Category: Virginia

W. Va. Attorney General supports legislation to protect children from abduction, sex trafficking

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WHSV) — 20 Attorneys General from around the country asked President Trump for support in funding for a childcare protection program.
W. Va. AG Partick Morrisey is on board with the National Child ID Act, H.R. 4172, which would help parents, as well as law enforcement, in instances of abduction, exploitation and human trafficking.
This legislation would enable states to request grant funding for identification kits for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.
The identification kits would record a child’s physical characteristics, as well as take their fingerprints and DNA.

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Police Charge Alleged MS-13 Members With Trafficking Teen

Charges were unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria. A 48-page FBI affidavit says the 13-year-old girl ran away from a group home in Fairfax in August 2018 with a 16-year-old friend who was connected to MS-13.A child trafficking task force found the 13-year-old girl nearly two months later at an apartment in Mount Rainier, Maryland.
The girl, initially reluctant to talk to police, eventually told authorities she was twice beaten on her backside and legs 26 times on two separate occasions with a baseball bat — once as an initiation to the gang, and once as a punishment for talking to rival gang members and allegedly stealing from fellow gang members.

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Virginia’s Human Trafficking Problem

The state of Virginia was ranked sixth for active cases in 2018 for human trafficking. The state had almost 200 reported cases in the 2018. Interstate 95 is the main concern for the state. State and local law enforcement are staying vigilant also help to aid the victims. A conference was held in November that offered training for criminal justice professions. In 2015, Virginia was the only state without human trafficking laws, later that year they implemented two new laws.

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Convicted former Stafford County track and field coach faces new charges for sexually abusing a child

A former Stafford County high school track and field coach who is already behind bars for sexually abusing children and soliciting an underage victim for prostitution is facing additional charges in Spotsylvania County. Jackson has been convicted of multiple counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and soliciting prostitution in Stafford County.

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Mueller probe witness now faces child sex trafficking char

An indictment made public Friday in federal court in Alexandria charges Lebanese-American businessman George Nader, 60, with transporting a 14-year-old boy from Europe to Washington, D.C., in February 2000 and engaging in sex acts with him. Nader also pleaded guilty to a charge of transporting child-pornography images in Virginia in 1991. Nader is jailed as he awaits trial, which is set for Sept. 30.

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Va. man wanted on sex trafficking charges

P.S.A. from the USIAHT:
Investigators in Williamsburg, VA. are asking for the public’s help locating a man wanted in a sex trafficking case. Evan Anthony Cole, 29 is described as being 6’2” and 190 pounds. He has unique tattoos on his face, neck and hands. Anyone with information on where Cole is should contact Investigator Nichols at 757-220-6238 or call the Peninsula Crime Line at 1-888 LOCK-U-UP.

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El Salvadoran man illegally in U.S. sentenced for sexually exploiting women in northern Virginia

“Bonilla-Hernandez profited from the sexual exploitation of women who found themselves in difficult and vulnerable places,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney. “The tears, pain, and mental anguish expressed by the victims in this case is heartbreaking.” El Salvadoran “Bonilla-Hernandez is in the United States illegally was sentenced to more than two years in prison for running an illegal commercial sex business.

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Virginia Man Sentenced To Over 15 Years In Prison For Sex Trafficking A Minor And Producing Child Pornography

A Virginia man was sentenced today to 186 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release for multiple crimes related to the prostitution and exploitation of a 15-year-old minor. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger of the Eastern District of Virginia, and Assistant Director in Charge Nancy McNamara of the FBI’s Washington Field Office made the announcement after the sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga of the Eastern District of Virginia.

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