April 26, 2012
Alleged New York Pimp Indicted in Maryland for Sex Trafficking, Kidnapping, and Gun Crimes
GREENBELT, MD—A federal grand jury today indicted Jeremy Naughton, a/k/a “Jerms Black,” age 31, of Brooklyn, New York, on charges related to sex trafficking, including transporting individuals to engage in prostitution, kidnapping, and use of a gun in furtherance of a crime of violence.
The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Richard A McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Chief J Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department.
“Prostitution is sometimes glamorized, but for most girls, it brings violence and despair,” said Rod J Rosenstein. “The indictment alleges that Jeremy Naughton kidnapped young women, held them against their will, and used violence and threats to compel them to work for him as prostitutes.”
According to the 11-count in... [more]
The Wall Street Journal
April 23, 2012
Pa. father, son charged in NY sex-trafficking case
NEW YORK — A Pennsylvania father and son dispatched prostitutes to New York City, where livery cab drivers helped find customers for trysts that made the men big money but provided the women only a few dollars a night, prosecutors said Monday.
Six drivers were charged Monday with promoting prostitution in an unusually broad sex-trafficking case. It's expected to encompass charges against not only the alleged ringleaders and driver-recruiters but also some accused customers, according to the Manhattan district attorney's office.
The father and son, Vincent George Sr., 55, and Vincent George Jr., 33, both of Allentown, Pa., pleaded not guilty earlier this month to sex trafficking, money laundering and other charges. The men were being held without bail.
The father "was completely surprised and stunned by the allegations," his lawyer, Alex Grosshthern, said Monday. The son's la... [more]
San Francisco Chronicle
April 20, 2012
California Man Sentenced to Nine Years for Sex Trafficking
Mahendar “Mike” Singh was sentenced on Thursday to nine years in prison for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking throughout Northern California, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced.
Singh, 40, pleaded guilty on January 11, 2012, to sex trafficking conspiracy. In pleading guilty, Singh admitted that he and his wife, co-defendant Helen Jean Singh (née Kearney), 22, both formerly of Sacramento, conspired to operate a prostitution enterprise between spring 2011 and August 2011 in Sacramento County and multiple Bay Area counties, including Contra Costa.
Mahendar Singh admitted to recruiting teenage girls to provide sex services in exchange for money and drugs and to knowing that at least one of the teenagers was a juvenile. He also admitted that he and his wife were able to maintain their victims' services by providing them with money, clothing, and drugs; promisin... [more]
April 20, 2012
Man Charged With Prostituting Teen
Atlantic County man faces charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl before recruiting her to sell sex in A.C.
A 30-year-old Pleasantville man was arrested earlier this week and charged with sexual assault and human trafficking for allegedly pushing an underage girl into prostitution.
On Friday Middle Township Police announced the arrest and charges against Brian Nixon.
Nixon was arrested Wednesday after an investigation uncovered allegations that he befriended a teenage girl, had a short-term sexual relationship with her and then recruited her to become a prostitute, police said.
Nixon is accused of transporting the girl from Middle Township to Atlantic City for the purpose of selling sex, according to authorities.
Police say that he has previous felony convictions in New Jersey.
Nixon is being held in Cape May County jail on $100,000 bail, police said.
April 18, 2012
Orange resident get prison time for luring girls online
An Orange resident who used social networking websites to entice girls to send him sexually explicit photographs was sentenced to prison Wednesday after being convicted of dozens of felony charges, authorities said.
Joshua David Threlkeld, 35, was sentenced to 29 years and 8 months in prison, to be followed by a sentence of 70 years to life prison, during a hearing in Riverside Superior Court, said John Hall, a Riverside County District Attorney's Office spokesman.
By creating a fake modeling agency and adopting the fabricated online persona of a fake 13-year-old teenage girl, authorities say, Threlkeld spent nearly two years enticing girls to send him sexually explicit images.
Authorities believe that there were at least 80 victims, with photos from girls from at least 16 states and two countries collected from his computer after his arrest.
Prosecutors believe that at least four... [more]
The New York Times - Opinion
April 18, 2012
Not Quite a Teen, Yet Sold for Sex
If you think sex trafficking only happens in faraway places like Nepal or Thailand, then you should listen to an expert on American sex trafficking I interviewed the other day.
But, first, wish her happy birthday. She turns 16 years old on Thursday.
She asked me to call her Brianna in this column because she worries that it could impede her plans to become a lawyer if I use her real name. Brianna, who grew up in New York City, is smart, poised and enjoys writing poetry.
One evening when she was 12 years old she got into a fight with her mom and ran out to join friends. “I didn't want to go home, because I thought I'd get in trouble,” she said, and a friend's older brother told her she could stay at his place.
Brianna figured she would go home in the morning — and that that would teach her mom a lesson. But when morning arrived, her new life began.
“I tried to leave, and he s... [more]
April 19, 2012
Victims of trafficking struggle with social reintegration
Drita is a Kosovo mother who at 19 became a victim of human trafficking through prostitution. Her nightmare lasted four years, until she escaped while pregnant in 2004.
Drita, whose last name is being withheld because she is a crime victim, says she recalls all too easily the harassment and abuse she suffered as a hostage.
"They cut me with a knife, beat me, harassed me, never gave me enough food, shocked me with electricity. They did everything to me. I experienced everything."
Like most victims of human trafficking, a family member sold Drita into prostitution. Her brother-in-law arranged her deportation to a prostitution site when she took a taxi home after babysitting her sister's son for a few days.
Arben Paqarizi, from the Kosovo police department that fights human trafficking, said that in the last two years, police identified 39 trafficking victims. In the first quarte... [more]
April 18, 2012
Pavley's Bill to Increase Convictions for Sex Crimes Against Minors Approved Unanimously in Senate Committee
Sen. Fran Pavley's (D-Agoura Hills) Senate Bill 1091, a bill to help increase convictions of perpetrators against children and other vulnerable victims by helping them testify without fear, was approved this morning by the Senate Public Safety Committee on a unanimous, bipartisan vote.
SB 1091, sponsored by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, will provide trial assistance for victims of child pornography, pimping, pandering and for sex trafficking. Current law allows trial assistance for crime victims testifying for preliminary exams; trials involving homicide, elder and dependent abuse; rape and most crimes, but it does not include the assistance for certain sex crimes against minors and other victims.
Pavley said this bill closes the loophole in the law. “Victims in child pornography cases are in need of protection and th... [more]
Click On Detroit
April 11, 2012
Man convicted of human trafficking in Michigan is sentenced
Authorities say landmark human trafficking case should send message to human trafficking offenders
DETROIT - Sedrick Mitchell is known on the streets as "Gruesome."
Mitchell was sentenced to no less than 35 years and no more than 60 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections on Wednesday after he was convicted of forcing two Michigan teenagers into prostitution. The girls were 14 and 15 years old.
He forced the teens to walk Metro Detroit streets nightly, beating the teen girls if they did not earn him enough money.
In court, Assistant Attorney General Kelly Carter read a portion of the 14-year-old victim's statement.
"I cannot sleep at night because I have bad dreams, the shakes and night sweats," Carter read. "(I) feel that I am not a normal teenager like my friends because of all the bad things he did to me and made me do with different men. I feel like I ... [more]
April 12, 2012
Woodbridge Man Used Web to Pimp Girls
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Two men associated with the Underground Gangster Crips (UGC) set based in Fairfax County, Va., pled guilty today to their roles in running a prostitution business that recruited and trafficked high school girls.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, Attorney General of Virginia, Colonel David Rohrer, Fairfax County Chief of Police, and Ronald T. Hosko, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office Criminal Division, made the announcement.
Today, Michael Tavon Jefferies, aka “Loc,” 21, of Woodbridge, Va., and Christopher Sylvia, 23, of Springfield, Va., pled guilty to sex trafficking of a juvenile. They each face a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years and a maximum penalty of life in prison. Sentencing for Jefferies has been scheduled for July 6, 2012, before United States District Judge Leonie M. Brin... [more]
April 12, 2012
Maid brings Facebook friend to Dubai and forces her into prostitution
A Filipina allegedly made friendship with a woman in her own country through Facebook and brought her to the UAE and then forced her into prostitution.
The Filipina maid and a Pakistani driver have been charged for human trafficking and forcing the woman into prostitution, the Dubai Criminal Court was told on Thursday.
JFT conned the victim, SDB, mother, by promising her a saleswoman job in Dubai. She got a visit visa issued for her but when the victim arrived here, she was confined and forced into prostitution.
JFT is also accused of running a brothel in Al Satwa area. The Driver SRI, 31, Pakistani is accused of raping the victim.
SDB, 31, testified that she knew JFT via Facebook and then she offered her a job in Dubai and issued her a visa. On September 7, she arrived in the UAE and was received by JFT who was accompanied by a friend. They drove her to a house ... [more]
April 11, 2012
L.A. County Supervisors Vote to Support Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act
The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to support a state ballot initiative that would strengthen penalties against human traffickers and protect sexually exploited children.
Supervisor Don Knabe, whose district includes Long Beach, recommended support for the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act, saying the Los Angeles region is a major hub for that type of criminal activity.
“I had just assumed that child prostitution and sex trafficking was something that happens in Third World countries, but this is happening right here in our own backyard, in our own communities,'' Knabe said.
Victims, on average, are between 12 and 14 years old, he said.
Daphne Phung, executive director and founder of California Against Slavery, addressed the board.
“These girls should be worried about their algebra problems and not worried about how they're go... [more]
Fox 13 Now
April 10, 2012
Victims of human sex trafficking talk at symposium
SALT LAKE CITY — The trafficking of women and children for sex is a growing problem in the U.S. National experts on sex slavery are trying to educate those in Utah on what to look for and how to deal with the victims.
During a three-day symposium in Salt Lake City, a few of those who survived the experience are now working with police, educators and victim advocates to bring awareness to the problem and how to help those who were victimized.
Holly Austin says her decent into sexual slavery began with a few lies from a man she met at a New Jersey mall.
“Told me I could be a model, told me that I could drive across country in a Corvette, I could meet famous singers, band members — MTV was a big deal to me at the time,” said Austin.
Austin describes what first happened to her from the early 1990s when she was just 14. She says she was talked into running away from home.
“So, in the be... [more]
April 10, 2012
8 accused of human trafficking in India
NEW DELHI, April 10 (UPI) -- Police in India said they have arrested eight members of a gang accused of human trafficking who allegedly sold girls for $1,300 each or less.
Superintendent of Police Lalit Shakyawar said the six men and two women were arrested in Madhya Pradesh, a state in central India, and the girls -- two of them age 11, the other two, also minors -- were rescued, Bikyamasr.com reported.
Shakyawar said the two 11-year-olds had been sold for about $1,272 each to a man identified as Kalu and were rescued from him in Bhawani Mandi. The girls alleged Kalu had raped them and his parents and brothers had beat them.
The other two girls had been sold for $1,300 each, police said.
Police said the women who were arrested would try to win the confidence of the victims before handing them over to men in the gang.
Police identified those arrested as Kalu, Premabai, Karan Singh, Raju, Shyamlal,... [more]
April 3, 2012
Human trafficking kingpin pleads guilty
The prosecution calls him the leader of the biggest human trafficking ring investigated in Canadian history. He threatened his victims, made them work all day with one meal and no pay and then locked them in his basement while he lived the high life upstairs.
But it was Ferenc Domotor, 49, who sat imprisoned in Hamilton court Friday, often holding his head in his hands. He admitted to conspiring to commit human trafficking, being part of a criminal organization and coercing his victims to mislead immigration. To his right in the prisoner's box, his 21-year-old son, Ferenc Domotor Jr., pleaded guilty to the same charges. To his left, his wife Gyongyi Kolompar, 41, pleaded guilty to coercing victims to mislead immigration and welfare fraud exceeding $5,000.
And in the gallery sat victims David Bogdan, recruited from Hungary in the spring of 2008, and Tamas Miko, recruited in summer 2009.
Both wrote vict... [more]
The Journal Gazette
March 31, 2012
Prostitution sting discovers 2 teens
FORT WAYNE – An undercover sting at a Fort Wayne motel this week snared a Milwaukee woman who allegedly brought two teens to Indiana and prostituted them.
Michelle A. Mullins, 29, was preliminarily charged Friday with promoting prostitution, marijuana possession and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
According to court papers, an undercover Fort Wayne police officer arranged a meeting with a prostitute Thursday at a local motel. The name of the motel was not disclosed in court papers.
When the officer learned the prostitute was 16 years old, he began questioning her to find out whether she was “the victim of human trafficking,” court papers said.
The teen told police she left Milwaukee on Sunday with a woman she knew only as Shell. Shell, who police later learned was Mullins, took the girl to Kokomo for three days before coming to Fort Wayne, court papers stated.
March 29, 2012
Five alleged gang members charged with prostituting teen girls in Fairfax
Five alleged gang members, including one from Woodbridge, have been charged with recruiting high school girls to work as prostitutes in Fairfax County, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
“The sex trafficking of young girls in an unconscionable crime involving unspeakable trauma. These gang members are alleged to have lured many area high school girls in the vile world of prostitution, and used violence and threats to keep them working as indentured sex slaves,” U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride said in a prepared statement.
According to court documents unsealed Thursday, Justin Strom, 26, of Lorton, Michael Tavon Jefferies, 21, of Woodbridge, Donyel Dove, 27, of Alexandria, Henock Ghile, 23, of Springfield and Christopher Sylvia, 22, of Springfield, were charged with conspiracy to transport a juvenile to engage in a commercial sex act. Strom, the alleged leader of the ... [more]