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