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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Nine people were arrested Wednesday in connection with the alleged kidnapping and human trafficking of a teen outside of Hartford.

In September, an outside agency first contacted Hartford police in regards to the possible kidnapping and human trafficking of an 18-year-old girl. After a meeting with three other agencies who had prior dealing with the victim, it was established that she may be in a specific address in the north end of Hartford.

“She was being held, according to her, almost a months time repeatedly sexually assaulted and repeatedly physically abused,” said Hartford Deputy Chief Brian J. Foley.

Police say on September 29th, detectives set up surveillance and received more information that proved that the teen was indeed at the address. Police were then able to find the victim there and rescue her. After interviewing the victim, detectives say they learned that the teen was held against her will for almost a month and was trafficked sexually and repeatedly physically abused.

As a result of an extensive investigation, detectives were able to obtain arrest warrants for 31-year-old Dwayne “Crash” Hairston, of Windsor and 25-year-old Eric “Nut” Williams, of Hartford,

On Wednesday, at 9 p.m., detectives conducted an undercover investigation in the area of 2620 Main Street after they received information that people were buying drugs from the third floor south apartment and that both Hairston and Williams were there. Detectives were able to arrest both Hairston and Williams without incident.

Additionally, during a later search of the apartment, police found 28 bags of crack cocaine, 27 bags of heroin, 13 bags of marijuana, packaging material and counterfeit money. There were also two children, ages 8 and 10, who were there during the search. DCF has since been notified.

Hairston was charged with Kidnapping, Coercion, Promoting Prostitution, Unlawful Restraint, Assault, Possession of Narcotics, Possession of Narcotics With Intent to Sell and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Williams was arrested for sexual assault.

“There is a probability that there will be more arrests as the investigation unfolds. Right now, we have two in custody and I wouldn’t be surprised to see more,” said Foley.

Photos: Individual mugshots from the Hartford Human Trafficking & Drug Bust

Additionally police arrested seven other suspected drug buyers leaving that location.

Troy West, 43, of Hartford, was charged with Possession of Narcotics, Possession of Narcotics With Intent to Sell, and Criminal Trespass.

Jeri Collins, 34, of Hartford, was charged with Criminal Trespass.

Joshua Janton, 34, of Manchester, was charged with Possession of Narcotics, Criminal Trespass, Interfering with Police and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without a License.

Travis Kelly, 39, of Manchester was charged with Possession of Narcotics and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Jerome Greene, 30, of Hartford, was charged with Possession of Narcotics, Possession of Narcotics With Intent to Sell, Destruction of Evidence and Risk of Injury to Minor.

A juvenile from Hartford, CT was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Controlled Substance With Intent to Sell.

Michelle Lopez, 31, of Hartford was charged with Failure to Appear 2nd on MV Charges.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible.

Florida child sex sting nets former workers from Disney, SeaWorld and Universal Studios

They arrived for a week. Morning, noon and night. A total of 22 men, all seeking the same thing: sex with an underage girl.

One after another, they walked into a sparsely furnished house in Clermont, Fla., expecting to find a 10- or 12- or 14-year-old girl. Instead, they found justice.

Again and again, sheriff’s deputies burst into the living room and arrested the men for soliciting sex with a minor. Operation L & P was named after the two counties, Lake and Polk, collaborating on the undercover sting operation and timed to occur just before kids went on summer vacation. From May 18 to 25, detectives from both departments posed as underage girls or their parents in Internet chat rooms.

[Secret rooms, stuffed animals, sex toys: The home that became a child-porn studio]

It’s a tried and tested technique for ensnaring sex offenders. In this case, however, the catch was particularly alarming. Not only because authorities caught enough suspects to field a football game, but because of whom they arrested. And where they had worked.

Among those apprehended during the week-long sting was a handful of men whose jobs involved children, including three current and former theme park employees and a youth counselor.

Jeff Conrad, for example, told deputies that he had worked at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, half an hour away in Orlando. Disney told News13 in Florida that the man left Disney before the arrest.

“He traveled to have sex with a 14-year-old child,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday. “He had access to kids because, as he said, he was a Disney employee working at Magic Kingdom.”

Two more suspects worked at Orlando theme parks, Judd said: Ryan Mayer at SeaWorld and Tomas Adames at Universal Studios. (Both companies told local media after the arrests that the men are no longer employed with them.)

[‘Nice guy’ wrestling coach had child porn, pot farm and guns at his N.J. home, police say]

Some men allegedly brought sex toys. One allegedly brought a whip. Another allegedly arrived with an extra pair of underwear, intending to claim his child victim’s panties as a trophy, according to local newspaper the Daily Commercial.

“Their communications and desires were outrageous and deviant,” Judd said. “All 22 traveled to have sex and brought outrageous tools for deviant sex.”

One of the most disturbing cases was the arrest of Ahmad Saleem, a 22-year-old community activist and youth counselor. He is the founder of Saleem Academy, an organization dedicated to empowering young Muslims. He is also the former Orlando organizer for the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR said Saleem worked for the organization only for a short time and had left before his arrest, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Saleem allegedly showed up to the sting thinking he was about to have sex with a 12-year-old. He also showed up in a vehicle with a specialty license plate reading: “Invest in Children.”

[Ten-year-old girl killed in house fire, hours before trial of her accused rapist]

On Thursday morning, the Saleem Academy Web site hinted at its founder’s fraught legal future and inner demons.

“CLOSED,” reads a solitary message on the site. “MAY GOD BLESS YOU, GUIDE YOU, AND ILLUMINATE THE RIGHT PATH FOR YOU, AND KEEP YOU FIRM ON IT. KEEP ME IN YOUR PRAYERS.”

None of those arrested have filed pleas yet.

Authorities had little pity for Saleem or his fellow suspects.

“If you’re going to prey on children, the Florida sheriffs are going to come after you with a vengeance,” Judd said. “You never know from which county we’ll be looking for you.”

Judd has gained such a reputation for pursuing sex offenders in Polk that he approached authorities in neighboring Lake County, where he hoped suspects would be less suspicious, according to the Daily Commercial.

“This was a warning and a message that we are after these types of people with a vengeance,” he said. “If we didn’t get you in this operation, you better be sure we will in the next one. We are after you. Leave our children alone.”

Operation L & P also went after prostitution in the two counties. Detectives pursued a similar strategy, posing as both prostitutes and johns online. Authorities arrested 79 people for prostitution, including a woman who was four months pregnant, two high school girls, and a husband who drove his wife to the Clermont house so she could earn the couple some money by having sex. One john arrived at the house in an Uber he had hired in Cape Coral, two hours away.

“We arrested the [Uber] driver, too,” Judd said. Also swept up in the sting was Steven Fabrico, whom Judd showed posing in a photo with one of his two luxury cars.

“He owns two Jaguars, and he gets food stamps,” Judd said. “I guess that’s so he can save his food money to engage in prostitution.”

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Fofer
6/11/2015 1:05 AM PDT
Why was the Uber driver arrested? It’s quite likely he/she had no idea why he was driving the passenger to Clermont, FL, and was just happy to have the two-hour fare.
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hapticz
6/9/2015 11:36 PM PDT
this is the easy way to skim a few of the pedo folks off the street. internet makes it double easy, as the cops dont have to actually trawl the avenues dressed as pimps/girls and they can hide themselves behind anonymous identities, lie and misrepresent themselves far far away from the targets. some of those apprehended are most likely naive and socially unaware. when the cops start shutting down the thousands of web links that present child sex activity in all forms, they might become more effective. with foreign cultures and the associated criminal elements that run rampant on other continents, that will be much more difficult, as the USA isnt the world’s cop. children die by the hundreds from any different ways, yet the few who become living victims of sexual exploitation are used as a moral measure of our society. human trafficking remains a huge issue, of all ages of human inventory.
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JRow
6/8/2015 11:25 AM PDT [Edited]
Comment posted twice for some reason. Edited out the duplicate language.
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JRow
6/8/2015 11:25 AM PDT
Interesting how many men commenting here seem to be sympathetic to the child molesters. And, having an asset limit on food stamps means nothing since the cars were probably bought with fake ID’s or in someone else’s name. Ever heard of identity theft? People like this are really good at that kind of thing. I used to be a probation officer before moving from Florida. It’s highly unlikely Judd would use entrapment under false pretenses as a method of rounding up pedophiles since the case would fall apart at trial. No point in wasting man hours and resources only to have the case thrown out. The johns and prostitutes may get reductions in charges, but not the pedophiles.
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Rob910
6/8/2015 1:04 PM PDT
I don’t disagree with you. However, being an attorney, although not involved in these cases at all, but knowing the details of some (not all of course)-many will fall apart at a trial. The way it was executed and set up, led these men to believe they were meeting a 24 year old. For many of them, it was a waste of man hours and resources overall, with a few exceptions. They simply executed it wrong.
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David Brinton
6/7/2015 7:09 PM PDT
“He owns two Jaguars, and he gets food stamps,” Judd said.

That pretty much proves that Judd is a liar and a scammer. The Florida food stamp program has an asset limit of $3,250. I’m guessing Jaguars are worth more than that.

It’ll be interesting to see how many of those arrested plead out to some misdemeanor, how many go to trial, and how many are exonerated at trial.
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Rob910
6/7/2015 10:58 AM PDT
What may interest you all is that most of these men did nothing wrong. Anyone who actually knows the details of these cases, knows that these people were lured in on the internet by “women” (aka cops) claiming to be in their mid-20s. Then the cop posing as a mid-20 year old would ask if their 14 year old daughter/sister could join in and most of the men said “no,” but still went to meet the over 20 year old. It is a joke of a sting on behalf of the lake/polk sheriff’s office in which they just wants to seem like they are doing something with tax dollars, when in fact they are useless and just entrapping people most people.
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David Brinton
6/7/2015 7:11 PM PDT
I bet most of them plead out to some lesser offense that requires only a small fine or probation and those who can afford to hire an attorney and stand trial are fully exonerated.
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rkthomas
6/6/2015 6:23 PM PDT
This is mostly just another example of the deep strain of puritanism that runs in American culture. It takes different forms at different periods, but is always there. Plus, of course, the clownish antics of the local sheriff, out to strut his stuff in front of the camera at every opportunity.
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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.
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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.
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A company advertising summer jobs for young adults has been falsely tagged in social media as a front for human trafficking.

A friend shared the following post on Facebook:

Girls. I just got a call from a business saying that they needed girls to work this summer as a receptionist for $15 an hour. They wanted me to come in for an interview at 3:15 today so I called my mom and this is what she told me.

Recently in Humble, TX there was a girl who got the same type of phone call and when she went in to interview, something felt off so she left and called the sheriffs office. It was a human trafficking place, they take the girls back to interview and give them a bottle of water that is drugged and the girls wake up halfway around the world.

So basically if y’all get a phone call offering you a job, hang up and report them.

Are human trafficking rings using job interviews to lure college students through invitations to interviews for a summer job?

While human trafficking is a real (and serious) problem, its facilitators deliberately target populations of people whose absence is likely to go unnoticed for a time. We could find no incidents wherein job interviewees were drugged, kidnapped, and forced into sex work. Criminals tend to target people they believe won’t immediately be marked as missing.

A warning about a new ambient threat targeting unwitting victims in day-to-day settings emerged in June 2015, one popular iteration of which was published to Twitter by the account @TweetLikeAGirl. This warning held that summer job interview ads for receptionists were actually a front for a human trafficking abduction scheme:

https://twitter.com/TweetLikeAGirI/status/605565716293677056

Where @TweetLikeAGirl sourced the message from was unclear, and neither the sender nor the recipient of the depicted text message was identified. That Twitter account is quite popular (with more than 1.3 million followers), however, and is identified in its description as a “parody account.” While some followers may have mistaken the tweet for a first-person tale, it was not: all the content on that particular timeline was aggregated from other sources.

The account’s owner likely received an impressive response to the human trafficking warning tweet above, as roughly an hour after posting it he tweeted a similar (false) warning about a shopper’s purported encounter with human traffickers in an Oklahoma Hobby Lobby store:

So who is @TweetLikeAGirl, and why is he or she posting so many warnings about human trafficking? A BuzzFeed article published on 6 November 2014 (“Meet the Network of Guys Making Thousands of Dollars Tweeting As ‘Common White Girls'”) identified him as Cameron Asa, a 21-year-old college student from Tennessee and revealed the purpose of Asa’s mix of content:

Asa’s new game is keeping his account relevant and relatable — and it’s working. He’s now pulling in pretty massive money. He was a little uncomfortable discussing the amount he makes per retweet, but he said that it can be as high as hundreds of dollars.

“Lately I’ve been posting for different apps, and it can range from anywhere from $500 – $1,000 per post — it’s awesome,” Asa said. “I actually did an app tweet last week and I ended up getting the app 20,000 downloads off one tweet.”

In a (somewhat amusing) side-note, BuzzFeed paraphrased a fellow Twitter parody account operator who noted that “targeting young girls with an account is a great market to try to tap into.” It seems targeting them to scare them about being targeted by criminals is a lucrative business, too.

To wit, Asa shares content that is likely to be re-shared by his audience on Twitter, and urban legends about human trafficking are clearly a big hit. So big, in fact, that his posted warning was almost immediately widely repeated as fact across Twitter that same evening:

https://twitter.com/baileebarber12/status/605570825459081217

https://twitter.com/EthioMelat25/status/606193747664248833

Some users questioned why the human trafficking in Humble, Texas, didn’t warrant any news coverage:

https://twitter.com/itssjessiej/status/605603928038776834

By 2 June 2014, the claim and attendant form letter had arrived on Facebook. A user in Fresno, California, published a status update warning parents that that it was in actuality a front for human trafficking:

PARENTS BEWARE OF THIS LETTER.. This letter is being sent to kids for work, but it isn’t for work, it is to get the girls down to this place and drug them and use them for sex trafficking. My 19 yr old received this letter today. And when I showed it to her she told me she had seen this letter online and what it was really about. She didn’t believe it. Until she received a letter herself. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW YOUR KIDS TO RESPOND TO THIS LETTER!!!!

Please share with others to get this out there!!!

Similar Facebook posts targeted Vector, a company that typically enlists teenagers to sell fancy knives door-to-door, as a human trafficking front:

URGENT
A few days ago I reblogged a tumblr post warning about a letter being sent to young women urging them to apply for a job of which they gave no details. This group has been drugging girls that show up for the interview and kidnapping them to be used in sex trafficing. The post I saw was based in California, but today I received the same letter. PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND IF ANY OF YOU GET THIS. This is dangerous and repulsive.

As with the earlier text-in-a-tweet, users indeed shared these warnings. And as with several other similar viral claims, a number of factors converged to advance them quickly.

The first factor was the influx of college students to their hometowns seeking temporary summer employments as well as the notoriously aggressive recruiting methods of some door-to-door sales companies (who ramp up their efforts to hire college students during summer break). As a result, numerous college kids across the United States received unsolicited job or interview offers at the time of the circulating warning. Many of them (or their parents) arrived at the intuitive conclusion: this is part of the human trafficking scheme we just read about on Facebook!

It seemed the breadth of social media couldn’t quite agree upon which opportunities were the riskiest. Many on Twitter believed Cutco Cutlery (operating under the Vector name) was to blame, while others circulated a message implicating book sales company Southwestern Advantage in the kidnapping front ring warning. (Radio station KPSR in Nixa, Missouri, profiled the latter rumor on 4 June 2014 and found it to be without merit.) Door-to-door sales jobs certainly generate a number of online complaints from disgruntled candidates, but those grievances generally comprise bait-and-switch job descriptions and high-pressure interview tactics.

A second aggravating factor concerned a persistent misconception about the risk factors involved in human trafficking. Statistics clarifying the frequency with which adults are simply abducted against their will are notoriously hard to pin down; enumerating particular cases correctly defined as “human trafficking” are even harder. However, a lack of corresponding news stories proportional to the rumors is telling: when any adult disappears under suspicious circumstances, the event is typically newsworthy and often widely reported. That’s not to say that individuals (women in particular) are never abducted and trafficked; rather, that the avenues to activities commonly described as human trafficking are far less likely to be (solicited or invitation-based) job interviews than other means associated with the issue.

According to the non-governmental anti-trafficking organization the Polaris Project, human trafficking (or sex trafficking) in the United States is often a function of sex work. Sex workers, teen runaways, and immigrants are most likely to be subject to the risk due in part to inherent expectations of intermittent absence or off-the-grid periods for those groups:

Sex traffickers may lure their victims with the false promise of a high-paying job. Others promise a romantic relationship, where they first establish an initial period of false love and feigned affection. During this period they offer gifts, compliments, and sexual and physical intimacy, while making elaborate promises of a better life, fast money, and future luxuries. However, the trafficker eventually employs a variety of control tactics, including physical and emotional abuse, sexual assault, confiscation of identification and money, isolation from friends and family, and even renaming victims.

U.S. citizens, foreign nationals, women, men, children, and LGBTQ individuals can be victims of sex trafficking. Runaway and homeless youth, victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, war or conflict, or social discrimination are frequently targeted by traffickers.

Door-to-door sales warranted a mention by the Polaris Project on a separate page devoted to labor trafficking. However, that context did not involve a drugged bottle of water or one-time job interview, but instead encompassed a range of behaviors associated with longer-term coercive employment practices:

Common types of labor trafficking in the United States include people forced to work in homes as domestic servants, farmworkers coerced through violence as they harvest crops, or factory workers held in inhumane conditions. Labor trafficking has also been reported in door-to-door sales crews, carnivals, and health and beauty services … Victims of labor trafficking must frequently work long hours for little to no pay.

(Given that Cutco/Vector, the company identified in this warning, screens, hires, and trains contractors in groups, it’s unlikely that people could be abducted or made to disappear during the process without other prospective hires noticing that something unusual appeared to being on.)

Finally, a 4 October 2013 article published by Your Houston News referenced Humble, Texas, in a story about human trafficking. That incident did not involve an interview for a door-to-door sales (or any other job), and it pertained to undocumented immigrants:

“When the officers arrived at the park, the wrecker driver said he heard a loud pop and then saw the car driving at a high rate of speed with no tire. He followed the car and called us immediately,” Humble Police Department Detective Mike Flynt said. “Once officers arrived at the park, they interviewed the suspects and determined the suspect was transporting several illegal aliens to a meet up location with another group.”

Jesse James Castillo, 33, was arrest on a charge of trafficking of a person and was transported as well as two teens and two adults who were in the United States illegally by Homeland Security for further investigation.

So while claims of human trafficking fronts were rampant as teens lined up for summer work in June 2015, no substantive (or even flimsy) evidence supported such rumors. It’s true that door-to-door sales jobs have generated online complaints (and even, in rare instances, been linked with labor trafficking), but the bulk of those comments pertained to the nature of the work. We were unable to locate any corresponding reports of drugged beverages supplied to job candidates, nor any disappearances that matched up with sales of knives or books by college kids. Although a single account involving human trafficking was reported in Humble, Texas, in 2013, that incident appeared to have involved migrant workers and not college kids recruited for salE

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Three people have been charged in a crackdown on the possession and distribution of child pornogrpahy in Cape May County, Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor said on Monday.

James Tierney, 50, of Wildwood Crest, was charged with third-degree possession of child pornography and second-degree distribution of child pornography.

Images and videos of child pornography were allegedly forensically recovered from the computer used by Tierney. Tierney was processed and lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility on $50,000 full cash bail, pending court.

Patrick Grace, 26, of Erma, was charged with third-degree possession of child pornography and second-degree distribution of child pornography.

Images and videos of child pornography were allegedly forensically recovered from the cellular telephone used by Grace. Grace was processed and released on his own recognizance, pending court.

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A Broward man was convicted of sex-trafficking two teenage girls and related child pornography charges on Thursday.

Taylor Jordan Wardlow, 23, of Davie, was accused of pimping two girls, ages 15 and 16, to clients at his Palm Trace Landings apartment and area motels in January and February. One of the girls told police he threatened to kill her and told to write her “last will and testament.”

Jurors in federal court in Miami took about 2-1/2 hours to reach guilty verdicts on two counts of sex-trafficking a minor and one count each of producing and possessing child pornography.

Wardlow was accused of pimping two girls, ages 15 and 16, to clients at his Palm Trace Landings apartment and area motels in January and February. Authorities said he also took sexual photographs of at least one girl and posted them in prostitution ads on Backpage.com

The 16-year-old victim told the FBI and Davie police that she contacted “family friend” Wardlow after she ran away from a group home in Miami. Wardlow asked her if she wanted to make money to help her mother, then posted cell phone photos of the teen online.

Pimp threatened teen, made her write last will and testament, feds say
Pimp threatened teen, made her write last will and testament, feds say
The girl said Wardlow decided how much she should charge for various sexual acts and began taking a percentage of her earnings. Later, he took all the money she made, she said.

The girl said Wardlow wanted her to work almost every night and he also wanted to have sex with her. When she refused, he became violent, squeezing his hands around her neck until she lost consciousness, investigators said.

On Feb. 8, the girl said she locked herself in Wardlow’s bathroom and told him she wanted to stop seeing clients and leave his apartment. Investigators said he told her that if she told anyone what he did “he would hunt her down and kill her” and told her to write her will.

Investigators later found the girl’s final wishes written in a purple composition notebook she left in the apartment. The girl escaped by pretending she was going to see a client but fled to a friend’s home and reported Wardlow to police.

Wardlow was also pimping a 15-year-old girl who also stayed at the Davie apartment, according to court records.

Wardlow faces 15 years to life in federal prison when he is sentenced in January.

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Taylor Jordan Wardlow, 23, of Davie, was convicted of federal sex-trafficking and child pornography charges. (Handout, Broward Sheriff’s Office)
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A Broward man was convicted of sex-trafficking two teenage girls and related child pornography charges on Thursday.

Taylor Jordan Wardlow, 23, of Davie, was accused of pimping two girls, ages 15 and 16, to clients at his Palm Trace Landings apartment and area motels in January and February. One of the girls told police he threatened to kill her and told to write her “last will and testament.”

Jurors in federal court in Miami took about 2-1/2 hours to reach guilty verdicts on two counts of sex-trafficking a minor and one count each of producing and possessing child pornography.

Wardlow was accused of pimping two girls, ages 15 and 16, to clients at his Palm Trace Landings apartment and area motels in January and February. Authorities said he also took sexual photographs of at least one girl and posted them in prostitution ads on Backpage.com

The 16-year-old victim told the FBI and Davie police that she contacted “family friend” Wardlow after she ran away from a group home in Miami. Wardlow asked her if she wanted to make money to help her mother, then posted cell phone photos of the teen online.

Pimp threatened teen, made her write last will and testament, feds say
Pimp threatened teen, made her write last will and testament, feds say
The girl said Wardlow decided how much she should charge for various sexual acts and began taking a percentage of her earnings. Later, he took all the money she made, she said.

The girl said Wardlow wanted her to work almost every night and he also wanted to have sex with her. When she refused, he became violent, squeezing his hands around her neck until she lost consciousness, investigators said.

On Feb. 8, the girl said she locked herself in Wardlow’s bathroom and told him she wanted to stop seeing clients and leave his apartment. Investigators said he told her that if she told anyone what he did “he would hunt her down and kill her” and told her to write her will.

Investigators later found the girl’s final wishes written in a purple composition notebook she left in the apartment. The girl escaped by pretending she was going to see a client but fled to a friend’s home and reported Wardlow to police.

Wardlow was also pimping a 15-year-old girl who also stayed at the Davie apartment, according to court records.

Wardlow faces 15 years to life in federal prison when he is sentenced in January.

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WOODBURY — A Glassboro man pleaded guilty Monday to a child endangerment charge stemming from the distribution of child pornography, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Evan J. Texidor, 21, of Glassboro. (Salem County Correctional Facility)

Evan Texidor, 21, admitted he possessed images of children engaging in sexual acts and that those images could be shared with others.

The plea agreement calls for Texidor to be sentenced to a five years in state prison and be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law, the prosecutor’s office said.

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Texidor, a truck driver, was originally arrested in February after an investigation by the High-Tech Crimes unit of the prosecutor’s office that began when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received several tips.

In August, after receiving more tips, Texidor was arrested again on additional possession and distribution of child pornography charges.

Judge Robert Becker, who accepted Texidor’s guilty plea, scheduled his sentencing for Dec. 18.

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16 Charged With Soliciting Minors In Florida Cyber Sex Sting

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OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — Multiple law enforcement agencies across the Florida Panhandle helped nab 16 people who tried to solicit children for sex.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office launched “Operation Wolf Hunter” on October 21 and the operation ended Tuesday.

Operation Wolf Hunter began October 21 and concluded this morning, netting a total of 16 arrests after Investigators went online to various chat forums searching for individuals who were looking for sexual activity with a child.

All suspects are charged with Traveling to Meet a Minor and Using an On-Line Service to Lure/Entice a Minor.

Investigators say awareness is the key. The Sheriff says parents are encouraged to learn to use parental monitoring software for computers and smartphones, to become familiar and learn to utilize social media and to speak to their kids about the dangers of the internet.

Operation Wolf Hunter Arrests:

• James Patrick Applegate, Mary Esther, FL
• Ali Khaleel Huthail, Panama City, FL
• Jacob James Brenner, Gulf Breeze, FL
• Michael Bradley Christmas, Fort Walton Beach, FL
• Adam Chay Bairos, Valparaiso, FL
• William Max Gage Calton, Valparaiso, FL
• David Allen Royce, Freeport, FL
• Garrett Thomas Richards, Hurlburt Field, FL
• Tejay Landon Aplin, Panama City, FL
• Darin Roger Paddie, Niceville, FL
• Chad Michael Keiser, Panama City, FL
• Robert Donald Lawson, Andalusia, AL
• Cameron William Ahlsen Girard, Fort Walton Beach, FL
• David McLeod, Shalimar, FL
• John Joseph Schreiner, Mary Esther, FL
• William Myrick,

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Pensacola Police Department, Gainesville Police Department, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville County Sheriff’s Office, Tallahassee Police Department and US Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force, all members of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

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Colorado Springs man gets life for kidnapping toddler, making child porn
Shawn McCormack, 31, was convicted in April 2015 by a federal jury in California

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Shawn McCormack. (Handout)
A Colorado Springs man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for kidnapping a toddler and using the child to produce child pornography, federal officials say.

Shawn McCormack, 31, was convicted in April 2015 by a federal jury in California of four counts of sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of kidnapping, the Department of Justice said in a news release.

McCormack feigned to be a friend of a couple in Bakersfield, Calif., where he would stay as an occasional overnight guest, prosecutors say.

“During several of the overnight stays, in the middle of the night, McCormack removed the couple’s toddler from the house and sexually abused the toddler in nearby motels and other locations,” the release said.

He would then returned the toddler to the house before the parents awoke, according to officials.

McCormack photographed and recorded the abuse and distributed the images and videos online, the release said, including to an undercover officer with the Toronto Police Services.

“McCormack also recorded his sexual abuse of a second toddler and distributed those images as well,” according to the release.

The Gazette reports the abuse happened in 2009 and that McCormack was arrested in El Paso County in 2011 on a federal warrant.

“McCormack’s depraved actions in this case are the stuff of nightmares,” Assistant U.S. Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell said in a statement.

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FBI’s largest ever human trafficking sting leads to over 150 arrests, 149 kids recovered

The FBI has rescued 149 sexually exploited children and made more than 150 arrests as the result of a recent human trafficking operation that the bureau is calling its biggest ever.

State and local law enforcement groups in 135 cities from coast to coast worked together with federal authorities in the first half of October to conduct Operation Cross Country XI — “the largest in the nine-year history of the initiative,” the FBIsaid on Wednesday.

The bureau said in a statement that actions taken during this year’s installment of the annual campaign allowed authorities to get sexually exploited children as young as 12 years old off of the streets.

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“When kids are treated as a commodity in seedy hotels and on dark roadsides, we must rescue them from their nightmare and severely punish those responsible for that horror. We simply must continue to work with our partners to end the scourge of sex trafficking in our country,” said FBI Director James Comey.

In all the FBI said that 149 minors were rescued, including three transgender children and three boys; 153 pimps were arrested nationwide at stings that occurred at hotels, casinos, truck stops and other venues prone to becoming hubs of prostitution.

“Runaway juveniles are particularly vulnerable to being led into prostitution because they run away from possibly a bad family situation and then get pulled into drugs or a lifestyle that leads to prostitution,” said Crystal Nosal, a spokeswoman for the Alexandria Police Department in Virginia, which assisted in the effort.

“You can’t keep your eyes closed. You always have to look for it, think of it as a possibility of occurring, so that if you do encounter a juvenile, you’re asking the right questions,” she told DC’s Fox 5.

Investigators from 53 FBI field offices and 73 Child Exploitation Task Force groups worked together to coordinate raids as part of the operation before this year’s campaign wrapped up last week. The greater Detroit region was reported to be the most successful with respect to numbers — authorities there recovered 19 underage victims and a dozen alleged pimps.

Raw video footage taken during operations earlier this month in Alexandria and Jackson, Mississippi was released by the FBI and showed agents preparing to make arrests while reviewing sex ads that had been posted on the Washington, DC-area section of Backpages.com, an escort site.

In Conway, Arkansas, authorities arrested five women for prostitution as a result of propositions that were orchestrated on the Web.

“Once the women met up with the officer at a local hotel and made it clear they wanted to trade sex for money they were arrested,” agents there explained to KTHV News.

Operation Cross Country has helped the FBI rescue 4,800 children since 2003 and obtain more than 2,000 convictions, the bureau said.

Social worker arraigned on child porn, human trafficking charges

BOSTON —A private social worker has been arraigned on charges of human trafficking and child pornography, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said Friday.

Rick Hall, 34, of Wakefield, was arraigned in Woburn District Court Thursday on charges of human trafficking of a child under 18, enticement of a child by electronic communication, posing a child in a state of nudity and possession of child pornography.

Watch the report Hall is accused of enticing three 15-year-old girls in Oregon and paying them to email him nude photos of themselves.

“These allegations are very serious,” Ryan said. “They can be devastating to young people. They are particularly concerning in this case. This is an individual with professional obligations to report any suspicions of abuse against children.”

The investigation began in August when one of the Oregon teenagers came forward. Police eventually seized computer evidence from his Wakefield home and Reading office.

Hall is the owner of North Shore Recovery Management, and police said there is no information currently that implicates anyone with his private practice.

Hall’s bail was set at $100,000 and he was ordered to have no contact with the victims or anyone under 18, to not use the Internet or a smartphone to access the Internet and to surrender his passport.

The Division of Professional Licensure has suspended Hall’s license pending an investigation and hearing.

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What is the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children?





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The commercial sexual exploitation of children is a global problem that could be happening right in your
neighborhood. The commercial sex industry victimizes girls, boys, and transgendered youth.
Commercial sexual exploitation of children occurs when individuals buy, trade, or sell sexual acts with a child. Sex
trafficking is “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a
commercial sex act.”1
Children who are involved in the commercial sex industry are viewed as victims of severe
forms of trafficking in persons, which is 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.”2
A commercial
sex act is “any sex act on account of which anything of value is given to or received by any person.”3
How does a child become a victim?
Pimps and traffickers target vulnerable children and lure them into prostitution and other forms of sexual
exploitation using psychological manipulation, drugs, and/or violence. Any child may be vulnerable to such a person
who promises to meet his or her emotional and physical needs. A trafficker/pimp’s main purpose is to exploit the
child for monetary gain. Often traffickers/pimps will create a seemingly loving and caring relationship with their
victim in order to establish trust and allegiance. This manipulative relationship tries to ensure the youth will remain
loyal to the exploiter even in the face of severe victimization. These relationships may begin online before
progressing to a real-life encounter.

4
National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: America’s Prostituted Children. Washington, D.C.: Shared Hope International, 2009, page 30.
5
R. Estes and N. Weiner. Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. University of Pennsylvania, 2001, page 144.
6
National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, op. cit., n 4., page 31.
7
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, op. cit., n. 4, page 131. See alsoJ. Greene, S. Ennett, and C. Ringwalt. (1999) “Prevalence and
correlates of survival sex among runaway and homeless youth.” American Journal of Public Health. 89(9) page 1406.
Victims are
Targeted – Pimps are predators who seek out vulnerable victims,
particularly runaways or children experiencing trouble at home.
They know these children have emotional and physical needs they
perceive are not being met and use this to their advantage. Pimps
find victims at a variety of venues such as in social-networking
websites, shopping malls, and schools; on local streets; or at bus
stations. While pimps often target children outside of their family, a
family member may also prostitute a child.
Tricked – Pimps are willing to invest a great deal of time and effort
in their victim to break down a victim’s natural resistance and
suspicion – buying them gifts, providing a place to stay, promising a
loving relationship – before revealing their true intent. Frequently
victims do not realize the deceptive nature of their trafficker’s
interest in them, viewing their pimp as a caretaker and/or boyfriend.
Traumatized – A pimp’s use of psychological manipulation (causing
the child to truly believe the pimp loves and cares for his or her wellbeing)
coupled with physical control (threats, violence, or drug
addiction) can make a victim feel trapped and powerless. This
“trauma bond” is difficult to break and long-term treatment and
counseling for victims is required.
Despite the seriousness of the problem, the
incidence of commercial child sexual
exploitation is difficult to measure. Empirical
research has not conclusively defined the
scope of the problem today. Below,
however, are some significant findings from
past studies.
Statistics
 Pimps prey on victims as young as 12 to 14
years old.
4
 One study estimates as many as 325,000
children in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico
are at risk each year for becoming victims
 Sex trafficking need not
involve actual movement of
the victim.
7
 Pimps may earn hundreds of
thousands of dollars every
year from selling minors.8
 75% of child victims engaged
in prostitution are under the
control of a pimp.9

of sexual exploitation.
5
 A history of physical and sexual abuse is
often common among victims.6
 One study estimates 30% of shelter youth
and 70% of street youth are victims of
commercial sexual exploitation. They may
engage or be coerced into prostitution for
“survival sex” to meet daily needs for
food, shelter, or drugs.7
f you suspect a case of commercial child sexual exploitation or sex trafficking of children, contact
the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® at 1-800-843-5678 or visit www.cybertipline.com
or
the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-373-7888.
For additional information and resources about Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Human Trafficking,
please visit the Innocence Lost National Initiative at http://www.fbi.gov/aboutus/investigate/vc_majorthefts/cac/innocencelost
Barriers for victims
 Psychology of Victimization – Pimps may use force, fraud, or coercion to virtually enslave their victims. Juvenile
victims have been controlled by threats of violence to their family; pornographic images taken and used for
blackmail or stigmatization; physical, verbal, and sexual abuse. Child victims may be gang-raped to desensitize
them to sexual activity prior to victimizing them in prostitution. Victims are taught to not trust law enforcement
and may have experienced negative encounters with law-enforcement officers. Victims often remain with pimps
out of fear of being physically harmed, having another victim endure physical harm, or a threat to their family
members. Pimps have been convicted of plotting to murder cooperative victim witnesses and for the homicide
of victims, further instilling fear.
 “Trauma Bonding” – This is also common among child victims exploited for commercial sex. The child
experiences a strong link to the pimp/exploiter based in what the child perceives as an incredibly intense or
important relationship, but one in which there has been an exploitation of trust or power. Emotional bonding is
a learned tactic for survival and can be common between exploited children and the exploiter. Advocacy groups
working directly with this population note reframing the trauma bond with a pimp/exploiter can take months of
therapy and/or residential treatment for the child. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is very common among
children exposed to sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation and may be characterized by such
symptoms as anxiety, depression, insomnia, irritability, flashbacks, emotional numbing, and hyper-alertness.6
Victims of commercial child sexual exploitation often have unique needs given the frequent nature of multiple
acts of sexual exploitation or violence, by multiple offenders, over potentially a sustained period of time.
Last Updated: 3/2010 by the Innocence Lost Working Group
More Statistics
 Sex trafficking need not
involve actual movement of
the victim.
7
 Pimps may earn hundreds of
thousands of dollars every
year from selling minors.8
 75% of child victims engaged
in prostitution are under the
control of a pimp.9
What are potential indicators of trafficking and
exploitation?
 History of emotional, sexual, or other physical abuse
 Signs of current physical abuse and/or sexually transmitted diseases
 History of running away or current status as a runaway
 Inexplicable appearance of expensive gifts, clothing, or other costly
items
 Presence of an older boy-/girlfriend
 Drug addiction
 Withdrawal or lack of interest in previous activities
 Gang involvement

Despite the seriousness of the problem, the
incidence of commercial child sexual
exploitation is difficult to measure. Empirical
research has not conclusively defined the
scope of the problem today. Below,
however, are some significant findings from
past studies.
Statistics
 Pimps prey on victims as young as 12 to 14
years old.
4
 One study estimates as many as 325,000
children in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico
are at risk each year for becoming victims
of sexual exploitation.
5
 A history of physical and sexual abuse is
often common among victims.6
 One study estimates 30% of shelter youth
and 70% of street youth are victims of
commercial sexual exploitation. They may
engage or be coerced into prostitution for
“survival sex” to meet daily needs for
food, shelter, or drugs.7

The presence of the indicators noted below does not definitively mean the child is a trafficking victim. These indicators
serve as clues to be assessed within the broader context of all information presented.
Look for the possible trafficking indicators and red flags noted below.
• Chronic runaway/homeless youth
• Excess amount of cash in their possession (may be reluctant to explain its source)
• Hotel keys and key cards
• Lying about age/false ID
• Inconsistencies when describing and recounting events
• Unable or unwilling to give local address or information about parent(s)/guardian
• Presence or fear of another person (often an older male or boyfriend who seems controlling)
• High number of reported sexual partners at a young age
• Sexually explicit profiles on social networking sites
• Injuries/signs of physical abuse (that they may be reluctant to explain)
• Inability or fear of social interaction
• Demeanor exhibiting fear, anxiety, depression, submissiveness, tenseness, nervousness
• Is not enrolled in school or repeated absence from school
• Does not consider self a victim
• Loyalty to positive feelings toward pimp/trafficker
• May try to protect pimp/trafficker from authorities
• Prepaid cell phone