Las Vegas police arrest 3 suspects in sex trafficking case

***Wondering if these 2 women who were arrested as traffickers were being trafficked as well.***

An 18-year-old sex trafficking victim escaped from a hotel room at the Palms on Friday, according to a Las Vegas police report.

Darryle Alston, 25, Nicole Judge, 18, and Zakeria Arredondo, 18, each were arrested Saturday on one count of sex trafficking, according to jail records.

The woman who escaped to hotel security told police that she met Alston while shopping at a mall on Feb. 7, when the two exchanged numbers.

According to the police report, obtained Wednesday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the woman said she later complied with Alston’s demands to work as a prostitute because he caused her to fear for her safety and the safety of her family.

When the woman awoke Friday, Alston went to the gym with another woman, according to the report. She escaped after she was left alone in the room with Judge and Arredondo, who were still asleep.

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Battling sex trafficking, trekking to hotels & motels


NOVI, Mich. (BP) -- Amy Lipovsky felt like a song playing on loop -- walking into the same hotels, saying the same things week after week and showing the same pictures of missing girls.
"It's emotionally draining" trying to get people to care, she said of FRe Outreach, which helps hotel and motel employees in the Detroit suburbs to recognize and rescue victims of sex trafficking. "There's not a lot of visible return for your efforts."
But Lipovsky couldn't shake the feeling that she had to keep going -- God had put these girls trapped in slavery on her heart. And as she kept going, something began to happen -- the people she talked to started to soften. They began to care. They began to pay attention.

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Ireland Passes the Nordic Model!


Ireland passed the Nordic Model!!! This model decriminalizes the prostituted person and provides supports/services to help them leave the life, while still making it a crime to buy commercial sex or broker it (trafficker). This is a huge victory in the fight against commercial sexual exploitation! Pictured here is one of the greatest Irish advocates, Rachel Moran, who has championed the Nordic Model in her homeland for years. 
Read more about it from our friends at the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)


Local designer raises money to fight human trafficking

For her first runway show, Alicia Ybarra wanted to find a way to give back to the community.

“I didn’t want it to be just about me and my dresses,” said Ybarra, owner of Vanya Designs and Custom Sewing in Derby.

She called Jennifer White with ICT SOS, a nonprofit that provides prevention education for human trafficking and is a liaison between the community and professionals that work with trafficking victims.

Paige Kauffman, Miss Kansas Outstanding Teen 2016, is a volunteer with ICT SOS and started to brainstorm with White about an event to raise money for the organization.

The three women joined forces to create the first Freedom through Fashion runway show.

Ybarra’s vintage-inspired wedding dress line will debut at the fundraiser for ICT SOS at 7 p.m. on March 4 at Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas in Wichita.

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Leader Of Tulsa Child Sex Trafficking Ring Pleads Guilty

TULSA, Oklahoma - The leader of a major child sex trafficking operation in Tulsa pleaded guilty in federal court.
Monday, 21-year-old Joshua Harring admitted he prostituted underage girls.

The undercover officers who busted the case open said it hits close to home.

Federal prosecutors breathed a sigh of relief after Harring's guilty plea.

U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said, "To finally get to this point, to get the main person, really, justice has been done."

They said the 21-year-old was head of a local child sex trafficking ring.

"Joshua Harring was the leader in this sex trafficking operation. There were approximately six or seven co-conspirators and they preyed on young women in our community," said federal prosecutor, Trent Shores.

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Topsail High track coach charged with human trafficking of a child

PENDER COUNTY -- A Topsail High School track and field coach was arrested this week after reportedly soliciting a 14-year-old former student for sex.

Ahmad Garrison, 27, of Holly Ridge is charged with one count of human trafficking of a child victim and one count of soliciting a child by a computer, according to Pender County jail records. In a news release Friday, Pender County Sheriff's Office Capt. James Rowell wrote that deputies arrested Garrison on Thursday when he attempted to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex.

The sheriff's office began investigating Garrison when the girl's parents contacted authorities after finding inappropriate Instagram messages sent between their daughter and Garrison. The girl was a former Topsail High School student, Rowell wrote.

"Investigators also charged Garrison with human trafficking when allegations were made in which Garrison offered to take the victim to Charlotte and have her perform sex acts for money," he wrote.

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Governor’s Sex-Trafficking Bill Would Help Child Victims

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A bill proposed by the governor would change Maryland’s sexual abuse law to allow law enforcement to more effectively prosecute suspected sex traffickers of children, regardless of whether the trafficker is a relative of the victim.

Hogan’s Protecting Victims of Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 would change Maryland’s definition of sexual abuse to allow for police to open investigations into allegations of sexual trafficking of children even if the suspect is not related to the victim by family or through the household. The bill has bipartisan support.

“It ensures minor victims of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in Maryland are treated as victims of child sexual abuse,” Amelia Rubenstein, with the Child Sex Trafficking Victims Initiative, said in written testimony.

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Human trafficking: a devastating yet unspoken reality in the Tri-Cities

KENNEWICK, Wash. – Human sex trafficking is referred to as the modern day slavery, but is rarely talked about.
A viewer sent us footage of a human trafficking case, where 24-year-old Jesus Rodriguez was shown being arrested in the WinCo parking lot, after Kennewick detectives said they found out he planned to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex on Tuesday.
Police said Rodriguez previously had sex with the girl and convinced her to send him nude photos.

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Kenworth Truck Auction in June to benefit TAT!

In an effort to further educate and fund efforts against human trafficking, Inland Kenworth has put together a special “Everyday Heroes” Kenworth T680 with a very distinctive paint scheme and signage. The project, which is in conjunction with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), has received significant support from platinum sponsors Kenworth Truck Company and Ritchie Bros., along with other leading industry suppliers.
The Kenworth T680 Everyday Heroes truck will make its first public appearance at ATA’s Technology and Maintenance Council Convention in Nashville (Feb. 27-March 2) in the FlowBelow™ Booth (No. 1052). From there, it will be displayed at Ritchie Bros. auctions in Las Vegas (March 9-10), Phoenix (April 13-14), and finally June 20 in Phoenix, where the truck will be auctioned for sale.…/news-releases/2017/february/tat/

Human trafficking suspect appears in court

HERNANDO, Miss. -- The man arrested on human trafficking charges involving a formerly missing teen from Frayser appeared in court on Wednesday.

WREG has learned Darnell Davis has a rap sheet that spans two states—Michigan and Mississippi -- and includes charges ranging from cocaine possession to assault with a deadly weapon.

Now authorities have added human trafficking charges to top it all.

According to the family, it all started when the teen agreed to meet Davis, who they say was possessing as a classmate.

"He had her come outside with the intentions that she was meeting a 17 year old that she went to school with. From there she was taken by a 31 year old," said Gina Hodge, the teen's mother.

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Sex trafficking survivor recalls the ‘psychological chains’ that bound her

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Why did you keep letting it happen? Why didn’t you just leave? Why didn’t you call the police? All questions survivors of human trafficking are asked all too often. But for someone who got caught in modern-day slavery, the answers are not so simple.

“No one has ever said they would beat you or your family if you say it’s easy to just run away,” an undercover Fort Wayne FBI agent who specialized in sex trafficking cases said. “These girls have been erased. The part of their brain that says, ‘this isn’t right’, doesn’t control the part that says, ‘I need help.'”

It’s a paralyzing place K.D. Roche knows all too well.

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