Irving Police Arrest Pair For Alleged
IRVING, TX – The Irving Police Department is investigating a case of human trafficking that happened during the past few months. On Sunday, April 15, 2018, officers responded to a call where a victim reported escaping from a prostitution enterprise.
The victim, a young adult female, was kidnapped from California and brought to a home in the 200 block of Rolston Road against her will. While there, she was forced into prostitution by two suspects, America Anderson, 20, and Devanshu Gupta, 26.
They would advertise the services on a variety of websites, then take the victim to various local motels to meet with customers. Also at the home was a second victim, a juvenile female, who was also being held against her will and forced to participate in prostitution.
The responding officers and detectives quickly identified the suspects and took them into custody after seeing them leave the home with the juvenile victim. Both are currently being held in the Irving City Jail on charges of Trafficking of Persons, Trafficking of Child, Compelling Prostitution ($100,000 bond each charge) and Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution ($50,000 bond).
Investigation by AG Paxton’s Office Helps
Shut Down Backpage.com
AUSTIN, TX – In his office’s continued push to end human trafficking in Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Backpage.com, the largest online sex trafficking marketplace in the world, is permanently shut down.
The seizure and takedown of the Backpage website was accomplished through a collaborative law enforcement effort involving Attorney General Paxton’s office, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the District of Arizona and Central District of California, and the California Attorney General’s office.
In October 2016, Carl Ferrer, the CEO of Backpage, was arrested in Houston by officers from Attorney General Paxton’s Law Enforcement Division in a joint operation with the California attorney general’s office. A search of the company’s Dallas headquarters uncovered a treasure trove of evidence that was critical to the investigation.
“Backpage generated millions of dollars annually on the backs of innocent women and children who were forced or coerced into sex trafficking,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Taking down this despicable website will undoubtedly save lives and spare many others from the unspeakable horrors of sex trafficking.”
Attorney General Paxton has made combating human trafficking a top priority.
Two years ago, he launched his office’s Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime unit, which works closely with prosecutors around Texas to prosecute human traffickers.
Earlier this year, he unveiled a powerful training video to teach Texans how to spot and report suspected human trafficking activity.
SAPD, BCSO team up to combat Child Abuse during prevention month
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Abuse to one child is too many. That’s the message from Wednesday morning’s Blue Breakfast hosted by St. Jude’s Ranch for Children to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month this April.
Area leaders and law enforcement attended and acted as the voice for the many neglected and abused children across the county.
San Antonio Police Department Chief William McManus and Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar were some of those speaking at the Blue Breakfast.
Salazar said they can’t just arrest the problem away. The root of the solution lies within educating the community.
“Educating the public on what their responsibility is as far as notifying authorities if they see abuse,” Salazar said. “Letting neighbors know it’s not just OK but many times you are legally bound to report abuse if you see it.”
Organizers with St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, a refuge for hundreds of abused children, said there are other ways you can do your part.
Tara Roussett, CEO of SJRC, said they are in need of foster families, financial support and mentors. They need people who are willing to connect with children.
Fort Hood leaders and community members gathered for the 2018 Fort Hood Child Abuse Prevention Month and Month of the Military Child proclamation signing ceremony at the III Corps Headquarters Tuesday.
The ceremony honored military children, raised awareness of child abuse and its long-term effects and recognized military and civilian leaders who contribute to child safety.
“We want to celebrate our military children and celebrate the necessity for their safety and well-being,” Billy Floyd, Fort Hood Family Advocacy program manager, said. “We want to make sure that the community does not forget that all children deserve the right to be safe and to be protected.”
Organizations that prioritize child safety such as law enforcement units, Child Protective Services, Communities in Schools and counsel personnel attended the event.
Floyd pointed out that sometimes parents argue and don’t consider the serious effects it could have on children.
“We have to be cautious of that and model how to manage conflict,” Floyd said. “How to agree to disagree. We all have stressors, but how do you manage your situation so that no one is in harm’s way? That is the biggest key.”
Mayuana Hutt, the guest speaker for the event, experienced the effects of living in a home with domestic abuse, first hand.
“I was born to two young individuals that were in a long on-going volatile relationship,” Hutt said. “Most children’s earliest moments don’t involve high-speed chases on the highway or violent late night encounters, but for me, these are the memories I have of my parents.”
Hutt revealed to the crowd of approximately 100 attendees that she still remembers the night when her father would hold a knife to her mother’s throat and held her mother at gunpoint for long periods of time.
“Individuals in chaotic situations don’t always think of how the situation affects their child,” Hutt said. “I can still picture those days like they were yesterday.”
Hutt’s mother, Drenda Williams stood on the side lines to support her daughter through the difficult speech.
“I didn’t know that being a survivor, how much it affected her until we actually talked about it,” Williams said. “It kind of made me take a step back and see how my actions affected her and make sure that she has healed from that situation as well.”
Fort Hood police officer Lt. Andrew Samarripa beelined toward Hutt after the ceremony to commend her for her courageous speech.
“The main thing is that a lot of my law enforcement career I have been really focused on the community and the preventive aspects of things,” Samarripa said. “But to see an individual such as her, to be able to come and speak to what the victims see and how they process … it is really courageous on her behalf.”
At the end of the ceremony, grade school children from on-post schools gathered around III Corps and Fort Hood Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. JT Thomson as he signed the proclamation to stomp out child abuse.
Two horse cavalrymen attended the event in full regalia and boots as the crowd joined in with the children beating their feet against the ground to ‘stomp out’ child abuse.
“I ask that everyone involved, whether military or civilian, unite collaboratively as we continue to lay the foundation in which all children can be raised in caring relationships free of fear and free of abuse,” Thomson said. “Demonstrate our commitment as we pledge our continued support towards resilient Families.”
I had enough, I’m done, and I turned and walked away.
“What the.. ? Oh this is real good”, as I looked at the dark hallway, “now they’re sure going to think you’ve lost it.”
“Now I know I didn’t imagine that”, as my eyes searched the hallway, I realized there was a big, heavy door, that was locked and chained only a few feet from me on my right. I moved as quietly as possible and leaned closer to the door… something touched me on the right shoulder and as I jerked around, a hand was reaching for my throat!
My eyes bugged out of my head like binoculars and my jaw hurt from trying to scream; all the while water was flying all over the bathroom as I was attempting to back-paddle away from the cut-off hand.
Just as I saw the broomstick holding the glove up, I heard Frank’s laughter.
I was sitting straight-up in bed, looking around and wanting to cry, but I couldn’t help but bust out laughing, and shaking my head, “That Frank is in for it when I see him.”
When we were young boys, we never missed an opportunity to scare or surprise the other, or even our friends. We never missed “Thriller”, “The Twilight Zone”, or any of the long list of scary movies, and the above good memory was after we watched “The Hand”, and Frank caught me in the bathtub.
Needless to say, Frank got my attention and reminded me that I still had an unfinished job to do: To make this world a better place for all the Children!
So with that said, I dedicate this to Frank.
The Liebster Award
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which the Rules are simple as follows:
Dog, because they are so loyal and great companions.
3. Do you work . . if so, where (being a full-time mommy counts as work btw)?
I am retired, although I work very close to full time or even more at times as a Child Advocate, supporting Veterans, and senior citizens.
4. If you could go exploring anywhere where would that be?
The Great Barrier Reef
5. Your biggest regret?
6. How many siblings do you have? What are your thoughts on that number?
Two, and it is as good a number as any, I had an Uncle and Aunt that had 15 Children.
7. What decade do you really belong in?
Right where I am at. I started out with The Killer-Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Buddy Holley, Otis Redding, B.B. King, lived through The Beatles, lived with The Rolling Stones(Since they still make music), Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Ozzy, Ritchie Blackmore, Charlie Daniels, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Social Distortion, Bon Jovi, Rammstein, Slipknot, Brooks and Dunn, Toby Keith, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Dwight Yoakum, Volbeat, etc..
8. Would you rather live in the Arctic or Antarctic Circle?
If I had to, I would pick the warmer climate, and the one with land to walk on so I could get back to Texas, so The Arctic.
9. What is your favorite artistic medium?
Tools, Paint, original parts, and custom parts to build War Horses(Ford Mustangs) and HOGs(Harley-Davidsons). But also woodworking tools, and good wood.
10. Camping or hotels?
Both, I’m a farm boy and love the out-of-doors, but I also love being around people and the big city at times also.