June 25, 2012
Four charged with running foster child prostitution ring
Police have busted a ring that allegedly recruited underage girls in the care of the state to work as prostitutes.
Police and prosecutors arrested four alleged pimps Monday morning as part of an ongoing investigation into a ring of human traffickers who preyed on abused and neglected children in foster care.
The men, police say, were part of an organized conspiracy to lure underage girls into prostitution. The four were charged with conspiracy, racketeering and unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
Using a teenage foster child as a recruiter, police say, the four men plied underage girls with cash, affection and gifts. Ultimately, the girls became prostitutes who earned the ring about $100 for every man with whom they had sex. The girls, in turn, were paid $30 or $40 of that original $100.
Beginning in January of 2011, members of the ring would call girls on cell phones suppli... [more]
My Fox 9
June 21, 2012
'John' charged with sex trafficking under new Minnesota law
MINNEAPOLIS - An Elko man who works for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has been charged under Minnesota's new Sex Trafficking law for having sex with two teen prostitutes, ages 15 and 17. Police and prosecutors believe this is the first time a "John," a customer, has been charged under the law.
Mickey Cupkie was charged with four felony counts of engaging in prostitution with a minor. He had no comment as he left the Ramsey County Jail Thursday night. Cupkie is an analyst with the US Army Corps. Of Engineers in St. Paul. Police seized property from his office and believe he was soliciting the girls while at work.
Cupkie is also a former First Lieutenant with the Minnesota Army National Guard who served tours in Iraq and Kuwait. He was discharged from the Minnesota Army National Guard in May 2011. According to his online bio, he's a member of the US Army Reserves out of Red Wing. H... [more]
NY Daily News
June 3, 2012
Small Mexican town of Tenancingo is major source of sex trafficking pipeline to New York
Families of pimps send young victims to Queens where they are often forced into 'delivery girl' prostitution
TENANCINGO, TLAXCALA — In this small Mexican town that sends sex slaves to New York, little boys dream of growing up to be pimps.
Gaudy gabled houses that rise above gated walls are proof of the profits to be made from funneling “delivery girls” to Roosevelt Ave. in Queens.
An annual parade contingent of pimps in plumed hats — wielding whips to settle business beefs — is evidence that cash and fear has conquered shame here.
“Many kids aspire to be traffickers,” said Emilio Munoz Berruecos, who grew up in the next village and runs a local human rights center. “This is a phenomenon that goes back half a century.”
The town of 10,000, about 80 miles from Mexico City, is Mexico's undisputed cradle of sex trafficking, one end of a pipeline ... [more]
June 1, 2012
Leader of MS-13 Gang Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking Multiple Teens
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Rances Ulices Amaya, 24, also known as “Murder” and “Blue,” was sentenced today to 50 years in prison for recruiting girls as young as 14 from middle schools, high schools, and homeless shelters in Northern Virginia and forcing them to engage commercial sex acts on behalf of MS-13.
Neil H MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and James W McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Anthony J Trenga.
“Rances Amaya's gang name was ‘Murder,' and in a real sense, he killed the hopes and dreams of teenage girls whom he systematically and sadistically victimized,” said United States Attorney MacBride. “He told these girls that he owned them and that he would hurt their loved ones if they didn't comply. They were hi... [more]