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    Both suits accused the financial institutions of ignoring multiple red flags, including large cash withdrawals and payments to multiple females. "[Deutsche Bank] knowingly participated in the Epstein sex-trafficking venture by (among other things) providing the financial underpinnings for Epstein to have ready and reliable access to resources — including cash — to recruit, lure, coerce, and entice young women and girls to be sexually abused and to cause them to engage in commercial sex acts and other degradations," the suit said. The lawsuit against Deutsche Bank alleged that the institution estimated it would "earn between $2,000,000 to $4,000,000 annually by funding the sex-trafficking venture and handling the accounts of Epstein-related entities." "We believe this claim lacks merit and will present our arguments in court," a Deutsche Bank spokesman told the New York Post. The case against JPMorgan alleged that Epstein's business relationship with the bank's head of private banking, Jes Staley, allowed the financier to become "untouchable." "With JPMorgan's complicity, Epstein was free to sexually abuse hundreds of women, paying millions in hush money, without the fear of detection...
    Victims of Jeffrey Epstein are suing Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan Chase, alleging they 'played an integral role' in the pedophile financier's campaign of sexual abuse. In two lawsuits filed in New York on Thursday, the women say the banks facilitated Epstein's sex trafficking operation because large sums of money were withdrawn to pay his victims. They are also accused of ignoring 'red flags' and putting profit before the law.  Bradley Edwards, a lawyer in the case against Deutsche Bank, told the Wall Street Journal: 'The time has come for the real enablers to be held responsible, especially his wealthy friends and the financial institutions that played an integral role. 'These victims were wronged, by many, not just Epstein. He did not act alone.' Epstein took his own life in a New York prison in 2019 while awaiting trial for sex trafficking. Both lawsuits are class action cases that name the plaintiffs as 'Jane Doe 1, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated'. Jeffrey Epstein is pictured outside his New York mansion in 2019. The suits say much of...
    "He is no longer a police officer in Cartersville, Georgia, and he needs to work on reconstructing his life with his family. He did a very mean, nasty thing to his family and he certainly embarrassed all the people of Cartersville," Judd said during a news conference. "The Cartersville Police Department is a very professional police department in Georgia and they didn’t deserve what Jason (DiPrima) did." Grady Judd: Disney worker, teachers among 160 arrested in Polk County human trafficking investigatio www.youtube.com Carlos Davenport, 36, allegedly attempted to have sex with two undercover detectives. Gonzalez is a math teacher at New Dimensions High School in Osceola County. John Layton, 26, agreed to pay $40 for a sex act, according to police. Layton is a non-faculty coach at West Orange High School in Orange County. At the time of his arrest, he was purportedly wearing a school track and field shirt. Cameron Burke, 43, was charged with soliciting a prostitute. Burke was currently out on bond for lewd and lascivious battery on a 15-year-old student at Oak Ridge...
    A nationwide operation against sex trafficking rescued 141 adults and 121 minors over a period of two weeks earlier this month. The Department of Justice announced the results of “Operation Cross Country” Monday, saying 84 minor sex trafficking victims were rescued and 37 actively missing children were identified. "Human trafficking is among the most heinous crimes the FBI encounters," FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement. "Unfortunately, such crimes — against both adults and children — are far more common than most people realize." FBI Announces Results of Nationwide Sex Trafficking OperationOperation Cross Country XII Leads to Identification/Location of Adolescent Victimshttps://t.co/0IzSgji8Cv— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) August 15, 2022 TEXAS POLICE WON’T APOLOGIZE FOR RITTENHOUSE SELFIE: ‘IS THIS NOT HOW OUR COUNTRY WORKS?’ Federal investigators worked with state and local law enforcement partners to identify or arrest "85 suspects of child sexual exploitation and human trafficking offenses," the DOJ said, noting that the suspects identified will be investigated for potential charges. While the average age of the victims located is around 15.5 years old, an...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal jury on Tuesday found a Sacramento man guilty of sex trafficking, prosecutors announced. Antonio Deshawn Long-Andrews, 28, faces a sentence of up to life in prison and $250,000 in fines. He is scheduled to be sentenced on October 18, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release. READ MORE: Sac State Planetarium Showcases New Images From James Webb Space TelescopeBetween August 2017 and December 5, 2018, Long-Andrews used force and threats of force to get a young woman to perform sexual acts for his financial gain as part of a sex trafficking operation, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert said. Various sexual acts performed as part of the operation happened on the streets or inside motel rooms across the state, including in cities like Sacramento, Oakland, San Jose, Santa Ana and Orange. Prosecutors said evidence presented at trial in September 2018 showed Long had repeatedly punched the young woman while they were inside his car outside a motel. When the woman tried to escape the car, an associate of Long-Andrews’ prevented her from opening the...
    A two-day undercover, multi-agency human trafficking operation resulted in the arrest of eight men accused of seeking illicit sex from minors in Sevier County, according to a press release by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. A multi-agency undercover investigation in Sevier County that focused on identifying individuals seeking to engage in commercial sex acts with minors has resulted in eights arrests. Click the link below to read more from the TBI Newsroom. https://t.co/pr4guSeAiq pic.twitter.com/YLSxsUuUqY — Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (@TBInvestigation) April 25, 2022 Over a two-day period beginning April 21st, as part of an undercover investigation aimed at addressing human trafficking in East Tennessee, authorities placed several decoy advertisements on websites known to be linked to prostitution and commercial sex cases, according to the press release. The focus of the operation was to identify individuals seeking to engage in commercial sex acts with minors. The United States Department of State describes human trafficking as “both a grave crime and a human rights abuse, it compromises national and economic security, undermines the rule of law, and harms the well-being of...
    (CNN)A three-month operation by the US Marshals Service in Louisiana led to the recovery of 16 missing children, the arrest of five individuals and uncovered allegations of sex trafficking in several of the cases, according to the agency. The operation, dubbed "Fresh Start," took place in the New Orleans area from January 1 of this year until March 31, according to a news release. It was led by the Missing Child Unit of the US Marshals Service Eastern District of Louisiana New Orleans Task Force. It ended in the rescue or recovery of 16 missing and endangered children, the agency said. "Based on the operation at least four (4) felony warrant(s) exist for adults suspected of involvement with MCU minors and the USMS New Orleans Task Force is actively pursuing these fugitives," the news release states. US Marshals find five missing teenagers in New Orleans during Operation Boo DatThe Marshals Service highlighted several cases in which children were recovered and rescued as part of the collaborative effort. In one case, a 5-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy were recovered in...
    A Texas woman and her son are facing federal charges in connection with a large-scale sex-trafficking operation which allegedly ran for longer than 23 years. The victims were reportedly young women and underage girls from northern Mexico. This week, Rita Martinez went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nadia Medrano, who notified her of the formal charges and ordered she be held without bond, court documents revealed. Martinez’s son, Genaro Fuentes, is expected to make his appearance later this week. The charges against Martinez and her son stem from an 11 count federal indictment a grand jury handed down late last month under seal. Both mother and son were already in state custody on local charges. According to the indictment, Martinez would allegedly recruit women and underage girls in the Mexican states of Durango and Coahuila, promising jobs in U.S. restaurants or maid service companies. The woman would then allegedly make arrangements with human smugglers to cross the victims into south Texas. All human smuggling activities in the Rio Grande Valley are controlled by the Gulf Cartel. Once the women arrived in...
      Eight individuals were arrested for attempting to buy sex during an anti-human trafficking operation that took place in the northeastern region of the state, according to Attorney General Dave Yost. The mission, Operation Fouled Out, involved the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission and focused on Cleveland, leading up to the National Basketball Association’s All-Star Game. “This operation’s mission was twofold: to arrest johns soliciting sex and to proactively encounter potential victims,” Yost said. “Our task reinforced both the consequences for buying sex and the pathways available for victims to find a way out.” In addition to the arrests, potential human trafficking victims were given access to mental and physical healthcare resources. “We are proud to showcase our city to the nation and world on this All-Star weekend, but we want to be clear that sexual violence and human trafficking have no place here,” added Sondra Miller, President and CEO of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. “We applaud the agencies that work collaboratively to hold sex offenders accountable today and every day.” The Organized Crime Investigations Commission has placed an...
    Authorities on Tuesday announced the results of a statewide crackdown on human trafficking that resulted in nearly 500 arrests and more than 80 sex workers being helped. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva detailed the results of the weeklong campaign, dubbed Operation Reclaim and Rebuild, which involved dozens of agencies around California. Villanueva said 34 people suspected of trafficking or exploiting sex workers were arrested, along with 201 people who were allegedly caught trying to buy sex. He did not account for the remaining arrests. About six dozen adults and eight minors were “rescued,” the sheriff said. “All across the state, law enforcement agencies joined us to send a message to pimps, exploiters and buyers that it is unacceptable to buy another human being for sexual purposes,” Villanueva said. In Pittsburg, a suburb in Contra Costa County, authorities caught a man who was allegedly running a prostitution ring nationwide. A search warrant turned up two handguns, an AR-15, a shotgun, body armor and 100 rounds of ammunition, Villanueva said. In Costa Mesa, he said, officers scheduled a date online...
    A married couple in New York City was arrested for allegedly pimping out young women under their care through the foster system as part of their five-year sex trafficking operation.    Sharice Mitchell, 51, and her husband, Kareem "Napoleon" Mitchell, 38, were indicted by the New York Supreme Court for sex trafficking and conspiracy in the fourth degree. The couple is accused of running a sex trafficking operation involving at least eight women beginning in 2018.  Two of the women had been placed in the wife’s care in her role as a certified New York State foster parent, prosecutors noted. The husband was already a registered sex offender and is facing additional charges of promoting prostitution in the third degree and aggravated harassment in the second degree. LOS ANGELES ASSISTANT DA RIPS GEORGE GASCON FOR ‘FAILING’ KIDS BY NOT PROSECUTING DUIS AS NEW RECALL UNDERWAY "Sex traffickers target the most vulnerable New Yorkers, including – far too often – young New Yorkers in the child welfare system," Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a statement Wednesday. "As alleged, instead...
    A married Bronx couple was arrested Wednesday for allegedly running a sex trafficking operation involving at least eight women. Kareem 'Napoleon' Mitchell, 38, and Sharice Mitchell, 51, were charged with sex trafficking, promoting prostitution and conspiracy. Kareem, who is a registered sex offender stemming from a 2008 federal conviction, is also charged with aggravated harassment. Prosecutors say Kareem ran a sex trafficking operation from November 2018 and lasting up until his arrest Wednesday, using Facebook and Instagram to recruit women to work for him and then subjecting them to verbal and physical abuse to force them into prostitution. His wife, Sharice, is accused of aiding in the operation by lying on her application to become a foster parent about living with Kareem - even though he was registered at the same address. Two of the eight women in the sex ring were reportedly placed in her care, but were over the age of 18. (In New York, individuals can remain in the foster system until the age of 21). Both defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. Kareem...
      An Ohio man, Grant Rose, has been convicted on 15 different charges relating to his role in a human trafficking scheme with his girlfriend, according to a release from Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. Rose and his girlfriend, Susan Walendzik, trafficked a minor and controlled her by getting her addicted to narcotics and fueling her addiction. “This couple sowed the seeds of degradation: addiction, violence and sexual abuse – and will now reap the grim reality of decades behind bars,” Yost said. “My hope is that these sentences empower the once-victim to recognize she’s a survivor so she can reclaim her true identity.” In total, he was charged with one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, 13 counts of trafficking in persons, and one count of promoting prostitution. After his conviction, he was sentenced to more than 42 years in prison. Walendzik previously pleaded guilty to a host of similar violations. She will face 18 years in prison and must register as a Tier 2 sex offender for 25 years. The Attorney General’s office has placed...
    Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts Giuffre, along with Ghislaine Maxwell. This photo was included in an affidavit in which Giuffre alleged Prince Andrew directed her to have sex with him. Florida Southern District Court A lawsuit against Prince Andrew included a map of his accuser's flights on Jeffrey Epstein's plane. Flight logs show that Prince Andrew also flew on the "Lolita Express" multiple times. Virginia Roberts Giuffre has sued the royal in New York, alleging he sexually abused her when she was 17. 10 Things in Politics: The latest in politics & the economy Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. A map provided alongside a lawsuit against Prince Andrew brought by one of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers shows some of the flights she took on the disgraced financier's private plane, revealing just how expansive his sex-trafficking operation was. Virginia Roberts Giuffre sued Prince Andrew on Monday, alleging the royal sexually abused...
    Arizona officials said 40 suspects have been arrested in connection with an operation targeting child sex crimes in the Valley area. The Tempe Police Department said it joined with Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the attorney general’s office, and police in Phoenix, Mesa, and Scottsdale for “Operation Behind the Mask,” Fox 10 reported Tuesday. The effort was an undercover operation surrounding child sex crimes and human trafficking. “Throughout the operational period, undercover detectives placed ads on websites commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts,” police explained Tuesday. “The suspects reportedly solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested.” According to ABC 15, the suspects’ ages ranged between 20 and 64 and were arrested on multiple charges including child sex trafficking, luring, and attempted sex conduct with a minor. “Other charges included money laundering and drug possession,” the outlet said. Tempe Police shared photos of the suspects in a social media post Tuesday: The Tempe Police Department recently partnered with several local and federal agencies on an undercover operation, “Behind the Mask,”...
    Originally Published by: California homicides jumped 31% last year, state report says Coney Island security guard arrested after go-kart brawl leaves student in coma: police Miami condo workers suspended repairs last fall due to concrete damage: report A human trafficking investigation in Kansas and Missouri last month netted 82 arrests and the rescue of 31 victims of sexual exploitation, including a 4-year-old, officials said Tuesday. The operation took place from June 17-26 in Wichita, Kan., Independence, Mo., and Kansas City, Mo., according to the Department of Homeland Security.  Of the 31 people rescued, 17 were adults and 14 were missing children. The suspects arrested will be charged with crimes related to soliciting prostitution, commercial sex trafficking, sodomy, narcotics violations, felony assault on a police officer, sex offender registry violations and outstanding warrants. A child sex ring was recently busted in California during a multi-agency operation, resulting in 21 arrests and the rescue of 10 women and girls in the Fresno area, according to a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The suspects in that case will...
    A human trafficking investigation in Kansas and Missouri last month netted 82 arrests and the rescue of 31 victims of sexual exploitation, including a 4-year-old, officials said Tuesday. The operation took place from June 17-26 in Wichita, Kan., Independence, Mo., and Kansas City, Mo., according to the Department of Homeland Security.  CALFORNIA MAN SOUGHT IN PENNSYLVANIA ‘SO I RAPED YOU’ CASE FROM 2013 Of the 31 people rescued, 17 were adults and 14 were missing children. The suspects arrested will be charged with crimes related to soliciting prostitution, commercial sex trafficking, sodomy, narcotics violations, felony assault on a police officer, sex offender registry violations and outstanding warrants. A child sex ring was recently busted in California during a multi-agency operation, resulting in 21 arrests and the rescue of 10 women and girls in the Fresno area, according to a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The suspects in that case will face multiple child exploitation-related charges. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Two of the men arrested for arranging to meet with a minor were found...
    Law enforcement agencies in Georgia say they recovered 20 endangered children, 16 of which are believed to be victims of sex trafficking, the attorney general’s office in Georgia announced Thursday. The U.S. Marshals Service’s Missing Child Unit, state and local agencies, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children carried out Operation Not Forgotten 2021 over a two-week period in May around Atlanta, Georgia, the attorney general’s office statement said. A joint operation between the U.S. Marshals and state and local authorities in Georgia recovered 16 suspected victims of child sex trafficking in the metro Atlanta area. “Operation Not Forgotten” recovered 20 endangered missing children in all. — U.S. Marshals (@USMarshalsHQ) June 25, 2021 “Being embedded throughout the duration of this op allows our prosecutors and investigators to build the strongest possible cases against buyers and traffickers and allows our victim advocate to ensure those rescued get the critical rehabilitative resources that they need,” Attorney General Chris Carr said, according to the statement. (RELATED: Police Operation In North Carolina Recovers More Than 150 Missing Children, Some Involved In...
                        A human trafficking sting operation in Ohio identified 53 victims and resulted in 93 arrests, the Ohio attorney general’s office announced on Monday. The operation was also the first time in the state that those seeking to purchase sex were charged with engaging in prostitution. The sting operation, which took place April 14 and 15, was a partnership between more than 20 law enforcement agencies and nongovernmental organizations. It sought to identify victims of human trafficking, including minors, and apprehend those seeking to buy sex. “Operation 614 is the latest in a long series of efforts to push back against human trafficking in Ohio,” said Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost in a statement. “I am so proud of our law enforcement partners, who with their boots on the ground, made this operation a success. We all look forward to that day when no person is bought or sold for sex in Ohio.” Yost also said that this was the first time those purchasing sex were charged under a...
    A high school basketball coach and pastor were among the 79 people arrested in a human trafficking sting in Florida, police said, according to numerous sources. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that “Operation Takedown” led to the arrests of Earnest Benjamin, 39, and Christopher Ray, 39, on charges that they solicited sex, WFLA reported. Benjamin is reportedly a pastor at Breath of Life Worship Church in Tampa, and Ray is a girls high school basketball coach at Land O’ Lakes High School. The sting took place from March 30 to April 9 and is the second human trafficking operation conducted by the sheriff’s office this year ahead of a large-scale community event, WFLA reported. https://t.co/0eE5Qohnd2 — ActionNewsJax (@ActionNewsJax) April 16, 2021 Police say the suspects took advantage of WrestleMania 37, a large-scale community event in Tampa, to conduct the human trafficking operation, according to Fox 13. Large-scale events, like the Super Bowl, attract people who are involved in human trafficking, police said. (RELATED: Several California Beauty Businesses Believed To Be Center Of Sex Trafficking Ring) Benjamin allegedly...
    Four members of a Texas family are accused of running a sex-trafficking operation out of a Houston bar for more than a decade, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The suspects, Maria Botello, 54, her two adult children and her nephew, allegedly forced waitresses at a bar called Puerto Alegre to have sex with clients in an operation that ran from 2007 to 2020, according to the US Attorney’s Office in the Lone Star State. Botello allegedly arranged the encounters, where clients paid $70 for 15 minutes with the victims, which included one minor, according to a criminal complaint. The mother’s 28-year-old son, Edgar Botello and 23-year-old nephew, Arian Botello, used weapons to enforce and intimidate the victims into compliance, the complaint said. Yudy Lucatero, 31, Botello’s daughter, discussed with her mother the rules and plans for the operation, according to prosecutors. The family members have been charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy, authorities said.
    More On: sex trafficking Ghislaine Maxwell says she should be treated like ‘wealthy men’ Cosby, Weinstein Matt Gaetz mulling conservative TV gig Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers call timing of new charges ‘tactical gamesmanship’ Alleged Matt Gaetz extortion plot involved orgy, US hostage — and $25 million: report Four members of a Texas family are accused of running a sex-trafficking operation out of a Houston bar for more than a decade, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The suspects, Maria Botello, 54, her two adult children and her nephew, allegedly forced waitresses at a bar called Puerto Alegre to have sex with clients in an operation that ran from 2007 to 2020, according to the US Attorney’s Office in the Lone Star State. Botello allegedly arranged the encounters, where clients paid $70 for 15 minutes with the victims, which included one minor, according to a criminal complaint. The mother’s 28-year-old son, Edgar Botello and 23-year-old nephew, Arian Botello, used weapons to enforce and intimidate the victims into compliance, the complaint said. Yudy Lucatero, 31, Botello’s daughter, discussed with her mother the rules and...
    A five-month investigation into human trafficking led the Ventura County Sheriff's Department to bring down a multi-county sex-for-money ring.Eight people were arrested and six locations allegedly harboring the sex businesses have been shut down.Authorities say the ring was operated by a family based in the Inland Empire.Investigators with the Ventura County Human Trafficking Task Force say the businesses were disguised to look like legitimate massage parlors and skin spas, but instead were operating as brothels, some of them around the clock.Investigators say the people running the ring had lured 10 women, many of them from Mexico, then forced them to work in the brothels through threats of violence and blackmail."Traffickers always want to target vulnerable people," said Detective Kathryn Torres of the task force. "People who are homeless, people who have kids but maybe they can't get a job. Especially right now with the pandemic occurring, a lot of people are out of jobs and they need money."Torres say the operation included brothels in Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Colton, Palm Springs and San Bernardino. The human trafficking ring allegedly was run...
    The U.S. Marshals Service and Homeland Security Investigations led an operation that located, recovered, or rescued 31 children in Texas, some of whom were connected to sex trafficking. “We are grateful to be a part of a coalition of extraordinary law enforcement agencies who were dedicated in reuniting these children with their loved ones. It is our hope that each of them will be able to put this traumatic experience behind them and move forward to have a happy and productive life,” said Dallas Police Department Chief of Police Eddie Garcia. 'OPERATION LOST ANGELS' RESCUES 33 MISSING CHILDREN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA “Operation Missing in the Metroplex” was a roughly monthlong operation where federal agencies teamed up with four local police departments and included recovering a 13-year-old girl from a Fort Worth apartment, a 15-year-old girl from an Uber during a prostitution sting, and a 16-year-old girl from a “John’s” house in Fort Worth. “To observe law enforcement partnerships and community concerns culminate into such a successful recovery outcome is rewarding,” acting U.S. Marshal Quintella Downs-Bradshaw said. “Victims should know...
    A Kentucky man was sentenced Thursday to 36 years in prison for running a violent drug and sex trafficking operation that forced young drug-addicted women to prostitute themselves and sell illicit drugs in the Lexington area, prosecutors said. Prince Bixler, 41, was convicted in September of 15 federal felonies in connection with his drug and sex trafficking operation, according to the Justice Department. Prince Bixler also sold crack cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine throughout the Lexington area. Between 2013 and March 2018, Bixler compelled three victims into prostitution by physically assaulting them and others to create a climate of fear and intimidation, according to evidence presented at trial. NYC BURGLARS POSING AS PLUMBERS HOLD MEN HOSTAGE, BEATING THEM OVER 15-HOURS PERIOD: POLICE The DOJ said Bixler exploited the women’s dependence on crack cocaine or heroin, using it to worsen their addictions and to keep them around him. Bixler also sold crack cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine throughout the Lexington area to numerous customers. When police executed a search warrant at Bixler’s residence in March 2018, they recovered numerous firearms....
    A WHOPPING thirty-seven suspected sexual predators have been arrested for alleged child sex crimes and human trafficking in an undercover sting, in Arizona. Arizona law enforcement busted more than three dozen people as part of a nationwide effort to get predators off the streets and into jail, the Phoenix Police Department said Friday. 2These suspects solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested, police said.Credit: Facebook / Phoenix Police Department 2Undercover police placed ads on websites commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex actsCredit: Facebook / Phoenix Police Department The sting, dubbed Operation Broken Hearts, saw agents put ads on websites and apps commonly used by suspects seeking sex acts with children, to lure criminals in. Those arrested over the week-long operation this month are accused of soliciting and/or brokering deals for various sex acts, KNXV reported. The 37 people arrested ranged in age from 21 to 66. Most read in NewsBreakingBLOODY SUNDAYOne dead and four injured after gunman opens fire at American Legion building#TEXASWRONGTed Cruz slammed for staging shameless photo-op after fleeing storm for CancunLITTLE ROCKET PLANTrump's...
    The Phoenix Police Department, in partnership with other Arizona authorities, on Friday announced 37 arrests in connection to human trafficking and sex crimes. Undercover police placed ads on websites commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts with children as part of an investigation dubbed Operation Broken Hearts. 33 MISSING CHILDREN RESCUED IN MAJOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING INVESTIGATION, FBI SAYS The probe targeted "sexual predators engaged in child sex crimes and human trafficking," Phoenix police wrote in a Friday Facebook post.  Suspects "solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested,"  police said. Police told Fox News that the operation lasted a week and took place in early February. Because police were posing undercover, there were no live victims in the case.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Those arrested ranged from 21 to 66, according to Fox 10 Phoenix. Also participating in the operation were the Mesa, Tempe and Chandler police departments, Homeland Security Investigations and the Attorney General's Office. Authorities are asking anyone with information about human trafficking to contact the Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888, or visit humantraffickinghotline.org....
    Thirty-seven suspects have been arrested in connection with a large scale child sex crimes and human trafficking operation, police in Phoenix, Arizona, said Friday. “The Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, and Chandler Police Departments partnered with Homeland Security and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for ‘Operation Broken Hearts,’ an undercover operation targeting sexual predators engaged in child sex crimes and human trafficking,” Fox 10 reported. In a Facebook post, Phoenix police shared photos of some of the suspects arrested: The Phoenix Police Department recently partnered with the City of Mesa Police Department, Tempe Police Department,… Posted by Phoenix Police Department on Friday, February 19, 2021 “Throughout the operational period, officers and undercover detectives placed ads on websites and apps which are commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts with children,” the department said. “These suspects solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested,” it continued. In April, AZFamily.com reported that Phoenix was still a hot spot for sex trafficking despite the coronavirus pandemic. Trafficking moved online at the beginning of the pandemic but victims were later forced...
    Sixty-four people have been arrested in Riverside County just east of Los Angeles as part of an operation aimed at sexual slavery and human trafficking, the county sheriffs department said. Operation Reclaim & Rebuild resulted in the arrests of 63 men and one woman after a four-day period that concluded Jan. 28. "The task force arrested 61 males and one female for solicitation of prostitution, one male for soliciting a minor for lewd purposes, and one male for supervising/aiding a person to commit prostitution," the sheriffs department said in a release. Two women believed to be forced into prostitution against their will were "referred to victim services for assistance." Operation Reclaim & Rebuild, an annual program that last year resulted in 518 arrests statewide and 87 victims recovered – including 11 children, "targeted online prostitution and those whose demand for these unlawful activities fuels an illicit underground economy, both locally as well as across the State of California," the Riverside County Sheriffs Office said. "The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force seeks to disrupt and dismantle sex trafficking rings operating...
    A human-trafficking sting that was focused on online prostitution led to the arrests of 64 people, California authorities announced this week. The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force arrested 61 men and one female for solicitation of prostitution and two other men on other prostitution and solicitation charges January 24-28, authorities said in a statement released Tuesday. Task force officials said investigators set up stings at sites known for sex trafficking and targeted businesses that had previously been reported for illegal sexual activity. In addition to the arrests, task force officers found two women believed to be victims of sex trafficking who were being forced to engage in prostitution against their will. The arrests were part of an annual effort by local, state and federal authorities to combat sexual slavery and human trafficking in California, according to the statement. Last year, 518 people were arrested, while 87 victims, including 11 children, were recovered during the effort, it said. Human trafficking is a worldwide problem. The U.S. State Department and the International Labor Organization (ILO) have reported that between 25 million and 40...
    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) – A Riverside County task force made dozens of arrests and rescued a couple of women in a human trafficking sting, authorities announced this week. The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) arrested 64 people during “operation Reclaim & Rebuild”, a nearly week-long proactive enforcement operation that targeted online prostitution, according to officials. (Image via Riverside County Over the span of four consecutive days, the task force arrested 61 males and one female for solicitation of prostitution, one male for soliciting a minor for lewd purposes, and one male for supervising/aiding a person to commit prostitution, officials said. Task force members also made contact with two women believed to be victims of sex trafficking. Investigators say they believe these subjects were being forced to engage in acts of prostitution against their will. Click here for a full list of those arrested during Operation Reclaim and Rebuild.
    The FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office announced multiple law enforcement agencies worked together to rescue 33 missing children in southern California. “Of the 33 children recovered, eight were being sexually exploited at the time of recovery. Two were recovered multiple times during the operation while on the ‘track,’ a common term used to describe a known location for commercial sex trafficking. It is not uncommon for victims who are rescued to return to commercial sex trafficking either voluntarily or by force, fraud, or coercion,” the office said in a press release Friday. “Several other victims located had been sexually exploited in the past and were considered vulnerable missing children prior to their recovery,” it added. The children were found during “Operation Lost Angeles,” which began on Jan. 11, with the FBI working with “the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and more than two dozen law enforcement and non-governmental partners.” “The FBI considers human trafficking modern day slavery and the minors engaged in commercial sex trafficking are considered victims,” said Assistant Director in...
    The FBI seal is seen outside the headquarters building in Washington, DC on July 5, 2016. - The FBI said Tuesday it will not recommend charges over Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state, but said she had been "extremely careless" in her handling of top secret data. The decision not to recommend prosecution will come as a huge relief for the presumptive Democratic nominee whose White House campaign has been dogged by the months-long probe. Photo by YURI GRIPAS/AFP via Getty Images 33 children were recovered from an anti-trafficking operation in Los Angeles, according to an FBI statement. With help from the Los Angeles Police Department and over two dozen agencies, the bureau was able to identify and locate the missing children, particularly those who have been or were suspected of being sexually exploited or trafficked. In 2020, the FBI initiated 664 human trafficking investigations nationwide, resulting in the arrests of 473 traffickers, investigators said. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The FBI recovered 33 missing children this month during an...
    By Kelly McCleary | CNN Thirty-three missing children were recovered this month in an anti-human trafficking operation led by FBI’s Los Angeles field office, the bureau said in a statement Friday. Of the 33 children recovered during “Operation Lost Angels,” eight were being sexually exploited at the time of their recovery, the FBI said. The operation began on January 11. Two children were recovered multiple times during the operation, the FBI said, noting it’s not uncommon for rescued victims to return to commercial sex trafficking “either voluntarily or by force, fraud, or coercion.” “This harmful cycle highlights the challenges victims face and those faced by law enforcement when attempting to keep victims from returning to an abusive situation. Victims may not self-identify as being trafficked or may not even realize they’re being trafficked,” the FBI statement said. Some of the other victims located during the operation were sexually exploited in the past and were considered vulnerable missing children, the statement said. One suspected human trafficker faces state charges as a result of the operation and several other investigations were opened,...
    Thirty-three children were recovered in an anti-trafficking operation in Los Angeles dubbed "Operation Lost Angels" the FBI's LA field office announced Friday. The FBI teamed up with the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and more than two dozen law enforcement and non-governmental partners to launch the recovery initiative on Jan. 11. The FBI notes that eight of the 33 recovered children were being sexually exploited when found, and that many were considered vulnerable, missing children prior to their recovery. Two children had been located multiple times throughout the investigation at known sex trafficking hotspots. One of the located minors had been unlawfully kidnapped by a parent. Some others were arrested for violating probation, robbery or other misdemeanors. Additionally, a suspected human trafficker was arrested on state charges.  "The FBI considers human trafficking modern day slavery and the minors engaged in commercial sex trafficking are considered victims,” FBI Assistant Director Kristi K. Johnson said in a statement. "While this operation surged resources over a limited period of time with great success, the FBI and our partners investigate child sex...
    The FBI rescued 33 missing children through a multi-agency effort to rescue victims of human trafficking in a mission called Operation Lost Angels. Miamimundo / TheSun More than two dozen law enforcement and nongovernmental agencies helped find the missing children in Southern California in the investigation, which began on January 11. At least eight of the children had been sexually exploited, the FBI said. Some of the children returned to commercial sex trafficking after authorities found them voluntarily or under duress. “While this operation increased resources for a limited period of time with great success, the FBI and our partners investigate child sex trafficking 24 hours a day, every day of the year. An alleged human smuggler was arrested on state charges, while many other investigations were opened as a result of the operation. Fortunately, some missing children were not victims of serious situations, the FBI said, adding that one child was the victim of an abduction by his parents without custody.
    (CNN)Thirty-three missing children were recovered this month in an anti-human trafficking operation led by FBI's Los Angeles field office, the bureau said in a statement Friday.Of the 33 children recovered during "Operation Lost Angels," eight were being sexually exploited at the time of their recovery, the FBI said. The operation began on January 11.Two children were recovered multiple times during the operation, the FBI said, noting it's not uncommon for rescued victims to return to commercial sex trafficking "either voluntarily or by force, fraud, or coercion." Child sex trafficking: Its probably not what you think it is"This harmful cycle highlights the challenges victims face and those faced by law enforcement when attempting to keep victims from returning to an abusive situation. Victims may not self-identify as being trafficked or may not even realize they're being trafficked," the FBI statement said.Some of the other victims located during the operation were sexually exploited in the past and were considered vulnerable missing children, the statement said.Read MoreOne suspected human trafficker faces state charges as a result of the operation and several other investigations...
    THE FBI rescued 33 missing children through a multi-agency effort to rescue victims of human trafficking in a mission called Operation Lost Angels. In a team effort with over two dozen law enforcement and non-governmental agencies, the FBI announced they had rescued 33 missing children in Southern California in its "Operation Lost Angels," which began on January 11. 4The FBI rescued 33 missing children in "Operation Lost Angels"Credit: KTLA 4The FBI began the operation on January 11 in Southern California Credit: KTLA At least eight of the children had been sexually exploited. Some of the children returned to commercial sex trafficking after authorities had found them either voluntarily or through coercion. This forced the agencies to make a number of interventions on their behalf. "The FBI considers human trafficking modern-day slavery, and the minors engaged in commercial sex trafficking are considered victims," said Assistant FBI Director Kristi K. Johnson. "While this operation surged resources over a limited period of time with great success, the FBI and our partners investigate child sex trafficking every day of the year and around the...
    More than 30 missing children - eight of whom had been sexually exploited - have been recovered as part 'Operation Lost Angels,' according to the FBI. The initiative was a part of a joint effort by the FBI, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and more than two dozen local law enforcement agencies, that started on Jan. 11.  'The FBI considers human trafficking modern day slavery and the minors engaged in commercial sex trafficking are considered victims,' said FBI Assistant Director Johnson. 'While this operation surged resources over a limited period of time with great success, the FBI and our partners investigate child sex trafficking every day of the year and around the clock.' Scroll down for video  'Operation Lost Angels' started on January 11 and was a joint effort by the FBI, LABD, the LA County Sheriff's Department and local agencies
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Dozens of missing children, eight of whom were being sexually exploited, have been recovered as part of “Operation Los Angels,” according to the FBI. The operation with the LAPD, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and more than two dozen local law enforcement agencies started on Jan. 11 and recently recovered 33 children, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Friday. One suspected human trafficker, who was not identified, has been arrested, and the operation has led to several other investigations. One of the children was the victim of a noncustodial parental kidnapping, Eimiller said. Others were arrested for probation violations, robbery, or other misdemeanors. Eight of the children being sexually exploited at the time of recovery, and two of them were recovered twice while on the “track,” a term Eimiller said is commonly used to describe a known location for commercial sex trafficking. “It is not uncommon for victims who are rescued to return to commercial sex trafficking either voluntarily or by force, fraud or coercion,” the FBI’s statement said. “This harmful cycle highlights the challenges victims...
    PornHub owner MindGeek is being sued for $80 million by 40 women who say the site profited from 'sex trafficking' operation GirlsDoPorn.  In a complaint filed Tuesday in California, the alleged victims say MindGeek 'knew it was partnering with and profiting from a sex trafficking venture for years'.  A judge found in January that the owners and operators GirlsDoPorn must pay $12.7 million for lying to women about how their explicit videos would be distributed.  The fresh lawsuit, filed this week, states: 'MindGeek also knew of the significant harassment and trauma GirlsDoPorn's victims were enduring by its continued publication of the victims' videos' but 'simply did not care'. It claims the site 'continued to partner with GirlsDoPorn until it was no longer profitable'.  PornHub, whose parent company is Montreal-based MindGeek, was this week forced to crack down on its unverified users following a New York Times report which said  it was profiting from videos of child sexual exploitation, rape and revenge porn.  Even after the videos were flagged and removed, downloaded copies continued to circulate, often with severe personal consequences, the...
    An MLB umpire was among 14 men arrested over the weekend as part of a human trafficking operation targeting individuals looking to buy sex over the internet, officials said.  Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) and Liberty Township Police Chief Toby Meloro announced Monday that Brian O’Nora, 57, was one of the men arrested Sunday and charged with soliciting, a third-degree misdemeanor, and possessing criminal tools, a first-degree misdemeanor.  “John stings deter those seeking to purchase sex – reducing the demand for human trafficking – and serve as a reminder that these crimes are more prevalent and closer to home than you may think,” Yost said in a statement. “Hats off to Chief Meloro and the Liberty Township Police Department on their successful operation.” Yost also shared images of those arrested on Twitter, and the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force, under the attorney general’s Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, also announced the arrests on Facebook.  “John stings deter those seeking to purchase sex – reducing the demand for human trafficking – and serve as a reminder that these...
    New York State Sex Offender Registry Paul Alexander, the CEO of Central Jet Charter, is accused of sex trafficking children. Paul Alexander, the CEO of a private jet company in New York, has been accused of sex trafficking children and faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted. Investigators dubbed the case “Operation Mile High” because of Alexander’s job. Alexander was arrested on December 3, inmate records show, and formally arraigned two days later in Bronx County Criminal Court. New York Attorney Letitia James explained in a news release that Alexander’s arrest followed a months-long investigation after the NYPD received a tip from an alleged victim. Alexander is a Level 3 Sex Offender, per James’ release. He is labeled on the New York State Sex Offender Registry website as a “Sexually Violent Offender.” The record shows a prior conviction for first-degree sexual abuse along with a separate conviction for possessing child pornography. Here’s what you need to know:1. Alexander Was Caught Selling Young Teens for Sex to an Undercover Officer LinkedInPaul Alexander, the CEO of Central...
    More On: NYCs Sex Trafficking Epidemic Brooklyn man busted for trafficking teen girls under recently passed law City Council boosts funds to help sex trafficking survivors get back on their feet State legislators finally pass sex trafficking bill Assembly moves to protect trafficking victims — and some pimps, too The CEO of a private jet company was busted for sex trafficking of children across state lines after he was caught trying to sell sex with two underage girls to an undercover agent, the New York Attorney General said. Paul Alexander, 57, was arrested last week as part of a months-long investigation by the state prosecutor’s office and NYPD Vice Squad dubbed “Operation Mile High” in a nod to Alexander’s role as CEO of Central Jet Charter, Attorney General Letitia James’ office announced in a press release Saturday. The investigation began in March, when an underage victim reported Alexander to the NYPD, alleging he pimped out and abused her and other girls, the AG said. An undercover agent posing as a John then met with Alexander, who charged him...
    A 29-year-old man has been indicted for allegedly conducting a sex trafficking operation on Long Island. William Wilkinson, of Hempstead, was arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 2, said Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini. An investigation by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the Suffolk County Police Department’s Human Trafficking Investigations Unit revealed evidence that Wilkinson allegedly ran a sex trafficking operation throughout Suffolk and Nassau counties as early as November 2019. Wilkinson allegedly provided his victims with narcotics and subjected them to threats of violence and acts of physical violence to coerce them to perform prostitution, the DA's Office said. He also allegedly forced victims to perform prostitution in order to pay off purported debts he claimed the victims owed him for food, shelter, and narcotics. “This is a true predator who preyed upon his victims’ vulnerabilities to force them into sex slavery,” Sini said. Wilkinson is also alleged to have recruited victims in person as well as through social media. He also allegedly advertised prostitution services by his victims through various websites and scheduled prostitution dates at the "Johns’" residences or in their vehicles, or at hotels...
    A statewide crackdown on human trafficking in Ohio led to the rescue of 109 victims and the arrests of more than 157 men, according to a statement from Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. Operation Autumn Hope involved more than 50 law enforcement agencies that focused on rescuing human trafficking victims, recovering missing and exploited children and arresting individuals seeking to buy sex or have sex with a minor, according to the statement released Monday. Our Human Trafficking task forces — local law enforcement teaming up with the state — conducted a massive statewide sting last week. Operation Autumn Hope is the largest single HT operation in state history. Our goal: an Ohio where no human is bought or sold. Details at 10 — Dave Yost (@Yost4Ohio) October 26, 2020 Great work by @OhioAG Dave Yost, along with federal, state and local law enforcement, on one of the largest trafficking stings in Ohio history. Together we’ll continue to work to end this horrific crime. #Endhumantrafficking https://t.co/v1GXBxcub9 — Rob Portman (@senrobportman) October 26, 2020 Multiple human trafficking task forces worked...
    The Ohio Attorney General’s office on Monday announced the completion of an anti-human trafficking operation, called “Operation Autumn Hope,” that resulted in 179 arrests and 109 victims rescued.  Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) said in a press release that the operation, coordinated by the attorney general’s Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, included more than 50 law enforcement agencies and other organizations as part of a mission to end sex trafficking across the state.  According to the news release, the jointly-led operation had four primary goals: rescuing human trafficking victims and referring them to services, recovering missing and exploited children, apprehending those looking to have sex with a minor and arresting those looking to buy sex with a minor.  The 109 victims rescued by the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Trask Force, Columbus PACT Unit and the Cuyahoga County Human Trafficking Task Force were referred to social services, according to the press release.  “The success of Operation Autumn Hope is measured not only in the number of arrests but in the lives that were rescued from this evil,” Yost said in...
    COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost joined federal, state and local law enforcement partners to announce the success of a statewide anti-human trafficking operation. Operation Autumn Hope, coordinated through AG Yost’s Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, encompassed more than 50 law enforcement agencies and non-government partners to break the cycle that fuels sex trafficking across the state. The broad-based effort, carried out in various parts of the state simultaneously, identified four priorities: • Rescuing victims of human trafficking and referring them to social services • Recovering missing and exploited children • Apprehending those seeking to have sex with a minor • Arresting male johns seeking to buy sex “The success of Operation Autumn Hope is measured not only in the number of arrests but in the lives that were rescued from this evil,” Yost said. “Every agency on this team looks for the day when no person is bought and sold in Ohio. Don’t buy sex in Ohio!” During the operation, the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Trask Force, Columbus PACT Unit and the Cuyahoga County Human Trafficking Task Force...
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