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Saturday, April 22, 2017

ICE: Illinois Man Convicted In North Dakota For Sex Trafficking, Conspiracy

FARGO, N.D. — An Illinois man was convicted in federal court Thursday on charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking five victims, one of which was a juvenile.

This conviction resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), the Fargo (North Dakota) Police Department, the Cass County (North Dakota) Sheriff’s Office, and the Moorhead (Minnesota) Police Department.

Anthony Donte Collier, aka Koleone the Great, 29, was found guilty following an 11 ½-day jury trial of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking, sex trafficking a child, and four counts of sex trafficking.

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Eight Mexican Sex Trafficking Suspects May Face Life In Prison After Pleading Guilty To Racketeering Charges In NYC

Eight members of a Mexican sex trafficking ring admitted to racketeering and other charges as Brooklyn federal prosecutors and national authorities keep up the fight against sex slavery.

Prosecutors said the members of the Rendon-Reyes Trafficking Organization forced young women from Mexico and Latin America to prostitute themselves in places like New York and Georgia.

The ring held on to the cash from johns.

During their pleas, the defendants admitted to involvement in the trafficking of nine women, two minors and the prostitution of another woman.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

South Florida Teens Victimized By Human Trafficking, Officials Warn

Human trafficking that ends with teens in sexual slavery is on the rise in South Florida, experts said Wednesday, warning that every family – regardless of income, education or location – could become a victim.

The chilling warning came from people who work in government, social services and the legal system. They were convened for a closed-door analysis of the problem and potential solutions by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston.

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Pastor Facing Federal Child Sex Trafficking Charges To Remain In Jail

Toledo (WNWO)-- On Thursday Cordell Jenkins appeared in court for a preliminary and detention hearing; however, shortly after the hearing started Jenkins waived his right to a preliminary hearing, meaning he will remain incarcerated.

Jenkins is facing child sex trafficking charges and is listed as the founder and pastor of Abundant Life Ministries in Toledo according to the churches website.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Sterling Heights Man Pleads Guilty To Sex Trafficking Teen Girl

PONTIAC (WWJ) – A 35-year-old Sterling Heights man has pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges involving the sex trafficking of a 17-year-old girl.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says the case resulted from a tip last December from a 15-year-old girl who claimed she was also lured into prostitution by Andrew Golden.

The teen told investigators she’d been picked up in New Jersey several weeks prior by Golden and the minor victim, Schuette said. Golden allegedly stated that he would be taking the girls to Michigan where they would be advertised online for commercial sex.

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ST. CLOUD — A St. Cloud woman who pleaded guilty to sex trafficking will serve a year in jail, rather than the more than nine years in prison prosecutors were seeking.
Stearns County District Court Judge Kris Davick-Halfen sentenced 38-year-old Jade Orcena to one year in jail with the possibility of serving approximately 11 years in prison if she violates terms of her 25 year probation. Orcena must also pay a $1,000 fine and abide by several conditions outlined in her probation.

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Pope Urges Authorities To Do More To Combat Scourge Of Human Trafficking

Pope Francis sent a message today to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)'s 17th Alliance against Trafficking in Persons Conference, taking place in Vienna. The message was read by Fr Michael Czerny SJ, Under-secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

The Holy Father called the problem "a form of slavery, a crime against humanity, a grave violation of human rights, and an atrocious scourge" and said that in some instances, "evidence brings one to doubt the real commitment of some important players."

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Greensboro Men Charged With Human Trafficking In Myrtle beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Two Greensboro men were arrested early Friday morning on human trafficking charges in Myrtle Beach, according to Myrtle Beach Online.

Willie Columbus Lacy, 26, and David Davell Ward, 24, were charged with trafficking in persons, recruiting, enticing, and simple possession of marijuana.

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