October 25, 2013
Colombian accused of selling virginity of 12 daughters
A mother of 14 in Colombia tried to make ends meet, police say, by pushing her daughters into "hell" and selling their virginity for a couple hundred dollars.
Margarita de Jesus Zapata Moreno, 45, was arrested this week together with a 51-year-old contractor who police believe impregnated one of the young daughters.
She broke down in tears when she stood in front of the cameras after being arrested in Bogota, the Colombian capital. The Bogota Metropolitan Police say Zapata sold the virginity of 12 daughters to much older men seeking to have sex with young virgins.
Authorities also say the suspect would begin selling her daughters to men as soon as the girls turned 12 years old. She charged anywhere between 300,000 and 400,000 Colombian Pesos ($160 to $212) for a virgin.
But Zapata strongly denies the accusation. Colombian authorities often show high-profile suspects to the media shortl... [more]
October 23, 2013
Foster Care and Sex Trafficking Survivor Testifies on Hill
This afternoon on the Hill a 24-year-old college student and sex trafficking survivor, Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, shared her experiences growing up in the U.S., where she was used for money in the foster care system and ultimately forced into sex trafficking.
“I spent for the most part, the first 18 years of my life in the foster care system. Seven of those years I was a child being sexually trafficked on the streets, internet, strip clubs, massage parlors and even in the back of express papers,” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew said in her written testimony before the House Committee on Ways and Means's Subcommittee on Human Resources.
Now, she has dedicated herself to sharing her story in hopes of helping young people and changing the system she grew up in for the better.
Since the early 1960s, the federal government has reimbursed states for part of the cost of providing fost... [more]
October 21, 2014
New Website Promotes Supply Chain Transparency
Modern-day slavery is a human rights violation hidden in the shadows of our globalized markets. Today, it is estimated that tens of millions of adults and children are living in conditions of modern-day slavery around the world.
Despite its widespread prevalence, forced labor remains acutely undetected throughout company supply chains. In response, legislators in California passed the 2010 California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (SB 657). The first law of its kind, SB 657 requires certain retailers and manufacturers doing business in California to publicly disclose on their websites the degree to which they are addressing forced labor and human trafficking in their supply chains.
As a human trafficking survivor, I frequently share my story with others in an effort to raise awareness about the existence of modern-day slavery and its human cost. Today, many companies have been made aw... [more]
October 17, 2013
Inside den of human trafficker, 84, who kept deaf mute girl as sex slave for NINE years
A DEAF and mute girl was trafficked into the UK and repeatedly raped by a pensioner who used her to abuse the benefits system, a court heard today.
Ilyas Ashar, 84, sexually abused the unnamed girl over the course almost a decade after she first arrived in the country aged around 10 from Pakistan in 2000.
Ashar used the girl, who is profoundly deaf and cannot speak, as a sex slave and to steal more than £30,000 benefits on her behalf.
He beat and slapped the girl and forced her to work for him and his family as a domestic servant at their home in Salford.
Ashar was found guilty of 13 counts at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court.
Two female jurors wept as the verdict was read out while one woman on the jury had her face in her hands.
Ian Rushton, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) North West, said the victi... [more]
October 11, 2013
Feds: Houston sex trafficking ring prostituted undocumented girls
Federal agents arrested 13 suspects in connection with an alleged sex trafficking ring in Houston that prostituted underage, undocumented girls from Mexico for up to $500 an hour, according to an indictment unsealed Friday morning.
Federal prosecutors allege the ring operated out of several Houston bars and brothels and the suspects charged "premium prices" for sex with underage girls. The girls were locked up and beaten and charged for condoms, the indictment alleges.
The FBI, state and local law enforcement agencies raided clubs in the southeast Houston area Thursday night, including one in the 5600 block of Telephone Road.
Neighbors said they saw 20 or more young girls being led out of the Nuevo Amanecer nightclub after the raid.
The girls were taken away in a bus.
The indictment names 14 suspects including one man who remains a fugitive: Alfonso Diaz-Jua... [more]
October 11, 2013
Young girls in human trafficking ring found after feds raid 2 nightclubs
HOUSTON —Undercover officers had a busy night Thursday raiding two nightclubs in southeast Houston and rescuing many young girls, who may have been part of a human trafficking ring.
Agents from multiple agencies, including the FBI, DPS and Homeland Security took part in a massive raid on two clubs on Telephone Road near Edna Street.
Authorities did not give any details at the scene, but plenty of residents emerged from their homes to watch the scene unfold.
Witnesses said they saw several scantily-clad young women, dressed in mini-skirts and other revealing clothing, loaded into police buses, and men in handcuffs and ankle chains being loaded into vans. They said many of the girls appeared to be in their pre-teen years.
“One of the neighbors told me that she seen them take out anywhere from 10 to 12 young girls, probably from the age 12 and up, so I don't know what's g... [more]
October 10, 2013
Carlsbad man gets 3 years for attempting to prostitute teen daughter
Jesus Navarro, 40, was arrested in Nov. 2012 after jumping from third-story window of hotel; police say he tried to traffic daughter to settle drug debt
CARLSBAD - The sentencing of a Carlsbad man who was convicted of human trafficking in May was confirmed by a district court judge Wednesday.
Jesus Navarro, 40, of Carlsbad was sentenced to three years in prison with two years of parole after he attempted to traffic a 16-year-old family member.
Because Navarro is a habitual offender, an additional year was added to his sentence.
Navarro pleaded guilty on May 15 of the third-degree felony, which took place in November of 2012.
The juvenile female, who is now 17, told officials at Carlsbad High School of an early morning conversation Nov. 9 in which Navarro attempted to get her to "meet" friends
Current-Argus file photo In this Nov. 2012 file photo, Carlsba... [more]
October 1, 2013
Man tossed from third floor for aiding Dubai Police
Suspect accused of trying to murder man who helped police arrest human traffickers.
Dubai: A suspected group of human traffickers lured a jobless man to a flat, where they assaulted him before throwing him from the third floor because he cooperated with the police to have them busted.
The 30-year-old man, K.I., from Comoros Islands, sustained a 100 per cent permanent disability and lost the ability to walk after a group of seven Pakistani and Bangladeshi men beat him and then threw him from the balcony on October 11, 2011.
Prosecutors accused a 41-year-old Bangladeshi, M.R., [who was among the group of seven men] of attempting to kill K.I. with a sharp tool, then throwing him from the third floor of the building in Al Rifaa.
Swift medical intervention helped save the life of K.I.
According to the charge sheet, prosecutors charged M.R. and an unidentified number of suspects, who rema... [more]