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  • Albanian traffickers selling woman as sex slave for 3,000 pounds in London's street busted

    12/07/2009 11:10:22 AM PST · by Bokababe · 39 replies · 1,839+ views
    New Kerala ^ | 12/7/09 | Staff
    In what is being seen as a shocking incident, a UK police surveillance photo has revealed one Albania national handing 3,000 pounds in cash to sell a woman as a sex slave to two others in London's Oxford Street.
  • Authorities Find Body of Missing 5-Year-Old North Carolina Girl

    11/16/2009 11:38:38 AM PST · by Steelfish · 90 replies · 4,932+ views
    Authorities Find Body of Missing 5-Year-Old North Carolina Girl Monday, November 16, 2009 SANFORD, N.C. — A missing 5-year-old whose mother was accused of offering her for sex was found dead off a heavily wooded road in a rural area Monday, ending a weeklong search, police said. Searchers found Shaniya Davis' body southeast of Sanford, in central North Carolina, Fayetteville Police spokeswoman Theresa Chance told The Associated Press. Police did not say how she died. "We were hoping that someone could carry her home," said Syd Severe, 42, a volunteer who came from Raleigh to help with the search. "It's...
  • A Film Adaptation Runs Into Trouble

    10/24/2009 7:07:18 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 39 replies · 6,138+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 17, 2009 | William Booth
    MEXICO CITY -- When the Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez penned his most recent novel, "Memories of My Melancholy Whores," he was being provocative. The book begins with this line: "The year I turned 90, I wanted to give myself the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin." But there is art and there is life. And so just as an international cast and crew were about to begin filming a movie adaptation of the 2004 novella, the plug was pulled as the filmmakers and García Márquez were denounced as aiding and abetting perverts....
  • Mexican family finds work, then loss, in US

    10/19/2009 2:10:49 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies · 2,090+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 19, 2009
    EL CENTRO, Calif. (AP) - Esteban Contreras had a bad feeling when his daughter and her husband said they were going to sneak across the border with their children. He remembers telling his son-in-law: "You're going to put your children's lives in danger. You're going to put your wife's life in danger, your own life." "He replied that he found a good smuggler, that everything would be all right, nothing would happen," Contreras said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press.
  • Kids go to serve sex in Dubai

    10/08/2009 6:04:19 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 75 replies · 3,311+ views
    Hotklix ^ | September 21, 2009 | J Dey
    Hundreds of minors flown out to Gulf to dance in bars, provide sex, as Ramzan month of abstinence ends For three days now, 2,000 girls, almost all minors, have left for the Middle East, particularly Dubai, to feed the needs of a population starved of entertainment and sex post the rigours of Ramzan. The girls have been told they are being taken to dance in bars, but it is implicit that they will double up as prostitutes for well-paying clients. Another 1,000 will leave by tomorrow. Sources say there has been an approximate 20 per cent rise in the trafficking...
  • The Powerfully Stunning, Shocking, yet Redemptive Human Trafficking Conference

    09/29/2009 4:12:15 PM PDT · by Phil Magnan · 7 replies · 965+ views
    Biblical Family Advocates ^ | September 29th, 2009 | Phil Magnan
    The Powerfully Stunning, Shocking, yet Redemptive Human Trafficking Conference San Diego, Ca. September 29th, 2009 Tony Nassif, founder and President of the Cedars Cultural and Education Foundation hosted the recent 7th Annual Preventing Abuse Conference in Irvine California. We are deeply in debt to him for his vision and desire to expose, educate and activate a truly godly response to one of the worst crimes against humanity. It is estimated that there are currently over 27 million who are trapped in the bondage of modern day slavery. An estimated 800,000 annually are trafficked across borders, who are mostly women and...
  • Journalists Visited Local ACORN Office

    09/16/2009 7:18:01 PM PDT · by BAW · 85 replies · 3,869+ views
    NBC San Diego (local channel) ^ | Sep 16, 2009 | GENE CUBBISON
    The journalists at the center of an embarrassing scandal for the grass-roots organization ACORN also paid a visit to the ACORN office in San Diego County. Grass-roots organizing has gotten a black eye on the national stage after undercover videos involving ACORN, a controversial group with a local office, were released that were shot during a series of visits from a hidden-camera crew. At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, a video was broadcast on Fox's "Hannity" that purported to show a San Diego ACORN staffer discussing human trafficking with two people who were undercover. Earlier in the day, local ACORN officials,...
  • U.S. Charges Three Men With Molesting Children in Cambodia

    08/31/2009 8:53:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 34 replies · 2,001+ views
    LATimes ^ | August 31, 2009
    U.S. charges three men with molesting children in Cambodia They are the first to be charged under an international law-enforcement operation that targets U.S. citizens who travel to Cambodia for illicit sex. They could face 30 years in jail for each victim. Raja Abdulrahim September 1, 2009 Three American men who are suspected of traveling to Cambodia to molest children have been charged in federal court as part of a new initiative aimed at cracking down on the child sex tourism business there, authorities said Monday. Ronald Gerard Boyajian, 49, of Menlo Park, Calif.; Erik Leonardus Peeters, 41, of Norwalk;...
  • Big Bucks for the Ex-Prisoners of Pyongyang?

    08/10/2009 3:21:01 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 11 replies · 665+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 10 | Claudia Rosett
    Now that Al Gore’s two jailed employees have been retrieved by Bill Clinton from North Korea, there’s talk of a seven-figure book deal for their story, with the U.K’s Daily Mail speculating about a movie deal to follow. It would be interesting to hear in full the tale of Laura Ling and Euna Lee. But from the little we have heard so far, it seems at least one of them – Laura Ling — did deliberately cross into North Korea. This was folly of enormous magnitude. That act has already cost Americans, by way of winning for Kim Jong Il...
  • World Famous Author Jack Engelhard speaks on obamacare

    08/07/2009 3:57:17 PM PDT · by johnwcassell · 2 replies · 439+ views
    Jack Engelhard's Blog ^ | 08/07/09 | john w. cassell
    This just in from Holocaust survivor and world famous author Jack Engelhard ***************************************** TRADE IN GRANDMA AND OTHER CLUNKERS by Jack Engelhard Hello, I’m from the government and I’m here to help. Our “cash for clunkers” has proven to be so successful that we’ve decided to extend the program for cars – and for people. Of course there is no place to trade in your elderly, people, in other words, that have too much mileage on them. You cannot simply dump and deposit seniors in some lot, get cash for them, and then go home. So as part of our...
  • Block Sentenced to Thirty Years, Claims "Pornography Addiction"

    07/22/2009 6:49:39 AM PDT · by laotzu · 26 replies · 1,657+ views
    WOAI ^ | 7/21/09 | Jim Forsyth
    (San Antonio)-Sean Michael Block broke down crying, but it didn't help. Sean Block, the northside bartender who was convicted of trying to sell his girlfriend's five year old daughter for sex, today was sentenced to thirty years in federal prison, 1200 WOAI news reports. "It's thirty years that children will be safe from Sean Block," Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Thompson Braun said following the sentence. "There is no doubt that he is a sexual predator, and we can stop him from harming children for thirty years." Block, 40, tearfully told U.S. District Judge Henry Hudspeth that his problems stem from...
  • Sticking Up for Hillary?!

    07/15/2009 8:56:06 AM PDT · by CMoran325 · 9 replies · 464+ views
    Clearly Nebulous ^ | July 15, 2009 | Colette Moran
    Egads! I'm with Hillary on this one.I've been laughing at both HRC and BO all along. While they have pretended to have made all nice, you just know that there is a bitterness pervading their working relationship. I've laughed at Hillary, knowing that she envisioned something bordering on a "co-presidency" -- at least on foreign matters. Does she honestly think that BO is going to let her run the show outside our borders?And I've laughed at BO, knowing that he thought that since he's the President, she'll have to do as he says. Does he honestly think that he -- or...
  • Clinton Says State Dept. Human Trafficking Report Will Pass Judgment on U.S.

    07/14/2009 1:44:52 PM PDT · by FromLori · 7 replies · 570+ views
    CNS News ^ | 7/14/09
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the State Department will pass judgment on the United States in the same way it judges foreign countries when the department issues its next annual report on victims of global human trafficking. Each year the State Department issues a “Trafficking in Persons” report that assesses the performance of foreign countries in combating human trafficking. The report, which is mandated by the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, ranks foreign nations in four “tiers,” depending on how well they combat trafficking in persons. Nations judged to be in the worst tier are...
  • Human Trafficking and Slavery in DC Beltway

    07/03/2009 12:54:44 PM PDT · by grandpa jones · 1 replies · 618+ views
    Nuke Gingrich ^ | 7/3/09 | Nuke Gingrich
    The Washington Examiner’s Freeman Klopott is reporting that dozens of wealthy Beltway families have employed illegal immigrants as domestic employees in what Federal prosecutors have said amounts to slave labor. Sentencing was scheduled to be held for naturalized citizen and Indonesian native Soripada Lubis for harboring up to 24 Indonesian women, and profiting from their labor. Lubis’ wife, Siti Chadidjah Siregar, an Indonesian citizen, has also entered a guilty plea to making false statements, and faces up to 5 years in prison. This is interesting: Klopot says, “The list of Lubis’ 50 clients divulged in court filings by federal prosecutors...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Taliban buying children for suicide bombers

    07/02/2009 2:56:13 AM PDT · by Scanian · 13 replies · 761+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 2, 2009 | Sara A. Carter
    Pakistan's top Taliban leader, Baitullah Mehsud, is buying children as young as 7 to serve as suicide bombers in the growing spate of attacks against Pakistani, Afghan and U.S. targets, U.S. Defense Department and Pakistani officials say. A Pakistani official, who spoke on the condition that he not be named because of the sensitive nature of the topic, said the going price for child bombers was $7,000 to $14,000 - huge sums in Pakistan, where per-capita income is about $2,600 a year. "[Mehsud] has turned suicide bombing into a production output, not unlike [the way] Toyota outputs cars," a U.S....
  • Recession Fueling Human Trafficking Worldwide

    06/18/2009 2:36:04 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 1 replies · 289+ views
    All Headline News ^ | June 18, 2009 | Kris Alingod
    Washington, D.C. (AHN) - The global recession is pushing workers to become more vulnerable to human trafficking, and employers to seek cheaper and/or forced labor. Trafficking, which affects 12.3 million people worldwide, includes forms of involuntary labor that don't involve the physical transport of victims such as the illegal trade of human organs. "The last year was marked also by the onset of a global financial crisis, which has raised the specter of increased human trafficking around the world," the State Department said in its annual Trafficking in Persons Report. "As a result of the crisis, two concurrent trends-a shrinking...
  • Nebraska Mom Attempts to Sell Her 18-Month-Old on Craigslist

    06/15/2009 8:17:58 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 21 replies · 727+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 6/15/2009 | Staff
    OMAHA, Neb. — Nebraska officials have taken custody of an 18-month-old after the child's mother tried sell the boy online at Craigslist. Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov says charges have not yet been filed against the mother. But state officials took the child into foster care late Friday to make sure the boy's safe.
  • Rally targets child prostitution - Las Vegas one of nation's major hubs for sex trafficking

    06/15/2009 9:06:01 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies · 1,192+ views
    Las Vegas Review - Journal ^ | June 13, 2009 | RICHARD LAKE and LYNNETTE CURTIS
    Tina Frundt was 13 when it began. The man smiled. He said nice things to her. He pretended to help her. "He was a pimp," Frundt, now 35, said Friday night. "I didn't know what a pimp was. He didn't walk up and say, 'Hi. I'm a pimp.'" So began a decade of hell for the Chicago native. She was raped, beaten, forced into the sex industry, sold and traded like a used car to an out-of-state outfit so she couldn't run back home. This happens every day. Here, in Las Vegas. So went the message at a rally and...
  • Ling and Lee: Let's Remember Why They are There

    06/09/2009 11:26:29 AM PDT · by CMoran325 · 10 replies · 759+ views
    Clearly Nebulous ^ | June 9, 2009 | Colette Moran
    Some of those in conservative circles predicted chirping crickets from the liberals regarding the incarceration of Laura Ling and Euna Lee by the North Korean government. They made snide remarks that the libs cared more about foreign terrorists being pampered by the U.S. than two Americans being sentenced to 12 years of hard labor for unspecified crimes.Thankfully, this is not true, and it seems that there is bipartisan support for the immediate release of these two women. But the question will be, how will the current administration handle the situation? As Gotham Chopra wrote on the Huffington Post:"Considering the unprecedented stakes and...
  • Eight Uzbekistan Nationals Among 12 Charged with Racketeering, Human Trafficking...

    05/27/2009 4:41:15 PM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 1,434+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Eight Uzbekistan Nationals Among 12 Charged with Racketeering, Human Trafficking & Immigration Violations in Scheme to Employ Illegal Aliens in 14 States Twelve defendants, including eight Uzbekistan nationals, have been charged in a 45-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on May 6, 2009, on RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) charges related to labor racketeering, forced labor trafficking and immigration and other violations in 14 states. Abrorkhodja Askarkhodjaev, 30, Nodir Yunusov, 22, Rustamjon Shukurov, 21, citizens of Uzbekistan residing in Mission, Kan.; Ilkham Fazilov, 44, Nodirbek...
  • Baby-trafficking horror exposed

    05/24/2009 5:22:35 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 6 replies · 801+ views
    Mission & Justice ^ | 05/24/2009 | Mark Russell
    CHILD-TRAFFICKING gangs were moving pregnant women from country to country, then waiting for them to give birth before selling their babies, Australia's chief federal magistrate said yesterday. John Pascoe said the infants were being sold mainly for illegal adoption but also for sexual exploitation, slavery and begging. He said demand for babies who only knew their adoptive parents was high. "More importantly, the children have no official identity or proven nationality and, therefore, an identity can be easily forged to suit the purpose for which they are intended," Mr Pascoe said in Singapore, addressing a conference on the trafficking in...
  • Human Trafficking & Modern Day Slavery

    05/21/2009 9:54:30 PM PDT · by jxb7076 · 11 replies · 564+ views ^ | 5/22/09 | JXB7076
    While our focus has been on past racial injustices in the US, a new underground, and perhaps more sinister form of injustice has been growing in leaps and bounds across the globe, commonly known today as Human Trafficking, which is the movement of people through deception, coercion, or violence, for the purpose of forced labor, sexual or slavery purposes. The U.S. Department of State estimates that over 600,000 to 800,000 victims are trafficked across US borders each year. Among this group over 65% of the victims are sexually exploited including children as young as 8 years old.
  • Man convicted of robbing Pizza Patron gets 60 years

    04/27/2009 3:04:51 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies · 792+ views ^ | April 26, 2009 | Candace Carlisle
    Benjamin Ramirez, an illegal immigrant with an extensive criminal record, was convicted this week of robbing Pizza Patron in Denton last July, and was sentenced to 60 years in prison. The sentence follows four prior felony convictions, including a prior robbery, sexual assault and human trafficking incident, along with five misdemeanor theft charge convictions, said Jamie Beck, an assistant with the Denton County district attorney’s office. Ramirez had previously been deported from the United States twice and is not a citizen, she said. “With as many priors, I’m not surprised with the 60 years,” Beck said. In closing arguments, the...
  • Man "Undocumented Mexican" convicted of forcing women to work as sex slaves

    04/10/2009 9:38:17 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 16 replies · 1,367+ views
    <p>CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Women and girls as young as 16 were smuggled into this country from Mexico and brought to Charlotte to work as prostitutes. For $25 and $30, authorities said, they performed sex acts — sometimes with 20 men a day.</p>
  • Mexico's drug lords look south to Peru

    03/26/2009 10:37:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 442+ views ^ | March 25, 2009 | Chris Kraul
    A recent surge in arrests and cocaine seizures in Peru points to an increased presence of Mexican drug cartels, counter-narcotics officials say. The cartels have also contributed to more drug-related violence in Peruvian cities, ports and in remote valleys in this Andean country where coca, cocaine's base material, is grown, the officials say. Peruvian claims of Mexican cartels expanding echo those by officials in other Latin American countries, from Honduras to Argentina, where Mexican gangs have supplanted once-powerful Colombian cartels as kings of the illicit-drug underworld. .... That Mexican drug lords are sending emissaries here is no surprise to Hidalgo...
  • Drug cartels raise the stakes on human smuggling

    03/22/2009 7:36:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 444+ views
    LA Times ^ | March 22, 2009 | Josh Meyer
    Mexican drug cartels and their vast network of associates have branched out from their traditional business of narcotics trafficking and are now playing a central role in the multibillion-dollar-a-year business of illegal immigrant smuggling, U.S. law enforcement officials and other experts say. The business of smuggling humans across the Mexican border has always been brisk, with many thousands coming across every year. But smugglers affiliated with the drug cartels have taken the enterprise to a new level -- and made it more violent -- by commandeering much of the operation from beginning to end from independent coyotes, according to these...
  • Russian Mobsters Consort with Terrorists, Slave Traders

    03/22/2009 7:53:34 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 557+ views
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | 3/16/2009 | Jim Kouri
    From Himalayan villages to Eastern European cities, people — especially women and girls — are attracted by the prospect of a well-paid job as a domestic servant, waitress or factory worker. Human traffickers recruit victims through fake advertisements, mail-order bride catalogues and casual acquaintances. Upon arrival at their destination, victims are placed in conditions controlled by traffickers while they are exploited to earn illicit revenues. Many are physically confined, their travel or identity documents are taken away and they or their families are threatened if they do not cooperate. Women and girls forced to work as prostitutes are blackmailed by...
  • Gay Activist From Georgia Busted for Kiddie Porn

    01/26/2009 6:44:42 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 19 replies · 932+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 1/26/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Tennessee -- Winchester authorities announced their success at shutting down a major international child porn operation in middle Tennessee this month that netted them one Gary Salles from Atlanta, Georgia. Salles is a long time gay activist and organizer of various charity operations for gays in Atlanta. He is also a self-professed pedophile. Salles claims he is a photographer from Atlanta and is well known as a dance club photographer in the Atlanta gay community. Instead of legitimate photos, though, what got Salles in trouble was child pornography. "To see the videos, firsthand, that he was sharing, that was exciting...
  • 'It's an injustice to NOT marry off 10-year-old girls,' says top Saudi cleric

    01/14/2009 8:10:02 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies · 933+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | January 14, 2009
    Saudi Arabia's most senior Muslim cleric has been quoted as saying it is 'okay' for 10-year-old girls to marry. Sheik Abdul-Aziz Al Sheikh was quoted as saying those who think such girls are too young to marry are doing them an injustice. Al-Hayat newspaper quotes Sheik Abdul-Aziz Al Sheikh, the country's grand mufti, as also saying during a lecture on Monday that critics who say women should not marry before the age of 25 are following a 'bad path'. The mufti's comments showed the conservative clergy's opposition to a drive by Saudi rights groups, including government ones, to define the...
  • It's an injustice to NOT marry girls aged 10, says Saudi cleric

    01/14/2009 8:37:58 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 27 replies · 1,038+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Jan. 14, 2009
    Saudi Arabia's most senior cleric has told followers it is permissible for ten-year-old girls to marry and anyone who think they are too young are doing the youngsters 'an injustice'. Abdul-Azeez ibn Abdullaah Aal ash-Shaikh, the country's grand mufti, said: 'It is wrong to say it's not permitted to marry off girls who are 15 and younger. 'A female who is ten or 12 is marriageable and those who think she's too young are wrong and are being unfair to her,' he said during a Monday lecture. Al Sheikh's comments come at a time when Saudi human rights groups have...
  • KLA and ‘Scorpions’ together in people smuggling

    12/31/2008 6:04:01 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 390+ views ^ | 12/30/2008
    Belgrade – Investigation bodies believe that some of the KLA rebels suspected for crimes against Serbian civilians in Gnjilane and some members of the ‘Scorpions’ charged with crimes against Albanian civilians, were involved in international chain of people smuggling, ‘Blic’ learns. ‘Certain ‘KLA’ rebels from Presevo took part in smuggling of people over administration border of the Serbian southern province. Such is the case with Selimon Sadiku who is now suspected for crimes against Serbs. At the end of October he was sentenced for people smuggling by a court in Belgrade. He was ruled guilty and sentenced as a member...
  • Child maid trafficking spreads from Africa to the United States

    12/29/2008 8:45:12 AM PST · by nmh · 12 replies · 707+ views ^ | 12/28/08 | AP
    … The trafficking of children for domestic labor in the U.S. is an extension of an illegal but common practice in Africa. Families in remote villages send their daughters to work in cities for extra money and the opportunity to escape a dead-end life. Some girls work for free on the understanding that they will at least be better fed in the home of their employer. The custom has led to the spread of trafficking, as well-to-do Africans accustomed to employing children immigrate to the U.S. Around one-third of the estimated 10,000 forced laborers in the United States are servants...
  • Child maid trafficking spreads from Africa to US

    12/28/2008 5:05:05 PM PST · by cacoethes_resipisco · 7 replies · 1,230+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 28, 2008 | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
    Late at night, the neighbors saw a little girl at the kitchen sink of the house next door... Shyima was 10 when a wealthy Egyptian couple brought her from a poor village in northern Egypt to work in their California home. She awoke before dawn and often worked past midnight to iron their clothes, mop the marble floors and dust the family's crystal. She earned $45 a month working up to 20 hours a day. She had no breaks during the day and no days off...
  • Child maid trafficking spreads from Africa to US

    12/28/2008 5:02:17 PM PST · by HollyButler · 5 replies · 918+ views
    GMA, Philippines ^ | 12/29/2008 | GMA, Philippines
    IRVINE, Calif. – Late at night, the neighbors saw a little girl at the kitchen sink of the house next door. They watched through their window as the child rinsed plates under the open faucet. She wasn't much taller than the counter and the soapy water swallowed her slender arms. To put the dishes away, she climbed on a chair. But she was not the daughter of the couple next door doing chores. She was their maid. Shyima was 10 when a wealthy Egyptian couple brought her from a poor village in northern Egypt to work in their California home....
  • U.S. Muslims Importing Child Slaves

    12/28/2008 4:12:59 PM PST · by Islaminaction · 24 replies · 1,111+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | Dec. 28Th 2008 | Christopher Logan
    The concept of child workers or slaves is nothing new to Islamic countries such as Yemen, Egypt, and in parts of Africa. Some of these children have to work because of poor economic conditions, others are forced to work and many are beaten to work harder. They are basically treated no better than slaves. Now American Muslims are once again bringing part of the Islamic culture here.
  • Child maids now being exported to US

    12/28/2008 3:28:43 PM PST · by Lorianne · 40 replies · 1,976+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | December 28, 2008 | Rukmini Callimachi
    EDITOR'S NOTE — In Africa, children of the poor are commodities, often traded like cows or donkeys by adults who value their labor. This story on child maids is the third in an occasional series on the exploitation of African children. Each story stands on its own. IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Late at night, the neighbors saw a little girl at the kitchen sink of the house next door. They watched through their window as the child rinsed plates under the open faucet. She wasn't much taller than the counter and the soapy water swallowed her slender arms. To put...
  • Child maid trafficking spreads from Africa to US

    12/28/2008 3:51:40 PM PST · by Soothesayer · 20 replies · 1,534+ views
    yahoo news ^ | 12/28/08 | Rukmini Callimachi
    AP – Shyima Hall, 19, who was 10 when she was trafficked to a gated community as a domestic worker, is shown … IRVINE, Calif. – Late at night, the neighbors saw a little girl at the kitchen sink of the house next door. They watched through their window as the child rinsed plates under the open faucet. She wasn't much taller than the counter and the soapy water swallowed her slender arms. To put the dishes away, she climbed on a chair. But she was not the daughter of the couple next door doing chores. She was their maid....
  • Child maid trafficking spreads from Africa to US

    12/28/2008 3:31:57 PM PST · by nobama08 · 22 replies · 1,422+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | December 28, 2008 | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
    IRVINE, Calif. – Late at night, the neighbors saw a little girl at the kitchen sink of the house next door. They watched through their window as the child rinsed plates under the open faucet. She wasn't much taller than the counter and the soapy water swallowed her slender arms. To put the dishes away, she climbed on a chair. But she was not the daughter of the couple next door doing chores. She was their maid. Shyima was 10 when a wealthy Egyptian couple brought her from a poor village in northern Egypt to work in their California home....
  • Trafficked Vietnamese women rescued in China

    11/29/2008 8:33:33 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 9 replies · 578+ views
    IHT ^ | 11.27.08
    Police in the coastal Chinese province of Fujian have rescued 18 Vietnamese women who were allegedly kidnapped and then sold as wives, the Xinhua news agency said on Thursday. The women, aged 18 to 33, were sold to Chinese farmers for 20,000-30,000 yuan (1,870-2,849 pound) each, Xinhua cited police in Fujian's Yunxiao county as saying.
  • Child Slavery in the Sudan

    11/05/2008 8:32:31 AM PST · by Perseverando · 6 replies · 501+ views ^ | November 5, 2008 | Stephen Brown
    In a triumph of the human spirit, it was reported last week that a woman sold into slavery at age 12 in Niger successfully sued the West African country’s government for not protecting her from this barbaric practice. Besides winning her case, the woman, Hadijatou Mani, 24, who was physically and sexually mistreated for years, also experienced the satisfaction of drawing the world’s attention to the obscenity of child slavery in Islamic countries. And perhaps no where is child slavery more prevalent in Africa than in the Sudan. A Ugandan parliamentary committee heard last week that as many as 30,000...
  • Husband tortured 12-year-old wife

    09/24/2008 11:54:40 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 8 replies · 947+ views
    AKI ^ | 22 Sept. 2008 | Staff
    Pakistani police took custody of a 12-year-old girl allegedly tortured by her husband and sent her to a women’s police station. “We picked Shahnaz after receiving information that her husband was torturing her,” Sartaj Jagirani of the Waleed police station told Pakistani daily Dawn. She would be sent to hospital for a medical check-up, he added. Her husband Abdul Latif Brohi and brother Aijaz Siyal have been arrested. Shahnaz told Dawn that her brother Ismail had sold her in Hyderabad for 80,000 Pakistani Rupees (700 Euro) when she was only five years old. She was rescued about three months ago...
  • Argentine mom seeks daughter forced into prostitution

    09/18/2008 9:47:46 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 3 replies · 215+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/18/2008 | Brian Byrnes
    When Susana Trimarco's daughter Marita Veron was 23, she vanished from their hometown in Argentina, a suspected victim of a human trafficking and prostitution ring with links throughout Latin America and Europe. Marita Veron, who is missing, hugs her daughter Micaela. Police believe Marita was forced into sexual slavery. 1 of 3 Trimarco, 54, has spent the last 6 ½ years searching for her daughter, often putting herself at risk. While chasing down leads on Marita's whereabouts, she's entered into dark and dangerous brothels and confronted pimps and politicians who, she says, are complicit in her daughter's disappearance. She has...
  • Congressman's son caught smuggling immigrants (guess the party)

    09/18/2008 8:04:30 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 37 replies · 323+ views
    KVOA News ^ | September 18, 2008 | Lorraine Rivera
    The son of a U.S. Congressman from was arrested in Willcox Sunday, charged with human smuggling. According to court documents John F. Boyd son of Florida Congressman Allen Boyd, attempted to drive through a Border Patrol checkpoint in Willcox on Sunday with five illegal immigrants, including a 6-year-old girl. In a statement sent Tuesday, Congressman Allen Boyd said, "On September 14, 2008, my 30-year-old son, John Boyd, was arrested in Arizona, and at a preliminary hearing yesterday, he was charged with alien smuggling." "This is a family matter that my family and I will be dealing with privately. John is...
  • Congressman's Son Smuggled Illegal Immigrants

    09/17/2008 9:20:26 PM PDT · by HollyButler · 14 replies · 257+ views ^ | Posted: 4:26 PM Sep 17, 2008 | Reporter: Jaimee Colley
    The son of Florida 2ND District Congressman Allen Boyd remains in custody in Arizona on charges of illegal immigrant smuggling. Authorities say 30-year old John Boyd was stopped at a border patrol checkpoint near Willcox, Arizona Sunday. Federal prosecutors say he was smuggling 4 adults and a 6-year old girl, and that Boyd later admitted knowing they had entered the country illegally. Border patrol agents say they also discovered drugs, knives and a loaded gun in Boyd's truck. When contacted by Eyewitness news, congressman Boyd said John had made some poor choices and would have to be held accountable, but...
  • Good News on the Law: Blocking dangerous speech to protect kids

    08/05/2008 8:11:50 AM PDT · by LikeLight · 70 replies · 194+ views
    Good News Daily ^ | August 5, 2008 | Stephen Bloom
    By Stephen Bloom Esq. Good News Daily As Americans, we deeply cherish our constitutional right to free speech. And as caring members of our communities, we deeply cherish the safety of our children. But what happens when those two values conflict? What do we do when the exercise of free speech threatens our kids? More specifically, should we allow images of underage victims of pornographic exploitation to be freely exchanged by adult Internet users? If we take counsel on this issue from the blunt biblical words of Jesus, who warned “If any of you put a stumbling block before any...
  • Cubans throng U.S. via Mexico - Treaty to target trafficker gangs

    07/13/2008 12:16:42 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies · 242+ views ^ | Tom Ramstack
    Organized and increasingly violent criminals are helping Cuban emigrants make their way into the United States through Mexico, prompting Havana and Mexico City to open negotiations on a treaty to try to control the human trafficking. Those negotiations were given fresh impetus by an incident last month in which armed men intercepted a Mexican immigration service bus carrying 33 captured illegal Cuban immigrants in southern Mexico and made off with the Cubans. Within days, 18 of the Cubans turned up at a U.S. Border Patrol station at Hidalgo, Texas, to apply for residency in the U.S. Illegal immigration to the...
  • 'Mexicans In Florida Behead Little Girl Who Resisted Being Raped' (Where's the media on this?)

    07/01/2008 7:30:18 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 118 replies · 1,872+ views
    Hyperscience ^ | June 30, 2008 | Michael Webster
    As pointed out by this representative of the Florida Attorney General's office, it is impossible to separate national security issues from illegal immigration, and one of the most important illegal immigration issues in Florida is the issue of human trafficking. And as Jake at Freedom Folks notes (thanks for the tip), this story doesn't appear to have been covered by the news wires. Here, a horrifying story is described of a little girl who, after being taken to the Florida panhandle from Mexico, resisted while being raped, and was subsequently made an example of by being beheaded in front of...
  • Seattle University Professor Arrested In Child Sex Sting

    05/16/2008 7:07:59 AM PDT · by Clint Williams · 24 replies · 434+ views
    KIRO ^ | 5/15/2008
    CANON CITY, Colo. -- A Kent man who is an associate professor at Seattle University was arrested in connection with a variety of child sex crimes on Monday in Colorado, reported KIRO 7 Eyewitness News. Police said the arrest of Major Andrew Douglas Franz, 41, stemmed from an undercover Internet investigation by the Fremont County Combined Investigative Response Team. Police said Franz traveled from Washington to Fremont County in Colorado for the purpose of having sex with an underage girl. ...
  • ICE, courts in tug of war for suspects

    04/19/2008 7:19:25 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 147+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 18, 2008 | SUSAN CARROLL
    Release on bond sometimes leads to deportation bid Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials planned to deport a Mexican woman accused of kidnapping and forcing a teenager to work as a prostitute even though she faces charges that could potentially carry a sentence of life in prison. Gregoria Vazquez, 58, and her son, 27-year-old David Salazar, are accused of forcing a 16-year-old girl from Mexico to have sex with men in a northeast Houston bar, according to police and court records. Vazquez was booked into Harris County Jail March 10 on felony charges of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault of...
  • N.Y. Gov. Spitzer in sex scandal; pimp said to hold Israel passport

    03/11/2008 2:32:12 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 43 replies · 2,366+ views
    Haaretz ^ | Mar 11, 2008 | Yael Wissner-Levy, Haaretz Service, and The Associated Press
    New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, touted in the past as the first potential Jewish U.S. president, found his political career on the brink of collapse Monday after he was accused of paying for a romp with a high-priced call girl, in a prostitution ring allegedly led by a man found with an Israeli passport at his home. The Associated Press reported that U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael H. Dolinger ordered Mark Brener, 62, of Cliffside Park, N.J., to be held without bail after the passport and $600,000 in cash were found in his apartment.