Category Archives: Human Trafficking

February 1, 2018

Illegal Immigrant Crime: Another DACA Recipient Arrested For Human Smuggling

3rd DACA recipient arrested for human smuggling in less than a week …

On Monday, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested another Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, this time in Arizona, for attempting to smuggle illegal aliens into the United States from Mexico.

Agents working in the Yuma Sector came across the footprints of several illegal aliens attempting to enter the U.S. from Mexico and communicated the information to Targeted Enforcement Unit agents, who witnessed four subjects entering into a white truck nearby. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reports:

Agents from both units intercepted the vehicle and performed a vehicle stop. The driver was identified as a 26-year-old male Mexican national DACA recipient from Salinas, California. The other four occupants were all determined to be Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States. The driver was arrested for human smuggling charges, and the four passengers were arrested for immigration violations. The vehicle was seized for forfeiture.

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Officials Announce 510 Arrests in Statewide Human Trafficking Crackdown (Video)

Last year, there were 200 human trafficking cases filed by the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office, and some resulted in life sentences for traffickers. “That would not have happened five years ago,” Lacey said.

Officials announced the results of a three-day statewide crackdown on human trafficking crimes and rescue of victims on Tuesday, saying the most recent sting netted 510 arrests.

A total of 56 trafficking victims were also rescued in the operation, which took place last week and was led by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department with the cooperations of 85 other federal, state and local agencies.

The results of the fourth-annual series of raids known as “Operation Reclaim and Rebuild” — which refers to the goal of helping victims of the sex industry to reclaim and rebuild their lives — were presented by L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell during a news conference at the sheriff’s headquarters in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday.

McDonnell described the sting as a “three-day assault on one of the most heinous crimes of modern times: the sexual exploitation of another human being for profit.”

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January 31, 2018

DACA Recipients Arrested For Human Smuggling In Sanctuary State

“… some of our best and brightest young people …” – Barack Obama

U.S. Border Patrol agents have arrested two Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients in separate incidents for their involvement in human smuggling in the sanctuary state of California.

The first incident happened last Wednesday when agents received a tip from an American citizen who saw suspected human smuggling occurring near Torrey Pines State Beach. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reports:

Agents observed the vehicle stopped on the side of Interstate 5 near Dairy Mart Rd. at around 12:10 p.m., and conducted an immigration check.

Agents found three men inside the vehicle, the driver, a 20-year-old DACA recipient, his 22-year-old cousin who is a Mexican national illegally residing in the United States, and a 21-year-old Mexican national illegally in the country. Both the driver and his cousin admitted their involvement with human smuggling in the area. The driver, a beneficiary of DACA which has since expired, is currently being held in Federal custody.

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November 29, 2017

Harvey Weinstein, TWC Accused of Sex Trafficking at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein and his former indie film firm The Weinstein Company have been accused of sex trafficking at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, court documents have revealed.

Actress Kadian Noble claims, in an 11-page complaint filed Monday with the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, that Weinstein sexually assaulted her and that it was covered up by The Weinstein Company.

“Harvey Weinstein was able to force or coerce Kadian into sexual activity in his hotel room because of his promise to her of a film role and use of his influence on her behalf,” complaint reads.

“Harvey Weinstein traveled in foreign commerce, knowingly recruiting or enticing Kadian offering her something of value, knowing that he would use this offer as a means to defraud, force or coerce her into a sexual encounter,” the complaint continues. “Harvey Weinstein ultimately forced Kadian into sexual acts.”

Allegations that Weinstein participated in sex trafficking are based on claims that Weinstein enticed Kadian with the promise of acting roles so long as she complied with his alleged sexual demands.

Women who participated in this were referred to as ‘FOH’s,’ meaning ‘Friend of Harvey,’ and were dealt with accordingly by The Weinstein Company’s employees — one such employee being Harvey’s brother, Bob Weinstein, who has described Harvey as a “very sick man.”

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November 15, 2017

People for sale

Where lives are auctioned for $400.

“Eight hundred,” says the auctioneer. “900 … 1,000 … 1,100 …” Sold. For 1,200 Libyan dinars — the equivalent of $800.

Not a used car, a piece of land, or an item of furniture. Not “merchandise” at all, but two human beings.

One of the unidentified men being sold in the grainy cell phone video obtained by CNN is Nigerian. He appears to be in his twenties and is wearing a pale shirt and sweatpants.

He has been offered up for sale as one of a group of “big strong boys for farm work,” according to the auctioneer, who remains off camera. Only his hand — resting proprietorially on the man’s shoulder — is visible in the brief clip.

After seeing footage of this slave auction, CNN worked to verify its authenticity and traveled to Libya to investigate further.

Carrying concealed cameras into a property outside the capital of Tripoli last month, we witness a dozen people go “under the hammer” in the space of six or seven minutes.

“Does anybody need a digger? This is a digger, a big strong man, he’ll dig,” the salesman, dressed in camouflage gear, says. “What am I bid, what am I bid?”

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November 9, 2017

TBI human trafficking sting nets 22 arrests of men seeking sex with minors in Brentwood

A fugitive from Texas already convicted for sex with a minor charges and ten other undocumented individuals were arrested in the sting and are in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) announced a significant human trafficking operation in Brentwood launched in October.

Over the course of three days, the TBI says 22 men were arrested seeking sex with minors.

The TBI says they posted an ad on Backpage.com offering sex for money. Two female agents posed as minor females aged 14 and 16-years-old when communicating with the men who ultimately showed up to act on the arrangement.

Among those arrested were an engineer, a chef, construction worker, and computer programmer.

A fugitive from Texas already convicted for sex with a minor charges and ten other undocumented individuals were arrested in the sting and are in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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August 12, 2017

Italy Releases Evidence of Open Borders NGO Taking Migrants from People Smugglers

The Italian government has released photographic evidence which they claim shows the German migrant rescue NGO Jugend Rettet cooperating with people smugglers off the Libyan coast.

Jugend Rettet, an NGO which operates rescue missions in the search and rescue (SAR) zone off the Libyan coast, has been accused of cooperating with people smugglers by Italian prosecutors. The authorities have now released photographs which they claim show the Jugend Rettet vessel the “Iuventa” very close to a smuggler boat, Die Welt reports.

Just over a week ago, Italian authorities confiscated the Iuventa from the NGO and has since announced that at least 15 activists associated with the group are actively under investigation for cooperating with human traffickers.

Prosecutor Ambrogio Cartosio said: “The evidence is serious. We have evidence of encounters between smugglers who have accompanied illegal immigrants to the ‘Iuventa’, and members of the crew.”

Cartosio added that whilst in some cases the ship rescued migrants in need, many times they were just picking up migrants delivered to them. The migrants, Cartosio said, “are being escorted by the smugglers and surrendered to the ‘Iuventa’ near the Libyan coast”.

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August 11, 2017

Modern slavery and trafficking ‘in every UK town and city’ (Video)

Modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK is “far more prevalent than previously thought,” the National Crime Agency has said.

The NCA said there were more than 300 live policing operations currently, with cases affecting “every large town and city in the country”.

The agency estimated that there were tens of thousands of victims.

It said previous estimates of 10,000-13,000 victims in the UK were found to be the “tip of the iceberg”.

“The more we look, the more we find,” the NCA’s vulnerabilities director Will Kerr said.

Mr Kerr said he had been shocked by what he had seen during this year’s intensive efforts to break up gangs, with almost every major operation triggering even more investigations.

He warned that trafficking into modern slavery was now so widespread that ordinary people would be unwittingly coming into contact with victims every day.

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July 22, 2017

Metro police raid 3 businesses in human trafficking, prostitution investigation

“There would be vanloads of girls coming each month,” he said. “It would be a whole different shipment. They would leave and then another would come and then it looked like the girls would get younger and younger.”

Police raided three Nashville businesses they say have been serving as fronts for prostitution for several months.

Metro investigators are also looking into a potential link to human trafficking.

The raids took place at Shine Nails on Elm Hill Pike, Blue Sapphire on Donelson Pike, and Healing Arts Massage on Old Hickory Boulevard.

Authorities credit nearby business owners and the public for calling in tips that led to the investigation, which began in April.

“I would hear young girls screaming at night,” said one man who works near Healing Arts Massage but wanted to remain anonymous. “It sounded like someone getting tortured.”

The man says he would also see suspicious activity during the day.

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July 5, 2017

California woman, 18, sentenced for human trafficking of teen girls

Almario would post pictures of the girls on different websites for prostitution and then take the girls to motels to have sex.

An 18-year-old Central California woman has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for her role in the pimping and human trafficking of younger girls.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Jelinajane Bedrijo Almario was arrested in Hanford in May 2016. Though a juvenile, she was tried as an adult for human trafficking, sending threatening emails to a family member of at least one of the girls and making terrorist threats.

She was sentenced on Monday, two days after her 18th birthday.

Hanford police Detective Richard Pontecorvo said Almario was the prime suspect in a pimping ring that involved girls 14 and 15 years old.

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