February 26, 2014
Human Trafficking Amid a Full Plate of Hazards for California Emergency Services
California has more than its share of hazards, including earthquakes, mudslides, floods and of course, the current drought. But that doesn't stop officials from taking on another fight — human trafficking.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris called human trafficking the world's fastest-growing criminal enterprise, a $32-million-a-year industry. And California, a border state with a large immigrant population, is one of the top destinations for trafficking humans, whether it's for sex exploitation, labor, debt bondage, involuntary servitude or drugs.
“Human trafficking is becoming a well-understood threat in California,” said Mark Ghilarducci, California's homeland security adviser and director of the state's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). “We're a border state with Mexico, our highway system is a pipeline to moving people who are b... [more]
February 13, 2013
Man forced teen boys into sex and drug trafficking, police say
SALT LAKE CITY — A man accused of masterminding a drug and human trafficking ring involving teenage boys has been arrested by a collaboration of federal, state and local agencies.
Victor Manuel Rax, 42, of Guatamala, was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of human trafficking, distributing a counterfeit substance, child endangerment and unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
It was hard for several investigators to hide their satisfaction Wednesday that Rax was in custody.
"Finally, a man is in prison who imprisoned many people — metaphorically — before," Ken Wallentine, chief of law enforcement for the Utah Attorney General's Office, said during a press conference at the Salt Lake County Jail.
Investigators believe Rax sexually abused young boys, mainly undocumented Latinos, and then used fear to force them into sex and drug t... [more]
February 8, 2014
Forced to have sex with 60 men a day and tattooed with the name of their pimps: Human trafficking victims tell of torture they suffered at hands of three brothers who 'treated them like property'
Victims of a sex trafficking trio of brothers from Mexico have finally spoken out about the horrors they faced while held captive.
A woman named Carmen, who was forced into sex slavery at just 14-years-old, and another unnamed woman were taken from a Mexican town fast becoming infamous for being the source of unwilling prostitutes.
The two women told the New York Daily News their life in New York was ‘hell,' and that they were forced to have sex with dozens of men each day.
‘I can only describe my life in New York as five years in hell,' said Carmen.
The three brothers who captured her and dozens of others have been sentenced to jail for pimping out and abusing the women, Carmen was pimped out by 35-year-old Benito Lopez-Perez.
‘From th... [more]