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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Nxivm's Leader Charged With Sex-Trafficking

NEW YORK (AP) - The leader of a secretive group in upstate New York turned female followers into brainwashed "slaves" who were branded with his initials and coerced into having sex, authorities alleged on Monday in a criminal complaint charging him with sex-trafficking.

Keith Raniere, co-founder of the group called Nxivm, was arrested in Mexico and returned to Texas Monday, authorities said. He was to appear in court on Tuesday in Fort Worth on the charges filed by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn.

According to the complaint, Raniere-known within the group as "Vanguard"-oversaw a barbaric system in which women were told the best way to advance was to become a "slave" overseen by "masters." They also were expected to have sex with him and do menial chores for masters, and to keep the arrangement a secret or be publicly humiliated, the complaint says.

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22-Year-Old Man Convicted of Sex Trafficking

March 26, 2018 06:04 PM

A 22-year-old man has been convicted of two counts of sex trafficking, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced Monday.

According to a release, Lee Edward Smith Jr. was found guilty by a jury Friday and sentenced to terms of nine and 20 years, to be served concurrently.

The criminal complaint stated a Minneapolis police investigator came across a woman being advertised for sex in August of last year on After calling that number, the investigator was allegedly directed to go to the 3600 block of Nicollet Avenue.

The investigator then reportedly set up in a place where he could survey the building and contacted the phone number. He said he saw a woman come out of the building, and when she didn't see anyone, she texted the investigator and admitted she was the woman he was seeking.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Rabbi With Prior Sex Crime Conviction Arrested In Underage Sex Trafficking Bust

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A rabbi with a prior conviction for sexually abusing a minor was one of three arrested for allegedly sex trafficking an underage prostitute, according to WPIX.

Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, 35, was arrested along with 18-year-old Gabriella Colon and 23-year-old Richard Ortiz by investigators from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, East Brunswick Police and Middlesex County Sheriff's Office.

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Man Pleads Guilty To Child Sex Trafficking, Drug Charges

March 21, 2018 8:45 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Raquel Derganz Baker
NEW ORLEANS- A man pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking charges minutes before his scheduled trial.

Lance Everson, 39, was sentenced to 15 years in state prison, according to a release from the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office.

Everson was charged with two counts of child sex trafficking, one count of second-degree kidnapping, one count of aggravated battery, one count of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, and one count of simple battery. There were also several drug charges.
Everson will now be required to register as a sex offender after he is released.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Sex Trafficking Truckers Arrested In Truck Stop Undercover Operation

Undercover operation to fight sex trafficking makes nearly dozen arrests near truck stop

An undercover operation to battle sex trafficking made nearly a dozen arrests in Pierce County and discovered in a mere four hours seven women who were victims of prostitution and three who were victims of human trafficking, according to the State Patrol. (Photo: KOMO News) 

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. -- An undercover operation in Washington State to battle sex trafficking made nearly a dozen arrests and discovered in a mere four hours seven women who were victims of prostitution and three who were victims of human trafficking.

The Washington State Patrol and Lakewood police launched "Operation Human Freight" on Wednesday night in northern Pierce County near Interstate 5.

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Man Convicted Of Sex Trafficking Shot And Killed By Federal Agent In Scottsdale, Police Say

Scottsdale police are investigating after a federal agent shot and killed a suspect who was recently convicted of sex trafficking Friday morning in the parking lot of a shopping center near the Loop 101 and Shea Boulevard.

“The shooting involved federal agents and a male subject,” Sgt. Ben Hoster with the Scottsdale Police Dept. said in an email. “The male subject is deceased. No other injuries reported.”

Sgt. Hoster said those agents are with the Department of Homeland Security.

Hoster said the suspect has been identified as 48-year-old Erik Dunham who was recently convicted of human trafficking and failed to appear for his sentencing.

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Man Charged For Child Sex Trafficking After Being Turned In By Mother

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – A Milwaukee man is heading to trial after his mother turned him in for child sex trafficking.

According to a criminal complaint, 50-year-old Sean Hayes is said to have approached an underage girl about working as an escort back in 2017.

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