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.
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.
The NXIVM trial In Brooklyn, NY. found Keith Raniere guilty on all counts of Racketeering, Racketeering conspiracy, Wire Fraud, Forced Labor, Sex Trafficking, Sex Trafficking conspiracy, and attempted Sex Trafficking.
Steven Pomie (also know as P Gutta), 36, was arraigned on June 18 on a 16-count indictment charging him with compelling prostitution, sex trafficking, sex trafficking of a child. If convicted, Pomie faces up to 25 years in prison.
Claudius English, 45, was convicted June 10 in the Southern District of New York, N.Y. (SDNY) for multiple counts of sex trafficking minors, attempted sex trafficking of minors as young as 8 years old, kidnapping of a minor, and using a firearm to commit the kidnapping.
After the Mets hosted the Colorado Rockies in New York City on Saturday at Citi Field, the announced 29,077 fans were treated to a performance from hip-hop legend and Grammy winner. Lauryn Hill to lend her support for Strike Out Slavery. Both Canó and Deidre Pujols, who was in Queens on Saturday, are fans of Hill.
The primary factor driving sex trafficking on Long Island is the opioid epidemic that claimed nearly 3,700 lives in Nassau and Suffolk from 2010 to 2018. Traffickers use drug dependency to force victims into sex work, experts say.
Most of the public sees this horrific crime as one that happens elsewhere—far away from their backyards, but the shocking reality is that human trafficking is pervasive across the United States and the next victim could be right next door.
The latest raids here were on March 8, when police went into four spas and arrested five women. They charged all five with the felony of unauthorized practice of a profession, and four also with misdemeanor prostitution. As of April, three of those spas were still open.
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.
That’s who the sex traffickers prey upon. It’s these children their customers seek out. It’s these children who suffer the physical and emotional pain that, if they survive, will follow them throughout their lives.
Prosecutors say 47-year-old Raymond Rodio III trafficked as many as 22 women between 2014 and February of this year, holding some of the women by force in a basement. They say he would set up dates with men in the basement or in motels around Suffolk County and that he often kept the women’s money and gave them heroin and crack cocaine instead.
The Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City has became more than a transit hub – it became a site of prayer and activism that connected the Stations of the Cross to the plight of sex trafficking victims.
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.
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.
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.
“No one should have to live with a permanent mark on their body that reminds them of a violent and abusive time,” Suffolk County, N.Y. Executive Steve Bellone said. “This new partnership brings us one step closer to helping victims of these heinous crimes recover and live a life with dignity.”
The Rendon-Reyes family will learn their fate this week after they plead guilty to human trafficking and money laundering. “Some of these women were required to perform sexual acts 45 times a night,” said Angel Melendez, Special Agent In Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New York City, N.Y.
In 2017, police reported that 14 killings were connected to MS-13 in Long Island, according to Newsday. The gang is infamous for its brutal crimes including executions, machete attacks, hacking victims to death, and human trafficking.
In Brooklyn, N.Y. Federal court lawyers for accused Nxivm sex-slave cult leader and former “Smallville” star Allison Mack are arguing that she isn’t guilty of inducing forced labor if the Church of Scientology isn’t guilty of the same charge. She could face life in prison if convicted.
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.”
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.
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.
Years of forced prostitution and beatings. That’s the reality a human trafficking survivor shared Tuesday at the Manhattan Area Chamber’s Women in Business luncheon. The event aimed to show the impact of human trafficking on the local community.
A family’s hunt for their missing child just took a dramatic and disturbing turn after an arrest of an aspiring rapper from the Bronx. Back in September 2017, Corinna Slusser, 19, traveled to New York City from her hometown of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.
Two men were extradited to the United States Thursday to faces charges for their role in a transnational sex trafficking ring. This following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York with assistance from the HSI Mexico City Attaché office and the Mexican Federal Police.
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.”
Travis Walker, 28, was charged with sex trafficking, promoting prostitution and rape in Brooklyn Criminal Court Tuesday after he raped, beat and sold a child, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.
When most passers-by see young women on a street corner working as prostitutes, the standard reaction is one of judgment or scorn. But when Sister Kathleen Coll passes by, her reaction is one of pity and concern – and a recognition that in most cases, the women aren’t there of their own accord, but very often out of coercion.
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.