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Keeping Up the Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking

In Child Sex Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on May 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm

About a year ago, I visited FAIRgirls. I will never forget sitting around the table with a group of girls as they used beads to make earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. At first, I was struck at how hard they each concentrated on their masterpieces, with meticulous attention to detail. But then, slowly, they began to share their stories.

As the girls described the atrocities they had suffered — in many cases, for years — my blood boiled. How on earth could this happen time and time again, right here in our community? How could the internet be used so blatantly as a tool to sell our children into slavery?

At the same time, I was inspired by the professionalism and sensitivity of the FAIRgirls staff and the resilience, strength, and courage of each of the girls, as well as the steadfast and tender support they demonstrated to one another. Were it not for FAIRgirls, I cannot imagine what the future of thousands of girls would be.

It still shocks me that we are forced to ever string these three words together: Child. Sex. Trafficking. There is no issue as grave and devastating. While FAIRgirls is helping to transform the lives of girls, one girl at a time, we must all accept responsibility to vigilantly ensure that no girls are exploited, abused, or trafficked in the first place. And if they are, we must provide them with loving, patient, and comprehensive care so that they do not just survive, but thrive.

Source: Huffington Post

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It’s sex trafficking, not rape

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 8, 2013 at 11:41 am

Girls are trafficked, forced to have sex with multiple men and given out on a contract basis, starting from Rs.10,000 for four nights, but this is not considered rape.

Meera was just 13 when she was married off. There is no marriage certificate for proof. Her “husband” started sending her to brothels in different parts of the State on a “contract basis.” She is now 16 and was rescued in September 2012 from Ongole in AP, where she was sent on a contract of Rs.30,000 per month, and was forced to have sex with four customers every night. But a case of rape has not been filed.

“Some customers were also caught with her. They are out on bail and are happy now,” said Ram Mohan, secretary of HELP, an NGO which rescues and rehabilitates human trafficking victims. “Cases are booked under other IPC sections like ‘nuisance’, but not under rape.”

S Umapati, special director of AP police academy, said these cases are definitely considered rape by law.

Source:  Postnoon

Sacramento family members plead guilty in child sex-trafficking case

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on May 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm

According to court documents, beginning in 2008, the defendants solicited clients for underage girls. At the time, a 13-year-old runaway started working as a prostitute for Tynisha Hornbuckle and continued to do so until the defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2011.

Tynisha Hornbuckle also was the pimp for at least two other minors, and Tamrell Hornbuckle also was the pimp for one of the minor victims after she turned 18. At least two adult victims also worked for both Tynisha and Tamrell Hornbuckle, according to the documents.

Tynisha and Tamrell Hornbuckle provided clients for the girls and women, told them when and where to work, and how much to charge. The victims, in turn, gave the money they earned as prostitutes to the Hornbuckles.

The sisters drove the girls to meet clients and picked them up afterward. The encounters took place at motels; the homes of Tamrell, Cherrelle or Latrelle Hornbuckle; or at Tammy Brown’s house, according to court documents. The owner of the home got a cut of the proceeds, officials said.

On May 5, 2011, Tamrell and Latrelle Hornbuckle discussed the FBI investigation with one of the victims. In response to the victim’s questions about what she should say if questioned by the FBI, Latrelle Hornbuckle told the girl to lie and say that she was a friend of the defendant but did not know the rest of the Hornbuckle family, according to the news release. She also told the victim that if the girl were called to testify, she should say nothing.

Source: Sacramento Bee

Darjeeling girl rescued from Delhi

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 9, 2012 at 10:18 am

A 14-year-old girl, who was missing from Darjeeling since November, 2011, was rescued by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from Munirka in south-west Delhi recently. This was a big break for the Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of the CBI, that was set up recently to collect, collate and analyze data on kidnappings and abductions from across the country.

According to an official, the AHTU received information about this girl and began investigations. During the course of investigations, the sleuths came to know that the girl, a resident of Darjeeling, was lured to Delhi by a young man who promised her a job there. Once in Delhi, he handed her over to others who abused her. The man who took her to Delhi and his associates also had plans to sell her to a brothel. A case has been lodged against the gang. The CBI began a search for the girl and traced her to Munirka in South West New Delhi. Sleuths have come to know that The man who took her to Delhi and his associates also had plans to sell her to a brothel.

The sex gang accused of grooming underage girls

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 23, 2012 at 10:55 am

Victims were chatted up and groomed by the men who then passed them around so fellow Asians could satisfy their lust, the court was told.

Prosecutor Rachel Smith said as 11 men including a 59-year-old went on trial for child-sex crimes how schoolgirls would be plied with drink until they were in a stupor.

Ms Smith said of one 14-year-old: “She was unable to describe all of the men but said she would regularly find herself drunk to near-unconsciousness, waking up with men having sex with her.”

The youngster told cops how she was so “hammered” on one occasion that two men even had sex with her while she was being sick over the side of a bed. The girl said: “They were just having it in turns sort of thing. There was nothing I could do — I was throwing up. I felt like I couldn’t move.” The prosecutor said: “Afterwards they left and she cried herself to sleep.”

On another occasion a man watching her being raped begged: “I want a turn, I want a turn.”

The 11 men in the dock plead not guilty to plotting to have sex with underage girls in and around Rochdale, Gtr Manchester.

 Source: The Sun

New bill would require sex offenders to register Facebook profiles

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 22, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Klaas said the bill would protect children by making existing laws harsher for offenders with previous convictions. Alabama would become only the second state to pass these tougher penalties.

“What it does is brings down the hammer on sex traffickers, the pimps. It creates longer prison sentences for them, it forces them to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives. It forces them to pay restitution into a fund that will then fund services for victims of sex trafficking,” said Klaas.

The bill would also force sex offenders to register their online presence, including social media profiles like Facebook and Twitter pages.

Brooks said the basic goal is to give investigators another tool for policing people who prey on kids.

“Too frequently we see these child sex predators using Internet providers as a way to entice or to connect with young people. Young people who are at a very vulnerable time in their lives,” Brooks said. “We need to update our laws to provide additional registration protection in this field of social media.”

 (Tricia Forbes for 48 News)

Dear Tony Ortega, Editor in Chief of Village Voice…

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Source: Village Voice Pimps

Chinese teen sex slave in UK ‘had no idea which country she was in’

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 17, 2012 at 10:05 am

A Chinese teenage sex slave who was kept in a cage in the UK did not know which country she was in when police found her, it was revealed Wednesday.

The 18-year-old was rescued from a locked cage inside a brothel in Birmingham, central England, and was put in the care of local nun Sister Helen Ryan and her order at St Mary’s Convent of Mercy.

Sister Ryan highlighted the young woman’s plight to draw attention to the problem of sex trafficking in Britain, the Birmingham Mail reported.

She told the paper, “One young boy was put in the back of a lorry [truck] by his granddad in Vietnam in the hope that he would get a better life. He was 13 years old and when he arrived in the West Midlands he was forced to work in the sex industry.”

Source: Fox News

Sex Trafficking Victim Builds New Life

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on February 17, 2012 at 9:50 am

“A man made me fall in love with him in Mexico. I was in love with him. I loved him very much because he was my first boyfriend,” she said through a translator.

Three years ago that boyfriend, a man twice her age, smuggled the then 16-year-old from Mexico to a home in Houston. He told her dreams come true here. But in Houston her nightmare began.

“I would cry out of desperation,” she said.

Maria’s so called boyfriend put her to work almost immediately as a sex slave at apartment complexes and inside cantinas. It happened she says:

“Everyday, six to seven days a week. Depending on the day I’d have sex with seven to ten men a night during the week and on weekends 20 to 30 men a night.”

Maria earned up to $5,000 a week.

She says she got to keep nothing.

“It used to be a daily routine. When I woke up he was always there. He would take me to work in the afternoon, and he would pick me up from work. It was always the same. The day I was off I would spend it with him.”

At night Maria dreamt of running away, but the climate of fear was enough to keep her mentally tied down.

“He used to tell me he was going to beat me up if I would talk including that I could not call Mexico because he was always there checking up on me, and sometimes he really beat me up.”

Source: My Fox Houston

Cracking Down on Human Trafficking in Mississippi

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on February 17, 2012 at 9:48 am

The Attorney General thinks tougher laws in the state would help. He wants new legislation that makes child trafficking a felony here.

“If you’re a pimp, you’re a John, you’re a prostitute, it’s a misdemeanor in Mississippi. We want to create it and make it a felony for anybody to pimp a child under the age of 18,” he says.

The legislation he’s backing would make underage prostitutes victims, not criminals. The Department of Human Services would offer counseling.

“There’s very little counseling that deals with the psychological impacts that they’ve had to deal with,” explains Hood, “So you treat them as a victim rather than a prostitute.”

Hood believes many prostitutes are working against their will.

 Source: WJTV
I have a huge problem with criminalization of prostitution, but at least if we can change the view of prostitution from criminal to victim, it puts more onus on the johns and pimps who keep seedy side of prostitution going. If women (not girls) are in complete control of their lives and their bodies, I have  no problem with that. Prostitutes shouldn’t need pimps to perform their jobs. Convict pimps and johns who sell children.
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