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Post by Addie » Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:40 pm

[link]BBC News,http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-24560937[/link]





New global index exposes 'modern slavery' worldwide





Nearly 30 million people around the world are living as slaves, according to a new index ranking 162 countries.





The [link]Global Slavery Index 2013,http://www.globalslaveryindex.org/[/link] says India has the highest number of people living in conditions of slavery at 14 million.





But Mauritania has the highest proportional figure with about 4% of its population enslaved.





The report's authors hope it will help governments tackle what they call a "hidden crime".





The index was compiled by Australian-based rights organisation [link]Walk Free Foundation,http://www.walkfree.org/[/link] using a definition of modern slavery that includes debt bondage, forced marriage and human trafficking. ...Sidebar:





Estimated number of slaves





India - 13,956,010


China - 2,949,243


Pakistan - 2,127,132


Nigeria - 701,032


Ethiopia - 651,110


Russia - 516,217


Thailand - 472,811


DR Congo - 462,327


Burma - 384,037


Bangladesh - 343,192


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Post by TollandRCR » Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:57 pm

Some cultures would disagree that forced marriage ought to be lumped in with slavery. And what does "forced" mean? Arranged by the parents when the partners are still children? Some Americans are in such marriages today.The story is bad enough without extending the definition. Most of India's slaves are Indians who were sold into slavery for economic reasons; many of these are children. [link]Stolen Childhoods,http://www.stolenchildhoods.org/mt/[/link] provides a link to the movie and somewhat aged statistics. Some simple things may help to reduce child slavery. One thing is to pick your rugs carefully: look for the Rugmark label or [link]Goodweaves brand,http://www.goodweave.org/home.php[/link].


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Post by Addie » Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:17 pm

[link]LA Times,http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow ... 8585.story[/link]





Super Bowl prostitution sweep rescues 16 teens; 45 suspects arrested





Sixteen teenagers being sold as prostitutes--some reported missing by their families--were rescued by authorities in the lead-up to Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey, the FBI announced Tuesday.





Police from cities including Yonkers in New York and Atlantic City in New Jersey also arrested 45 people who potentially face prostitution-related charges. The FBI said some of those arrested said they traveled to New Jersey from other states with the intent to capitalize on the large number of people visiting the New Jersey-New York area for the Super Bowl.





The arrests and recovery cap a two-week-long law pre-Super Bowl law enforcement effort as authorities face pressure from human rights groups to crack down on human trafficking.





“High-profile special events, which draw large crowds, have become lucrative opportunities for child prostitution criminal enterprises,” Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, said in a statement. “The FBI and our partners remain committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and putting those who try to profit from this type of criminal activity behind bars.”





Some of the recovered youths were from overseas. Overall, 70 people, including the 16 teens, received assistance from authorities, including referrals to healthcare and shelters.


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Post by Dolly » Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:36 pm

I saw info about the trafficing / Super Bowl topic awhile back on the House Committee for Foreign Affairs website. includes a 2 1/2 hour video at linkJan 27, 2014 2:00pmSubcommittee Hearing: Lessons Learned from Super Bowl Preparations: Preventing International Human Trafficking at Major Sporting Events[/break1]house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-hearing-lessons-learned-super-bowl-preparations-preventing-international-human]http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearing ... onal-human


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Post by SueDB » Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:38 pm

[link]LA Times,http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow ... 8585.story[/link]





Super Bowl prostitution sweep rescues 16 teens; 45 suspects arrested





Sixteen teenagers being sold as prostitutes--some reported missing by their families--were rescued by authorities in the lead-up to Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey, the FBI announced Tuesday.





Police from cities including Yonkers in New York and Atlantic City in New Jersey also arrested 45 people who potentially face prostitution-related charges. The FBI said some of those arrested said they traveled to New Jersey from other states with the intent to capitalize on the large number of people visiting the New Jersey-New York area for the Super Bowl.





The arrests and recovery cap a two-week-long law pre-Super Bowl law enforcement effort as authorities face pressure from human rights groups to crack down on human trafficking.





“High-profile special events, which draw large crowds, have become lucrative opportunities for child prostitution criminal enterprises,” Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, said in a statement. “The FBI and our partners remain committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and putting those who try to profit from this type of criminal activity behind bars.”





Some of the recovered youths were from overseas. Overall, 70 people, including the 16 teens, received assistance from authorities, including referrals to healthcare and shelters. Not much of a haul ... not to belittle the offense against sexual slavery, but ... I guess they don't want to go after the big money folks.


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Post by Addie » Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:31 pm

[link]Observer,http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/f ... drug-gangs[/link]: Mexico's lost daughters: how young women are sold into the sex trade by drug gangs





When armed men arrive in Mexico's remote villages, mothers hide their daughters – especially the pretty ones. Jennifer Clement hears the distressing stories of the girls and women stolen by drug cartels to be trafficked for sex


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Post by raicha » Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:43 pm

Human trafficking was recently brought to the attention of Orange County residents in a horrible, shocking way. 17-year-old Aubreyanna Sade Parks was murdered and left on the street of an upscale neighborhood. Two weeks ago, she was reported missing from her LA County home and one week ago she was swept up in a prostitution raid. According to investigators, she was "terrified" that her pimp would kill her family and she walked away from the shelter she was released to.This was a good girl, bound for college.Human trafficking is a huge issue that no one wants to look at. But it is way past time for us acknowledge the facts and protect women and our children from these predators.[/break1]ocregister.com/articles/trafficking-600971-county-orange.html]http://www.ocregister.com/articles/traf ... range.html



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Post by Addie » Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:26 am

[link]AFP,http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/21/s ... afficking/[/link]





‘Slavery’ spotters to be posted at British airports to fight human trafficking





Anti-slavery teams are to be deployed at British airports in a bid to identify potential victims of human trafficking, the government announced Friday.





Border Force units will be tasked with spotting potential victims of so-called modern slavery, collecting intelligence on trafficking victims and disrupting organised crime gangs.





The first specialist team will start working on April 1 at London Heathrow, the world’s busiest airport for international passengers.





Teams will also start operating at Britain’s second and third air hubs — London Gatwick and Manchester — later this year, with further airports to follow.


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Post by Addie » Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:08 pm

[link]Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking,http://www.castla.org/homepage[/link]5. Report a CrimeIf you suspect a case of human trafficking, don't put yourself and others in danger by intervening on the spot. Call the professionals!For CAST's 24-hour hotline:888-539-2373 For L.A.LA Metro Taskforce: 800-655-4095NationwideNational hotline: 888.3737.888


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Post by Addie » Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:19 pm

[link]Gigaom,http://gigaom.com/2014/03/19/how-data-t ... afficking/[/link]





Data can help fight human trafficking, here’s how





Google Ideas — Google’s think tank around human repression — has a mission statement to use data and technology to enable people to confront threats in the face of conflict and instability, explained Google Ideas Product Manager Justin Kosslyn at Gigaom’s Structure Data conference in New York on Wednesday. Essentially, they’re using data to do good.





When it comes to accessing this type of data from shady underground networks of human trafficking and violence cycles in conflict zones, it can be particularly hard to find, analyze and make this data actionable. But Kossyln says that one source of data that is particularly illuminating — as well as helpful for victims of these crimes — is hot lines. Hotlines can help victims directly, generate data points that yield insights and also create a positive feedback loop that builds trust in communities.





http://gigaom2.files.wordpress.com/2014 ... .png?w=708





He’s a convert because the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline, The Polaris Project, and startup Palantir have been able to help take 150+ structured variables for the over 20,000 calls the hotline gets a year to look at human trafficking trends. The Polaris Project uses this type of data to drive national insights and policy. Google Ideas worked with the partners to package their technology and get it out to other human trafficking support groups around the world.


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Post by Volkonski » Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:11 pm

5 will face federal charges in immigrant stash house





Federal authorities plan to charge at least five people in connection with the Wednesday discovery of dozens of imprisoned people living in a Pearland-area stash house, officials said. Brian M. Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations in Houston, said the five are being held on a variety of offenses, including hostage taking, unlawfully carrying weapon, and conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens.





Moskowitz announced the charges during a congressional field hearing at Texas Southern University on Thursday. The hearing, held by U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Katy, focussed on Houston as a case study to further understand human trafficking in major American cities.





Local law enforcement officials who spoke before the congressional committee put an emphasis on distinctions between human smuggling and trafficking. "This is a typical smuggling case," said Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland. Moskowutz did not give any other details about the suspects in the case. He said his agency worked throughout the night to interview those being kept in the home.





McClelland said 115 people were discovered in the packed, rancid stash house.[/break1]chron.com/neighborhood/pearland/crime-courts/article/Five-will-face-federal-charges-in-Pearland-stash-5334844.php?cmpid=bna&cmpid=bnaros]http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/pearl ... pid=bnaros


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Post by Addie » Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:40 pm

[link]USA Today,http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nati ... g/6917421/[/link]





Sex-trafficking cases hard to crack in Wisconsin





WAUSAU, Wis. — On an October day in 2010, a 22-year-old woman strolled along National Avenue in Milwaukee, headed to a friend's home to spend the night.





An SUV pulled up alongside her. The door opened, and a stocky, bearded man jumped from the driver's seat, grabbed her by the jacket and threw her into the back of the vehicle. Frantic, she tried to call her friend for help, but the call never went through.





"I've been looking for you," the man said as he grabbed her phone away.





What followed — authorities said — were nine days of forced sexual encounters with multiple men and other assaults that ended in Wausau, Wis. The incidents eventually led to Wisconsin's first successful prosecution of sex trafficking, in which people are forced or coerced into sexual slavery.





The case illustrates both the depravity of trafficking and the challenge of bringing the perpetrators to justice. Prosecutors have won only three human trafficking convictions in Wisconsin, despite widespread reports that the crime takes place in nearly every corner of the state.


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Post by Addie » Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:04 pm

[link]Reuters,http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nat ... 1293.story[/link]





Mexico finds 370 abandoned immigrant children





MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - In one week, 370 immigrant children, most of them from Central America, were found abandoned in Mexico, after traffickers promised to take them to the United States but left them to their own devices after being paid thousands of dollars, authorities said.





Almost half of them, 163 children under the age of 18, were found traveling alone, Mexico's National Migration Institute (INM) said in a statement.





Each month, thousands of immigrants, mostly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, attempt to emigrate to the United States, crossing several borders in the process, despite the threat from drug gangs that kidnap, murder and rape women.





The children told federal migration agents that their 'guides' abandoned them after accepting $3,000 to $5,000 in payments, INM said.


The children and young people, who came from three of the poorest countries in Central America, were found between March 17 and 24, in 14 different states in Mexico.


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Post by Addie » Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:02 pm

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Woman escapes, 2 arrested in human trafficking ring





SALT LAKE CITY (KSL/CNN) - Two people are accused of kidnapping a woman in New York and taking her to Salt Lake City as part of a human trafficking ring. ...





"She was just walking down a street in New York when she was kidnapped," said Sgt. Robin Heiden, Salt Lake City Police. ...





"We received a call from a female who state she had been kidnapped and was able to escape," Heiden said.





Heiden says a 23-year old woman was able to free herself and then hide long enough for police to find her.





"This female had been kidnapped and brought here to Salt Lake City by a male who was using her to prostitute," she said





The woman says she tried to get a away several times, in Pennsylvania and Denver, but each time her captor found and beat her.Also:





[link]Associated Press,http://www.njherald.com/story/25128729/ ... cking-case[/link]





Police say 2 arrested in human trafficking case





SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Police arrested two people on suspicion of human trafficking after a woman reported she was kidnapped from a New York City street and forced into prostitution before escaping in downtown Salt Lake City. ...





The woman told police that Joseph struck her three times several weeks ago near the bustling midtown Port Authority Bus Station in New York City, knocking her out. The woman had a scar and swollen eye when officials found her in the Salt Lake City parking lot.





From New York, the woman was taken to Chicago, where she was sexually assaulted before being taken to Grand Junction, Colo., then to Denver and Salt Lake City. The woman was forced into prostitution along the way, she said.





In Utah, the woman was taken to a hospital for scrapes and bruises and has since been released.





It was the second time in recent months that a woman has said she escaped a captor in Salt Lake City after being abducted on the East Coast, Heiden said.


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Post by Addie » Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:32 pm

[link]Des Moines Register,http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/ ... d/7474661/[/link]





Human trafficking bill headed to Gov. Terry Branstad





Legislation aimed at strengthening penalties for human traffickers and providing aid to their victims is headed to Gov. Terry Branstad's desk after winning approval in the Iowa House and Senate.





The House voted unanimously on Tuesday to pass Senate File 2311, after the Senate approved it last week on a 48-0 vote.





The bill increases the penalty for pimping an underage prostitute from a class D to a class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. It also raises the penalty for purchasing the services of an underage prostitute from a misdemeanor to a felony.





To aid victims, it also gives prosecutors discretion in handling prostitution cases involving minors, allowing them to refer victims of human trafficking for social services rather than bringing criminal charges against them, and lengthens the statute of limitations on bringing charges against individuals who sexually abuse a minor.





Senate File 2311 also creates a human trafficking victim surcharge that can be levied on those found guilty of trafficking, and directs the money to a human trafficking victim fund that provides services to people forced into prostitution.


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Post by Addie » Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:39 am

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Mexico: Sect Had Kids From 2008 Disappearance





Mexican authorities confirmed Tuesday that members of a tiny, mysterious evangelical sect had taken and kept about a dozen children who vanished from a Mexico City children's shelter in 2008.





Prosecutors announced Tuesday that three more of the children had been found, bringing to 12 the number of kids located out of a total of 15 who went missing from the Casitas del Sur shelter. ...





Like many of the other recovered children, they had been given in a sort of illegal adoption to church members. Many of the youths have expressed desires to see their real families, according to the official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name. ...





"The Casitas del Sur were just a facade for an ambitious indoctrination project ... to take children who were defenseless, trusting, blank slates, who would believe everything the sect told them," said Barranco.





Barranco recalled that, at the time the shelter was finally raided, "The kids didn't want to come out, they didn't want to see the daylight or have contact with people, because the world was full of perversion, it was bad, they were afraid."


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Post by Addie » Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:33 pm

[link]Reuters,http://news.yahoo.com/pope-says-enough- ... 09046.html[/link]





Pope says 'enough' to human trafficking, calls it crime against humanity





VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis said "enough" to human trafficking on Thursday, denouncing it as a crime against humanity as police leaders and religious groups from around the world pledged to work together to combat it.





Francis addressed the final session of a two-day Vatican-sponsored international conference on human trafficking attended by top law enforcement officials, politicians and representatives of religions.





"Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity," he said. Departing from his prepared text, he said there were many "people of good will who want to shout 'enough'" to human trafficking. ...





According to a report last October by the Walk Free Foundation charity, nearly 30 million people live in slavery across the globe, many of them men, women and children trafficked by gangs for sex work and unskilled labor. ...





Francis discussed human trafficking with U.S. President Barack Obama when he visited the Vatican last month and it was the pope's idea for the Vatican to host the international conference, now in its second year.


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Post by Addie » Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:21 pm

[link]The Republic,http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/ari ... g/8026431/[/link]





Gov. Brewer signs bill to curb human trafficking





Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation on Tuesday that adds sentencing muscle to existing child-prostitution laws, as well as a wide range of provisions aimed to put Arizona at the forefront of a nationwide fight against human trafficking.





Brewer has made the issue a priority of her administration and frequently likens human trafficking to modern-day slavery.





"This is a proud and significant day for Arizona, particularly for those who have been personally affected by the horrendous crime of human trafficking," Brewer said against a backdrop of attorneys, lawmakers and advocates Tuesday afternoon at the Arizona Capitol.





Among its various elements, the law will close a loophole for johns accused of engaging in prostitution with a minor, making defendants culpable if they "should have known" that a 15- 16- or 17-year-old was underage. ...





The legislation additionally increases sentencing penalties for traffickers, and requires licensed escorts, escort businesses, massage therapists and the like to include their license number in advertisements for services and to keep on file proof of age for people depicted in advertisements.


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Post by Addie » Tue May 20, 2014 10:46 am

[link]Time Mag,http://time.com/105360/inside-the-scari ... afficking/[/link]





Inside the Scarily Lucrative Business Model of Human Trafficking





New report estimates almost $100 billion annual profits in sex trafficking alone.





Though many people believe slavery to be a thing from the distant past or award-winning movies, new figures out from the International Labor Organization (ILO) suggest that human trafficking—essentially, coercing people to work under unjust, often inhumane, circumstances—is a growth business.





Estimates of just how much the human trafficking business is worth have grown massively since the last ILO report on forced labor almost a decade ago. Back in 2005, the business was estimated at about $44 billion annually. Now, it’s more like $150 billion. This likely reflects a growing awareness of the numbers of people who have been caught up in some sort of bonded labor, rather than actual growth in the business. ...





In developed countries and the EU, coerced workers can be worth almost $35,000 a year to their exploiters. In the Middle East, it’s more like $15,000. Most of this money is made on the back of undereducated or unskilled workers in industries and sectors where demand for labor fluctuates. Apart from the sex industry, agriculture and domestic work, these workers toil in construction, manufacturing and mining. ...





In this week’s [link]Time magazine,http://time.com/100565/the-modern-slave-trade/[/link], Shandra Woworuntu, who worked in finance in Indonesia, tells the story of how she was snapped up from the airport and traded from brothel to brothel in a sex trafficking ring in 2001 for several months and finally escaped by jumping from a second story window. What lawless part of the world did this horrific event take place in? Brooklyn, New York.


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Post by raicha » Sat May 24, 2014 3:52 pm

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Post by Addie » Sun May 25, 2014 11:53 am

[link]New York Times,http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/24/world ... .html?_r=0[/link]





A Desperate Mother’s Search Leads to a Fight Against Sex Trafficking





SAN MIGUEL DE TUCUMÁN, Argentina — HERE in the impoverished north of Argentina, sex traffickers search among the vulnerable for targets. Typically, they lure women with deceitful job offers and then traffic them to big cities, mining towns and agricultural regions, where they are forced into sex slavery.





For most women, in the past, it was the beginning of years of servitude in a grim underworld of prostitution. But these days more manage to escape, many with the help of the Fundación María de los Ángeles, a nongovernmental organization founded by Susana Trimarco, whose daughter was seized 12 years ago.





The daughter, María de los Ángeles Verón, then 23, left home for a medical appointment in April 2002. She never returned. Some witnesses said she was murdered and buried in a nearby province, most likely La Rioja, where demand for prostitutes is high among seasonal grape and olive pickers. But her body was never found. ...





Mrs. Trimarco did rescue some women, but many pleaded not to be left to fend for themselves. “The police would hand them back to the criminals,” Mrs. Trimarco said. “They used to say: ‘Don’t leave me. Take me with you.’ ” ...





In 2007, she set up the Fundación María de los Ángeles in a leaky townhouse, but the demand for its services became overwhelming. At the end of last year, the organization moved into a new building, constructed with government funds. It has also opened centers in other major cities in Argentina.


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Post by Addie » Sun May 25, 2014 5:16 pm

[link]Sun News,http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2014/0 ... rylink=cpy[/link]





Bond set at $250,000 for Wayne Miller, president of Cathedral Bible College with Myrtle Beach campus





FLORENCE — Reginald Wayne Miller, the president and founder of Cathedral Bible College, is not allowed to set foot on the college campus in Marion or communicate with any of the school’s current or former foreign students as an investigation continues into allegations that Miller threatened to cancel foreign students’ visas if they did not work long hours for little pay.





Those terms are part of a $250,000 secured bond that Magistrate Judge Thomas Rogers set for Miller during a detention hearing Friday in federal court. In addition, Miller will be on home detention and will be required to wear an electronic monitoring device.





“I don’t think we’ve identified all of the potential victims yet,” said Carrie Fisher, the assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting the case. Fisher said some victims may have already left the country and some may be former students who have yet to come forward. “Our investigation just started this week.” ...





Agents with Homeland Security Investigations filed a criminal complaint against Miller this week saying they have probable cause to charge him with forced labor, a felony that carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years for each count. Investigators say Miller forced foreign students to work at the campus and his personal residence for as little as $25 per week. Miller threatened to cancel the students’ visas if they complained or didn’t comply with his demands, according to an affidavit filed this week.


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Post by Addie » Wed May 28, 2014 8:44 pm

[link]Associated Press,http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/05/ ... me-record/[/link]





Human Trafficking Victims Could Clear Crime Record





SACRAMENTO (AP) — The state Assembly has approved legislation that would allow courts to expunge prostitution convictions when people are found to be victims of human trafficking.





AB1585 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, a Democrat from Watsonville, allows defendants who are convicted of soliciting prostitution to petition to clear their record if they have evidence they were victims of human trafficking. It is sponsored by Attorney General Kamala Harris.





The Department of Justice maintains a summary of criminal histories that is available to prospective employers. The summaries also can be reviewed when people apply for a license, a certification or to adopt a child.





Alejo says many human trafficking victims “are commonly and wrongly convicted for solicitation of prostitution.”





The Assembly passed AB1585 on a 73-0 vote Wednesday, sending it to the Senate.


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Post by Addie » Fri May 30, 2014 8:32 am

[link]Star-Ledger,http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/0 ... laves.html[/link]





5 men admit trafficking Mexican women to Lakewood brothels as sex slaves





TRENTON — A Lakewood man and four of his associates have pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking Mexican women into the country, often by trickery or coercion, to staff a network of brothels in New Jersey, New York and surrounding states, state authorities said today.





Under a plea bargain with prosecutors, Jose Cruz Romero-Flores, 39, the "owner" of the Lakewood brothels, and two associates — Felix Rios-Martinez, 48, and Raul Romero-Castillo, 31 — admitted late Wednesday to conspiracy to facilitate human trafficking. The state will recommend they be sentenced to five years in prison.





Two other associates — Santos Lazaero Flores-Cruz, 59, and Haliro Bueno, 22 — pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution, and prosecutors will recommend they be sentenced to three years in prison. Sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 7, and all five men are not authorized to live in the U.S. and were also being held on federal detainers.





“This case fits a classic pattern of international sex trafficking, in which deception and coercion are used to enslave women in a horrific life of prostitution in the U.S., where they must service up to 40 clients each day,” acting state Attorney General John Hoffman said in a statement. ...





Clients paid $30 for each sexual encounter, authorities said, and either came to the brothels or were serviced through "outcalls," in which women were driven to their location. Many of the women, who were primarily from Mexico but also other Latin American countries, were tricked into believing they were going to the U.S. to work as house cleaners or babysitters, while others were coerced into going and ordered to send any money they earned back to Mexico.


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Post by Foggy » Fri May 30, 2014 10:26 am

Five years ain't anywhere near enough. Grr. :angry:


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