Human Traffic Watch

Trial tracks spread of sex trafficking to suburban sites

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm

When people hear tales of young women and underage girls forced into prostitution, they think of places like Malaysia and South Africa, not Amherst and Cheektowaga.

But it was in Buffalo’s suburbs where two women and a girl claim they were coerced and enticed into a world of sex for money, sometimes meeting seven or eight men a day.

Their story is unfolding in a downtown Buffalo courtroom, as federal prosecutors bring their case against Kenneth Graham of Amherst.

Graham is accused of running a sex-trafficking operation out of several suburban hotels and motels from late 2010 to August of last year.

To hear the victims talk, Graham recruited them, and then used threats, intimidation and violence to keep them working long after they wanted out of the business.

“He put his hands on me,” one of the victims testified last week. “He put me up against the wall, put his hands around my neck and said, ‘I’ll kill you.’ ”

Source: Buffalo News

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