July 24, 2014
Ohio Woman Gets 32 Years in Forced Labor Case
An Ohio woman convicted along with her boyfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in their home for nearly two years through intimidation, threats and abuse was sentenced Thursday to 32 years in federal prison, the U.S. attorney's office said.
Jessica Hunt, 33, was convicted in March of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and conspiracy to illegally obtain prescription drugs.
Her attorneys and the federal prosecutor's office didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment on the sentencing.
Hunt's boyfriend, 28-year-old Jordie Callahan, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in federal prison for those same charges. Both are from Ashland, about 70 miles southwest of Cleveland.
"This is one of the more disturbing cases we have come across," U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said in a statement. "These defendants richly deserve their sentences."
The couple was accused of holdi... [more]
July 9, 2014
Auburn police: 2 arrested for pimping, human trafficking
AUBURN, Calif. (KCRA) —Two people who owned massage businesses in Auburn and Nevada City were arrested for alleged human trafficking and prostitution Wednesday after months of investigation, officers said.
The Auburn Police Department, in conjunction with the Placer Special Investigation Unit and the Nevada City Police Department, began investigating the Asian Massage Therapy and Foot on the 800 block of Lincoln Way in Auburn and the Oriental Therapy on the 300 block of Railroad Avenue in Nevada City in January.
Xiu Jie (Julie) Feng, 48, and Phillip Hudson, 56, co-own both businesses and were found to have a fraudulent license, officers said.
Investigators served a search warrant for a home on the 100 block of McKenzie Court in Auburn in addition to the two businesses.
According to officials, Feng was arrested for pimping, pandering, human trafficking and conspiracy. Hudson was booked o... [more]
July 9, 2014
Raid By Thai Police Exposes Human Trafficking Ring
BANGKOK (AP) — A raid at a palm plantation in southern Thailand exposed a ring that trafficked Myanmar's ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims into the country, police said Wednesday.
The raid on Saturday came two weeks after Thailand was demoted to the lowest level in the annual U.S. rankings of governments' anti-trafficking efforts, principally over abusive practices in the seafood industry.
Acting on a tip-off, police raided a house on a palm plantation and arrested two Myanmar men who allegedly had detained 13 Rohingya for extortion for over a month in Thailand's Chumphon province, said police Maj. Gen. Warawuth Thaweechaikarn. Chumphon is about 380 kilometers (240 miles) south of Bangkok.
The 10 men and three women were part of a bigger group of about 140 refugees traveling out of Myanmar's Rakhine state by boats since May 11, but the rest were sent to different destinations after landing ... [more]
July 8, 2014
McNally sentenced to 55 years for child molest, human trafficking
An Indian Heights man is facing 55 years in prison after being found guilty on charges of child molest and human trafficking. Adam McNally, age 37, was convicted in May for three sex offenses involving his then 12 year-old step-daughter. On Tues., July 8, Howard Superior Court II Judge Brant Parry issued the sentencing order.
Investigators were first alerted to McNally's activities on Nov. 11, 2012, when the victim appeared at Kokomo Fire Station No. 2, alleging that she had been sexually abused for more than a year. The victim told investigators that McNally had forced himself on her repeatedly, beginning in November 2011, and later introduced her to two other men and allowed them to have intercourse with her on multiple occasions.
The victim detailed several incidents to the investigators in which McNally or one of his associates, identified as “Andy” and “Tony,” had ... [more]
July 8, 2014
Child prostitution ring busted in Tempe
TEMPE, AZ (CBS5) -
Four pimps are off the streets of Tempe after getting busted for running a child prostitution ring. Police said three teenagers were lured in, bribed with clothes and hair and nail treatments.
"We have these three victims, these three girls, two 15-year-olds and one 16-year-old that were put into this life that they didn't choose," said Tempe police Lt. Michael Pooley.
He said they first learned of the ring in February, when they were called out for a fight at a local motel.
"When our officers got out there, Tony Gamble had grabbed the hair of one of the victims, pulling so hard, pulling her weave out," Pooley said.
After serving more than 30 search warrants, police finally had enough evidence to arrest Chauntill Porter, Jalecia Bouldin, Arsenio Knox and Gamble for luring at least three victims into prostitution.
"They were walking from their home to a store and these guys, bei... [more]
July 7, 2014
Human trafficking case: Woman sent text to police that began investigation
A woman who said she was kidnapped and forced to work as a prostitute alerted authorities of her situation with a text message, court records show.
The woman sent the message to '911' on June 30 and said she was drugged, beaten and forced into prostitution, according to search warrant affidavits obtained by The Fayetteville Observer.
Another affidavit said the woman messaged a friend and said she had been kidnapped.
Three people were charged later that night after officers responded to the Days Inn at 1720 Skibo Road, where authorities found a 20-year-old woman in a room, police spokesman Lt. Todd Joyce said.
A second woman, 23, was found about 1 p.m. July 2 at the Roadside Inn hotel at 1540 S. Eastern Blvd., a police report said.
Police charged Dakim Gucci Gregory, 28, of the 7000 block of Trevor Lane; Vanessa Renee Robinson, 24, of the 6700 block of Carnfort... [more]
Slaves forced to work for no pay for years at a time under threat of extreme violence are being used in Asia in the production of seafood sold by major US, British and other European retailers, the Guardian can reveal.
A six-month investigation has established that large numbers of men bought and sold like animals and held against their will on fishing boats off Thailand are integral to the production of prawns (commonly called shrimp in the US) sold in leading supermarkets around the world, including the top four global retailers: Walmart, Carrefour, Costco and Tesco.
The investigation found that the world's largest prawn farmer, the Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand (CP) Foods, buys fishmeal, which it feeds to its farmed prawns, from some suppliers that own, operate or buy from fishing boats manned with slaves.
Men who have managed to escape from boats supplying CP Foods and other companies like it told the Guardian of horrific conditions, including 20-hour shifts, regular bea... [more]