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For sexually exploited or abused minors call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's (NCMEC) hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST to be connected with the most appropriate assistance in your area, or you can report incidents at http://www.cybertipline.org.
You can report suspected instances of trafficking or worker exploitation by contacting the FBI field office nearest you at http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm or by contacting the Department of Justice's Human Trafficking Office at 1-888-428-7581.
Kidnapped from her own driveway
A 14 year old girl in Phoenix, AZ goes outside to speak to a friend. As she goes to say good night
and give the friend a hug, she is pulled into the vehicle by the friend, along with the two men, and kidnapped. She is beaten, gang raped, forced into prostitution, sex slavery.
Scheffer "So the Internet for the pimps is a huge benefit for them, because it allows them to make their money, do what they want to do with these juveniles or with their prostitutes and have very little contact with the police,"
ENSLAVED IN AMERICA
Two young women who were enslaved in the sex trade against their will.
To learn more about trafficking laws on a state and local level and how you can stop sex
trafficking, visit the Polaris Project website at www.PolarisProject.org.
If you know someone that needs help, please call the Dream Catchers Hotline
24 hours a day 7 days a week: 1-888-229-3339.
(MySanAntonio) - Alvin Robertson - Busted - A"facilitator" in forcing girl(s) into prositution.
"Authorities have busted up a sex-trafficking ring accused of forcing a 14-year-old girl to have sex with men throughout San Antonio and Corpus Christi." "The girl, was kidnapped in March 2009 and forced into prostitution after running away from home, officials said. She also was taken to Corpus Christi, where her captor allegedly forced her to dance at a topless club."
Robertson is married and has a daughter, about the same age as the 14 year old girl.
"Alvin Robertson has had a history of off-court problems, during and after his career. In August 1997, he pled no contest to four misdemeanor charges of abusing a former girlfriend and was sentenced to one year in prison.He also spent a month in jail during the 1990 NBA off-season for beating his then-wife. Robertson was arrested again in San Antonio in January 2007, on a variety of charges, several related to domestic."
Justice.gov - Prostitution
"United States not only faces an influx of international victims of sex trafficking, but also the United States has its own homegrown problem of interstate sex trafficking of minors."
"Pimp-controlled commercial sexual exploitation of children is linked to escort and massage services, private dancing, drinking and photographic clubs, major sporting and recreational
events, major cultural events, conventions, and tourist destinations. About one-fifth of these children become entangled in nationally organized crime networks and are trafficked nationally.
They are transported around the United States by a variety of means, cars, buses, vans, trucks
or planes, and are often provided counterfeit identification to use in the event of arrest. The average age at which girls first become victims of prostitution is 12-14.
It is not only the girls on the streets that are affected -- for boys and transgender youth, the average age of entry into prostitution is 11-13. "
U.S. DEPT. OF JUSTICE
For a complete assessment of U.S. government efforts to combat trafficking in persons, please visit the U.S. Department of Justice Web site.
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR ADOLESCENTS
"The International Organization for Adolescents held a public training to teach signs of human trafficking. Counselors, teachers, social workers and other members of the community took part in today's training to learn who's most at risk and the roles you can play to end human trafficking. Facilitators say trafficking comes in many forms such as child exploitation and sex & labor trafficking. Illinois has the fifth highest volume in the country for trafficking tips received by the federal government."
"The reason that we are one of the hubs is because clearly with the Chicago airports we've got international airports that has a lot of trafficking that's coming to and through our cities and suburbs, but also because we have huge farm industries were we know for a fact there are a signifact number of trafficking cases." said Shana Wills Executive Director of International Organization for Adolescents."
The most suspected areas for trafficking in the stateline are restaraunts and grocery stores.
For more information on trafficking or to report human trafficking call 1-888-3737-888.
FACT SHEET FOR SCHOOLS
" Cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and some U.S. territories. Victims of human trafficking can be children or adults, U.S. citizens or foreign nationals, male or female. According to U.S. government estimates, thousands of men, women, and children are trafficked to the United States for the purposes of sexual and labor exploitation."
The children at risk are not just high school students, studies demonstrate that pimps prey on victims as young as 12. Traffickers have been reported targeting their minor victims through telephone chat-lines, clubs, on the street, through friends, and at malls, as well as using
girls to recruit other girls at schools and after-school programs."
"In cases of immediate emergencies, it is best to call your local police department or emergency access number. You can report suspected trafficking crimes or get help by calling the national 24/7 toll-free Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888.
This center will help you determine if you have encountered a victim of human trafficking; identify local resources available in your community to help victims; and coordinate with local social service providers to help protect and serve victims."
"The articles here below describe one of the largest known child and youth sex trafficking cases in the United States to date. In one of several related cases, hundreds of Mexican girls between 7 and 18 were kidnapped or subjected to false romantic entrapment by organized criminal sex trafficking gangs. Victims were then brought to San Diego County, California. Over a 10 year period these girls were raped by hundreds of men per day in more than 2 dozen home based and agricultural camp based brothels."
Antonio Ybarra (National City Police Detective) "A girl met an older boy on My-Space, who was believed to be linked to a National City gang. Some of these girls leave with people we suspect to be gang members that do have ties to organized crime in Mexico, The two agreed to meet at Kimball Park on June 2, 2009.Like many other cases, the girl ended up in Mexico, alone and unable to get home, police said. None of several other girls believed to be in Mexico has been found."
Mike Harlan (National City Police) "The farther you go into the interior of Mexico, the more difficult that becomes."
Antonio Ybarra "We have some cases that are active where's there's prostitution, human trafficking. They're used for transporting narcotics and we're not able to get to them."
"In Mexico there exists terrible child trafficking in the area of Acapulco, Guerrero, and that many now call this region "the new Bangkok" of child sex tourism. Nugent also emphasized that Tijuana [on the U.S. border with San Diego County] has also become an zone controlled by powerful child prostitution networks."
"It's extremely graphic, most of it's sexual. What we see is anything from infants all the way
up and that comes across constantly, things that just shock the conscience and the mind."
A study from the University of Pennsylvania, shows as many as 400,000 youngsters are being sexually exploited, from working as prostitutes on the streets to selling sex at school for cash. The findings reveal as many boys as girls suffer from sexual exploitation."
Atlanta Constitution Journal
"Although the international community has agreed upon a sensible, comprehensive three-pronged approach to combating trafficking, often referred to as the three P's, 1. punishment of perpetrators; 2. protection of victims; and 3. prevention, in reality governments have focused primarily on the first step and, to some extent, on the second. In the United States, Congress has enacted strong federal anti-trafficking laws. Many states have followed suit. Slowly, victim assistance programs are growing, though much more is needed. Today, only six states have even one shelter for child victims of sex trafficking."
"The criminal enterprises that control child trafficking in America are lead by the notorious Mexican, Colombian, Russian, and Ukrainian drug cartels working in tandem with their U.S. cells."
"In the meantime, and across the country there are very limited shelters available for trafficked children. Senator Ron Wyden, (D-Ore.), placed the number at 70 beds nationwide. Other witnesses were less optimistic and confirmed fewer than 50. What always surprises most lawmakers is the scant number of available beds in shelters protecting trafficked children."
"According to Alvarez, a residential, long-term care facility known as Annie's House hopes to open by this summer in Oak Park for girls as young as 13 and women up to 25."
"About 1,000 American-born children are forced into the sex trade in Ohio every year and about 800 immigrants are sexually exploited and pushed into sweatshop-type jobs, a new report on human trafficking in the state says."
Ohio's weak laws on human trafficking, its growing demand for cheap labor and its proximity to the Canadian border are key contributors to the illegal activity, according to a report by the Trafficking in Persons Study Commission."
Celia Williamson (Associate Professore University of Toldeo) "Ohio is not only a destination place for foreign-born trafficking victims, but it's also a recruitment place." "The state has a growing pool of legal and illegal immigrants who draw victims or hide victims, These networks are highly organized, with brothels fronting as legitimate businesses." "The report said that besides weak state laws in Ohio, law enforcement agencies often don't recognize human trafficking when responding to reports of illegal activity. For example, Ohio is quick to label child prostitutes as delinquents and to incarcerate them, rarely looking further at the adults involved,"
"Toronto's airport is an arrival destination for international victims who are trafficked in Canada and transported to other cities, helping make Toledo, about 55 miles southwest of Windsor, Ontario, rank fourth in the U.S. in terms of arrests, investigations and rescue of domestic child-sex victims, the report said.
Only Miami, Portland, Ore., and Las Vegas had more."