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29 Sex Trafficking Victims Including 20 Minors Rescued

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Dominican, U.S. Authorities Rescue 29 Sex Trafficking Victims Including 20 Minors

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Dominican, U.S. Authorities Rescue 29 Sex Trafficking Victims Including 20 Minors

Dear Stakeholder,

We appreciate your continued engagement on the issue of human trafficking, and wanted to share with you a story of a successful investigation and rescue of sex trafficking victims in the Dominican Republic.

It is through the hard work and dedication of stakeholders like you, that we are able to investigate cases and work to bring traffickers to justice. Please see the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement press release below for more information on this case.

Thank you for your continued efforts to combat human trafficking. To learn more about human trafficking, how to identify victims, and report suspected cases of human trafficking, please visit http://www.dhs.gov/bluecampaign.

Dominican, US authorities rescue 29 sex trafficking victims including 20 minors

Victims as young as 14 years old

SOSUA, Dominican Republic – Twenty-nine sex trafficking victims were rescued in Sosua, Dominican Republic, March 11 following an international undercover law enforcement investigation.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Attaché Office in Santo Domingo, the Dominican National Police, the Dominican Republic’s Attorney General’s Human Smuggling and Trafficking in Person’s Unit and the Puerto Plata Prosecutor’s Office conducted the investigation leading up to the rescue.

Twenty of the 29 victims are Dominican minors between the ages of 14 and 17. The remaining nine sex trafficking victims are adults. All of the victims are female.

The rescued victims, who are minors, are in the care of the Dominican Republic’s Child Protective Services Agency.

As part of the investigation, seven Dominican nationals – two females and five males – were arrested. They’re in local custody where they will serve one year of preventative incarceration while their cases are adjudicated. Prosecutors allege the traffickers knowingly transported the victims to what they believed was a “sex party.” They also knowingly arranged for the victims to perform sexual services for adults attending the fake party.

Those arrested include: Rubén Darío Sosa, Luis Manuel Martínez Castillo, Franklin Sánchez García, Rolfi Ismael Ventura, Manuel Emilio Martínez, Idalia Luciano Ferrera and Aniberca Castro Peña.

Law enforcement did not arrest any American citizens as part of this investigation.

The Puerto Plata Prosecutor’s Office is prosecuting the Dominican nationals. If convicted, the defendants face up to 15 years imprisonment.

Operation Underground Railroad and International Justice Mission, both U.S. nonprofit organizations dedicated to eradicating the sexual exploitation of children, assisted with the investigation.

“We commend the government of the Dominican Republic and U.S. law enforcement for their commitment to eradicating the sexual exploitation of human beings,” said U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James W. Brewster. “It’s unconscionable that people, including children, are being sold for sex in the 21st century. The U.S. government will continue working with our partners both domestically and abroad to bring this evil practice to an end.”

Through its International Operations, HSI has 65 operational attaché offices in 46 countries around the world. HSI special agents work closely with foreign law enforcement agencies through a robust network of specialized, vetted units known as Transnational Criminal Investigative Units. Additionally, HSI brings personnel from host countries to the United States to train at the Department of Homeland Security Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia.

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FBI calls it the 2nd fastest-growing type of organized crime

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Child Sex Slavery, 2nd fastest growing organized crime

Washtenaw County child abuse prevention agency prompts discussion on human trafficking

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MICHIGAN – Washtenaw Area Council for Children, the county’s child abuse prevention agency, will be holding a discussion about human trafficking and how it might be affecting local children.

Between 100,000 to 300,000 children are at risk each year for commercial sexual exploitation in the U.S., according to an Estes and Weiner study.

“Please join us March 3 for an important discussion about this insidious and growing concern,” according to a statement from the Washtenaw Area Council for Children. “Awareness of the commercial sexual exploitation of children and its potential reach within our community will help us all in our work to keep the children of Washtenaw safe and sound.”

The “Removing the Blinders” discussion will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District’s Teaching and Learning Center at 1819 Wagner Road in Scio Township.

It is free to attend and a continental breakfast is provided, but those who wish to come are asked to RSVP on Eventbrite at eventbrite.com/event/15632487190.

“Whether you call it human trafficking, sex slavery or prostitution; the commercial sexual exploitation of minors is something we all need to be aware of as potentially happening right under our noses, within our own community,” according to the Washtenaw Area Council for Children.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the county agency says human trafficking has become the second fastest growing criminal industry – just behind drug trafficking – with children accounting for roughly half of all victims.

The FBI calls it the fastest-growing type of organized crime.

The Washtenaw Area Council for Children has identified some indicators a child is vulnerable and easy prey for traffickers and exploiters:

  • Being a female between the ages of 12 and 14
  • A history of sexual and physical abuse
  • Child welfare involvement, especially out-of-home foster care placement
  • Being a runaway or homeless youth
  • Living in an impoverished community
  • Disconnection from education system and off-track for achievement
  • Substance dependency

Panelists expected at the March 3 discussion includes: Lisa Markman, M.D., University of Michigan Health Systems child protection team; Det. Thomas Boivin, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office; Emily Schuster-Wachsberger, local council coordinator for the Children’s Trust Fund of MI and co-author of Michigan child sex trafficking protocol; Peg Talburtt, chief executive of the Lovelight Foundation and a member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force.

For more information, call the Washtenaw Area Council for Children office at 734-434-4215 or email marcia@washtenawchildren.org.

Mother saves runaway from trafficking

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Mother saves runaway girl from Child Sexual Trafficking

Determined mother saves her runaway daughter from human trafficking ring

On Wednesday, authorities in Tacoma, Washington, released details of how a determined mother did her own detective work and rescued her daughter from a regional human trafficking ring.

The mother of a runaway teen found her daughter’s picture on a Backpage.com website. Next, she set up her own undercover sting, by calling the number listed to ask how much she could get for $200. The person who answered, was unaware that the particular girl she was asking about was her own daughter. He told her what hotel to go to for a ‘meet and greet’ with the girl. The mother went to the location and was able to rescue her daughter. Once she had her daughter safely out of harm’s way, she shared the information she had uncovered and that lead police to busting one of the most sophisticated human trafficking rings in the region. This ring operated up and down the I-5 corridor from Everett to Olympia. Their main base of operation was in Tacoma.

22-year-old Michael Williams II is considered the main force behind the trafficking ring that he ran with Curtis Escalante. They were both arrested a month ago and the police went undercover to find the 18-year-old brother of Williams. On Tuesday, police arrested Mikael Williams of Tacoma, and were able to uncover two more teenage victims. Authorities believe that there are many other victims of this particular ring that haven’t been found.

Williams and his co-defendants were able to run this ring through the use of the marketing websites Craigslist and Backpage. If you go to Backpage.com and click on any city, you can then click on the adult section which traffickers use to advertise girls that are available for escort services. Most of these girls do not look like the posted age and no one checks if any of it is factual. Former NBA player, Greg Anthony was recently arrested after he saw an ad in Backpage and arranged a meeting with one of the escorts. The ad had been placed by undercover officers trying to cut down on the people who use Backpage for this reason.

The Washington Exploited and Missing Children Task Force commends this mother for the extremes she went through to recover her daughter safely. Lt. Ron Mead said, “As a result of that contact, had it not been for the mother’s involvement, we certainly wouldn’t have been aware of it as quickly as we were, and may not have been aware of it all.”

What is SEX trafficking

There are an estimated 50,000 slaves in the United States and an additional 17,500 are being trafficked into the country every year. That is more people being enslaved annually than during legal slavery in America’s dark history.
It is time to stand up for these CHILDREN WHO ARE HOUSEHOLD SLAVES right here in Our Country. THESE CHILDREN ARE CHILD SEXUAL SLAVES!!!!

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What is Sex Trafficking?

The federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act defines the crime of human trafficking as:

A. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where such an act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age, or

B. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.”

Domestic minor sex trafficking occurs when U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident minors (under the age of 18) are commercially sexually exploited. Children can be commercially sexually exploited through prostitution, pornography, and/or erotic entertainment.

The commercial aspect of the sexual exploitation is critical to separating the crime of trafficking…

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Criminalizing commercial sex work and branding ‘trafficking’ as the same thing raises the stakes for victims

It is the time of season to remember those who have not.

To remember the Good who wish only Good for others.

Our Children are not properly protected by the laws in Our Country, isn’t roughly 7,000 years long enough to make this world safe for Our Children????

It is time for those who truly care to join with us and stand together, THE TIME FOR COUNTING IS NOW!!!!

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Criminalizing commercial sex work and branding ‘trafficking’ as the same thing raises the stakes for victims

In the United States, any person under the age of 18 whether a girl or boy with any assistance from a third party, is by definition a ‘trafficked victim’, whether they consent or initiate contact on their own accord.

According to Professor Marcus, attempting to criminalize all commercial sex work and/or conflate the term with “trafficking” actually aggravates the situation for children who are commercially sexually exploited. A better solution, he says, is to normalize sex work:

“This notion of ‘child sex trafficking’ has a dependency to make the stakes so high that people have trouble talking about their experiences. Most young people we met wouldn’t go to social service agencies to get help because social services records were tied to child sex trafficking and no one wants their ‘support network’ such as your…

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