May 30, 2013
Baby trafficker appeals death sentence
The Yunnan Provincial Higher People's Court will soon give a verdict on the human trafficking case that saw a female farmer sentenced to death for selling as many as 223 infants to Henan Province.
Jiang Kaizhi, 52, a local farmer who was given a capital sentence during the first trial at the province's Qujing Intermediate People's Court in June last year, appealed in a bid to bargain for a lighter penalty, an official from the Qujing intermediate court who declined to be identified told the Global Times on Thursday.
"It was definitely the most severe penalty available," the official explained.
Sentences ranging from three years to life imprisonment were also handed down to 35 accomplices, who also appealed to the provincial higher people's court, the local news portal Yunnan.cn reported on Wednesday.
During the first trial, it was revealed that Jiang, from late 2009 to August 2010, organized a hu... [more]
May 24, 2013
Two Long Beach men arrested for felony sex trafficking
LONG BEACH -- Detectives capped an extensive investigation this week with the arrest of two men for allegedly human trafficking of three females - including a 16-year-old - who were forced into prostitution in Los Angeles and Orange counties, police announced Friday.
The two suspects were identified as 22-year-old Lebrette Winn and 24-year-old Eric Avery, both Long Beach residents. They were arrested May 16 at a traffic stop at Pine Avenue and Bay Street.
On Monday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed nine felony counts against Winn, and two felony counts against Avery, police said. The charges include human trafficking, pimping, pandering, mayhem, kidnapping, and other charges relating to sexually based offenses. They will appear for their preliminary hearing on June 4 in Long Beach Superior Court.
Police said the investigation began May 15 at about 11:55 p.m.,... [more]
7 Days in Dubai
May 23, 2013
Expat saves two women from their alleged traffickers in Dubai
A man helped a human trafficking victim escape her captors after she broke down in tears while they were alone in a bedroom, a court was told.
The 27-year-old Nepalese man says he was walking in Naif in Dubai when he was approached by a man who asked if he wanted to have sex with women. The man alleg-edly claimed to have Nepalese prostitutes at a nearby brothel.
The Nepalese man told Dubai Court of First Instance: “I was shocked when I heard they were Nepalese women. I was curious and asked him to take me to them.
“We went to a flat and he showed me two women. I went into a room with one. She collapsed in my arms, crying and asking me to help her. I promised to help.”
The 18-year-old woman, from Bangladesh, claims she was lured to the UAE with promises of work as a housemaid. When she arrived in September, she was forced into prostitution.
The woman was locked in the ... [more]
May 23, 2013
Attorney General Madigan: Bill to Aid Human Trafficking Victims Passes Senate
Lawmakers Permit Funding for Human Trafficking Victims to Remove Branding Tattoos
Springfield--(ENEWSPF)--May 23, 2013. Attorney General Lisa Madigan yesterday applauded Senate lawmakers for their unanimous support of legislation to assist victims of human trafficking who have been branded. With their 58-0 vote, senators joined a unanimous House vote in March to send House Bill 2640 to the Governor for his signature.
Criminal offenders who engage in human trafficking subject their victims to horrific abuse. Increasingly, these offenders forcibly tattoo, or brand, their victims, so the tattoo can serve as a sign of ownership.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. William Delgado and crafted in conjunction with Madigan's office, will allow victims of human trafficking who have been branded by their trafficker to be reimbursed out of the Illinois Crime Victims Compensation ... [more]
UT San Diego
May 21, 2013
Couple Who Trafficked Niece Given Long Sentences
Inez Martinez Garcia, 43, and Marcial Garcia Hernandez, 45, had been ordered to stand trial after a preliminary hearing in which the victim, now 24 and identified only as Isabel, testified about being beaten, forced to work, raped and sold for sex.
After that hearing, the couple pleaded guilty to felony charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child and lewd act on a child.
On Monday in Vista Superior Court, Hernandez was sentenced to 23 years to life in prison, and Martinez Garcia was sentenced to 20 years.
“I was a young girl, and the things Inez and Marcial did to me have marked me for life. They took away my childhood,” Isabel wrote in a statement that prosecutor David Uyar read aloud during the sentencing. “Today I can go out and be a mother, a wife, and I can sleep knowing that justice has been done.”
Law enforcement officials have called the case one of the worst examples of hum... [more]
May 21, 2013
Teen runaway said man locked her in van, forced her to have sex with bar patrons
An Orlando man is facing human trafficking charges after a teenage runaway told authorities he locked her inside his van and brought bar patrons to have sex with her for money.
The 17-year-old girl, who was not publicly identified, told authorities she was staying with friends in Orlando and met a man, later identified as Rafael Rosario, near the J & J Sports Bar on Goldenrod Road in March.
According to an arrest warrant application filed by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent assigned to the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, the girl said Rosario could tell she was distressed and offered to help her find a place to stay.
That six-page warrant application, recently filed in Orange County Circuit Court, also said:
Rosario, 48, had a mattress in the van, which was broken down, and the girl said he locked her inside.
The teen said Ros... [more]
May 20, 2013
Aunt sold girl, 17, for sex work in Korea: police
Niece used Facebook to flee parlour in Seoul; seven other Thais rescued
The police's Anti-Human Trafficking Division (AHTD) yesterday applied for an arrest warrant for a Thai woman who allegedly lured her 17-year-old niece into prostitution with a well-paid job in South Korea.
The move came after the girl was rescued and sent back to Thailand on Saturday night after calling for help via Facebook.
AHTD commander Pol Maj-General Chawalit Swangpuech said Thai Police worked with Seoul police to rescue the Roi Et girl, identified as Ae (not her real name). The girl, a former employee at a Pattaya tour company, reportedly told police her 43-year-old aunt, who married a Korean man and opened a massage parlour in Seoul, told her about a well-paid restaurant job there. So, she travelled to South Korea with a Korean man and a Thai woman early this month.
After arrival, a Korean gang ... [more]
Latino Daily News
May 20, 2013
3 Mexicans Charged with Human Trafficking, Kidnapping in Phoenix
Three Mexican men face federal hostage-taking charges following their arrest Tuesday at a West Valley human smuggling drop house discovered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Espiridion Pablo-Madrigal; 34, Abel Donce de la Torre-Gonzalez, 32; and Luis Bretado-Aragon, 19, appeared in federal court Wednesday, where they were charged with hostage taking in a federal complaint.
HSI special agents were first alerted to the drop house May 13, after a caller contacted HSI Seattle to report that a man was demanding money or he would kill three of the caller's family members who were allegedly being held hostage in a Phoenix drop house. HSI Seattle alerted HSI Phoenix special agents, who worked around the clock to develop information on the possible location of the drop house. By late Tuesday morning, authorities had suffici... [more]
May 19, 2013
Cambodian court charges American, Cambodian men for child sex abuse
Cambodia's Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court charged a 66-year-old American man Charles W. Manning and a 24-year-old Cambodian San Veasna with indecent act against minors, which could face up to three years in jail, officials said Sunday.
The two men were arrested on Thursday by the Provincial Anti- Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police on suspicion of having sexually abused at least three boys, aged between 13-16 years.
The Provincial Court's investigating Judge Y Kheang on Saturday has charged them with committing indecent act against minors and remanded both in pre-trial detention to await trial.
According to police, both suspects have confessed to having had sex with the boys but argued that it was consensual.
Yi Moden, coordinator of child protection NGO Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) to Preah Sihanouk province, said Sunday that the arrest came as a resu... [more]
May 15, 2013
8 Filipinas Rescued From Hawalli Brothel
KUWAIT CITY, May 15: The Philippine Embassy through its lawyers filed multiple rape charges against a retired Kuwaiti Marine Officer who allegedly runs a brothel in Hawalli by luring Filipino Household Service Workers (HSWs) to escape from their employers to work in a coffee shop but they ended up in a brothel in Hawalli.
The embassy with its lawyers is also looking into the possibility of filing prostitution and human trafficking charges against the suspect pending investigation at the Prosecutor's Office in Hawalli after Police authorities from the Nugra Police Station acting on a tip provided by the Philippine Embassy rescued eight Filipino women from the alleged prostitution den in Hawalli on May 10. The Filipinas were also believed to be victims of human trafficking.
Philippine Embassy Charge d' Affaires Raul Dado together with Assistance to Nationals Unit Officers Mar Hassan and Muamar Mamosion ... [more]
May 14, 2013
Family of girl who died suddenly in India seek answers over missing organs
UK coroner unable to say why Gurkiren Kaur Loyal died because her body was returned to UK with major organs missing.
The family of an eight-year-old British girl who died suddenly in India after being admitted to hospital for dehydration are demanding answers after her body was returned to the UK with her organs missing.
Gurkiren Kaur Loyal, from Birmingham, described as the soul of her family, died seconds after being injected with an unknown liquid at the clinic in Khanna, in the Punjab on 2 April, her family said.
The Birmingham coroner's office opened an inquest in April after her body was repatriated but said major organs were missing, making it impossible to determine a cause of death.
Gurkiren's mother, Amrit Kaur Loyal, 50, said: "I feel extremely angry; I want answers. We just want to know what was in the syringe. The first step is getting her organs b... [more]
May 14, 2013
Japanese politician calls wartime sex slaves 'necessary'
Japanese officials have distanced themselves from comments made by a prominent nationalist politician that suggested women forced to become prostitutes to entertain Japanese troops during World War II were "necessary."
Toru Hashimoto, who serves as the Mayor of Osaka, told reporters at his weekly press conference Monday that "anyone would understand" the role of "comfort women" when soldiers were risking their lives and you wanted to give them "a rest."
Though he acknowledged the issue was a "tragic result of war," Hashimoto, who is co-leader of the nationalist Japan Restoration Party, insisted the use of prostitutes by soldiers was not unique to Japan.
Bizarrely, Hashimoto also revealed that he told a U.S. military commander during a trip to a base on the island of Okinawa that the adult entertainment business in Japan should be "utilized more" by U.S. personnel.
"I told him there are p... [more]
May 9, 2013
Pimp was ‘an animal', teen testifies at human trafficking trial
OTTAWA — In a taped interview with police that was played in Ottawa court on Thursday, a 17-year-old girl said she was subjected to routine abuse at the hands of an accused pimp and forced to have sex with up to 120 men in the summer of 2011.
“He's not a human being. He's an animal,” the girl told police about 23-year-old Jamie Byron, on trial for human trafficking.
She worked out of hotel rooms in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal.
Some days she was forced to service up to 10 johns a day, starting tricks as early as 6 a.m., court heard.
She had only one day off, and she used it to catch up on sleep, she said.
The most she earned in one day was $1,000 but she told Ottawa police she had nothing to show for it, except a half pack of smokes.
“If I didn't give him the money, I would get a beat up,” she told a detective in a Sept. 1, 2011 interview at Elgin Street headquarte... [more]
World Now 14
May 9, 2013
Traffic stop leads to midtown sex trafficking bust
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
A routine traffic stop in Marana leads to a much bigger bust: human sex trafficking in midtown.
Three teenage girls are home safe after being sold for sex.
A traffic stop near Cortaro and Hartman Road led police to a trailer park near Ruthrauff and Romero.
Marana Police Officer Scott Bennett said that during the traffic stop, a man confessed to knowing where a runaway was, that she was being sold for sex and given drugs, all at a trailer park in midtown.
Officer Bennett told the girl's mother. She investigated on her own, found the trailer park and demanded her daughter back.
Tucson police were called in, and according to the mom, suspects were arrested after two other teens were found there.
Tonight, Tucson News Now spoke with a woman who was a victim of sex trafficking. She says this is happening all over the world.
"They don't believe that th... [more]
May 9, 2013
Human trafficking victim shares her journey of being trafficked
Rebecca Bender moved into her boyfriend's house. Nothing unusual there, right? She had only been seeing him for six months, but when she walked inside, the doorknobs were gone, and the beatings began.
Sex trafficking is simply known as trading of sexual slavery or hard labor. Most believe that human trafficking only takes place in Third World countries. What people don't know, however, is that human trafficking of any kind happens everywhere, even in Eugene.
At 18, Bender, a former Eugene resident, lived with several friends in an apartment just off the University of Oregon campus.
“I met my trafficker at a party near campus and he started dating me, just pretending to be my boyfriend for six months. He lured me away with false promises, pretending to be my boyfriend, when really that was never his intention,” Bender said.
Bender was taken to escort services, a front for ... [more]
May 6, 2013
Accused pimped out his 17-year-old ‘meal ticket' to more than 100 johns, trial told
OTTAWA — An accused pimp forced a 17-year-old girl who he described as his “meal ticket” to have sex with more than a hundred men after recruiting her on Facebook, a prosecutor alleged on the first day of a Montreal man's human trafficking trial.
Prosecutor Julien Lalande alleged that Jamie Byron “recruited, exploited and assaulted” the teen girl with a learning disability, luring her to come meet him from her home in the Windsor area under the guise of a romantic relationship. But when she arrived, he told her she was “working for him” and put her on a prostitution circuit for the next two months that made stops in Montreal, Toronto, Barrie and Ottawa, Lalande alleged.
The 23-year-old Byron destroyed the teen's identification and forced her to have sex with a man in Montreal for $300 in the summer of 2011, Lalande alleged.
Lalande said the teen reported... [more]
The Washington Post
May 1, 2013
Elizabeth Smart tells Md. forum she understands why some human trafficking victims don't run
BALTIMORE — Rescued kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart said Wednesday she understands why some human trafficking victims don't run.
Smart said she “felt so dirty and so filthy” after she was raped by her captor, and she understands why someone wouldn't run “because of that alone.”
Smart spoke at a Johns Hopkins human trafficking forum, saying she was raised in a religious household and recalled a school teacher who spoke once about abstinence and compared sex to chewing gum.
“I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, I'm that chewed up piece of gum, nobody re-chews a piece of gum, you throw it away.' And that's how easy it is to feel like you know longer have worth, you know longer have value,” Smart said. “Why would it even be worth screaming out? Why would it even make a difference if you are rescued? Your life still has no value.”
The Salt Lake City wo... [more]