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Monday, November 28, 2016

Texas Big Bend Sector Sounding The Alarm As Mexican Cartels Overwhelm Them With Illegal Immigrants And Human-Trafficking

Cartels Flood Remote Border Sector with Migrants, Overwhelm U.S. Agents

Agent Lee continued, “We have multiple Mexican cartels operating in our sector, where most sectors have one or two. Many of the criminal groups make as much or more from illegal immigration and human trafficking as they do from narcotics. They are really overwhelming our abilities ahead of President-elect Trump taking office. The cartels are swamping our Presidio station with illegal aliens. Waves are coming and they use this to divert our resources away from other stretches of the border where they can then send special interest aliens or narcotics through.”

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Anti-Sex Trafficking Group Hopes To Raise Money For Second Caseworker

The Polaris Project’s definition of sex trafficking is the use of violence, threats, lies, debt, bondage and other forms of coercion to compel adults and children to engage in commercial sex acts against their will.

In Lincoln, the nonprofit I've Got a Name works to increase awareness of the problem and will host its year-end public celebration Dec. 1 at Berean Church, featuring music and a speech by the mother of a Lincoln girl who was trafficked.

“My goal is to say that this really is (also) a men's issue and we’ve got to change people’s mindset so that this is not acceptable,” said I’ve Got A Name founder Robert Burton. “Johns need to be prosecuted and girls need to be treated like victims.”

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H.B. Man, 26, Gets Over 14 Years In Prison For Trafficking And Having Sex With Teenage Girl

A 26-year-old Huntington Beach man pleaded guilty and was sentenced this month to 14 years and eight months in prison for human trafficking and engaging in sexual activities with a teenage girl.

Antonio Romano Caserta pleaded guilty Nov. 17 to four felonies, including human trafficking of a minor, unlawful sexual intercourse, committing a lewd act upon a child and dissuading a witness by force or threat, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

In addition to his prison sentence, Caserta will have to register as a sex offender.

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Sex Trafficking Suspect Makes Plea Deal On Cocaine Charges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Massachusetts man who was arrested in May for allegedly sex trafficking a minor has signed an agreement to enter a guilty plea on cocaine-related charges.

According to the plea agreement, Lewis Valenti, who was the CEO of West Kingston-based Atlantic Produce, will plead guilty to buying “less than 50 grams of cocaine” from April 2015 to May 27, 2016. Valenti, who has homes in East Greenwich and Reading, Massachusetts, turned himself in on May 30.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New Law Could Make Landlords Liable For Sex Trafficking At Their Rentals

New legislation in Prince George’s County aims to hold landlords and property managers accountable for prostitution and human trafficking at their rental properties — the latest sign of a growing concern in an immigrant-rich corner of the Washington suburb.

County Council member Deni Taveras (D-Adelphi) proposed the bill after receiving complaints from several Langley Park-area mothers, who said units in their apartment buildings were being used as brothels and the property managers knew about it.

Washington Post reports 

Prosecutors Aim To Stop Sex Trafficking Without Breaking The Web

The online sex trade didn't disappear when Craigslist got out of the game; it migrated to, a Craigslist clone then run by a publisher of alt-weekly newspapers. Soon after Craigslist's action, a group of state attorneys general sent letters to Backpage's executives asking it to get rid of the site's ads for escorts, erotic massages, and other services often used as fronts for prostitution.

They refused. In the ensuing years, the company successfully fended off multiple lawsuits and legislation trying to shut it down.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Human Trafficking Rring Unearthed In Genesee County

The Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says it's one of the worst cases of human trafficking he's ever see.

Four women, allegedly kidnapped and violently forced into prostitution by Flint brothers Darryl Allen Miller and Chavez Lee Miller.

"All four of the victims alleged that Darryl and Chavez Miller induced, persuaded, encouraged, the women to become prostitutes through their acts of violence against them," Leyton said. "Beating them, choking them, stunning them, stabbing them with needles, and paying them with drugs."

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Tip Led Cops To Alledged Human Trafficking Hot Spot

A house owned by a mobster’s wife was a human trafficking hot spot in a quiet Brighton neighborhood until one eagle-eyed resident dropped the dime that led to 16 arrests and 10 women being set free, officials said.

“It was just a matter of kind of being nosy, I guess,” longtime Brooks Street resident Kenneth Cutler told the Herald about his alerting police this summer to a house across the street where people were constantly looking for “massages.”

District 14 Sgt. Shawn Burns was more emphatic about Cutler’s contribution.

“It cannot be understated that Mr. Cutler’s actions may very well have saved the lives of these young women,” Burns said yesterday at a City Council meeting where police and councilors presented Cutler with a commendation.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Trucker Accused Of Keeping Women As Sex Slaves Gets 20 Years

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah trucker who pleaded guilty to keeping women as sex slaves in his semi-trailer as he drove across the country was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison.

Timothy Jay Vafeades, 56, sexually assaulted and brutally beat the victims almost daily after trapping them in his truck and forcibly grinding down their teeth, federal prosecutors said.

One woman told a judge that her months-long ordeal began when she got into his truck to go to dinner with him. She started to worry when realized they weren't going toward any restaurants.

"He then said, 'I got you now. You are mine,'" she said. The vampire-obsessed truck driver controlled nearly every aspect of her life, including how she used the bathroom, she said.

MSN reports 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Leader of Virginia Sex Trafficking Ring Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison

A man who was at the center of a violent trafficking ring that sold women and girls for sex throughout Virginia has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Michael Maynes Jr., of Spring Lake, North Carolina, led a sex trafficking organization known as "Horse Block Pimpin." 

Maynes prostituted 55 women and girls in Alexandria, Richmond and Charlottsville, according to prosecutors. 

Trial Set for Pastor Charged in Teen Sex Trafficking Ring

Formal charges were brought Monday against a South Florida pastor accused of running a sex trafficking ring involving teens.

Ron Cooper, a youth pastor at Good News Baptist Church in Little Haiti, appeared at an arraignment hearing in Miami.

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Topeka Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy In Interstate Sex Trafficking Case

TOPEKA, Kan. (KWCH) A Topeka man pleaded guilty to conspiring to operate an interstate sex trafficking business, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said Monday.

Beall said in a news release Barry M. Johnson of Topeka pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy.

In his plea, Johnson admitted to conspiring with co-defendants to run a Topeka-based prostitution business. The business operated in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, Beall said in the news release.

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Pope Francis Lauds Women Religious In Fight Against Trafficking

Pope Francis met in Rome with a unique group involved in the fight against human trafficking, where he noted the particular contributions of women religious, which often go unnoticed.

“Your activity in this area reminds us,” the Pope said Nov. 7, of ‘the enormous and often silent efforts which have been made for many years by religious congregations, especially women's congregations, to care for those wounded in their dignity and scarred by their experiences.”

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

7 Men Accused in Sex-Trafficking Ring in U.S. and Mexico

Seven men have been indicted on sex trafficking charges in what federal officials said on Tuesday was an international organization that exploited adult and underage women for more than a decade in Mexico and the United States.

Four of the men — identified as Efrain Granados-Corona, 41; Alan Romero-Granados, 24; and the brothers Pedro Rojas-Romero, 37, and Emilio Rojas-Romero, 34 — were arrested in Mexico by the authorities there last week. Raul Romero-Granados, 32, and Isaac Lomeli-Rivera, 34, were arrested in the United States, the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan said. The seventh man, Juan Romero-Granados, brother of Alan, remained a fugitive.

All seven could face life sentences in federal court in New York on charges of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.

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