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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

29 Men Arrested In Sex Trafficking Sting

SAN DIEGO -- Twenty-nine would-be prostitution customers were arrested in the San Diego area last week as part of a statewide crackdown on sexual exploitation of young women and girls, District Attorney Summer Stephan announced Tuesday.

The multi-agency effort, dubbed "Operation Reclaim and Rebuild," took place over a three-day period, focusing on the demand side of human trafficking.

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2 Dc Men Charged With Human Trafficking Of Missing Juvenile Female In Md., Police Say

Two D.C. men have been charged with human trafficking a juvenile female in Frederick, Maryland.

Abiathar Abraham Vance was charged with seven counts of human trafficking and C was charged with four counts of human trafficking, according to Frederick Police.

Investigators say the juvenile female was returned to her family.

The victim was found with Vance and Privado in the 400 block of South Jefferson Street.

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Nine Nabbed In Merced Human Trafficking Sting, Police Say

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Former Schwartzeneger Advisor and 500+ Arrested In Statewide Human Trafficking Operation

Daniel Pellisier, a former advisor to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, was arrested by the Citrus Heights Police Department as part of a human trafficking crackdown.

A man who once advised former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was one of four alleged "johns" arrested by police in Citrus Heights, Calif., as part of a statewide human trafficking crackdown.

Daniel Pellisier was arrested by the Citrus Heights Police Department, in Sacramento County, as part of Operation Reclaim and Rebuild, a three-day sweep led by the Los Angeles County Regional Human Trafficking Task Force. The crackdown led to more than 500 arrests, including 30 suspected traffickers and 178 alleged "johns."

Los Angeles Times has more

Friday, January 26, 2018

ICE Removes Fugitive Alien Wanted For Human Trafficking In El Salvador

BALTIMORE – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed a Salvadoran man today wanted for human trafficking in his native country after his arrest by Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) personnel assigned to ICE offices in Baltimore.

Oscar Arturo Alfaro-Romero, a 35-year-old alien fugitive with multiple prior removals, was arrested by ICE May 10, 2017. He was processed as an alien previously removed, and qualified for removal under reinstatement. ICE was subsequently notified that Alfaro-Romero was wanted for crimes in El Salvador.

ICE officers transported Alfaro-Romero to Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in El Salvador where he was turned over to local law-enforcement authorities. ICE offices in El Salvador and its Security Alliance for Fugitive Enforcement (SAFE) taskforce provided key assistance to the Baltimore field office ahead of Alfaro-Romero’s arrest and subsequent removal.

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Va. Man Indicted On Sex Trafficking, Fentanyl Distribution Charges That Led To Overdoses

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WSET) -- A Virginia man has been charged in a six-count federal indictment with sex trafficking, interstate prostitution, and distribution of fentanyl that led to two overdoses after a grand jury sitting in the U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg.

Kendall Demarko Wysinger, 41, of Manassas is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, one count of interstate transportation for prostitution, one count of possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl, which caused the death of another, one count of poindicted, ssession with the intent to distribute fentanyl, which caused the serious bodily injury of another, one count of evidence tampering, and one count of witness tampering.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Ogden Couple Sentenced For Sex Trafficking Charges Following Victim testimony

OGDEN, Utah – After pleading guilty to two counts of human trafficking a piece, Lynnsie Reddish and Terrance Jones were sentenced Monday to a 1-15 year prison sentence.

Reddish and Jones were arrested in July of 2017, and charged with 16 felony offenses stemming from a, “long-term sex trafficking operation that ran out of their residence in Ogden City,” Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes wrote.

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Sex Trafficking Victim Suing Truck Stops, Hotel For Profiting From Her Suffering

A sex trafficking victim from Houston is taking and several well-known truck stops and hotel chains to court, claiming they profited from her suffering.

The alleged victim, identified only as "Jane Doe #1," is suing the classifieds website as well as Hyatt Hotels, Love's Travel Stops and Pilot Travel Centers, among others, in the lawsuit filed Tuesday afternoon.

According to the petition, "Jane Doe #1" is an adult now, but in 2014, she was not even 16 years old and forced into sex slavery. The lawsuit states she was advertised on or trafficked at truck stops and hotels. The businesses sold ads, gas, and hotel rooms and were aware, the lawsuit claims, of what was really happening.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fresno Man And Another Plead Guilty To Sex Trafficking Minors

Two men, including one from Fresno, pleaded guilty Tuesday to multiple felony charges for sex trafficking of minors.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that defendants Gerald Turner of Fresno and Quinton Brown of Highland in San Bernardino County pleaded guilty to the charges in Tulare County Superior Court.

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No Bail For Ex-Death Row Inmate Charged With Sex Trafficking

An exonerated death row inmate from Delaware was ordered held without bail Wednesday on a sex trafficking charge in Hawaii.

Isaiah McCoy used force, threats and coercion on young women to make them participate in prostitution, U.S. prosecutors alleged. He needs to be locked up so other victims can safely come forward, Assistant U.S. Attorney Morgan Early said at Wednesday's detention hearing in Honolulu. He's a danger to the community and to witnesses, she said.

"The nature of the charge involves threats, it involves violence," she said.

FoxNews reports

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Michigan Woman Convicted Of Running Online Sex-Trafficking Ring Of Minors

LANSING, Mich. - A Lansing woman was convicted Friday for running a sex-trafficking ring that included minors.
Amber Speed, 40, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of conducting a criminal enterprise for running a sex-trafficking ring composed of minors.

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Third Suspect Arrested In Fayetteville Teen Sex Trafficking Case

Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department's Human Trafficking Unit have charged and arrested a third suspect in connection with a human trafficking investigation that began in September involving a 16-year-old victim.

 Ashley Skinner, 23, of the 3500 block of Ireland Drive, has been charged with felony promoting prostitution of a minor and felony conspiracy to commit human trafficking of a minor victim.

Skinner was taken to the Cumberland County Detention Center and is being held on a $10,000 secured bond.

A second suspect, Antonio T. McAllister, 33, of the 1900 block of Tryon Drive, was arrested October 11 and and charged with human trafficking a child victim, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, promoting prostitution of a minor, felony conspiracy to commit human trafficking of a minor, second-degree forcible rape, and assault on a female.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Possible Sex Traffickers Throughout Kentucky

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Across Kentucky, there's been concern about possible sex traffickers approaching young women including right here in South Central Kentucky...

"Sometimes people aren't as aware of human trafficking especially in their own community you know," said Townley.
Townley is a 15-year-old from Glasgow who was shopping in Kohl's Thursday when she was approached.
"She started asking me like super personal questions that people wouldn't normally ask someone if they're like witnessing to them," explained Townley. Like 'how old are you? Are you here alone? Are you under 18?'"
The woman claimed to be associated with a religious group that believes in God as a female and she invited Townley to a Bible study.

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