Another Women is now Missing in Las Vegas

Another woman is now missing in Las Vegas

My daughter Jessie Foster is an international endangered missing woman whose case has been identified as a classic case of human trafficking – of modern-day sex slavery. Jessie has been missing from the Las Vegas area since March 29th, 2006 when she was just 21 years old – her 27th birthday is on May 27th, 2011.

Jessie’s case has received a fair bit of media attention, but by no means has got the attention it deserves, considering the implications that come with being the victim of human trafficking – of having been beaten and forced to work for an escort agency – of having been arrested, charged and convicted of solicitation of prostitution – and of being kidnapped and taken away somewhere.

Jessie is either still being forced into prostitution or she has been murdered, I don’t know what has happened to her. But what I do know is that Jessie NEEDS to be found either way.

 There have been many women who have gone missing in Sin City. Too many, just like everywhere, but in Las Vegas there is a sigma put on some of them who are ‘known’ to have been a prostitute. No one bothers to check the facts to see if any of these women were forced into it, they just figure that they were living a ‘high-risk lifestyle’, so no wonder something bad happened to them.

Three women in particular, besides Jessie, who have gone missing since 2003 are Misty Marie Saens, Jodi Marie Brewer and Lindsay Marie Harris. All four women have arrest records for prostitution, all four women went missing from the Las Vegas area.

Misty, Jodi and Lindsay were found between several weeks and several years later – all were deceased and all were found along a deserted highway in garbage bags in Nevada (Saens), California (Brewer) and Illinois (Harris). When they were found, it was just their torsos and/or legs – no heads and no arms (meaning no dental records or fingerprints could be used to identify these women). Jessie has never been found.

Misty, Jodi and Lindsay were all last seen outside their homes, making them possible victims of a truck driver serial killer. Jessie was last seen in her home and all her belongings went missing when she disappeared, making the truck driver scenario not very likely.

MISTY MARIE SAENS – missing since March 2003 from Las Vegas, Nevada. The name of the dismembered woman found along a deserted Nevada highway in the Las Vegas Valley was unknown for two years, when she was finally identified as Misty in 2005. UNSOLVED 

JODI MARIE BREWER – missing since August 14, 2003 from Las Vegas, Nevada. The name of the dismembered woman found along a highway in San Bernardino, California was unknown for three weeks, when she was identified as Jodi through her tattoos; a hummingbird above her left breast and the letter “M” on her lower back. UNSOLVED

LINDSAY MARIE HARRIS – missing since May 5, 2005 from Las Vegas, Nevada. The name of the woman whose severed legs were found off a highway in Springfield, Illinois on May 23, 2005 was unknown until May 2008 when Jane Doe was identified as Lindsay through a tattoo on her thigh. UNSOLVED 

JESSICA “JESSIE” EDITH LOUISE FOSTER – missing since March 29, 2006 from Las Vegas, Nevada. STILL MISSING

 Oh, don’t get me wrong, there are many more – but for this writing, I am only mentioning these women.

Now, there is a very distinct difference in Jessie’s case (besides the obvious – she has not been found, alive or dead) and that is the details of her disappearance. First off, Misty, Jodi and Lindsay all went missing from outside their homes. All their belongings were still in their homes as they were left – as if the women would be home later. We reported Jessie missing and that she was last heard from while at her home and almost all of her belongings went missing with her.

NOTE: Jessie was planning on returning to Canada to attend a family wedding reception and her things were packed. The only things of Jessie’s that were still in the house were her hair-dryer and her make-up, two things that Jessie would never leave behind on purpose.

We know she was already packed, it was one of the things she told her sister during the last time we ever heard from her. We also know that women will pack their belongings the night before, leaving their hair products and make-up out so they can use them in the morning . . . the usual scenario would be to get up; take a shower; do their hair & make-up; pack their hair products & make-up; and then leave.

 Now there has been another Las Vegas missing woman in the news in the past week or so, Debbie Flores Narvaez. Debbie is a dancer who just recently earned the spot of solo dancer the Luxor Hotel and Casino’s show, FANTASY, beating out over a hundred other women who auditioned for this exclusive spot (the Luxor is the same hotel that Lindsay was ‘apparently’ heading to when she was last heard from in May 2005). It is certainly not very likely that Debbie chose to leave – so obviously that means something has happened to her.

I am proud of the HLN shows (PrimeTime News, Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell’s Issues) that are always airing stories about the war on women and about the missing, and Debbie’s case is no different. If not for you, there would be practically no news coverage for some of the missing and that just adds to the tragedy. I know for a fact the Nancy Grace show has helped find a missing 12-year-old girl and her abductor just recently – I can only imagine how wonderful it must have felt when you first heard this fantastic news.

One thing I have wondered about though, and I was hoping someone could clear this up for me, is why more stories about human trafficking have not been done on your station (since it is the third largest illegal money making activity in the world, next to drugs and guns – and growing), and why you have never aired a segment on Jessie’s disappearance or even put up her poster? It is not as if I have not asked.

My first email to the Nancy Grace show was back when Jessie first went missing – April 16, 2006 – the same day I emailed several shows, including the Montel Williams show. Montel had me on his show in April of 2007 and his producer and crew were at my home in British Columbia to do an update in May 2008 – but the Nancy Grace show has not even acknowledged my emails (other than the one that is automatically sent).

And twice ISSUES has had me waiting, but without even as much as a call to say never mind – they never called back. I am just glad that I do not expect anything; I just appreciate everything that anyone can to do help. So, in other words – oh well!!

We were all told that Debbie, this beautiful, talented woman, gave up her career to follow her dream and she has now been missing for over a week, with not a clue as to what happened to her. Well, I shouldn’t say there is not a clue – the police do have their ideas as to what happened, even if the family doesn’t.

We need to let people know that past the beautiful lights and fun-loving times that can be had in Las Vegas is something sinister. After all, its nickname is SIN CITY. Does that not say something right off the top? Does that not bother all the law-abiding citizens of the world who go to Sin City? Because, as everyone knows, WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS STAYS IN VEGAS!      And now –

DEBORA “DEBBIE” FLORES NARVAEZ – missing since December 12, 2010 from Las Vegas, Nevada. STILL MISSING 

PLEASE, help me get Jessie’s story out to your huge audience. I know HLN shows have huge followings, and not just on the television. You have Facebook, Twitter and your website, and they all get a lot of traffic.

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Another woman is now missing in Las Vegas

My daughter Jessie Foster is an international endangered missing woman whose case has been identified as a classic case of human trafficking – of modern-day sex slavery. Jessie has been missing from the Las Vegas area since March 29th, 2006 when she was just 21 years old – her 27th birthday is on May 27th, 2011.

Jessie’s case has received a fair bit of media attention, but by no means has got the attention it deserves, considering the implications that come with being the victim of human trafficking – of having been beaten and forced to work for an escort agency – of having been arrested, charged and convicted of solicitation of prostitution – and of being kidnapped and taken away somewhere.

Jessie is either still being forced into prostitution or she has been murdered, I don’t know what has happened to her. But what I do know is that Jessie NEEDS to be found either way.

 There have been many women who have gone missing in Sin City. Too many, just like everywhere, but in Las Vegas there is a sigma put on some of them who are ‘known’ to have been a prostitute. No one bothers to check the facts to see if any of these women were forced into it, they just figure that they were living a ‘high-risk lifestyle’, so no wonder something bad happened to them.

Three women in particular, besides Jessie, who have gone missing since 2003 are Misty Marie Saens, Jodi Marie Brewer and Lindsay Marie Harris. All four women have arrest records for prostitution, all four women went missing from the Las Vegas area.

Misty, Jodi and Lindsay were found between several weeks and several years later – all were deceased and all were found along a deserted highway in garbage bags in Nevada (Saens), California (Brewer) and Illinois (Harris). When they were found, it was just their torsos and/or legs – no heads and no arms (meaning no dental records or fingerprints could be used to identify these women). Jessie has never been found.

Misty, Jodi and Lindsay were all last seen outside their homes, making them possible victims of a truck driver serial killer. Jessie was last seen in her home and all her belongings went missing when she disappeared, making the truck driver scenario not very likely.

MISTY MARIE SAENS – missing since March 2003 from Las Vegas, Nevada. The name of the dismembered woman found along a deserted Nevada highway in the Las Vegas Valley was unknown for two years, when she was finally identified as Misty in 2005. UNSOLVED 

JODI MARIE BREWER – missing since August 14, 2003 from Las Vegas, Nevada. The name of the dismembered woman found along a highway in San Bernardino, California was unknown for three weeks, when she was identified as Jodi through her tattoos; a hummingbird above her left breast and the letter “M” on her lower back. UNSOLVED

LINDSAY MARIE HARRIS – missing since May 5, 2005 from Las Vegas, Nevada. The name of the woman whose severed legs were found off a highway in Springfield, Illinois on May 23, 2005 was unknown until May 2008 when Jane Doe was identified as Lindsay through a tattoo on her thigh. UNSOLVED 

JESSICA “JESSIE” EDITH LOUISE FOSTER – missing since March 29, 2006 from Las Vegas, Nevada. STILL MISSING

 

Oh, don’t get me wrong, there are many more – but for this writing, I am only mentioning these women.

Now, there is a very distinct difference in Jessie’s case (besides the obvious – she has not been found, alive or dead) and that is the details of her disappearance. First off, Misty, Jodi and Lindsay all went missing from outside their homes. All their belongings were still in their homes as they were left – as if the women would be home later. We reported Jessie missing and that she was last heard from while at her home and almost all of her belongings went missing with her.

NOTE: Jessie was planning on returning to Canada to attend a family wedding reception and her things were packed. The only things of Jessie’s that were still in the house were her hair-dryer and her make-up, two things that Jessie would never leave behind on purpose.

We know she was already packed, it was one of the things she told her sister during the last time we ever heard from her. We also know that women will pack their belongings the night before, leaving their hair products and make-up out so they can use them in the morning . . . the usual scenario would be to get up; take a shower; do their hair & make-up; pack their hair products & make-up; and then leave.

 

Now there has been another Las Vegas missing woman in the news in the past week or so, Debbie Flores Narvaez. Debbie is a dancer who just recently earned the spot of solo dancer the Luxor Hotel and Casino’s show, FANTASY, beating out over a hundred other women who auditioned for this exclusive spot (the Luxor is the same hotel that Lindsay was ‘apparently’ heading to when she was last heard from in May 2005). It is certainly not very likely that Debbie chose to leave – so obviously that means something has happened to her.

I am proud of the HLN shows (PrimeTime News, Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell’s Issues) that are always airing stories about the war on women and about the missing, and Debbie’s case is no different. If not for you, there would be practically no news coverage for some of the missing and that just adds to the tragedy. I know for a fact the Nancy Grace show has helped find a missing 12-year-old girl and her abductor just recently – I can only imagine how wonderful it must have felt when you first heard this fantastic news.

One thing I have wondered about though, and I was hoping someone could clear this up for me, is why more stories about human trafficking have not been done on your station (since it is the third largest illegal money making activity in the world, next to drugs and guns – and growing), and why you have never aired a segment on Jessie’s disappearance or even put up her poster? It is not as if I have not asked.

My first email to the Nancy Grace show was back when Jessie first went missing – April 16, 2006 – the same day I emailed several shows, including the Montel Williams show. Montel had me on his show in April of 2007 and his producer and crew were at my home in British Columbia to do an update in May 2008 – but the Nancy Grace show has not even acknowledged my emails (other than the one that is automatically sent).

And twice ISSUES has had me waiting, but without even as much as a call to say never mind – they never called back. I am just glad that I do not expect anything; I just appreciate everything that anyone can to do help. So, in other words – oh well!!

We were all told that Debbie, this beautiful, talented woman, gave up her career to follow her dream and she has now been missing for over a week, with not a clue as to what happened to her. Well, I shouldn’t say there is not a clue – the police do have their ideas as to what happened, even if the family doesn’t.

We need to let people know that past the beautiful lights and fun-loving times that can be had in Las Vegas is something sinister. After all, its nickname is SIN CITY. Does that not say something right off the top? Does that not bother all the law-abiding citizens of the world who go to Sin City? Because, as everyone knows, WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS STAYS IN VEGAS!

 

And now –

DEBORA “DEBBIE” FLORES NARVAEZ – missing since December 12, 2010 from Las Vegas, Nevada. STILL MISSING 

 

PLEASE, help me get Jessie’s story out to your huge audience. I know HLN shows have huge followings, and not just on the television. You have Facebook, Twitter and your website, and they all get a lot of traffic.

 

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Mystic Dawn Salazar FOUND

Mystic Dawn Salazar

Have You Seen Mystic Dawn Salazar ?

Case Type: Missing From Home
Missing Date: Sunday 17th August 2008
Missing From: Grand Junction  Colorado
Missing Country: USA
Sex: Female
DOB: 23/May/2002
Age Now: 7

Specific Details:

Hair: Light brown Eye Color: Green
Height: 3’3″ (99 cm) Weight: 35 lbs (16 kg)
Race: Biracial (White/Hispanic) language: n/a

Distinctive Marks:
She has a silver bottom tooth and her ears are pierced.
Known Circumstances: Mystic may be in the company of her non-custodial
father, an adult female, and a male child. They may be traveling in a gold 2000
Chrysler Voyager with Colorado license plates 355 SGZ.

ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

1-800-843-5678    (1-800-THE-LOST)

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office (Colorado) 1-970-242-6707

If you have any information on Mystic Dawn Salazar please contact the

official numbers above immediately. Alternatively, you can e-mail us

here at Help Find My Child – you can do this in strictest confidence -

we will make sure your information is passed on to the relevant places.

Messages of support and news updates are welcomed,

Bulletin from the cause: Mystic Dawn Salazar FOUND!!!

Posted By: Dave Bettinger
To: Members in Mystic Dawn Salazar FOUND!!!

MYSTIC HAS BEEN FOUND!!!

Jenn Davis got the call at 3:46pm MDT today… her daughter, Mystic Dawn Salazar,

was located and taken into protective custody today in Michigan! Jenn and her family

will be heading out tomorrow to pick her up. Tonight they are trying to put together

the funds needed to make the trip.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO JOINED THIS CAUSE TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD

ABOUT MYSTIC’S ABDUCTION! Jenn is SO thankful to everyone who helped spread the word.

I don’t have all the details of how Mystic was found, but will post them to this board once

we know more. Again, thanks to all of you who were so unselfish in joining the cause and

spreading the word to your friends and neighbors.

MYSTIC IS COMING HOME!!!


Children Kidnapped for Sex Trafficking

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – Four young children could have ended up as sex trafficking victims. Instead they’re now back with their families in Mexico.

They were kidnapped. Suspected smugglers tried to bring them to the Valley. The children were all under six.

San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez says young human traffickers want children under 10.

“These children have been raped repeatedly more than 30 times a day.  The more use they get out of a child, the more profit,” he tells us. “They are using these children.  The younger the better for the human trafficker.”

Gonzalez trains officers around the country to recognize signs of sex trafficking. Two women from San Juan and Edinburg tried to bring four children across the bridge illegally.

A customs officer suspected the women were going to sell the kids. The children ranged in age from less than a year to six years old. The women told officers the kids belonged to them.  hey even had fake U.S. birth certificates.

An alert customs officer didn’t believe their story.

“Officers are being trained to recognize force, fraud and coercion,” the San Juan police chief says.

Gonzalez says if the suspected smugglers got away with their crime, the children would be living through unimaginable horror.

“They’re utilizing them in bars and nightclubs or even for individuals who are requesting them to abuse them,” he tells us.

Or traffickers might sell the children to pornographers.

“Traffickers seek young children, because they can abuse them for a longer period of time,” Gonzalez explains.  “This kind of crime is a money maker.”

He adds, “Human trafficking is gone more profitable than drug smuggling, more profitable than human smuggling, arms trafficking.”

Human trafficking is hard to detect and harder to prosecute.

Gonzalez says children trafficked into this country are often taken to brothels. He says there are probably brothels around the Valley investigators haven’t found yet.

He tells us officers will usually find human trafficking when they respond to a noise violation or to find a runaway.

source: http://www.krgv.com/mostpopular/story/Children-Kidnapped-for-Sex-Trafficking/ow9XDbL4Z0eWEOygRDU4vA.cspx

2 bodies found near car sought in Oklahoma kidnapping

Police in Oklahoma said Monday that two bodies found near a car belonging to a man accused of killing his estranged wife and kidnapping her 7-year-old daughter more than two months ago are likely those of the girl and the man.

Police said officers discovered the vehicle and bodies after receiving a call about 2:45 p.m. about an abandoned car near Oklahoma Highway 9 in southeast Norman. Police suspect the bodies are those of 7-year-old Aja Johnson and her stepfather, Lester Hobbs.

“We have no reason to believe it’s not those two people,” said Jessica Brown, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, who added that the bodies were in an advanced state of decomposition. “We wish it would have turned out differently.”

Brown said the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office will use fingerprints to positively identify Hobbs and dental records may have to be used to identify the girl. Brown characterized papers found inside the vehicle as a possible suicide note. She said no weapon had been found and officials hadn’t immediately determined a cause of death.

Hobbs and the child had been missing since Aja’s mother, Tonya Hobbs, was found dead Jan. 24 inside Lester Hobbs’ motor home in Geronimo, about 100 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. Police searched for Hobbs and the girl and an Amber Alert was issued, but information called into authorities didn’t lead to their whereabouts.

Meanwhile, Comanche County prosecutors charged Lester Hobbs with first-degree murder for his estranged wife’s killing and with kidnapping for Aja’s disappearance.

Brown said investigators don’t know how long the vehicle had been at the scene, but it could have been at least a month. The car was found well off the road in a clearing surrounded by trees and thicket.

Brown said Hobbs, 46, lived in Norman for several years in the past and may have been familiar with the area where the car and bodies were discovered.

Brown also said Hobbs’ relatives would be questioned about whether they helped him flee following Tonya Hobbs’ killing.

“We have no indication at this point in time that anyone did that,” she said.

Aja’s father, J.J. Johnson, couldn’t be reached for comment by The Associated Press. He told reporters earlier that the discovery was closure for him and his family and his daughter is in a better place.

“As a parent, you know, the love for your child always burns in you. For some odd reason that fire burned out,” Johnson told KWTV.

“I had a funny feeling something would happen like this. I never really wanted to accept it, but it was in the back of my mind. The thought of what he may be doing to her, I don’t have to think about that anymore.”

source: http://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/2130598,bodies-missing-kidnapping-oklahoma-033010.article

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Teen Girl Teaches Peers to Literally Kick Ass Against Predators

If I was a sexual predator, I would not want to run into 18-year-old Dallas Jessup in a dark alley late at night. Nor would I want to run into the thousands of teen girls who she has taught self-defense and street fighting to over the five years. Nor would I have wanted to run into her when she began teaching self-defense, at age 13, when she was already a Tae Kwon Do black belt and had studied Filipino street fighting. That’s because Dallas Jessup is one teen girl teaching other teen girls to literally kick ass against sexual predators.

Even before she was in high school, Jessup’s study of martial arts had prepared her to defend herself well against anyone trying to do her harm. But that wasn’t enough. She wanted to help other girls and young women around the world gain the basic skills they would need to escape an attack and avoid dangerous situations. For a while, she traveled everywhere, speaking and demonstrating basic self-defense skills. But even this energetic and dedicated teen couldn’t be two places at once. So she created a short video called “Just Yell Fire,” which is available here. It’s currently used by the New York Police Department and as a course at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

One of the goals of Jessup’s work and “Just Yell Fire” is to help girls protect themselves from kidnap by human traffickers, pedophiles, and other predators. While I think teen activism is beyond super, and while girls being able to fight back against attack is important, I do have a couple concerns. I hope that Jessup’s video and program (I haven’t seen the full 45 minute version) prepares girls to escape or avoid dangerous situations with someone they know, trust, or maybe even love, as well as a stranger. Sure, sometimes girls are kidnapped by a man in black lurking in the bushes, but there is a far greater chance they will be victimized by someone they know. And the emotional process of getting away from a stranger who is trying to rape you or force you into prostitution is far different than escaping from a family member, teacher, or boyfriend.

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St. Patrick’s Legacy for Social Justice Today

St. Patrick’s Day has become an excuse for people of Irish (and not-so-Irish) descent to drink beer, eat corned beef and potatoes, and dye everything green that can be dyed. But the true story of St. Patrick is quite the opposite of the drunken party the day celebrating him has become. It’s a story of a young boy kidnapped into slavery, his daring escape from his traffickers, and a lifetime spent trying to help the same people who held him captive for years. It’s a story which has a powerful message for all people fighting for social justice today.

The man who grew up to become St. Patrick was born in Great Britain at the end of the 4th century, A.D. His parents were wealthy, and he had a very comfortable and safe childhood. However, when he was just 16 years old, all that ended. He was kidnapped from his home by men who, today, would have been called human traffickers. They were in the business of taking young boys from England to nearby Ireland to force them to work as shepherds. That’s exactly what they did to Patrick. He was enslaved in Ireland for six years, forced every day to tend and care for sheep without pay. He wasn’t permitted to contact his family, and he wasn’t allowed to leave. Patrick’s experience, even though it happened over a thousand years ago, was not terribly unlike the experiences of modern-day slaves.

According to legend, Patrick began hearing voices in his head which told him to escape captivity and go home to his family. Having experienced a deep conversion to Christianity during the years he was a slave, Patrick felt these voices were a message from God. And so, without really knowing where he was or how he was going to get home, Patrick slipped away from his traffickers in the night. He managed to find his way to a port and board a ship headed back to Great Britain. He returned to his family a grown man, a survivor of slavery who had escaped against the odds, and a man with a vision for his life.

Despite having been held hostage there, Patrick was determined to return to Ireland and preach Christianity to the very men who kidnapped him, brought him to a foreign country, and held him as a slave. And he did just that. The legends of his life after returning to Ireland abound — that he drove out all the snakes, that he is responsible for making the shamrock a symbol of Ireland, etc. But even though the details of St. Patrick’s life and work may be lost to history, what his story represents is very much active today. St. Patrick’s story is one of triumph over slavery, and somewhat astoundingly, the forgiveness of his slaveholders.

St. Patrick believed that anyone could change. He believed that a young boy kidnapped and trafficked to a far off land could one day become a great preacher and leader. He believed that the men who captured him should be forgiven their mistakes and could convert to Christianity. He believed that no country, no group of people, no person was past saving or serving — he did both in Ireland. That’s the legacy St. Patrick leaves for those of us committed to social justice. It’s a legacy of hope.

When we feel bogged down, disheartened, and crushed by the enormity of the change we want to make in the world, let’s remember St. Patrick. Let’s remember a frightened, enslaved boy who grew up to become a brave and compassionate man. Let’s remember a spirit committed to overcoming the challenges of life and improving the lives of those around him. Let’s remember that we too have that capacity — to forgive, to serve, and to change the world we live in.

Photo credit: ralpe

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

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Should College Spring Breakers Worry About Being Trafficked?

College spring break: it’s a season of small bathing suits, large beers, and photographs you desperately try to untag yourself from on Facebook. College spring breakers may be famous for making poor choices and getting themselves into bad situations, but most of them are solved with a trip to the free clinic or a phone call to Uncle Tony for bail money. However, this year spring breakers are being warned: you might be abducted and trafficked into the modern-day slave trade while partying in Cabo. But is human trafficking something spring breakers really need to worry about?

While there are some real risks to partying abroad, worrying about being trafficked should be pretty low on the list for spring breakers. At least, that’s true for U.S. college kids jetting down to Cabo, Cancun, or the Bahamas to dance and drink themselves silly. There have been a few recorded cases of Americans being kidnapped and trafficked while traveling in foreign countries, but these make up a tiny percentage of cases at best. In general, traffickers prefer to prey on people who are not well-protected. American tourists are perceived to have documents, connections with family back home, and financial resources, which makes them less attractive as targets. When American college students go missing, a huge international investigation might take place, i.e. Natalie Halloway (who, incidentally, may have been kidnapped to be trafficked, but was killed once the media blitz scared her captors). Many traffickers prefer to target local women as opposed to foreigners.

Spring break travelers may, however, encounter human trafficking victims while on their trips abroad. They could be cleaning your hotel room or working at the local strip club. If you suspect something is a trafficking situation, don’t try and intervene. Call the local authorities or a hotline number and report it. Intervening directly could put you and the victim at more risk for harm.

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Ex-Spur Robertson linked to sex ring

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Authorities have busted up a sex-trafficking ring accused of forcing a 14-year-old girl to have sex with men throughout San Antonio and Corpus Christi.

Linked to the ring is former Spurs guard and four-time NBA All-Star Alvin Robertson.

Seven people allegedly are tied to the ring, including an R&B performer and a man charged with bribing an official at Kelly USA, a business park at the former air base.

Of the seven, Robertson — who played for the Spurs from 1984 to 1989 and was a one-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year — was the last to be arrested Friday, said Deputy Ino Badillo, a spokesman for the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

Robertson was arrested shortly after 4 p.m. in Bentonville, Ark., where he was to attend a basketball shooting clinic this weekend that featured him and former NBA player Ricky Pierce.

Lt. Jon Simpson of the Bentonville Police Department told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Robertson appeared shocked when arrested.

The girl, who’s now back with her parents in San Antonio, was kidnapped in March 2009 and forced into prostitution after running away from home, officials said.

She also was taken to Corpus Christi, where her captor allegedly forced her to dance at a topless club that now faces sanctions by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

The girl escaped March 30, 2009, from Leslie Roy Campbell, 49, and reported him to Corpus Christi police, opening an investigation here that lasted three months and culminated in Friday’s arrests by the Bexar County Human Trafficking Task Force, Badillo said.

The task force works with agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which investigates human trafficking of or by foreigners in the U.S., said Jerry Robinette, special agent in charge of ICE in San Antonio.

Investigators found no unauthorized immigrants were involved, and the crimes appear to have occurred within Texas, resulting in state charges rather than federal.

Robertson is charged with trafficking of persons under 18 for prostitution, sexual assault of a child and sexual performance of a child, all felonies.

Badillo said Robertson is believed to have had sex with the girl, but also described Robertson as a “facilitator,” which means involved in forcing the girl into prostitution.

Three alleged “johns” were charged in the case with sexual assault of a child: Murtuza K. Bhavnagerwala, 36, Behzad Mehrinfar, 25, and Jack A. Zimmerle, 40.

Robertson’s girlfriend, Racquel McIntosh, 41, was charged with sexual performance of a child and trafficking of persons under 18 for prostitution.

Campbell was charged with sexual performance of a child, trafficking, sexual assault of a child and aggravated kidnapping.

Marques A. Callaway, 35, who performs “Southern R&B,” was charged with aggravated kidnapping.

Zimmerle, Callaway and Mehrinfar were released Friday after posting $75,000 bail each. The others remained jailed Friday night, including Campbell, who’s serving time in a Beeville prison on sexual assault of a child charges.

Last year, the San Antonio Express-News reported the girl ran away from home and was kidnapped by Campbell. He pleaded guilty to sexual assault earlier this month in Nueces County, officials said.

The girl escaped from Campbell’s Corpus Christi home while he was in the shower, flagged down a passing patrol car and reported that she’d been kidnapped and sexually assaulted for a week. She also told investigators Campbell gave her a fake ID and forced her to strip at Club Cheetah there.

Badillo said the task force then began investigating Robertson and the other suspects after the girl complained she was taken throughout Bexar County to have sex in exchange for money.

The strip club later sued the girl, her parents, Campbell and Corpus Christi police, claiming the business was “flimflammed” and its operators question the girl’s sequence of events that brought her to the club.

Before his arrest Friday, Zimmerle was facing trial in March on a charge of paying kickbacks to then-Kelly USA real estate manager Ray Crosby for favorable treatment on bids submitted by Enviro-Tech, a company Zimmerle helped operate.

Crosby pleaded guilty and is to testify against Zimmerle as part of his deal, First Assistant District Attorney Cliff Herberg said.

Zimmerle maintains his innocence in both cases, said his lawyer, Jay Norton.

“I imagine (the new case) is going to delay the trial,” Norton said.

source: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/85505537.html

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Child sex trade study shines light on Ohio

Nearly 1,100 American-born youths in Ohio, or about one in every three runaways who have been gone for more than two weeks, are forced into the sex trade each year, according to a new study released Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Another 783 foreign-born people have been forced into labor or sex trafficking in Ohio, according to the first-of-its-kind study.

“There are victims now in modern day slavery,” said Celia Williamson, a University of Toledo professor and lead author . She said the estimates are conservative.

In additon to the 1,078 children estimated to be forced into the sex trade, another 2,879 American-born children ages 12 to 17 are at-risk for sex trafficking and 2,534 foreign-born people are at risk of forced labor or sex trafficking, according to a 69-page study by the Ohio Trafficking in Persons Study Commission.

“This is clear evidence that we need to do more, much more, to protect our youth in Ohio,” said Attorney General Richard Cordray, chairman of the commission.

Contributing factors include untrained first responders, the lack of a stand-alone law addressing trafficking and the state’s high numbers of vulnerable youth, the study said.

“The people who are likely to encounter trafficking aren’t likely to recognize it. It is very analogous to domestic violence 30 years ago,” said Mark Ensalaco, a professor in the University of Dayton’s Human Rights Studies Department.

The criminal justice system mistakenly treats teens as prostitutes who should be arrested and punished rather than as victims, the study said. Additionally, customers in the sex trade remain protected, rarely facing prosecution in Ohio.

State Sen. Teresa Fedor, D-Toledo, who serves on the commission, said she plans to introduce a bill this month that will mirror federal law prohibiting human trafficking. A year ago, lawmakers added stiffer penalties for crimes associated with trafficking but did not pass a stand-alone statute like those in 42 other states.

“State laws do play a role in the decision-making of human trafficking organizations that are sophisticated and networked,” the report said. “Those more sophisticated trafficking rings are aware of the laws and potential risk of doing business in a particular U.S. state.”

Toledo ranks fourth behind Miami, Portland and Las Vegas among U.S. cities in terms of arrests, investigations and rescues of minor sex trafficking victims.

Dayton Police Chief Richard

Biehl said there has been no direct evidence of human trafficking in the city in recent years. But, he said, it would be naive to believe it is not happening here.s

“If it’s that close, to say it doesn’t exist here would be blind,” he said. “We lack good data or intelligence to the degree to which it exists.”

source: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/ohio-news/child-sex-trade-study-shines-light-on-ohio-541564.html

Craigslist Sex Trafficker Gets 25 Years to Life

The Queens man who “bought” a homeless teen and pimped her out on Craigslist was handed a sentence of 25 years to life yesterday. “You are a con man of the first order,” Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise told David Brown. “I’m going to do my best to insure that you never see the light of day again.” Brown took naked pictures of the 19-year-old, who’s been described as “vulnerable,” and posted them on the web classifieds. His terrible scheme worked for a time—she was forced into sex with 30 men over 12 days in August 2008, with her captor getting payments ranging from $60-200.

Brown “purchased” the woman for $2,000 from an ex-girlfriend, whom he tried to blame for his misdeeds. “I did not do the crime,” he said. “This was straight jealousy from an old girlfriend that I left. I never touched [the victim.] I never kidnapped her.” According to the DA he threatened to beat and “cut her body” if she ever left his apartment or talked to friends and family, and hunted her down when she escaped. The 32-year-old was convicted on charges of sex trafficking and kidnapping, reports the Daily News. His lengthy sentence was the first doled out under former-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s stringent 2007 sex-trafficking law.

source: http://gothamist.com/2010/02/10/craigslist_sex_trafficker_gets_25_y.php

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