December 30, 2011
Iranian arrested on charges of trafficking Uzbek women
An Iranian man has been arrested for allegedly trafficking women from Uzbekistan for prostitution in Pattaya.
Jassem Mohammad Abdulla Almazroee, 33, was taken into custody by Pattaya Tourist Police Dec. 18 after an Uzbek woman said she escaped from the Iranian, who was forcing her to work in Pattaya's sex industry.
The 20-year-old victim told police Almazroee had promised her that a job working as a masseuse would pay for her plane ticket and fronted her 10,000 baht. When she arrived, however, she found she was only one of several women forced into prostitution. If they tried to escape or refused to do as he asked, Almazroee would burn them with cigarettes, she said.
She and three friends contacted tourist police as they worked Walking Street. Investigators rescued them from a low-rent South Pattaya hotel afterward.
Police said the Iranian was one of only seven men running t... [more]
Richard Times Dispatch
December 28, 2011
Making a Difference: Survivor now helps other victims recover
For a decade and a half, Holly Austin Smith of Midlothian didn't know how to describe the horrible thing that happened to her when she was 14. Watching a documentary in 2008, she finally learned the term for it: sex trafficking.
A chronic runaway from New Jersey, she was befriended by a man who offered to help her escape her home life. Smith, who was severely depressed, said he drove her from the mall where she met him to an Atlantic City motel and dropped her off with a woman, who treated her kindly. But soon after, Smith found out why she was there — she was sold to men wanting to have sex with underage girls. Thirty-six hours later, a police officer arrested her and later realized she was a victim, she said.
Smith, now 33, said understanding how to frame her 1992 experience was "a very big deal to me. For years and years, I thought I was the only person that thi... [more]
Southern Maryland Newspaper Online
December 23, 2011
12-year sentence for forced prostitution of 13-year-old
A Charles County judge sentenced a Nanjemoy man on Monday to 12 years in prison for the April statutory rape and forced prostitution of a 13-year-old girl.
Perraz Lydell Chisley, 21, was indicted July 15 on more than 20 counts of human trafficking, rape and sex offenses after the girl told police he had forced her to perform sex acts with several other men in exchange for food, clothing and shelter.
The girl was found April 30, more than a week after she had run away from home with a friend. Unable to stay at her friend's house, the girl took a taxi to a gas station on Berry Road in Waldorf, where Chisley offered her a ride home, according to court papers.
Chisley told the girl to tell anyone they met that she was 19 and took her to a house in Marbury, where the two had consensual sex, the papers state. In Maryland, anyone who has sex with someone younger ... [more]
Radio Free Asia
December 23, 2011
Pedophile Pardoned On Government Request
Anti-human trafficking groups criticize Cambodia for amnesty decision.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's government asked the country's King Norodom Sihamoni to pardon a Russian businessman convicted of sexually abusing more than a dozen girls in Cambodia, according to a prince.
Prince Sisowath Thomico told RFA in an interview Friday that the king granted an amnesty to Alexander Trofimov, who was freed on Tuesday, based on a government request.
Trofimov, who became the focus of Cambodia's largest-ever pedophilia case, had been convicted of buying sex from 17 girls between the ages of six and 13.
Anti-human trafficking groups have expressed dismay over his release, saying it would be a bad example for criminals.
“I don't want to respond to [the] anti-human trafficking groups' comment and thought but I can comment based on the laws. The King has granted amnesty because the government... [more]
The Phnom Penh Post
December 27, 2011
Beaten sex workers fear court
More than 100 sex workers have filed complaints with the Cambodian Prostitute Union alleging police brutality, but only one has dared file a complaint to police, unionists said yesterday.
The Cambodian Prostitute Union's Chan Lina said the reason sex workers do not feel they can file a complaint outlining their physical and sexual assault by judicial and police officers is because they fear facing the court to testify.
“They don't even believe in the court system,” Chan Lina said. “It is difficult for us to seek intervention to help these victims of violence because many of them dare not file a complaint against a local police officer.
“The women fear losing their jobs, because police who commit the offences are the ones who control the area,” she said, adding that the union only ever received verbal complaints.
Chan Lina said there was a culture of impunity among judicial and police officers... [more]
December 27, 2011
Underage Prostitution Bar Uncovered
Thailand-On Monday at 1:45 am, the Deputy Police Superintendent of Human Trafficking Prevention and Suppressing Center Pol. Lt. Col. Chusak Kaytong led a team of police assistance with the Tourist Police by the lead of the Investigating Inspector Pol. Lt. Col. Attapong Saen-jai-wut to set a sting operation, to hunt down a Human Trafficking Business disguised as a normal beer bar. The venue, called the Shadow Bar, and located on Pattaya 2nd Road opposite Tiffany's, had many complaints submitted to the police, that this locale had been operating as a teenage house of prostitution for a while.
An undercover officer made a deal to buy a prostitute's service from a female teenage employee of this bar, and agreed to meet the girl in a hotel. After both sides agreed to the service and the price, the police identified themselves and searched the premises.
The Cashiers Mr. Manop Rang-see-sud, aged 30 and ... [more]
December 22, 2011
Woman kidnapped, forced to watch torture and killing by sex trafficking ring, say Okla. cops
OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma City man kidnapped a 20-year-old woman, then forced her to watch another woman's torture and death, so that she would cooperate with a human trafficking ring, police say.
According to Police Chief Phil Cole, 33-year-old Jimmy Lee Massey was arrested on a warrant for first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Carina Saunders, whose dismembered body was found in a duffel bag in an Oklahoma suburb.
An affidavit filed in the case said Massey told police he kidnapped the 20-year-old and forced her to watch the others kill Saunders. He allegedly gave details of Saunders' torture, killing and dismemberment and disposal of the body.
There is no evidence the 20-year-old knew Saunders but they both knew Massey, Cole said. He said the kidnapping and murder were meant to send a message that the 20-year-old and her frie... [more]
7th Space Interactive
December 20, 2011
Kirkwood Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking
KANSAS CITY, MO—Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kirkwood, Mo ., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to the commercial sex trafficking of a young, mentally deficient woman who was coerced into being a sex slave for several years while she was tortured in a trailer home located in a wooded area in Lebanon, Mo.
Bradley Cook, also known as “PutHer2GoodUse,” 33, of Kirkwood, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Dean Whipple to commercial sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion.
From 2006 to 2009, Cook watched the victim, who is identified in court documents as “FV” (female victim), being sexually abused and tortured in live online sessions and as depicted in photos and videos that he downloaded from the Internet. Cook admitted that he traveled to Lebanon on multiple occasions during that time to engag... [more]
December 15, 2011
Clampdown on child sex trafficking
ABU DHABI // Authorities yesterday highlighted their efforts to prevent child sex trafficking.
It follows the arrest of three men earlier this year on suspicion of forcing two girls into prostitution.
The case of the South Asian youths, age 13 and 14, was discussed on the final day of an anti-trafficking workshop in the capital.
"This was the first time underage girls had been brought to the country on tourist visas for the purpose of sex trafficking," said Maj Dr Rashed Al Nuaimi, an officer at the human rights department of the Ministry of the Interior.
"One of the girls had tried to cut her wrists to refuse work," he said, after showing pictures of the girl with slashed wrists to police and immigration officers who had gathered from across the region for the three-day UN training event.
Dr Al Nuaimi said the men, who were from the same country as the alleged victims, had claimed the girls ... [more]
The Phnom Penh Post
December 15, 2011
Paid to protect brothels
The former head of Phnom Penh's anti-human trafficking police was tried in absentia yesterday for soliciting protection money from brothel owners and paying officers to hide under-age sex workers, even after he was sacked.
Eam Rattana, former chief of the Phnom Penh municipal anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police office, was sacked in 2009 but allegedly continued to help brothel owners until he was charged with corruption in April this year.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court Presiding Judge Duch Kimsorn said the 54-year-old, who fled into hiding shortly after a warrant was issued for his arrest, provided protection to three men running sexual services out of their coffee shops.
“Eam Rattana ordered his closest people to collect money for him from a number of brothels for his protection from police crackdowns or arrests,” Duch Kimsorn said.
Eam Rattana is accused of providing protection to... [more]
My Sin Chew
December 14, 2011
Lao women freed in Thai brothel raid: police
NARATHIWAT, December 14, 2011 (AFP) - Police in Thailand said they had rescued 41 women from Laos on Wednesday who had been forced to work as prostitutes in a southern border town.
The 45-year-old owner of a karaoke parlour was arrested on charges of human trafficking and detention of persons under the age of 18, following a tip-off from a relative of one of the victims.
"She called her parents and asked for help. After investigation, we obtained a search warrant and raided the place. We found and rescued 41 women," said police lieutenant Komvich Padhanarath.
The women, who were working in the tourist town of Sungai Golok near the border with Malaysia, were aged between 16 and 23 years.
"They said they were told by the broker that they would come to work as waitresses with a high salary but they ended up being forced into prostitution. Their passports were seized by the owner," Komvich ... [more]
The Wichita Eagle
December 9, 2011
Sex-trafficking case can resume as Wichita police find runaway teen witness
WICHITA — A runaway teenage witness forced a prosecutor to dismiss a human trafficking case against an accused pimp and two women charged with helping sell the girl for sex.
Then police found her.
“Welcome to the world of prosecuting human trafficking,” Sedgwick County Deputy District Attorney Marc Bennett said.
The Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office refiled the charges earlier this week against Michael L. Tyson, Angel Garza and another woman who has been identified as the mother of the girl, who is under 16.
Tyson and the girl's mother were set for a preliminary hearing, after charges were filed in September. But after the girl, who was the main witness, disappeared, Bennett had to ask judges to continue hearing dates. The prosecutor was ordered to produce his witness or dismiss the case, which he did.
“Within 20 minutes, I got a call from... [more]
December 8, 2011
Sold by my own grandmother
Human trafficking happens in our very own yards. Many are trafficked within villages by their own families.
I asked myself many questions as I listened to the story of 18-year-old Rani*, a fragile young lady in her beautiful clean yellow outfit. I could not understand why there was so much sadness on her pale face until I heard her story.
Section II of The Combatting of Trafficking in Persons Act 2009 stipulates that “Any person who trafficks another person or allows another person to be trafficked shall commit an offence.” Very often in Mauritius when we talk about trafficking, we think about what is usually featured in films - women sold for sex work, or women looking for green pastures outside their own countries who are unwittingly sold into sexual slavery in their destination countries. Trafficking is happening in our own paradise island and in front of our own eyes, but it doesn't always come in the form we a... [more]
December 8, 2011
Modelling agency director gets 12-year sentence for rape and human trafficking
Helsinki District Court has sentenced 48-year-old Tero Petteri Eronen, the director of a modelling agency, to 12 years and six months in prison on a number of sex crimes, including three counts of aggravated rape, nine counts of rape, as well as attempted manslaughter and aggravated human trafficking.
In what is seen as an unusually extensive series of crimes, the court found that Eronen had taken advantage of young women who were hoping for a career in modelling. Test photographs were taken in which the women wore little or no clothing, and most of the work that was offered involved performances at strip shows.
Police said that the photo sessions involved sexual exploitation, and rapes occurred during modelling tours. In some cases, sexual assault took place already in the initial job interviews.
The victims had been led to believe that... [more]
Austell 11 Live
December 6, 2011
Pimp sentenced for trafficking S.C. teen
AUSTELL, Ga. -- A pimp known as Candyman was sentenced in federal court Monday on charges of sex trafficking involving a teenage girl.
A judge sentenced 30-year-old Chesire Martinez Robinson of Austell to 17 years and five months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release. He must also register as a sex offender and pay $14,440 in restitution.
According to information presented in court, "Candyman" brought a 16-year-old girl to Georgia from her South Carolina hometown in mid-2009. He knew the victim was a minor, but still forced her to prostitute herself at a truck stop and various hotels in the Atlanta area. Robinson reportedly earned more than $14,000 from his victim's sex acts, which she performed six nights a week for hours at a time.
"For nearly two months, this predator sexually exploited a 16-year-old girl for his financial gain," said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillia... [more]
WXYZ Action News
November 30, 2011
5 charged with Human Trafficking in connection with Detroit prostitution ring
DETROIT (WXYZ) - Five people from the Detroit area have been arrested on human trafficking charges in connection with a prostitution ring that the Michigan Attorney General's office says was called "Detroit Pink."
Mustaffa Hassan Muhammad, Tara Muhammad, Brooklyn Marie Siebert, Rita Jean Jemison and Jason Michael Sherrill have all been charged with multiple felonies, including Human Trafficking, Pandering, Accepting the Earnings of a Prostitute and Racketeering.
The Attorney General's offices says Mustaffa Muhammad and his now estranged wife Tara launched the "Detroit Pink" ring in 2006. Officials say the ring was operated as an online escort service with approximately two dozen prostitutes, at least one of whom was a minor.
Officials say the ring was based in Detroit, but primarily operated out of Southfield hotels.
The investigation determined tha... [more]
November 30, 2011
Illegal alien sentenced in underage sex trafficking case
Huntsville, AL – On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith sentenced Manuel Enrique Zelaya-Rodriguez, 32, to 15 years and eight months in federal prison for multiple sex trafficking charges.
In September 2010, a jury convicted Zelaya-Rodriguez of the trafficking of an under-age girl for sex, coercing a minor to engage in prostitution as well as two immigration offenses.
U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said: “This defendant exploited the desperate situation of a child who he knew was in the country illegally and put her to work for him as a prostitute…Within two weeks, Zelaya-Rodriguez collected money from 40 to 50 men who paid to have sex with the child. This is human trafficking and it is a morally reprehensible crime. The message with today's sentence is that the Department of Justice and my office will not tolerate crimes of human trafficking.”
Upon completion of his senten... [more]