November 20, 2013
Subway Owners Arrested After Human Trafficking Investigation
Employees at several Lexington Subway restaurants were arrested Tuesday following a lengthy investigation into human trafficking allegations.
Court documents released Wednesday shed new light on the arrests of Amrutlal Patel and his wife, Dakshaben Patel, at their Ellerslie Park Boulevard home Tuesday morning.
LEX 18 was on scene when authorities raided the Patels' home and the Subway restaurant on East Main Street - one of at least three Lexington restaurants co-owned by Amrutlal Patel and a relative. However, authorities refused to tell reporter Josh Breslow what they were investigating or what the Patels were charged with.
According to the newly released records, the Patels are facing federal charges of "bringing in and harboring aliens," which carries a potential 10-year sentence. Three undocumented immigrants from India, who were working for Amrutlal Patel, also were taken i... [more]
November 7, 2013
BSP MP maid's murder: Police lens on trafficking
The Delhi Police is looking at human trafficking angle in the murder of Rakhi, employed at the Delhi house of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) parliamentarian Dhananjay Singh.
Police is looking for a person, Dev Kumar, who brought Rakhi, 35, and another maid Meena, 48, here from West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, around a year ago.
Meena had also worked in the house where Rakhi was tortured to death by the MP's wife, Jagriti Singh.
According to a police officer, Rakhi was a Bangladeshi citizen but for the past several years was living with her family in North 24 Parganas district.
Dev was earlier employed with a south Delhi-based placement agency. Later, though the agency shut shop, he continued his work.
When Dhananjay Singh contacted Dev, the latter brought the two women to Delhi.
Police also questioned Dhananjay, who is in five days' police custody, about Dev.
Press of Atlantic City
October 31, 2013
Ventnor man accused of running male prostitution ring indicted on human-trafficking charge
A Ventnor man accused of operating a male prostitution ring out of his Newport Avenue apartment has been indicted, state Attorney General John Hoffman announced today.
Marc Branch, 40, faces charges including first-degree human trafficking, aggravated sexual assault and promoting organized street crime. A Margate man is also charged with allegedly trying to delete incriminating evidence online.
Branch was arrested in October 2012, and is accused of using drugs, money and the promise of friendship to lure vulnerable young men -- including at least one minor -- to his home. Using cocaine, heroin and alcohol, Branch allegedly controlled the young men, the advertised their services on Craigslist and social media, according to the charges. Clients paid as much as $200 per sex act.
One of those clients, Francis Forvour, 47, of Maple Shade, ... [more]