April 29, 2013
Medicus: Five guilty in Kosovo human organ trade case
An EU-led court in Kosovo has found five people guilty in connection with a human organ-trafficking ring.
The five are accused of carrying out dozens of illegal transplants at the Medicus Clinic in the capital, Pristina.
Meanwhile two former government officials also charged in the case have been cleared of involvement.
The trade was discovered when a Turkish man collapsed after having one of his kidneys removed at the clinic.
The case is being tried by Eulex, the European Union's law and order mission set up in Kosovo to handle sensitive cases.
The clinic's director, urologist Lutfi Dervishi was sentenced to eight years in prison for organised crime and human trafficking. His son, Arban, was sentenced to seven years and three months, while three other defendants received between one and three years' imprisonment.
Meanwhile Kosovo's former health secretary, Ilir Rrecaj, was acq... [more]
Xinhua English News
Apriil 28, 2013
Cambodian court charges Canadian man with child prostitute purchase
PHNOM PENH, April 28 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia's Siem Reap Provincial Court charged a Canadian man Vigai Indra D.Komar, 50, with purchasing child prostitution of a minor under the age of 15 years, officials said Sunday.
The suspect was arrested on Friday in a guesthouse's room in the province on the suspicion of sexually abusing an underage girl, said Brigadier General Chea Heng, deputy chief of the provincial anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police office.
"When police raided the room the suspect and a 14-year-old girl were both inside," he said, adding police found several sex utensils, VCDs containing pornographic materials, 1 VCD player, ordinary photos of children, and 1 camera in the room.
The court's prosecutor Sok Keo Bandit on Saturday charged Vigai Indra D.Komar with purchasing child prostitution of a minor aged under 15 years old and the sus... [more]
April 28, 2013
I was kidnapped by a Bulgarian human trafficking ring
Of the estimated 30 million people trapped in slavery around the world, only about 140,000 of them come from Europe. While that might make some Europeans feel a little better about the continent they're dwelling on (bankrupt and increasingly irrelevant), it shouldn't. Because a) that makes them more of a narcissist than will.i.am in a hall of mirrors, and b) that slavery statistic is constantly rising.
And it's been rising even faster since 2007, when Romania and Bulgaria entered the EU, opening more borders and creating opportunities for more nasty people to exploit anyone unfortunate enough to cross their path. Also, thankfully—for anyone twisted enough to root for Europe to up its human trafficking game—Bulgaria currently boasts the EU's highest annual amount of trafficking victims. So that should help push the numbers up a little more.
In November 2012, 43-year-old Bulgarian Jemal Borovin... [more]
April 25, 2013
Human sex trafficking victim fights back
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
A survivor of domestic human sex trafficking shares her experience to help educate others about potential warning signs, with the hope of fighting this horrific crime more effectively.
Chong Kim was abducted in Dallas, Texas at the age of 19. Entrapped in modern-day slavery from 1995 to 1997, she dug deep and devised a plan to eventually escape.
"My plan consisted of ranking up to be a madam because when I became one of them, I figured they wouldn't watch me as much," said Kim. She said although devising escape route was anything but simple, she successfully became free by crawling out of a vent at a casino.
She is in Lubbock this weekend for two events, first, as the keynote speaker of a workshop entitled "End Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking." The workshop takes place Friday and is geared educating law enforcement, rape crisis counselors and undercover agents who specialize in unco... [more]
April 11, 2013
New Movie "Not Today" Raises Awareness of Human Trafficking
The national release of a new movie called "Not Today" starts tomorrow, April 12, throughout North Texas. The film brings light to the problem of human trafficking in India and the transformation of a spoiled young American attempting to make a difference. One of the most unique aspects of the movie is where all proceeds go, to building schools in the poorest communities in India—the Dalit's.
The film stars Cody Long of CSI and Hollywood, John Schneider from Smallville, Shari Rigby from, The Bold and the Beautiful. The theme song from the movie features Kari Jobe a worship leader from Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.
The producers of the film are Pastors from a Friends Church in Yorba Linda, California. Matthew Cork the Executive Producer and Lead Pastor of the church and Brent Martz the Producer, Pastor of Creative Ministries, Friends Church. The pastors both said their life was ... [more]
April 22, 2013
Kidnapping Linked to Possible Human Trafficking
Odessa, TX - According to employees at the Studio Six Motel in Odessa, a couple, who was later identified as 25-year-old Marquis Maurice Lamount Sweet and 25-year-old Domaniece Latrice Roy checked-in four days ago under a possible fake ID.
They say the couple paid with cash day-by-day and they saw a teenager with them, but did not think that the young girl was being held against her will.
Monday morning around 3 a.m. Odessa Police say the 16-year-old waited until the couple was sleeping to find help. She ran downstairs to the office and asked to use the phone.
Employees say they dead bolted the office door and comforted the hysterical teen until help arrived.
Sargeant Sherrie Carruth with the Odessa Police Department says the teen is from California and her mother contacted their local police to report her daughter missing and possibly a runaway.
"We cannot release too much detail at th... [more]
April 19, 2013
Suspected pimp found with 5 women at Santa Rosa hotel
A 50-year-old Berkeley man was in custody Thursday on suspicion of human trafficking, pimping and pandering after he was found with five women at a Santa Rosa hotel, police said.
Vincent Andrew Rones came under suspicion after a hotel employee told a police officer on patrol who stopped by that there were too many people in a hotel room, Sgt. Terry Anderson said.
The officer found Rones and the women in the room and discovered that Rones had a felony warrant out for his arrest on suspicion of pimping and prostitution in Pennsylvania, Anderson said. Rones and two of the women had apparently been involved in prostitution for several years, Anderson said.
Through social media websites used for prostitution, Rones and one of the women convinced three out-of-state women to come to California and paid for their bus fares, Anderson said.
Rones allegedly told one woman that he wanted a... [more]
April 19, 2013
A 61-year-old Lutz man is in jail for commercial sex trafficking out of his mobile home
LUTZ, Fla. - A 61-year-old Lutz man is in jail for commercial sex trafficking out of his mobile home. Homeland Security reports at least 20 women bought drugs and/or prostituted for Andrew Blane Fields.
Arrested last month, Fields was indicted Thursday in federal court, and faces several charges after a two-year investigation that began on Backpage.com, as Homeland Security agents, in conjunction with the Clearwater Area Human Trafficking Task Force, responded to adult ads offering sex.
At one point, agents report meeting with a 17-year-old, driven by Fields, to what he believed was a prostitution job.
They say the heart of his operation was prescription drugs, mainly Oxycodone.
According to a federal criminal complaint filed in the Middle District of Florida, "On at least one occasion, Fields physically forced prescription drugs down Victim #1'... [more]
April 17, 2013
Man convicted of human trafficking and jailed for five years
The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance sentenced an Indian businessman to five years in prison after finding him guilty of human trafficking, running a brothel and confining a woman and forcing her into prostitution.
SAB, 50, was also ordered to be deported after serving his jail term.
According to the records, SAB, along with two others, one of whom has already been convicted by the court and sentenced to three years in jail on the same charges, had confined and forced a widow into prostitution after bringing her into the country on the pretext of getting her a job.
The victim, MFA, 31, Indian, testified that her husband had died in 2005 and that she came for the first time to the UAE to look for a job to support her two little sons. She used to search for a housemaid's job by going from house to house and leaving her mobile phone number.
“None of the families at w... [more]
April 15, 2013
Man travels from England for sex with child
COCOA BEACH, Fla. -
A four-month investigation led to the arrest of a 39-year-old man from Great Britain, who deputies say traveled to Brevard County to meet a child for sex.
Brevard County deputies say Shuhel Mahboob Ali contacted an undercover agent in January and said he wanted to travel to the U.S. to have a relationship with an underage girl.
Investigators said Ali told the undercover agent he wanted to get the girl pregnant so he could "groom the children to be abused" from the day the baby was born.
According to the report, Ali traveled from London, England, to North Brevard County on Saturday to meet with the child, where he was arrested by agents from the Department of Homeland Security.
"I am so proud of the tireless efforts by this partnership and our investigative team that removed this vile suspect from harming children," said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey in a release.... [more]
The Gulf Today
April 14, 2013
Fake parents arrested for human trafficking
Ras Al Khaimah: Anti-human trafficking teams of Ras Al Khaimah criminal investigations department CID arrested fake Arab parents for human trafficking.
The two suspects reportedly forced girls, including a minor, into prostitution using threats and assault.
According to Brigadier Abdullah Khamis Al Hadidi, Head of the RAK CID, the department received confidential information about two Arabs, a 44-year-old man, FY, and a 45-year-old woman, KHH, who forced three of their ‘daughters', BF, 20, SHF, 27 and RF, 17, in addition to their brother's wife and their aunt's daughter into going to private parties to dance and have sex in return for money which they later handed over to their ‘parents'.
The son of the two suspects, BF, 25, reportedly helped them. Hadidi added that a team was formed and trapped the suspects red-handed, after they agreed to deliver the girls to them in return for money. ... [more]
April 14, 2013
Girl sold in India escapes, sues aunt
NUWAKOT, April 14: A girl, who was allegedly sold in India by her own aunt (mother´s sister) has been able to escape from the grip of the Indian traffickers and return home. The traffickers were reportedly planning to re-sell her to a brothel. Upon her return, the victim girl has lodged a court case against her aunt on human trafficking charge Thursday.
The victim girl from Nuwakot, whom police refer to as ´Nuwakot 9´ , was deceived by her aunt, who had taken her to India under the pretext of visiting the girl´s mother living in India. The girl´s mother currently lives in Laddakh after her second marriage.
“I had not met my mother for about a year and wanted to visit her. I trusted my aunt and followed her to India. But later, I learned that she had other plans,” said the girl. The girl came to know about the ill-intention of her aunt after she happened to overhear the aunt bargaining in Hindi wit... [more]
Kansas City Star
April 10, 2013
St. Joseph trucker accused of taking girl to Texas for prostitution
A St. Joseph truck driver has been charged with child sex trafficking for taking a minor girl to Texas for prostitution, Kansas City federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Tony Eugene Wardlow, 54, could face a mandatory life sentence because of his 1997 convictions in Nodaway County for endangering the welfare of a child and sexual misconduct with a 12-year-old boy five years earlier.
A Kansas City grand jury returned a sealed indictment March 13 charging Wardlow with commercial sex trafficking of a child, enticement of a minor and transportation of a minor for prostitution. The charges were unsealed with Wardlow's first appearance in court Wednesday.
He also is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, a crime to which he previously pleaded guilty in federal court and was sentenced to 46 months in March 2003.
A second truck driver, Thomas Farre... [more]
April 8, 2013
Details emerge about suspected human trafficking of 13-year-old girl
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A 13-year-old girl was allegedly paid $30 to meet a man at a Bakersfield motel, where he forced her into sex acts. Investigators say a woman at the motel tried to convince the teenager to work as a prostitute for the suspect.
Police say Jerome Henderson, 22, paid the girl on Jan. 31 to meet him at a motel. They allegedly met at a Ramada Inn in Bakersfield.
Officers say the victim and a witness later identified Henderson in a photo lineup. The girl reported the incident to authorities on Feb. 4.
According to investigation reports obtained by Eyewitness News, the girl told officers she knew the suspect as "Tech." While at the motel room with him, the teenager said the suspect told her she could make him a lot of money.
"When the victim asked him how she would make the money Henderson did not provide her with an answer," the report ... [more]
April 9, 2013
Google helps bring hotline to human-trafficking battle
Google donates $3 million to launch a global human trafficking hotline
A $3 million grant from Google helped get an anti-human-trafficking hotline up and running today — the latest data-sharing effort aimed at fighting the growing problem.
The Global Human Trafficking Hotline Network, launched with Google's grant, will allow organizations working in the USA, Southeast Asia and Europe to standardize data, identify trends and combine statistics for a more comprehensive look at the issue.
"Right now, most of the hotlines around the world are doing great work but operating in isolation," said Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris Project, a non-profit group that runs the U.S. human trafficking hotline. "The fight has to be more thoughtful, so collaboration and partnerships in this field can keep up and get ahead of the innovation of traffickers."
Polaris Project, Liberty Asia, a non-profit grou... [more]
April 8, 2013
Historic human trafficking trial: Three young girls accused of running prostitution ring
An historic human trafficking and prostitution trial set to begin in Youth Court on Monday has the potential to shed some light on how Ottawa police came to accuse girls as young as 15 of running a prostitution ring.
Police said the female victims were lured online by the accused to social events, then taken to an Ottawa Community Housing unit. There they were assaulted, threatened and then driven to another location and forced to perform sex acts with Johns.
All three defendants, who cannot be identified by law, are charged with human trafficking, forcible confinement, assault, robbery and uttering threats in relation to one of the victims, for events that occurred on May 30, 2012 in Ottawa.
Two of the defendants are now also facing three counts of making child pornography (photos). One of those two is also charged with three counts of possessing c... [more]
San Francisco Chronicle
April 4, 2013
Trial for Utah man charged with human trafficking
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City massage parlor owner accused of coercing a 17-year-old girl and her mother into prostitution is set to stand trial.
A Utah judge ruled Wednesday there was enough evidence for 29-year-old Luis Daniel Arano-Hernandez to stand trial for charges involving human trafficking, prostitution and identity theft.
Arano-Hernandez and four other suspects were arrested in November following an eight month sex trafficking investigation by the Utah Attorney General's Office.
The teen testified during a pretrial hearing that Arano-Hernandez told her not to call police after she was raped by a customer at his business. She also says Arano-Hernandez threatened to hurt and have her deported if she did not prostitute herself.
The attorney general's office says the four other people have been sentenced and will testify against Arano-Hernandez.