May 28, 2014
Human trafficking victims could clear crime record
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The state Assembly has approved legislation that would allow courts to expunge prostitution convictions when people are found to be victims of human trafficking.
AB1585 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, a Democrat from Watsonville, allows defendants who are convicted of soliciting prostitution to petition to clear their record if they have evidence they were victims of human trafficking. It is sponsored by Attorney General Kamala Harris.
The Department of Justice maintains a summary of criminal histories that is available to prospective employers. The summaries also can be reviewed when people apply for a license, a certification or to adopt a child.
Alejo says many human trafficking victims "are commonly and wrongly convicted for solicitation of prostitution."
The Assembly passed AB1585 on a 73-0 vote Wednesday, sending it to the Senate.
May 27, 2014
Police: Man held after teen forced into prostitution
STOCKTON - An emergency 911 call from an Antioch teenager Sunday afternoon led Stockton police to arrest Chester Lewellyn Brown, 20, for investigation of kidnapping, sex trafficking and various sex-related crimes, officials said.
Brown remained in the San Joaquin County Jail on Monday in lieu of more than $1.4 million bail, as well as a no-bail warrant tied to drug and firearms violations.
The 3 p.m. call from the 17-year-old girl led police to the 6000 block of Plymouth Road. There she told officers that a few days previously she had run away from home after arguing with her parents.
She reportedly called Brown, who she had met months earlier in Antioch, who then took her to Stockton, where he forced the victim to create an online account and engage in prostitution.
While officers were at the scene, Brown drove up in a car and he was promptly detained.
There were three other girls,... [more]
May 22, 2014
Louisville police say employees of Chinese buffet were victims of human trafficking
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they have arrested a man involved in human trafficking.
According to an arrest report, police say they were conducting a human trafficking investigation Wednesday, around 11 p.m., when they executed search warrants at two locations: a home on Churchdown Lane, near the intersection of 3rd Street Road and Outer Loop, and the Golden Palace Buffet on the Outer Loop, near New Cut Road.
Police say the owners of the restaurant were illegally using men and women as workers to staff the establishment. According to the arrest report, the victims were working 12-hour shifts, six days a week with "little or no breaks, and limited freedoms."
The owners of the restaurant were allegedly keeping the employees in the basement of the Churchdown Lane residence and taking them to and from the restaurant in a van with wooden bench... [more]
May 20, 2014
US Lawmakers Take Action to Curb Human Trafficking
CAPITOL HILL Many Americans think of human trafficking as a problem that exists far away from U.S. shores, such as the case of the almost 300 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram and are still missing. But the U.S. government says as many as 17,500 people, mostly girls, are trafficked into the United States annually, and that does not include those who are kidnapped and forced into sex slavery within U.S. borders.
The U.S. House of Representatives has taken action to help the victims and to crack down on perpetrators.
A survivor of human trafficking, Shandra Woworuntu, was on Capitol Hill Tuesday to advocate for restitution and other government services to help victims. Woworuntu is originally from Indonesia. She is college-educated and worked as a financial analyst in her country until she lost her job due to political instability.
Woworuntu came to the United States in 2001 unde... [more]
May 14, 2014
Orlando man pleads guilty to human trafficking of minor, gets 9 year sentence
Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced that known gang member and human trafficker, Montavious Rakeem Postell, 22, of Orlando, entered a plea of guilty to human trafficking for commercial sexual activity of a child under the age of 18 and lewd or lascivious battery. He was subsequently sentenced to nine years in federal prison.
Circuit Court Judge Tim Shea in Orange County sentenced him to nine years in prison followed by five years of supervised sex offender probation. This prosecution by the State Attorney General's Office follows a lengthy investigation and arrest by the Polk County Sheriff's Office with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff's Office, the Tampa Police Department, and the Office of Statewide Prosecution.
The investigation into Postell, also known as King, began after his co-defendant, Michael Kempfer, and a 15-year-old victim ... [more]
May 14, 2014
Men who lured Hungarians to Britain on promise of work paid victims just £10 a week for 100 hours work and beat them in human trafficking scam are jailed
Two men have been jailed for a large-scale human trafficking ring which saw Hungarians lured to work in the UK as modern-day slaves - being paid a measly £10 for a 100-hour week. Up to 50 men were kept in one house in Batley, West Yorkshire, and were subjected to regular beatings - with one house rule that no-one could say no' to their keepers.
Janos Orsos, 43, and Ferenc Illes, 25, were sentenced on Tuesday at Teesside Crown Court to five years and three years respectively after pleading guilty to people trafficking offences. The court heard Orsos preyed on vulnerable Hungarians with promises of well-paid factory and labouring work and accommodation.
They were then sent to work throughout Dewsbury, Bradford and Wakefield. Many were too scared to escape and one woman who had lost her job f... [more]
May 8, 2014
Man arrested in Hancock County in 'human trafficking' case
A 26-year-old man from Honduras faces charges of human trafficking, after police say he was stopped while transporting two juveniles to Columbus, Ohio, against their will to work off a debt their family owed.
An Indiana State Police trooper made a traffic stop about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday of a Toyota Tacoma that was headed east on I-70 in Hancock County.
The trooper noticed inconsistencies between the stories of two adult men in the truck and the two juveniles, who are about 12 and 13 years old, according to a news release from the Indiana State Police.
"Further investigation revealed that the two juveniles ... were being held against their will and were being transported to Columbus, Ohio, to work off a debt that their family owed to unnamed subjects in Mexico," according to the release.
The juveniles were placed in the custody of child protective services.
The State Police relea... [more]