Noah Mills raising funds, for his medical,and going home

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There is a time when we lose something and become vulnerable when we travel to another country. You live living with your family, and going to your destination. happy thinking, and believing everything is going to be ok. When over the sudden emergency strikes at any moment. Well, this happen to Noah Mills, to a wonderful model, and a wonderful Actor, that suddenly collapse, when he was at work doing a presentation. A heart attack strikes, causing many problems, and many surgeries, believe it, or not, this happens to a wonderful man, that we have seen so healthy and such admiration, for the role of an actor doing many roles. this wonderful movie model, and Actor, from Ontario Canada, that has captured our hearts, has collapsed in Germany when the coronavirus hit, and he was going home, when all of the airports, cancel all flights, because, of the horrific coronavirus, canceling The airport flights refusing, for him to travel. Sending Noah Mill, to a camp, where every traveler, was taken. Noah mills were at the camp ending sick, losing a lot of blood, and collapsing. taking him to a hospital, in Germany, in critical conditions, since then many surgeries, had to be done because Noah Mills, Illness developed in losing a lot of blood, bleeding to death. when Noah Mills, arrived at the hospital immediately, had to give him the blood, because he lost so much blood that we almost lost Noah mills. since then things have gone difficult for him because, in moving around he lost his passport, and all identity, like id, and everything was lost making him a difficult time to travel, because he lost his travel identification living him desperately in the hospital, without the hospital living him hungry. After all, you have to pay for food or they won’t feed you. This is a difficult time for Noah mills so let us help him by donating and let help him go back home.

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8 January 2019
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Three Toledo area pastors and wifes charged with sex trafficking children…

HNewsWire-Mr. Haynes, who led the Greater Life Christian Center, is charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to sex-traffic children, sex-trafficking of children, sexual exploitation of children, and obstruction of a sex-trafficking investigation.

Wife,stepdaughter arrested in pastors’ child trafficking case.He was arrested in April, 2017, along with the Rev. Cordell Jenkins, founder and pastor of Abundant Life Ministries.
Mr. Jenkins’ wife, former Lucas County Administrator Laura Lloyd-Jenkins, was later indicted on charges of obstructing the investigation and making a false statement to federal investigators.

A third area pastor, Kenneth Butler, pleaded guilty May 14 to conspiracy to sex-traffic children, obstruction of a sex-trafficking investigation, and two counts of sex-trafficking of children. He is to be sentenced to more than 17 years in prison.

From left, Cordell Jenkins, Kenneth Butler and Anthony J. Haynes, three pastors who have been accused of assaulting teenager girls. Credit: Lucas County Sheriff’s Office.

StevieRay Hansen Commentary-It sure appears that these individuals used the church as a front to traffic in sex with children, this is just one of many stories that expose the “Evil that lives within people without God”. It should be noted these people are not Christians and do not represent Christ body, the church…

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HNewsWire- “All political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.” Just look at some of our modern day examples: torture is “enhanced interrogation techniques”; murder is “collateral damage”; the aggression initiation of war is a “pre-emptive strike”; the theft of taxpayers’ money is a “bailout”; and the theft of depositors’ money in a bank is a “haircut” or “bail-in”.
In a blatant example of Newspeak, the New World Order controllers (through the psychiatric DSM V) have tried to rename pedophiles as “minor-attracted persons” and redefine pedophilia as a “sexual orientation”. This makes no sense, since sexual orientation has to do with gender not age, with whether you are attracted to males or females, not how old they are. There are even organizations (like which are claiming that pedophiles are being unfairly stigmatized for their feelings! Psychiatry, it should also be noted, has a history of inventing fictitious diseases such as ADHD (as admitted by its inventor on his deathbed by Leon Eisenberg).

It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated.

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Sex trafficking luring teen via gaming app,7 arrested

Accused sex trafficker: ‘Should probably shoot me’

RAW: Trafficking suspect in his own words
Accused sex trafficker in custody

By: Jennifer Holton, FOX 13 News

Posted: Jan 15 2019 11:36AM EST

Video Posted: Jan 15 2019 12:09PM EST

Updated: Jan 15 2019 02:24PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (FOX 13) – A seventh person is now in custody after a human trafficking ring was busted in St. Petersburg. Police say the group held a 16-year-old captive for a year, forced him to live in deplorable conditions, and used him as a sex slave.

This morning, Curtis Gruwell surrendered to authorities. St. Petersburg detectives spent the morning interviewing the 34-year-old, who faces charges of conspiracy to commit human trafficking and interference with custody.

As Gruwell was transferred to the Pinellas County Jail, FOX 13 asked him if he had anything to say about his actions.
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FOX 13: “Anything you’d say to those kids?”
GRUWELL: “I f**ked up. I thought I was with good people.”

FOX 13: “What would you say to your parents?
GRUWELL: “They should probably shoot me.”

FOX 13: “What would you say to the parents of those children?”
GRUWELL: [inaudible]

At a Monday news conference, authorities explained how a 16-year-old boy was repeatedly sexually abused by four men who kept him prisoner inside a mobile home at the Silver Lake Mobile Home community, near Interstate 275 in St. Petersburg.
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The teen was rescued in May when police investigated the home looking for a different missing boy, a 17-year-old from Louisiana.

Investigators said the child was lured away from his family through a gaming app called Discord, which allowed the suspects to talk directly to the child and arrange for him to be picked up from his home and brought to a mobile home.

Police are stressing how important it is to know who your children are talking to, and what they are doing while on the internet.

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Angels In The Field Combating Human & Child Sex Trafficking in the Hotels, & Motels Industry’s International.

Sex Trafficking in Hotels – Does your team know the signs?

We were moved by some research we read about this issue and its presence in our industry. While we don’t turn a blind eye to the issue, we don’t think about it as much as we should. Here, the US hospitality liaison from ECPAT, an international organization focused on ending child sex trafficking, brings us some insight on the issue and how we, as hoteliers, can take a proactive role to address it in our industry.

By Michelle Guelbart, MSW, Private Sector Project Coordinator, ECPAT-USA

Front-desk employees might not think twice when checking in a young female guest whose partner is holding her identification and wallet for her.

A housekeeper may carry on with their work while passing by the room that has had a do not disturb sign hanging from the door all week.

A restaurant employee might go about their daily duties when a guest comes into the bar a few times, entertaining different individuals each time, during their stay in a new city.

What these employees might not consider is that these might not be their typical guests; they could be victims of the sex trafficking trade.

A Global Issue

President Obama has referred to human trafficking as “modern day slavery” because victims are forced into labor or sexual servitude through violence, debt bondage, and/or coercion. The International Labor Organization now estimates that there are nearly 21 million human trafficking victims globally.

At any given time, there are as many as 4.5 million trafficking victims sold in the sex trade and nearly 1 million of those victims are children. Pimping and trafficking is becoming a preferred method for illegitimate crime because children can be sold repeatedly while drugs can only be used once.

In our Backyard

This global issue was famously brought to the public’s attention with the 2009 movie “Taken” starring Liam Neeson. Contrary to popular belief, the United States is not immune to child sex trafficking. Current studies estimate that at least 100,000 children are in the sex trade in the United States- and another 200,000-300,000 children are at risk per year. The victims are male and female and come from all socioeconomic status, though runaways, throwaways and foster care children are more likely to be targeted for recruitment by traffickers.

With the growth of technology, traffickers are moving their business off the streets and onto the Internet. The same websites that are used to sell furniture and appliances have sections where pimps are selling their victims. A trafficker may check into a hotel, unbeknownst to employees, and run their operations out of rooms or use other hotel rooms to meet with “buyers.” Standard hospitality training does not sensitize employees to the issue of sex trafficking in hotels and because of this, traffickers believe hotels are anonymous and low-risk.

The Code

The travel industry, and especially the hospitality sector, is stepping up to mitigate child sex trafficking. Companies like Hilton Worldwide, Carlson Companies, Wyndham Worldwide and Accor are among those international leaders who have already signed the The Code – Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct. The Code is a set of six guidelines travel companies implement to put in place policies and programs to comprehensively and effectively address this issue.

These companies have partnered with ECPAT to implement The Code. ECPAT is a global organization with a mission to protect children from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation including trafficking.

Members of The Code create ethical policies that publicly state their repudiation for the practice. They routinely add clauses into their contracts that ask their suppliers and partners to do the same. Importantly, signers of The Code provide training to employees so they know how to identify and appropriately react to suspicions of child sex trafficking.

Companies that proactively address child sex trafficking experience an array of foreseen and unforeseen benefits. All have seen improvement in company morale, as employees see child protection as an important issue. For many, The Code takes their risk management procedures to a new level by protecting their brands from legal, reputational, and operational risk by developing processes for identifying and reacting to this issue.

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives, who became a member of The Code in 2013, recommends travel buyers add these inquiries to their RFPs. As a result, travel buyers are more frequently asking for information from hoteliers about their child sex trafficking policies and Code Membership. In addition, some Code Members partner together to show each other preference when booking travel.

Know the Signs

After learning about child sex trafficking, it’s hard for people to miss the signs. Some things you might see include:

A traveler that pays in cash one day at a time
The guest escorts various men into their room
An older male or female stays around the room until the visitors leave, watching the door.
The victim will rarely be left alone.
The victim will also have little control of money and identification.

These signs on their own might have every day normal explanations but when coupled together could be an incidence of sex trafficking which should be reported immediately to the manager on duty to follow appropriate protocols for responding to this issue.

Get Involved

All travel businesses have a role to play in opening their eyes and being prepared to react to child sex trafficking.

Since 2004, ECPAT has worked with companies to develop custom policies and programs that fit all corporate cultures and structures. There are a growing number of examples companies can use to prevent and react to child sex trafficking. Here are recommendations to jump-start your efforts:

The centerpiece of most programs begins with training your team to identify the situations. Training all levels of your team who may come face to face with a victim is vital.
Travel companies can join in the fight to protect our children by signing The Code. Corporate travel departments can also become members and may show preference for suppliers active in addressing child trafficking in the industry.
Tassa Tags are fair trade luggage tags that support ECPAT while sending a message through travel that you are a visible voice against child sex trafficking. Sell them in your gift shop and travel with your tag.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, when many signers of The Code will hold fundraisers to raise donations and awareness for ECPAT International and its local organizations. In the US, ECPAT-USA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that continues their work thanks to charitable financial support. Other global branches also rely on public support to reach their goals – click here to find information about your local ECPAT organization.

Share your successes

As you plan your year ahead, what does your company have on the agenda to combat this issue?

We’d love to hear what your company or hotel has already done to get involved and any tips you can offer to guide your fellow hoteliers to establish effective policies and procedures.


Michelle Guelbart, MSW, is the Private Sector Project Coordinator at ECPAT-USA

ECPAT USA LogoMichelle is in charge of ECPAT-USA’s engagement with the private sector on issues related to child protection. With her expertise in tourism, Michelle manages relationships with corporations, NGOs, and responsible investors to encourage and provide technical assistance on corporate social responsibility initiatives to protect children. She speaks regularly to local, international, and federal agencies as well as industry professionals. Michelle also represents ECPAT-USA as the Local Tourism Child-Protection Code Representative in the United States. Michelle holds a Masters Degree from Columbia University’s School of Social Work and a Bachelors Degree from the University at Albany.

ECPAT-USA is the leading policy organization fighting the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) by raising awareness of the issue, advocating for the victims, developing policy for private companies, law enforcement, and government bodies to fight the problem, and passing legislation that protects the victims and penalizes the traffickers and exploiters.

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Founded 20 years ago to halt child sex tourism in Asia, ECPAT today leads a global social movement dedicated to ending child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes. Its international secretariat, based in Thailand, provides technical support and information, forms partnerships with key partners such as law enforcement and the tourism industry, and is an international voice for children who are being exploited sexually for commercial gain. Its global network of 81 member organizations in 74 countries implement local initiatives to protect children from sexual exploitation and help child survivors return to health and well-being.

ECPAT International is the recipient of the 2013 Conrad N Hilton Humanitarian Prize, which, for the last 18 years, has been awarded to an organization that is significantly alleviating human suffering.

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Decades Later, Police Discover Link To Missing Preteen’s True Whereabouts

Rosalynn McGinnis quinceanera at at 13. Henri Piette lied about her age in order to have an early quinceanera celebration. The man in the photo is Henri Piette (1997).
Photo was taken in Puerto Penasco Sonora Mexico (Rocky Point).

The woman was a guest at the Quinceanera as she lived near by.
Courtesy Rosalynn McGinnis
Nancy Seltzer

1997, Rosalynn McGinnis was an 11-year-old girl going to school in Poteau, Oklahoma. She lived with her mother, who had recently divorced her stepfather, Henri Michael Piette because he was abusive. Little did Rosalynn’s mother know, Piette was abusing Rosalynn as well. Piette was accused of first raping Rosalynn when she was 11 or 12 on a bunk bed in a back room of her home. Then he tried marrying her in a van and leading her to believe she was his “new” wife. Even worse, Piette decided he wanted to steal Rosalynn away from her family for good… When one little girl went missing, she wasn’t old enough to understand what was happening to her. However, once she grew up, she started to grasp the torment that was going on. Suddenly, it became crystal clear what she needed to do… When one little girl went missing, she wasn’t old enough to understand what was happening to her. However, once she grew up, she started to grasp the torment that was going on. Suddenly, it became crystal clear what she needed to do… Piette also needed to make sure no one was looking for Rosalynn but the only way to do that was to make sure she was removed from the national missing-persons registry. Piette decided to drive to Phoenix and have Rosalynn removed. Piette must have been upset that Rosalynn’s mother divorced him, so he decided to kidnap Rosalynn. As if raping her wasn’t enough, Piette went to Rosalynn’s school, grabbed her and told her she would never see her family again.
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Piette must have been upset that Rosalynn’s mother divorced him, so he decided to kidnap Rosalynn. As if raping her wasn’t enough, Piette went to Rosalynn’s school, grabbed her and told her she would never see her family again.

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Rosalynn McGinnis quinceanera at at 13. Henri Piette lied about her age in order to have an early quinceanera celebration. The man in the photo is Henri Piette (1997).
Photo was taken in Puerto Penasco Sonora Mexico (Rocky Point).

The woman was a guest at the Quinceanera as she lived near by.
Courtesy Rosalynn McGinnis
Nancy Seltzer

Rosalynn McGinnis Story
Rosalynn’s family looked everywhere for Rosalynn and she was put on the national missing-persons registry again. Posters of her face were hung everywhere and her family prayed for her return. Little did they know, Rosalynn was being repeatedly raped, stabbed, choked until unconscious, shot and beaten with baseball bats while she was held captive by Piette…

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Human Trafficking in Washington States



Not In Our Cities
Why Human Trafficking? (article written and submitted by Gennevieve St. Leger) Why Human Trafficking? Why do criminals and criminal organizations traffic in humans? This question can be answered with one word: money. Human trafficking is the third most profitable business for organized crime; the first and second are drug and arms trafficking. Pino Arlacchi, Director General for the International Seminar on Trafficking in Human Beings in Brazil, states that many drug traffickers are switching to human trafficking due to higher profits and lower risk. The United Nations estimates the total number of people trafficked every year is between 700 thousand and 1 million. It also estimates that 79 percent of these victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation. Human trafficking takes place in every country and it generates tens of billions of dollars of profit each year. What is Human Trafficking? Human trafficking is “the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud, or deception, with the aim of exploiting them.” Human Trafficking applies to all people, not just women but men too. Not just children but also adults. Sometimes people are forced away from their homes violently. Other times they are tricked with promises of food, shelter, and an overall better life. Sometimes a trusted friend or family member sees a poor family struggling and offers to take custody of a child or two to provide them with better shelter and ample food. Some are told they can get a good paying farming or factory job in a nearby town; however, they never get what they are promised. The main objective of traffickers is to exploit the people they take. This exploitation can be sexual; forcing the victims to become prostitutes in brothels or sex slaves for a master. Or, this exploitation can be based on labor; where victims are forced into various forms of non-sexual servitude. What is the Difference Between Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Persons? Smuggling of persons is when one pays a person to smuggle them into a county illegally. One of the main differences between human trafficking and smuggling is consent. Victims of human trafficking do not consent to being transported to another country nor do they consent to what happens when they get to their destination. In smuggling, the person wants to go to the country the smuggler takes them to. Once a smuggled immigrant gets into his or her desired country that person is free to find employment, to find a place to live, and so-on. A victim of human trafficking is forced to work where his or her abductors demand and the victim does not receive any compensation for the work; the abductors keep all proceeds of the victims’ labor. Smuggling is always transporting a person from one country to another. Many human trafficking victims never leave their country, or even their state. Sometimes, people who pay to be smuggled into another country become victims of human trafficking. After being voluntarily smuggled into another country these victims become exploited by their smugglers and are forced into brothels or to work for very little or nothing.137ARRESTED

Children has compiled the following U.S. and international statistics on human trafficking, child trafficking and sex trafficking.thumb Prostituted sm These trafficking stats were sought so we could research the needs of rescued child trafficking victims. These became our keys towards our plan for the Harbourage safe homes for child trafficking survivors. Statistics are updated bi-yearly and sources are at the end.
Statistics compiled

* “When a child has been recruited, transported, harbored, or received and some commercial element is introduced in the production of child pornography, then that individual has also engaged in child trafficking. Whether they work in strip clubs or sweatshops, these boys and girls are victims of human trafficking.”

* The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) defines “severe forms of trafficking in persons” as: sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.”

* “The economic reality is that human trafficking is driven by profits. If nobody paid for sex, sex trafficking would not exist.”
Where do trafficked children come from?

thumb barbed wire ark 600flatChild trafficking victims, whether for labor, sex or organ trafficking, come from all backgrounds, include both boys and girls. They span a wide age range from 1 to 18 years old. Sex trafficking victims up to roughly 25 years old most often started as young as 14. Children are trafficked out of, or into the United States from all regions of the world and represent a variety of different races, ethnic groups and religions. They may be brought to the U.S. legally or smuggled in.

Trafficked children can be lured to the U.S. through the promise of school or work and promised the opportunity to send money back to their families. Children are also vulnerable to kidnappers, pimps, and professional brokers. Some children are even sold to traffickers by their families, who may or may not have an understanding of what will happen to the child. U.S. born children are also trafficked within the U.S., coming from any racial group, socio-economic background, and come from or trafficked within both city and rural areas.
The numbers;

Update: In 2012 the (UNODC) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports the percentage of child victims had risen in a 3 year span from 20 per cent to 27 per cent. Of every three child victims, two are girls and one is a boy.

Gender and age profile of victims detected globally: 59% Women – 14% Men – 17% Girls and 10% were Boys.

600,000 to 800,000 women, children and men bought and sold across international borders every year and exploited for forced labor or commercial sex (U.S. Government)
When internal trafficking victims are added to the estimates, the number of victims annually is in the range of 2 to 4 million
50% of those victims are estimated to be children
It is estimated that 76 percent of transactions for sex with underage girls start on the Internet
2 million children are subjected to prostitution in the global commercial sex trade (UNICEF)
There are 20.9 Million victims of Trafficking World wide as of 2012
1.5 Million victims in the United States

The impact;

Human trafficking has surpassed the illegal sale of armsthumb No More
Trafficking will surpass the illegal sale of drugs in the next few years
Drugs are used once and they are gone. Victims of child trafficking can be used and abused over and over
A $32 billion-a-year industry, human trafficking is on the rise and is in all 50 states (U.S. Government)
4.5 Million of trafficked persons are sexually exploited
Up to 300,000 Americans under 18 are lured into the commercial sex trade every year
From 14,500 – 17,500 of those victims are trafficked into the United States each year

Click to read the Needs of Rescued Trafficking Victims
According to non-governmental U.S. sources;

Average victims age is 11 to 14
Approx 80% are women and children bought, sold and imprisoned in the underground sex service industry
Average life span of a victim is reported to be 7 years (found dead from attack, abuse, HIV and other STD’s, malnutrition, overdose or suicide)

The largest group of at-risk children are runaway, thrown away, or homeless American children who use survival sex to acquire food, shelter, clothing, and other things needed to survive on America’s streets. According to the National Runaway Switchboard 1.3 million runaway and homeless youth live on America’s streets every day. [5,000 die each year] It would not be surprising to learn that the number of children trafficked in the United States is actually much higher than 300,000.

Children are often targeted by traffickers as they are deemed easier to manipulate than adults. More money can be earned by younger girls and boys exploited in sexual exploitation, especially virgins. Pre-pubescent girls are reported to be injected with hormones to bring on puberty. Younger girls are expected to have a greater earning potential, and as such are in greater demand.
Physical and Mental Consequences of Trafficking for victims;thumb Beaten

Child victims of human trafficking face significant problems. Often physically and sexually abused, they have distinctive medical and psychological needs that must be addressed before advancing in the formative years of adulthood.
Child victims of exploitation can face a number of long-term health problems:
Sleeping and eating disorders
Sexually transmitted diseases
HIV/AIDS, pelvic pain, rectal trauma and urinary difficulties from working in the sex industry
Drug addiction
Chronic back, hearing, cardiovascular or respiratory problems from endless days toiling in dangerous agriculture, sweatshop or construction conditions
Fear and anxiety
Depression, mood changes
Guilt and shame
Cultural shock from finding themselves in a strange country
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Traumatic bonding with the trafficker

Click to read about Ark of Hope’s planned Harbourage Safe Homes for Child Trafficking Victims
Pull factors;thumb Leaving home-2

Demand for cheap labor and for prostituted women, girls, and boys is the primary “pull” factor. Common push and pull factors exploited by traffickers include:

Unemployment and perceived job opportunities overseas (into the U.S.)
Unhappy home situation: The victim may be in an abusive situation, their family may be in debt, or there may be an addict in the family
Relatives and friends live in the destination country
Returning migrants, legal and illegal, say they have made a better living for themselves

Sex buyers are far more complicit in the victimization of sex trafficking victims. Sex tourism and child pornography have become worldwide industries, facilitated by technologies such as the Internet, which vastly expand the choices available to pedophiles and permit instant and nearly undetectable transactions.
Trafficking Victims:

Child trafficking victims, like other child victims, come from many backgrounds and include both boys and girls across a widethumb Foster sisters range of ages.
Children are trafficked to the U.S. from all regions of the world and represent a variety of different races, ethnic groups and religions.
They may be brought to the U.S. legally or smuggled in.
Internationally trafficked children, especially adolescents, may be lured overseas to the U.S. through the promise of work or school and the opportunity to send money back to their families.
Children are also vulnerable to kidnappers, pimps, and professional brokers.
Some children are sold to traffickers by their families, who may or may not have an understanding of what will happen to the child.
U.S. citizen children may also be trafficked within the U.S., and come from multiple racial groups and socio-economic backgrounds.

The Needs of Rescued Trafficking Victims

Many youth, especially U.S. citizen children trafficked within the U.S., run away from problems at home and may be exploited as a result of emotional vulnerability, homelessness and the need to survive. Youth who run away from home and engage in “survival sex” often find themselves vulnerable to pimps and traffickers involved in prostitution networks. Approximately 55% of street girls, and a good percentage of boys, engage in formal prostitution and some think it is much higher than that. This means that a child client who has been homeless or living on the street for any amount of time has a great likelihood of having been sexually exploited or trafficked.thumb Street Kid

The sexual exploitation of children is not limited to particular racial, ethnic or socioeconomic groups, although children from poor families appear to be at somewhat higher risk of commercial sexual exploitation. In fact, most of the street children encountered in the study were Caucasian youths who had run away from middle-class families. One clear theme is the is proportionate number of street youth who have histories of recurrent physical or sexual abuse at home and took to the streets in a desperate effort to bring their abuse to an end.

According to these researchers, child sexual exploitation in the United States affects as many boys as girls, but boys are less well-served by social service and law enforcement systems because of the widespread belief that boys are better able than girls to fend for themselves. Without intervention, research has shown many boys shift from being victims of sexual abuse to victimizing other boys and girls as pimps and traffickers.

People are recruited in several different ways such as through fake employment agencies, acquaintances, newspaper ads, front businesses, word of mouth or abduction. Traffickers may be neighbors, friends, returnees, agricultural operators, owners of small businesses, diplomats and even families. Increasingly, however, the traffickers are organized crime syndicates, often in collaboration with corrupt law enforcement entities, government officials or employers, who may use several intermediaries from the first point of contact to the final destination of the victim. If the victim is transported, they use both legal and illegal means of transport and various techniques to keep their victim enslaved.

They may keep them under lock and key or in isolation from the public and from their family members or support networks, confiscate their passports or identification documents, use the threat of violence against the enslaved person or their families, threaten them with shame, fear of imprisonment or deportation, and control their money.

The psychological effects of torture are helplessness, shame and humiliation, shock, denial and disbelief, disorientation and confusion, and anxiety disorders including post traumatic stress disorder, phobias, panic attacks and depression. Victims may experience Traumatic Bonding (Stockholm Syndrome) – a form of coercive control in which the perpetrator instills in the victim fear as well as gratitude for being allowed to live or for any other perceived favors, however small.
Ark of Hope for Children’s sources for U.S. and international trafficking statistics;


U.S. Trafficking In Persons Report – June 2012

Trafficking Victims Protection Act

U.S. Trafficking In Persons Report – June 2011

Child Trafficking Update – October 2011

Defender Foundation

FBI on Human Sex Trafficking – March 2011

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, Hanoi

Child Victims of Human Trafficking Report- Dept Health & Human Services

Crimes Against Children Report- Interpol – September 2009

Trafficking in Human Beings Report- Interpol – December 2009
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Multi-department sting targets child sex trafficking



Posted: Monday, December 28, 2015 9:03 pm
Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman’s Office, High Tech Crimes Unit, coordinated a predator operation to identify and arrest individuals who would sexually prey on children within the boundaries of Harris County Precinct 4.
The operation was conducted with assistance and cooperation from members of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, specifically; The Harris County Sheriff’s Office-High Tech Crimes Unit, Department of Homeland Security-Cyber Squad, Harris County District Attorney’s Office, The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston Police Department.
The child predator operation was conducted using various social media outlets, during a 3 day period from Tuesday, Dec. 15, through Thursday, Dec. 17, in the suburban area of northwest Harris County.
There were a total of eight defendants arrested for conversing with persons whom they believed to be minor children. The suspects then traveled to a location where they expected to meet a child for the purposes of a prearranged sexual encounter. The suspects were all intercepted by law enforcement and subsequently arrested for the offense of online solicitation of a minor.
Suspect Damien Savannah placed an ad on Craigslist. The ad was answered by an undercover investigator from Constable Mark Herman’s Office.
Savannah stated he wanted to have sex with the undercover officer’s juvenile daughter and agreed to pay money for the arranged sexual encounter. Savannah was provided a location and upon his arrival, he was intercepted by law enforcement and subsequently arrested for the offense of online solicitation to commit human trafficking of a minor.
“This is a great example of Team Work between all law enforcement agencies involved,” said Constable Mark Herman. “Our communities and children are much safer with these suspects off our streets.”
Herman’s Office will continue to support these types of collaborative efforts with local, state and federal agencies in order to seek out and apprehend those in our communities who intend to harm and/or sexually prey upon our children.
All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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YouTuber Steven Fernandez, left, Jose Barajas and Keelan Lamar Dadd have been arrested and charged with the sexual exploitation of a 12-year-old girl. (Los Angeles Police Department)
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Los Angeles police have accused a 15-year-old skateboarding sensation, his adult manager and another man of sexually exploiting a 12-year-old girl who reportedly was “lured off the street in hopes of meeting celebrities.”

In a statement released Thursday by the Los Angeles Police Department, investigators said they were taking the unusual step of publicizing the name of the juvenile suspect in order to identify other potential victims.


“We’re taking exceptional measures to find additional victims because the fate of some young lives may be at stake,” LAPD Det. Ninette Toosbuy said.

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Compton skateboarder Steven Fernandez, a YouTube personality who markets a clothing brand, was arrested along with his manager, Jose Barajas, 22, in a sting operation on Nov. 17, police said. Another man, Keelan Lamar Dadd, 27, a professional skateboarder, turned himself in on Dec. 3, authorities said.

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According to investigators, the victim told them that Fernandez called her over to a car on Ventura Boulevard in Encino on Nov. 13. Fernandez allegedly told the girl he would introduce her to celebrities and include her in an “MTV special” if she engaged in sexual acts with the three men.

The victim’s mother found out about the episode and police were informed. Investigators then posed as the 12-year-old and arranged by text message to meet the suspects in an abandoned home for sex.

As a result of that sting operation, Fernandez was booked on suspicion of procuring a child to engage in a lewd act, as well as lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.

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He was released into his mother’s custody and ordered to wear an ankle tracker.

Fernandez’s attorney, Ryan D’Ambrosio, said Thursday that his client had been taken advantage of.

“Steven is just as much of a victim as the other minor involved,” D’Ambrosio said. “We feel that his celebrity status was preyed upon by these adults.”

D’Ambrosio said there would be no further statements until the completion of the investigation.

Barajas and Dadd also have been booked on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14. Both have been released on bail.

Investigators said they believed that Fernandez and his friends cruised around places such as Encino and Hollywood trying to meet girls. The 12-year-old victim came forward in large part because her mother discovered the incident, Toosbuy said.

Detectives released the name of the 15-year-old, citing section 827.5 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code, which allows for the disclosure of the name of a minor taken into custody for commission of any serious felony.

Investigators said they wanted parents to look at the names and pictures of the defendants and ask their daughters whether there had been any contact.

“The way in which Steven Fernandez and his cohorts lured this 12-year-old, it appears that that’s their lifestyle,” Toosbuy said. “I’m afraid that there might be other tweens out there who fell into the trappings of this particular young girl and might be ashamed and embarrassed to say anything.”


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COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) _ Seven Rhode Island men are facing sexual solicitation charges following an undercover police sting targeting people answering ads placed on the website

Undercover detectives posed as women soliciting payment for sex and placed ads on the site. They arranged to meet with the men who responded at local hotels located off Interstate 95 at the Coventry/West Greenwich line.

Seven men were arrested Friday and charged with procurement of sexual conduct for a fee.

The idea for the sting originally began as a collaborative idea between the Coventry and West Greenwich Police Departments, as part of an effort to combat a rise in sex and human trafficking. The Providence Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations also became involved in the operation.

The suspects range in age from 20 to 58.

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635781034866669968-vlcsnap-4787-07-24-09h31m24s725CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A local motel where investigators say young girls were brought and forced to work as part of a sex trafficking ring has been stripped of its franchise.

The owner of the motel is accused of profiting from teen prostitution. According to the Department of Justice, Charlotte ranks in the top 10 nationally for sex trafficking.

Hannah Arrowood, the Executive Director of Present Age Ministries, a group that rescues teens from human traffickers, said most people would be surprised to know how big the problem is in Charlotte.

“What we’ve learned is Charlotte becomes a central hub for various factors, but one of the main ones being all of the interstate highways are so accessible,” said Arrowood.

Red Roof Inn has terminated its franchise agreement with the west Charlotte motel, located at 3300 Queen City Drive.

The owner, Chandresh Patel, through his attorneys released a statement, saying “they were recently advised of criminal activity which took place at the hotel in the past,” and they are in “regular communications with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and are taking action to resolve the issues.”

Charlotte hotel at center of sex trafficking allegations

Patel and his attorneys also pointed out that they have new management in place and new procedures in place to eliminate the conditions that may have allowed criminal activity in the past.

The federal investigation took several months before authorities made a move. Last week, the FBI and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police filed the paperwork asking to seize the property from its owner due to sex trafficking violations that happened on the premises.

Sources told WCNC that pimps would transport young girls from out of state and force them to work. Arrowood’s organization works with girls as young as 12 years old.

“I think they would be shocked to find it in their local high schools. I think they would be shocked to find it in their local churches. I think they would be shocked to find it at the malls they shop at,” said Arrowood.

Sources told WCNC that this is the first time in North Carolina that authorities have attempted to seize a property due to human trafficking.

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Delhi police said that on Dec. 30, the victim advised that Carrie Mills, 36, lured her to engage in sexual acts with Gerald Imsicke, 52, on several occasions between 2011 and 2013, starting when the victim was 13.

Mills was arrested at her home in Delhi Township. She was interviewed and admitted to the offense, police said. Mills was charged with one count of trafficking in persons.

Police said Imsicke was arrested at his home in Middletown and charged with one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Both are being held on $100,000 bond.

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Prosecutors in Phoenix are celebrating a major victory this week after securing a guilty verdict for a man convicted under Arizona’s “child prostitution” law for attempting to buy sex with a law enforcement officer who he believed to be a 16 year old girl. According to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, this is the first jury verdict for this type of operation in Arizona.

The case of Paul Daniel Wagner, which was prosecuted by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office will have statewide impact as the jury’s verdict clarifies that trying to buy sex with a minor, or someone posing as a minor, is a serious crime.

As Shared Hope’s Protected Innocence Challenge report card for Arizona shows, Arizona has strong laws to combat demand for commercial sex with minors, a driving force behind the sex trafficking industry. However, bringing buyers to justice is a resource-intensive and challenging task. A primary challenge in combatting demand has been the growth of online exploitation of juvenile sex trafficking victims which allows both traffickers and buyers to remain anonymous and avoid detection by law enforcement.

In recent years, Phoenix-area law enforcement have led efforts to tackle demand through online sting operations and as a result, the area has seen a substantial increase in the identification and arrest of offenders seeking to pay for sex with a minor. When Shared Hope conducted an assessment of Arizona’s response to sex trafficking in 2010, research showed that only five of the 87 cases prosecuted under the “child prostitution” law since 2006 had involved buyers. In contrast, when Shared Hope conducted an assessment of anti-demand enforcement in Arizona in 2015, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office had commenced 89 prosecutions of buyers under the child prostitution law since December 2013.

Nevertheless, prosecution of buyers arrested during sting operations has presented its own set of challenges. In Shared Hope’s 2015 research, Demanding Justice Arizona, online sting operations served as the primary method of identifying buyers in the greater Phoenix region but one of the concerns to this approach was whether judges and juries would treat these cases as seriously as cases involving actual victims—particularly when offenders identified through sting operations were attempting to buy sex with a minor older than 15.

The jury verdict finding Paul Daniel Wagner guilty of a Class 2 felony for attempting to buy sex with a law enforcement officer who he believed to be a 16 year old girl indicates a rising intolerance for this crime. This case reflects the growing understanding that buyers of sex with minors—including those who target older minors—are not just guys who “made a mistake” or were “entrapped” but instead are serious offenders deserving of serious penalties.


Case dropped: Woman charged with human trafficking was really a victim

A judge on Wednesday dismissed human trafficking and prostitution charges against a woman, formerly of South Carolina, after prosecutors determined she was actually a victim in the scheme to transport teen girls to Birmingham and force them into sexual servitude.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Stephen Wallace dismissed two counts of human trafficking and two counts of promoting prostitution against 20-year-old Veronica Melvin.

Melvin had been charged with a South Carolina man, Jermaine Williams, after their arrest in 2013. The arrests were part of the FBI’s nationwide crackdown – Operation Cross Country – on child sex trafficking. Three juveniles, ages 13 to 17, were rescued in the Birmingham area during the sweep. The girls were being advertised on as ‘Barbie Dolls’.

“It became very clear during the investigation of this case that Veronica Melvin was a sex trafficking victim of Jermaine Williams,” Kistler stated in an email to on Thursday. “Our office, along with the law enforcement agencies who worked this case, agreed that justice required dropping her charges.”

“This case exemplifies that human trafficking exists, and that it is happening right here in our own community,” Kistler. “Victims of these cases suffer from the deprivation of one of the most important human rights afforded to us: the right to freedom. Human trafficking victims already have so much to fear from the predators who abuse them and exploit them for profit – they should not have to fear prosecution as well.”

Melvin’s attorney, David Luker, said it was a very complicated case and that he and his client are very satisfied with the outcome. “It was as a result of the district attorneys good judgment and willingness to analyze case that we were able to reach a fair and reasonable outcome,” he said.

Jermaine Williams entered a guilty plea in July to two Human Trafficking charges and was sentenced, per an agreement with prosecutors, to a 20-year sentence. According to the department of corrections, he will serve at least 85 percent before he is even eligible for parole, Kistler said.


These pictures tell a story about me, and it ain’t pretty. The first begins a photo session, about which I am less than thrilled. I know what is coming next. I loose every last thread of my human dignity. And for some reason, my dignity was important to me. The second photo is small and fussy, because it is just a test print. The pictures are moving in a direction not fit for public consumption. But if I close my eyes I remember just a peek or two. A male model, from the William Mortensen Studio in Laguna Beach, California, has joined my side of the camera, under the blazing hot lights. We form a picture perfect couple, me with my fair Nordic looks, him with his Mediterranean chiseled features and dark hair; me five years old, him twenty-two. Now the photos get arty as body parts meet body parts in erotica. (Such as the tip of my tongue meets his erect penis.) So much child pornography, we compete for our share of a very crowded market. It’s good practice for me, as I am about to move into the even more demanding arena of child sex trafficking and black mail. The Nazis that controlled my life had big plans for me. I was about to meet the rich and famous


This is done to gain the child’s trust as well as the trust of those responsible for the child’s well-being. Additionally, a trusting relationship with the family means the child’s parents are less likely to believe potential accusations.

In the case of sexual grooming, child pornography images are often shown to the child as part of the grooming process.[2][3][4]

To establish a good relationship with the child and the child’s family, child groomers might do several things. For example, they might take an undue interest in someone else’s child, to be the child’s “special” friend to gain the child’s trust.[6] They might give gifts or money to the child for no apparent reason. They may show pornography—videos or pictures—to the child, hoping to make it easy for the child to accept such acts, thus normalizing the behavior. They may simply talk about sexual topics. These are just some of the methods a child groomer might use to gain a child’s trust and affection to allow them to do what they want. Hugging and kissing or other physical contact, even when the child does not want it, can happen. To the groomer, this is a way to get close.[dubious – discuss] They might talk about problems normally discussed between adults, or at least people of the same age. Topics might include marital problems and other conflicts. They may try to gain the child’s parents’ trust by befriending them, with the goal of easy access to the child. The child groomer might look for opportunities to have time alone with the child. This can be done by offering to babysit. The groomer may invite the child for sleepovers. This gives them the opportunity to sleep in the same room or even the same bed with the child.

Actions such as online communication have been defended by suspected offenders using the so-called ‘fantasy defense’, in which those accused argue that they were only expressing fantasies and not plans of future behavior. In the U.S., case law draws a distinction between those two and some people accused of ‘grooming’ have successfully used this defense.

over the internet grooming

Sexual grooming of children also occurs on the Internet. Some abusers will pose as children online and make arrangements to meet with them in person. Facebook has been involved in controversy as to whether or not it takes enough precautions. Jim Gamble, leader of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) of the United Kingdom, stated in April 2010 that his office received 292 complaints about Facebook users through the year of 2009 yet “None of these complaints came direct from Facebook.” A spokesman for Facebook responded to complaints by meeting Ceop directly in person, and saying, adamantly, “We take the issue of safety very seriously.”[8]

In 2003, MSN implemented restrictions in their chat rooms purportedly intended to help protect children from adults seeking sexual conversations with them. In 2005, Yahoo! chat rooms were investigated by the New York State attorney general’s office for allowing users to create rooms whose names suggested that they were being used for this purpose. That October, Yahoo! agreed to “implement policies and procedures designed to ensure” that such rooms would not be allowed.

Some vigilante organizations use operatives posing as underage teens on the internet to identify potential child molesters and turn the information over to the police and the courts. The news program Dateline NBC features the recurring segment “To Catch a Predator”, based on documenting such activities.

Multiple computer programs have been developed to help identify grooming and warn parents. Such software analyzes chat room and other Instant messaging logs for activity that may identify grooming or other potentially suspicious activities. Some of the technologies have been adapted to social networking services and ISPs

Sexual grooming of children over the internet is most prevalent (99% of cases) amongst the 13–17 age group, particularly the 13–14 years old children (48%). The majority of them are girls. The majority of the victimization occurs over the mobile phone support. Children and teenagers with behavioral issues such as higher attention seekers have a much higher risk than others.

United States[edit]
In the United States, 18 U.S.C. § 2422 makes it a federal offense to use the mail, interstate commerce, etc. to entice a minor to sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense. 18 U.S.C. § 2425 makes it a federal offense to transmit information about a person below the age of 16 for this purpose. Some states have additional statutes covering seducing a child online, such as the Florida law that makes “Use of a Computer to Seduce a Child” a felony.

Laws focused on ‘grooming’ were first enforced federally against Alabaman Jerry Alan Penton in 2009. Penton received 20 years in prison for that action coupled with another 20 for his distribution and possession of child pornography. He was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison on a variety of charges relating to child pornography

Bad parenting made young white girls an easy target for ‘grotesque’ exploitation at the hands of Asian sex gangs, says Judge
Girl and a second victim were repeatedly raped on ‘an almost daily basis’
Six men guilty of grooming, drugging and abusing children in Aylesbury
Judge jails them for 82 years for targeting vulnerable white girls
He said: ‘If they pursued Asian under-age girls, they would have paid a heavy price in their community’
PUBLISHED: 09:09 EST, 7 September 2015 | UPDATED: 04:31 EST, 8 September 2015

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Poor parenting may have helped push vulnerable under-age white girls into the hands of Asian sex gangs, one of Britain’s most senior judges has said.
Judge John Bevan spoke out as he jailed six members of a paedophile ring for a total of 82 years for grooming and raping white girls because of their six year campaign of ‘grotesque’ abuse.
The men targeted vulnerable children in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire for sex secured with ‘the price of a McDonald’s, a milkshake and a cinema ticket’, the Old Bailey heard.
Vikram Singh, Asif Hussain, Arshad Jani, Mohammed Imran, Akbari Khan and Taimoor Khan were jailed for between three years and 19-and-a-half years.
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Abusers: Mohammed Imran, Akbari Khan and Taimoor Khan (left to right) were each jailed for up to 19 years at the Old Bailey
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Judge John Bevan said poor parental supervision of the children made the victims into easy targets.
Mr Justice Bevan added the men, of Indian and Pakistani descent, may have targeted white girls because ‘if they pursued Asian girls they would have paid a heavy price in their community.’
The abuse between from 2006 and 2012 included multiple rapes of a child under 13, child prostitution and administering a substance to ‘stupefy’ a girl in order to engage in sexual activity.
After the sex gang was jailed today it emerged that one victim, known only as child B, is suing Buckinghamshire County Council for negligence resulting in the unnecessary suffering of the victims.
In a statement the woman, who had been in care, said that ‘no sentence could ever put right what happened’.
But she said: ‘It’s an opportunity for all of us to say to the Government and to social services, whose job it is to protect vulnerable people, that it is time to sit down and listen to our experiences, and I mean actually listen and reflect on what is happening in this country.
‘This would go a long way in helping them to be able to understand the problems that exist, to enable them to prevent things like this from happening to others in the future.’
Her solicitor Alan Collins added: ‘It is without doubt that if social services had done more to protect the victims and spotted the crucial signs that something was wrong, we wouldn’t be here today.
‘However, the sentencing of these individuals does not make up for the failings. As a consequence, we will now be taking legal action against Buckinghamshire County Council for their negligence in this case which resulted in the unnecessary suffering of these victims.’
Javed Khan, chief executive of the charity Barnardo’s which has supported the victims, said: ‘These sentences send out an important message: abusers will pay for their actions. Their crimes have had a devastating impact on their victims.
‘We will continue to work with Thames Valley Police, Buckinghamshire County Council and our other partners to stamp out this terrible crime, by raising awareness of the signs a child or young person is being sexually exploited, and supporting victims.’
Most of the offences related to child A, who was present in court to see the men who robbed her of her teenage years jailed.
In a statement, she told of her feelings of ‘worthlessness’ as she battled depression and alcohol addiction, adding: ‘I feel my teenage years were taken away from me.’
Sentencing, judge John Bevan QC paid tribute to her bravery in laying bare her life ‘warts and all’ and said the way some of the defendants took advantage of her vulnerability was ‘grotesque’.
He said: ‘She sought friendship amongst Asian males in their 20s and for the price of a McDonald’s, a milkshake and cinema ticket, she became ‘liked’ by stall holders in Aylesbury market, taxi and bus drivers.
‘By the age of 13 she was sexually experienced, confusing sexual gratification for friendship and love.’
By the time she was 16, the girl had been abused by just under 70 men and her vulnerability should have been ‘blindingly obvious’, the judge said.
He went on: ‘Why these defendants focused their attention on white under-age girls is unexplained but I have no doubt vulnerability played a substantial part in it.
‘The combination of inadequate parenting leading to rebellious children lacking supervision provided an opportunity.
‘If they pursued Asian under-age girls, they would have paid a heavy price in their community.’
The two victims came from troubled backgrounds and wanted to feel grown-up when they were befriended by the men, who groomed them by showering them with inexpensive gifts such as alcohol, DVDs, food and occasionally drugs.
While aged just 12 or 13, child A was passed between some 60 mainly Asian men for sex after being conditioned into thinking it was normal behaviour, jurors were told.
The vast majority of the charges related to this child, while three charges related to girl B.
During the trial, prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC told the jury the youngsters were ‘easy prey for a group of men wanting casual sexual gratification that was easy, regular and readily available’.
He said the girls’ ideas of what was right had been ‘completely distorted’, and that they thought what was happening was ‘normal’ and ‘natural’.
Many of the defendants were friends from the Aylesbury area. Some were married and had children, with some working on the market and a few working as taxi drivers.

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A bare 12 months into the police investigation into Rotherham child sex exploitation (CSE) allegations and one startling new fact has emerged: it may cost nearly £7m this year alone as it potentially becomes ‘the single largest CSE investigation ever undertaken in the UK’.

A new report has highlighted the National Crime Agency (NCA) Operation Stovewood as one of the key financial pressures on South Yorkshire Police. It also declined to nominate a date for the publication of its report.

The force is underwriting the investigation by the NCA into historic Rotherham child sexual exploitation offences in the wake of police failures in the town’s child grooming scandal.

The NCA said in June it had identified 300 potential suspects and was following up on 3,300 lines of enquiry in relation to allegations covering 1997 to 2013. This is the same period covered by the damning Jay report that found there were at least 1,400 victims of abuse.

At that stage, officials said the operation may last up to three years, at an annual cost of between £3m to £5m. But a study by the South Yorkshire Police commissioner’s finance officer suggests the outlay of the NCA investigation in 2015 ‘could cost approximately £6.9m’ under one option being examined.
It said: “Discussions are taking place with the NCA regarding the level of resourcing requested for the ongoing investigative work.”

As Breibart London has previously revealed, in a concurrent probe more than 160 police officers are under investigation Rotherham over allegations they systematically ignored complaints of widespread child sexual exploitation.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has already identified 60 officers as part of a major investigation into the scandal and 100 others are in their sights.

The watchdog is examining whether or not disciplinary or even legal action should be brought against police officers who are accused of ignoring victims’ claims that they were being sexually trafficked and abused.

The South Yorkshire finance report has suggested Operation Stovewood retains the scope to exceed any other now underway in the UK. These include Operation Pallial, looking into claims of sexual abuse in the care system in North Wales, which involves around 320 potential victims and the Met Police-run Operation Yewtree, an enquiry into alleged child sexual exploitation by the late Jimmy Savile and others.

It said: “As Operation Stovewood has progressed, it has become clear that it has the potential to be the single largest CSE investigation ever undertaken in the UK.”

A spokesman for the NCA said: “We provide the force with regular updates on the costs/future costs of the investigation for each phase/accounting period. The level of resources required is benchmarked against similar investigations conducted elsewhere and national best practice.

“The investigation is large and complex, and involves investigating criminal activity over a 16-year-period by both organised groups and individuals. Work to identify all victims of non-familial CSE in Rotherham, potentially 1,400 people, is ongoing. We have prioritised two specific investigations under Operation Stovewood at this point.

“Investigations are conducted to a professional standard and as quickly as possible. The speed of an investigation is therefore based on the level of resources available at any given time. The standards to which we work, in the interests of victims/survivors, suspects and the criminal justice system, are non-negotiable. We expect the investigation to take a number of years.”

Grooming is the slow process of breaking down someone until they are too vulnerable to seek help.They manipulate your thought processes while gaining your empathy removing all the red flags that beep at sign of danger. Grooming children can be done online or in person by strangers or people they know. They develop an emotional connection in order to gain trust. Many children have no idea they have been groomed or even abused. Most often they know they don’t like the abuse but never speak up. This is because they trust the abuser wouldn’t hurt them. They believe this abuse is how they show they love them. They share stories of their own abuse to bond.

Grooming is done through little things you need and you crave. When someone gives you attention you soak it up like a sponge. They buy you gifts making you feel special and loved. They offer up advice spinning it to make you feel best and blame someone else. They are very attentive which is what everyone wants . They take you places which can constitute love to a small child. This day and age most households have 2 working parents so the attention is lacking. A toddler does not understand the parents have to work to have a home,food and clothes. They only know no one seems to be there. All these things create a trusting bond.

You begin to defend them and make excuses or lie for them. The image that they care and are the only one there for you has been seeded. They nurture and grow the seed a little at a time. The victim tends to be vulnerable in some way whether it’s a hard time, a loss, insecure or lonely. They find your weakest spot and use that to convince you their abuse is yours or someone else’s fault. They isolate you leaving no signs for family and friends to pick up on until it’s too late. They play on things people say and do to convince you they are the only one who loves you and is there for you. It sounds so simple black and white when I write it but it’s subtle and only the aware or paranoid would catch it. Its done when your guard is down and your not looking for it.

The next phase is to exploit you. They isolate and create things making you feel like they are the only one. This creates a sole dependency that is so important. This means you won’t ride telling making them mad, sad or go away. On a scale they mean more than you don’t like the abuse. So you keep silent to protect the person. They now have control over you. They keep you silent thinking its normal. They convince you no one will believe you or you deserve it. Some tell the child you will be homeless. The other I hear most is I will be killed because they won’t understand our bond. Then I will never see you again. Secrets and blackmail are used against you.

The purpose of grooming is to get you to participate in your abuse, guilt you into silence and manipulate you into covering for them . This prolongs the abuse meanwhile if you lied you’ve created a big uphill mountain for you to climb to even have someone believe you. No one believes the troublemaker. When it comes to the taboo subject of abuse no one wants to hear about it. Therefore you try to forget as often as possible and hide it out of embarrassment and shame.

Grooming is hard to battle because we can’t tell the child what’s happening because then we are brainwashing or controlling. It can also make you look like the enemy or a jealous person. There is very little education taught at a level young children can understand. To convince them that someone bought you a gift to hurt you sounds far fetched as an adult. Waiting for them to see through it is not an option. Parents be aware and teach them beforehand. Make sure you know who your children are with at all times. Teach them good touch, bad touch. Be the kind of parent who parents but that your children know can come to for anything. Leave doors to communication open and flowing. Follow your gut feeling about someone and don’t blow it off as impossible. Do not overreact but watch, check and look into things. Research, awareness and believing our children will create a stronger wall to protect them. Please see : for more information Remember, together we can and will move mountains!

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