• February 8, 2022
  • forgingfreed0m
  • HT News

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. 

FloridaArmed robbery investigation leads to identification of trafficking victims. Victims are often robbed and assaulted, and if investigators don’t know the signs of trafficking, they can miss opportunities to provide support. 

NationalLandlords continue to engage in trafficking behavior for tenants suffering economic hardship during the pandemic. 

MinnesotaMom pleads guilty for trafficking her daughter to feed her drug addiction. 

FloridaCouple arrested for sex trafficking and using drugs to control their victim

Kentucky: Police investigating alleged robbery against trafficker identify and arrest him for promoting prostitution and trafficking of a minor. 

OklahomaMan arrested for trafficking multiple victims from different states.

AlaskaMother Sold 5-Year-Old Daughter Unfortunately traffickers can be the very people and family members that children trust to keep them safe. In the case of one young girl, her mother knowingly sold her for sex and the buyer later murdered the girl. Both buyer and mother have been arrested.

AlaskaAnchorage Man Arrested for Trafficking Children An Anchorage man sheltered two runaway teenagers and then forced them to sell sex in exchange for that housing and shelter. He has been sentenced to 35 years and permanent supervision upon release.

GeorgiaTrafficker arrested for personal sexual servitude type trafficking. This is the same type of trafficking engaged in by high profile trafficker R. Kelly. Learn more in our CEO Rocelle Keyhan’s op-ed at Thomson Reuters Foundation.

IllinoisCharges imminent in Illinois labor trafficking investigation with 200 victims, connections to drug trafficking across multiple states and Mexico, and at least one victim deceased. 

Oregon: Ongoing investigations into trafficking in the marijuana trade lead to federal investigation and involvement. 

KentuckyAttorney sentenced to five years in prison for two counts of human trafficking related activity.

National: Current US Labor shortages are tied to recent slowdowns of immigration, making current undocumented and under documented victims more vulnerable. 

EnglandMan kept locked in shed for 40 years, slave to man in England.

CaliforniaNetworked operatives and business owners investigated for human trafficking, no victims arrested.

PennsylvaniaBucks County, suburb outside of Philadelphia, passes first of its kind ordinance to support victims and stop traffickers in commercial front venues. They are the first in the state to adopt national best practices for trauma-informed, victim-centered anti-trafficking work in commercial front venues. 

MassachusettsIMB owner convicted for fraudulent Covid Relief loan applications 

MinnesotaSt Cloud investigators and city code enforcement improve capacity for local anti-trafficking investigations by expanding civil authority. 

TennesseeDuring a buyer operation, officers arrested a 21 year old victim who was dropped off by her pimp. They also arrest her pimp for promoting prostitution but do not drop her charges.

LouisianaMultiple victims arrested in massage parlor prostitution investigation.

IllinoisProstitution investigation leads to arrest of potential victim in massage parlor. 

New York: Maxwell drops fight to keep names of co-conspirators private. https://www.foxnews.com/us/jeffrey-epstein-ghislaine-maxwell-john-does-identities-court-papers

Belgium: Trafficking Gang Leader arrested in Belgium https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-60050521

The Internet Watch Foundation released a report stating that 2021 was the worst year on record for child safety online https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jan/13/2021-was-worst-year-on-record-for-online-child-sex-abuse-says-iwf

United Kingdom:  Informed communities can identify victimization, and often come into contact with exploitation in the course of their everyday lives where no one would otherwise notice. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-10423955/Woman-sold-SEX-SLAVE-FAMILY-reveals-finally-escaped-help-stranger.html


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