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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Just 21, human-trafficking survivor Alyssa Beck has lived a life most cannot imagine

Alyssa Beck has love and hope on her hands. She’s not particularly fond of the tattoos, which she got in the Duval County jail along with the cross on her cheek.

“Hope was originally hate,” the 21-year-old said. “I changed it because there were people in my life who showed me hope.”

People in Beck’s young life — hateful people — once used drugs and violence to drag her into an abyss of unspeakable horrors. A victim of human trafficking by the time she was 15, Beck was twice held prisoner by men who forced her into prostitution. She was raped more times than she could count.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

More Than Massages: A Hidden Sex Industry In Hampton Roads

A woman cried in front of a Chesapeake judge this spring.

A Mandarin interpreter was whispering in her ear, translating as a prosecutor described her crime.
It happened at a massage parlor, in an ordinary strip mall, tucked between a hair salon and a mortgage broker.

Fuzhen Zhao, 53, showed an undercover officer to a room.

He undressed.

During the massage, she crossed a line, making it obvious something illegal was on the menu.

“Not today,” the officer said, shaking his head.

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Abortion Clinics Must Post Human Trafficking Hotline Number

In addition to hotels, SB 377— and prior 2014 Louisiana law — requires the following establishments to post the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline number:
  • Every massage parlor, spa or hotel found to be “a public nuisance for prostitution”
  • Every strip club or other sexually-oriented business
  • Every full service fuel facility adjacent to an interstate highway or highway rest stop
  • Every outpatient abortion facility
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals spokeswoman Samantha Faulkner said DHH is responsible only for overseeing postings of the NHTRC number in abortion clinics.

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Party Conventions Could Mean A Surge In Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is an issue at any big event, so advocates are pushing for education before and during the Republican and Democratic conventions.

By Melissa Prax | July 22, 2016

"It's really going to take us all a long time to end the demand and have a world free of slavery," said Anne Victory, education coordinator for the Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking.

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Young And Trapped: Homeless Youth And Young Adults Ensnared In Human Sex Trafficking

Madison Police Detective Maya Krajcinovic, who investigates sensitive crimes, hugs a 23-year-old woman who had been addicted to heroin and a victim of human trafficking for four years.

Alone and vulnerable, homeless youth frequently fall prey to human sex traffickers

  • DEAN MOSIMAN and DOUG ERICKSON | Wisconsin State Journal

By age 19, the petite, blond-haired woman was homeless, a slave to heroin and becoming ensnared by a sex trafficking industry that is quietly rampant in Madison.

Eventually, she would sell her body to three or four men a day, most days of the year, making lots of cash but surrendering most of it to a lover-pimp who provided food, cheap motel rooms and "protection" — and, most importantly, fed her drug addiction.

At 22, heroin had transformed her body to an anemic rail and she estimates she'd been with 1,500 men.

"Drug dealers will take what you want most and absolutely use it against you," she told the State Journal.

Her sister lived the same life.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Our Kids Are Not For Sale!!!

Child sex trafficking is a hidden but persistent form of child abuse in Indiana and nationwide. Recent cases have made the headlines in Lafayette, Terre Haute, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Muncie.

While awareness and prosecution rates are rising, the young victims of this horrific crime need our support and assistance. That means we must better understand how trafficking happens, the resources available to intervene and our responsibility to take action and protect Hoosier children.

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Sparta Man Convicted On Sex, Drug Charges

MADISON — A Sparta man was convicted Friday of sex trafficking, assault, gun and drug offenses after a four-day trial in federal court.
Jurors deliberated nearly 10 hours before finding Monta Groce, 30, guilty of recruiting three women to engage in prostitution, maintaining a drug house and using a gun in connection with a drug offense.

Groce faces 15 years to life in prison at an Oct. 19 sentencing before District Judge William Conley.

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Watch: Operation Mesoamerica, ICE Agents take down human traffickers

Forty-one individuals linked to transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) responsible for smuggling hundreds of individuals through South and Central America into the United States; were arrested by foreign partners in two separate multinational operations under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) ongoing efforts in the region as part of Operation Citadel.

71 Arrested In Utah In Anti-Human Trafficking Operation

SALT LAKE CITY — Human trafficking in Utah is real, says state Attorney General Sean Reyes, even if prosecutors don't always charge a person with that crime.

Wednesday, Reyes, along with top members of his staff were joined by police chiefs and investigators from across the state to announce the results of two recent operations.

In April and May, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force participated in Operation Broken Heart III, an operation that involved 61 ICAC teams nationwide. More than 1,300 arrests were made nationwide, including 71 in Utah, said Leo Lucey, chief of investigations at the attorney general's office.

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Sf Police Investigating Second Officer For Link To Oakland Sex Trafficking Scandal

Celeste Guap, a former underage sex worker who claims she had sex at the age of 17 with multiple police officers in the East Bay, has reportedly had contact with multiple officers in the San Francisco Police Department. (Left: Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner; Right: Courtesy photo)

A San Francisco police officer under investigation for possible connections to an Oakland Police Department sex trafficking scandal has been put on modified duty and transferred from his station, the San Francisco Examiner has learned.

Officer Rodger Ponce De Leon was transferred on chief’s orders from the Northern Station on June 16. His new duties are unknown, but he has been assigned to the San Francisco Police Department’s’ Operations Center, which, sources say, is one of several locations officers are sent when they are not permitted to have contact with the public.

Ponce De Leon was transferred as a result of this investigation, according to two sources with links to SFPD. Sources also told the Examiner that Ponce De Leon had his gun taken from him at Northern Station before he was transferred.

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Galveston Pimp Convicted Of Sex Trafficking Minors

A Galveston man has been found guilty in federal court of sex trafficking minors.

Charles Fulton, Sr, 39, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors and four counts of sex trafficking of minors by a jury in federal court in Houston.

 Co-defendants Charmell Latona Potts, 31, Dominique Warner, 23, and Lawrence James Jullian, 22, have previously pleaded guilty. All of the men are from Galveston, according to the Department of Justice.

Fulton was identified as the leader of the group and ordered Potts to post pictures of two minor females in prostitution ads online. The minors, whose names and ages were not released, testified that Fulton would keep the money they earned from performing sexual acts.

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Judge Story Calls Vatican Summit, Audience With Pope ‘Amazing’

U.S. District Judge Richard W. Story shared a harrowing story of sex trafficking in Georgia last month with an audience in Vatican City and one particularly notable guest: Pope Francis.

Story was one of more than 60 judges and prosecutors from around the globe invited to share insights with the pope June 3-4 at the Judges’ Summit on Human Trafficking and Organized Crime. The summit was hosted by the Pontifical Academy on Social Studies in Vatican City.

“This particular summit involved judges and prosecutors from 26 countries, and it focused on human sex trafficking, forced labor and organ trafficking, as well as organized crime,” Story said. “The United States was requested to participate, and I was asked by the ambassador at-large on human trafficking to be part of a team that went.”

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Charlotte #1 In NC For Sex Trafficking

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On average, 78 victims across North Carolina are sex trafficked each year.

Starting this fall, sex trafficking will be addressed in seventh and eighth-grade classrooms across Charlotte.

“We have an issue in our city, and we have to do more,” said Executive Director of Present Age Ministries Hannah Arrowood.

Arrowood is working tirelessly to stop the sex trafficking of young girls and boys across our city.

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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Two La. Residents For Sex Trafficking

A federal grand jury indicted two Louisiana residents of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor.

According to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Justice, Udraka Roberts-Bey, 25, of New Orleans, and Jennifer Gabrielle Anselmo, 22, of Slaughter, conspired to recruit and a 15-year-old girl into prostitution.

The indictment alleges Roberts-Bey and Anselmo used the website to post classified ads in the website’s ‘Baton Rouge Female Escorts’ section with the intent to financially benefit from the prostitution of a minor.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

New Law To Curb Human Trafficking In Effect In Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A new law to combat the growing problem of human sex trafficking goes into effect Friday.

July 1 marks the implementation of many new laws in Tennessee. This legislation sponsored by Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) will increase penalties for traffickers who promote another person for prostitution.

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BAMA!!!! Opelika Police Department Bust Human-Trafficking Ring In Alabama

Police responded June 23 to a local hotel, where they found the 16-year-old girl and other underage girls in another room, who they said were also being forced into prostitution by adults.

Authorities arrested Aleisha Michell Bufford, 25, on two felony first-degree counts of human trafficking.

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UBER Is HumanTrafficking Mexicans!!!!!!

Mexican human traffickers using Uber to shuttle migrants through country, official says