Oceanside couple arrested for sex trafficking a child

Girl grew up and came back to seek justice

A Mexican girl sent to America for a better life never saw the inside of a classroom. Instead, she became a human-trafficking victim in Oceanside.

For nearly two years, the 12-year-old was raped repeatedly, beaten, sold for sex and forced to work for no pay by a couple related to her, law-enforcement sources said.

The alleged traffickers, a husband and wife, were arrested Thursday on Brooks Street near Maxson Street by the North County Human Trafficking Task Force. That coalition includes the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, Oceanside police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations team.

Inez Martinez Garcia, 43, and her husband, Marcial Garcia Hernandez, 45, were booked on 13 felony counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under age 14, the sheriff’s department. Both immigrated from Mexico and are legal permanent residents of the United States.

“There have been some real bad cases, but this is one of the worst cases we’ve had,” said Sgt. Joe Mata of the sheriff’s department. “This was so important because there are so many victims and nothing gets done.”

The victim, now an adult, came forward two and a half years ago with details of the abuses she suffered after she was smuggled into the country. Her name and current age have not been released because of the sexual nature of the crime and authorities’ ongoing investigation.

Once at the Hernandez home, she was forced to care for the couple’s three young children, cook and clean, said sheriff’s deputy George Crysler, the case investigator. She was also forced to have sex with Hernandez and occasionally sold as a sex slave, he said.

In addition, the suspects allegedly made the girl lie about her age to get a job at a restaurant and then kept her wages.

The victim was beaten whenever she refused to participate in sex or did not complete her work to her traffickers’ satisfaction, said Crysler, who added that she was “under the constant threat of physical abuse.”

The captivity lasted 21 months before the girl was beaten so severely that someone reported the situation to authorities. Child Protective Services removed the victim from the home and eventually returned her to her family in Mexico, Mata said.

At the time of the trafficking, the child did not have permission to be in the United States. She has legal status today, according to the sheriff’s department.

In the past decade, law-enforcement agencies and nongovernmental groups across the country have focused on human trafficking and strived to increase awareness of the crime. Human trafficking — labor and sex — rivals drug trafficking as the second most profitable criminal enterprise behind the arms trade.

National and international leaders have also been paying more attention to the crime, which they said has ensnared tens of millions of people. A study released this week by a San Diego State University researcher estimated that 31 percent of unauthorized immigrants who were surveyed had experienced labor trafficking, often including sexual abuse.

Experts said foreigners are often lured to the U.S. with promises of a better life, but find themselves sold for sex or working in terrible conditions with little to no pay. Confinement can be physical as well as psychological.

Trafficking victims can also be U.S. citizens — including those enslaved by gangs, which have become involved in sex trafficking in recent years, said Don Stump, executive director of North County Lifeline. His organization provides counseling and mental-health services to victims of trafficking and child abuse, among other clients.

Lifeline is helping the victim in the Oceanside case, but Stump said he could not give specifics to protect the victim and maintain her privacy.

“She has been a very cooperative and forthright client in working with law enforcement because she wants to see some justice,” said Stump, whose organization hosted a daylong conference about trafficking on Friday in Oceanside. “The biggest challenge right now with human trafficking is making sure the services are in place for the victims, but also making sure the community is aware of the specifics of trafficking right in their own neighborhoods.”

Mata of the sheriff’s department said when the young woman returned to the U.S., she was encouraged to come forward by someone close to her. She had begun to experience flashbacks and showed symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.

She sought help from the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition, which works with trafficking victims. The group, based in National City, helped reopen her juvenile case and notify authorities about the abuse she had suffered as a child.

Marisa Ugarte, director of the coalition, said her organization maintains victims’ confidentiality. She did say the survivor in this case is no longer a client.

“There are many, many cases like this one,” Ugarte said. “The most important part now is that she is here and she is going to get justice.”

One challenge for groups that help trafficking victims is that unauthorized immigrants, including children, are often returned to their native country even though they may qualify for legal status as a victim of trafficking or other crimes. In such situations, including the Oceanside case, the alleged abusers are not prosecuted.

Hernandez and Garcia are in jail and will be arraigned early next week. A spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s office said it is too soon to comment on the case.

 

source:http://www.nctimes.com/blogsnew/news/immigration/oceanside-couple-arrested-for-sex-trafficking-a-child

 

Valor Howell Goes Home To Canada

 Valor Howell strolled up the driveway like he’d been there a thousand times.Without hesitation, the 10-year-old walked through the front door, and into his new world.Inside, Valor hugged his big sisters, and immediately took to the family dog.For what he’s been through the past week, it was an encouraging sign.”Group homes are boring, you can’t do anything,” Valor said.

Child Protective Services took custody of Valor after Chandler police arrested his mom, Jamie Howell, last week for an outstanding warrant in Canada.

Authorities there said she kidnapped the boy in 2003, breaking a joint custody agreeement with Valor’s dad, Garrett Taylor.

Taylor flew to the Valley this past weekend to pick up his son and take him back to Canada.

“A hole in our heart that’s been there for years is filled back in, and now we can get on with our lives and just lead a normal life,” said Taylor.

source: http://www.kpho.com/news/28152221/detail.html
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Locate Yvonne J Hubrechtsen on the Web

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Las Vegas Arrest Record for Yvonne J Hubrechtsen

Inmate Name:  Hubrechtsen, Yvonne J
Inmate #: 1938912
Last Arrest Date:
00:00AM 07-21-2010
Sex:
Female
Race:Unknown
Age/DOB:  24
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N/A

 

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  • Usm – U.S. Marshall
  • Intent T – with intent to sell
  • Dui Alc – Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
  • Att – Attempted
  • Comm – Commerce (for selling)
  • Misd – Misdemeanor

Charges Resulting from Arrest on 07/21/2010

Detention Facility: CCDC
1.
Dui Alcohol And/Or Drugs
Counts: 1
Bond: $2,000.00

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Ask Gov. Schwarzenegger to Release Human Trafficking Victim Sara Kruzan with Time Served

Sixteen-year-old human trafficking victim Sara Kruzan was sentenced to life in prison without parole when, in a desperate act to escape captivity, she shot her pimp. When Sara met G.G., the 31-year-old man who would become her pimp, she was only 11. G.G. groomed Sara two years before he raped her.  By then, his control was complete and he forced her into prostitution.  Sara and the other girls who G.G. exploited were out on the streets from 6pm to 6am, every night.  Twelve hours a night, seven days a week, for three years, Sara was raped by strangers so G.G. could profit.  After three years, she snapped, and she killed him.

Now 32, Sara has spent half her life in prison as a model prisoner, and has asked Gov. Schwarzenegger for clemency. Sara was arrested and tried in 1994, before anyone was using the term “human trafficking” and when the country was still struggling to understand issues like domestic violence and pimp control that give one person coercive control over another. So there was no expert witness at Sara’s trial to explain how her years of repeated rape, trauma, and abuse had affected her actions. There was no expert to tell the jury that with counseling, support, and care, Sara could heal from her traumatic past and grow to be a strong and moral woman.

Sara’s clemency plea has been submitted to Gov. Schwarzenegger, and the decision of whether or not to release her with time served rests solely with him. Sara Kruzan deserves hope.  She deserves hope that she didn’t survive being raped and sold for three years for nothing.  She deserves hope that the darkest chapter of her life has passed, and a horizon lies ahead.  She deserves hope that she can change, grow, and flourish as a woman. But in life without parole, there is no hope.

Tell Gov. Schwarzenegger that human trafficking victims deserve support and care, not prison. Ask him to release Sara with time served.

source:http://humantrafficking.change.org/blog/view/what_will_the_election_mean_for_imprisoned_trafficking_victim_sara_kruzan

Published in: on October 29, 2010 at 6:41 am  Comments (1)  
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Five Arrested for Webcasting Sexual Torture of Mentally Disabled Woman

Five men were indicted in Missouri for sexually torturing a young, mentally-disabled women on live Internet webcast, forcing her to dance at strip clubs, and other heinous abuses. While the details of this case are some of the most gruesome that have ever been revealed, it serves as a textbook example of several of the most common and critical components of sex trafficking cases. And some of the men involved are well-known community leaders.

Editor’s Note: The details of this case are especially disturbing, even for this blog.

Five years of unspeakable torture ended for one Missouri woman this week, when her abusers were arrested and charged with a nauseating smorgasbord of crimes. The victim, who is referred to as FV only, met Edward Bagley, the alleged primary abuser, when she was just 16. She had lived in foster care her whole life and suffered from mental disabilities, so he easily convinced her that he could help her become a model and a dancer. Instead, he forced her into a life of sexual slavery, rape, torture, humiliation, and abuse. Traffickers prey on the vulnerable, and that includes young people, people with disabilities, and people without strong support systems, like foster children. FV fit the profile too well.

Bagley allegedly made money off FV in a number of ways, many of which were online. He advertised for sexual torture sessions with her online and broadcast them on streaming webcasts. He forced her to dance at strip clubs around Missouri. He traded her to his friends for cigarettes and steaks (yes, steaks). Traffickers increasingly use the Internet to advertise and exploit victims, but some exploitation still takes place the old-fashioned way, in strip clubs and by men exchanging meat for meat.

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Rugby World Cup ‘magnet for sex traffickers’

Sex traffickers will be targeting next year’s Rugby World Cup as a business opportunity, a visiting anti-trafficking campaigner says.

 

Sex traffickers will be targeting next year’s Rugby World Cup as a business opportunity, a visiting anti-trafficking campaigner says.

New Zealander Judy Boyle, who heads a global trafficking awareness campaign, said traffickers operated wherever there was a demand for their business.

“You think traffickers aren’t smiling about the Rugby World Cup?”

Her concern is being taken seriously by the New Zealand police, which says the risk of trafficking for prostitution was multiplied during big gatherings of people.

Ms Boyle is now based in Athens but has been in Nelson giving a series of trafficking awareness workshops.

She said wherever there was an opportunity to make money, such as an international sporting event, traffickers would be seeing dollar signs.

The International Rugby Board’s head of the Rugby World Cup, Kit McConnell, told a conference in Christchurch this week that the event next year would boost New Zealand’s economy by $1 billion and attract 85,000 visitors.

Though there had not been any prosecutions brought in New Zealand for sex trafficking, Ms Boyle said it was difficult to put numbers on how many people were affected because it was an “invisible crime”.

An estimated 12.3 million adults and children were in forced labour and forced prostitution around the world, according to the annual United States State Department’s Trafficking in Persons report.

The report said it was possible trafficking victims were not being detected in New Zealand.

The country had been a destination for women from Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Malaysia and Eastern Europe trafficked into forced prostitution.

Superintendent Grant O’Fee, who is the commander of police operations for the Rugby World Cup, said his team was conscious of the potential for trafficking crime during the event. “We are aware opportunities exist in any big gatherings especially at an international event like the Rugby World Cup.”

He was constantly in touch with permanent fulltime Interpol staff stationed at police national headquarters regarding cross-border crime. “There are certain things we know are going to happen but that is not to say we don’t ignore the more under the radar sort of stuff.”

Mr O’Fee said a member of his team had met with ECPAT, an international organisation dedicated to ending the trafficking of children for sexual purposes, and the police specialist child exploitation team based in Auckland to make sure they were aware of the potential of the problem.

ECPAT’s New Zealand director, Alan Bell, said it was likely that the sex industry would experience an increase in trade during the Rugby World Cup.

The US report said no research had been conducted to determine the full extent of the trafficking problem in New Zealand.

As well, it did not have a comprehensive anti-trafficking law.

Ms Boyle, who has a Masters degree in education from Harvard, said she would like to see some thorough research done into the extent of the problem in New Zealand.

She began her work campaigning against trafficking 10 years ago when she read an article about a sex worker who had tried to hang herself with her own stockings.

She could not sleep for days.

“It was something I knew nothing about but once you know some things it is very difficult to unknow them.”

She began the No Project as an international awareness campaign to effect change in the next generation.

“This can only be achieved through a well-informed youth population who are encouraged to challenge the attitudes and behaviour of previous generations.”

Ms Boyle said she was disturbed by the invisibility of the industry and its silent endorsement.

“You know where all this goes on? In suburbia, it’s the nice suburban homes in every city around the planet.”

To find out more about the extent of human trafficking visit stopthetraffik.org or mtvexit.org.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

2.5 million people are in forced labour, including sexual exploitation, at any given time as a result of trafficking.

Fifty-six per cent, or 1.4 million, are in Asia and the Pacific.

Most victims are between 18 and 24, while 95 per cent experience physical or sexual violence.

New Zealand is a destination country for human trafficking from Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and other Asian countries for sexual exploitation.

A multi-agency taskforce is developing a national plan of action to stop people trafficking in New Zealand.

Source: US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report/Department of Labour

source:http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/4012708/Rugby-World-Cup-magnet-for-sex-traffickers

Alameda DA Gets Grant To Fight Sex Trafficking

 
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has been selected as one of only four recipients of a U.S. Department of Justice grant to combat human trafficking of minors, District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced Tuesday.

The district attorney’s office will receive $300,000 over two years from an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program Grant, which was awarded after a nationwide submission process, O’Malley said.

She said the grant will help advocates for victims of human trafficking increase their capacity to identify children at risk or those involved in commercial sexual exploitation and to link those children to essential services throughout the Bay Area.

O’Malley said fighting human trafficking is important because the sale and purchase of children for sex has become a multi-million-dollar industry. Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the U.S.

The district attorney’s office created a human exploitation and trafficking unit called HEAT – or Human Exploitation and Trafficking – in 2005.

Earlier this year, the district attorney’s office collaborated with several community partners to introduce HEAT Watch, which O’Malley said is a multi-system, multi-jurisdictional collaborative approach to combating the sexual exploitation of minors.

The program involves training law enforcement officials, vigorously prosecuting offenders, pursuing legislation through policymakers and providing services for children who have been sexually exploited.

O’Malley said the grant will fund the coordination and training efforts of HEAT Watch.

Deputy District Attorney Sharmin Bock, who heads the HEAT unit, said, “This grant will greatly assist in our fight to combat the trafficking of children.”

The other grant recipients are the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the city of Boston and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office in Chicago.

 

source: http://cbs5.com/crime/human.trafficking.grant.2.1853799.html

Published in: on August 11, 2010 at 8:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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“Kate Plus Eight” Triggers Reality T.V. Child Labor Hearings

Are children who appear on reality TV shows working? And if so, how should child labor laws apply to them? These questions will be answered in a series of hearings this fall, sparked by child labor allegations against Jon and Kate Gosselin for their eight young children’s roles in the TLC reality show.

The hit TLC reality show “Jon and Kate Plus 8″ (which became “Kate Plus 8 when the couple split) features the everyday lives of a family comprised of one set of twins and one set of sextuplets. The children, most of whom were younger than school age for the first few seasons are filmed doing what normal young kids would do — playing outside, fighting with siblings, eating snacks. Additionally, places from the local children’s museum to a Colorado ski resort paid for the Gosselin family to take cool trips and experience new things. On the surface, a childhood filled with free trips and other goodies sounds idyllic.

But the eight Gosselin children are more than just bystanders in “Kate Plus Eight” — they’re the stars. Television cameras invade their homes and lives for up to 16 hours a day for weeks at a time. Their lives are constructed around a television show, from what they eat to where they go. Once, the little kids were told it was Christmas morning so that camera crews could get genuine shots of their enthusiastic faces a few days before the actual holiday. Once the cameras had the excited reactions they needed, the kids were told it wasn’t actually Christmas at all. Imagine how confusing and disappointing that would be for a 5-year-old. “Kate Plus Eight” certainly affects all parts of the Gosselin kids’ lives, but can what they do be considered child labor?

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Published in: on August 10, 2010 at 3:36 pm  Comments (3)  
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Sex Offender Volunteered For High Football Team

In Seattle a Level III sex offender was allowed to work as a volunteer with the Evergreen High School football team, according to school officials. It was the head coach’s responsibility to see that the volunteer passed a background check before having contact with students.

Two female students who serve as managers with the football team alerted authorities after the volunteer made comments that made them feel uncomfortable. He was subsequently arrested for failing to register as a sex offender.

Sex offenders are “offensive” because of their nature. It’s how they are wired. They simply don’t know any better. Even if they know right from wrong, they can’t help themselves; it’s their “way”. Pit-bulls are often aggressive dogs that attack for no reason. It’s their nature. Golden Retrievers are big dopey dogs who just want to play and show affection. It’s their nature.

It’s disappointing that the coach didn’t do his job properly. What may have happened is the coach took a liking to the volunteer and “trusted” that he didn’t have a record. The coach like most people didn’t want to believe he was in the presence of a bad egg. None of us want to admit we are in the presence of evil.

His denial and lack of accountability put his students at risk. Those days should be over because we live in such a litigious society. However our “niceness” often makes us stupid. The girls on the other hand who spoke up were immediately listened to and were taken seriously. Good for them. 10 years ago, and even today sexual harassment of this nature would be blamed on the women and swept under the rug. Fortunately we are becoming more civilized.

Robert Siciliano is a Personal Security Expert and Adviser to Intelius.com. For more information see Intelius at Sex Offender Check to reduce your chances of encountering a bad guy. See him discussing Sex Offenders on Fox Boston.

source: http://www.bloggernews.net/124945

Published in: on July 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm  Comments (4)  
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Former Child Soldier Threatened for Speaking Out

Sita Tamang was forcibly recruited as a child soldier when she was just thirteen years old. She survived several years in Nepal’s Maoist army, escaped her life as a child soldier, and traveled to New York to speak about her experience in front of the United Nations. But for Tamang, escaping slavery was just the beginning of her ordeal. Because the people who coerced her into being a soldier in the first place are determined to silence her.

Five years ago, Sita Tamang was recruited from her home in Nepal by the Maoist People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which was plotting to overthrow the Nepali royal dynasty. Her teen years were spent performing hard labor for the PLA, sometimes for up to 14 hours a day. She was trained on how to use firearms, including how to shoot a gun. And she watched as friends and peers just like her were killed or maimed for life while fighting the “People’s War” they hadn’t signed up for.

Tamang survived her ordeal, and summoned the courage to speak out publicly about it. She worked with the U.N. to secure the release of nearly 3000 children who were kidnapped and coerced into the PLA like her, and she told her story to top U.N. representatives. In return, the U.N. was supposed to provide her with an alias and anonymity. But after Tamang was photographed several times while helping the U.N., her identity soon became known across Nepal. To some of her fellow countrymen, she was a hero. But to the PLA, she was a liability.

When Tamang returned home to her mother after her trip to New York, five PLA combatants showed up at her house to issue a warning: be quiet about your experience, or else. Unsurprisingly, the PLA, like other organizations which force children to become soldiers, don’t want the details of their young recruits’ terrible lives leaking out. And Tamang is not the first former child soldier to report pressure from the PLA to toe the party line. Others have reported being threatened or coerced into signing up with the Maoist cause, even after escaping servitude.

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