this multinational crime. Sheraton Times Square hotel workers learn signs of human trafficking as part of Marriott International’s mandatory awareness training.
“Many of our clients have been charged with crimes they were forced to commit by their traffickers, or that their traffickers committed,” said San Diego attorney Jamie Quient, who started Free to Thrive last year. “They rarely speak up at the time for many reasons. Among them, they would rather serve time than cross their traffickers. They also don’t think they will be believed if they do speak up. As a result, society labels these victims as criminals.”
A man who used a combination of marijuana and the drug “molly” to keep a 16-year-old drugged so that he could use her for sex trafficking has been sentenced to four years in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C. said.