Category: New York

Freedom Youth NYC Calls Out Silence on Sex Trafficking

Spurred on by Maxwell’s arrest, and on a mission to topple additional, powerful figures who pull the strings of what is a billion-dollar industry, Freedom Youth NYC recently held a press conference on Fordham Plaza on Monday, July 20, calling on the public to end the silence surrounding the sex trade, and expose those who exploit children and young adults. Monique Riley, a sex trafficking survivor and fierce public speaker, is the organization’s CEO and Founder.

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Queens DA announces launch of Human Trafficking Bureau

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced the creation of a Human Trafficking Bureau that is exclusively dedicated to combating sex and labor trafficking by aggressively prosecuting traffickers and buyers of sex. The bureau will also connect survivors of trafficking with meaningful services to empower them to escape their traffickers. “The sex trafficking industry is brutal, degrading and illegal enterprise that far too often profits by forcing women, children and members of our transgender community into prostitution,” Katz said. “This new and dedicated bureau within my office will combat those who would victimize others with aggressive investigations to end this industry.”

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FBI task force focuses on human trafficking amid coronavirus

The FBI child exploitation and human trafficking task force in New York is currently working on a number of cases in which victims trafficked for sex were advertised as being virus-free or willing to wear a mask and gloves.

“They’re trying to work in safety measures to ensure that customers would feel at ease to meet up with people in the ads,” FBI special agent Brian Gander told ABC News.

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Family convicted for sex trafficking ring

Members of a family in New York have been convicted for a sex trafficking ring. Five members of the family were convicted of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, sex trafficking of minors, interstate prostitution, alien smuggling and money laundering conspiracy in federal court last Friday. For 11 years, transported women and girls, including minors, to the United States and coerced them to work in prostitution, according to the Eastern District of New York. The men promised them love and a better life. The defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison on the most serious charge.

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Manhattan District Attorney Investing $2 Million to Prevent Youth Sex Trafficking

Manhattan District Attorney will award $2 Million over the next three years to address youth sex trafficking in New York City. Traffickers are targeting children and teens, and the children in the welfare system are at a higher risk. The initiative that was developed by Administration for Children’s Services and the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence are tackling this problem. The money will be used for healthcare, crisis counseling, shelter and long-term goals like education and employment.

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New York Man Admits Running Drug-Fueled Sex Trafficking Ring in His Parents’ Basement

Raymond Rodio III had been running the drug-fueled brothel, which involved more than 20 women in their 20s, since 2014. He set up dates through Backpage and Craigslist.
On February 4th, Rodio plead guilty to operating a sex trafficking ring in the basement of his parents’ home, where he occasionally locked them inside and forced them to use a bucket as a toilet. He is expected to be sentenced to nine and a half years in prison.

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Cuomo Vetoes Bill That Would Train Public Transportation Workers To Spot Human Trafficking

New York Senator Alessandra Biaggi noted that “human-traffickers rely heavily on public transportation to move their victims, in plain sight, across the country.” In his veto memo, Cuomo noted that the New York Interagency Task Force Against Human Trafficking already offers a training that “meets the minimum requirements” outlined in Biaggi’s bill.

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Bombshell $10M suit claims two NYC hotels turned a blind eye to sex trafficking

The trafficker would always pay for the rooms in cash and when he didn’t have money for rooms at the Econo Lodge in N.Y.C., NY, he allowed hotel staff to rape the 10-year-old girl “in lieu of his payment for the rooms,” the papers show. There was even a bowl of free condoms displayed at the front desk that the victim would use when they ran out, the suit states.

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200 Filipino Nurses Win Human Trafficking Case vs New York Nursing Home

The New York lawsuit stated that employees were required to pay a contract termination fee of up to $25,000 if they left before the end of their term. US District Judge Nina Gershon found owners Benjamin Landa and Bent Philipson liable for violating the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). This act “prohibits the use of threats of serious harm or abuse of legal process to obtain the labor or services of a person.” This not only includes physical abuse, but also circumstances where employees are forced to work to avoid getting harmed.”

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Federal jury convicts Buffalo man in sex trafficking case

Valentino Shine Sr., of Buffalo, New York, has been found guilty of running a sex trafficking business out of his home on Humboldt Parkway. The U.S. Attorney’s office says he exploited women who were addicted to drugs, using those drugs along with beatings to coerce them into prostitution and selling them over the internet. Three of the female victims died of overdoses while working for him.

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Epstein’s Sex Ring Employed His Network of Shell Companies, Lawsuits Claim

Epstein, 66, died two days after writing his will. According to the suits, two of the plaintiffs were 17 at the time the alleged assaults began and one was 20. His death is no impediment to their pursuit of civil claims. A complex system of individuals” that worked “in concert and at his direction for the purpose of harming teenage girls through sexual exploitation, abuse and trafficking.”

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Mexican man extradited to the United States to face sex trafficking charges

“With this extradition, the defendant Jose Miguel Melendez-Rojas will be held accountable in a United States court for sex trafficking women and girls and related crimes. “Melendez-Rojas was flown thousands of miles back to New York, N.Y. to face charges.“The Department of Justice is committed to prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law those who profit from forcing vulnerable victims into sexual servitude.”

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Jeffrey Epstein Allegedly Had A Female Recruiter — But Why Would She Help Him Prey On Young Girls?

Jennifer Araoz whose father died of AIDS when she was just 12, was led to Epstein’s New York home by that recruiter, according to her recollection. She said she was slowly manipulated into sex acts until she was “forcefully raped” by Epstein. Maria Farmer, another accuser, claimed that both Epstein and a woman named Ghislaine Maxwell sexually abused her and her 15-year-old sister.

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Jeffrey Epstein pleads not guilty after sex trafficking arrest, prosecutors claim he preyed on young girls

An indictment alleging sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy was unsealed Monday morning against financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. “The victims, who were as young as 14 years of age, were told by Epstein or other individuals to partially or fully undress before beginning the ‘massage. The 66-year-old also allegedly “incentivized his victims” to become recruiters by paying the victim-recruiters hundreds of dollars for each girl brought to him.

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City man tied to notorious sex trafficking crimes gets only 15 years for child pornography

Scott Wilbert has been linked to one of the region’s most prominent sex trafficking cases — and who once sexually molested a 2-year-old — is going to prison for only It appears that the decision not to seek charges against Wilbert was related to his willingness to cooperate with the government. Wilbert’s “history of sexual abuse of children clearly demonstrates the danger he poses to the community,” Marangola wrote in court papers.

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Syracuse pimp of underage girls gets astronomical sex offender rating

Eric Oliver, 35 of Syracuse,N.Y. became the poster-child for the state’s tough sex trafficking law that went into effect shortly before his 2013 arrest. The law was written to cover what had been previously considered street-level pimping of prostitutes. His crimes related to the sex trafficking of at least four underage girls ended up with an astronomical sex offender rating today.

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New documentary demonstrates how a Queens court tackles trafficking

In Judge Toko Serita’s courtroom, compassion and education for individuals charged with prostitution-related offenses is paramount. This understanding, empathetic approach to Queens’ alleged sex workers is the subject of “Blowin’ Up,” a documentary by director Stephanie Wang-Breal that explores the hurdles faced by women arrested and prosecuted for prostitution in the borough. Much of the film, which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, takes places at Kew Gardens’ Human Trafficking Intervention Court, where Serita presides.

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NoVo Foundation announces $10 million funding opportunity to close on-ramps to sexual exploitation—and open exit ramps

The NoVo Foundation today announced The Life Story Grants, a $10 million, 3-year commitment for programs in the U.S that open exit ramps and close on-ramps to commercial sexual exploitation. NoVo is now inviting Letters of Inquiry for grants across six system-focused “moments”: Housing, Medical Needs, Law Enforcement, Trauma and Mental Health, Immigration, and Systems Impacting Youth.

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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.

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Two men arrested for sex-trafficking 12-year-old girl, teen

Two Long Island, N.Y. men, including a “self-described Crips gang member,” were busted for the kidnapping and sex trafficking of two girls — one of whom was only 12 years old, police said Thursday. “I know she’s young,” Exavier told police “She looked like 15 or 16, but not 12 years old. ”Exavier also told cops “I was bringing her to the motel, if I don’t do it someone else will.”

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Reported US Trafficking Cases on the Rise as Victims Seek Help by Texting

Cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline are expected to hit more than 11,000 by year’s end, the most in its 11-year history, its director, Caroline Diemar, said. The projected jump in reported cases illustrates that survivors are finding it easier to seek help, not that the rate of the crime is necessarily on the rise, Diemar told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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19 Accused Of Sex Trafficking At Westchester Residential Treatment Center

New York City, N.Y. FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. added, “Sex traffickers routinely prey on young people and those in our communities who are the most defenseless. As alleged, the defendants targeted vulnerable women and girls, including residents of a facility for at-risk children and adolescents, knowing that the victims would be more susceptible to their claims.

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Safe Harbour Putnam County Presents Human Trafficking in America

At the age of eight, Jen Spry was trafficked by her neighbor. No one knew it was happening. No one ever intervened. “No one ever came looking for me,” says Spry, “because I never went missing. People need to realize that many young girls are trafficked while still living in their own homes, just like I was. You don’t have to run away or be abducted to be trafficked.”

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Human trafficking larger issue than many realize.

In an ongoing effort to combat a crime considered by law enforcement officials to be particularly malicious and pervasive, human trafficking, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced this week the 2018 anti-human trafficking public safety notice that businesses and other establishments across the state are now required to publicly display.

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