January 15, 2014
White House unveils plan to save domestic helps of diplomats
In the wake of the worst diplomatic spat with India over the arrest of an Indian diplomat for allegedly underpaying her nanny, the White House has come out with a strategic action plan for human trafficking "victims".
The plan does not name Devyani Khobragade, India's then consul general in New York, but it does address issues relating to domestic workers brought to the US by foreign diplomats and officials working for international organisations.
Among other things the five year plan, running into 84 pages, says the State department will "develop procedures for the in-person registration of domestic workers employed by diplomatic personnel in the Washington, DC, area shortly after their arrival in the United States to apprise them further of their rights and available services."
However, it makes no mention about registration of domestic workers of diplomats in New Yo... [more]
January 15, 2014
Chinese Doctor Who Sold Newborns to Human Traffickers Sentenced to Death
A Chinese doctor who was convicted of stealing seven babies and selling them to human traffickers has been handed a suspended death sentence by the Weinan Intermediate People's Court in Shaanxi province.
Former obstetrician Zhang Shuxia, 55, convinced parents to give up their children by claiming that they were born with serious birth defects or illnesses. In one case, Zhang went as far as fabricating the death of an infant in her care so that she could exchange it for cash.
Zhang's crimes came to light last year after telling a new mother that she had passed syphilis and hepatitis B infections on to her newborn son. Zhang pressured her to release the baby to the care of the hospital, but instead brought the healthy boy home and contacted a “middleman” with connections to human traffickers.
The parents filed a report after testing negative for both diseases at a... [more]
January 14, 2014
Bay Area in Forefront of Campaign Against Human Trafficking
Human trafficking, the sale of human beings for labor and sex, is getting a national spotlight in January.
Bay Area political leaders, law enforcement and survivors groups are launching public awareness campaigns aimed at driving the human trafficking industry out of the shadows in one of the country's highest-intensity markets for modern-day slaves. The issue has garnered much more attention in recent years, but a full account of how many people are trafficked in and through the Bay Area remains elusive.
“The reality is we really do not know the full scope of human trafficking in our community,” said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón. “We know that it's large. We know that there are many victims out there. We know that most victims are suffering in silence, but we just don't know how big the problem is because it is so underreported.”
The gap between known trafficking v... [more]
January 14, 2014
ANOTHER MONGOLIAN BEAUTY DEAD IN M'SIA: 26-yr-old student found hanged in wet market
KUALA LUMPUR — Police have stumbled onto an alleged sex trafficking ring following investigations into the recent death of a Mongolian student.
Enkhtuya Bayar Magnai, 26, was found hanged near a wet market in Behrang, near here, on November 12 with fresh cut wounds on her hands and thighs. However, Tanjung Malim police chief Supt Othman Nayan said there was no foul play.
He said the element of human trafficking emerged after Mongolian police alerted Interpol to the possibility of Enkhtuya being held by a human trafficking gang.
In an email to Tanjung Malim police on December 30, Interpol referred distressing messages from Enkhtuya to her brother in Mongolia days before she was found dead.
The brother then sent the messages — in one of which Enkhtuya said she was “being sold” — to the National Central Bureau (NCB) in Ulan Bator. “We discovered ... [more]
January 9, 2014
San Diego gang ran prostitution ring across U.S., prosecutors say
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Two dozen gang members accused of running a vast, California-based human trafficking ring that sent women and underage girls across state lines for prostitution have been indicted on federal racketeering charges in a case prosecutors likened to modern-day slavery.
Authorities said they had arrested 17 of the accused gang members in San Diego, Arizona and New Jersey, and that another four people charged in the indictment, unsealed on Wednesday, were already in custody on other charges. Another three remained at large.
The defendants face charges of running a racketeering conspiracy, and 14 of them were arraigned on Thursday in federal court in San Diego, where they pleaded not guilty.
The San Diego-based sex trafficking operation which was run by members of the Black MOB and Skanless gangs, extended into 46 cities across 23 U.S. states, accordi... [more]
January 8, 2014
Three Arrested For Allegedly Trafficking 13-Year-Old
MIAMI (CBSMiami) - City of Miami Police in conjunction with Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office arrested three people accused of forcing a 13-year-old girl to prostitute herself and dance in an exotic dance club.
According to police, Vilbert Jean,36, Marlene San Vincente, 22, and DeWayne Ward, 18 were arrested on January 6th.
The 13-year-old had runaway from her home on December 10th. Her mother located her on January 6th in the area of North Miami Avenue and NE 55 street.
Police said, while she was being held against her will, she had been forced to prostitute herself for the benefit of her alleged exploiters. On one occasion she was forced to have sex with someone for $80.00, according to the arrest report.
“The whole thing is just horrendous. There's just no describing honestly in words what these victims are going through,” State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle told CBS4... [more]
Redlands Daily Facts
January 6, 2014
Man who pimped girl, 13, in Long Beach gets 45 years in prison
LONG BEACH >> A Los Angeles man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for forcing a 13-year-old girl into prostitution in the Long Beach area, authorities announced Monday.
Ray Rhodes, 33, was convicted June 27 in Los Angeles Superior Court and sentenced Thursday for two counts of lewd acts with a child and one count each of procuring a child for a lewd act as well as pandering and pimping a minor under 16 years old, police said.
Rhodes won't be eligible for parole until he is 73.
Detectives with the Long Beach police Juvenile Investigations Section started their investigation into Rhodes in January 2011 after the 13-year-old girl was arrested and they learned that he had been using her for prostitution since September 2010.
A warrant for human trafficking and other related crimes was issued for Rhodes, who was arrested by the San Bernadino County Sheriff's D... [more]
January 2, 2014
Man Sold 13-Year-Old Girl Into Prostitution, Plied Her With Drugs
The man reportedly told police the girl was a relative when the duo was found at a hotel together. He was arrested after a "date" was arranged through Craigslist.
A Maryland man has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison for selling a 13-year-old girl into prostitution, according to federal authorities.
Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Daniel Burton, also known as Snoop, 30, of Capitol Heights, MD, to 262 months in prison followed by lifetime supervised release.
“This is an egregious case because the ‘prostitute' was a 13-year-old child,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “The lengthy sentence should send a powerful message that sex trafficking of children will not be tolerated in Maryland.”
According to his plea agreement, in March 2008, Burton began calling a 13-year-old girl whom he saw on the street, eventually recruiting her to w... [more]