June 26, 2013
More arrests expected in human trafficking case involving girl under 12
Statistics provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation state that in 2011, there were an estimated 293,000 youths “at risk of becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation.”
According to the U.S. Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, complaints of child prostitution increased more than 1,000 percent from 2004 to 2008.
Hearts of Hope volunteer coordinator and victim advocate Jencie Hebert said recovery for victims of sexual assault and abuse can take a lifetime. The nonprofit organization provides support in eight Acadiana parishes for adults and children who are victims of sexual abuse and assault.
“Every case is different,” Hebert said.
“Sexual assault isn't something you can simply get over. It's more like a journey. There is light at the end of the tunnel.”
Hebert said during recovery it's important that victims lea... [more]
Bay Area News Group
June 24, 2013
Long Beach man faces federal child-trafficking charges
A Long Beach man who went by the nickname "Mac Wimp" is facing federal charges of child sex trafficking for allegedly forcing a 17-year-old girl into prostitution, officials announced Monday.
Ralph Allen Jackson Jr., 40, who was arrested earlier last week on a domestic dispute, is now facing a federal complaint in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
The underage victim -- along with a second unidentified woman -- was forced to have sex with dozens of clients, along with being forced to receive a tattoo that identified her in derogatory terms as belonging to "Mac Wimp," according to an affidavit filed in the case.
The indictment against Jackson is the second federal trafficking charge out of Long Beach in the last two months.
In May, Marquis Horn, 34, and Roshaun Nakia Porter, 37, were charged in federal court with coercing women to work as prostitutes.
Before contacti... [more]
June 25, 2013
Thai woman arrested for trafficking Burmese women and girls
BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In an undercover operation at a guesthouse in the border town of Ranong, police arrested a Thai woman suspected of human trafficking, and rescued 13 Burmese women, including four under 18 who were forced into prostitution, The Nation reported.
According to the paper, the police organised the sting over the weekend following a tipoff from the anti-trafficking group FREELAND Foundation.
The police found that the four girls under 18 were reportedly assaulted and forced into prostitution, while the nine other women had entered Thailand illegally, said the paper.
A 32-year-old woman was arrested and faces charges including procuring girls under 18 for prostitution and molestation, and harbouring aliens, it added.
“Investigations suggest the girls are victims of a network run by Thai and Burmese criminals and corrupt officers,” the FREELAN... [more]
Lake County News
June 24, 2013
Marijuana cultivation investigation leads to human trafficking case
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Two men arrested last month in connection to a large marijuana cultivation operation also are facing human trafficking charges for having brought from Southern California a 15-year-old runaway girl who they allegedly kept at their remote grow location and sexually assaulted.
Ryan Alan Balletto, 30, of Lakeport and Patrick Steven Pearmain, 24, of Clearlake, both remain in the Lake County Jail on no-bail holds following their arrests on May 1.
Since the May arrests investigators have found evidence that the two men had kept a Southern California teenager at the location and sexually assaulted her, according to court documents.
The men also are alleged at one point to have kept the girl in a large box as a punishment, according to District Attorney Don Anderson.
Pearmain's attorney, Tom Quinn, declined comment at this stage in the case, and B... [more]
June 6, 2013
Judge to decide NY sex-trafficking case June 19
NEW YORK (AP) — The evidence of sex trafficking was tattooed on the bodies of the prostitutes: Their pimps' names branded onto skin, scrolled across chests and inked onto pelvises, prosecutors said.
They were women so traumatized by their horrible circumstances that they lied on the witness stand to protect their abusers in a criminal trial in Manhattan, prosecutors said during closing arguments Thursday in the case. Three women testified that they begged the father and son team for the tattoos, eager to show their love for the men.
They said they were one big happy family, living a suburban life as ‘‘wife-in-laws'' in Allentown, Pa., commuting by night about 100 miles to work the Manhattan streets.
According to assistant district attorney John Temple, the testimony was given ‘‘to minimize the horrors of their lives and to put a flippant and disgusting spin on the tragic wrong.''
June 5, 2013
Man arrested, accused of offering to sell woman for $10,000
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — An Orange County man is in jail, accused of trying to sell a woman for $10,000. Investigators said they caught him in an undercover bust.
According to investigators, they were tipped off by a man who told investigators he bought drugs from the suspect, and had been asked if he wanted to buy women.
"Central Florida is a perfect storm for human trafficking," said Tomas Lares of the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Taskforce.
The investigation started at a 17th Street apartment where agents said Kery Rodriguez sold heroin to a confidential source, then discussed the sale of a woman.
"The police source said he had seen girls in the apartment around 14-15 years old," said Lares. "One of them was clutching a stuffed animal in her arms."
Undercover investigators then arranged to meet Rodriguez at Garibaldi's Mexican Restaurant near the Florida Mall to see if Rodrig... [more]
June 4, 2013
Minn. cheerleader accused of prostituting girl
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis high school cheerleader is accused of prostituting a younger student by creating an online ad and taking her to see potential customers, pocketing $60 in one case.
Montia Marie Parker, 18, of Maple Grove, faces felony charges of sex trafficking and promoting prostitution. She is scheduled to appear in court June 12.
Parker was a senior at Hopkins High School when she allegedly set up a Backpage.com ad for a 16-year-old, driving her to an apartment to have oral sex with a man, and taking the $60 the girl made. Authorities allege Parker and the girl drove to another home the next day, but left after the man refused oral sex.
The girl's mother called police after reading text messages between her daughter and Parker on the girl's cellphone, the Star Tribune reported.
Parker's attorney did not immediately return a phone message left by The Associated ... [more]
June 5, 2013
Nigeria: Spanish Police Nab Six Nigerian Women Over Voodoo Prostitution Ring
More than 12 years after the Idia Renaissance group in Benin-City led by Mrs Eki Igbinedion, wife of former governor of Edo State, led a spirited campaign against human trafficking especially to Italy and other parts of Europe, the Spanish police have revealed they have broken up a ring that smuggled women from Nigeria into Spain and forced them into street prostitution by burning them with irons and using voodoo rituals.
The well-connected pimps, who usually come to Nigeria to look for young and innocent girls for the illicit trade of prostitution on the streets of European countries, usually lie to the parents of the unsuspecting girls that their children are being taken abroad to work as store/supermarket attendants, clerks or such other jobs.
In turn, they lure these girls to their destinations and make them swear an oath of allegiance and loyalty and even faithf... [more]