Category: New Jersey

Sex Trafficking Now ‘In Our Backyard,’ Panel Warns

In Englewood, NJ. the “Sex Trafficking: In Our Backyard” panel discusses how sex trafficking is taking place in our own communities. “Young people are often groomed by sexual predators, who may even be their friends and neighbors, by advertisements and by what they see on social media.” Teen girls report being recruited by sex traffickers on Instagram. #usiaht #endhumantrafficking

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South Jersey men forced women into their sex trafficking ring for years, jury finds

Two South Jersey men, Barry “Bear” Schiff, 52, of Galloway, and Kenneth J. Crowell, 35, of Blackwood, ran an organized sex trafficking ring stretching into Pennsylvania, coercing and forcing six young women into sex work and collecting the profits. One victim told police that Schiff threatened to “chop her up into little pieces and throw her in the river” when she said she didn’t want to work for him anymore.

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Man Sentenced for Human Trafficking and Prostitution that took Place in Parsippany Hotel

In New Jersey, Aldophus Mims, a 42 year old male from Charlotte, North Carolina was sentenced to forty (40) years in a New Jersey State Prsion after being found guilty of four counts of first degree Human Trafficking, three counts of first degree Promoting Prostitution, two counts of second degree Sexual Assuault, one count of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and two counts of third degree Distribution of Heroin.

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New Jersey rabbi sentenced to 18 months in prison for trafficking and prostitution of 17-year-old girl

New Jersey Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, 37, of East Brunswick, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his involvement in the human trafficking and prostitution of a 17-year old girl. Goodman met the teen at a hotel and paid to have sex with her after answering an online advertisement for the girl, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. At the time of his arrest, he was running a religious learning center out of his home.

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East Brunswick rabbi pleads guilty to sex trafficking

An East Brunswick rabbi, who is registered as a sex offender, has pleaded guilty to paying to have sex with an underage victim. Rabbi Aryeh Goodman of East Brunswick pleaded guilty to interstate travel in aid of racketeering enterprises in connection with soliciting prostitution with a minor, according to the Office of the U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey.

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Rutgers Researchers Define the Emotional Bond Forced onto Adolescent Victims of Sex Trafficking

Rutgers University researchers have defined the relationship that forms between children who are sold for sex and the criminals who traffic them. Traffickers with multiple victims use isolation, favoritism and conflict to turn the victims against each other. This, combined with the shame of their forced sexual acts, causes victims to become more withdrawn and dependent on the trafficker.

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Awareness for Human Trafficking

In Union, New Jersey Keyla M. Munoz, a victim specialist for the FBI Newark Division provided a presentation to Kean University students that explored the complexity of human trafficking. An example she used was how pimps would manipulate women into believing they would be models and stars in movies, getting them to unknowingly sign up for a system that aims to exploit them and their values.

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