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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Man On Fire: A Former Federal Agent Puts The Breaks On Global Child Trafficking

Human trafficking generates $32 billion a year off the backs of more than 27 million people—and nearly two million of them are children. Former CIA and Homeland Security agent Tim Ballard is on a global crusade to save each and every child, and bankrupt the entire trafficking system.

To help fortify the international sting operations conducted by his organization Operation Underground Railroad, Ballard teamed up with Oscar-winning producer Gerald Molen (Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List) for the recent theatrical release of The Abolitionists. The documentary chronicles the stories of children lost, and the O.U.R. team’s exploits as they infiltrate and liberate enslaved children around the world.

Two Tennessee Pastors Arrested In Sex Trafficking Sting

Jason Kennedy, 46 (INSET, bottom left), served as a children's minister at Grace Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tenn., while Zubin Parakh, 32 (INSET- top left and main) is no longer listed as "Creative Pastor" at Life House Church in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Christian Post) — Two pastors left their churches in shock after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Friday that they were among 32 men arrested for patronizing prostitution and human trafficking charges.

The pastors, Jason Kennedy, 46, who served as a children's minister at Grace Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, has since been fired, while Zubin Parakh, 32, is no longer listed as creative pastor at Life House Church in Oak Ridge. He can be seen ministering in this video.

The Christian Examiner reports

Members Of Congress Urge DOJ To Fully Implement Human Trafficking Law

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 1:49 pm | Updated: 2:35 pm, Wed May 25, 2016.
Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX-02) , along with Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12), Ann Wagner (R-MO-02), and Joyce Beatty (D-OH-03), held a joint press conference May 25 to call on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to fully implement the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) of 2015. Nearly a year after JVTA became law, the Members expressed concern that the DOJ has yet to implement the entirety of the law. Lack of implementation would thwart Congressional efforts to combat modern day slavery.

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4 Questions the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Should Ask About the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report

Today, in advance of this year’s release of the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, five senior State Department officials will be briefing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a closed-door hearing. Following concerted criticism around last year’s report and specific concerns about the politicization of a number of country rankings, this year’s report will face additional scrutiny. Consistency in determining country rankings based on each government’s efforts to combat human trafficking and supporting evidence for those rankings will be essential for the TIP report to remain a credible and effective tool in combatting this modern day form of slavery that claims an estimated 20.9 million victims each year.
Last year the ranking of Malaysia sparked substantial concern when it was upgraded from Tier 3, the lowest ranking, to Tier 2 Watch List. Malaysia’s anti-trafficking efforts during the reporting period were meager at best, and the 2015 TIP report failed to provide substantial evidence that Malaysia had improved its efforts to combat human trafficking since 2014, when the country exhibited a rapidly declining rate of investigations, prosecutions, and convictions.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Ex-Judicial Marshal Accused Of Sex Trafficking Must Decide On Plea Deal

Former Waterbury judicial marshal Michael A. Connelly, accused of promoting prostitution and human trafficking while posing as a law enforcement officer, must decide by Thursday whether to take a plea bargain that would send him to prison for one year.

If he agrees to the deal, the prosecutor in the case will have done something only one other prosecutor has done in Connecticut – win a conviction under the state's 10-year-old anti-human trafficking law, a law that has come under fire in recent weeks when questions about its lack of use were raised at the state Capitol.

Prosecutor Susan W. Hatfield of the Office of the Chief State's Attorney made the offer last month to Connelly, an employee of the state for three decades and the brother of former longtime Waterbury state's attorney John Connelly, who died in 2012.

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LPD Arrest 2 In Human-Trafficking Incident

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Two men were arrested in Lafayette following an investigation in a human-trafficking case.

Lafayette police were called to a reported disturbance Saturday on the 2700 block of Underwood Street. During the investigation, officers said a victim of human-trafficking was found.

Two days later, Lafayette police arrested two out-of-town men allegedly connected to the case.

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Alamance County Sheriff Says 4 Girls Missing In Human Trafficking Investigation

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Sheriff Terry Johnson says investigators are looking for four juvenile girls in connection with a possible human trafficking case.

Two people were arrested last week in connection with an ineligible student-athlete from Nigeria playing for Eastern Alamance High School and Johnson said Tuesday he thinks it is part of a bigger human trafficking operation.

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Human Trafficking Survivor Shattered World Triathlon Record In Symbolic Way

The story of Norma Bastidas is one of triumph over tragedy. She is a woman whose resilience has allowed her to overcome the unthinkable misfortunes life has thrown her way. Bastidas, 49, set the world triathlon record in 2014 covering an incredible 3,762 miles. Her epic journey began in Cancun, Mexico, and ended in Washington, D.C., and took her 64 days to complete. “That was probably one of the most painful things I’ve ever done,” she told CNN in an interview. Her story is getting wide attention now because of the release of a documentary that chronicles her remarkable feat.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Joaquin Phoenix To Star In Lynne Ramsay's Sex Trafficking Thriller 'You Were Never Really Here'

By Liz Calvario | Indiewire May 11, 2016 at 11:55AM
A war veteran works to rescue women from sex traffickers. 
It’s been five years since Lynne Ramsay premiered "We Need To Talk About Kevin" and now she is back to direct "You Were Never Really Here" with Joaquin Phoenix to star. 
The film is described as a character-driven thriller that focuses on a war veteran who now works to rescue women from sex traffickers. When he tries to rescue a girl from a brothel in New York, things go horribly wrong, setting off a storm of violence and vengeance. 

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A Florida Man Indicted for Operating Sex Trafficking Enterprise

By: Department of Justice

May 11, 2016

WASHINGTON – Jeffrey Jason Cooper, 46, of Miami Beach, Florida, was charged late yesterday in an 11-count indictment in the Southern District of Florida with sex trafficking and attempted sex trafficking by fraud, wire fraud, importation of aliens for prostitution or immoral purposes and use of a facility of interstate commerce to operate a prostitution enterprise.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Frisco, Texas Couple Are Arrested And Facing Sex Trafficking Charges After 'offering A Girl $10,000 To Take Her Virginity' 

A Texas couple have been arrested and charged with sex trafficking and indecency after offering a girl $10,000 to take her virginity.

Officers in the city of Frisco detained Adriana Aguilar, 33, and 32-year-old Cirino Santiago Delacruz last week after they were accused of offering the girl money for sex.

They are now both being held at the Collin County Detention Center with immigration holds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Man Operating Sex Trafficking Enterprise Gets Life Sentence-Shahid Hassan Muslim, 33, was handed down Tuesday

Federal prosecutors say a man convicted of running a sex trafficking operation that recruited women and girls as young as 16 years old into prostitution has been sentenced to life in prison.

A statement from the U.S. Department of Justice says the sentence for Shahid Hassan Muslim, 33, was handed down Tuesday. A federal jury found Muslim guilty last August of multiple charges, including sex trafficking, kidnapping, production of child pornography, witness tampering and promoting a prostitution business enterprise.

The statement said evidence showed Muslim's sex trafficking enterprise operated in Charlotte and other cities from at least 2010 until his arrest in November 2013. The evidence showed he recruited young women and girls from the Charlotte area and advertised them for prostitution on the Internet.

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Human Trafficking Is The Fastest-Growing Criminal Enterprise In The World

On just one station, a former pimp talks about his victims and the sex trade.

“There’s gonna be monsters like me. They’ve been there since the beginning of time.” He doesn’t want to share his name, but he will share his story.

He’s a former pimp. A sex trafficker who spent nearly a dozen years convincing young women in Massachusetts to sell their bodies and give him the money. He tells us it started with his first girlfriend.

Read  more  from 7News