Human Trafficking Conviction in Philadelphia. News of the first adult human trafficking conviction in Philadelphia history points out the stark reality of how much more needs to be done to even begin to address this still often hidden social dilemma. The PhillyVoice website provides a detailed look at the story of the perpatrator, the victims, and the District Attorney’s office that secured the guilty verdict.
A Kensington man was convicted last week of human trafficking and other crimes involving the forced servitude of five women, marking the first case of its kind resolved in Philadelphia.
District Attorney Larry Krasner spoke about the importance of the case on Monday, detailing the context of the crimes committed by 50-year-old Richard Collins.
“Trafficking cases involving adult victims are historically difficult to prove, in part because of stigma associated with commercial sex work as well as harmful misconceptions about people who struggle with addiction,” Krasner said.
Philadelphia police opened an investigation into Collins in June 2018 when one of his victims managed to escape his residence by climbing over a barbed wire fence. The victim contacted the Special Victims Unit and a search warrant was executed at the property, where the four other women were recovered.