Category Archives: Human Trafficking

March 17, 2022

Disney Employees, Judge Among 108 Arrested in Fla. Sting Operation Aiming to Catch Traffickers, Predators

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, with the help of nonprofit and law enforcement partners, busted men and women from around the country, all now charged with sex-related offenses

An undercover investigation spearheaded by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida led to the arrests of more than 100 people, all charged with crimes related to human trafficking, prostitution and child predation.

On Wednesday, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd held a press conference, along with partners from neighboring law enforcement agencies and nonprofit organizations, announcing the arrests of 108 men and women who fell into detectives’ trap.

The sting operation, which began on March 8 and lasted six days, was named “Operation March Sadness 2.” Judd explained that the name was inspired by the NCAA March Madness tournament, for which basketball fans fill out brackets predicting which colleges will make it to the championship.

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October 21, 2021

In tree rings and radioactive carbon, signs of the Vikings in North America

Wood at a settlement in Canada’s Newfoundland that was cut with metal tools helped researchers pinpoint when the Norse first reached the continent — well before Columbus.

Vikings from Greenland — the first Europeans to arrive in the Americas — lived in a village in Canada’s Newfoundland exactly 1,000 years ago, according to research published Wednesday.

Scientists have known for many years that Vikings — a name given to the Norse by the English they raided — built a village at L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland around the turn of the millennium. But a study published in Nature is the first to pinpoint the date of the Norse occupation.

The explorers — up to 100 people, both women and men — felled trees to build the village and to repair their ships, and the new study fixes a date they were there by showing they cut down at least three trees in the year 1021 — at least 470 years before Christopher Columbus reached the Bahamas in 1492.

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September 22, 2021

“To me getting gang raped was a REGULAR THING” (TRIGGER WARNING) – Video

Human trafficking is among the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprises and is estimated to be a $150 billion-a-year global industry. It is a form of modern day slavery that profits from the exploitation of our most vulnerable populations. One common misconception is that human trafficking requires movement across borders. In reality, it involves controlling a person or group through force, fraud, or coercion to exploit the victims for forced labor, sexual exploitation, or both.

September 17, 2021

Facebook Employees Flag Drug Cartels and Human Traffickers. The Company’s Response Is Weak, Documents Show.

Employees raised alarms about how the site is used in developing countries, where its user base is already huge and expanding

In January, a former cop turned Facebook Inc. investigator posted an all-staff memo on the company’s internal message board. It began “Happy 2021 to everyone.” …

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May 14, 2021

Former DHS Official: Democrats Encourage Human Trafficking Because ‘They View Migrants as Future Democratic Voters’

Lora Ries, former acting deputy chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), told Breitbart News on Thursday that the Biden administration, Democrat Party, and broader left enable human trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border because they view incoming migrants from Central and South America as future Democrat voters.

Customs and Border Protection observed 185,000 “got aways” thus far in the federal government’s current fiscal year, Ries noted. The federal government defines a “got away” and “an unlawful border crosser who – (A) is directly or indirectly observed making an unlawful entry into the United States; (B) is not apprehended; and; (C) is not a turn back.”

“As a comparison, in all of fiscal year 2020 there were 69,000 got aways, so just seven months into this fiscal year, we are already triple that number,” she noted on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with special guest host Jerome Hudson. “The [number of] illegal immigrants who CBP  is encountering continues to go up. The April numbers are more than 178,000 illegal aliens. That’s a 944 percent increase over April from last year.”

She continued, “These numbers are just shocking. They are historic. They are record-breaking, and anyone with eyes to see can watch people flowing over every single day in daylight. It’s quite bold, and clearly, the border is not secure. It is not closed, no matter what this White House says or no matter what Secretary Mayorkas says.”

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March 14, 2021

Cartels Are Selling Children for $3,200 at Biden’s Open Border (Video)

On top of child smuggling, “we have all these pedophiles, rapists, and kidnappers being released into the United States,” Hernadez said. “This is not a Republican issue, not a Democrat issue. “This is an issue of evil.”

Investigative reporter Drew Hernandez reveals the immoral human smuggling operation along the border.

“The cartels will literally tell these people, ‘If you have a minor with you we’ll give you a lower price of $3,200,’” he told War Room, Friday. “’We’ll give you safe passage.’”

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March 7, 2021

Dismantling of a Human Trafficking Organization

Investigators identified six sex and labor trafficking businesses throughout Southern California which were owned and operated by the suspects. Additionally, investigators identified a fashion boutique which was owned by the suspects to launder the proceeds from the illicit sex businesses. Proceeds from these businesses were funneled through the fashion boutique to make the proceeds appear legal so the suspects could pay car payments, mortgages, and other expenses.  

Starting in January 2021, Human Trafficking Investigators assigned to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Special Crimes Unit received information that sex and labor trafficking was taking place at several massage parlors and skin care businesses in Ventura County.  These businesses were owned and operated by a family living in the Inland Empire.  These illicit businesses were being operated under fictitious names and were in the counties of Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino.
 
As the investigation proceeded, investigators learned suspects primarily targeted women from Mexico to work in these illicit businesses, some of whom were living in Southern California on United States Refugee Visas. Investigators also learned the suspects utilized human smugglers to recruit women in Mexico and bring them into the United States to work in these illicit businesses.  Once these women were recruited, sex advertisements were placed on various internet sites depicting them. These sex advertisements would describe pricing, the type of sexual encounter, and which illicit business the women were working.  These advertisements were updated daily, and the females were rotated throughout the Southern California businesses owned by the suspects.

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February 26, 2021

Former USA Gymnastics Coach Kills Himself After Being Charged with Human Trafficking, Sexual Assault

Former USA Gymnastics coach John Geddert committed suicide after he was charged on Thursday with 24 counts of criminal misconduct, including human trafficking and sexual assault, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced.

State officials confirmed the news to WLNS CBS that the coach died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 63 years old.

Geddert coached the 2012 U.S. women’s gold-winning Olympic team and worked closely with Larry Nassar, the disgraced physician convicted of multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct and child pornography that owned and operated Twistars USA Gymnastics gym near Lansing, Michigan, where Nassar also treated several gymnasts.

Geddert was charged with 14 counts of human trafficking and forced labor causing injury; six counts of human trafficking of a minor for forced labor; one count of continuing criminal enterprise; one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct; and one count of lying to a police officer during a violent crime investigation.

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February 19, 2021

Human trafficking a $150B industry; ages 11-14 highly recruited (Video)

In the midst of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, a silent epidemic rages — human trafficking. It’s a $150 billion global industry, and southeast Wisconsin is a major hub. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. 

Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport features signage that asks the public to “spot the signs and break the chains,” reminding that “human trafficking can happen anywhere.”

“We have seen an increase in human trafficking, especially online,” Melissa Hoppmeyer said.

With children now spending more time on computers and devices, taking part in virtual learning during the coronavirus pandemic, concerns are growing.

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August 12, 2020

‘Spa’ raids in resort towns spark outrage over Mexico’s human trafficking problem

These cases, in what are supposed to be resort paradises, highlight Mexico’s not-so-secret human trafficking issue.

It was an unusual scene, especially for two Mexican cities known more for beaches and tourism.

“We want justice!” shouted dozens of people gathered at dawn outside a state courthouse in the beach resort of Cancun on Thursday last week. The crowd, mostly activists, students and human rights attorneys, was pleasantly surprised when their numbers increased by the arrival of members of a bikers’ club.

Several hours later, the same protesters showed up at another state courthouse in the nearby beach resort of Playa del Carmen, chanting the same message and adding another one: “No more impunity!”

In both cases, judges would hear evidence about the state’s biggest human trafficking raid in years, involving women from as far as Argentina and Germany who were allegedly tricked into working as prostitutes.

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