Brooklyn Daily Eagle
August 22, 2013
Judge dismisses human trafficking victim's non-prostitution charges
For the first time, a judge ruled that a non-prostitution charge against a victim of human trafficking could be dismissed without prior approval from the District Attorney's Office.
In 2000 and 2003, LG was convicted and sentenced on charges of prostitution and possession of a weapon. LG asserted that the criminal acts were a result of her years of forced prostitution and asked that the charges be vacated.
LG, a Brooklyn native, became a ward of the state following her grandmother's death in 1994. At the age of 12, while at a foster home in Brownsville, LG was approached by an older man, identified in court papers as “A,” and escorted to his home, where other underage girls were kept. He introduced LG to a world of prostitution.
By the time LG was 14, she had used by four pimps and had been forced to travel to Atlantic City, Washington, D.C., and Florida to pe... [more]
Los Angeles Times
August 19, 2013
Orange County targets customers in fight against human trafficking
A 24-year-old Anaheim man accused of teaching a teenage girl to work as a prostitute, advertising her services on an X-rated website.
A 19-year-old guy charged with forcing a stable of girls to walk Beach Boulevard, not far from Disneyland, and perform sex acts for money.
A middle-aged Irvine woman accused of operating a brothel in an upscale apartment complex.
Since tougher human-trafficking laws went on the books in January, officials across California have sharpened their focus, going after pimps who force women — often young runaways or girls lured by Internet postings — to sell their bodies.
Orange County prosecutors are targeting their customers as well.
The names of men picked up on suspicion of soliciting sex have been publicized on the district attorney's website, along with detailed descriptions of alleged pimps' arrests, and stories of women being... [more]
August 16, 2013
Officials Seek Kidnapper Associated With Sex Trafficking Ring
HOUSTON (CBS Houston) The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is asking for the public's assistance in identifying a man wanted for questioning in connection with the kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman from Panama City Beach, Florida.
“The woman was the victim of a multi-state human trafficking and sex-trafficking ring that operated from Mexico and into the United States,” stated officials with the FBI. “The trafficking ring has ties to Texas, and investigators are releasing the attached sketch in the hopes of generating tips that will lead to his identity and arrest.”
FBI authorities add that on August 12, 2013, 30 year-old Jacobo Feliciano-Francisco, (who is also known as “Uriel Castillo-Ochoa” as well as “Kiko,”) was arrested after a Federal Grand Jury in the Northern District of Florida sent down a five-count indictment.
Feliciano-Francisco was charged with feder... [more]
August 15, 2013
Man Charged With Human Trafficking After Traffic Stop
Police in Lucas County, Ohio, discovered a human trafficking case after a routine traffic stop Tuesday on I-80, The Blade reports.
A 21-year-old California man was arrested after the two women found in his car told police they had been forced into prostitution.
James D. Jackson, 21, of Sacramento, was charged with human trafficking, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of criminal tools.
State Troopers stopped Jackson for speeding on I-80 Tuesday.
When they stopped the car, the troopers said they smelled marijuana and searched the vehicle under probable cause.
They found 20 grams of marijuana, a loaded handgun and items associated with the sex trade.
The two women passengers were not identified but were a 21-year-old woman from California and a 25-year-old woman from Arizona.
The women told police that Jackson had forced them into prostitution.
Jackson remains at t... [more]
Atlantic Journal Constitution
August 16, 2013
Woman sues for damages in human trafficking case
The promise of a two-week catering job turned into two years of modern-day slavery for an African woman, a lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court alleges.
Thembi Dlamini, 37, is suing a local pastor and his wife for monetary damages for luring her to Georgia from her home in Swaziland in 2005 to cater their son's wedding.
But the wedding was a ruse. Juna Babb and Michael J. Babb took away Dlamini's passport, kept her in their Ellenwood home and forced her to work for them for free until 2007, according to the lawsuit.
The Babbs pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges involving Dlamini as the victim. Last April, Juna Babb was sentenced to two years in federal prison. Michael Babb received a six-month sentence.
At the time of their pleas, U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, “This case reminds us that modern day slavery is occurring in our communities. ... [more]
Pacific News Center
August 16, 2013
Sex Trafficking Charges, Involving Children, Filed Against 2 Saipan Residents
Saipan - The U.S. Attorney's Office has announced that sex trafficking charges, involving children, have been filed against 2 Saipan residents.
The federal criminal complaint filed in Saipan's District Court today, Friday, charges Richard Sullivan Benavente with "Sexual Exploitation of Children" and Annette Nakatsukasa Basa is being charged with "Sex Trafficking of Children."
Benevente is a 43 year old CNMI firefighter who, according to Court documents, referred to Basa as "the Chamorro 'Mamasang."
READ the complaint filed against Basa HERE
According to the complaints failed aginst the two, Benavente "began having sex with girls that were introduced to him by Basa 5 years ago," and "Benavente paid Basa with drugs or money in exchange for sex with the girls."
READ the complaint filed against Benevente HERE
The CNMI Department of Public Safe... [more]
August 8, 2013
Leaders Of Infamous Human Trafficking Gang Arrested In Southern Thailand
Thai authorities in the last week have rounded up three leading members of a Burmese human trafficking gang responsible for selling hundreds of their fellow countrymen into slavery and murdering dozens of people.
According to the Burmese embassy in Bangkok's labour attaché Naing Htun, combined forces from the Royal Thai Police and the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) nabbed the group's leader Ko Myo last week after capturing one of his top aides on 31 July.
Another of the gang's henchman was reportedly arrested on Tuesday, while officials continue to search for an unidentified Burmese national associated with the outfit.
The notorious human trafficking and racketeering group are believed to have been behind approximately 40 murders and operated around the ports in Trang province's Kantang district. The area serves as a major hub for Thailand's massive f... [more]
August 7, 2013
Chinese newborn baby returned to parents after being trafficked by doctor
(CNN) -- Chinese health authorities have promised an overhaul in hospitals across the country following the arrest of an obstetrician for allegedly selling newborns to human traffickers, state media reports.
Police in Fuping County in China's northwestern Shaanxi Province said that the doctor, named by the South China Morning Post as Zhang Shuxia, had allegedly sold "several" babies to human traffickers. Police were investigating five other similar cases which had also occurred in Fuping County Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital, reported the state-run Xinhua news agency.
One of the babies was returned to its parents amid emotional scenes on Monday, after its identity was confirmed through DNA testing. As family members wept, the parents knelt to thank police for recovering their son, the state-run China Daily reported.
Fuping County authorities said the baby boy had b... [more]
Tulsa's Channel 8
August 7, 2013
Tulsa Woman Accused of Human Trafficking of 14-Year-Old Girl
A Tulsa woman has been arrested on a human trafficking charge after police said she knowingly aided in the trafficking of a 14-year-old girl.
According to a booking report, Tulsa Police vice officers found an ad on backpage.com with a very young looking girl on Tuesday.
After making contact with the number listed, plans were made to meet up at a local extended stay hotel near 41st and Sheridan later in the day.
When an undercover officer arrived, a woman, identified as 23-year-old Alaina Lamecker of Tulsa, told him her friend was sick and in the bedroom.
Police said that the officer recognized the other girl as the young one seen in the ad. The woman agreed to a sex act in exchange for money.
That's when the officer identified himself and brought in other officers, the report stated.
Police arrested Lamecker, who was read her rights and then admitted to knowing ... [more]
Thanh Nien News
August 4, 2013
Chinese man, Vietnamese wife arrested for human trafficking
Vietnam - A married couple were arrested for human trafficking in central Vietnam after one of their victims came back from China and tipped police off.
Ly Xue Leng, a 45-year-old Chinese, and his Vietnamese wife Nong Thi Be, 29, were caught upon arrival at Da Nang bus station.
Be had been working as her husband's interpreter and local guide as they persuaded young women from the north-central province of Nghe An to work as housekeepers abroad for between VND5-6 million (US$237-284) a month.
But the women were then sold to brothels in China.
They sold two ethnic girls from Quang Nam Province, which neighbors Da Nang, in May.
One of them then asked the couple to bring her back home so she would help them find more women.
They returned to Quang Nam on July 29, and the victim did connect them with two other local women, while also reporting her case to the police. Law e... [more]
July 31, 2013
The Mexican Drug Cartels' Other Business: Sex Trafficking
Like many victims of human trafficking, Marcela was tricked into the sex trade by a man she thought she could trust. She met him in her small hometown in Veracruz state when she was 16. Posing as a wealthy businessman, he asked for her hand in marriage, promising a comfortable lifestyle. Instead he took her to the Merced neighborhood of Mexico City, a hotbed for prostitution. She was kept under duress in a hotel room and forced to have sex with up to 40 men a day, who paid $15 each to her so-called boyfriend and his accomplices. Girls suffering from human trafficking are often kept under such conditions for years. However, after a week, police raided the hotel, and Marcela defied the threats from the traffickers to testify in court, sending them to prison. “When it was happening, I just blocked it out, as it was so painful,” says Marcela, who asked that her name be changed. “It took me a long tim... [more]