October 29, 2011
Man charged in teen prostitution ring
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A Vancouver man faces human trafficking charges for an alleged inter-provincial prostitution ring involving underaged girls, Canadian police say.
Reza Moazami, 27, was arrested during an Oct. 7 raid on a Vancouver home, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Reported.
During the raid, police found two girls in the house and Moazami was charged with two counts of living off the avails of the prostitution of a juvenile and one charge of keeping a common bawdy house, police said.
Moazami was charged Oct. 25 with 18 criminal offenses relating to human trafficking and prostitution after a police investigation found that the man was allegedly involved in the inter-provincial trafficking of as many as four girls, ages 14 to 17, for the sex trade.
"This is only the second time in Vancouver police history that human trafficking charges have been laid in a case of sex-trade... [more]
October 29, 2011
Two people arrested for forcing child into prostitution
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Two people are in jail accused of forcing a child into a life of prostitution. Biloxi Police charged Christopher Pendowski, 37, of Ocean Springs and Cindy Hazlett, 30, of Biloxi with human trafficking. Officers are not releasing much information at this time to protect the child's identity and avoid compromising the investigation. Police said they need the public's help to fight this kind of crime.
Pendowski and Hazlett are in the Harrison County jail under a $200,000 bond. Police allege the pair profited from a child prostitute.
"They are accused of subjecting a child to commercial sexual activity," said Sgt. Aldon Helmert. "The state law defines that as any act that's sexual that someone gains financially or otherwise."
Biloxi officers said this is the second human trafficking case the department has pursued since Mississippi passed laws in 2006. That statute gav... [more]
October 28, 2011
Sex-Trafficking Victim Describes Break For Freedom
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City woman is telling her story of being part of a child sex-trafficking ring and how she finally escaped that lifestyle.
Caroline Germann said she had not started kindergarten when she was molested by a neighbor.
"Growing up, I always thought that was the type of relationship I was supposed to have with a man," Germann told KMBC's Diane Cho.
Germann said she was in and out of dozens of foster homes. As a runaway, she said she started having survival sex at the age of 13.
"It's just having sex to meet your basic needs -- food, shelter, clothes," Germann said.
By age 21, Germann said she started working at a strip club. It was there that she said she was introduced to crack cocaine, and it did not take long for her to meet her pimp.
"They took me into the bathroom, checked me out to see if I was worth keeping," Germann said.
She told Cho that sh... [more]
7th Space Interactive
October 27, 2011
MS-13 Leader Arrested for Sex Trafficking Runaway Teen Girls
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Rances Ulices Amaya, a/k/a “Blue” or “Murder,” 23, of Springfield, Va ., was arrested yesterday accused of running an underground prostitution business involving underage female runaways.
Neil H MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and James W McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office, made the announcement after Amaya's initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge John F Anderson.
Amaya was charged by a criminal complaint with sex trafficking of a minor, and he faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison if convicted.
According to court documents and court proceedings today, Amaya is a leader of the Guanacos Lokotes Salvatrucha (GLS) clique of MS-13. In the spring of 2010, Amaya allegedly assisted another MS-13 member in running a juvenile pro... [more]
October 27, 2011
Man 23, sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on sex trafficking of a minor conviction
Portland, Ore. — A 23-year-old man who pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a minor was sentenced Wednesday in Portland to 20 years in federal prison.
The U.S. attorney's office says the case against Jefferson Bryant Davis involved a 13-year-old girl who turned herself into authorities last year while working in Los Angeles as a prostitute. She said Davis forced her to work as a prostitute in Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada.
The case was brought through the Oregon Human Trafficking Task Force and investigated by the FBI and Salem police.
People's Daily Online
October 25, 2011
Organ trafficking raid follows tip-off
A GANG of alleged human organ traffickers has been detained in east China's Shandong Province, after police received a tip-off from a previous donor.
Officers apprehended the group in an unlicensed clinic in the provincial capital Jinan on Sunday night.
A 23-year-old donor had already received anesthetic and the would-be organ recipient was being prepared for transplant surgery next door, local newspaper Qilu Evening News reported.
Police have closed the private unlicensed clinic. Both the donor, from Jiamusi City in Heilongjiang Province, and the recipient, from Shaanxi Province, have been admitted to a local hospital.
Earlier this month, a previous donor, Wang Ming, 24, from Chongqing City in southwest China, told police a group was organizing human organ trafficking in Jinan.
Wang decided to inform on the gang after he said they treated him badly.
"I sold my kidney but rece... [more]
October 6, 2011
Hostages of child prostitution
Reporting from Las Vegas-- Marisela Quintero read the headline. She winced, as if she'd been punched.
Emma had been killed.
Emma was 17. She had recently been arrested on prostitution-related charges in a Motel 6 parking lot, wearing a skin-hugging tank top, high heels and booty shorts. She'd flashed a fake driver's license and, in her purse, carried eight latex condoms and a bottle of vodka.
Photos: Teen prostitution in Las Vegas
Quintero, the county's only social worker assigned primarily to child prostitutes, couldn't get her to admit her real name at first. Emma had been too terrified, but not of what might happen in court. What would her pimp do if he thought she'd turned on him?
Eventually the court sent her back to her family in California. That was two weeks ago. Now, the news story said she had been shot to death, with no suspects named.
Had it been a mistake to send Emma away? Did her pimp... [more]
October 25, 2011
Utah mom pleads guilty in virginity sale case
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman accused of trying to sell her 13-year-old daughter's virginity pleaded guilty Monday to two sexual exploitation charges for having the girl model in her underwear for men.
The 33-year-old woman had also faced two first-degree felony counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child — and up to life in prison — but prosecutors agreed to drop those charges in exchange for her plea.
She now faces up to 30 years in prison at sentencing Dec. 5.
Authorities said the woman offered her daughter's virginity to a man in April in exchange for $10,000. Initially, the girl agreed to the arrangement and modeled twice in a bra and underwear for the man. Police said the girl then changed her mind.
Her mother also tried to sell sexually explicit pictures of the girl to another man.
The woman's boyfriend found text messages about the sale of the girl's virginity on the ... [more]
October 22, 2011
Maryland Man Sentenced in Sex Trafficking Case
Cooper Kweme, 31, of Silver Spring, Md., has been sentenced today to 132 months in prison for the sex trafficking of a female juvenile, stemming from a prostitution business operated by Kweme earlier this year in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
“Mr. Kweme trolled social networking sites and then lured and groomed a juvenile girl into his prostitution business,” said Neil MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Sex trafficking—especially of minors—is a heinous crime and has long-term psychological consequences for the victims. My office and the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force are committed to catching sex traffickers before they can enslave more victims and bringing these predators to justice.”
According to evidence presented in court, Kweme used the Internet to advertise women as prostitutes for his business. In February 2011,... [more]
FBI Kansas City Division
October 19, 2011
Kansas City Woman Pleads Guilty to Coerced Sex Trafficking of a Child
KANSAS CITY, MO—Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to selling a child victim into prostitution.
Brandy Key, also known as Brandy Wheeler, 39, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to the charge contained in a March 1, 2011, federal indictment.
By pleading guilty today, Key admitted that she operated a prostitution ring that assisted and profited from the coerced sex trafficking of a child.
Co-defendant Eric Gathings, also known as “Pulu,” 37, of Columbia, Mo., pleaded guilty on Oct. 12, 2011. Gathings admitted that in 2009 he recruited a homeless minor to engage in prostitution for his financial benefit. Gathings provided housing for the minor victim, but took her earnings after requiring that she sel... [more]
October 19, 2011
Police: Man held at least 8 hostage in human trafficking scheme
A man accused of holding at least 8 hostages in a human trafficking scheme has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Police arrested 33-year-old Fernando Salazar Sunday at a home on Johnny Morris Road in East Travis County
Police say they have made contact with at least eight of what's believed to be 15 hostages who were held at the home, including a 15-year-old child. The victims, who were from all around Central America, said they were threatened with weapons and forced to cook and clean. The house was believed to be a stash house for smugglers.
One of the hostages was able to reach his wife in New York, who then contacted the New York Police Department. NYPD transferred the call to Austin Police, and local officers were able to find the house from the man's directions.
The man who called for help tells police he paid $800 for his illegal transp... [more]
The Daily News Online
October 19, 2011
Longview couple sentenced in human trafficking case
A Micronesian couple has been sentenced in a human trafficking case in which they held an 18-year-old woman from their homeland as a virtual prisoner in their Longview home while forcing her to be their servant.
Edk Kenit, 29, was sentenced Wednesday to three years and three months in federal prison. Kenit's girlfriend, Choimina Lukas, 31, was sentenced to 20 months in prison. Both also will have three years of supervised release. They each faced up to five years in prison.
The couple pleaded guilty in July to compelled servitude through the use or withholding of documents.
The couple admitted to recruiting a woman identified only as "S.S." in court documents to come to America with the promise of education and travel. Once S.S. arrived, though, the couple seized her passport. S.S. was made to provide full-time childcare, cooking and cleaning services for the couple without... [more]
October 18, 2011
Human trafficking bosses find different ways to lure women into debt trap
THE modus operandi of human trafficking bosses is becoming so organised that many women are not even aware that they have been trafficked.
This is according to a social worker and investigators who work closely with women who are rescued from the local trafficking scene in Cape Town.
Between June last year and June this year, 60 such cases have been reported to the Hawks, but only half of these cases are being investigated. The other cases were not pursued as the women were too afraid to lodge cases.
The Hawks say the crime is growing rapidly while a social worker who cannot be named to protect victims says South Africa is seen as the "land of milk and honey" for women who are easily lured into the local sex trade.
According to the social worker's research, the profile of women who are often targeted includes those who come from countries with large popula... [more]
October 17, 2011
Woman denies trafficking charges
Dubai: A Moroccan businesswoman has denied working as a prostitute and sexually exploiting her compatriot and forcing her into prostitution under duress and beating her with a shisha stick.
Prosecutors charged the 26-year-old businesswoman, N.L., with committing a human trafficking crime by forcing her 23-year-old compatriot, G.S., to have sex with a stranger for money.
"No sir… I am innocent. I did not force her into prostitution at all. I also did not work in prostitution myself," said N.L. when she pleaded not guilty and defended herself before the Dubai Court of First Instance yesterday.
Woman denies trafficking charges
Allegedly exploited 23-year-old compatriot
By Bassam Za'za', Senior Reporter Published: 00:00 October 17, 2011
Dubai: A Moroccan businesswoman has denied working as a prostitute and sexually exploiting her compatriot and forcing her into prostitution under duress and beati... [more]
The Daily Beast
October 14, 2011
Trafficked Women's Second Chance
For 10 years, Maria (not her real name) was beaten, raped, and forced into prostitution by her husband, a New York City resident. He often refused to allow her food, locked her in a room without a toilet for days at a time, and made her buy drugs for him. As a non-English speaker induced to enter this country by the very man who tortured her, she had few options or resources.
“I was made to be a sexual slave,” Maria said, “to make him money.”
Over the course of a decade, she was arrested repeatedly on prostitution and drug charges, garnering a long and damning criminal record before her husband finally disappeared, leaving her with psychological scars—and a criminal record.
Maria, now a professional in the health-care field, is a survivor of human trafficking, a crime that may affect as many as 12 million people worldwide, according to the International Labour Organization, a U.N. human-rights agen... [more]
October 14, 2011
Nigerian gets 11yrs for human trafficking
Atlanta - A Nigerian woman was sentenced on Thursday to more than 11 years in prison for enslaving two young women from her country to work as servants and nannies at her home, forcing them to cut her lawn by hand and beating them ruthlessly when they crossed her.
Bidemi Bello pleaded with the judge for mercy, but prosecutors said Bello's remorse didn't erase the years of suffering she inflicted on her victims. US District Judge Bill Duffey agreed, sentencing Bello to 140 months in prison and ordering that she be deported to Nigeria after she served her time.
Bello was convicted during a weeklong trial in June of luring the two women to her suburban Atlanta home with promises of sending them to school, then dashing their hopes by forcing them to work demeaning chores and beating them with wooden spoons, shoes and cords when they didn't heed her orders quickly.
"Any human trafficking crime is shock... [more]
International Business Times
October 12, 2011
Human Traffickers Get 12-Year Jail Term
Coming down heavily on human traffickers, Southwark Crown Court on Monday sentenced a man and woman 10 and 2 and a half years of jail term, respectively.
Sergey Konart, 41, and Ekaterina Kolesnikova, 26, were found guilty of trafficking young women into the UK and forcing them to work as prostitutes from the exclusive Chelsea area.
The court heard how officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Human Exploitation and Organised Crime Command arrested the pair in December 2010 after searching five addresses - two in Chelsea, two in Queensway and one in Earl's Court. They also searched a safety deposit box held by Konart in Knightsbridge.
"Konart and Kolesnikova recruited vulnerable young women on the promise of well paid employment in the UK. On their arrival in London they were forced into prostitution in some of the capital's exclusive areas," Detective Inspector Kevin Hyl... [more]
7th Space Interactive
October 13, 2011
Columbia Man Pleads Guilty to Coerced Sex Trafficking of a Child
KANSAS CITY, MO—Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Columbia, Mo ., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to selling a child victim into prostitution.
Eric Gathings, also known as “Pulu,” 37, of Columbia, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Gary A Fenner to the charge contained in a March 1, 2011, federal indictment.
Gathings admitted that in 2009 he recruited a homeless minor to engage in prostitution for his financial benefit. Gathings provided housing for the minor victim, but took her earnings after requiring that she sell herself for sex.
After discharging a sawed-off shotgun in his front yard, Gathings was incarcerated in state custody. During this time of incarceration, he continued to sell the minor victim through the assistance of an organized prostitution ring called Aleesha A... [more]
International Herald Tribune
October 12, 2011
Human rights: Two women emerge from five years of captivity in their own North Karachi home
KARACHI: Two young women have emerged from five years of captivity at the hands of their own brother. Their sister did not survive the ordeal.
Tabasum, 36, Saima, 22 and Seema spent this hellish time detained in a tiny, dark, filthy room in their own house in North Karachi's Bilal Colony. They were rescued with the help of the Karachi Madadgar helpline group that works on human trafficking and other rights abuses.
At a press conference on Tuesday, their sister Shaheen told the media that the three women were held hostage by their brother Nasir and his wife Lubna. “[They did it] in order to grab the house left behind by our mother four years ago.”
Their captors shoved polythene bags of food and water though a small hole. Seema did not survive the abuse and died two years into their confinement. “When we rescued Tabassum and Saim... [more]
September 27, 2011
Girl, 12, Is Convicted in Pimping Case, but Avoids Jail Time
Indonesia. A 12-year-old girl charged with pimping out a fellow minor was convicted by a juvenile court here on Tuesday, and then released into the custody of her parents, in a case that has drawn the ire of child's rights activists.
Bambang Kusnandar, the presiding judge, said the court had ruled that although the defendant was guilty on the charge of human trafficking, she should be returned to her family on humanitarian grounds.
The case of Mawar, not her real name, drew widespread criticism when it was revealed that pending her trial, the 12 year old had been held for three months in an adult penitentiary, where she reportedly suffered depression.
Her lawyers also said the accusation that she had arranged for a 16-year-old female friend to have sex with a paying male client was ludicrous, given her young age.
Police arrested Mawar on July 21 at the security po... [more]
October 10, 2011
Legal brothels linked to international sex trafficking rings
LEGAL brothels in NSW and Victoria are operating unchecked despite police investigations implicating them in human trafficking, sex slavery and organised crime.
Two federal police investigations, Operations Elixation and Raspberry, have identified at least two Sydney brothels and three Melbourne ones linked to an international human trafficking and sex slavery ring. The syndicate allegedly convinces Asian women to come to Australia to study. They are then forced to work as sex slaves in brothels.
But the state and local authorities responsible for approving legal brothels have taken no action, despite court documents in August detailing federal police allegations of the brothels' - or their managers' - involvement in organised crime.
A joint investigation by the Herald and the ABC program Four Corners can reveal that the brothels include the Five Star in Woolloomooloo, whi... [more]
My Fox Houston
October 7, 2011
ICE Agents Arrest 2 Accused of Human Trafficking Operation
NEEDVILLE, Texas - Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents have arrested two people believed to be involved in a human smuggling operation in Needville, Texas.
Albaro Estrada Dominguez and Mario-Beltran Torres are facing charges of conspiracy to commit hostage taking.
Following their arrest, 14 people were discovered inside Needville home, according to ICE. All were held against their will.
Thirteen were from Guatemala and one was from El Salvador.
Dominguez and Torres are two of five suspects believed to be involved in this operation.
The pair is in US Marshall custody. They will go before a Houston judge on Oct. 11.
The Associated Press
October 8, 2011
Mexico detains 5 in US sex slave case
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police arrested four men and a woman for allegedly helping force women to work as prostitutes in Mexico and the United States, authorities said Friday.
Mexican federal police said they acted on information from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office indicating some of the women were taken to New York. Police did not say where in New York the women were prostituted, but said there were outstanding U.S. extradition requests for some of the suspects.
The arrests were made Thursday during raids on four homes in the town of Tenancingo in central Tlaxcala state, which has long served as a center for Mexican pimps and the forced-prostitution trade.
The alleged leader of the gang, Antonio Lira Robles, lured women with promises and trickery to Mexico City and later forced them into prostitution, authorities said. Some were later taken to the United States.
Pimps i... [more]
The Times of India
October 7, 201
Sold off as 'bride', teen rescued from Haryana village
New Delhi: A 14-year-old girl from Assam was rescued from a Haryana village in a joint operation by cops from the city and Haryana and NGO Shakti Vahini. The rescuers overcame stiff resistance by the villagers, who claimed their "daughter-in-law" was five months pregnant.
According to Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini, Shabnam (name changed) was lured out of Assam by someone, who promised to marry her. He brought her to Delhi and sold her off to one Rakesh for Rs 25,000 at a Daryaganj hotel. She was then taken to Shahpur village of Jind district. "Rakesh married her forcibly and subjected her to the worst form of slavery. She would perform household chores the whole day; and at night, Rakesh would torment her sexually," said Rishi.
Earlier, the girl's family had lodged a missing complaint with the Hajo police station in Assam on May 3. "One day, I read in the local newspaper that an... [more]
Media News Group
October 5, 2011
Governor signs Swanson's human trafficking bills
California taxpayers can choose to contribute to the state's new Child Victims of Human Trafficking Fund which gives money to community-based organizations, under an East Bay lawmaker's bill signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Californians already can make contributions to a variety of organizations listed on their personal income tax forms; AB 764 by Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, D-Alameda, adds to that list community-based organizations that protect sexually exploited minors.
“Countless organizations throughout the state provide vital support services to child victims of sexual exploitation,” Swanson said in a news release. “Our state lacks a consistent process through which appropriate victim services can be provided to thousands of children who are struggling out on the street. With the Governor's signature on this bill, our state can begin plucking these young girls from th... [more]
The San Mateo County Times
October 6, 2011
Feds taking over South San Francisco teen pimping case
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Feds taking over South San Francisco teen pimping case
By Joshua Melvin
Posted: 10/06/2011 05:28:47 AM PDT
Updated: 10/06/2011 05:28:56 AM PDT
REDWOOD CITY -- Federal prosecutors have taken over the case of a Sacramento couple accused of pimping out three teens in a South San Francisco hotel and possibly in other Bay Area cities, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
San Mateo County prosecutors dropped the human trafficking, pimping and kidnapping charges against Mahender and Helen Singh on Wednesday in anticipation of their federal counterparts filing charges, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. He added that U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag has evidence tying the couple to similar pimping cases in the area, but Wagstaffe didn't have any details.
Jack Gillund, spokesman for Haag, decl... [more]
October 5, 2011
Spanish police arrest suspected Chinese mafia members
Madrid (CNN) -- Police in Barcelona have arrested 39 members of a suspected Chinese mafia and freed 30 young Chinese women whom they allegedly forced into prostitution, a senior officer of the Catalan regional police told CNN Wednesday.
The arrests occurred earlier this week after a long investigation. It was the biggest strike to date against Chinese-run mafias involved in forced prostitution in the northeast region of Catalonia, whose capital is Barcelona, said the senior officer, Xavier Cortes, head of the Catalan police unit that fights human trafficking.
In recent years, the Chinese crime syndicate had crowded out others from the prostitution market in the fashionable Eixample district of Barcelona by using forced prostitution and charging below-market rates, Cortes said.
The women were forced to work in unsanitary conditions and in marathon sessions, seeing eight clients in a row for ... [more]
October 5, 2011
50 underage girls ‘sold weekly' as sex workers in Kenya
At least 50 girls, aged between ten and 15, are sold every week to tour operators and tourist hotels at Sh60,000 each as sex workers and to star in pornographic movies, a report claims.
The report released on Tuesday by the International Peace Institute (IPI) says that the girls are trafficked or smuggled to Nairobi from North Eastern Province and Somalia.
The estimation of the number of girls smuggled per week comes from a non-governmental organisation Womankind Kenya, which is based in Garissa.
"Vehicles that transport miraa from Kenya to Somalia return loaded with young girls and women, who end up in brothels in Nairobi or who are shipped to Mombasa and destinations outside Kenya," the report says.
The report titled Termites at Work: Transitional Organised Crime and State Erosion in Kenya was compiled by IPI executive director Mr Peter Gastrow.
The report says the girl... [more]
Courthouse News Service
October 4, 2011
Obama Restricts Foreign Aid Over Human Trafficking
WASHINGTON (CN) - President Obama will suspend foreign aid not related to trade and humanitarian efforts to Burma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Zimbabwe because their efforts to combat trafficking in human beings do no meet the minimum standards of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.
For countries who receive only humanitarian aid such as Cuba, the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea, Eritrea, Iran, Madagascar, and Venezuela, the president ordered the Secretary State to suspend funding for officials and government employees of those nations to participate in cultural and educational exchange programs maintained by the United States.
Some waivers will be granted to each of the above nations for specific programs the president believes support the interests of the United States.
The president also determined that even though... [more]
The Huffington Post
October 5, 2011
Legislation on Human Trafficking Offers Point of Agreement Across Political Spectrum
With so much partisan discord these days on Capitol Hill, it's hard to imagine any issue on which both parties can agree. Although Republicans and Democrats have drawn lines in the sand on matters ranging from the budget ceiling to job creation, there is one vital area of common cause: eliminating the scourge of human trafficking.
This is an example of bipartisan cooperation that has helped save lives both in the United States and abroad.
This spirit of cooperation is needed again for the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) a piece of legislation that cannot endure political stalemate. And with good reason: it protects victims of trafficking and helps prevent people from becoming victims in the first place.
That protection is just as vital today as when the landmark U.S. anti-trafficking legislation first became law in 2... [more]
October 4, 2011
Peru sex slavery: Police free 300 women in Amazon
Police in Peru say they have rescued nearly 300 women from sexual exploitation in a raid in the country's Amazon region.
At least four people were arrested in Puerto Maldonado on suspicion of human trafficking.
Among those rescued from about 50 brothels were at least 10 minors - the youngest was a 13-year-old girl.
More than 400 police took part in the three-day operation in the region, known for its illegal gold mining.
The region has seen an influx of fortune-hunters trying to make a living from the trade.
Prosecutors say young girls are lured to the area by women who travel around offering them jobs in shops or as domestic helpers, but that the girls often end up being forced to work as prostitutes in local bars.
Last month, the charity Save the Children said that more than 1,100 underage girls were being used as sexual slaves in illegal mining camps in the south-eastern Peruvia... [more]
October 4, 2011
Sex slave boss threatened to pour boiling water down girl's throat
A VICE ring chief threatened to pour boiling water down a prostitute's throat during a reign of terror over dozens of women.
Cops revealed Stephen Craig's brutal intimidation tactics yesterday as he and ex-prostitute lover Ashleigh Beuken became the first people jailed under new sex trafficking laws in Scotland.
The pair admitted moving 14 men and women to addresses in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and Newcastle.
And police involved in the inquiry said they had evidence of threats of terrifying violence which would have been heard if the charges had gone to trial.
The case was hailed by Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland as a “landmark” in the battle against the exploitation of vulnerable women.
Craig, 34, from Clydebank, near Glasgow, was jailed for three years and four months at Glasgow Sheriff Court, while Beuken, 23, from Leith, Edinburgh, got 18 months.... [more]
October 3, 2011
Police: Man Tried To Sell Teen Into Sex Slavery
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Police said they arrested a 22-year-old after he tried to sell an underage girl for sex.
Police said Kendel Morrel, 22, not only coerced a 17-year-old girl to sell herself for sex, but he also tried to sell her for a three-day period as a sex slave.
Action 7 News spoke with the undercover agent who exposed the crime.
“I believe whole-heartedly that this girl initially started out thinking there would be a job -- a connection possibly turning into a relationship,” said the undercover agent.
The teen met Morrell over Facebook, police said. When the teen posted a notification asking for a job, Morrell jumped at the opportunity, according to the agent.
“Conversation went over for a period of time, where he was really grooming her for the act of prostitution,” said the undercover agent.
Morrell told the girl she'd be selling hip-hop magazines and CDs, but soon the ... [more]
October 2, 2011
Abuse victim tells her story at human trafficking conference
AUBURN — Minh Dang was 10 years old when her father started selling her for sex. Three years later, her mother did the same.
Now 27, the doctoral candidate at the University of California at Berkeley has made it her mission to speak out about her 20-year enslavement in modern America, she told an audience of more than 100 people at the East Auburn Baptist Church on Saturday.
Dang was "owned" by her parents until she left for college at age 20, raised to believe she was worth no more than the flies her parents killed with the same flyswatter they used on her. They told her she was "a burden and stupid." She was beaten with a two-by-four and emotionally and sexually abused by her parents. They isolated her from her school friends and monitored her movements at all times.
One of the first entries in the journal in which she confided at age 6 stated that her parents and brother d... [more]
Las Vegas Sun
October 1, 2011
Woman shares story to save others from sex trafficking
When a Las Vegas woman's daughter befriended a male classmate at a Las Vegas high school, the mother was thrilled the teen was making friends.
As the youngest, the girl had been showing signs of low self-esteem and was withdrawn from the family. But her mother soon realized the relationship between her daughter and her new “boyfriend” was far from healthy.
“She became angry; she became verbally abusive. She had bruises on her that she couldn't explain,” the woman said in a video testimony. “Little did we know that he was pandering her, pimping her out on the streets of Las Vegas.”
The video opened the Human Trafficking Family Forum at the International Church of Las Vegas on Saturday morning. The woman said she hopes her family's story can shed some light on the secret world of sex trafficking in Las Vegas.
“I'm here as a mom,” she said. “I should be sitting where you are and ... [more]