Category Archives: Human Trafficking

May 26, 2017

21 Across U.S. Are Indicted in ‘Modern-Day Sex Slave’ Ring

According to the eight-count indictment, the operation was intricate for its organization. Among those indicted were the people owed the bondage debts of the women brought from Bangkok.

The young women, many of them from poor families in Thailand, were promised trips to the United States. They would also receive visas. Life in cities like Chicago would be rosy, they were told, and they would be able to help support their families back home.

But the promises, the federal authorities say, came with an enormous toll: The women were required to work as prostitutes in cities all over this country until they could pay off exorbitant “bondage debts,” set as high as $60,000, to the very people who had promised them better lives.

Law enforcement authorities on Thursday announced federal sex-trafficking conspiracy charges against 21 people, part of what they described as one of the most elaborate and extensive sex-trafficking operations they had seen. The operation had gone on for at least eight years, netted tens of millions of dollars, and involved hundreds of women who were shuttled among American cities, sometimes every few weeks, the officials said.

“The women did not have freedom of movement and, until they paid off their bondage debts, were modern-day sex slaves,” an indictment unsealed on Thursday in Federal District Court in Minnesota said, laying out

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May 24, 2017

Modern day slavery in the Coachella Valley (Video)

It is an ugly, almost unfathomable truth. One that only gets worse the closer you look. California ranks No. 1 in the country for the number of reported human trafficking cases, with almost double the amount of the next closest state.

Human trafficking is the modern form of slavery. It is the world’s second largest criminal industry, the fastest growing, and it is happening right in our own backyard.

“I like to tell people when they ask about my story, that my story started way before I was ever trafficked,” said survivor-turned-advocate Amy Andrews-Gray.

The Desert Hot Springs native grew up in the foster care system and told KESQ News Channel 3’s and CBS Local 2’s Katie Widner that physical, sexual and emotional abuse at home set the stage for what was to come. Making her easily susceptible to manipulation and, therefore, the perfect victim.

“Back in 1988 during spring break, I was picked up by some people from Los Angeles. They took me out there and forced me into prostitution,” she said. “A lot of times people think that you know, the guy comes up and gets out with a knife and chains a girl up or puts her in duct tape and puts her in the car. But, often times, that’s not how it happens. There’s a lot of manipulation and the term ‘coercion’ is mentioned in written law.”

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May 19, 2017

Chinese Sex Trafficking Ring Busted in Texas

An investigation in Waco, Texas, led to the discovery of a Chinese sex trafficking ring in that victimized 16 Chinese women.

McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said that their Criminal Investigation Division begun investigating human trafficking in Waco in late 2016, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.

Detectives discovered a human sex trafficking operation that was bringing in women from China and sending them to various cities throughout the U.S. for prostitution.

Using Backpage.com, detective Scaramucci reportedly contacted an “Asian female escort” who was trafficked from Hong Kong to California and then to Texas where she had been staying in a Waco hotel for an extended period:

In late April, Ling Yu, 33, was arrested in New York on a first-degree felony charge of engaging in organized crime and was later indicted by a McLennan County grand jury. Hang Zheng, a Chinese citizen, was also arrested by McLennan County authorities in Austin this week on a first-degree felony charge of engaging in organized crime stemming from the investigation.

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April 20, 2017

9 Shocking Facts About Our Border with Mexico

Illegal immigrants are constantly extorted, the women are often raped, and anyone who dares to cross without paying the cartel fee faces serious consequences.

1. It is common for the bodies of dead migrants to be found after starvation and exposure to heat on U.S. soil.

After illegal immigrants get past the river or fence, they still have to clear a secondary checkpoint by U.S. Border Patrol. Those checkpoints are routinely set up between 60 and 80 miles north of the border. In places like Falfurrias, Texas, human smugglers force illegal immigrants to walk dozens of miles through harsh desert-like terrain in order to get around the checkpoints. That harsh trek in addition to the extreme weather in Texas and Arizona often leads to fatal consequences where human smugglers often leave behind those who are not able to keep up with the pace. Unfortunately, the remoteness of those areas often leaves families searching for answers since many of the heavily decomposed bodies found in those areas remain unidentified.

2. The entire border is broken down into regions or “turf” controlled by Mexican narco-cartels.

Mexican cartels fight for the lucrative corridors into the U.S. and the turf they win extends deep into both countries. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s maps give a general overview of which regions specific groups control and the U.S. can be seen broken up into Mexican cartel turf. From the Tijuana Cartel south of San Diego all the way to the Gulf Cartel south of Texas along the Gulf of Mexico, each region is controlled by organized crime group factions operating under the banner of a Mexican “cartel.”

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April 13, 2017

Pakistani smuggles 81 across U.S.-Mexico border for $12K each

Clients moved illegal aliens through South America, Central America.

A Pakistani man accepted a plea deal with the federal government on Wednesday for his role in smuggling dozens of illegal aliens into the U.S. through South and Central America.

In his plea agreement, Sharafat Ali Khan, a Pakistani national residing in Brazil, admitted that he smuggled illegal aliens from Pakistan and Bangladesh to the U.S. between March 2014 and May 2016.

The smuggling operation involved a network of safe houses and facilitators that stretched from South America, traversing the jungles of Colombia and Panama, to various spots on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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February 27, 2017

Why the MSM Is Ignoring Trump’s Sex Trafficking Busts

The recent pedophile arrests are just the tip of the iceberg and, whether Tapper and his ilk in the MSM like it or not, this story will eventually get so big that they will be forced to cover this horrific epidemic that has plagued our country for too damn long.

Since President Donald Trump has been sworn in on Jan. 20, authorities have arrested an unprecedented number of sexual predators involved in child sex trafficking rings in the United States. This should be one of the biggest stories in the national news. Instead, the mainstream media has barely, if at all, covered any of these mass pedophile arrests. This begs the question – why?

As a strong advocate for sex crime victims, I’ve been closely following the pedophile arrests since Trump took office. There have been a staggering 1,500-plus arrests in one short month; compare that to less than 400 sex trafficking-related arrests in 2014 according to the FBI. It’s been clear to me for awhile that Trump would make human trafficking a top priority. On October 8, 2012, Trump tweeted:

“Got to do something about these missing children grabbed by the perverts. Too many incidents – fast trial, death penalty.”

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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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