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.

About DJS ANGELS

DJ is a survivor of human trafficking. Her story can be seen at:
http://amicuscuria.com/wordpress/?p=5019 along with a documentary called:
Born In A Brothel
The stories told are intense and Parental Guidance for young audiences is advised.
Angels In The Field is a non-profit organization dependent on charitable donations to fight human trafficking.
It’s founder and is a 501c3   (DJ) can be reached as follows:
tel. (360)463-7912
e-mail: djangelsinthefield@gmail.com
address: PO Box 1693, Shelton, WA 98584

DJ’s Angels  as co-founder and president of  Angels In The Field Rescue Me For Freedom and Justice.  I leads the organization’s strategic and financial opportunities to create tools that engage business, government and grassroots in order to incubate and grow social enterprises to benefit enslaved and vulnerable communities.

Angels In The Field creates tools that engage business, government, and grassroots in order to incubate and grow social enterprises to benefit enslaved and vulnerable communities.fights human trafficking and modern-day slavery around the world. Through international work on the ground and in mainstream supply chains, we proactively target the root causes of slavery while engaging and equipping the movement for freedom.   In 2007, Debra Jannett Lopez  discovered that his favorite and lovebly mother would betray her on selling DJ In India were her grandmother lived in India. Were slavery has been going for many Generation every place you go there is a reality of slavery , had been the center of a local brothels full human trafficking ring.  After further investigation, he realized this was part of a growing international issue spanning every industry and corner of the earth. From there, both the organization and her 2007 was born Angels In The Field Rescuing victims of slavery and working with senators trying to fight the new era of slavery and the movement of Freedom reigns all over the world. My vision as an ex slave is to safe as much victims as i can rescuing to re abolish the humans out a underground slavery.  There are more than 50 Billions  slaves today, more than at any other time in history. Men, women and children around the world are forced to work without pay and subjected to physical, mental and emotional exploitation-and the number is growing.
OUR WORK
Angels In The Field

creates tools that engage business, government and grassroots in order to incubate and grow social enterprises to benefit enslaved and vulnerable communities. Our mission is to end slavery, not to simply put a bandage on the wound that it creates. To do this, we identify and address the root causes in impoverished and vulnerable communities where individuals are easily taken advantage of by traffickers. Not For Sale has identified vulnerable regions across the world and empowers each against the rising tide of exploitation.

Through social projects spanning the globe in countries like Peru, the Netherlands, India, Thailand and South Africa, DJ’ works to provide restoration, challenge institutional thinking, and create new futures for all Humans.
OUR WORK
Angels In The Field rescue Me for Freedom

DJ  creates tools that engage business, government and grassroots in order to incubate and grow social enterprises to benefit enslaved and vulnerable communities.

Our mission is to end slavery, not to simply put a bandage on the wound that it creates. To do this, we identify and address the root causes in impoverished and vulnerable communities where individuals are easily taken advantage of by traffickers. Not For Sale has identified vulnerable regions across the world and empowers each against the rising tide of exploitation.

Through social projects spanning the globe in countries like Peru, the Netherlands, India, Thailand and South Africa, Angels In The Field ,works to provide restoration, challenge institutional thinking, and create new futures for survivors.

Together, we can end slavery in our lifetime. We are Humans, and we are not for sale.

 

 

 

 

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