April 27, 2014
Woman awaits trial on trafficking charge involving a child
The trial of a Lafayette woman charged with prostituting a child who was younger than 12 years old is scheduled to begin Monday.
Katherine Vidrine, 38, has remained in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center since her arrest by state police in June. On April 15, the 15th Judicial District Public Defender's Office filed a motion to reduce Vidrine's $70,000 bond and postpone her trial to a later date. As of Friday, District Judge Glennon Everett had not returned his decision on either motions.
State Police Troop I detectives spent weeks investigating allegations that Vidrine was using a child to engage in sexual acts for monetary gain.
The complaint indicated that the sex acts took place about four years ago at the homes of several men throughout Lafayette Parish. Detectives learned that Vidrine was present during some of the sexual acts.
Along with a trafficking of childre... [more]
April 28, 2014
Air France executive and wife 'ran £2m prostitution ring through airline
An Air France executive has been charged with running a vast prostitution ring that brought young women from Brazil and forced them to work out of apartments near the Louvre museum and other chic Parisian neighbourhoods.
The executive, named only as Alain D, was charged along with his Brazilian wife and another alleged accomplice, also from Brazil, last week with human trafficking, pimping and criminal conspiracy, Le Parisien newspaper reported. The prostitution ring had brought in an estimated €2 million euros (£1.64 million) a year since 2010 for the trio.
Prosecutors told Le Parisien that the executive, who managed flight crews at Charles de Gaulle airport, was able to buy heavily discounted tickets from the airline to shuttle some of the women between France and Brazil. A police source told the paper that the executive and his wife travelled to Brazil about once... [more]
April 27, 2014
Police seek help finding Aloha girl, 15, who could be human trafficking victim
Detectives with the Washington County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's help to find Adrian Brown, 15, of Aloha who they suspect could be the victim of human trafficking.
Brown is a frequent runaway who could be engaging in dangerous, self-destructive behavior, authorities said. She might be in the company of an unidentified man who is at least twice her age and who might be encouraging her to engage in illegal activity, police said.
Brown has been missing since March and is believed to be in the Vancouver or Portland area, police said. Her guardian is especially concerned because Brown has not been missing this length of time before without contact.
She is 5'7'' and 135 pounds with blue eyes and dyed reddish-brown hair. Brown has multiple tattoos, including a depiction of herself on her upper right arm. She sometimes wears a red bandanna on her fo... [more]
The Courier Journal
April 26, 2014
Hillary Clinton urges action against human trafficking
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged people at Saturday's United Methodist Women's Assembly to combat social injustices like human trafficking and workplace inequality.
Clinton shared stories about her upbringing in the United Methodist Church with more than 7,000 people at the Kentucky International Convention Center as the assembly's keynote speaker.
She spoke of how her grandmother, who worked in a Pennsylvania factory to help support her family, was always eager to help others — a characteristic of most Methodist women, she said.
"Methodist women still like to get their hands dirty," Clinton told the audience.
Clinton lauded the church's efforts to fight human trafficking around the world and talked about how she met trafficking victims in Cambodia and Thailand.
She told the audience she met a 12-year-old girl whose family sold her into prostituti... [more]
April 23, 2014
North Miami Beach Man Arrested in Sex Trafficking of High School Girls
A North Miami Beach man has been arrested in connection with a human trafficking operation in which girls from a nearby high school were allegedly going to be sold for sex.
David Llama Lopez, 46, was arrested after a search warrant was executed at a home just off Biscayne Boulevard and 123rd Street, according to the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.
Building manager David Clattenburg said Lopez was staying as a guest at his brother's apartment.
Lopez has been charged with two counts each of human trafficking, procuring a minor for prostitution, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Sources told NBC 6 that Lopez had allegedly made contact with students at North Miami High School and planned to have them participate in an illegal human trafficking operation where they would be required to have sex.
"One of the things we know is that we need to be reaching o... [more]
April 17, 2014
Couple charged with human trafficking and slavery
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A suburban California couple has been charged with human trafficking and slavery involving a nine-year-old girl smuggled from El Salvador.
The district attorney's office said the girl, who is now 11, spent two years working four days a week in a Pacoima restaurant owned by Dora Alicia Valle. When she wasn't working there, authorities said she was ordered to clean the home shared by Valle and her boyfriend, Estrada Melvin Sandoval.
The two pleaded not guilty Thursday and their bail was set at $175,000 each. If convicted they face more than 12 years in prison. They allegedly paid to have the child smuggled into the United States.
District Attorney Jackie Lacey spoke out against human trafficking and said her office will not allow children to be treated as human commodities.
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April 14, 2014
Human trafficking charges laid against two men from North Preston, police allege girl sexually assaulted, confined
The head of the Halifax integrated vice unit says the case involving two young men and a laundry list of criminal charges is one that makes cops “stand back and take note.”
Doreze Marvin Beals and Andre Jerome Gray appeared in Dartmouth provincial court Monday, facing charges that include human trafficking, kidnapping, sexual assault and gang sexual assault.
The two 18-year-olds were arrested after RCMP allege a 15-year-old girl was held against her will in a North Preston home and sexually assaulted.
Det. Andrew Matthews said the number and gravity of the charges is “extraordinary.”
“Those are not your run of the mill charges,” he said. “We take them very seriously.”
Police were called to North Preston for a reports of shots fired at a home on Clarence Street just before 9 p.m. April 10. They found the young vic... [more]
April 15, 2014
Car crashes during police chase involving human trafficking of 17-year-old
EAVERTON, Ore. - A car rammed into two police cars before crashing in Aloha on Tuesday afternoon during a chase involving an investigation into the human-trafficking of a 17-year-old girl, police said.
Police conducting a sting operation focusing on online prostitution were at The Comfort Inn hotel when a girl - who was advertised online as being 20 - was dropped off in Beaverton.
When police confronted the girl at the hotel, they found out she was 17 and a victim of human trafficking.
Meanwhile, police pulled over the car that dropped her off. The two suspects - 21-year-old Davontie Donahue and his wife, 22-year-old Torri Donahue, both from Vancouver - grew uncooperative.
Police said Davontie Donahue eventually pushed his wife across the car, jumped into the driver's seat and took off.
They hit a K-9 unit car and a detective's car as they took off, police said. T... [more]
The San Diego Union Tribune
April 7, 2014
DAs support anti-human trafficking bill
SAN DIEGO — District attorneys from four counties, including San Diego, announced their support of a bill that seeks to streamline human trafficking prosecutions, thereby reducing some of the trauma to victims who testify in court and saving taxpayer dollars.
The measure, Senate Bill 939, would enable prosecutors to file multiple charges in one jurisdiction for human trafficking-related crimes committed across the state.
District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said at a Monday morning news conference that human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world, and is now ranked second only to drug trafficking in California.
Often criminal organizations, such as street gangs, are involved.
“Not only is it highly profitable, but perpetrators find that there's a lower risk of full prosecution by moving from city to city to avoid detection,” said Dumanis, who was joined by ... [more]
March 31, 2014
Man Pleads Guilty In Teen Exploitation Case
DENVER (CBS4) – A man accused in a human trafficking and child prostitution case has pleaded guilty in the crimes that involved a 13-year-old victim. According to Lynn Kimbrough with the district attorney's office, Socrates “Chrome” Packer, 28, pleaded guilty on Friday to human trafficking and attempted sexual assault on a child. Packer faces up to 18 years in prison when he is sentenced in June. Packer was one of numerous people charged in the case, The others are as follows:
Cyril “Jazz” Packer, 28, pleaded guilty last December to pimping of a child and is facing 15 years in prison when he is sentenced next month.
Desiree “Dez” Gallimore, 24, pleaded guilty earlier to contributing to the delinquency of a minor and prostitution and will also be sentenced next month.
Mack McCray, 43, pleaded guilty earlier to contributing to the delinquency of a minor and was sentenced to two years of probation... [more]