We monitor and fact-check media coverage of human trafficking and share the top cases with you from each week. A broad view of what is happening across the country can be translated into action, allowing us to collectively change the system and the public narrative.
It is a common myth that trafficking only occurs when victims are taken away from their town, state, or country. One does not have to be physically moved to other areas to be victims, however, intra-regional and domestic trafficking are the major forms of trafficking in persons in the US.
California 3-Year Investigation Leads to Arrest of Santa Maria Man on Human Trafficking Charges A three-year investigation has led to the arrest of a Santa Maria man, Raymond Crandell, who allegedly was involved in multiple incidents of human trafficking in Santa Barbara County. The arrest warrant includes one count of human trafficking of a minor, seven counts of pimping, and seven counts of pandering — all felonies.
Maryland Baltimore Sex Trafficker Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Sex Trafficking Four Minor Victims Dean recruited, harbored, transported, and maintained five females, including four minors ranging from 15 to 17 years old, to engage in commercial sex acts. Dean utilized social media and cellular telephones to recruit, monitor, direct, and communicate with the four girls and the woman. Dean rented hotel rooms in Timonium and Laurel, Maryland to be used by the victims to engage in commercial sex acts.
Texas Man tried to prostitute child, 8, for $800 an hour, police say Dorian Frost has been arrested after allegedly trying to prostitute an 8-year-old child at a rate of $800 an hour. Frost, is now facing a felony charge of the promotion of prostitution of a person younger than 18 years of age following his arrest last week. Ohio Akron hotel clerk charged with promoting prostitution, 5 victims referred to help After a human trafficking sting, There is still an ongoing investigation and Collective Liberty will continue to monitor.
Utah Traveling Carnival Owner Arrested In Ogden For Alleged Labor Trafficking Arizona man, Jordan Nathaniel Jensen, has been arrested by the Utah Attorney General’s Office for labor trafficking. He was charged with three counts of human trafficking, a second-degree felony, and nine counts of possession of another’s identity documents; which in this case was passports and a third-degree felony.
Louisiana Undercover agents arrest Texas man for human trafficking A Texas man was arrested on Monday, June 28 for human trafficking a young woman in Louisiana. The victim explained that he was getting ready to transport her to Texas to continue trafficking her. Undercover agents with the Bossier Sheriff/Police Narcotics/Vice Task Force arrested Dramain Green, 30, during a vice investigation in Bossier City. Green was charged with pandering, promoting prostitution, human trafficking, and possession of marijuana.
Georgia Homeland Security needs help finding possible additional victims in a human trafficking investigation at a Georgia Motel. The investigation involves Shreesh Tiwari, the owner and manager of a Budgetel Inn in Cartersville. Allegations suggest that Tiwari forced multiple women to engage in sex acts with him in exchange for housing and if the women refused his advances, they were evicted from the hotel. This case is being investigated by HSI with assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Bartow County Drug Taskforce.
Illicit massage parlors often profit from the sale of trafficked women’s bodies. These women may be tightly controlled by debt bondage, fear, and shame.
Rhode Island FBI, Providence, North Providence Police Raid Multiple Locations in Possible Prostitution Sting Providence Police Departments were joined by the FBI in multiple raids. One of the properties that housed one of the alleged illegal massage parlors is a corporation owned by one of the state’s most influential couples, the two earn more than $300,000 annually. According to Cranston Police, “Detectives uncovered what they believe to be evidence of labor trafficking as well as prostitution. A substantial amount of U.S currency was seized, and records and information will be utilized in an ongoing investigation of human trafficking. Homeland Security Investigations continues to assist with the joint investigation.”
North Carolina Six Women Arrested, Indicted in Alleged Illegal Massage Parlor Operation Six women from Flushing, New York, and Little River, South Carolina were arrested on charges of conspiracy, bribery, operating illegal massage parlors, and offering prostitution. Five of the women arrested allegedly conspired to pay bribes to a law enforcement officer (who was actually undercover as a corrupt law enforcement officer) to provide protection for their businesses.
Connecticut Man held on $10,000 bail in connection with Westfield-based sex trafficking ring In a statewide sex trafficking investigation that focused on massage parlors, Green Palace Massage therapy was one of the four spas that fell under surveillance by the Westfield police. Connecticut man, John H. Smalls was arrested in connection with this investigation, and he was charged with sex trafficking of a person for sexual servitude. He is now being held on $10,000 bail.
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