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Lawsuit by 34 women claims Pornhub is running a ‘criminal enterprise,’ knowingly profiting off videos involving sex trafficking, rape, and child porn

A group of 34 women brought a civil lawsuit against MindGeek, the parent company of Pornhub, as well as dozens of the world’s most popular pornography websites. The lawsuit alleges that MindGeek is running a “criminal enterprise,” which knowingly profited from non-consensual videos. The suit claims that the porn site hosted videos involving sex trafficking, rape, and even child porn.

“MindGeek is the most dominant online pornography company in the world. It is also one of the largest human trafficking ventures in the world,” the lawsuit states. “And it is likely the largest non-regulatory repository of child pornography in North America and well beyond.

“It is a case about the rape and sexual exploitation of men and women. And it is a case about each of these defendants knowingly and intentionally electing to capitalize and profit from the horrendous exploitation and abuse of tens of thousands of other human beings so they could make more than the enormous sums of money they would have otherwise made anyway.”

The lawsuit claims that Mindgeek is a “classic criminal enterprise” that is run like “The Sopranos,” the HBO television series about the mafia. The suit alleges that MindGeek, the “most powerful online pornography company in the world,” was “built and sustained in material parts on child pornography, rape, and human trafficking.”

MindGeek owns and operates more than 100 pornographic websites, including some of the most popular adult video sites such as Pornhub, RedTube, YouPorn, and Xtube.

“The MindGeek defendants frequently purchased in bulk trafficked content from known trafficking areas such as Eastern Europe, Asia, and South America,” the lawsuit alleges.

Michael Bowe, the lawyer representing the women, told CBS News: “This case is not about porn, it’s about rape. This is a legitimate industry that consenting people have every right to participate in. It just needs to be done legally and not with illegal content.”

CBS News spoke with four of the 34 women, including a woman who went by the name of “Isabella,” who revealed an explicit video posted on Pornhub. She said she was coerced by her boyfriend to make a nude video when she was 17 years old. She forgot about the incident from high school until she was in college and received a text from a close friend that said: “I didn’t know you did porn.”

“Immediately, I knew it was me. I mean, my face, my outfit — immediately,” she said. “My heart dropped into my stomach.”

Without her knowledge or consent, the explicit video was anonymously posted on Pornhub, which has 130 million users each day – more viewers than Netflix or Amazon. The video was watched by more than 200,000 people, “including everybody at my college, pretty much,” Isabella said.

“The view count on the video will forever haunt my dreams,” she said. “Just knowing that that many people saw it really messed me up.”

The shame haunted Isabella, who couldn’t look in a mirror for six months and transferred to a new school because of the video that was uploaded without her consent.

Of the 34 victims in the civil lawsuit, 14 of them were underage when the videos of them were filmed, one was as young as 15 years old. There were also 14 victims of people charged or convicted of sex crimes.

Another woman, who went by the name of “Aubrey” to protect her identity, said her ex-husband secretly recorded video of them having sex and then posted the footage to Pornhub without her consent or knowledge. The ex-husband now faces criminal charges of forcible rape, domestic assault, and non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images.

A friend informed Aubrey of the video in 2018, which was viewed over 400,000 times.

“I will never, ever be able to recover the emotional pain that this has caused me,” Aubrey said. “It truly, truly was a living nightmare. I — I didn’t — everybody had seen everything about me. And that’s just — that’s a very private moment. And it’s a very vulnerable moment. And it’s just — it’s hard to come to terms with. That the world has seen that.”

A former MindGeek executive told CBS News that the illegal content was seen as “good” for business.

“I mean, if you offer everything on the site, there is something for everyone,” the anonymous person said. “The more you have, the better it is. So for all the free sites like Pornhub, more content is always better.”

He revealed that when content was flagged as illegal on Pornhub, MindGeek often transferred it over to one of the other adult video sites the company operated. “Removed content popped up on all their other sites and no one really cared,” he said.

MindGeek issued a statement on the allegations:

The spread of illegal content is an existential threat to the internet, and every platform has the moral obligation to join the fight against it. Illegal material on the internet harms its victims, internet users and all platforms that operate online. Any suggestion that the company tolerates or celebrates this material is patently false. Anyone who attempts to post nonconsensual imagery or child sexual abuse material on the internet is a criminal, and we are committed to remaining at the forefront of the internet when it comes to the elimination of illegal content. Every online platform has the responsibility to join this fight, and it requires collective action and constant vigilance. We hope other platforms will use our model to help eradicate unwanted content.

Pornhub purged the site of more than 10 million videos of the site’s 13.5 million total videos in December 2020 in reaction to allegations the website was hosting child sexual exploitation, non-consensual violence, rape, and other unlawful material, according to The Verge.

“As part of our policy to ban unverified uploaders, we have now also suspended all previously uploaded content that was not created by content partners or members of the Model Program,” Pornhub said in a company blog post last year.

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More than 150 missing children found in North Carolina operation, some victims of human trafficking

More than 150 missing children were rescued in North Carolina, and some were victims of human trafficking. Over 130 missing and runaway juveniles were recovered with the assistance of the United States marshals in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area after a monthslong investigation.

Another 27 “critically missing juveniles” were located during “Operation Carolina Homecoming,” a joint effort between Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and federal agents. Between April 26 and May 7, collaborative teams of detectives from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Missing Person Unit, U.S. Marshal Service deputies, and the Department of Public Safety Missing Persons Unit conducted extensive searches to recover “especially difficult to find juveniles.” Previous efforts to locate the missing children had been unsuccessful, the city of Charlotte acknowledged in a news release.

Several of the minors had been engaged in high-risk activities such as prostitution and involvement in illegal drugs. CMPD said the minors were mostly between the ages of 14 to 18.

Some of the missing children were victims of human trafficking. CMPD officials are investigating the cases of child trafficking, and will arrest anyone who committed crimes involving the endangered children.

“Kids don’t need to be living alone in hotels, kids don’t need to be living alone with an older partner,” CMPD Captain Joel McNelly said, according to WCNC-TV. “People who do this are looking for people vulnerable people who have bad home lives and are looking for something else — people easily manipulated.”

McNelly said there were some minors who were “actively taking measures to avoid being recovered,” adding, “They’re self-sustaining, they’re trying to make money, support themselves.”

“These kids come from traumatic backgrounds, potentially abusive households, drug and alcohol addiction, incarcerated parents,” said McNelly, who is part of the CMPD’s Violent Crimes Division. “We’re proud of what we were able to do for the community through this.”

The recovered minors were provided with resources from Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital, Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center, the North Carolina ISAAC Fusion Center, and Mecklenburg County Child Protective Services.

“Even if a kid goes out there with good intentions that they’re going to stay on the straight and narrow, it doesn’t take very long to get cold and hungry and succumb to the pressure of somebody who knows just how to time their effort into manipulate you into activity you maybe otherwise wouldn’t have wanted to be apart of,” said Dr. Stacy Reynolds with Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital.

In March, there were 150 missing and endangered children recovered in Tennessee during “Operation Volunteer Strong,” a joint mission by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Department of Children’s Service, and the U.S. Marshals Service.

In February, “Operation Broken Hearts” resulted in 37 people being arrested in the Phoenix area for alleged child sex crimes and human trafficking.

In January, “Operation Reclaim & Rebuild” ended in the apprehension of 64 suspects for alleged sex crimes in Riverside, California.

Also in January, which is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, a multi-agency human trafficking investigation led by the FBI known as “Operation Lost Angels” resulted in the rescue of 33 missing children in California.


CMPD Weekly Briefing – May 19, 2021

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House Ethics Committee launches investigation into Matt Gaetz as he hires legal team amid DOJ probe

The House Committee on Ethics announced Friday it has launched an investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) over claims stemming from the Department of Justice’s purported sexual misconduct probe of the lawmaker.

The same day, the office of the GOP firebrand confirmed that he has assembled a legal team to fight the “unfounded allegations” he is facing.

What are the details?

The Ethics Committee issued a statement saying, in part:

The Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Matt Gaetz may have engaged in sexual misconduct and/or illicit drug use, shared inappropriate images or videos on the House floor, misused state identification records, converted campaign funds to person use, and/or accepted a bribe, improper gratuity, or impermissible gift, in violation of House Rules, laws, or other standards of conduct.

The statement added that “the Committee notes that the mere fact that it is investigating these allegations, and publicly disclosing its review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.”

Gaetz has acknowledged that the DOJ is investigating him, but claims the probe was launched out of a criminal extortion plot led by a former DOJ official who sought $25 million from the congressman’s father.

The Florida Republican also wrote an op-ed earlier this week defending himself, saying that while he is “not a monk” he is “certainly not a criminal.” Gaetz did not mention the alleged extortion scheme in the piece.

After the DOJ probe made the news, further allegations against Gaetz surfaced, including a report from CNN claiming that he showed House colleagues nude photos and videos of females while bragging that he had slept with the women.

The New York Times also published a report claiming that the DOJ is focusing on Gaetz and indicted former Florida tax collector Joel Greenberg’s “involvement with multiple women who were recruited online for sex and received cash payments” from the men in exchange for drug-fueled hotel romps.

Greenberg, an ally of Gaetz’s, currently faces several felony charges including sex trafficking of a minor.

According to The Daily Beast, Venmo records show that Gaetz paid Greenberg a total of $900 one night in May of 2018, funds that were then passed along to three women — including an 18-year-old.

Gaetz has lost his legislative director and his communications director amid the scandal, but his office put out a statement Thursday from unnamed female aides in his office which read that “at no time has any one of us experienced or witnessed anything less than the utmost professionalism and respect,” adding that they “uniformly reject” the allegations against him “as false.”

The congressman’s office told Fox News on Friday that Gaetz had secured a legal team led by attorneys Marc Mukasey and Isabelle Kishner, who “will take the fight to those trying to smear his name with falsehoods.”

“Matt has always been a fighter,” the spokesperson told the outlet. “A fighter for his constituents, a fighter for the country, and a fighter for the Constitution. He’s going to fight back against the unfounded allegations against him.”

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31 missing children recovered in Dallas-Fort Worth area during human trafficking operation

The U.S. Marshals Service and Homeland Security Investigations teamed up with four police departments in Texas for “Operation Missing in the Metroplex” to crack down on human trafficking. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas announced on Wednesday that 31 missing children from the Dallas-Fort Worth area were recovered during the monthlong operation.

The missing and exploited children were located by the federal agencies with the assistance of the Arlington Police Department, the Dallas Police Department, the Fort Worth Police Department, and the Grand Prairie Police Department.

At least seven of the 31 children were underage girls, who had “ties to sex trafficking.” Two of the female minors were recovered during prostitution stings, according to the Department of Justice.

“To observe law enforcement partnerships and community concerns culminate into such a successful recovery outcome is rewarding,” said acting United States Marshal Quintella Downs-Bradshaw. “Victims should know they are not forgotten, there is hope and a way to return home.”

“While this joint operation lasted approximately 30 days, HSI Dallas will continue working relentlessly to identify and recover missing children who become vulnerable to human traffickers across the North Texas region,” noted HSI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Ryan L. Spradlin. “Our continued collaboration with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners and non-governmental organizations is vital to combatting this global epidemic.”

Dallas Police Department Chief of Police Eddie Garcia added, “We are grateful to be a part of a coalition of extraordinary law enforcement agencies who were dedicated in reuniting these children with their loved ones. It is our hope that each of them will be able to put this traumatic experience behind them and move forward to have a happy and productive life.”

“We will continue to work with local, state, and federal partners to identify and rescue missing children,” said Arlington Chief of Police Al Jones. “These kids and teens represent some of our most vulnerable populations where adults try to prey on their innocence. We will not rest until every child is located safe and someone is held accountable.”

Fort Worth Police Department Chief Neil Noakes stated, “It is imperative that we continue to work with our partners to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, our children. We value our state and federal partnerships and were honored to be included as part of ‘Operation Missing in the Metroplex.’ We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partnerships in locating missing children and reuniting them with their families. Human trafficking is a serious issue and we will not rest until our most vulnerable population are safe.”

In recent months, there have been several successful campaigns by the U.S. Marshals Service and local police to recover missing and endangered children.

“Operation Volunteer Strong” was a joint mission by the Marshals, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and Department of Children’s Service that rescued 150 missing children in Tennessee earlier this month.

Last month, “Operation Broken Hearts” ended with 37 people being apprehended in the Phoenix area for alleged child sex crimes and human trafficking.

In January, which was National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, “Operation Reclaim & Rebuild” resulted in the arrests of 64 people for alleged sex crimes in Riverside, California.

Also in January, multi-agency “Operation Lost Angels” led to the rescue of 33 missing children in California.

In November, U.S. Marshals located 27 missing children in Virginia during “Operation Find Our Children.”

In October, U.S. Marshals announced the recovery of 45 endangered children, plus the arrests of 178 suspects in Ohio and West Virginia during “Operation Autumn Hope.”

The U.S. Marshals Service found 11 missing New Orleans children in October, two of whom were said to be in “extreme danger.”

In September, 35 missing children were recovered in Ohio by U.S. Marshals in “Operation Safety Net.”

Marshals announced in September that eight “highly endangered” missing children were rescued during “Operation Homecoming” in Indiana.

In August, “Operation Not Forgotten” resulted in the discovery of 39 missing children in Florida and Georgia. Law enforcement said 15 of the missing kids were victims of sex trafficking.

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150 missing children rescued in Tennessee during Operation Volunteer Strong

A monthslong, multi-agency operation has recovered 150 missing and endangered children in Tennessee. The recovery of the rescued children was announced Wednesday during a news conference at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Nashville.

“Operation Volunteer Strong” was a joint mission by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Department of Children’s Service, and the U.S. Marshals Service that first started last fall. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provided research and analytical support for the operation.

After months of planning, the teams began pursuing leads on 240 missing children on Jan. 4 in three regions: East, Middle, and West Tennessee. Eight of the missing children from Tennessee were found in other states.

Law enforcement recovered 150 juveniles, ranging in age from 3 to 17. One of the kids was rescued during an active kidnapping investigation, which resulted in the arrest of a suspect.

Five of the recovered children were identified as possible human trafficking victims, which sparked investigations by law enforcement. U.S. Marshal Denny W. King told WTVF that one recovered child had been missing for 460 days.

Two adults with outstanding warrants were apprehended during the investigation.

There are still 90 missing children, and authorities are actively trying to find them.

“This work is transformational, we cannot stop. And there is nothing more worthwhile,” Tennessee Department of Children’s Service Commissioner Jennifer Nichols said.

Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) commended the agents involved in Operation Volunteer Strong.

“This operation had miraculous results, and I’m glad these children are reunited with their families. Sadly, this is a reminder there are sick and twisted people out there looking to exploit minors,” Burchett said. “I know the great folks who made Operation Volunteer Strong a success will continue their important work and help put a stop to this criminal activity.”

“Operation Volunteer Strong is a great example of how working together, we can find missing children and get them the help they need to move forward,” said John Clark, president and chief executive officer of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “We’re thrilled to see so many missing children recovered in Tennessee, and we thank all the agencies involved for their dedication to child protection.”

David Jolley, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Tennessee, released a statement.

“The U.S. Marshals are committed to assisting state and local agencies with locating and recovering endangered missing children to help prevent their falling victim to crimes of violence and exploitation,” Jolley said. “We will use every resource at our disposal to help find these missing children.”

“I hope this operation changes the course for 150 young lives and leads them to the path of opportunities every child deserves,” said Tyreece Miller, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Tennessee. “Our efforts should also serve notice to those who prey on society’s most vulnerable that these children are not forgotten. Investigations will continue and the next knock at the door could be for you.”

Numerous operations have been successful recently in rescuing endangered children and arresting suspected sex traffickers.

Last month, Operation Broken Hearts resulted in 37 people being arrested in the Phoenix area for alleged child sex crimes and human trafficking.

During National Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January, “Operation Reclaim & Rebuild” resulted in the apprehension of 64 people for alleged sex crimes in Riverside, California.

“Operation Lost Angels,” a multi-agency human trafficking investigation led by the FBI in January, ended in the rescue of 33 missing children in California.

In November, Marshals recovered 27 missing children in Virginia during “Operation Find Our Children.”

In October, Marshals announced the recovery of 45 endangered children as well as the arrests of 178 suspects in Ohio and West Virginia during “Operation Autumn Hope.”

On Oct. 1, the U.S. Marshals Service located 11 children in New Orleans, two of whom were said to be in “extreme danger.”

On Sept. 21, 35 missing children were recovered in Ohio by the U.S. Marshals during “Operation Safety Net.”

On Sept. 4, Marshals announced that eight “highly endangered” missing children were rescued during “Operation Homecoming” in Indiana.

On Aug. 27, “Operation Not Forgotten” led to the discovery of 39 missing children in Florida and Georgia. Law enforcement stated 15 of the missing kids were victims of sex trafficking.

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Over 20 million online child sexual abuse material incidents reported on Facebook, by far the most of all platforms

A new report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said that a vast majority of reported online child sexual abuse material was from Facebook.

The annual report by the NCMEC for 2020 claimed the organization’s CyberTipline received more than 21.7 million reports of online child exploitation, 21.4 million of these reports were from electronic service providers. There were 20,307,216 reported incidents related to child pornography or trafficking on Facebook, including Instagram and Whatsapp, which the social media behemoth owns.

For comparison, Google reported 546,704 incidents of CSAM, Snapchat found 144,095, Microsoft had 96,776, Twitter cited 65,062, TikTok had 22,692, and Reddit reported 2,233 instances of apparent child sexual abuse material.

MindGeek, the Canada-based parent company of several adult content websites, reported far fewer incidents. MindGeek, which owns Pornhub, YouPorn, RedTube, and Brazzers, reported 13,229 instances of child sexual abuse material last year.

The Internet Watch Foundation, which helps “victims of child sexual abuse worldwide by identifying and removing online images and videos of their abuse,” claimed it found 118 incidents of videos containing child sexual abuse or rape on Pornhub between 2017 and 2019.

In December, Pornhub faced scrutiny after the New York Times published multiple allegations of sexual exploitation on the adult content website.

The streaming behemoth, which netted 3.5 billion visits per month in 2019, introduced new guidelines in December to protect against underage porn being uploaded on the site.

“Going forward, we will only allow properly identified users to upload content,” Pornhub said in a statement. “We have banned downloads. We have made some key expansions to our moderation process, and we recently launched a Trusted Flagger Program with dozens of non-profit organizations.”

Pornhub also noted that it voluntarily registered as an electronic service provider for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s data collection.

Regarding Facebook’s overwhelming majority of the alleged CSAM incidents, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children stated:

Higher numbers of reports can be indicative of a variety of things including larger numbers of users on a platform or how robust an ESP’s efforts are to identify and remove abusive content. NCMEC applauds ESPs that make identifying and reporting this content a priority and encourages all companies to increase their reporting to NCMEC. These reports are critical to helping remove children from harmful situations and to stopping further victimization.

As of April 2020, Facebook was the most popular social media platform with nearly 2.5 billion active users.

The NCMEC said reports to the CyberTipline increased by 28% from 2019.

“The 21.7 million reports of child sexual exploitation made to the CyberTipline in 2020 included 65.4 million images, videos and other files,” the NCMEC said. “These materials contained suspected child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and other incident related content.”

Reports to the CyberTipline by the public more than doubled in 2020.

The numbers from NCMEC are reported instances and are not confirmed cases of abuse.

The NCMEC’s CyberTipline is a “centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children,” where the public and ESP’s “can make reports of suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts, extra-familial child sexual molestation, child pornography, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child, misleading domain names, and misleading words or digital images on the internet.”

Ahead of the NCMEC’s report, Facebook announced on Tuesday that it was introducing new measures to prevent “people from sharing content that victimizes children,” as well as new improvements to detection and reporting inappropriate content.

“To understand how and why people share child exploitative content on Facebook and Instagram, we conducted an in-depth analysis of the illegal child exploitative content we reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in October and November of 2020,” Facebook said in a statement.

“We found that more than 90% of this content was the same as or visually similar to previously reported content. And copies of just six videos were responsible for more than half of the child exploitative content we reported in that time period,” the social media network stated. “While this data indicates that the number of pieces of content does not equal the number of victims, and that the same content, potentially slightly altered, is being shared repeatedly, one victim of this horrible crime is one too many.”

Facebook reported 150 accounts to the NCMEC for “uploading child exploitative content in July and August of 2020 and January 2021,” and found that over 75% of these users “did not exhibit malicious intent.” “Instead, they appeared to share for other reasons, such as outrage or in poor humor.”

Facebook will now have a “pop-up” that appears whenever users searches for terms associated with child exploitation. There will also be a “safety alert that informs people who have shared viral, meme child exploitative content about the harm it can cause and warns that it is against our policies and there are legal consequences for sharing this material.”

Facebook said accounts that share and promote CSAM would be removed.

“Using our apps to harm children is abhorrent and unacceptable,” Facebook’s news release read. “Our industry-leading efforts to combat child exploitation focus on preventing abuse, detecting and reporting content that violates our policies, and working with experts and authorities to keep children safe.”

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Police arrest 37 people for child sex crimes, human trafficking during ‘Operation Broken Hearts’

More than three dozen people have been arrested in connection to a large-scale human trafficking operation in Arizona. “Operation Broken Hearts” was a multi-agency mission to catch sexual predators in the Phoenix-area.

The undercover sting operation arrested 37 people, all of which were between the ages of 21 to 66. Law enforcement said the suspects solicited sex acts with undercover officers and were subsequently arrested.

Operation Broken Hearts was conducted by the Phoenix Police Department, Mesa Police Department, Tempe Police Department, Chandler Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

“Operation Broken Hearts was an undercover operation targeting sexual predators engaged in child sex crimes and human trafficking,” the Phoenix Police Department said in a statement. “Throughout the operational period, officers and undercover detectives placed ads on websites and apps which are commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts with children.”

“These suspects solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested,” the PPD said on Friday. “The combined efforts of the agencies involved, are part of a nationwide effort to eliminate human and sex trafficking.”

In late January, during National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Operation Reclaim & Rebuild nabbed 64 people for alleged sex crimes in Riverside, California.

“Operation Lost Angels,” a multi-agency human trafficking investigation led by the FBI in January, resulted in the rescue of 33 missing children in California.

In November, the U.S. Marshals Service tracked down 27 missing children in Virginia during “Operation Find Our Children.”

In October, Marshals announced the recovery of 45 endangered children and 178 arrests in Ohio and West Virginia during “Operation Autumn Hope.”

On Oct. 1, the Marshals Service recovered 11 children in New Orleans, two of whom were said to be in “extreme danger.”

On Sept. 21, “Operation Safety Net” resulted in 35 missing children being recovered in Ohio by the U.S. Marshals.

On Sept. 4, Marshals proclaimed that they had located eight “highly endangered” missing children during “Operation Homecoming” in Indiana.

On Aug. 27, “Operation Not Forgotten” led to the discovery of 39 missing children in Florida and Georgia. Law enforcement stated that the children were between the ages of 3 and 17. Of the 39 endangered children, 15 were victims of sex trafficking.

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Pure Evil: The Boys and Girls Being Sold for Sex During COVID-19 and the Super Bowl

This article was originally published by John W. Whitehead at The Rutherford Institute.

Children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day.”—John Ryan, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Even in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no stopping this year’s Super Bowl LV showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

While the winner of the Vince Lombardi Trophy is up for grabs, we already know the biggest losers: the hundreds of young girls and boys—some as young as 9 years old—who will be bought and sold for sex, as many as 20 times per day, during the course of the big game.

The Super Bowl is kind of deemed as the weekend to have sex with minors,” said Cammy Bowker, founder of Global Education Philanthropist.

It’s common to refer to this evil practice, which has become the fastest growing business in organized crime and the second most-lucrative commodity traded illegally after drugs and guns as child sex trafficking, but what we’re really talking about is rape.

Adults purchase children for sex at least 2.5 million times a year in the United States.

It is estimated that the number of children who are at risk of being bought and sold for sex would fill 1300 school buses.

Yet as shocking as those numbers may be, this COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in even greater numbers of children being preyed upon by child sex traffickers.

According to a recent study on human trafficking during the pandemic by Thomson-Reuters and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, school closures due to the pandemic, which has forced children out-of-school and subjected them to more online exposure, have made them especially vulnerable to sexual predators.

The internet, with its webcams and chat rooms—a necessity for virtual classrooms—has become the primary means of pimps targeting young children. “One in five kids online are sexually propositioned through gaming platforms and other social media. And those, non-contact oriented forums of sexual exploitation are increasing,” said researcher Brian Ulicny, who co-wrote the Thomson-Reuters study.

It’s not just young girls who are vulnerable to these predators, either.

According to a USA Today investigative report, “boys make up about 36% of children caught up in the U.S. sex industry (about 60% are female and less than 5% are transgender males and females).”

Consider this: every two minutes, a child is bought and sold for sex.

In Georgia alone, it is estimated that 7,200 men (half of them in their 30s) seek to purchase sex with adolescent girls each month, averaging roughly 300 a day.

On average, a child might be raped by 6,000 men during a five-year period.

It is estimated that at least 100,000 to 500,000 children—girls and boys—are bought and sold for sex in the U.S. every year, with as many as 300,000 children in danger of being trafficked each year. Some of these children are forcefully abducted, others are runaways, and still, others are sold into the system by relatives and acquaintances

Child rape has become Big Business in America.

This is not a problem found only in big cities.

It’s happening everywhere, right under our noses, in suburbs, cities, and towns across the nation.

As Ernie Allen of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children points out, “The only way not to find this in any American city is simply not to look for it.”

No doubt about it: this is a highly profitable, highly organized, and highly sophisticated sex trafficking business that operates in towns large and small, raking in upwards of $9.5 billion a year in the U.S. alone by abducting and selling young children for sex.

Every year, the ages of the girls and boys being bought and sold get younger and younger.

The average age of those being trafficked is 13. Yet as the head of a group that combats trafficking pointed out, “Let’s think about what average means. That means there are children younger than 13. That means 8-, 9-, 10-year-olds.”

They’re minors as young as 13 who are being trafficked,” noted a 25-year-old victim of trafficking. “They’re little girls.”

This is America’s dirty little secret.

But what or who is driving this evil appetite for young flesh? Who buys a child for sex?

Otherwise ordinary men from all walks of life. “They could be your co-worker, doctor, pastor or spouse,” writes journalist Tim Swarens, who spent more than a year investigating the sex trade in America.

Catholic and Protestant churches have been particularly singled out in recent years for harboring these sexual predators. Twenty years after the clergy sex abuse scandal rocked the Catholic Church, hundreds of sexual predators—priests, deacons, monks, and laypeople—continue to be given work assignments in proximity to children. In many cases, the abuse continues unabated.

Although much less publicized, the sex crimes within the Protestant Church have been no less egregious. For instance, an expose into the Southern Baptist Church leaders by the Houston Chronicle documents over 700 child sex victims “who were molested, sent explicit photos or texts, exposed to pornography, photographed nude, or repeatedly raped by youth pastors. Some victims as young as 3 were molested or raped inside pastors’ studies and Sunday school classrooms.”

And then you have national sporting events such as the Super Bowl, where sex traffickers have been caught selling minors, some as young as 9 years old. Yet even if the Super Bowl is not exactly a “windfall” for sex traffickers as some claim, it remains a lucrative source of income for the child sex trafficking industry and a draw for those who are willing to pay to rape young children.

According to criminal investigator Marc Chadderdon, these “buyers”—the so-called “ordinary” men who drive the demand for sex with children—represent a cross-section of American society: every age, every race, every socio-economic background, cops, teachers, corrections workers, pastors, etc.

And then there are the extra-ordinary men, such as Jeffrey Epstein, the hedge fund billionaire / convicted serial pedophile who was arrested on charges of molesting, raping, and sex trafficking dozens of young girls, only to die under highly unusual circumstances.

It is believed that Epstein operated his own personal sex trafficking ring not only for his personal pleasure but also for the pleasure of his friends and business associates. According to The Washington Post, “several of the young women…say they were offered to the rich and famous as sex partners at Epstein’s parties.” At various times, Epstein ferried his friends about on his private plane, nicknamed the “Lolita Express.”

Men like Epstein and his cronies, who belong to a powerful, wealthy, elite segment of society that operates according to their own rules, skate free of accountability by taking advantage of a criminal justice system that panders to the powerful, the wealthy, and the elite.

Still, where did this appetite for young girls come from?

Look around you.

Young girls have been sexualized for years now in music videos, on billboards, in television ads, and in clothing stores. Marketers have created a demand for young flesh and a ready supply of over-sexualized children.

“In a market that sells high heels for babies and thongs for tweens, it doesn’t take a genius to see that sex, if not porn, has invaded our lives,” writes Jessica Bennett for Newsweek. “Whether we welcome it or not, television brings it into our living rooms and the Web brings it into our bedrooms. According to a 2007 study from the University of Alberta, as many as 90 percent of boys and 70 percent of girls aged 13 to 14 have accessed sexually explicit content at least once.”

This is what Bennett refers to as the “pornification of a generation.”

Indeed as I documented in an earlier column, the culture is grooming these young people to be preyed upon by sexual predators.

Social media makes it all too easy. As one news center reported, “Finding girls is easy for pimps. They look on … social networks. They and their assistants cruise malls, high schools, and middle schools. They pick them up at bus stops. On the trolley. Girl-to-girl recruitment sometimes happens.” Foster homes and youth shelters have also become prime targets for traffickers.

Rarely do these girls enter into prostitution voluntarily. Many start out as runaways or throwaways, only to be snatched up by pimps or larger sex rings. Others persuaded to meet up with a stranger after interacting online through one of the many social networking sites, find themselves quickly initiated into their new lives as sex slaves.

Debbie, a straight-A student who belonged to a close-knit Air Force family living in Phoenix, Ariz., is an example of this trading of flesh. Debbie was 15 when she was snatched from her driveway by an acquaintance-friend. Forced into a car, Debbie was bound and taken to an unknown location, held at gunpoint, and raped by multiple men. She was then crammed into a small dog kennel and forced to eat dog biscuits. Debbie’s captors advertised her services on Craigslist. Those who responded were often married with children, and the money that Debbie “earned” for sex was given to her kidnappers. The gang raping continued. After searching the apartment where Debbie was held captive, police finally found Debbie stuffed in a drawer under a bed. Her harrowing ordeal lasted for 40 days.

While Debbie was fortunate enough to be rescued, others are not so lucky.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, nearly 800,000 children go missing every year (roughly 2,185 children a day).

With a growing demand for sexual slavery and an endless supply of girls and women who can be targeted for abduction, this is not a problem that’s going away anytime soon.

For those trafficked, it’s a nightmare from beginning to end.

Those being sold for sex have an average life expectancy of seven years, and those years are a living nightmare of endless rape, forced drugging, humiliation, degradation, threats, disease, pregnancies, abortions, miscarriages, torture, pain, and always the constant fear of being killed or, worse, having those you love hurt or killed.

Immigration and customs enforcement agents at the Cyber Crimes Center in Fairfax, Va., report that when it comes to sex, the appetites of many Americans have now changed. What was once considered abnormal is now the norm. These agents are tracking a clear spike in the demand for harder-core pornography on the Internet. As one agent noted, “We’ve become desensitized by the soft stuff; now we need a harder and harder hit.”

This trend is reflected by the treatment many of the girls receive at the hands of the drug traffickers and the men who purchase them. A common thread woven through most survivors’ experiences is being forced to go without sleep or food until they have met their sex quota of at least 40 men.

As David McSwane recounts in a chilling piece for the Herald-Tribune: “In Oakland Park, an industrial Fort Lauderdale suburb, federal agents in 2011 encountered a brothel operated by a married couple. Inside ‘The Boom Boom Room,’ as it was known, customers paid a fee and were given a condom and a timer and left alone with one of the brothel’s eight teenagers, children as young as 13. A 16-year-old foster child testified that he acted as security, while a 17-year-old girl told a federal judge she was forced to have sex with as many as 20 men a night.”

One particular sex trafficking ring catered specifically to migrant workers employed seasonally on farms throughout the southeastern states, especially the Carolinas and Georgia, although it’s a flourishing business in every state in the country. Traffickers transport the women from farm to farm, where migrant workers would line up outside shacks, as many as 30 at a time, to have sex with them before they were transported to yet another farm where the process would begin all over again.

This growing evil is, for all intents and purposes, out in the open.

That so many children continue to be victimized, brutalized, and treated like human cargo is due to three things: one, a consumer demand that is increasingly lucrative for everyone involved—except the victims; two, a level of corruption so invasive on both a local and international scale that there is little hope of working through established channels for change; and three, an eerie silence from individuals who fail to speak out against such atrocities.

Unfortunately, while the government’s war on sex trafficking—much like the government’s war on terrorism, drugs, and crime, which I describe in greater detail in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People—has become a perfect excuse for inflicting more police state tactics (police checkpoints, searches, surveillance, and heightened security) on a vulnerable public, it has done little to protect our children from sex predators.

Like so many of the evils in our midst, sex trafficking (and the sexualization of young people) is a cultural disease that is rooted in the American police state’s heart of darkness. It speaks to a sordid, far-reaching corruption that stretches from the highest seats of power (governmental and corporate) down to the most hidden corners and relies on our silence and our complicity to turn a blind eye to wrongdoing.

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64 arrested, 2 women rescued in sex slavery and human trafficking sting

An investigation by a multi-agency task force into online prostitution resulted in the arrests of 64 people in California. Operation Reclaim & Rebuild was led by the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force.

From Jan. 24 to Jan. 28, sting operations were held in the California cities of Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta, Riverside, Palm Desert, and Temecula. Over the span of four days, there were 62 people arrested for solicitation of prostitution, one person for lewd purposes, and one person for aiding a person to commit prostitution, according to a press release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The task force also rescued two women who are believed to be sex trafficking victims. Authorities suspect that the victims were forced to engage in acts of prostitution against their will. The women were referred to victim services for assistance.

The operation was carried out by the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, La Quinta Special Enforcement Team, Palm Desert Special Enforcement Team, Lake Elsinore Special Enforcement Team, Temecula Special Enforcement Team, Riverside Police Department, and Murrieta Police Department.

Operation Reclaim & Rebuild is an annual multi-agency statewide initiative that focuses on rescuing victims of sexual slavery and human trafficking, identifying and arresting their captors, and disrupting demand for these vulnerable victims. Operation Reclaim & Rebuild is timed to coincide with National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and serves as a reminder that human trafficking will not be tolerated in California.

During last year’s Operation Reclaim & Rebuild, which included more than 70 law enforcement agencies, 518 people were arrested, and 87 victims were recovered, including 11 minors.

Also in January, a multi-agency human trafficking operation led by the FBI rescued 33 missing children in California.

In November, the U.S. Marshals Service located 27 missing children in Virginia during “Operation Find Our Children.”

In October, the Marshals announced the recovery of 45 endangered children and 178 arrests in Ohio and West Virginia during “Operation Autumn Hope.”

On Oct. 1, the Marshals Service said they rescued 11 children in New Orleans, two of whom were said to be in “extreme danger.”

On Sept. 21, U.S. Marshals recovered 35 missing children in Ohio during “Operation Safety Net.”

On Sept. 4, Marshals declared that they had rescued eight “highly endangered” missing children during “Operation Homecoming” in Indiana.

On Aug. 27, “Operation Not Forgotten” led to the discovery of 39 missing children in Georgia and Florida. Law enforcement stated that the children were between the ages of 3 and 17. Of the 39 endangered children, 15 were victims of sex trafficking.

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Ghislaine Maxwell forced young girls to do sexual performances for Jeffrey Epstein, court documents allege

Accused madam Ghislaine Maxwell directed a room full of young girls to “kiss, dance and touch one another in a sexual way” for Jeffrey Epstein’s gratification, according to newly unsealed court documents. The alleged orgy-like performance by underage girls was detailed by an unidentified witness and alleged in 112 court documents that were released late Wednesday.

Shocking new court documents also expose explicit details about the madam and convicted pedophile by Anthony Figueroa, the ex-boyfriend of Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the longtime accuser of Epstein and Maxwell.

Giuffre, who has since settled a lawsuit against Maxwell, was allegedly forced into a threesome after “Jeffrey wanted Virginia to have sex with Ms. Maxwell,” the Daily Mail reported. The pair allegedly used sex toys during the romp, court documents say.

“Ms. Maxwell and Jeffrey would obviously be doing stuff, all three of them together,” Figueroa said, according to court documents. “Like I said, that they would all go out to clubs to pick up girls and try and find them to bring back for Jeffrey. And then she told me about how, like I said, her and Ms. Maxwell and Jeffrey were all intimate together on multiple occasions.”

When Figueroa was asked by authorities about the claim that Giuffre was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times at the behest the Maxwell and Epstein, he admitted that he could not “recall,” but added it “could be possible.” He said that he only remembers Giuffre mentioning being forced to have sex with “just Ms. Maxwell and all the other girls.”

Prince Andrew denies that he had sex with Giuffre.

Epstein’s housekeeper of his mansion in Florida alleges that over the course of a decade, there were 100 girls who came to the home to give the disgraced financier “sexual massages,” and the girls were purportedly paid $200.

In the newly unsealed court filings, Florida detective Joseph Recarey gave an interview to federal prosecutors in 2016 about Epstein’s alleged behavior.

“Epstein would either attempt to fondle the girls or touch the girls inappropriately, and at which point he would masturbate,” Recarey said, according to Vanity Fair. “And when he was done, he would get up and go wash off while the girls would get dressed and go back downstairs and get paid.”

Court documents read, “One witness (redacted) was in tears, as he recounted (Maxwell) bringing a 15-year-old girl into his employer’s home who, in utmost distress, told him that (Maxwell) stole the young girl’s passport and tried to make her have sex with Epstein and then threatened her.”

A witness testified that Maxwell “recruited her from her school campus to have sex with Epstein with lies about being her personal assistant,” as reported by Fox News.

One court document is a handwritten note from July 2004 where the British socialite informed Epstein that a 14-year-old girl was “available” and that he had “no one for tomorrow.”

Lawyers for Giuffre argue that the unsealed testimony is a smoking gun that Maxwell played a major role in recruiting girls for Epstein.

“It is not just the flight logs showing Defendant flying with Epstein and Ms. Giuffre over twenty times when she was a minor; it is not just the message pads from law enforcement’s trash pulls that show Defendant arranging to have an underage girl come over to Epstein’s house for ‘training,’ it is not just the police report; it is not just the photographs of [Maxwell] and other men with Ms. Giuffre when she was a minor,” Giuffre’s legal team wrote, the Daily Beast reported. “Now, there is actual, live testimonial evidence that [Maxwell] was a procurer of young girls for sex with Jeffrey Epstein, with whom she shared a home and a life, thus validating Ms. Giuffre’s claims.”

Maxwell denies helping Epstein recruit and groom girls for sex. Maxwell was arrested in July 2020. She has been held without bail since pleading not guilty to six charges, including two counts of conspiracy, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, transporting minors for illegal sex acts, and two counts of perjury.

Epstein, 66, committed suicide in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correction Center in August 2019 as he was awaiting trial for sex trafficking of minors.

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Ex-first grade teacher pleads guilty to horrific sex trafficking charges related to a child

In a Tuesday memo, the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Oregon revealed that a former first-grade teacher from Oregon admitted to sexually abusing and trafficking a 15-year-old girl he met on social media.

What are the details?

According to the memo, federal prosecutors said that 38-year-old William Hamann pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of sex trafficking of a child for paying the teen for oral sex.

He reportedly recorded the encounters between 2018 and 2019.

Hamann previously taught at Spring Creek Elementary school in Eugene, Oregon, and operated a haunted house attraction. According to the Oregonian, the 15-year-old was not a student of the former teacher.

In the statement, federal prosecutors said, “Agents searched his mobile phone and found a recording of one of the sex acts. Hamman used social media to arrange the meetings with the minor.”

In 2019, authorities arrested Hamann when he showed up at a local school to meet the teen girl, who was then 16 years old.

Following his arrest, a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging the former teacher with sexual exploitation and trafficking of a child, possession of child pornography, and attempted sex trafficking of a child.

Prosecutors are now seeking at least 13 years in federal prison on the charges. He also faces state charges of sodomy and sexual abuse.

As part of Hamann’s plea agreement, he agreed to pay restitution to the victim.

He is set to be sentenced on March 1.

According to the Register-Guard, Eugene police “advise parents and guardians who have a child who has come in contact with Hamann to let the child know he has been arrested for inappropriate behavior with a child.”

“Parents and guardians also should encourage their child to let them know if Hamann did or said anything inappropriate to them,” the outlet added. “Eugene police advise parents and guardians not to ask detailed questions if a child discloses they had inappropriate contact with Hamann. Instead, they should call Eugene police Detective Jed McGuire at 541-682-6308 or the FBI in Eugene at 541-343-5222.”

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Pornhub removes most videos in massive victory for orgs fighting sex trafficking

Organizations fighting against pornography received a major victory this week after Pornhub, the internet’s biggest pornography website, announced that it would cut the majority of its video inventory.

Pornhub announced on Monday that it would delete all videos not uploaded by “content partners” or by members of its “model program.”

“As part of our policy to ban unverified uploaders, we have now also suspended all previously uploaded content that was not created by content partners or members of the Model Program,” Pornhub said in a statement. “This means every piece of Pornhub content is from verified uploaders, a requirement that platforms like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Snapchat and Twitter have yet to institute.”

Prior to the change, Pornhub hosted more than 13.5 million videos. After unverified videos were purged, fewer than 3 million videos remained, CNN reported. This means that more than 10 million videos — more than 80% of all site content — were deleted.

What is the background?

The development comes after an exposé by the New York Times revealed how Pornhub is complicit in human sex trafficking. The report detailed the stories of child sex trafficking victims whose traumatic videos of abuse had been uploaded to Pornhub.

Pornhub responded by announcing policy changes, but they were not enough to stop Visa and Mastercard from severing processing ties with the porn website.

“Given the allegations of illegal activity, Visa is suspending Pornhub’s acceptance privileges pending the completion of our ongoing investigation. We are instructing the financial institutions who serve MindGeek to suspend processing of payments through the Visa network,” Visa said in a statement.

Similarly, Mastercard said, “Our investigation over the past several days has confirmed violations of our standards prohibiting unlawful content on their site. We instructed the financial institutions that connect the site to our network to terminate acceptance.”

Victory for anti-porn orgs

The development is a massive victory for organizations fighting against pornography, which recognize how the porn industry is used as a conduit for human trafficking.

In fact, Pornhub lashed out at two organizations in particular, Exodus Cry and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, both of which have been campaigning for years against the pornography industry.

“It is clear that Pornhub is being targeted not because of our policies and how we compare to our peers, but because we are an adult content platform,” Pornhub said, citing both organizations.

In a tweet, Exodus Cry called the video removals a “huge WIN.”

Why do people fight against porn?

Although progressives attempt to normalize pornography by claiming “sex work is work,” research on the effects of pornography is revealing just how dangerous and addictive it is.

Dr. William Struthers, a professor of neuroscience and psychology at Wheaton College in Chicago, told TheBlaze in 2016 that porn hijacks the same pleasure centers of the human brain that hard drugs target, making the viewing of sex videos highly addictive.

“When we talk about pornography as a drug, we’ve really got the cart before the horse. Really, the only reason why any drugs are addictive is that they act on the brain’s natural pleasure systems,” Struthers said. “Sex is a great example of what the brain is made for when it comes to pleasure. Sex is very pleasurable for human beings the majority of the time.”

“The brain has these natural pleasure circuits — these circuits that are designed to give us the feeling of closeness, of excitement, of love — and so the only reason why these drugs, like crack, morphine, methamphetamine, or any of those have any pleasurable consequences at all is because they act on these natural systems that are already there,” he explained. “So a better way to talk about heroin is that heroin is actually injected orgasm.”

“Drugs that mimic the chemical properties already in the brain and are part of this natural pleasure circuit, those are the ones that we get addicted to,” he added. “So porn isn’t crack for your eyes, crack is smoked sexual arousal.”

The problem with porn addiction, of course, is that people, by visiting porn websites and paying for porn, are perpetuating an industry that exploits women and engages in human trafficking.

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Houston police arrest Honduran national in human trafficking ring bust, rescue 29 victims

Nearly 30 people in Houston were rescued from an alleged human trafficking ring, and a suspect has been arrested in the case.

According to the Houston Police Department, officers “received a report of a male in his briefs running down the street yelling that he had been kidnapped.” The nearly naked man informed authorities that “thirty more people were being held hostage in the house.”

Inside the home in southwest Houston, police found 28 men and one female, who appeared to be a minor, according to
KHOU-TV. The victims were in their underwear, but reportedly in good condition. Officials said the victims are from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Cuba.

Mary Lewis, who lives directly behind the home where the victims were discovered, recalled the moment when a victim approached her.

“When he ran up to me he looked like he was all cut up,” Lewis told
KYTX-TV. “He had like cuts in his face. But he was in his red shorts, drawers. And he was barefoot.”

“Then I was backing up. I said, ‘What’s wrong, man? I can’t understand you. What are you talking about?’ And then he would look back that way,” Lewis said.

The
U.S. attorney’s officenoted that the residence had boarded-up windows and deadbolt locks on the inside doors.

After the victims were rescued, they were taken to the Ridgemont Elementary School where they were provided with food and clothes. The victims were later transported to an immigration facility.

The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are investigating the situation. The victims are cooperating with authorities, according to police.

A suspect has been arrested in the human trafficking bust. Officials named the suspect as Mauro Dominguez-Maldonado, a 36-year-old Honduran national. On Friday, federal prosecutors said the suspect was in the United States illegally, according to
CNN.

The criminal complaint alleges Dominguez-Maldonado was in charge of watching over the individuals and performing multiple tasks in the alleged human smuggling operation.

Dominguez-Maldonado faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted. Dominguez-Maldonado is expected to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances Stacy on Monday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Bennett is prosecuting the case.

Police Commander Jonathon Halliday
told reporters that three people were detained as possible suspects.

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Nearly 200 arrested in ‘large-scale’ sex trafficking investigation in Florida

Police in Florida arrested 178 people following in what the U.S. Department of Justice called a “large-scale human trafficking investigation.” The Tallahassee Police Department made the announcement Tuesday about “Operation Stolen Innocence,” a two-year-long investigation into sex trafficking in Florida’s capital city.

The investigation began in November 2018, after authorities discovered a 13-year-old child’s image on a prostitution website. Elizabeth Bascom, one of the lead investigators in the case, told the Tallahassee Democrat that abuse of the girl may have begun even before her 13th birthday, and called the girl’s exploitation “horrific.”

“This was a child, 13 turning 14 … who worked through her birthday as if it did not exist, who worked through Thanksgiving while we sat at tables and enjoyed our families, who worked through Christmas like it wasn’t even there,” Bascom said.

Several of the defendants told investigators during sworn interviews that the girl’s mother wouldn’t allow anyone to have sex with her daughter unless they brought money or drugs, according to police reports.

Police did not reveal if the victim’s mother was involved in the sex trafficking ring, or if she was charged with any crimes.

The meetings occurred in an apartment, as well as hotels and motels. The encounters were arranged via text messages and social media, providing a trail of electronic evidence.

Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell said the investigation resulted in the 178 arrests; 106 people have been charged with felonies, and 72 face misdemeanor charges. There are 19 suspects who face federal felony charges. Charges include the production of child pornography, human sex trafficking of a minor, and solicitation of prostitution.

“It is difficult to comprehend the depravity of these criminals who prey on the most innocent in our society,” acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations Tampa Field Office Kevin Sibley said. “Thanks to the collective efforts of the Tallahassee Police Department and HSI special agents, our local communities are significantly safer today as a result of this investigation.”

“Human sex trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide,” Revell said. “Florida ranks in the top 5 in the nation for reports of human trafficking.”

The Tallahassee Police Department’s Special Victims Unit rescued the girl.

Revell said the teen is “on the road to recovery, and she’s doing well given the situation.”

“She does have things to say,” Bascom said of the victim. “She was able to say that this has seriously impacted her life, and it is very difficult at times. But she is working to get her life back.”

Operation Stolen Innocence was a multi-agency investigation that included the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Marshals Service.

The U.S. Marshals Service has participated in numerous human trafficking operations this year and have rescued dozens of missing children. Earlier this month, the U.S. Marshals rescued 27 missing children in Virginia during “Operation Find Our Children.”

On Oct. 27, the United States Marshals Service announced the recovery of 45 missing and endangered children in Ohio and West Virginia during “Operation Autumn Hope.” The Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force made 179 arrests during the investigation.

On Oct. 1, the U.S. Marshals located 11 children in New Orleans, two of which were in “extreme danger.

On Sept. 21, U.S. Marshals announced that they had recovered 35 missing children in Ohio during “Operation Safety Net.”

On Sept. 17, U.S. Marshals Service completed “Operation Triple Beam,” a 60-day mission to decrease violent gang crime in Oklahoma City. U.S. Marshals made 262 arrests and located five missing children,

On Sept. 4, the agency said that it had rescued eight “highly endangered” missing children during “Operation Homecoming” in Indiana.

On Aug. 27, U.S. Marshals retrieved 39 missing children in Georgia and Florida during “Operation Not Forgotten.” Authorities said the children were between the ages of 3 to 17. Of the 39 endangered children, 15 were victims of sex trafficking.


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Melissa McCarthy caves to outrage mob, retracts donation to anti-sex trafficking org — but it backfires

Actress Melissa McCarthy, known for her roles in comedic films, caved to the outrage mob last week after she was attacked online for donating money to an organization dedicated to ending human sex trafficking.

What’s the background?

As part of a promotion for the new movie “Superintelligence,” McCarthy teamed up with HBO Max for “20 Days of Kindness,” a campaign donating $20,000 to 20 different charities over the course of 20 days.

Included on the list of organizations was Exodus Cry, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating sex trafficking.

“Exodus Cry exists not only to help those who are sold for sex but also to break the cycle of commercial sexual exploitation. We believe in writing a better story: a new narrative in which every person is offered real choices, empowerment, and true freedom,” the organization says on its website.

What happened?

But last week, the Daily Beast published a story complaining that Exodus Cry was a donation recipient of the kindness campaign.

According to the Daily Beast, Exodus Cry’s alleged sin is its mission to empower women out of the objectification and dehumanization of being forced to use their bodies as “sex workers.” Progressivism often attempts to romanticize “sex work” as something that should be celebrated.

From the Daily Beast:

The Daily Beast’s Tarpley Hitt exclusively reported on Thursday that Exodus Cry frames itself as an anti-sex-trafficking group but in reality works to abolish sex work entirely. Its founder, Benjamin Nolot, has called abortion a “holocaust” and homosexuality “an unspeakable offense to God,” Hitt noted. The group has spent years lobbying to criminalize the purchase of sex and recently launched a campaign to shutter Pornhub.

Then, in an Instagram video, McCarthy said the donation to Exodus Cry had been retracted, and apologized that an organization dedicated to lifting women out of sex trafficking and human exploitation ever made it into their kindness campaign.

“It has come to our attention that our 20 Days of Kindness, which is a kindness hub that we started to shine a light on 20 great charities, had one in there that…there’s no other way to say it, we blew it,” McCarthy said. “We made a mistake and we backed a charity that upon proper vetting stands for everything that we do not.”

The actress explained that complaints from social media about Exodus Cry triggered the decision to retract the donation. McCarthy said that fans asked whether the campaign actually wanted to support an organization like Exodus Cry.

“Because the answer is, no we do not,” she said. “We have pulled it. We are so incredibly grateful for you ringing the bell and helping us be better. We’re sorry for our mistake. Oh boy, are we are sorry for it. Can’t believe that we missed it.”

Meanwhile, HBO Max said in a statement, according to Entertainment Tonight, “We were made aware of the issues surrounding Exodus Cry and have removed them from the list of partners associated with the 20 Days of kindness campaign.”

What was the reaction?

Appeasing the social media outrage mob, as it often does, resulted in unintended consequences. In this case, fans told McCarthy that they would begin supporting Exodus Cry, bashing the actress for retracting a donation to an organization dedicated to ending sex trafficking.

“I haven’t heard of that charity before this post. I’m all about stopping sex trafficking!! I’ll be sure to donate & support them!” one fan responded.

“Sooo let me get this straight. Apparently protecting the exploitation of young children, women, and men is against everything you stand for? They literally fight against human trafficking. So disappointed that you withdrew your donation. Thanks for bringing this organization to my attention so that I can donate to them,” another fan said.

“Yeah, GOD FORBID you support a charity that fights to end sex trafficking and exploitation of girls and women through corrupt platforms likes Pornhub. To pull your support is disgusting and shameful,” another fan responded.

“An apology because you almost donated money to help victims of sex trafficking. What in the f***?” another fan said.

The irony

One of the charities that McCarthy’s kindness campaign donated to was Planned Parenthood, which was responsible for 345, 672 abortions between 2018-2019.

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US Marshals rescue 27 missing kids in Virginia during ‘Operation Find Our Children’

The Department of Justice announced on Friday that the U.S. Marshals had rescued 27 missing children in Virginia during “Operation Find Our Children.” The mission lasted only five days, but was able to recover 27 missing kids throughout the state, and located six more children who were reported as missing but were found to be in the custody of their legal guardian.

The multi-agency effort involved more than 60 law enforcement investigators, including members from the U.S. Marshals from the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, U.S. Marshals Service Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, federal and state law enforcement agents, and local police departments.

There were also over 50 employees from the Virginia Department of Social Services, as well as a team of medical professionals and experts from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“I can think of no more critical or satisfying mission for a law enforcement officer, than rescuing an endangered child,” Nick E. Proffitt, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia, said. “This operation brought together a formidable team that was, and is, determined to come to the aid of our youth and bring to justice those among us that choose to prey on these vulnerable children.”

“I am proud of the Deputy Marshals in the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and their partners for the work they accomplished this week – and the results speak for themselves; these 27 children are safe once again,” Proffitt continued. “I am deeply humbled and highly honored that our team in Eastern Virginia is a continuing part of this critical Marshals Service mission. We want the missing children across this great nation to know the U.S. Marshals Service will never stop looking for you, we will find you.”

“The U.S. Marshals Service has a legendary history of finding fugitives and bringing them to justice,” Thomas L. Foster, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Virginia, said. “Because of this specialized skill set, finding missing children is a natural extension of the Marshal’s mission.”

“Although many of the 27 recoveries occurred in Virginia’s larger population centers, seven occurred in the Western District of Virginia to include Roanoke and Abingdon,” Foster added. “This operation brought missing and exploited children to a place of safety and those who made the decision to prey upon them to justice.”

“The Department of Justice is dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable children in our society and ‘Operation Find Our Children’ does just that,” Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen said. “While this Virginia operation is the most recent recovery of endangered and missing children led by the U.S. Marshals Service this year, we have also recovered more than 440 kids in Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, Louisiana and other states. Because of this initiative, the recovered children are now out of harm’s way.”

Last week, the United States Marshals Service announced the recovery of 45 missing and endangered children in Ohio and West Virginia during “Operation Autumn Hope.” The operation also resulted in 179 arrests that were made by the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force.

On Oct. 1, the agency rescued 11 children in New Orleans, two of which were in “extreme danger.

On Sept. 21, U.S. Marshals announced that they had recovered 35 missing children during “Operation Safety Net” in Ohio.

On Sept. 17, U.S. Marshals Service completed “Operation Triple Beam,” a 60-day mission to decrease violent gang crime in Oklahoma City. U.S. Marshals made 262 arrests, seized illegal firearms and narcotics, as well as located five missing children,

On Sept. 4, the U.S. Marshals Service said that they had rescued eight “highly endangered” missing children in Indiana during “Operation Homecoming.”

On Aug. 27, U.S. Marshals found 39 missing children in Georgia and Florida during “Operation Not Forgotten.” Authorities said the children were between the ages of 3 to 17. Of the 39 endangered children, 15 were victims of sex trafficking.

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US Marshals recover 45 missing children, arrest 179 in human trafficking sting ‘Operation Autumn Hope’

U.S. Marshals, with the help of state and local agencies, rescued 45 missing and endangered children in Ohio and West Virginia during “Operation Autumn Hope.”

The Central Ohio Human Trafficking Trask Force, Columbus PACT Unit, and the Cuyahoga County Human Trafficking Task Force also recovered 109 victims, who were referred to social services.

The campaign to locate and recover victims of human trafficking involved over 50 law enforcement agencies and non-government partners coordinated across the state of Ohio. The mission is believed to be the “largest anti-human trafficking operation” in Ohio’s history.

Operation Autumn Hope resulted in 179 arrests made by the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, many of which were outstanding warrants. There were 22 people who were arrested for allegedly seeking to have sex with a minor.

One of the missing children rescued is a 15-year-old girl from Cleveland who was linked to “other possible victims to an individual in Columbus suspected of human trafficking,” according to a U.S. Marshals news release.

United States Marshals Service officers from Southern Ohio and Southern West Virginia worked on the operation. U.S. Marshal Michael Baylous said of the13 missing kids recovered by the Cops United Felony Fugitive Enforcement Division; three of the children were missing from San Bernardino, California, following a parental dispute and found in West Virginia.

The operation was supported by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“These predators shamelessly target the most innocent and defenseless members of our community,” Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin said. “Operation Autumn Hope is sending a loud and clear message: We are watching, we will catch you, and we will protect our children.”

“These vulnerable members of our population usually slip through the cracks,” said Sgt. Dana Hess, director of the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force. “This operation highlighted the vast number of potential victims and allowed law enforcement the opportunity to make contact and link them to services.”

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) released a news release about the human trafficking sting.

“The success of Operation Autumn Hope is measured not only in the number of arrests but in the lives that were rescued from this evil,” Yost said. “Every agency on this team looks for the day when no person is bought and sold in Ohio. Don’t buy sex in Ohio!”

Earlier this month, U.S. Marshals rescued 11 children in New Orleans, two of which were in “extreme danger.

On Sept. 21, U.S. Marshals announced that they had rescued 35 missing children during “Operation Safety Net” in Ohio.

On Sept. 17, U.S. Marshals Service completed “Operation Triple Beam,” a 60-day mission to decrease violent gang crime in Oklahoma City. U.S. Marshals made 262 arrests, seized illegal firearms and narcotics, plus rescued five missing children,

On Sept. 4, the U.S. Marshals Service said that they rescued eight “highly endangered” missing children in Indiana during “Operation Homecoming.”

On Aug. 27, U.S. Marshals located 39 missing children in Georgia and Florida during “Operation Not Forgotten.” Authorities said the children were between the ages of 3 to 17. Of the 39 endangered children, 15 were victims of sex trafficking.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement engaged in a multi-agency operation last month that resulted in the arrest of five suspected child sexual predators. “Operation Home Alone 2” was able to successfully “target sexual predators who attempted to lure underage children with the intent of engaging in sexual activity.”

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US Marshals rescue 35 missing and endangered children during ‘Operation Safety Net’ in Ohio

The U.S. Marshals Service continues its mission to locate missing children. The U.S. Marshals announced this week that they had rescued 35 missing and endangered children during “Operation Safety Net” in Ohio.

Operation Safety Net, a joint investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service and local police in Ohio, tracked down 35 missing kids from the Cuyahoga County area. The lost children, who were between the ages of 13 and 18, were found in Ohio cities, including Cleveland, Akron, and Columbus, as well as Miami, Florida.

More than 20% of the endangered children were tied to human trafficking cases, according to the news release from the U.S. Marshals Service.

“This was new unchartered territory and the first time we conducted an operation like this,” U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said in a statement on Monday. “I am very proud of our law enforcement, community and media partners who worked tirelessly to bring our missing and most vulnerable children to safety. The establishment of a permanent unit in Northern Ohio will ensure that our most vulnerable missing children will continue to be found and brought to safety.”

Newburgh Heights Police Chief John Majoy said his department was “proud to assist in Operation Safety Net,” and commended the United States Marshals Service for “their hard work and dedication toward locating these children.”

“Many times, they do not know they are a victim and this operation offers hope, freedom and safety they would not otherwise have,” Majoy said. “This is a fine example of local, state and federal partners all working together for a notable cause. Together we can all make a difference.”

Operation Safety Net is still working on five cases that remain open, which will be handled by the Marshals Task Force and local law enforcement in the next several weeks. The missing children they are looking for are Leantwana Bates, 17, Yalonda Bates, 15, Ja-Niya Scott-Lee, 16, Alicia Jackson, 16, and Issac Ortiz, 16.

Following the success of Operation Safety Net, a permanent Missing Child Unit was created in northern Ohio “to focus on those missing, abused, neglected and trafficked juveniles.”

In the last four weeks, U.S. Marshals have located nearly 90 missing and endangered children.

In late August, the U.S. Marshals Service located 39 missing children in Georgia and Florida during “Operation Not Forgotten.” The Marshals said the children were between the ages of 3 to 17. Of the 39 endangered children, 15 were victims of sex trafficking.

Earlier this month, U.S. Marshals reported that they rescued eight “highly endangered” missing children in Indiana during “Operation Homecoming.”

Last week, U.S. Marshals Service wrapped up “Operation Triple Beam,” a 60-day mission to reduce violent gang crime in Oklahoma City. U.S. Marshals rescued five missing children, made 262 arrests, and seized illegal firearms and narcotics.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement participated in a multi-agency operation that resulted in the arrest of five suspected child sexual predators. “Operation Home Alone 2” was able to successfully “target sexual predators who attempted to lure underage children with the intent of engaging in sexual activity.”

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Bill Clinton reportedly had an ‘intimate’ dinner with Ghislaine Maxwell as recently as 2014, according to report

Former President Bill Clinton reportedly had an “intimate” dinner with British socialite and accused sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell in 2014.

Maxwell is in a New York City prison after accusations that she helped to procure underage victims for accused pedophile and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

She was charged with two counts of conspiracy, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, transporting minors for illegal sex acts, and two counts of perjury. She has denied all charges laid against her.

What are the details?

According to the Daily Beast, Clinton met Maxwell and other friends at high-end Los Angeles restaurant Crossroads Kitchen for an “intimate dinner” in 2014.

The outlet reported that Clinton’s team secured the reservation for those invited, including Maxwell.

“Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation say [Clinton] aides had squabbled over Maxwell’s invitation beforehand due to her links to Epstein,” the report explained. “Even to this day, Clinton insiders continue to point fingers over who should be blamed for Maxwell’s addition to the event.”

One source purported to be close to the situation told the outlet, “This is an intimate dinner with Clinton in L.A. Think of all the people he knows in L.A. and Ghislaine gets to attend.”

The outlet noted that by 2014, the media had widely reported on the lurid allegations against Epstein, and that the Clintons even knew of the allegations against Maxwell regarding her alleged connections to Epstein.

“It’s unclear why Maxwell was reintroduced into Clinton’s circle — at least for one cozy meatless dinner in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2014,” the report noted.

‘It’s always someone else’s fault’

The outlet also reported that Maxwell was close to both the former president and first daughter Chelsea Clinton.

“One friend of the Clintons told The Daily Beast that Ghislaine was close to Clinton and daughter Chelsea, went backstage at Clinton Global Initiative events, and even visited their homes,” the report noted. “The source said the Clintons should take responsibility for spending time with Maxwell, who allegedly offered the Clintons hotel stays, air travel, and other largesse.”

The source added, “It’s always someone else’s fault, it’s always not true. … They’re always fighting against the reporting and not that they did it. That’s the problem.”

Angel Ureña, a spokesperson for the former president, pointed the outlet to a 2019 statement when pressed for comment on the allegations of the “intimate” 2014 dinner. The statement did not mention Maxwell at all.

The 2019 statement read:

President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York. In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation. Staff, supporters of the Foundation, and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip. He had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in 2002, and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein’s New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail. He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.

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ICE assists in arrests of 5 suspected child sexual predators during ‘Operation Home Alone 2’

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement participated in a multi-agency operation to “target sexual predators who attempted to lure underage children with the intent of engaging in sexual activity.”

After a “months-long proactive operation to combat child sexual exploitation and child sex trafficking” in Arizona’s Pinal County, five men were arrested during the multi-day sting operation. The undercover operation, named “Operation Home Alone 2,” involved local, state, and federal agencies, including ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Pinal Criminal Targeting Unit, Casa Grande Police Department, Maricopa Police Department, and the Pinal County Attorney’s Office.

“HSI, working alongside our law enforcement partners, is deeply committed to pursuing alleged predators lurking within our communities seeking to harm and exploit our most vulnerable population,” Scott Brown, special agent in charge of HSI Phoenix, said. “This multi-agency effort epitomizes our ongoing mission in Arizona and is a testament to the men and woman who working these heinous cases law enforcement developed probable cause to charge five suspects. All suspects were booked into the Pinal County Jail.”

Five people were arrested, including a former sheriff’s detective. Christopher Butts, 44, a former Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office detective from Phoenix, was arrested on charges of aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and furnishing harmful items to a minor on Sept. 2, according to the ICE press release. Butts had been on bond for an arrest in February on the same charges, officials said.

Ryan Kellerman, 36, was reportedly arrested on charges of aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and furnishing harmful items to a minor on Sept. 3. Kellerman is also reportedly a suspect in a child pornography case with the Maricopa Police Department.

Daniel May, 40, and Matthew Salley, 38, were allegedly arrested and charged with luring a minor for sexual exploitation on Aug. 26, according to officials.

Jordan Holloway, 26, was arrested and charged with luring a minor for sexual exploitation on Aug. 27, according to officials.

All suspects were booked into the Pinal County Jail.

The arrests come on the heels of several successful operations by the U.S. Marshals that have located 72 missing and at-risk children in the past few weeks.

Last week, the U.S. Marshals announced they rescued eight “highly endangered” missing children in Indiana during “Operation Homecoming.”

In late August, U.S. Marshals tracked down 39 missing children in Georgia and Florida during “Operation Not Forgotten.” The U.S. Marshals Service said the children ranged in age from 3 to 17, and 15 of the children were victims of sex trafficking. U.S. Marshals cleared 26 warrants during the two-week operation.

Also last month, U.S. Marshals located 25 missing and endangered children from Ohio during “Operation Safety Net.” The missing children were between the ages of 13 and 18, and were found as far away as Miami, Florida. U.S. Marshals noted that a quarter of the endangered children were victims of human trafficking and prostitution.

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US Marshals rescue 25 missing children from Ohio, many are victims of human trafficking or prostitution

U.S. Marshals located 25 missing and endangered children from Ohio in the past 20 days of an ongoing operation. U.S. Marshals worked with state and local agencies in Ohio to track down missing children in Operation Safety Net.

The missing children, who were between the ages of 13 and 18, were found in Cleveland, East Cleveland, Euclid, Willoughby, and as far away as Miami, Florida. U.S. Marshals noted that a quarter of the endangered children were victims of human trafficking and prostitution.

“These are kids that have been abused, neglected. Some involved in human trafficking,” U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott told WOIO. “Sometimes the situations they—they go to, believe it or not, may be better than the situations they left from. We’ve had some cases where the mother and or father, or both, may have been prostituting their own child.”

“We’re trying to do our part. A number of these children have gone to the hospital after we’ve recovered them to get checked out, so again this is something we take very seriously,” Elliott added. “I’ll tell you this, it will be something we’ll be doing every year. This is our first time we have done this, it’s been uncharted territory for us, but we’ve had great success.”

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, Cleveland Division of Police, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, the East Cleveland Police Department, and the Newburgh Heights Police Department are assisting U.S. Marshals in Operation Safety Net, according to the Mansfield News Journal.

Operation Safety Net will continue for a few more weeks, and it has a goal to find the approximately 200 missing children from Northeast Ohio.

Information about the whereabouts of missing children can be provided at the U.S. Marshals tip line at 1-866-492-6833.

Earlier this week, U.S. Marshals rescued 26 missing children and safely located 13 during “Operation Not Forgotten.” The endangered children, who ranged in age from 3 to 17, were found in Georgia and Florida. Of the 39 children, 15 were victims of sex trafficking.

In a separate operation called “Operation Moving Target,” 27 men were arrested in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. The men reportedly engaged in sexually explicit online conversations with undercover officers while posing as children, according to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley.

During the four-day undercover operation that took place this week, men contacted, who they believed to be minors via social media apps. “The defendants apparently expressed an interest in engaging in sexual activity with the purported children and/or disseminated images of their genitals during these online conversations,” according to WKYC.

The men, between the ages of 21 and 61, allegedly traveled to a vacant house in Cuyahoga County, according to the prosecutor’s office. When the men arrived at the house, authorities were there to arrest and take them to the county jail.

Several of the suspects had condoms, personal lubricant, sex toys, and drugs in their possession when they were arrested, officials say.

Many of the suspects were charged with attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, importuning, and possession of criminal tools.

Operation Moving Target was coordinated by the Ohio ICAC Task Force, and worked in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ohio BCI, Newburgh Heights Police, Solon Police, Kent Police, Streetsboro Police, Cortland Police, and Cleveland Police.

The suspects include:

  • Rajwant Singh, 44, Mayfield Heights
  • Adam Davis, 41, Painesville
  • Germaine Truett, 38, Cleveland
  • Jason Johnson, 37, Cleveland
  • Ronel Washington, 24, Garfield Heights
  • Hector Pietri, 29, Cleveland
  • Kyle Vansteenburg, 28, Cleveland
  • Raphael Robinson, 26, Cleveland
  • Cory Huber, 32, Elyria
  • Michael Labandano, 39, Lyndhurst
  • Nicholas Cook, 38, Bedford Heights
  • Chazz Johnson-Hawks, 22, Solon
  • Ian Rensel, 43, Bedford
  • Jerry Harris, 35, Westlake
  • Carson Stmisa, 21, Seven Hills
  • Justin Cowger, 22, Cleveland
  • Kim Koran, 61, Cleveland
  • Nathan Troup, 39, New Castle, Pennsylvania
  • Abed Aldur, 45, Parma
  • Arturo Martinez, 47, University Heights
  • Phillip Jones, 30, Streetsboro
  • Keith Kozak, 41, Brooklyn
  • Pedro Correa Jr., 42, Cleveland
  • Ryan Demplsey, 37, Ashtabula
  • Johnathan Smith, 34, Cleveland
  • Robert Spisak, 45, Broadview Heights
  • Jason Schmucker, 37, Canton
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US Marshals rescue 39 missing children, arrest suspects on human- and sex-trafficking charges

U.S. Marshals tracked down 39 missing children during a two-week operation in Georgia and Florida.

The U.S. Marshals Service Missing Child Unit, in conjunction with the agency’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, worked with state and local agencies in Georgia to locate endangered children. U.S. Marshals rescued 26 missing children and safely located 13 others during “Operation Not Forgotten.”

Investigators said the children ranged in age from 3 to 17. The U.S. Marshals Service identified 15 of the children as being victims of sex trafficking, according to WAGA-TV.

“Additionally, investigators cleared 26 arrest warrants and filed additional charges for alleged crimes related to sex trafficking, parental kidnapping, registered sex offender violations, drugs and weapons possession, and custodial interference,” the official U.S. Marshals news release read. “The 26 warrants cleared included 19 arrest warrants for a total of nine individuals arrested, some of whom had multiple warrants.”

According to WTSP-TV, the nine suspects and charges include:

  • Moradeyo Amos Bandele – Arrested in Port St Lucy, Fla. – Warrant for rape from Conyers, GA
  • Trayon Moore – Arrested in Dekalb County, Ga. – Sex trafficking and probation violation warrants
  • James Garcia – Arrested at a motel in Clearwater, Fla. – Warrants for aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy and incest with a minor out of Whitfield County, Ga.
  • Faye Smith – Arrested at a motel in Clearwater, Fla. – Warrant for probation violation
  • Sally Garcia – Arrested at a motel in Clearwater, Fla. – Interference with child custody
  • Zachary Bailey – Arrested in Columbus, Ga. – Human trafficking, enticing of a minor for indecent purposes, and enticement of a minor for solicitation
  • Stanson Causey – Arrested in Jasper, Ga. – Registered sex offender arrested for probation violation
  • Kirk Waters – Arrested in Newton County, Ga. – Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Trevonte Shareef – Arrested in Newton County, Ga. – Interference with custody and obstruction

“The U.S. Marshals Service is fully committed to assisting federal, state, and local agencies with locating and recovering endangered missing children, in addition to their primary fugitive apprehension mission,” Director of the Marshals Service Donald Washington said in a statement. “The message to missing children and their families is that we will never stop looking for you.

“I have children. I’m sure many of you do as well. These are not my kids and these are not your kids, but actually they are our kids when it’s all said and done,” Washington said. “Here in Atlanta, approximately 300 young girls are lured into sex trafficking every month.”

“We’re really good and what we do. You know, they’ve called us manhunters. Well, we’re not just man hunters anymore,” Darby Kirby, chief inspector of the U.S. Marshals Service Missing Child Unit, said. “We also help save and rescue children as well.

“When we track down fugitives, it’s a good feeling to know that we’re putting the bad guy behind bars,” Kirby added. “But that sense of accomplishment is nothing compared to finding a missing child.”

“To address [sex trafficking], it requires agents, foot soldiers and prosecutors that are willing to take the fight to the enemy,” Georgia Bureau of Investigation Assistant Director John Melvin said.

“I always go back to the fact that if we can save one child from a life of abuse or sex trafficking, we’ve done our job,” Georgia Attorney General Christopher Carr said.

“The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 enhanced the U.S. Marshals’ authority to assist federal, state, and local law enforcement with the recovery of missing, endangered or abducted children, regardless of whether a fugitive or sex offender was involved,” the U.S. Marshals news release stated. “The Marshals established a Missing Child Unit to oversee and manage the implementation of its enhanced authority under the act.”

According to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center, there were 421,394 entries for missing children in 2019. The United States Marshals Service helped recover 295 missing children in 2019, and more than 1,800 since parenting with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in 2005.


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Feds charge 11 alleged MS-13 members in gruesome assault and sex trafficking of 13-year-old girl

Federal law enforcement officials charged 11 individuals purported to be involved with MS-13 on Wednesday following the “gruesome beating” and sex trafficking of a 13-year-old girl, CBS News reported Wednesday night.

What are the details of the beating?

A 48-page FBI affidavit alleges that at least 11 individuals are involved in the vicious beating and sex trafficking of a young girl identified as “Minor 2.”

The 13-year-old girl was reportedly beaten with a baseball bat on at least two occasions between August and October 2018. Investigators said that the girl was struck at least 26 times in each incident.

The first incident was reportedly part of an “initiation” into the gang, and the second incident allegedly took place at an El Salvadoran individual’s request because the individual reportedly believed she was fraternizing with another gang.

Minor 2 reportedly wet herself from the beating.

A medical examination of Minor 2 reportedly found evidence of blunt force trauma to her lower back, buttocks, and thighs.

What are the details of the sex trafficking?

Minor 2 was also reportedly sexually abused and trafficked by several alleged gang members and their associates over a period of two years.

One communication obtained by investigators reportedly showed the girl in a state of undress with the message, “I will move the little young female over there with you. You can have her all week if you want. Just give me something under the table.”

The young girl, who had previously been reported missing, was recovered in Maryland in October 2018.

A health examination determined that she tested positive for several sexually transmitted diseases.

‘Vicious and vile group’

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said during a Wednesday news conference that MS-13 members and their associates give legal immigrants a band name.

“Fighting MS-13 is not anti-immigrant. Fighting MS-13 is about as pro-immigrant as it gets,” he said in remarks to reporters. “Because it is that group, hard-working immigrants seeking a better life and safety, that suffer the most at the hands of this vicious and vile group.”

At least 10 defendants were arrested Wednesday and made their initial appearances in federal court. Their preliminary and detention hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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Trump’s Words For Epstein Sex Trafficking Accomplice: “I Just Wish Her Well”

Donald Trump had some nice things to say about Ghislaine Maxwell.  When asked about Maxwell’s case, Trump said: “I just wish her well, frankly.”

Maxwell is charged with involvement in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex crimes. Are we now still “trusting the plan” that he’s going to somehow use the system set up by these psychopaths to take them down? Time to open your eyes.

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Lawyer: The MSM Will Report On Ghislaine Maxwell’s Death In Jail

This all could be a build-up to what we are all expecting: Maxwell to expire in jail.

Epstein was arrested last July and according to the official narrative, killed himself in a federal jail in August. Most of us realize that his death was murder, however, as he would have been able to take down some of the most powerful people on earth. His death sparked a flurry of speculation about what he knew about the powerful figures from the worlds of politics, science, and entertainment with whom he had frequently associated, including figures like Trump, Bill Clinton, and Britain’s Prince Andrew.

Unsealed flight logs show Donald Trump was on Epstein’s plane, the Lolita Express, back in 1997. Trump is not the only politician we’ve shed light on. Look, I realize the cognitive dissonance in the U.S. is strong right now and many believe Trump to be some kind of messiah. But this information is pertinent considering he’s in power and has an almost occultic religious following of people unwilling to even read facts about who he is.

Alan “The-State-Can-Plunge-A-Needle-In-Your-Arm” Dershowitz Is In Epstein’s “Little Black Book”

Meet The Madam: Epstein Arrest Casts Spotlight On Clinton-Linked Socialite

A lot of people appear to be triggered by Trump’s comments. On the right, they tend to think it means nothing, and on the left, they are worried the media asked him about Maxwell and not the coronavirus hoax. This is simply more evidence that the U.S. is completely divided along political lines, and the mainstream media is going to continue the divide and conquer strategy.

Oh, and for those who are going to get triggered and go into full snowflake mode in the comments over this, I’ve highlighted Bill Clinton and his connection to Epstein several times. The point is, this isn’t a left vs. right problem. It’s an elitist vs. the people problem.

If you want to be coddled, fine. Sometimes the truth hurts. No one knows right now just how deep Trump’s connection to Epstein goes, only that there is one. No one knows how deep Clinton’s connection with Epstein goes, only that there is one.

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