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May 2011

5/31/2011

Mexican drug gangs compete for bounty from human

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Global Post

May 31, 2011
Mexican drug gangs compete for bounty from human trafficking

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — On a southern highway, Mexican police busted a record 513 foreign migrants crammed into two tractor trailers.

Across the country, Mexican soldiers rescued 180 migrants who were held for ransom. In a detention center, arrested migrants broke into a riot over poor conditions.

Mexico has long been a trampoline for migrants from around the world trying to bounce over the Rio Grande into the United States. Now Mexico's drug gangs have become increasingly involved in the human trafficking business while the nation's prisons and police are under increased pressure from the crime wave. Amid these conditions, the migrant issue has come to a boil in Mexico.

“Everyone round the world knows that Mexico is the back door into the United States. That causes a lot of problems here and now we are seeing those problems come to a head,” said a high-ranking official at Mexico'... [more]

5/27/2011

Study finds 'alarming' human trafficking figures

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CNN

May 27, 2011
Study finds 'alarming' human trafficking figures in Mexico's capital

Mexico City (CNN) -- While an estimated 10,000 women are victims of human trafficking in Mexico's capital, there were only 40 investigations of the crime and three convictions in the city last year, according to a report issued this week.

The discrepancy is an "alarming figure" that shows a need to improve laws and policies, according to a study on human trafficking and sexual exploitation from Mexico City's human rights commission, which calls the phenomenon a "new form of slavery."

"The authorities are not investigating, nor are they asking witnesses," said Eva Reyes, investigation coordinator at the Antonio de Montesinos Center for Social and Cultural Studies, one of the partners of the study.

Cultural norms and social stigma prevent people from realizing that many prostitutes lingering in dark alleys of Mexico City are victims, officials said as they presented the report Wed... [more]

5/26/2011

LAOS: Family pressures exacerbate trafficking

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IRIN

May 26, 2011
LAOS: Family pressures exacerbate trafficking

VIENTIANE, 26 May 2011 (IRIN) - Trafficked girls have few prospects upon their return home and often the family can push them back into leaving, warn aid workers.

"We have to consider that often someone in the village convinces them to leave and sometimes it's one member of the family. So the risk is that when they go back home they end up going back to Thailand again," Isabella Tornaghi, empowerment and protection officer for the French NGO, Action for Women in Distress (AFESIP), told IRIN.

According to statistics from the International Organization for Migration, 145 human trafficking survivors were returned to Laos in 2010. The majority returned from Thailand and 119 of those were younger than 18.

The country is a source, and to a much lesser extent, a transit and destination country for women and girls who are subjected to trafficking, specifically forced prostitution, the US State Department'... [more]

5/26/2011

Las Cruces Hotel Owners Charged With Human

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KFox 14

May 24, 2011
Las Cruces Hotel Owners Charged With Human Trafficking

EL PASO, Texas -- A Las Cruces couple was charged in U.S. federal court Tuesday on charges of human trafficking.

Elina Sihombing, 47, and her husband David Girle, 54, were arrested on May 23, 2011.

According to the criminal complaint, in 2004, Sihombing and Girle allegedly brought the first of their two victims from Indonesia to Phoenix, Arizona, where they were then living, as a nanny for their toddler and with the understanding that she would have the opportunity to obtain an education and prepare for a career.

Instead, the victim allegedly was forced to work as a nanny and household help and with remodeling of the couple's residence from 8:00 a.m. to midnight every day, but was never paid for her work and was never given an opportunity to attend college as she had been promised.

The complaint alleges that, in 2005, Sihombing and Girle brought another woman to Phoenix from Indonesia... [more]

5/26/2011

Florida couple charged in child sex case

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United Press International

May 26, 2011
Florida couple charged in child sex case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 26 (UPI) -- Adriane Reese, who heads the Broward County, Fla., Human Trafficking Coalition, says recent arrests involving child prostitution are the tip of an iceberg.

"Given what we have seen thus far in arrests, and the reports that we understand are being generated, this may just be the tip of an ugly iceberg," Reese told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "We are just beginning to see the results of more reporting and tips followed up by law enforcement."

Her comments came following the arrest of a woman and her boyfriend, accused of running a child bordello called the Boom Boom Room.

A federal judge Wednesday denied bail for James "Red" Mozine, 34, Lauderhill, and his girlfriend, Laschell "Schelly" Harris, 37, Oakland Park. Both will remain jailed until their trial on charges of child sex trafficking.

Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti said his office ... [more]

5/26/2011

Tougher human trafficking bill becomes law

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Star Telegram

May 25, 2011
Tougher human trafficking bill becomes law in Texas

AUSTIN — A bill designed to increase penalties for those caught breaking human trafficking laws and increase protection for human trafficking victims was signed into law on Wednesday by Gov. Rick Perry.

The new law, which takes effect in September, adds human trafficking offenses to the list of crimes for which a life sentence is automatic when a trafficker is convicted a second time.

The enhanced statute will also require sex traffickers to register in the Texas Sex Offender Registry and authorizes a parent or guardian of a child human trafficking victim to seek a protective order against their child's trafficker.

The law allows the courts to treat child victims in sex trafficking cases the same way they treat sexual assault victims and gives judges the discretion to order that human traffickers serve consecutive, rather than cumulative, prison sentences.

Federal legislation co... [more]

5/24/2011

In the Shadows: Human Trafficking, Fraud

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Massage Today

June, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 06
In the Shadows: Human Trafficking, Fraud and the Cost to the Massage Profession

For decades, the massage profession has battled the stereotype that it is a front for prostitution. While the occasional bad apple can still be found in the bunch, the profession has made significant strides in recent years to combat this false belief.

Hospitals and health care centers nationwide have begun to embrace massage as a compliment to their traditional medical practices and most states have established licensing criteria for professionals who have the proper education and skills to become legitimate practitioners.

Nevertheless, criminals have continued to sully the profession's good name and in California an investigation by the state's certification board has unconvered their latest tactic: phony massage school transcripts.

Amazingly, prior to the investigation by California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), it was legal to sel... [more]

5/23/2011

Kidney Trafficking Thrives in Kurdistan

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Rudaw

May 22, 2011
Kidney Trafficking Thrives in Kurdistan and Police Remains Unconcerned

Four years ago, Kurdish surgeons made an exciting announcement to the people of Kurdistan: they were finally able to do kidney transplants. This came as joyful news to many patients whose lives depended on the surgery, but the development brought with it a thriving black market in kidney trafficking.

As a Rudaw investigative reporter, I followed this story and found out that this underground industry involves experienced black-market dealers as well as professional doctors.

It wasn't possible to introduce myself as a journalist to my sources, as they would not have shared any information with me. So I went undercover as a person in need of a kidney.

I first learned that the whole kidney business started in a private hospital where transplants are performed, in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

At the hospital entrance I told the staff that ... [more]

5/23/2011

Uzbekistan Human Trafficking Victims Found

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Pattaya Daily News

May 22, 2011
Uzbekistan Human Trafficking Victims Found


Pavena Foundation and Police force raided two locations that accommodated for Uzbekistan women, who were victims of a human trafficking crime.

Pavena Foundation and Police Suppression of Human Trafficking conducted a warranted search at two rooms: room 182 on 8th floor in Karhn Keha Building and room 499/27 on third floor of Jomtien Plaza Residence.

Twelve women were found in these rooms but three Uzbekistan managers were still in hiding, the police said.
The prostitutes were believed to be victims of a human trafficking crime where innocent Uzbekistan women were threatened into the sex business, the police said.

According to the President of Pavena Foundation for Children and Women, she discovered the Uzbekistan human trafficking from Anna, one of the victims who contacted her for help.

On 17 May Anna visited Pavena Foundation after her Thai customer, who had heard her story gave h... [more]

5/23/2011

Man Sentenced in Minnesota for Taking Girl

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7th Space Interactive

May 21, 2011
Man Sentenced in Minnesota for Taking Girl to Illinois to Work as a Prostitute

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 37-year-old man was sentenced for taking a minor female from Minnesota to Illinois in July of 2008 for the purpose of having her work as a prostitute. United States District Court Judge Ann D Montgomery sentenced Bill Durando Baynes, no known address, to 96 months in prison on one count of transportation to engage in a commercial sex act. Baynes was charged and pleaded guilty on November 9, 2010. In his plea agreement, Baynes admitted that in July of 2008, he took the girl, who was younger than 15, from Minnesota to Illinois with the intent that she work as a prostitute.

In addition, Baynes admitted having sex with the girl while in Illinois. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David P Steinkamp. The United Sta... [more]

5/23/2011

Two arrested for trafficking women to Singapore

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Thanh Nien News

May 21, 2011
Two arrested for trafficking women to Singapore for prostitution

Vietnamese police said Friday they busted a human trafficking gang that sent Vietnamese women to Singapore and forced them into prostitution.

Last week, the police of the Ministry of Public Security arrested Tran Van Tam, 37, of Tay Ninh Province and Nguyen Loan Thach, 27, of Long An Province at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City when they were about to bring six women to Singapore.

The two pimps confessed to the police they and other gang members had successfully sent 50 women to Singapore.

The duo said they had come to rural areas in the Mekong Delta to approach young women, court them and ask them to go abroad.

The police said the duo are being investigated for “mediating prostitution.”

Based on their testimonies, the police are searching for other gang members in Singapore.


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5/20/2011

Human trafficking: 21-yr-old woman rescued

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Indian Express

May 20, 2011
Human trafficking: 21-yr-old woman rescued at airport

After being orphaned early in life, she grew up with her grandmother in a village near Amritsar. Hoping to provide for the woman who had raised her, she did odd jobs and washed vessels for households in the neighbourhood.

She wished for a better life — one that would have people treating her with respect. However, fate seemed to have something else in mind for her.

Two days ago, the 21-year-old girl was kidnapped from her village and brought to the Capital, so she could be taken to Bahrain to work as a bar dancer.

On Wednesday, a CISF duty officer found the girl weeping near Gate no 7 of Terminal-3. When he asked what was wrong, she related the story of a human trafficking racket, where an Amritsar-based agent trafficked girls through promises of a better life.

“We were promised a better life and a standard pay, which we never got,” the girl told police.

A senior police o... [more]

5/20/2011

Parents indicted for human trafficking

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The Richmond Register

May 20, 2011
Parents indicted for human trafficking

RICHMOND — Two Madison County parents were indicted Wednesday on human trafficking charges and could spend up to 20 years in prison for allegedly selling the sexual favors of their teenage daughters.

Kathy and Anthony Wayne Hart were indicted for “... arranging for their 13- and 14-year-old daughters to provide companionship and affection to male individuals in exchange for money and goods ...,” the indictment reads.

The incidents reportedly took place between Oct. 10, 2009, and Feb. 24, 2011.

Human trafficking is a Class B felony, punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Madison County authorities began investigating the Harts on Dec. 11 when a Foley Middle School teacher called Richmond Police to report two students from her school dressed “inappropriately” as they stood in front of the cinema at Richmond Centre.

The teacher also told police she heard a man ask the girls' fath... [more]

5/20/2011

Oakland Park couple charged with sex trafficking

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Orlando Sentinel

May 18, 2011
Oakland Park couple charged with sex trafficking of minor girls

OAKLAND PARK —A green porch light drew men to a private home in Oakland Park known as the Boom Boom Room, where federal agents say children were sold for sex.

At 1 a.m. Saturday, a task force led by the FBI arrested James "Red" Mozie, 34, of Lauderhill, and his girlfriend, Laschell "Shelly" Harris, 37, of Oakland Park.

The couple faces charges of recruiting, providing and maintaining minors for commercial sex in the house Harris rented at 2140 NW 29th St., west of Interstate 95 and Northwest 21st Avenue and south of Oakland Park Boulevard.

Mozie and Harris are in the Broward County main jail in downtown Fort Lauderdale and have detention hearings in federal court set for May 25. If convicted of the child trafficking charge, they could face sentences of 10 years to life in prison.

According to the federal criminal complaint, an investigation began in March after a tip ... [more]

5/20/2011

Human trafficking accused nabbed trying to leave

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Toronto Sun

May 19, 2011
Human trafficking accused nabbed trying to leave country

A woman wanted by the RCMP in connection with a Hamilton-based human trafficking ring was arrested trying to board a Hungary-bound jet with bogus identification.

Krisztina Csaszar, 30, was trying to board the plane Wednesday with her daughter but the Mounties stepped in and executed the arrest warrant they hold for her following the sweep of a family-based crime group allegedly involved in smuggling in Hungarian labourers into Canada.

Sgt. Marc LaPorte said the child was turned over to family who were at Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport.

Csaszar was wanted on charges filed Dec. 14 for participating in a criminal organization and obstruct justice, where police allege she contacted witnesses.

RCMP allege the group trafficked at least 19 people, all men aged between 20 and 60 years old, during the past several years from Hungary into the Hamilton area on the pretence of f... [more]

5/20/2011

Underage sex trade in Atlantic City preys on girls

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Press of Atlantic City

May 18, 2011
Underage sex trade in Atlantic City preys on girls as young as 12

“Lisa” never thought she would be selling herself for money.

The Atlantic City High School senior had been rescued from her prostitute mother and drug-addicted father when she was just 5 years old.

Taking her from a troubled life in Atlantic City, the Toms River couple who adopted her were aware of their new daughter's troubled past and worked hard to make the girl happy and feel part of a loving family.

There were special dinner dates and regular manicures, family trips to places such as Disney World and Aruba.

At 16, nightmares began to haunt Lisa, dredging up the childhood sexual abuse she had suffered and making her want to hurt others the way she was hurting. Still, her parents included her in a trip to Mexico.

But a year later, after running away from three programs meant to help her, she found herself in an Atlantic City casino hotel room trying to e... [more]

5/16/2011

116 Trafficked Children Rescued - 28 Men Sentenced

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Modern Ghana

May 14, 2011
116 Trafficked Children Rescued - 28 Men Sentenced

A special joint operation by the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service and its partners has led to the rescue of 116 children, aged between four and 17, from communities along the Volta Lake.

The partners who took part in the operation on Wednesday are Interpol Ghana, the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, the Ghana Immigration Service and the Partners in Community Development (PACODEP), a Krachi-based NGO working to integrate trafficked children into communities along the Volta Lake.

After the children had been screened, it was discovered that 15 of them had been trafficked from the Central, Greater Accra and Eastern regions and the southern part of the Volta Region.

Thirty men who had engaged the children in fishing activities at the time of the operation were also arrested, prosecuted and sentenced to 16 ... [more]

5/16/2011

Lured by false promises

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The Online Citizen

May 16, 2011
Lured by false promises

Three months ago, Gabriella (not her real name) escaped from the pub she was forced to work at after being repeatedly engaged in sex against her will. The 31-year old Filipino was tricked into prostitution in Singapore under the notion that she was coming here to work as a waitress. On her work permit issued by the Ministry of Manpower, it is listed that she was employed by Dotcom Entertainment Pte Ltd as a Performing Artiste. Police investigations subsequently revealed that this company does not exist.

The US Trafficking in Persons 2009 report cited Singapore as part of a group of countries thatare not doing enough to address trafficking. The women illegally trafficked into Singapore usually come from neighboring countries in Asia such as Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka and China.

According to the United Nations Global Initiation to Fight Human Trafficking, Asia has the highest number of 56 p... [more]

5/9/2011

Federal indictment against trafficking suspects

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WBIR

May 9, 2011
Federal indictment against trafficking suspects unsealed

Federal indictments are unsealed in the case of an alleged human trafficking ring discovered last week in Hamblen County.

Sheriffs, working with the FBI, busted the operation last week on Springvale Road near Morristown. They arrested nine Latino suspects, including three women, at three different residences. The idictment lists "True name unknown" Areli, Eusebio Flores Martinez, Rosa Garcia Menendez, Obdulio C. Morales, Rubio Trinidad Narcisco, Elda Dorali Moreno Ramirez, Raymundo Sanchez-Torres, and Esthela Silfa Vasquez as suspects. They are in custody, facing Federal charges.

It is unclear how many women were working for the operation, but police are considering them as victims. Police said they are all Hispanic and were lured to this country with the promise of a better life, were forced into prostitution.

Knoxville FBI Special Agent in Charge Rick Lambert said, for the time being, the ... [more]

5/9/2011

Raid exposes street gang's reach

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Houston & Texas News

May 7, 2011
Raid exposes street gang's reach: FBI in Houston says MS-13 'hijacks' illegal immigrants to collect ransom

Within days of being kidnapped at gunpoint and held hostage in an east Houston trailer park, Israel Ramirez overheard one of his captors making plans in the next room.

"I'm not going to kill them with a gun," the kidnapper reportedly said in Spanish. "I'll stab them, cut them up."

The abductors told Ramirez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, that he needed $2,000 by 5 p.m. or they would kill him. Ramirez called a friend to raise money: "The police arrested me last night," he said. "They are asking for $2,000 for me to be released."

The friend asked which police station he was in, but before he could answer, one of the abductors took the phone away.

"Oh you are trying to be a smart one," the man said. "Do you know who we are?"

That April 7 phone call — detailed in a criminal complaint — led members of the FBI's Housto... [more]

5/9/2011

Local couple to plead guilty in human trafficking

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KSBY

May 6, 2011
Local couple to plead guilty in human trafficking

The Paso Robles couple accused of smuggling people from the Philippines to the area and forcing them to work at their senior care homes is expected to enter guilty pleas Friday afternoon in a Los Angeles federal courtroom.

Under the plea agreement, the couple faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison. They may also have to pay a $250,000 fine and restitution, estimated to be between $500,000 and $737,190.

Maximino Morales and his wife, Melinda Morales were arrested in March of 2010 and charged with conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens.

FBI agents raided four facilities in Paso Robles where investigators say the Filipino nationals were forced to work 24-hour shifts for as many as seven days per week with little pay. Investigators say the workers lived in the couple's care facilities and some of them slept in a closet, on a sofa, and in an unheated garage.

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5/9/2011

Police investigate alleged human trafficking

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NWCN

May 6, 2011
Police investigate alleged human trafficking

PORTLAND – Portland police are investigating an alleged case of human trafficking. It all unfolded at a North Portland motel.

Wednesday night officers responding to a disturbance call at the Palms Motel, in the 3800 block of N Interstate Avenue, found a 15-year-old girl who was being held against her will, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Officers said the girl had been given drugs and was forced into prostitution.

"She wasn't allowed to take a shower unless she asked," said Officer Mike Stradley. "She was being forced to have sex with whoever her pimp lined up through the internet."

Police arrested Rashad Quentel Sanders--also known as Rashad Quentel Richmond--for compelling and promoting prostitution. However, prosecutors asked for the charges to be dismissed without prejudice pending further investigation.

"The investigation into this case is continuing," said Lieutenant Robert King. "He (Sa... [more]

5/9/2011

Human traffickers tough to prosecute

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Fort Wayne

May 7, 2011
Human traffickers tough to prosecute

Human trafficking has become a $30 billion-a-year business worldwide.

It's difficult to prosecute. Victims who illegally entered a country are often reluctant to come forward, afraid they will be deported and lose what little money they are making. Like domestic violence victims, they are frequently in contact with their captors 24/7.

Friday afternoon, Raio G. Krishnayya, an attorney and executive director for Indianapolis' Center for Victim and Human Rights, spoke during a forum at Catherine Kasper Place, sponsored by Crime Victim Care (CVC) of Allen County. The event was a part of CVC's ongoing monthly meetings to address the needs and problems of refugees in Fort Wayne.

Krishnayya founded his center, which works with clients in immigration matters related to crime victimization or human rights violations. Center representatives accompany clients to proceedings, interviews or meetings and also work wit... [more]

5/6/2011

Sex trade kidnapping victims rescued from Chandler

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Fox 11 AZ

May 5, 2011
Sex trade kidnapping victims rescued from Chandler drop house

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Department of Public Safety raided a drop house in Chandler on Wednesday and found close to a dozen kidnapping victims inside.

Investigators suspect that some of the victims were bound for the sex trade industry.

An email from a concerned family in Florida asking for help initiated the investigation. Thanks to the efforts of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, that email made its way to the DPS IMPACT Team. The email claimed a family member was being held for ransom somewhere in the Phoenix area.

Less than 24 hours later, the DPS IMPACT team was able to track down the kidnapping victim.

The victims were being held inside a home near Chandler Heights and McQueen roads.

Officers found 10 victims and six suspects. According to investigators, it's possible the human smugglers were not only holding the victims for ransom, but they were looking t... [more]

5/6/2011

Law enforcement agencies prove unsuccessful

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Prague Daily Monitor

May 5, 2011
Law enforcement agencies prove unsuccessful in curbing human trafficking

Prague, May 4 (CTK) - Czech law enforcement bodies have not been successful in suppressing human trafficking linked to forced labour, also because the offenders have changed their methods in the past years, no longer using violence but the victims' difficult position to make them work, Jana Mensikova said yesterday.

Mensikova, from the Interior Ministry's security policy section, told reporters that this method of exploitation is often very difficult to prove, and it is often not considered a crime at all.

"To date, no one has ever been convicted in the Czech Republic of human trafficking with the purpose of forced labour or work exploitation," said Irena Konecna, director of the La Strada organisation that deals with similar issues.

In spite of this, up to hundreds of people work under exploitative conditions in the Czech Republic. The biggest problem is the... [more]

5/4/2011

Human trafficking ring busted on Indianapolis

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Fox 59

May 4, 2011
Human trafficking ring busted on Indianapolis northwest side

Indianapolis— Wednesday afternoon, federal authorities announced the bust of a major multi-state human trafficking ring which allegedly brought women in from across U.S. borders to work as prostitutes serving the Hispanic community on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

Seven people (four men and three women) appeared in Federal Magistrate Kennard Foster's courtroom Tuesday morning. There were 16 people listed in arrest warrants taken as police and federal agents conducted nine search warrants on Tuesday. It was revealed in court Tuesday that other suspects remain as fugitives and some were taken into custody in other jurisdictions. A total of 19 people were arrested. The operation focused on bringing women from Central America and worked among four Midwestern cities. Investigators say the ring may have been in business for the last 10 years and was operated by three brothers who used intim... [more]

5/3/2011

Survivor educates youth on trafficking

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The Advertiser-Tribune

May 3, 2011
Survivor educates youth on trafficking

Theresa Flores thought she did not fit the stereotype of a teen prostitute. She had two parents who did not abuse her. She did not spend time in foster care, never ran away and never used drugs. Yet, she found herself the victim of human trafficking at 15.

Now, she is a social worker, author and speaker who shares her firsthand experiences with others in hopes of alerting them to the dangers of this crime.

Flores was in Tiffin Thursday to meet with 55 students and teachers from eight Catholic schools in the Diocese of Toledo, including Calvert and St. Wendelin.

Those who attended received a packet of information, participated in group discussions and made plans to share the information with the student bodies at their schools.

The day began with Flores narrating a slide show describing sex trafficking, including statistics for the activity in the U.S. and Ohio, which is ranked fifth amon... [more]

5/3/2011

Spotlight on human trafficking as SA cops swoop

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The Southern Times

May 5, 2011
Spotlight on human trafficking as SA cops swoop on syndicate

Johannesburg - The spotlight is back on the age-old problem of human trafficking as reports emerged that South African police are racing against time to save more than 100 young girls allegedly spirited away by a sex slave syndicate.

Police narrowly missed the syndicate of Nigerians and South Africans when they recently raided a farm outside Paulpietersburg in KwaZulu-Natal.

It is believed that a brothel has been operating on the farm since 2006 and that it has been used as a holding point for young girls and women trafficked into South Africa from SADC and Asian countries in transit to Europe.

Police, the National Intelligence Agency and other government security agencies carried out the raid.

As forensic experts from Pretoria seized potential evidence, Organized Crime Unit detectives questioned suspects in a bid to rescue the girls.

South Africa is a source, t... [more]

5/2/2011

Desperate, deserted and destitute

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Bangkok Post

May 1, 2011
Desperate, deserted and destitute: Thai victims of the biggest people-trafficking case in US history speak out about their days of hell in Hawaii

In 2002, Kiet Jainukul saw an advertisement for a three-year full-time job in the US paying $9 (270 baht) an hour. Even though it would mean leaving his wife and two young children, he jumped at the chance to make more money in what he saw as the land of opportunity.

But there was one problem _ Mr Kiet says a manpower recruiter in Udon Thani wanted him to pay a fee of 650,000 baht in cash, even though Thai recruiters are legally allowed to collect only 65,000 baht from recruited farm workers.

The recruiter escorted Mr Kiet to the Bank of Ayudhya to borrow half the money, and he obtained the rest from wealthy villagers at a much higher interest rate, using his family's home and rice farm as collateral. If he spoke English or wasn't married, he would not be accepted, the recruiter told him.

When i... [more]

5/2/2011

Army reservists save Ugandan women

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Kansas City Star

April 30, 2011
Army reservists save Ugandan women from trafficking in Iraq

Word spread quickly among the desperate Ugandan women:

If you can somehow escape from the Iraqi household, go to the “Flying Man” statue. The Americans will help you.

Eventually, 17 women, many beaten and raped by their enslaving employers, made it inside the U.S. base in Baghdad in 2009.

The women were not U.S. citizens, nor hired by U.S. contractors, and the Americans had no jurisdiction beyond the walls of their base, having turned security matters over to Iraqi forces months earlier.

So, it would have been easy for the men of the 326th Area Support Group, an Army Reserve unit from Kansas City, Kan., to do nothing, to not get involved, to avoid risk of an international incident. That's not the choice they made.

“I don't know if I could have lived with myself,” said Lt. Col. Ted Lockwood, who organized the sanctuary where the victims of a human trafficking ring hi... [more]

5/2/2011

Mo. man sentenced for human trafficking

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Examiner

April 29, 2011
Mo. man sentenced for human trafficking of illegal aliens & forced labor

An Ellisville, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a criminal enterprise involving illegal aliens working in 14 states, including employees at hotels in the Kansas City, Mo., area and in Branson, Mo.

Kristin Dougherty, 51, of Ellisville, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith to five years in federal prison without parole.

On Oct. 28, 2010, Dougherty was found guilty of all three counts contained in a Jan. 7, 2010, superseding indictment. Dougherty was convicted of racketeering, participating in a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) conspiracy, and wire fraud.

The federal RICO indictment alleges an extensive and profitable criminal enterprise in which hundreds of illegal aliens were employed at hotels and other businesses across the country. The criminal enterprise used false information to acquire fraudule... [more]

5/2/2011

Man charged under human trafficking law

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KRQE

April 29, 2011
Man charged under human trafficking law

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The first person to be convicted under New Mexico's human trafficking law was sentenced Friday morning.

Tilford Black pled guilty to recruiting an 18 year-old homeless woman to be a prostitute, then made her work and kept all the money.

Black was sentenced to three years on the human trafficking charge, but with time already served, he will spend 364 days at the Metro Detention Center.

As part of the plea agreement, Black will have two years of intense supervision, which is the highest level of probation.

Under New Mexico law, Black had to produce DNA

http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/man-charged-under-human-trafficking-law

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