Category Archives: Human Trafficking

February 2, 2017

Sheriff: 474 Arrested In Human Trafficking Stings Across California

They say officers also rescued 28 children who were being sexually exploited and offered services to 27 adults they said were victims of sex trafficking.

Authorities say 474 people have been arrested in a multiday sting operation focused on human trafficking in California.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Tuesday the arrests came after a three-day operation conducted by 30 law enforcement agencies across the state last week.

Investigators say as part of the sting, undercover officers posed as prostitutes on street corners and also posted advertisements online.

Officials say three dozen people were arrested on suspicion of being pimps.

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January 13, 2017

Cartels, smugglers exploit border wall fears ahead of Trump presidency (Video)

“Smugglers are telling them that they need to come across now while there’s a chance,” Art Del Cueto, a Border Patrol agent in Tucson, Ariz., recently told Fox News.

Mexican drug cartels and human traffickers are cashing in ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration by exploiting anxiety over his vow to build a border wall and crack down on illegal immigration – fueling the latest surge across the U.S.-Mexico line, according to local law enforcement.

The president-elect reiterated his pledge at a press conference Wednesday to build a “wall” – which he claims will curb illegal immigration, reduce gun violence and stop drugs from being smuggled into the country.

For now, however, the Obama administration’s leniency, combined with concerns about Trump’s crackdown, is seen as contributing to a spike in crossings from California to Texas.

“There’s definitely a percentage of folks who believed that they can beat the clock,” said Jose Villareal, chief of operations for the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector.

On a recent ride-along in south Texas, Cameron County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Robert Rodriguez told FoxNews.com he has noted an increase in the flow of border crossers since Trump’s White House win.

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December 16, 2016

114 arrested in Polk undercover human trafficking investigation

“We are thrilled that we arrested two men who prey upon children, preventing them from doing so. We are extremely disappointed that we arrested a high-ranking official within the Osceola County School Board, whose occupation focuses on teaching and mentoring children.” said Sheriff Grady Judd.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd just made it a little harder for a lot of people to have a merry Christmas.
Undercover detectives arrested 114 people in an online sex sting called “Operation Not So Silent Night.”

They rounded up suspected prostitutes, johns, and human traffickers by placing ads on Backpage, Craigslist and social media sites.

One of the most high profile is Dr. Matthew Phillips, director of elementary curriculum for Osceola County schools.

“He is married,” said Judd. “Bet his wife is really proud of him today.”

One out of four suspects is married. Judd says a lot of wives are going to demanding answers now.

Michael Campanero is a law enforcement officer from Clermont who works for the prison system.

“His wife thought he was at the gym,” said Judd. “I guess he didn’t explain to her what kind of exercise he was going to do.”

Matthew Irvin told his wife he was going Christmas for the kids.

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December 3, 2016

Papini Abduction Likely Work of Mexican Sex Traffickers

Private investigator says evidence suggests a brutal cartel kidnapped and tortured California mom.

Recently freed California mom Sherri Papini who was tortured and branded by her captors was likely the victim of a kidnapping gone awry by a Mexican sex-trafficking ring, according to a private investigator who worked on the case.

The case seems to underline how America’s porous borders enable criminals and other bad elements to enter the United States seeking victims. Mexican crime syndicates have become more active north of the border in recent years. The Redding area in Northern California has become an important corridor for sex-traffickers in recent years.

San Diego-based private investigator Bill Garcia volunteered to work on the case of Sherri Papini, a married mother of two, who was abducted while jogging Nov. 2 near her home in tiny Mountain Gate, which is near the community of Redding on Interstate 5 as it stretches through Shasta County in Northern California.

The Redding area is a primary sex-trafficking corridor, according to Garcia.

Papini has been “cooperative and courageous” while working with law enforcement to track down her captors, county sheriff Tom Bosenko told reporters at a news conference.

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October 31, 2016

Arizona Police Arrests Three Suspects in Sex Slave Ring Where Victims Were Forced to Have Sex 30 Times a Day (Video)

According to investigators, the women were cut off from the outside world for nearly a year with minimal food and no money.

Per a 12 News report, Arizona police have three suspects in custody for running a sex slave ring involving eight young women, including one as young as 17-years-old.

Two men and one woman were arrested and are accused of forcing the young women to have sex for money up to 30 times a day at hotels around the state.

Chief Bryan Jarrell of the Prescott Valley Police Department said detectives on a countywide drug task force uncovered the sex slave ring after getting several tips about potential prostitution.

“They were being required to perform sex acts for money and that they had been transported throughout the state of Arizona and across state lines into California,” Jarrell said.

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October 20, 2016

Houston children rescued in nationwide sex trafficking bust (Video)

Dozens of children from Houston and across the nation were rescued, and more than 200 alleged pimps were arrested in Operation Cross Country X, the FBI said.

Operation Cross Country X netted the arrests of 239 pimps and other traffickers in just three days during the multi-agency effort that included help from 55 FBI field offices and 71 state and local task forces in 106 cities.

In Houston, officers recognized a 15-year-old girl from an Internet ad – and stepped in to rescue her from performing a commercial sex act.

The youngest victim recovered in the U.S. operation was 13 years old.

“Operation Cross Country aims to shine a spotlight into the darkest corners of our society that seeks to prey on the most vulnerable of our population,” said FBI Director James Comey.

“As part of this effort, we are not only looking to root out those who engage in the trafficking of minors, but, through our Office of Victim Assistance, we offer a lifeline to minors to help them escape from a virtual prison no person ever deserves.”

To the north, Canadian officials launched a corresponding operation and saved 16 children.

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September 2, 2016

Video: Van of Illegal Immigrants with Armed Escort Crashes en Route to Texas Border

A van with 26 illegal immigrants that was being escorted by cartel gunmen crashed killing five, sending the rest to local hospitals with serious injuries.

The van was traveling form Monterrey, Nuevo León to this border city with another SUV providing protection when it went off the road and crashed near Cadereyta, information provided to Breitbart Texas by Mexico’s National Immigration Institute (INM) revealed. After the crash, the men from the escort SUV took the driver and fled the scene leaving behind the 26 illegal immigrants in dire need of medical care.

Four women and one man died at the scene before rescue workers and Mexican authorities were able to rush the rest to various hospitals nearby. According to healthcare officials in Reynosa, at least five children were listed among those receiving emergency medical care.

According to statements from the victims, the driver of the van was going at a high rate of speed and was not able to properly drive through a curve, going off the road and rolling multiple times. Mexican authorities revealed that the victims were all from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

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August 25, 2016

Five arrested on suspicion of running sex trafficking ring (Video)

The victims identified so far are all female Chinese nationals who came to the U.S. by legitimate means, such as work or school visas, according to officials. “They get here and unwittingly enter this basically modern-day slavery situation,” said Captain Garo Kuredjian, media-relations officer for the Ventura sheriff’s office.

Five people were arrested on suspicion of running a San Gabriel Valley-based sex trafficking ring that operated from San Diego to Fresno, authorities said Tuesday.

The five are suspected of forcing at least 28 victims, all Chinese nationals, into prostitution in nine counties across Central and Southern California, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

Hsin Chieh “Jerry” Wang, 40, of Covina, was accused of heading the organization. Officials allege that his sister, Yiwen Wang, 42, also of Covina, laundered money obtained from the sex trade.

Jiuyin Cui, 63, of Rosemead, and Runan Xia, 32, of Alhambra, were accused of taking clients to and from hotels and motels where the victims stayed, and Defung Hu, 33, of San Gabriel, allegedly coordinated the illicit appointments, according to detectives.

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July 12, 2016

Network Smuggling People from Terror Hotbeds to the Americas Busted

Central American authorities have reportedly dismantled a human trafficking network dedicated to smuggling illegal migrants into the United States from terror-linked countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The foreign authorities were reportedly backed by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Many of the trafficked migrants came from Nepal, Ghana, Guinea, Gambia, Congo, Somalia, Burkina Faso, Senegal, India, Syria, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, China and Bangladesh — in addition to countries in Central American, the Caribbean, and South America, reports La Prensa Grafica.

Some of those nations have been officially linked to terrorism by the United States and are known as special interest countries, according to a previous Breitbart News report.

The U.S. military has warned that jihadist groups could exploit human trafficking networks in Latin America to infiltrate the United States.

Guatemala’s Secretary General of the Public Ministry Mayra Véliz told reporters that the investigation into the smuggling ring began in March 2015 based on information provided by the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala.

Officials have indicated that the trafficking network was well-organized and capable of smuggling up to 150 people at a time.

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July 7, 2016

Illegal in N. Carolina bought teen-girl sex slave

Charged with felony human trafficking of child, statutory rape.

A man has been arrested and jailed under a $1 million secured bond for keeping a 14-year-old girl as a slave in North Carolina.

The girl had been purchased by Pasqual Mendez, 23, in Guatemala seven months ago and brought to the state to cook, clean and perform sexual acts for him.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call in Morgantown, North Carolina, and found the girl, who lived with Mendez, had been assaulted.

Mendez was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers and placed in jail in Morganton under a $ million secured bond on charges of felony human trafficking of a child, assault on a female, interfering with emergency communication and statutory rape of a child less than 15 years of age. Additionally, he is under a $5,000 secured bond on charges of transporting a child out of state in violation of a custody order.

The Morganton Department of Public Safety said the girl is a legal resident of the United States who was in Guatemala at the time of the purchase. Mendez paid a family member of the victim both to bring her from Guatemala and to own her, police said. Paying her travel expenses back to North Carolina was part of the deal.

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