January 29, 2013
Father of 2 confesses to soliciting sex from boy through human trafficking ring
A 44-year-old father of two solicited sex from an underage transgender minor on craigslist.
And on Monday he was sentenced to five years in prison for pandering, the Douglas County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday.
Following his release from prison, Mr. Eric Stovall will have to serve an additional 10 years on probation, the district attorney's spokesman Mr. Andrew Agan said. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.
The Douglas County Sherriff's Office were investigating two other men for human trafficking when they came across e-mails from Mr. Stovall responding to Craigslist advertisements for sexual services.
The other two men, Mr. Steven Lemery and Mr. Christopher Lynch, were convicted last year of operating a human trafficking ring outside Mr. Lemery's Douglasville home.
Mr. Lynch received a 30-year sentence, 14 years of which... [more]
January 17, 2013
Human trafficking in Chicago leaves many struggling to recover
Marelyn Garcia's boyfriend promised he'd take care of her. He said he would take her off the streets, support her heroin addiction and show her what real love was. Then after a few months of financial hardship, he told her one more thing: she needed to sleep with his friend for money.
Garcia had been a victim of sexual abuse when she was 7 years old and again between the ages of 11 and 14. “So that opened the door to promiscuity,” she explained. “When I got into human trafficking it wasn't hard for me to do because that was already robbed from me.”
Garcia had been a prostitute for 13 years before she went to the Dream Center, a collaboration of ministries fighting against injustice, poverty and oppression in Chicago.
“In 2006, I came to the Dream Center very broken, very confused, didn't know what life was all about,” she said.
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January 17, 2013
Jury finds Amherst man guilty of sex trafficking girls
A suburban sex trafficking ring involving underaged girls led to the conviction Thursday of an Amherst man accused of using threats, intimidation and violence to keep young women and girls working for him.
Kenneth Graham, 25, now faces up to life in prison.
A federal court jury deliberated less than two hours before finding Graham guilty of three sex-trafficking charges, one for each of the victims who testified against him.
The verdict followed several days of emotional and often graphic testimony by the three females and an outright denial by Graham, who also took the stand.
“I told him, ‘I'm 16'," one of the victims, now 18, told the jury earlier this week. “It didn't seem like it fazed him at all."
Graham was convicted of running a sex-trafficking operation out of a handful of hotels and motels in Amherst and Cheektowaga before his arrest last August.
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January 17, 2013
Fed: 12 Indicted in Southeast Sex Trafficking Case
Federal authorities said Thursday they have uncovered an illegal sex trafficking network that forced women into prostitution and traded them like slaves between cities in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas.
Twelve people — eight men and four women — were indicted in U.S. District Court in Savannah.
Prosecutors said they had acted since 2008 as a network of pimps who lured dozens of women to the United States from Mexico and Central America and forced them to work as prostitutes in homes, hotel rooms and mobile home parks. Men were charged $30 to have sex with them and the women were moved between cities or states about once a week, authorities said.
"Some of these women would be forced to perform up to 30 acts of prostitution a day," said Edward Tarver, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Speaking at a news conference in Savannah, he added: "I'm outraged that trafficking ... [more]
January 16, 2013
Charges dismissed against Federal Way man in attempted human-trafficking case
King County prosecutors dismissed three felony charges against a 28-year-old Federal Way man on Tuesday after concluding that more investigation is needed to determine whether he was involved in the kidnapping and attempted human-trafficking of a now 23-year-old Seattle woman.
Randy Stevens was originally charged as a co-defendant with Tariq Shabazz, a fugitive believed to have fled to California after allegedly kidnapping a woman from a Pioneer Square bar in January 2012. Shabazz, 28, is wanted on a $500,000 warrant for first-degree kidnapping, second-degree robbery and attempted human-trafficking, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.
The victim woke up on the floor of an abandoned apartment in the Rainier Valley and was later driven into downtown Seattle by Shabazz and a woman suspected of working for him as a prostitute,... [more]
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January 10, 2013
Police aid Vietnamese victim of sex-trafficking
Thai border officials on Tuesday detained a 28-year-old Vietnamese woman who said she was attempting to flee home after being tricked into prostitution in Malaysia by her boyfriend.
The distraught woman was caught attempting to cross the border into Cambodia illegally at Rong Kluea Market in Sa Kaew's Aranyaprathet district.
The woman told police yesterday that after her Vietnamese boyfriend of three months had promised her a high-paying job in Malaysia, they travelled from Vietnam to Cambodia to Thailand, via Sa Kaew, and on into Malaysia via the Su-ngai Kolok border point. She said the boyfriend then seized her passport and cash, detained her and forced her to work at a nightclub. After overhearing him say he would send her to a brothel, she fled and tried to find her way back home.
Police have sought the Vietnamese Embassy's help to send her back to Ho Chi Minh City.
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