Like all the best advocates, they had the necessary points and stories to make it clear to me why demand had to be the driving advocacy objective.
First they shared with me the story of “Tami”:
Tami was kidnapped by a pimp, while walking home from school. He kept her captive for six months, raping, beating, and starving her. And selling her for sex with men every night. Tami thought she could escape her hell by telling the “Johns” that she was only a kid. And so every night, for six months, Tami told the men who purchased her, “I’m only 15. Can you please take me to a police station?” But not one buyer did. According to Tami, they ignored her pleas, forced her to perform sexual acts, and then returned her to the pimp because they had already “paid for her.”
And then there was the story of the girl who was burned to death. She had tried to run away from the control of her pimp/trafficker. To make an example of any girl who dares to escape, the pimp burned her alive on “the track” in front of the other girls under his control.
The girls said that as long as “Johns” could buy 14- and 15-year-olds without fear or consequence, more girls would be coerced into exploitation and trafficking — and tortured if they tried to escape.
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San Diego County leaders voted to support so-called Hazel’s Law, a bill that would close a loophole in current sex trafficking legislation.
The proposed legislation is named for a native San Diegan who was abducted as a minor, held captive for nine months and forced into prostitution in 2010.
Hazel C. was the victim in a San Diego case which was delayed while the prosecution struggled to prove the trafficker knew his victim was a minor.
In high school, Hazel was on the debate team and was an honor student. It was at that time she said she fell victim to a “guerrilla pimp.”
She explains there are several types of traffickers that are defined by the tactics they use – force, fraud or coercion.
Guerrilla pimps are the most dangerous Hazel said.
“They beat, they maim, they are very, very violent,” she said.
Right before her senior year, she said he moved her an hour away from North Park where he kept her for nine months.
According to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, the teenage victim told investigators that she met Jackson in March and, following a series of phone calls and text messages, met him for dinner earlier this month. The girl told Jackson that she was 17, which allegedly prompted Jackson to tell her this would be their “secret.”
The victim told investigators that Jackson subsequently forced her into prostitution, arranging for her to have sex with dozens of male clients and warning her that she would be beaten if she resisted. The affidavit states the victim was required to work the streets approximately 12 hours a day and was allowed only one daily meal.
“The actions of those who prey on the vulnerability of young women in our community and exploit them through threats and intimidation will not be tolerated,” said Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell. “We will continue to join forces with our federal partners to ensure these individuals are being prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.”
In Minnesota 38-year-old Arteco Marvell Rhodes has been charged with the sex trafficking of a minor but that may be the least of his offenses. Investigators say that Rhodes prostituted a 15-year-old girl from Chicago on Backpage in the St. Paul area. When he picked her up from Chicago he asked her if she wanted to be part of the family to do tricks. For the uninitiated that means he wanted her to work for him as a prostitute. Rhodes is said to have had sex with her twice (child rape) and took photos of them in the act. He then turned her out on Backpage for $85 and kept all the money.
The worst part came when the girl said she didn’t want to work for Rhodes anymore. He then allegedly beat her for 3 hours including hitting her with a baseball bat and then choking her unconscious. While she was out cold Rhodes was said to have stomped on her and urinated on her. Then after he was finished beating her he told her to “Go be a kid’ and ‘Don’t say anything’ before dropping her off in the city.
Police today busted a human trafficking racket with the arrest of one person and rescued five Nepali girls, who were supposed to be sold at Rs 2,000 each, at Anandnagar railway station here.
“On a tip-off that girls belonging to neighbouring Nepal were being taken by Nautanva-Gorakhpur intercity express train for trafficking, GRP arrested Dula Ram,” station officer GRP Binod Kumar Kaul said.
During interrogation, Dula Ram said that he was supposed to hand them over to his accomplice in Gorakhpur in lieu of Rs 2,000 per girl, and later these girls were meant to be sent out of the country, Kaul said.
A case has been registered and investigation is on, Kaul said adding the girls are being sent back to Nepal.
Source: Business Standard
No community in the state is immune from sex trafficking. Minnesota cities have been places of origin, transit and destination for sex-trafficking operations even before federal and state law defined the crime.
Especially heinous, sex trafficking of children is a problem of growing urgency. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children conservatively estimates 100,000 children are exploited each year for prostitution in the U.S.
Children of any ethnicity, from any neighborhood, or of any color are potential targets. Social media makes it easy for pimps to recruit unsuspecting youth and “advertise” to johns; shopping malls are popular recruitment venues.
Source: Duluth News Times
Three months ago, Ruth came into my life. Sixteen years and two weeks old, Ruth is spunky and smart. She loves Hello Kitty and iced coffee, listens to Alicia Keys and spent days planning her Sweet 16 outfit. Ruth wants to build schools in Africa. Her contagious smile lights up a room. But, for years, the smile I have come to love was hidden.
Ruth is a sexually exploited child. At 12, after being raped by her mother’s boyfriend, she met an older man who promised to love and care for her. Instead, he brutally beat her, repeatedly raped her and sold her for sex more times than she could count.
There is a common misconception that girls like Ruth choose to enter prostitution. This could not be further from the truth. Sex traffickers like Ruth’s “ex-boyfriend” prey on the vulnerable for financial gain. They provide girls and women with the “love” they are yearning for and through coercion and manipulation force them to make them money through prostitution.
Source: New Statesmen
Parker also took the victim out of school on March 6, calling into the school and pretending to be her mother, the complaint stated. The victim’s mother eventually began to notice her daughter was acting differently, according to the document.
When she found out that she had an unexcused absence from school on March 5, she checked the teen’s cell phone, the complaint stated. When she saw text messages between Parker and her daughter revealing that Parker convinced the teen to prostitute herself, she contacted the police.
Authorities uncovered the Backpage.com ad featuring the teen in the pictures she had sent to Parker, as well as Parker’s contact information on the page, the complaint stated.
When Parker was interviewed by police on April 4, she admitted she knew the victim from cheerleading, created the Backpage.com ad for her, and drove her to perform sex acts on two separate occasions, for which she pocketed the payment, according to the affidavit.
“She really didn’t deny any of the allegations,” Minnetonka Police Chief Mark Raquet told ABC News.
A man accused of drugging teenage girls, convincing them to leave home and forcing them into prostitution has been sentenced to more than 16 years behind bars.
Rashad Sanders, 28, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking and transportation of three minors and was sentenced to prison Monday.
The investigation of Sanders began in 2008 when he contacted two girls, ages 16 and 17, on the internet, according to the Department of Justice. Prosecutors said he convinced them to leave Minnesota and travel to Portland.
Investigators said he bought them bus tickets and picked them up at the station when they arrived in Portland. He then gave them fake IDs, helped them obtain cell phones and posted photos of them on Craigslist advertising prostitution.
When they eventually tried to leave, investigators said Sanders punched one of the girls in the head and knocked her down hotel stairs. The second girl ran away and called 911 from a stranger’s house.
Brianna, a human trafficking victim, shares her story at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s event Tuesday, June 4. Cuomo unveiled his Women’s Equality Act, which includes tougher human trafficking laws. (Video provided by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.)