I have an answer to your question: HOW BAD IS SEX TRAFFICKING IN LAS VEGAS?

My name is Glendene Grant and I have an answer to your question: HOW BAD IS SEX TRAFFICKING IN LAS VEGAS?

In a word: RAMPANT!
In a few words: It is out of control!

My daughter is JESSIE FOSTER. Jessie is an international endangered missing woman and the victim of human trafficking. Jessie is from Kamloops, BC Canada and she went missing from her home in North Las Vegas, NV USA on March 29, 2006.

When Jessie first went missing, the officer in charge of the case, Det. Molnar told me that Jessie probably decided to leave on her own and has started a new life somewhere else. He said that he found a missing woman one time and she told him to tell her mother she did not want to see her again – to which I told him then he would have to get her to tell me to my face, because Jessie would NEVER do that.

Then he said, “besides . . . you know, it is a big desert out there, and she will probably be found one day”.

With nothing to suggest my daughter would leave her family in turmoil and choose to leave her life behind and start a new one OR that Jessie was dead, this is what he told me.

Then he had the nerve to tell me that the media would never be interested in Jessie’s case because there is nothing sensational about it. I LOOKED AT HIM, AND TOOK IT AS A DARE . . . how DARE he say that to the mother of a missing child, and – to me, he DARED me to get media attention. Det. Molnar obviously has no clue what it is like to be a mother bear, I DO . . . I am one!

Jessie went missing on March 29, 2006, the North Las Vegas refused to take a missing person’s report until April 9, 2006 and within two weeks, I was getting media attention for Jessie:
– On April 24, 2006 the Geraldo at Large producer was at my home in Canada filming a segment on Jessie’s disappearance.
– On the October 11, 2006 episode of the Maury Povich Show did a missing person’s episode and showed Jessie’s missing information.
– On April 26, 2007 I was on the Montel Williams Show, the topic was human trafficking. This show was aired several times. Plus a new update to Jessie’s case on July 8, 2008.
– In August 2007 Jessie’s story had a full page article in the National Enquirer.
– In August 2007 Jessie’s story came out in a book called MISSING! The Disappeared, Lost and Abducted in Canada – by Lisa Wojna.
– In August 2008 Jessie’s case was aired on America’s Most Wanted. There is a page on their website dedicated to Jessie. There was a new update to Jessie’s case on December 19, 2009.
– In August 2009 Jessie’s case was 1 of 15 that was featured on E! Entertainment’s documentary, Young Beautiful and Vanished.
– On February 14, 2010 I was invited to be a guest speaker at the 19th Annual Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver, BC.
– On March 29, 2010 Jessie’s case was featured on CTV’s Canada AM about Jessie being missing 4 years that day. I was on with Diana Trepkov, Canada’s Leading Forensic Artist who had just completed a series of age enhancement drawings of Jessie. One showed her as a she would look, as human trafficking victim for 4 years.
– In April 2010 there was an award named after Jessie, called the Glendene & Jessie Foster Award that was given to many people who are working to help end human trafficking (Canadian MP Joy Smith; Chief of York Ontario, Canada Police, Armand LaBarge; Canada’s leading human trafficking expert and author, Professor Benjamin Perrin; and many, many more).
– In September 2010 Professor Benjamin Perrin’s book, Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking is being released, Jessie’s case is included in this book.

Human trafficking is the number 3 illegal money making activity in the world. The top 3 are: DRUGS, GUNS & HUMAN TRAFFICKING (or HUMAN TRADE, also known as PEOPLE . . . as our loved ones).
DRUGS can be sold only & used once
GUNS can be sold & used many times
PEOPLE can be (and are) sold & used over and over and over again.

So I plan on starting an organization called M.A.T.H. (Mother’s Against Trafficking Humans). (I don’t know what to do, all I know is I WILL do it.)

Do the M.A.T.H.!
2.5 million people are trafficked yearly around the world*
PLUS a global annual market of about $42.5 billion**
EQUALS who is getting rich? Someone is, and it is not the victims and their families.
*The United Nations estimates 2.5 million people from 127 different countries are being trafficked around the world annually.
**The Council of Europe states there is a global annual market of about $42.5 billion.

So, even though Human Trafficking runs RAMPANT in Las Vegas, I am doing every single thing I can to prevent it.

If I am able to prevent just one person from becoming a human trafficking victim, then I will be able to live the rest of my life in relative peace, with or without getting my Jessie back or ever finding answers to what happened to her.

If I am able to prevent another member of my family from going through this hell, then my job as Jessie’s mother would not have been in vain. Jessie would not have gone missing in vain.

Sincerely, not just Jessie’s mom, but also Crystal, Katie & Jennee’s mom and JJ, ML & IJ’s grandma, Glendene Grant.

source: http://jessiesmomglendene.newsvine.com/_news/2010/08/30/4998402-i-have-an-answer-to-your-question-how-bad-is-sex-trafficking-in-las-vegas

When Victims Become Traffickers

Burmese police announced this week that out of the hundreds of human traffickers they have arrested over the past several years, at least 100 of them were once victims. Sadly, trafficking victims becoming traffickers is not unusual. But what makes a person go from victim to trafficker?

Most of the 100 victims-turned-traffickers were trafficked from Burma into China and Thailand for forced labor, forced prostitution, or forced marriage. Once discovered, they were shipped back to Burma, sometimes deported, and usually with no compensation. Back in Burma, there were no support services for them, no money for counseling or job training, no help with medical bills or education. The lack of support for victims traps them in a vicious cycle. Some people end up trafficked again and again because they cannot break out of that cycle. Others eventually break the cycle, by becoming traffickers themselves.

Victims can turn into traffickers for a number of reasons. For those trafficked as children, there may be no other conceivable industry for them to enter other than the one they were sold into as a child, whether that’s commercial sex, brick making, or domestic service. So as an adult, they follow the only career path they’ve known and recruit other children into the same industry. Others many find that the only model of power in their life is the person who owns and controls them — their trafficker. When they look around for ways to empower themselves, becoming a subjugater of others is all they see. Still others, as is the case with many of the 100 Burmese nationals, may not even realize what they’re engaging in is against the law. They know the trafficking routes, brokers, and bosses from the time they were forced to work. That they should recruit others to do the same thing might feel like the natural extension of their previous “job.”


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Take Action to End Slavery in Corporate Supply Chains

Millions of men, women, and children are enslaved around the world, producing the raw materials that create products we use every day. Slaves pick the cotton that ends up in our t-shirts, mine the tungsten that makes our laptops run, and harvest the cocoa we find so delicious. But two pieces of pending legislation in California could help end the use of slavery in major corporations’ supply chains. Will you help make them law?

The proposed legislation would be California state law, but if it passes, the effects will be felt all over the country and all over the world by reducing the market for slave-made goods. The California Supply Chain Transparency Act of 2010 (SB 657) would require retailers and manufacturers doing business in California and having more than $100 million in annual worldwide gross receipts to publicly disclose some basic things about what they’re doing to end slavery in their supply chains. That includes whether or not the company uses verification to evaluate and address human trafficking risks in product supply chains including if they used 3rd party verification, conducts audits of suppliers and whether audits are independent and unannounced, direct supplier certification and what they do to train and maintain internal accountability for employees and contractors failing to meet company standards on slavery and trafficking.With this information, consumers across the country will have better tools to help them make ethical decisions about what they purchase.

Because California is such a large economy, this new law would affect major corporations all over the world, including those who produce some of the biggest supply chain slavery offenders, like consumer electronics, clothing, and food products. Of course, that means the big business interests who would be affected are fighting hard to keep the law from actually requiring them to simply tell us what they do, if anything, to keep slavery out of the products they sell us. Right now, they’re hiding behind the skirts of big business association like California Manufacturers and Technology Association and a mountain of cash, but they are fighting. And that’s why we need you, wherever you live, to let California know the world is watching their decision.


Donald Trump Sues Charity Project Over Copyrights

Gagillionaire Donald Trump apparently doesn’t have enough money already. The wealthy mogul is suing a Lithuanian beauty pageant which was created, in part, to fight human trafficking in the country. The “Mrs. Universe” pageant’s platform project is “Beauty Against Human Trafficking,” but Trump thinks their pageant title is too similar to the one he owns. Will Trump’s lawsuit actually take money away from charities who support abused and trafficked women?

According to their website, the Mrs. Universe Pageant, held in Lithuania each year, is a platform to help unite women around the world against violence and human trafficking. This year’s theme of “Beauty Against Human Trafficking” even included the development of suggestions for how beauty pageants could be used to educate women about the dangers of human trafficking and raise awareness of the crime in Lithuania. The week of events surrounding the pageant was used to launch round table discussions in Lithuania on how to improve human trafficking policy. It also included a charity gala to support local educational and art programs for orphaned children. An event that supports preventing violence against women and giving orphans an education sounds pretty hard to attack, right?

Not for Donald Trump and NBC Universal, who own the Miss Universe Organization. They filed suit in court this week against the Mrs. Universe pageant for copyright infringement. Trump and NBC claim the names of the pageants are too similar, and that Mrs. Universe violates their copyright. The Lithuanians claim the word “universe” is about as generic as it gets, so they have every right to call their pageant that. Substantively, the only difference between the two pageants is that in Trump’s contestants must be unmarried and in the Lithuanian pageant they must be married. And of course, the Lithuanian pageant created substantive strategies to tackle one of the most significant human rights issues in the world while Trump’s asked women how they feel about the Internet.


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New U.K. Study: One in Ten Women in Prostitution Are Slaves

An explosive new report out of the U.K. has estimated that at least one in ten women in prostitution in the country are victims of human trafficking. It also found that at least 15% of migrant women in prostitution are forced or coerced into the trade and up to 40% of them may be exploited just shy of slavery. These findings could help blow the lid off the notion that exploitation and trafficking in commercial sex is rare.

The report called Setting the Record, which was released this week by the Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, used a sampling extrapolation method to estimate the number women in prostitution and the number of human trafficking victims in England and Wales. The results? They found that out of the 30,000 or so women in prostitution in the country, around 2600 are trafficking victims, or just shy of 10%. In addition to those women who are trafficked, researchers found 9600 other women they deemed “vulnerable,” meaning they showed some signs of trafficking and faced cultural or financial factors preventing them from exiting prostitution, but they tended to have day to day control over their activities. Taken together, these estimates indicate that as much as 40% of women in prostitution in the U.K. lack some control of their situation and are at high risk for or in current situations of slavery. You can read the report in full here.

As with any study trying to count human trafficking, this one has some flaws (which the authors readily own). First of all, the study focuses exclusively on organized, off-street prostitution, leaving out any potential trafficking victims in other forms of prostitution, including closed ethnic brothels. Second, the analysis of trafficking appears to have been applied primarily to the 17,000 migrant women in prostitution, leaving out any native trafficking victims. And finally, as with most similar studies of human trafficking, the report only provides estimates based on extrapolated sample data, not actual numbers of victims. Setting the Record has, however, been significantly more transparent about methodology for studying trafficking than many other prominent report-makers. <cough> U.S. Government <cough>.


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The Sex Tourist Next Door

This week, the founder of a prominent Haitian children’s charity admitted to using the promise of food, shelter, and clean clothes to lure in homeless Haitian boys for sex. But this story is just one of many involving American citizens traveling to developing countries to victimize children. It’s called child sex tourism, and it’s a form of human trafficking happening next door.

Doug Perlitz founded Project Pierre Toussaint in Northern Haiti years before the earthquake put the country in the headlines. It provided homeless boys a place to sleep, food, an education, and other services. But it also provided Perlitz a steady stream of children to rape. This past week, he pled guilty to giving food, shelter, and toys to eight young Haitian boys in exchange for sex. However, some Haitian sources indicate the actual number of children who have been identified as Perlitz’s victims is much higher, around 30. The child sex tourism scheme went on for years, mostly because local staff members were too afraid of Perlitz and losing their jobs to speak up. Perlitz even used his clout in the community with religious leaders to help him conceal his abuse. And when boys from his shelter showed up at the hospital with rectal bleeding, they were diagnosed with typhoid and sent back to Perlitz.

But Perlitz isn’t the only one. Last year Connecticut-native Edgardo Sensei was indicted for taking multiple child pornography road trips through Nicaragua preying on young girls. He bribed a working mother with money, jewelry, and perfume to let him film himself having sex with her four-year-old daughter and forced another six-year-old girl to make similar films with a sadomasochistic twist. And previous to that, Florida resident Kent Frank was convicted of traveling to Cambodia several times to have sex with underage girls and photograph them for profit. The list of heinous deeds and the American men who commit them overseas goes on from there.


Child sex slavery rages in Las Vegas

Officials turn blind eye to massage parlors hiding prostitution

As college students embark upon a new fall semester at UNLV, lawmakers and appointed government officials sit tight, knowing that the glitz of the Boulevard will provide distraction enough to hide Las Vegas’ darkest secret.
Six billion dollars. 1,496. 41 percent.

Respectively, those numbers represent the following: the estimated net yearly worth of Las Vegas’ prostitution industry, the number of domestic child sex traffic victims reported between January 1994 and July 2007 in our city and the percentage of those minors reporting past sexual assault.

Disturbed? It gets worse. Shared Hope International, a non-profit organization combating human trafficking, revealed that the average age of child prostitution in Las Vegas is 12 to 14 years old.

These numbers merely reflect domestic-born victims, not taking into account the thousands of innocent young women kidnapped or coerced in the nations of Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Russia, the Philippines and others, who are smuggled into the U.S. and forced to become prostitutes.

While figures regarding international victims are unavailable, one need look no farther than the massage parlors that inhabit numerous shopping centers.

With names like “Oriental Angels Massage,” customers fully expect — and receive — a so-called happy ending. Propped up by casinos, these shops litter the streets of Las Vegas and provide sexual services for money, keeping casino high rollers within city limits (instead of other counties’ legalized brothels) and fueling an influx of child sex slaves from both the U.S. and the Third World.

Who allows this repulsiveness to continue? The State of Nevada Board of Massage Therapy.

Chaired by Billie Shea, the eight commissioners appointed by the acting governor are counted upon to approve or deny massage licenses, as well as investigate malpractices and wrongdoing. This board continues to issue certifications for businesses that offer illegal services.

Local lawmakers also do their part to push child sex trafficking issues under the table. Recently, Oriental Angels Massage was shut down by the Las Vegas City Council. Don’t consider it a victory, though. The closure was ordered only after five incidents of soliciting prostitution between 2008 and 2010.

Five? Was one or two not enough? In order to show they “mean business” when it comes to trafficking and prostitution, the city also slapped the parlor’s owner with a $50,000 fine.

But the Council’s vote on that fine barely passed with a 4-3 margin. Who were the three members of the council that voted against the fine?
Councilmen Steve Wolfson and Ricki Barlow, and our esteemed mayor, Oscar Goodman. I’m hoping Steve and Ricki really meant it when they cried that $50,000 was simply “too much.” However, Oscar is a different story.

He makes no apologies for being a former mob lawyer and persists in his glorified corruption by backhandedly baptizing child sex slavery.

In a 2007 New York Times op-ed, writer Bob Herbert blasted Nevada for its thriving sex trade and detailed the story of a 14 year-old girl in Las Vegas whose drug problem may havebeen her simplest issue.

The girl was undernourished, suffering from a sexually transmitted disease and was carrying a seven-month-old child fathered by her pimp.

Within the same article, Dr. Melissa Farley, founder of Prostitution Research & Education, commented that Las Vegas stands as the “epicenter of North American prostitution and sex trafficking.”

How did Goodman respond to Herbert’s thought-provoking article? By threatening his life. “I have no use for him. I’ll take a baseball bat and break his head if he ever comes here,” Goodman said.

Governor Jim Gibbons fits right in with the vileness of Shea and Goodman. Albeit our governor does deserve some credit for signing a bill that increases sex trafficking penalties.

But Gibbons appointed the Nevada Board of Massage Therapy that appeases the sex trade industry. Furthermore, on Gibbons’ watch, Nevada continues to rank in the second-to-bottom tier of Human Trafficking State Ratings, released annually by the Polaris Project.

Some advancements have been made in the fight against child sex slavery. An FBI Human Trafficking Task Force was created in November of 2008.
Organizations like Shared Hope International and The Shade Tree Shelter operate to uncover child trafficking incidents as well as rehabilitate victims.

And local NBC-affiliate My News 3’s Hetty Chang has been a community leader in investigating and reporting Las Vegas’ trafficking atrocities, while also uniting the Asian-American community in opposition.

Despite these bright spots, the battle has only begun. Shared Hope International’s comprehensive report, “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in Las Vegas, Nevada,” sheds light on the plethora of remaining issues.

For starters, state laws must be changed to treat child sex slaves as victims, rather than as juvenile offenders. (This current law enforcement mentality discourages victims from seeking refuge.) Increased resources must be provided for the psychological recovery, education, protection and health services of victims.

Finally, facilitators across the board must be prosecuted — from the taxi drivers who produce massage parlor patrons in exchange for tips to the international traffickers, local pimps and even the sex-seeking customers themselves.

One more thing: Changing the leadership of Las Vegas and Nevada could help.

What can you do to fight child sex slavery?
1) Volunteer or join a local chapter of a non-profit like Shared Hope International (sharedhope.org), the Polaris Project (polarisproject.org) or Not For Sale (notforsalecampaign.org).

2) Write or email your city council and state representatives to express your outrage regarding this issue. You would be surprised at how much these messages are taken into account.

3) Tell a friend. Tell your parents. Tell your professors and the randoms on campus. Lack of public awareness is the biggest obstacle to changing the current system.


U.S. Government to Iraqi Sex Slaves: Sucks for You, But We’re Out

U.S. combat troops may have left Iraq two weeks ahead of schedule, but they left something pretty significant behind: upwards of 50,000 Iraqi women trafficked into the sex trade as a result of the war. President Obama may not have stood on an aircraft carrier to pat himself on the back, but shirking America’s duty to protect women forced into prostitution as a result of our invasion of Iraq is a definite “Mission Accomplished” FAIL. Ask the U.S. help trafficked Iraqi women now that combat troops are gone.

Sex trafficking often thrives in conflict-laden areas, and Iraq has been no exception. The war has left huge numbers of female-headed households, either by death or divorce, in a country where women haven’t traditionally had access to the same job and educational opportunities as men. It has also left large numbers of orphaned children or children whose families are in deep turmoil. Many of these women and children have fled the violence in Iraq to neighboring Syria and Jordan, hoping to find a way to support their families and themselves. However, the job opportunities for uneducated women in Syria and Jordan have been limited, and the traffickers are waiting to pounce.

There are an estimated 50,000 Iraqi refugees in forced prostitution in Syria. They range from mothers trying to feed their children to young girls left alone by the war and trying to survive. Many of the women traveled to Syria looking for work in factories, but there was none to be found. Refugees from violence and without many marketable skills, they made easy targets for sex traffickers. Others, especially young female virgins, are trafficked out of Iraq by family members and sold into marriage or prostitution. But regardless of the path into trafficking, so many of these women and girls were vulnerable to trafficking because of the violence and chaos left by the Iraq war. Their lives are the mess the U.S. government is leaving behind.

However, as Sebastian Swett and Cameron Webster point out at the Nation, there is one relatively easy step the U.S. State Department can take to help women trafficked into the sex industry during and after the Iraq war: classify them as P-2 refugees.

The Real Faces of Demand for Child Prostitution

Have you ever wondered what sort of man would drive to another city in order to have sex with an eight-year-old girl? Turns out, he’s 31 years old and reasonably attractive, with round, brown eyes and just a hint of stubble. He doesn’t look like a pedophile or a rapist or even someone who would be mean to a child. But looks can be deceiving. And like his, the real faces of demand for child prostitution are uncomfortably familiar.

Recently, Florida police busted 15 men for soliciting sex with a minor in a sting operation that used ads posted on Craigslist and other parts of the Internet. Investigators took out ads claiming to offer sex with a child between 8 and 14 years old, sometimes in tandem with the child’s “mother” or “aunt.” The ads claimed to seek adult men to “teach” the children how to have sex. The men who ultimately responded in person ranged in age from 19 to 68. The group included a karate instructor and, ironically, a local sergeant’s son’s Little League coach (who is probably not not getting a whole lot of sympathy from the police right now). And, of course, some of them came prepared, showing up at the location where the child was supposedly waiting with pockets full of condoms and Skittles.

These sorts of men are often anonymous in news reports, but no longer. Fox News has actually published the photos of all the men who were arrested after traveling to have sex with what they thought was a child in a slide show. The long, scrolling list of photos is disturbing. But what’s even more disturbing is how normal and nonthreatening most of these men look. For example, William Jackson, a 30-year-old Tampa resident looks quiet and harmless in his photo, with a neatly trimmed goatee and ears that stick out slightly. But he excitedly made plans with an undercover cop to deflower her 10-year-old daughter using candy bars as bribes. Donald Knuckles, 68, could be anyone’s grandfather in likeness. But he specially requested that the 14-year-old girl he thought he was meeting for sex wear see-through lingerie. And Gregory Archambault bragged he’d already taught two children how to have sex, one who was 12 and the other who was 8.


FBI Makes Arrests in Sex Trafficking Operation

In Houston, when we think of traffic, we think of road construction and car accidents and general gridlock. It’s annoying, but generally not life threatening.

The FBI, on the other hand, deals with trafficking…of the human variety and Friday they made a bust they hope will put a serious crimp in that “business.”
United States Attorney Jose Angel Moreno announced the arrests of Pedro Corporan Cedano, 38, a citizen of the Dominican republic for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and Carmen Angeles, 33, a U.S. citizen born in the Dominican Republic, for harboring aliens.

Additionally, nine women illegally in the U.S. were rescued from apartments allegedly controlled by Cedano.
The arrests and the rescues were the result of an investigation by members of the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance, a group made up of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
If convicted of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, Cedano could get up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Angeles faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted of harboring aliens.
Published in: on August 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm  Comments (1)  
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