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How Human Trafficking and Child Slavery Hurt Homeless Kids

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on May 6, 2013 at 10:51 am

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How Human Trafficking and Child Slavery Hurt Homeless Kids

There is a grave misconception in this country that human trafficking is a trend relegated to foreign soil. But the painful truth is that human trafficking – one of the world’s fastest-growing criminal industries – is a monstrous issue in this country. In fact, 85% of confirmed sex trafficking victims are U.S. citizens, mostly runaway children.

Often disconnected from family and friends, homeless kids are particularly susceptible to traffickers who will lure them with the promise of food, warmth, and even false love. Once snatched from the streets without anyone noticing, they are sold for the highest price, their dignity and sense of self destroyed.

Covenant House receives many of these young people after they’ve found the courage to escape capture, have been freed by police raids, or have made contact with Covenant House outreach staff combing the streets day and night looking for kids in need and at risk.

Source: Covenant House

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Runaway girls focus of fight to curb sex trafficking

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 27, 2013 at 1:18 pm

She was sobbing when she dialed 911 from a downtown St. Paul hotel.

“Hi, this is Barb. I’m a runaway from Des Moines, Iowa, and I’m in big trouble,” she told the dispatcher. “I’m afraid I’m about to get killed!”

Between frantic breaths, the young woman, who had just turned 18, reported that she was being held captive in Room 851 of the Hilton Garden Inn. She feared her captors would return to the room any minute.

The chilling audio recording only hints at the nightmare she was experiencing. Ramsey County authorities later learned that the teen runaway was forced to have sex with about 30 men over the course of a week at the hotel, according to a criminal complaint filed last January.

Fearing the worst, Barb had even scribbled the names of her two captors in a notebook.

For police and prosecutors in St. Paul, the case underscored a troubling link between teens who run away from home and the child-sex trade.

Research shows that Minnesota girls who run from their homes are not only more vulnerable to being sold for sex, but also face a higher risk of being raped or sexually abused in other ways.

Source: Park Rapids Enterprise

Fort Lauderdale man accused of prostituting runaway girls

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on December 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm

The girls were vulnerable runaways but they were “a free meal ticket” to the man accused of prostituting them in online ads and on the streets of Fort Lauderdale, prosecutors said.

Deangelo Jones, 20, of Fort Lauderdale, went on trial Monday in federal court on charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking of minors, ages 12, 14 and 15.

The defense for Jones, who has pleaded not guilty, said the girls were already troubled and working in the sex trade for some time before they met him. The defense also said the girls did not work for Jones.

The eldest girl testified Monday in court that Jones made her believe that he loved her and lured her into prostituting for him while she was also having sex with him and giving him all the money she made.

During their time together, for several months ending with his arrest in June, he impregnated her, beat her and threw her against a hotel mirror that shattered. She suffered a miscarriage a week or two later, she said.

Source: Sun Sentinel

LOS ANGELES: Riverside girl escapes sex traffic ring

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on July 16, 2012 at 10:46 am

Los Angeles police said the girl was a chronic runaway. She was living in a Riverside group home when she ran away earlier this year.

The girl went to LA where she said she met 27-year-old James Grady III, who had forced her to work as a prostitute since January, police said.

The girl said Grady forced her to also perform sexual acts with him.

The girl said Grady set daily “financial quotas.” When the girl came back short of her quota, she said, Grady forced her to strip and get into a shower with running water. She said Grady held an electric Taser to her skin, powered it up and told her that next time he would electrocute her in the shower.

She said Grady also held a rifle underneath her chin and threatened to kill her and her family if she didn’t earn her quota.

The girl said she was being held captive at Grady’s home but was sent out to work every night.

The girl eventually ran away and told a passer-by that she was being held captive. The passer-by saw the girl’s injuries and called police, Dawson said.

Source: The Press-Enterprise

Two charged with sex trafficking of runaway West Palm Beach girl

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 9, 2012 at 9:58 am

West Palm Beach Police Det. Lori Colombino says it’s the department’s first case of a runaway child found on an online escort website.

The 14-year-old girl, who is now in the care of the state Department of Children’s and Families, was reported missing to two police agencies on Feb. 2.

That same day West Palm Beach Police’s Quick Recovery Team rescued her from a Days Inn hotel room on 45th Street.

Now a 33-year-old pimp known as “Shagg Dog” and one of his prostitutes, a 22-year-old woman, are facing federal sex trafficking charges.

Rashad Emon Clark and Mandi Lynn Bowman, who both lived in West Palm Beach previously and have ties to the area, are charged with sex trafficking of children, inducing a minor to engage in commercial sex act, and conspiring to induce a minor to engage in commercial sex act, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.

They both face up to life in prison.

(ALEXANDRA SELTZER for Palm Beach Post)

Human Trafficking: Runaways Are a Target

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 8, 2012 at 9:06 am

Police say it doesn’t take long to get trapped in the web known as human trafficking.

For one local girl, it took only 36 hours. “He pulled me in with his kindness and pushed me out with his violence. I was only 15 and naive.”

Those words are from the young Jacksonville girl, simply known in court records as A.B.

“She’s a typical 15-year-old girl.  She’s an A/B honor roll student,” said JSO detective Dave Bisplinghoff.

Bisplinghoff said that the typical teen ran away from a stable home life and ended up tangled in human trafficking.

“Within a matter of 36 hours, she was brought into that trade in a poor neighborhood in Jacksonville and quickly introduced to crack cocaine, then the world of prostitution,” said Bisplinghoff.

In three weeks, the teen was moved from one Jacksonville hotel to another, an apartment in Arlington and was forced to have sex with 200 men.

“She actually got away.  He drove around and found her and, basically, physically beat her and dragged her back to his vehicle,” said Bisplinghoff.

(Jackelyn Barnard for First Coast News)

Speedway owner sentenced in sex traffic ring

In Human Trafficking on January 11, 2012 at 8:06 am

Ed Kosiski, the owner of the I-80 Speedway near Greenwood has been sentenced to what could be as many as 16 years in prison, as part of a three-year investigation into a sex trafficking ring that preyed on runaway children. The 46 year old Kosiski was sentenced last week in Douglas County to 8 to 16 years in prison for the attempted sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl. His attorney, Glenn Shapiro, argued for probation. Kosiski could be eligible for release in four years.

( for Nebraska Radio Network)How many victims were abused during the three years of investigation?  
Speedway owner sentenced in sex traffic ring

“Everything he ever told me was just lies,” says “Natalie,” who doesn’t want her real name used or her photo to be shown. “Pimps know that they have got you all tangled up in their lies.”Her broken-hearted mother, “Lynne,” says – no more. It’s too late to save her daughter – now she wants to save yours.“She said she’d been raped,” says Lynne. “It makes me sick to my stomach,” says Philip Martin of Compassion2One, which works to end the enslavement of children.Says Natalie, “You never know how quickly your life can be turned upside down.”Twenty-first century slavery is tightening its sinister grip on Seattle, as Natalie’s case proves. “We have anywhere from 500 to 700 young people under the age of 18 trafficked just within the city of Seattle alone, every week,” says Martin.Sex servants – as young as 11 years old.Lynne’s child Natalie was one of them.
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Sabra Gertsch for Komo News)

In Human Trafficking on November 13, 2011 at 8:40 am

‘It makes me sick’: Children sold for sex on Seattle streets

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