Archived News

  • Prosecutors Focus on Pimps and Clients, Instead of Prostitutes

    New York City Police Commissioner shifts the department’s enforcement efforts from prostitutes to their clients in a crackdown called Operation Losing Proposition

  • MS-13 Gang Leader Gets 50 Years For Teen Sex Trafficking

    A leader in the MS-13 street gang was sentenced to 50 years in prison for preying on teenage girls as young as 14 and forcing them into prostitution throughout northern Virginia.

  • Ohio Human Trafficking Law Signed

    Ohio Governor John Kasich has  signed the Safe Harbor Law to increase penalties for adults who profit from underage prostitution and to give teenaged victims and survivors a chance to avoid a conviction and turn their lives around.

  • How Buying Sex Evolved into Helping Prostitutes

    The Georgia House passed sweeping legislation that will increase penalties for traffickers and purchasers of sex, and includes a 25-year minimum sentence for trafficking a minor. Read more…

  • Bill to strengthen human trafficking laws gets initial approval from House

    The Missouri House signaled that human trafficking remains a significant problem in the state, as the body gave first-round approval to a bill that would broaden punishable offenses for traffickers. Read more…

  • 3 now facing charges in Md. sex-trafficking case

    Three traffickers who lived in Washington, D.C. and Maryland targeted and coerced vulnerable women and girls into prostitution. The three were apprehended in the parking lot of a Motel 6 in April 2010 after posting sexually explicit images of a minor online and an undercover police officer responded to the ad. Read more…

  • 3 arrested in Fort Worth human trafficking case

    A man and woman were in jail accused of using the Internet to recruit a 17-year-old Houston girl to go to Fort Worth with the intent of forcing her into prostitution. Read more…

  • Two sentenced in human trafficking case

    Calling a Kansas City human trafficking case a national embarrassment,a federal judge sentenced two men to federal prison for their roles in the scheme. Twelve men in total were charged with bringing more than 1,000 foreign workers to the Kansas City area over a 10-year period and abusing some of them with substandard wages and housing. Read more…

  • Sex-trafficking victim: I was burned, beaten after trying to flee

    A victim of human trafficking in Orlando, FL was burned with a metal mallet and beaten when she tried to take the money she earned while being forced to prostitute and flee back to her home in Ohio. Read more…

  • Two Individuals Arrested on Federal Sex Trafficking Charges

    On February 5, 2009, two defendants were arrested in the Eastern District of Arkansas on charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking of juvenile girls and adult women. The victims in both cases were U.S. citizens. Read more…

  • Two Montgomery County Defendants Charged in Human Trafficking Conspiracy

    On February 3, 2009, two Montgomery County, Maryland defendants were arrested in the District of Maryland on charges of sex trafficking of minor victims. The defendants are charged with engaging in a scheme to use violence, threats, and illegal drugs to control the victims and compel them to perform commercial sex acts. Read more…

  • Former Deputy & Wife Plead Guilty to Charges Related to Harboring & Expliting Illegal Alien Nanny

    Two defendants in a forced labor case recently pled guilty in the Northern District of Georgia to harboring for financial gain in connection with their scheme to hold the victim, an undocumented Indian national, in their home as a domestic servant, using threats of deportation to compel her to continue providing child care first for little pay, and later without pay. The defendants are scheduled to be sentenced in April. Read more…

  • Wisconsin Couple Sentenced for Forcing a Woman to Work as Thier Domestic Servant for 19 years

    Jefferson Calimlim Sr. and his wife, Elnora Calimlim, both medical doctors in Milwaukee, Wis., were each sentenced today to 72 months in prison for forcing a woman to work as their domestic servant and illegally harboring her for 19 years in their Brookfield, Wis., residence. The defendants, initially sentenced on Nov. 16, 2006, to four-year prison terms each, were re-sentenced today, after the Court of Appeals identified legal errors in the initial sentencing and remanded to the trial court for re-sentencing. Read more…

  • Honolulu Man and Woman Indicted on Federal Sex Trafficking Charges

    A federal grand jury in the District of Hawaii has indicted Rodney D. King and Sharon-Mae Nishimura, both of Honolulu, on multiple counts of federal sex trafficking of adult women and minor female victims. The indictment alleges that from periods within April 2006 through June 2007, King used force, fraud and coercion to engage two adult women in commercial sex and that he did so for his own financial benefit. The indictment also alleges that King attempted to engage a third adult woman in commercial sex in October 2007 by using force, fraud and coercion; and that Nishimura aided and abetted him in that attempt. If convicted of any of these counts, King and Nishimura would each face a sentence of imprisonment for a period of 15 years to life. Read more…

  • Eight Uzbekistan Nationals among 12 Charged with Racketeering, Human Trafficking & Immigration Violations in Scheme to Employ Illegal Aliems in 14 States

    12 defendants, including eight Uzbekistan nationals, have been charged in a 45-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on May 6, 2009, on RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) charges related to labor racketeering, forced labor trafficking and immigration and other violations in 14 states. Read more…

  • Houston Man Sentenced for Human Trafficking and Alien Smuggling Charges

    Maximo Mondragon was sentenced to 156 months imprisonment for his role in trafficking Central American women to the US. He lured the women with false promises of good jobs, then forced them into working in bars and cantinas. Mondragon is the last of eight defendants to be convicted and sentenced in this scheme. Read more…

  • Human Trafficking Rescue Project: Operation Guardian Angel

    Matt J. Whitworth, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that four men – including an active duty Naval recruiter, an insurance manager at a Plaza-area office, an out-of-state car dealership’s finance manager and a truck driver – were indicted by a federal grand jury today, in four separate cases, on charges related to the sex trafficking of children. Today’s indictments are the result of Operation Guardian Angel, a unique undercover law enforcement investigation targeting the demand for child prostitutes in the Kansas City area. Operation Guardian Angel was conducted by the Human Trafficking Rescue Project, a joint task force from the Independence Police Department, the FBI, ICE, and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department. Read more…

  • Memphis Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Sex Trafficking Charges

    Leonard Fox pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights charge for sex trafficking minors to engage in commercial sex acts. Fox recruited and obtained underage girls and arranged for them to engage in sexual acts for his financial benefit. Fox faces up to life in prison, but will serve the mandatory minimum of 10 years imprisonment. He will be sentenced May 28, 2009. Read more…

  • Five Defendants Convicted of International Sex Trafficking for Forcing Central American Girls and Women into Prostitution

    Five defendants are facing potential life sentences after being found guilty, on February 11, 2009, on sex trafficking charges. The five individuals are all members of an extended family that participated in a scheme to lure Central American women and girls to the Los Angeles area for the purpose of prostitution. Read more…