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Women in human-trafficking cases won’t be charged

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on May 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Women allegedly forced into prostitution to pay off their drug debts will not face criminal charges, federal prosecutors announced Friday, the same day that documents charging alleged pimp Jeremy Mack with human trafficking were unsealed.

“The victims in this case are just that — victims of crime and will be treated accordingly,” Mike Tobin, spokesman for U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio Steven Dettelbach, said in a statement. “They will not face criminal charges. Instead, we have been working and will continue to work to get them the help and services they need.”

Mack, 37, and Ashley Onysko, 23, were arrested on local charges when Elyria police raided a Tattersal Court house from which the pair was allegedly running their online prostitution ring. Federal human trafficking charges against Onysko were unsealed Thursday.

Mack, who has a lengthy criminal record, allegedly lured young women, including a 16-year-old girl, into his prostitution business by selling them heroin and cocaine and then when they couldn’t pay offering to trade sex for drugs.

Ultimately, the women’s drug debts became too much for them to pay and Mack used violence and intimidation to hold them at his house, forcing them to go to area hotels to have sexual relations with as many as 10 clients in a day, FBI Special Agent Kelly Liberti wrote in an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court.

 Source: Chronicle

First Human Trafficking Suspect Emerges After Passage of New Law

In Human Trafficking on May 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm

The Prosecutor’s Office has revised pimping charges for a stripper agency manager in custody – making him the first person in Estonia to face human trafficking charges.

A fresh legal provision established in April – the long-awaited passage that made Estonia the last EU country to adopt a law on human trafficking – allowed the public prosecutor to expand the accusation against Indrek Mandre to a much more serious one, reported Eesti Päevaleht. Whereas the punishment for pandering can range from a monetary fine to up to five years in prison, culprits found guilty of human trafficking face three to 15 years in prison.

Source: Estonian Public Broadcasting

Sex-work ruling sparks trafficking concerns

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on April 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Timea Nagy knows what it’s like to be sold like a piece of meat.

She was 19 and living in Budapest when she applied for a summer job in Canada that would solve her money problems.

Instead, she found herself thrown into the stripping industry and her life threatened if she tried to leave.

“I had to give up all my money to them,” Nagy, now 35, said Sunday. “It was very scary. I didn’t speak the language and was far from home. It was Hungarian organized crime. I did it for three and a half months and escaped.”

But other victims might not be as lucky.

With the Court of the Appeal of Ontario sweeping aside some of the country’s anti-prostitution laws last month, activists are concerned the changes will breed more victims of human trafficking.

“Prostitution fuels human trafficking,” said Shae Invidiata, who led a group of a dozen protesters outside of Ontario’s legislature on Saturday. “Legalizing prostitution and living off the avails, you’re giving pimps the legal authority to exploit women and children in Canada.”

Source: LFPress

I actually disagree with the notion that legalizing prostitution will make human trafficking worse. As long as something remains illegal, it becomes almost impossible for victims to report crimes against them – because in the eyes of the law, they aren’t victims, they are criminals. Pimps have always used this fact to help keep their sex slaves from running away or turning to police. Legalizing prostitution should take the pimps out of the equation… then again, I guess time will tell. What do you think?

Pimp their sentences, sez Qns. pol

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on February 6, 2012 at 8:46 am

Pimp their sentences, sez Qns. pol

A state senator from Queens is pushing for longer jail sentences for pimps.

Sen. Jose Peralta — with the strong backing of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and women’s advocates — has introduced legislation to reclassify sex trafficking as a violent felony and increase the minimum jail sentence to five years.

Currently, most sex trafficking offenses are considered nonviolent felonies, with minimum sentences of one to three years

(GLENN BLAIN / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Albania extradites to US a Kosovo Albanian accused of illegal human trafficking

In Human Trafficking on January 24, 2012 at 8:07 am

Albanian police say they have extradited to the United States a Kosovo Albanian man accused of illegal human trafficking.Hektor Kelmendi, alias Deme Nikqi, 53, is wanted by a New York court on charges of assisting people to enter the United States illegally.

(AP via Washington Post)
Albania extradites to US a Kosovo Albanian accused of illegal human trafficking

Malawi govt blamed for increased child trafficking cases

In Human Trafficking on January 22, 2012 at 8:05 am

Fingers of blame are pointing at Malawi government authorities for the increased cases of child trafficking in the country.The blame largely stems from the reluctance of government authorities to take the anti-human trafficking bill into parliament despite its approval by the cabinet some years ago.One of the panelists, the Executive Director of a child rights organization, Eye of the Child, Maxwell Matewere cited several examples in which human traffickers were given lenient and irrelevant court sentences despite pleading guilty to the human tracking.“There was case in 2007 in which one street kid who was ‘trafficked’ from Mozambique had his private parts severed by child traffickers here in Malawi. But the culprits were instead charged with grievous harm because the laws of Malawi do not recognize child trafficking.”

(Susan Chakwiya, Nyasa Times)
Malawi govt blamed for increased child trafficking cases

Free Sara Kruzan

In Human Trafficking on January 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm

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Sixteen-year-old human trafficking victim Sara Kruzan was sentenced to life in prison without parole when, after years of sexual, physical and mental abuse, she shot her pimp. When Sara met G.G., the 31-year-old man who would become her pimp, she was only 11. G.G. groomed Sara two years before he raped her. By then, his control was complete and he forced her into prostitution. Sara and the other girls who G.G. exploited were out on the streets from 6pm to 6am, every night. Twelve hours a night, seven days a week, for three years, Sara was raped by strangers so G.G. could profit. After three years, she snapped, and she killed him.Now 33, Sara has spent half her life in prison as a model prisoner, and has asked Gov. Schwarzenegger for clemency. Sara was arrested and tried in 1994, before anyone was using the term “human trafficking” and when the country was still struggling to understand issues like domestic violence and pimp control that give one person coercive control over another. So there was no expert witness at Sara’s trial to explain how her years of repeated rape, trauma, and abuse had affected her actions. There was no expert to tell the jury that with counseling, support, and care, Sara could heal from her traumatic past and grow to be a strong and moral woman.

Click the link above to read Sara’s story and get involved.

Free Sara Kruzan

Delco man, woman plead guilty to human trafficking

In Human Trafficking on January 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Alston, Scott, and Clemons were arrested after posting a personal ad online featuring what appeared to be a topless underage female, stating in part “We Can Give You What U Need!! 50 Dollar Sunday Special”.A medical expert viewed the ad and determined that the girl was likely anywhere between 12 and 16 years of age. Investigators uncovered sixteen ads using the same phone number for interested customers – four of which depicted the underage female in question. Police say the ads were posted in the Philadelphia adult section under the category “escorts” and contained buzz words used to indicate sex in exchange for money.

(6abc.com)Unfortunately the article doesn’t even mention if the underage girl was found.  
Delco man, woman plead guilty to human trafficking

Alleged pimp also charged with human trafficking

In Human Trafficking on January 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm

A man who police say forced a teenage girl and a young woman into prostitution has been charged with human trafficking in Toronto.While human trafficking has been in the Criminal Code for more than six years, Toronto police have laid few charges and have yet to land a conviction.“This is the first time that we’ve actually laid human trafficking charges in relation to a domestic case, which means that it occurred here in Canada,” Det. Const. Leanne Marchen told CTV Toronto on Monday.“These girls would do sex work and hand over all their earnings in exchange for drugs or a meal,” Marchen said. “Is it voluntary? I don’t believe it is…The one young lady was subjected to physical violence.”

(CTV Toronto)
Alleged pimp also charged with human trafficking

Murder of Missing Woman Reveals Human Trafficking Crime Ring

In Human Trafficking on January 7, 2012 at 8:36 am

A witness came forward after the arrest of Massey, saying that she, too, was abducted by the man in custody. She said she was dragged into a vehicle by Jimmy Lee Massey, and then transported somewhere else where she was forced to watch him torture, murder and dismember the young woman. She said that he did this to send a gruesome message to her and others who do not comply with the crime ring’s human trafficking business.

(Chelsea Hoffman for gather news)
Murder of Missing Woman Reveals Human Trafficking Crime Ring

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