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.
In 2018, 127 cases of human trafficking were reported in Pennsylvania, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. At the 2019 Rural Human Trafficking Summit hosted by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health at Penn State Tuesday, advocates said that to target and stop trafficking, the public needs to first recognize the situation.
Several locations in the Pittsburgh area were raided in an investigation of an alleged human trafficking ring that authorities say was being run through massage parlors in Florida, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Collins was convicted on four counts of trafficking individuals, three counts of involuntary servitude, one count of rape, one count of aggravated assault, and one count of strangulation. It’s the first-ever conviction involving trafficking of adults in the city.
The arrests were made as part of an undercover sting, the second this year in the Youngstown, PA. area. The investigation was by the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force led to the arrests of 16 in all.
A woman arrested in Allentown last week on prostitution charges is also facing accusastions in a three-year-old child abuse case.
Allentown police arrested Lisette M. Mercado at a Super 8 motel last Friday during a prostitution sting. Authorities discovered an arrest warrant issued by the Easton Police Department in March 2016 against the 26-year-old, who was accused of drunkenly punching her 2-year-old daughter in the face.
Eight alleged Reading, Pa. gang members were indicted on federal sex trafficking charges. Authorities said they conspired to recruit, entice, harbor, transport, provide, obtain, and maintain by any means females to engage in commercial sex acts. Some of the victims, they said, were under the age of 18.
Lawsuits filed Wednesday on behalf of two young women who had been forced into prostitution when they were teenagers say three Philadelphia hotels turned a blind eye to human trafficking and profited from the alleged victims being used as sex slaves.
Investigators say Xu, of Mt. Pleasant, owned four Tokyo massage parlors where the prostitution was happening and Chen, of Monroeville, would pick up young women at a bus stop and take them to the parlors.
A Lehigh County man accused of pimping out a half-dozen heroin-addicted women in York County and elsewhere has been sentenced to a decade in federal prison. Willie James Johnson appeared in Harrisburg’s federal court on Wednesday, Feb. 13, where he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay a $5,000 special assessment fee under the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, court records state.
To mark January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month, officials from Pennsylvania DOT, the Department of Human Services, Pennsylvania State Police, and Governor Tom Wolf’s administration held a press conference to highlight PennDOT’s work. With the start of the new year, the commonwealth is working to roll out a law aimed at protecting sexually exploited children.
Human Trafficking is prevalent, unfortunately, even in Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, PA – Executives from the Pennsylvania departments of Transportation (PennDOT) and Human Services (DHS), Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) joined by advocates and a human trafficking survivor today to discuss efforts to combat human trafficking and educate the public on the issue.
In Greensburg, PA. a woman will serve up to 20 years in prison for selling sexual encounters with a 3-year-old girl. Rebecca Shadle was sentenced Thursday after she pleaded guilty in September to trafficking of a minor for sexual purposes, child endangerment, aggravated indecent assault and conspiracy.
The mother of a missing Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania college student, who is an alleged victim of sex trafficking, said she’s holding out hope her daughter is still alive and being held against her will, adding that the 20-year-old “doesn’t have the street knowledge to survive out there.” “Woney engaged in a vile form of exploitation, using force and other coercion to compel young women to engage in paid sex for his enrichment,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said.
Human trafficking is a well disguised terror that happens closer to home than some may believe. Since the beginning of 2018, Montgomery County has had 20 reported incidents of children being trafficked.
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.
A child in Pennsylvania can be married at any age, with parental consent or if a court decides marriage is in the child’s best interest. A child spouse, however, cannot file for divorce, sign binding contracts such as housing agreements, or take other legal action, because a child remains a minor under the law.
Coach Mike Tomlin always brings his passion for football to Steelers training camp at Saint Vincent College, but Friday he brought something extra — his personal passion for fighting the scourge of modern day slavery.
Two people are in custody on dozens of felony charges as part of what Altoona police have said is an ongoing investigation into a possible child pornography, child prostitution and methamphetamine ring
Authorities say 34-year-old Oscar Carter and 27-year-old Shelby Summer Brown, both from Tulsa, Okla., have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on multiple sex trafficking charges, including sex trafficking of a child.