October 29, 2012
Mom charged with human trafficking her 13-year-old daughter
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - A mom faces charges of human trafficking after police say she took money to let a 13-year-old girl have sex with men.
Warren County Commonwealth's Attorney Chris Cohron told The Daily News that the case of 30-year-old Rose Marie Woolbright is "very unusual" and the first of its kind in Warren County.
Woolbright is charged with allowing two men to engage in sexual activities with the girl.
Woolbright is charged with unlawful transaction with a minor and second-degree sodomy. Also arrested and charged with sex offenses were 37-year-old Chad Wayne Simmons and 28-year-old Pedro Lopez Diaz, both of Bowling Green. All three remained in custody on Saturday.
Simmons is charged with two counts of second-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor-illegal sex act with someone under 16. Diaz is charged with second-degree rape. Jail ... [more]
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October 29, 2012
Sex trafficking rapist from Northfleet jailed for 20 years
A SEX trafficking rapist from Northfleet who used witchcraft rituals to silence young girls before selling them as prostitutes has been jailed for 20 years.
Osezua Osalase, 42, preyed on vulnerable Nigerian girls by promising them a better life in Britain. He used African JuJu rituals to silence his victims, including a girl aged 14.
One of Osalase's victims, a 16-year-old girl, had samples of blood taken from her, while her head hair and pubic hair were cut during the ritual.
The Nigerian was found guilty of seven charges including smuggling girls out of and into the UK for sexual exploitation, rape and sexual activity with a child.
He was told by Judge Adele Williams at Canterbury Crown Court: "You were dealing in exploitation and misery and degradation.
"You have been convicted on clear and compelling evidence of trafficking two girls in and out of the UK."
October 29, 2012
Facebook Sex Trafficking: Social Network Used To Kidnap Indonesian Girls
DEPOK, Indonesia (AP) — When a 14-year-old girl received a Facebook friend request from an older man she didn't know, she accepted it out of curiosity. It's a click she will forever regret, leading to a brutal story that has repeated itself as sexual predators find new ways to exploit Indonesia's growing obsession with social media.
The junior high student was quickly smitten by the man's smooth online flattery. They exchanged phone numbers, and his attention increased with rapid-fire texts. He convinced her to meet in a mall, and she found him just as charming in person.
They agreed to meet again. After telling her mom she was going to visit a sick girlfriend on her way to church choir practice, she climbed into the man's minivan near her home in Depok, on the outskirts of Jakarta.
The man, a 24-year-old who called himself Yogi, drove her an hour to the town... [more]
October 2, 2012
Gridlock in Congress stalls anti-human trafficking bill
As many as 27 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking, including sex slavery, child prostitution and debt bondage, according to State Department estimates. Now, partisan gridlock in Congress jeopardizes efforts to help them.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) enjoyed strong bipartisan support when Congress passed it in 2000 and reauthorized it three times since. But the latest effort has been on hold for more than a year.
"If Congress fails to renew this law, it's going to have a global impact," said Jesse Eaves, a senior policy advisor at World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization.
The law imposes tough federal penalties on traffickers and funds programs to detect, arrest and prosecute them. It also supports services for victims of human trafficking.
According to advocates, the law is designed to be updated every few years to adapt to the... [more]