AI Helps Fight Human Trafficking. AI has tools to help stop human trafficking, which includes selling sex online including children. AI is also referred as ML (machine learning). For detecting human trafficking AI is scalable, which means it can change in size, and can learn from itself to recognize patterns as well as analyze data. AI can also simultaneously analyze the financial factors such as banks, credit cards, money for services, as well as the social, political and economic conditions that are occurring within human trafficking. When researchers and data scientists assisting law enforcement have at their fingertips this kind of acquired data, it enables the investigative team readily sustain itself and ultimately arrest these perpetrators.
How artificial intelligence is transforming the global battle against human trafficking
Each year, human trafficking generates more than $150 billion in profits – at the expense of human life – with children accounting for around a third of its victims. It’s a practice that operates underground in almost every country on the planet, and despite the resources thrown at it — by law enforcement, non-governmental organizations, social media campaigns – it only seems to grow.
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Emily Kennedy Fighting Human Trafficking With AI
Emily Kennedy, a 2012 Carnegie Mellon University alumna and president and co-founder of Marinus Analytics, transformed her work into a company that develops sophisticated machine learning tools to stop human trafficking.
Emily Kennedy, a 2012 Carnegie Mellon University alumna & president and co-founder of Marinus Analytics, transformed her work into a company that develops sophisticated machine learning tools to stop human trafficking. Using the company’s lead product, Traffic Jam, crime fighters are able to sift through internet data & quickly connect the dots in the search for victims and trafficking rings. The product has shortened the length of investigations by 50 percent & has assisted in the rescue of hundreds of victims.
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Greg Bristol, retired FBI Special Agent & Human Trafficking Investigator
Retired FBI Special Agent Still Fighting Trafficking. The Human Trafficking epidemic is occurring in the United States and worldwide. It is the second most profitable criminal enterprise after illegal drugs. Greg Bristol is a retired FBI Special Agent who specialized in Human Trafficking Investigations. While most retirees are seeking recreation, Greg is still combatting human trafficking through his privately held company HTITI.ORG. A former Michigan State Trooper, Greg became a FBI Special Agent in 1987, and was assigned to the FBI’s Washington Field Office where he first worked Foreign Counterintelligence cases at the end of the Cold War. Counterintelligence is much broader than just espionage, the traditional spy game. It also includes the protection of our national assets like advanced technologies and military capacities. The FBI is the lead agency for exposing, preventing, and investigating intelligence activities on U.S. soil. In 1994 Greg was reassigned to a Public Corruption Squad in Washington, DC. Public corruption, the FBI’s top criminal investigative priority, is a threat to our way of life and national security.
Retired FBI Special Agent Still Fighting Trafficking. It can affect how our neighborhoods are protected by government officials or how our roads and schools are built. Corrupt government officials siphon off hundreds of millions of dollars each year, and no other law enforcement agency has attained the kind of success the FBI has achieved in combating corruption. After serving on a terrorism squad after 9/11 that investigated the attack to the Pentagon, Greg was assigned to the Enron Task Force, a unique blend of investigators and analysts from the FBI, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and prosecutors from the Department of Justice. During Greg’s 4.5 year assignment, Agents conducted more than 1,800 interviews, collected 3,000 boxes of evidence and more than four terabytes of digitized data.
Retired FBI Special Agent Still Fighting Trafficking. In June 2006, Greg was assigned to a Civil Rights Squad in Washington, DC. Since its earliest days, the FBI has helped protect the civil rights of the American people. A dozen of its first special agents, for example, worked peonage cases (the use of laborers bound in servitude because of debt). Greg focused on hate crime and human trafficking investigations, which included forced labor, domestic servitude, and commercial sex trafficking. His cases involved both U.S. citizens and foreigners alike, and they had no demographic restrictions. The FBI works human trafficking under both its Civil Rights program and its Violent Crimes Against Children program. In future blogs, Greg will discuss some of the human trafficking cases that he worked on.
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Retired FBI Special Agent Still Fighting Trafficking. In 2012, Greg founded The Human Trafficking Investigations and Training Institute (HTITI.ORG). In his retirement he is making the effort to increase human trafficking awareness in our U.S. communities. HTITI offers Advanced Training courses oriented to law enforcement on how to investigate human trafficking crimes, and has taught 28 advanced courses in ten states. In addition to conducting classroom-training courses to the police, Greg is a frequent speaker to community groups and government agencies. In the last two years he has spoken about human trafficking to two Rotary groups in Ohio, a Public Charter School in Washington, DC, and to a law school class at Georgetown Law School. A year ago the U.S. Embassy in Cairo invited Greg to speak to Embassy Officials and local law enforcement officers about human trafficking for purposes of organ removal. Organ trafficking, a lucrative global illicit trade, is a lesser-discussed form of human trafficking due to it stealth nature. Since 2012, Greg has given 55 presentations, and has spoken at a United Nations event in Vienna, Austria.
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Sex Trafficking Convictions Across Our Nation. When it comes down to how the battle against the practice of sex trafficking, and all human trafficking, will be won, by one conviction at a time. These three recent convictions for sex trafficking demonstrate that, even if maddeningly slowly, progress in eliminating human trafficking in the United States is being made.
Toledo man gets 35 years in prison for sex trafficking
A Toledo man was sentenced to 35 years in prison for sex trafficking a minor.
Lawrence Jones, 32, previously pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Toledo to one count of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. He was sentenced Wednesday.
Jones met a minor via social media who had run away from home, officials said. Jones transported the girl to a home on Coventry Avenue in Toledo, where he took nude photographs of her and posted them online, offering commercial sex acts in the Toledo area in January, according to court documents.
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California man sentenced to 18 years for sex trafficking victims in Kansas City
Ronald Ean Taylor. 45, was sentenced in federal court in Kansas City Thursday.
In March, Taylor pleaded guilty to sex counts of sex trafficking of an adult. He also admitted that he used force, fraud or coercion to cause six child victims to engage in prostitution. He trafficked six victims between Nov. 2014 and May 2017.
An investigation into Taylor began in June 2016, when one of the victims contacted Kansas City police. She said that Taylor was a pimp who lived in California, but was selling drugs and engaging in sex trafficking in the Kansas City area.
Read more at fox4kc.com
Monroe County woman sentenced to 7 years in prison for sex trafficking, drug trafficking
Sex Trafficking Convictions Across Our Nation. A Monroe County woman was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring with others to commit sex trafficking.
Jordan Capone, 24, of Mt. Pocono, was sentenced for participating in a conspiracy that forced or coerced women to engage in prostitution in northeastern Pennsylvania, and for distributing the drug known as “molly” in Monroe County.
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Hotel Motel Sex Trafficking. Hospitality owners are turning a blind eye to sex trafficking taking place on their premises. Some are even in cahoots with the traffickers by warning them of presence of the police. These are not just the seedy motels but rather are the nationally known hospitality chains. Women advertised for sex for hire are found on adult escort sites. This is a strange irony since the inception of the Federal Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), which was intended eliminate online sex trafficking advertisement.
Escort Women At Hotels & Motels
When most people go to a hotel or motel it’s an opportunity to unwind and relax possibly after work, a road trip or on vacation. While in your comfy room unbeknownst to you, there is a distinct possibility that women escorts might be paid for sex in the nearby rooms. Many of these women are unwilling participants and are victims of sex trafficking. Hospitality Industry is Ground Zero for Sex Trafficking. There are many of online Escort Websites featuring thousands of women be advertised for sex for hire occurring in all fifty states. What is mind boggling is most of these women are residing at a hotel or motel.
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Adult Search: https://adultsearch.com/
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Hotel Employees Complicit with Sex Traffickers
Prostitutes speaking with an undercover Police Officer at a motel
Hotel Motel Sex Trafficking. A news story on CNN.COM discusses how the hospitality industry has played a role in helping the sex trafficking in the City of Atlanta, Georgia sustain itself in hotels and motels across the United States. Hospitality workers warned traffickers when the police were on the premises. Trafficked women were seeing 5 to 20 men per day. https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/28/us/atlanta-sex-trafficking-lawsuit/index.html
Human Trafficking Victims Hesitant to Contact Police. Police still arrest Child Prostitutes for Prostitution. They see a prostitute as a working girl supporting a drug habit selling sex. It is provocative and strange but factual unless the Police have had the right type of Human Trafficking training. Victims of Human Trafficking are taught not trust outsiders and especially the Police. Some victims may fear being deported and these people might not self identify themselves as victims.
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The girls are 16 and 17 years old. Sometimes as young as 10. They’re brought into juvenile hall wearing miniskirts and crop tops in the middle of February. Or they show up at an urgent-care clinic with three different sexually transmitted infections, or for their second pregnancy test in two months.
Stacey Katz, executive director of WestCoast Children’s Clinic in Oakland, knows that they are victims of sex trafficking, even if the girls don’t always say it. Their traffickers are men they call their boyfriends. Their abusers — their so-called clients — may be relatives, school counselors, lawyers. Sometimes, they’re cops.
Last month, when an 18-year-old woman began telling reporters she’d had sex with 29 Bay Area law enforcement officers over the past two years, including Oakland officers she met on the streets, Katz wasn’t surprised.
A child under the age of 17 cannot legally consent to have sex but they can be arrested in the State of Texas, working as a prostitute. The Governor of Texas vetoed the Bill to prohibit arresting children for prostitution working as prostitutes. These children are victims of sexual abuse and the police can still arrests them.
“The Governor Abbott of the State of Texas rationale for vetoing the Bill is because it takes away options that law enforcement and prosecutors can use to separate victims from their traffickers,” Abbott said. “And it may provide a perverse incentive for traffickers to use underage prostitutes, knowing they cannot be arrested for engaging in prostitution.”
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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.
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Human trafficking information: 11 facts you should know. Human trafficking information that is accurate and informative is one of the most powerful tools available for fighting what has for too long been a shadowy and poorly understood phenomenon. Dosomething.org, an organization dedicated to helping young people become active in fighting social ills across the United States, has created a short but powerful article sharing 11 Facts About Human Trafficking. It includes exactly the kind of information that, if more people know about it, just might help make a difference in how successfully the public-at-large can be a active factor in helping to diminish instances of human trafficking, sex trafficking, and forced labor in America. Although it’s a very quick read, the article does a great job of sharing human trafficking information most people may not be aware of.
Human trafficking is a crime that forcefully exploits women, men, and children. According to the United Nations, human trafficking affects every country in the world, but it’s not talked about enough. So we’re talking about it. Read on to learn more about human trafficking, and find support resources and ways you can take action at the Polaris Project, Love146, and Free the Slaves.
- Trafficking involves transporting someone into a situation of exploitation. This can include forced labor, marriage, prostitution, and organ removal. This kind of exploitation is known by a few different names — “human trafficking,” “trafficking of persons,” and “modern slavery” are the ones accepted by the US Department of State.
- It’s estimated that internationally there are between 20 million and 40 million people in modern slavery today. Assessing the full scope of human trafficking is difficult because so cases so often go undetected, something the United Nations refers to as “the hidden figure of crime.”
- Estimates suggest that, internationally, only about .04% survivors of human trafficking cases are identified, meaning that the vast majority of cases of human trafficking go undetected.
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Human Trafficking Is Entrenched in American History. The American Colonists were involved in the kidnapping of African men, women and children from the Continent of Africa. These victims were forced under chattel into slavery, beaten, raped, forced to breed with other slaves, traded, sold, sold into brothels, and families were destroyed. For Americans, human trafficking dates back to the Colonies through the Revolutionary War and on into the 1800’s when the Civil War erupted. Obviously, the ill effects of slavery have continued because this country has had a long history of inequality, racism and social injustice into present day.
The crime of human trafficking continues to exists in the United States and in almost every country in the world. It is associated with transnational criminal organizations, small criminal networks and local gangs, and violations of labor and immigration codes. More recently, Human Trafficking has been defined to include other types of force, fraud, or coercion for sexual & forced labor exploitation. A lot of the American people are under the false impression that most human trafficking victims are transported across international boundaries into the United States. However, contrary to these false beliefs, many trafficking victims are in fact United States Citizens.
Trafficking in persons shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power, or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
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Information on human trafficking in the United States is always welcome, but there is often a lot of repetition in what information is made available. When you’re asking how to prevent human trafficking in the United States, that’s not a million dollar question, it’s a multi-billion dollar question.
And the answer to it is both complicated and one that may never be fully answered. Bad actors are motivated by many things, not the least of which is money, power, and control over others.
Still, information is key tool in the ongoing fight over how to prevent human trafficking, and Business Insider has a timely and useful article presenting 20 Facts you should know about human trafficking in the U.S. Following is an excerpt of the introduction, but please read the whole item (link below) for all twenty of the facts sharing Information on human trafficking in the United States:
In 2016, then-President Barack Obama told the Clinton Global Initiative: “I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name: modern slavery. It is barbaric and it is evil and it has no place in a civilized world.”
Human trafficking is when people are recruited or harbored, by threat or force, to be exploited, according to the United Nations. Mostly, it’s commercial sex or labor exploitation, and a victim does not need to be transported anywhere in order to fall under the definition.
Trafficking is covert and illegal, and precise information is not easy to get. The US State Department and trafficking hotlines are helping to paint a clearer picture of what’s going on.
Hundreds of thousands of victims are estimated to be working in the sex industry, or in the hospitality, beauty, or agricultural industries where such conditions could be occurring.
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No matter how committed to the fight, it’s often difficult to feel knowledgeable about how to prevent human trafficking in a productive way. While there are a multitude of information resources from governmental agencies, non-governmental agencies, and even the United Nations, the huge amount of information out there can sometimes stop you in your tracks when you are looking for actionable steps you can take to make a difference.
Today, we share a simple and short two minute read on a web page provided by the U.S. State Department, that provides 15 Important Links about what people can do help prevent human trafficking:
Anyone can join in the fight against human trafficking. Here are just a few ideas to consider.
- Learn the indicators of human trafficking so you can help identify a potential trafficking victim. Human trafficking awareness training is available for individuals, businesses, first responders, law enforcement, educators, and federal employees, among others.
- If you are in the United States and believe someone may be a victim of human trafficking, report your suspicions to law enforcement by calling 911 or the 24-hour National Human Trafficking Hotlineline at 1-888-373-7888.
Trafficking victims, including undocumented individuals, are eligible for services and immigration assistance.
- Be a conscientious and informed consumer. Discover your slavery footprint, ask who picked your tomatoes or made your clothes, or check out the Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. Encourage companies to take steps to investigate and prevent human trafficking in their supply chains and publish the information, including supplier or factory lists, for consumer awareness.
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Human Trafficking Africa Versus United States. The specifics of human trafficking facts listed for Africa in this interesting post from Borgen Magazine point out both the similarities and differences in the problem of human trafficking across the globe, and point out that solutions require an understanding of the many factors that influence the form trafficking takes on different continents and in different countries.
Human Trafficking in Africa Versus United States. Africa is home to armed conflicts, government corruption and extreme poverty. Consequently, many people are living in or seeking to escape these conditions. By trying to get out of the continent to a better place, these people face a high risk of human trafficking. Large, profitable networks of human traffickers often go on uninterrupted because of the disunity between African countries. In the text below, the top 10 facts about human trafficking in Africa are presented.
Top 10 Facts About Human Trafficking in Africa
- here are 9.2 million Africans that are victims of modern slavery as of 2016, accounting for 23 percent of total global modern slavery. Africans are vulnerable to forced labor, sexual exploitation and forced marriages.
- Human trafficking in Africa is a $13.1 billion industry. Out of this number, $8.9 billion comes from sexual exploitation. Victims of sex trafficking yield $21,800 each due to high demand, so even while forced labor has three times more victims, sexual exploitation generates more than double the profits.
- No African country completely complies with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA), minimum standards for fighting human trafficking. Twenty-two African countries fall under Tier 2 that acknowledges that significant efforts are being made towards improvement and 19 other countries fall under Tier 2’s watch list, indicating that not enough progress has been made in the country. Nine countries, eight of which are not considered free, fall under Tier 3, where significant efforts have not yet been made.
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Human Trafficking is an issue with many facets, and it’s not an easy problem to address in an comprehensive fashion. The result of the recent passage of a new law meant to make an impact on the issues in the U.K. has resulted in serious issues in the developing world. These unexpected outcomes highlight the complexity of human trafficking legislation:
The Modern Slavery Act was seen as a big achievement for combating the issue of forced labour. But since it was passed by the UK government in 2015, many have pointed out its shortcomings. In particular, how the legislation helps cover up serious forced labour issues, all the while making citizens who are concerned about the problem feel better.
Less well known is how Article 54 of the act, which assigns British companies the responsibility to clean up their global supply chains, hurts factory workers in developing countries. I’ve witnessed how British companies outsource this responsibility to local factory managers in Sri Lanka.
These local managers feel tremendous pressure to monitor their workforce, even beyond the shop floor, for fear of losing their contracts. And this leads to an excessive amount of surveillance, with devastating consequences for factory workers, most of whom are female.
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Sometimes, the fight to assist human trafficking victims can seem hopeless. But those dedicated to doing something about it in the health care environment, through which a very large percentage of human trafficking victims eventually move through, are not about to give up.
And while it may not be often enough, efforts to make a positive impact on this issue can succeed:
Claudia Lawrence, community mobilization director for Seattle Against Slavery, delivered a presentation to nursing staff, physicians and social workers on the importance of identifying signs of exploitation in children and adults. She focused her lecture on the vast intersectionality of human trafficking.
“Not everyone who is trafficked is aware they are trafficked,” said Lawrence.
Victims of trafficking are clustered in the most vulnerable populations, but any type of person can be trafficked. It could be an immigrant from South America lured by the false promise of a decent job or a youth runaway enticed by the idea of finally having a “father figure,” explained Lawrence.
“Human trafficking is the most non-discriminatory plight in our community,” she said. “It really touches on every single sector of the community.” Nearly 88 percent of human trafficking victims were seen by health care providers while being trafficked, as stated by a study in the Annals of Health Law. The event was hosted by the Kirkland-based hospital’s forensic nurse examiner team. The group of nurses provide 24-hour care to sexual assault survivors, including access to emergency physicians, social workers and support services. Seattle Against Slavery is a grassroots nonprofit organized by citizens in King County over the previous 10 years. Their partnership with the hospital aims to mobilize the community in the fight against labor and sex trafficking.
“Human trafficking is the most non-discriminatory plight in our community,” she said. “It really touches on every single sector of the community.”
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Mexico Cut NGO Anti Trafficking Funding. This is an absurd policy shift on the part of a country, whose is host to the mecca of human slavery! The City of Tenancingo, is ground zero for sex trafficking. The entire City of Tenancingo’ s commerce is driven around kidnapping women to be sold for sex within Mexico and trafficked into the United States, the chiefly the Borough of Queens NYC.
Corruption Within Mexico
Mexico Cut NGO Anti Trafficking Funding. The Mexican government’s rationale for redirecting the funding from the anti trafficking NGOs to the shelters and to the care for trafficking victims due to corruption. Well, when the bow breaks the cradle will fall! The cradle has fallen in the country of Mexico. This is a country that unofficially tolerates the exportation of sex slaves and drugs. A country that is so devoid of human dignity, that its own population is making a mass exodus into the United States. If there ever was a clearer example of mass corruption, then the country of Mexico would be the best choice.
Politically Correct Trafficking In Persons 2018 Report – Mexico
TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS REPORT 2018
Mexico Cut NGO Anti Trafficking Funding. This particular report created by the U.S. State Department is by design meant to placate to the Country of Mexico. Everyone is trying to be politically correct. Mexico has been polluting the United States with its internal corruption, which has lead to powerful drug cartels who import drugs and sex traffickers sending victims into the United States. I have read news articles stating its a hypocrisy to hold Mexico accountable for the illegal exportation of drugs by the cartels operating within their country. This rationale was based on the fact that the United States is unable to stop the narcotics from entering into our country. I would say that both countries have a shared responsibility for the illegal narcotics entering into the United States from Mexico. These drug cartels are jointly engaged in both drug and human trafficking. I wonder what the reaction would be if groups within the United States were illegally exporting drugs and human trafficking into the country of Mexico?
According to the UN Refugee Agency Trafficking In Persons 2018 Report published by the U.S. Department of State; the Mexican government demonstrated increasing efforts by prosecuting more traffickers than in the previous year; identifying and providing support to trafficking victims subjected to forced labor in Mexico and abroad; and launching a new national awareness-raising campaign. This 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report on Mexico isn’t worth the print space it occupies. How can the Mexican government talk out both sides of its mouth? Its a completely incongruous with the truth for the Mexican government to lay claim to wanting to stopping Sex Trafficking and unofficially tolerate the dealings taking place in the town of Tenancingo, which has been occurring since the 1950’s.
Trafficking In Persons 2018 Report – Mexico: https://www.refworld.org/docid/5b3e0ad318.html
Tenancingo: the Sex Trafficking Mecca
Mexico Cut NGO Anti Trafficking Funding. Tenancingo has population of 11,000 residents and is home to 5 of 10 of the most wanted Sex Traffickers. The sex trafficking began there in the 1950’s. These sex traffickers are in collaboration with Mexico’s drug cartels. Years ago the traffickers use to resort to kidnapping and the use of force to acquire victims. The traffickers now travel around Mexico looking to deceive poor, uneducated and vulnerable women. The traffickers are families that sponsor religious festivals and operate with total impunity. The Sex Traffickers are revered by their fellow residents and young people look up to them. The Sex Traffickers live in spacious mansions and have accoutrements such as fancy expensive cars and trucks. In December 2012, the Mexico sent their Army to rescue police officers who were nearly executed for trying to arrest a someone related to a trafficker’s family.
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U.S. human trafficking prosecutions falling short. U.S. human trafficking prosecutions falling short. In the fight against human trafficking, it may come as a surprise that the U.S. is falling short in prosecutions. That is, however the conclusion of the annual TIP (Trafficking In Persons) report on the issue:
WASHINGTON (BP) — The U.S. is among 33 top countries fighting human trafficking but falls short in prosecuting traffickers, aiding victims and tackling forced labor in particular, the U.S. State Department said in its latest report.
“Traffickers continue to operate with impunity and only a small fraction of victims receive trauma-informed, victim-centered support services,” said Richmond, ambassador-at-large to monitor and combat trafficking in persons. “Yet, by working together, governments, civil society organizations, survivor advocates, and faith communities can reverse this troubling pattern.”
The TIP report annually measures nearly 200 nations on their success in fighting human trafficking within their own borders, based on practices established in the latest versions of the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), and the international 2000 Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (Palermo Protocol). Most victims of human trafficking are victimized within their country of residence, the report said, although sex trafficking victims are transported internationally more often than labor victims.
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Human Trafficking on the Southern United States Border. Women and children who are being bought and sold for sex in Mexico are hidden from the overt obvious signs of sex trafficking. Sex trafficking involves force, fraud, and coercion. A child sex trafficking victim is not capable of giving consent. In some cases sex trafficking includes rape, kidnapping or forcible sex, which lead to cause a death.
By far, the most common form of trafficking in our area is somebody being manipulated and wooed into being a victim of sex trafficking, for example. The whole border issue is in turmoil because there are parents separated from their parents trying to enter U.S. In the mix there are women and child victims of sex trafficking also in detention centers. Its one big unhealthy disorganized mess lacking humanity and dignity.
Human Trafficking, and Sex Trafficking is occurring in Mexico and the Victims are being trafficked into the United States.
Human Trafficking on the Southern United States Border. Outrage swelled this past week over humanitarian conditions at the southern border, including over the separation of children from their parents or guardians. The Trump administration has repeatedly pointed to human trafficking, both as a reason for his proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and as a justification for separating children from the people they’re traveling with. Here’s President Trump on CBS News in February.
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Human Trafficking education, including Sex Trafficking education, is our business so we are well informed. But I can say with great conviction that the average citizen has little or clue about what is going on with this horrific crime! Most people don’t think about it. Let’s talk about FOSTA SESTA and Sex Trafficking.
The House bill known as FOSTA, the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, and the Senate bill, SESTA, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act — have been hailed by advocates as a victory for sex trafficking victims. FOSTA and SESTA began their respective lives as two different bills created in an effort to curb sex trafficking taking place on online personals sites — in particular, Backpage.com. Backpage has long been known for its advertisements for sex workers (though these were formally removed from the site last year). It’s also seen numerous controversies related to illegal sex work; authorities have arrested individuals using it to pay for sex, and Backpage has aided law enforcement in investigations into ads on its site. In the past, authorities have taken down similar websites through targeted raids. https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/4/13/17172762/fosta-sesta-backpage-230-internet-freedom
Okay, so Craigslist doesn’t have sex workers through personals because that section is now gone and Backpage has been shut down entirely. But NOW there are a plethora of other Online Sex Trafficking sites on the Internet: Skip the Games, Escort Index, Escort Fish, Escort alligator, Erotic Monkey, Eros.com, Adult Search, City X Guide, Slixa, Sex Compass, Dukes of Daisy and a bunch of others. All of these sites are hosted outside the United States.
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- Adult Search: https://adultsearch.com/
- Eros: ttps://www.eros.com/
- Slixa: https://www.slixa.com/browse/female-escorts
- Sex Compass: https://sexcompass.net/
- Dukes of Daisy: http://usa.dukesofdaisy.com/rent-a-friend-usa
- City X Guide: https://cityxguide.com/
Sadly, FOSTA and SESTA, though well-intentioned, are really just a joke in reality, because it is glaringly obvious that little is being done as evidenced by all the online escort sites. Its a tragic zero sum game.
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Human Organ Trafficking And Organized Crime. The Transplantation of Organs can be correlated to the most basic economic principle—supply and demand. Historically, demand for organs has always been higher than the supply. Allocating extremely scarce organs for transplantation presents a formidable ethical challenge to the transplant community.
Human Organ Trafficking And Organized Crime. The shortage of legal organs to be donated coupled with long transplantation lists, has led to Organized Criminal Networks involved in ORGAN TRAFFICKING. People sometimes donate a kidney in exchange for cash payment or organs are illegally harvested from unwilling participants. The organized criminal networks include brokers, physicians, surgeons, hospital administrators, nurses, and other health professionals who practice outside of the law. Organ trafficking or trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal, is one component of human trafficking. Such coercive and brutal exploitation is, undoubtedly, the equivalency of modern day slavery. The illegal organ trade, as a whole, consists of these different practices which are nominally defined as “organ trafficking”, “trafficking in persons for organ removal”, “organ sales”, “transplant commercialism”, and “transplant tourism”. http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/26612382
The majority of Americans are completely unaware about Organ Trafficking. But its an ever increasing and economically profitable illegal business. The first known U.S. case of Organ Trafficking occurred in 2011 when Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, an Israeli citizen who lived in New York, admitted to brokering black market sales of kidneys to three Americans and making approximately $410,000 in the process. Interestingly, none of the Americans who received the trafficked organs were prosecuted. The sale of organs is illegal but the United States has chosen to do very little to stop organ trafficking under its current laws. https://www.law.utah.edu/organ-trafficking-more-than-just-a-myth/
The Mexican Cartel’s Unspoken Child Organ Harvesting Ring. Reports of a Mexico child organ trafficking ring emerged in 2014 when authorities suspected the Knights Templar cartel of kidnapping children and harvesting their organs for sale on the black market. Human organ trafficking is an issue in many developing countries where people are tricked into selling, and even donating, kidneys and other body parts. These organs are sold to wealthy foreigners who desperately need them.
Human Organ Trafficking And Organized Crime. However, in Mexico, this illegal trade took a disturbing turn when the organs being harvested started coming from kidnapped children. This details of how these innocent children were trapped, held hostage, and violently invaded for their body parts are gruesome and sad. Though, at least in the 2014 case of the Mexican drug cartel’s human organ trafficking scheme, the police caught on and were able to save lives. https://www.ranker.com/list/mexico-child-organ-harvesting/amandasedlakhevener
Video: Gang Trafficking in Child Organs Fought by Mexican Vigilantes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmoyKWkfics
Video: 18,000 Syrian Children Victim to Organ Harvesting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJteT03PrGI
CE: Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism for Medical Professionals:
Combatting Child Sex Trafficking With Tenacity. Actually the title should be Combatting Child Sex Trafficking With the Same Tenacity As Combatting Ebola Virus Outbreak in the United States. If Americans paid as much attention to Child Sex Trafficking as they do to the Ebola Virus, then the children would be rescued and the traffickers would be prosecuted. But child sex trafficking that occurs right here within the U.S. is not an issue on the average American’s mind. Instead most people are concerned about themselves and if they focus on issues it’s the American Presidency, global warming, ecology, and saving the Rainforest etc.. I don’t know how the American people do not realize that Children are bought and sold for sex? What could be more important that combatting Child Sex Trafficking with tenacity because these Victims have no choice. Child Sex Trafficking occurs in every state within the United States. Did you know that Pimp/traffickers sell child victims: Toddlers, Pre-schoolers, Elementary schoolers, Middle schoolers, & High schoolers. Even some family’s sell their own children for sex buyers. In some of these cases the victims are tortured and murdered. It’s a FACT and not fiction.
If the headlines said, “Ebola Virus inbound into the United States!” you wouldn’t see the American people flitting through Sports Illustrated, academic research, statistics, & studies. Someone yells “EBOLA VIRUS” and then there is a Call To Action!
“A jury of six men and six women returned 13 guilty verdicts in the case of Albert Rich, 35, who was charged with human trafficking of a child, rape, kidnapping, torture and several other charges. The accusations occurred from May to June 2017 throughout Oakland and surfaced after his June 2017 arrest, after one of the woman victim’s friends called police. His youngest victim, 17 at the time, had a deodorant aerosol can forced into her rectum, causing such damage that 12 hours later, she was still bleeding, said prosecutor Sabrina Farrell in closing arguments last week. The girl testified that she had to wear a diaper for four months because of her injuries. https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/05/22/oakland-human-trafficker-who-burned-tortured-victims-found-guilty-on-all-charges/
“A 3-month-old baby and a 5-year-old child were rescued in October in Denver as part of a global effort that also saved 84 other minors from underage human trafficking rings across the US and dozens more in other countries.” https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/84-kids-were-just-rescued-from-sex-trafficking-in/
Child Sex Trafficking simply does not receive the same level of response and containment as an Ebola Virus Outbreak in the U.S. would. If something that is happening doesn’t affect them directly or put them in fear like an epidemic would, a very large number of people simply won’t give a damn. It’s very sad, but we live a complacent society. Personally, I find the existence of this child sex trafficking to be intolerable, which is why I am educating healthcare professionals on how to recognize victims. That is my small contribution.
She might NOT be Voluntarily Prostituting!
The working girls prostituting along the road that you might pass on the way home, just might NOT be voluntarily prostituting! But too may folks dismiss her as being an ordinary street walker who is prostituting to support her addiction! But ask yourself this question: How do you know? How do you really KNOW? Maybe she is age 14 or 15 and forced to work as a prostitute? WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Would you do nothing? THINK ABOUT IT.
Internet Fun Games Information and SEX. There is plenty of good stuff on the internet but I want to address the other stuff. I wanted talk a little about the deplorable stuff on the Internet that you and I can freely access. I am not even to going to discuss the dark web, which is a place I’d liken to Sodom and Gomorrah filled with illegal drugs, firearms, pedophiles and so much disreputable decay that its not appropriate for this platform.
As a professional stance, due to the nature and complexity of our line of work — educating healthcare professionals on Human Trafficking and Social Disparities — I must pay close attention what is on the Internet. I visit these unpleasant sites because I want to (1). verify what is out there and (2). understand to what extent they currently exist.
Internet Fun Games Information and SEX. It is simply appalling to see the degree of debasement, and depravity of the content that is available on the Internet! I am no prude either, having served in the military and worked as a Professional Nurse in the Emergency Department, so I have seen my fair share of the seamier side of life. There is a plethora of Hookup sites and applications available for the phone and the Internet. If that is someone’s thing, to seek out a hookup, than I am not rendering judgement.
In 2018 President Trump passed the FOSTA and SESTA Bills. FOSTA and SESTA came about when the Feds were investigating first Craigslist and than Backpages. Reference: https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/4/13/17172762/fosta-sesta-backpage-230-internet-freedom
I am not exactly certain how effective the FOSTA and SESTA Bills are to date because subsequent to their passage, there are a multitude of Escort Sites that are hosted outside the United States, but operating within our country. The extent of these Escort sites on the internet makes me realize that we have achieved zero control, and maybe even made the situation worse if that’s possible.
I spoke to a business associate who is a retired FBI Special Agent and Human Trafficking Investigator: we have the FOSTA and SESTA in place, so how come these escort sites are popping up like daisies? His reply was the Federal Government would have to hire X number thousands of Agents to investigate and enforce the law, but that is not likely going to happen.
Since the Federal Government has passed the FOSTA and SESTA to reduce the illegal sex trafficking online doesn’t it make sense follow all way through to achieve the intended outcome? As I said there are a multitude of Escort Sites on the Internet. Examples are CITY X GUIDE, ESCORT FISH, ESCORT INDEX, SKIP THE GAMES, RUB MAPS and several dozen more. (I am not going to provide a link, but they are easy enough to find on Google).
What’s to be done?
11 women arrested for providing sexual services in massage parlors
Internet Fun Games Information and SEX. I am pro Law Enforcement and they are doing a very good job at cracking down on Fake Massage Parlors, running Police Stings and so on. But there is no way that Federal, State, County and Local Law Enforcement has the resources to crack down on all the Escort Sites! I don’t see that it’s possible that law enforcement alone can reduce online prostitution, which is illegal sex trafficking. I realize there are some people who make the voluntary choice to become a sex worker. I am specifically discussing the online Illegal Sex Trafficking as it related to the commercial sexual exploitation of children and women.
In my view, the Federal Government needs to outsource at least some investigation and enforcement to private companies staffed by former Law Enforcement personnel and Analysts to go after these Online Escort Sites. I am not talking about vigilantes either. I am talking about controlled, disciplined, experienced professionals who worked in law enforcement. My associate has such a company HTITI – Human Trafficking Investigation & Training Institute that is staffed by former Law Enforcement people. HTITI trains Law Enforcement and Hospital Security Officers on Human Trafficking.
It would make good sense for the Federal Government to consider such a proposal to outsource to private companies and I am certain you would also agree after seeing the widespread extent of the online Escort Sites available on the internet.
Sex Trafficking Girls in the United States. The United Nations has warned that Human Trafficking of Girls in the United States is on the rise. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/human-trafficking-girls-un-report-sexual-exploitation-primary-motivation/
As an expert in Human Trafficking Education of Health Care Professionals, I ask myself every single day what is it going to take to get the American people to wake up and come to the rescue of these commercially sexually exploited girls? Human Trafficking occurs all around the world. Sex Trafficking of minors is occurring right here in the United States of America in all fifty states.
Sick Pedophile Bastards
Can you wrap your mind around a Child who is in Foster Care running away and getting mixed up with a Pimp Trafficker at an urban transportation center? Pimps Traffickers may setup live web recording or pictures of the child on the dark web. Pedophiles respond to the illicit media and the Trafficker setup sexual encounters. These sick pedophile bastards are sexually attracted to any age from small children to elementary children, high schoolers and beyond. This type of sexual deviance shit is done to children every damn day in the United States.
I CANNOT TAKE THE COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILD. It makes me very angry.
The 2018 Global Report on Trafficking In Persons states that Girls more than Boys are being trafficked. https://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/glotip/2018/GLOTiP_2018_BOOK_web_small.pdf
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children is the fastest growing crime in the United States. It is occurring at rate of staggering proportions, but many American people are more interested in sports and the Kardashians. Meanwhile, some underage teen girl in the United States is being pimped out for sex to a sick, twisted individual who is as likely as not to be Caucasian and married! Can you imagine how awful that child must feel being sold for sex?
What’s to be done?
Our local, county, & federal Law Enforcement agencies are running investigations, coordinating human trafficking task forces, and conducting police sting operations. But Law Enforcement alone cannot and will not be able to successfully combat Sex Trafficking by itself.
Educating Healthcare Professionals
Sex Trafficking Girls in the United States. It is a verifiable fact that 88% of Human Trafficking Victims have come in contact with Health care Professional while in captivity. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (2017) Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Children and Adolescents: A Narrative Review “Another study of adolescent and adult female sex trafficking survivors revealed that nearly 88% had sought medical care during their period of exploitation.” Due to the extremely high likelihood that victims of human trafficking will, at some point, require medical care, there is a significant need for Emergency Departments, and indeed, all health care facilities in the U.S., in communities both large and small and of every economic status, to urgently address this issue.
There are an abundance of Human Trafficking courses and other informational and training material created by a number of NGOs and other organizations. Unfortunately, they are nearly uniformly cursory or introductory in nature, and are not sufficient to the task a health provider needs to successfully address this issue. Training Heath care Professionals in Human Trafficking Victim Identification takes a whole lot more education than having someone watch a training video. If you doubt this is accurate, than by comparison, watch a training video on any healthcare subject matter of comparable complexity and honestly assess how proficient your are at the end of the video!
Human Trafficking Response Program for Health Care Systems
To combat human trafficking through the education of healthcare professionals, HTRSD.ORG and HTITI.ORG jointly developed the Human Trafficking Response Program for Health Care Systems, which is fundamentally different than virtually any other training currently available, addressing the full-spectrum of the issue to create policies and procedures, deliver on-site and on-demand learning, and extensive consultation and development capabilities to develop an initiative that will educate and empower administrators, nurses, physicians, and security personnel to effectively address this pressing public health issue. https://htrsd.org/human-trafficking-response-program/
The American Hospital Association implemented ICD-10 Codes for Human Trafficking Victim Abus,e and there is a concomitant interest from the legal litigation community into this area. With that said, it is only a matter of time where serious liabilities, potentially ranging into the millions of dollars will not simply be a possibility, but an inevitability.
If you are serious about getting your healthcare professionals the substantive training to identify Human Trafficking Victims coming into your facility for care and you wish to avoid a potentially embarrassing medicolegal disaster, than please don’t hesitate to call or email the HTRSD.ORG Team to set up a conference call or meeting.
We are dedicated to doing something right now about human trafficking in the health care sector, and hope we can be part of your efforts to do the same.