NYS ANTI-TRAFFICKING COALITION NEWSLETTER, ISSUE #10
March 6, 2013
UPCOMING NYSATC MEETINGS
March 13, 2013; New York, NY: 4PM at the MetLife Building
March 6, 2013; New York, NY: 12:30PM; the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) invites you to attend “Ending Impunity: Holding the DSK’s, Elliot Spitzers and the Berlusconis Accountable.” The panel will be moderated by Dorchen Leidholdt, Sanctuary for Families’ Director of Legal Services. Event to be held at Armenian Convention Center’s Guild Hall, 630 2nd Avenue.
March 7, 2013; New York, NY: 12:30PM; CATW invites you to attend “Survivors Speak: Prostitution and Sex Trafficking,” moderated by Norma Ramos, Executive Director of CATW. To be held at the Salvation Army Auditorium, 221 E. 52nd Street (Between 2nd and 3rd Avenue).
March 7, 2013; New York, NY: 2:30PM; CATW invites you to attend “Why Are Policies on Prostitution Important to Combat Violence Against Women?” also moderated by Norma Ramos; to be held at the Salvation Army Auditorium.
March 11, 2013; New York, NY: 12:30-2PM; ECPAT USA in collaboration with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons, invite you to “Partnering to Stop Trafficking in Women and Girls” to be held at the UN Church Center, 2nd Floor, 777 UN Plaza.
March 13, 2013; Webinar: Empire State Coalition of Youth & Family Services invites you to participate in their webinar “Identifying and Connecting With Unaccompanied Asian Youth,” an online workshop aimed at improving cultural strategies to better connect with Asian homeless youth in our communities.
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2013.
For more information: 718-237-2722
To register, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 20, 2013; New York, NY: 8:30AM-1:00PM; SisterLink invites you to attend their Final Forum to celebrate the successes and contributions towards ensuring high risk pregnant women in Northern Manhattan received medical and supportive services. To be held at The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 5th Avenue at 103rd Street, 10029.
RSVP/More info: http://tinyurl.com/cqn5dln
April 22, 2013; New York, NY: 8:30AM-5:00PM. Join the UJA-Federation of New York’s Task Force on Family Violence for “We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Human Trafficking.”
For further details, including featured speakers, location, and ticket information: http://tinyurl.com/bewxrsb
June 5, 2013; New York, NY: 9AM-4PM at Baruch College, Mason Hall. The Trauma Stewardship Institute invites you for a day of “Transforming Trauma,” a day of raising awareness on how to live and work sustainably.
For more info: http://traumastewardship.com/nyc
Or e-mail: email@example.com
LOCAL TRAFFICKING REPORTS
March 2, 2013; New York City: “Officer Arrested For Trying to Patronize a Prostitute”
An NYPD officer has been arrested and charged with patronizing a prostitute, official misconduct, and conspiracy.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/at6429b
March 1, 2013; New York, NY: “Manhattan Prostitute Leapt Out of Six-Floor Window After Being Held Hostage and Raped for 2 Days”
Two men have been charged with trapping a 28 year old prostituted woman in two different apartments in upper Manhattan and forcing her to have sex with multiple men for two days. The woman escaped by jumping from the sixth floor window of an apartment, breaking her legs and back.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cdkk96b
February 25, 2013; New York, NY: “DA Vance: Jury Finds Man Who Raped Prostituted Woman Guilty on All Counts”
New York County’s DA Cyrus R. Vance announced the conviction of Devon McGee, for raping a prostituted woman, found through backpage.com, in 2010.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/abfwo9m
February 19, 2013; New York State: “Hidden in Plain Sight: One Story of Human Trafficking”
Sanctuary for Families’ own Ilana Herr discusses her experience working with victims of human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/arulj88
NATIONAL TRAFFICKING REPORTS
March 6, 2013; Kentucky: “Op-Ed: Pass Bill That Would Help Stop Human Trafficking”
An op-ed in which the author calls for action on Kentucky’s human trafficking bill, which has been stalled in the Senate for over a week, without any action.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ael9sxl
March 5, 2013; Bismarck, N.D. “Bismarck Man Accused of Human Trafficking in Minot”
A 34-year-old man has been charged with the Class A felony of human trafficking in NW District Court in Minor.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ae4lgw6
March 5, 2013; Grand Forks, N.D.: “2nd Suspect Seeks Trial In Human Trafficking Case”
Twenty-seven-year-old Joshua Harry plead guilty to promoting prostitution in a case involving the pimping of a minor. Harry now
March 4, 2013; Denver, CO: “Anti Human-Trafficking Groups on Missing Women: ‘The Common Denominator is Model Mayhem’”
The National Women’s Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation (NWCAVE) and All We Want Is Love Organization have partnered to raised awareness on behalf of several women who have gone missing after creating modeling profiles on the website ModelMayhem.com. The organizations are calling for a federal investigation based on the Better Business Bureau rating the website an ‘F,’ victims’ firsthand accounts of the site, and the suggestive nature of the photos.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b38mzav
March 4, 2013; Phoenix, AZ: “The Virtual Street Corner: Sex Trafficking Online”
An Arizona State University Professor has done extensive research on Backpage.com to understand the new trends in human sex trafficking, and the ways pimps use the site to evade detection of their illegal activities.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/az87n8t
March 4, 2013; San Diego, CA: “San Diego Man Gets 12 Years for Child Sex Trafficking”
A San Diego man was sentenced in federal court to serve 12 years in prison for sex trafficking of minors.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aukyevt
March 4, 2013; Olympia, WA: “WA Lege Day 50: Sex-Trafficking Bills Pass Senate”
Two bills were unanimously voted on to strengthen human trafficking laws in the Washington Senate. The first bill adds a fine of up to $5,000 in addition to any other penalties for anyone convicted of paying for sex with a minor via internet advertisement. The second expands penalties against those who recruit minors to become prostitutes or those who patronize minors for the purposes of prostitution.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/akfyzu9
March 4, 2013; Starkville, MS: “Human Trafficking Victim Talks to Local Students”
Shamere McKenzie, a former victim of human trafficking, talks to local students about her past, placing special emphasis that this can be anyone’s fate, as she was first victimized while a college student.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bf4gbug
March 4, 2013; Trenton, NJ: “Senate Budget Committee Approves Bill To Combat Human Trafficking”
A bill intended to reduce human trafficking in New Jersey was approved unanimously by the Senate budget committee.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/c9kadof
March 4, 2013; Bellevue, WA: “WA Suspects Accused Of Prostitution Ring With Illegal Asian Immigrants”
Five people in Washington have been accused of running a multi-state sex trafficking ring using illegal Asian immigrants.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bq2z3du
March 4, 2013; North Carolina: “Study: N.C. in Top 10 in Human Trafficking”
The results of a Polaris Project study designed to determine the top ten states in terms of human trafficking finds North Carolina to be in the nation’s top ten.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/d7h9h44
March 4, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL: “Man Pleads Guilty in Pinellas Human Trafficking Case”
42 year-old Kenyatta Cornelous received a 19 year prison sentence on March 1, 2013, after pleading guilty to sexual battery, human trafficking and other charges.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/a8l4uyt
March 4, 2013; Wichita, KS: “Students Take A Stand Against Human Trafficking”
Wichita State Students are attempting to raise awareness about human trafficking through “Standing For Freedom,” an event where students will stand for 27 hours to symbolize the estimated 27 million victims of human trafficking worldwide.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/btbkzlp
March 3, 2013; Chillicothe, OH: “Retired Educator Publishes First Novel About Human Sex Trafficking”
Former educator, Ronda Pauley, has published “Trapped in the Mayan Tattoo,” a book that deals with human sex trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/d79zkzz
March 3, 2013; San Antonio, TX: “Man Previously Charged With Human Trafficking Now Accused of Sexual Assault”
A Texas man now faces charges of human trafficking and sexual assault.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cwzyutd
March 2, 2013; Adrian, TX: “Texas Man Charged With Human Trafficking in Lenawee County By Computer”
41 year-old Jefferson Eugene Lawrence is the first person in Lenawee County to be prosecuted with human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bj2gbeu
March 1, 2013; Houston, TX: “Human Sex Trafficking In Houston’s Spotlight”
The 3rd Annual Human Trafficking Conference hosted by non-profit Free the Captives is intended to shed light on the problem of sex trafficking and discuss possible solutions.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b9lcf8r
March 1, 2013; Virginia: “MS-13 Gang Member Gets 10 Years in Sex-Trafficking Case”
21 year-old Jonathan Adonay Fuentes, was sentenced to ten years in prison for sex trafficking f a minor as part of a prostitution ring operated by MS-13, a violent street gang.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ao6d5gh
February 28, 2013; USA: “Cornyn, Blumenthal, Carter, Maloney Introduce Bill To Fight Human Trafficking”
On Feb. 28, US Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Richard Blumenthsl (D-CT), along with US Reps Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and John Carter (R-TX) introduced the Human Trafficking Reporting Act.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bj5yu9g
February 28, 2013; Lansing, MI: “Schuette Announces Criminal Charges in Pontiac Human Trafficking Case”
Michigan AG Bill Schuette announced that his Human Trafficking Unit has arrested Jackie Robinson Harris on charges of sexually exploiting a 16 year-old girl from Michigan for the purposes of prostitution.
Full release: http://tinyurl.com/b37z3l8
February 28, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK: “Oklahoma House Delays Vote on Human Trafficking Bill”
The Oklahoma House has postponed a vote on a bill introduced by Republican Rep. Lee Denney intended to shield minors from prostitution charges in certain instances.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/c5yfa88
February 28, 2013; Kearney, NE: “Justice Week Aims to Raise Awareness About Human Trafficking”
Students, faculty and staff at the University of Nebraska is hosting its first Justice Week to raise awareness about topics including forced labor and sex trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cwp8plw
February 28, 2013; Trenton, NJ: “Accused Pimp from Edison Charged with Human Trafficking in High-Priced Prostitution Ring”
An investigation conducted by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and the Edison Police Department resulted in the arrest of an Edison man who used violence and threats of violence to force women to remain in a high-priced NJ based prostitution ring.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bltza3v
February 27, 2013; Bayshore Blvd, FL: “Op-ed: Human Trafficking, A Growing Threat to Florida’s Children”
Bayshore Boulevard, an affluent community in the Tampa Bay area is now also noteworthy for being a central hub for human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/btcm2rk
February 27, 2013; USA: “Human Trafficking: A New Compliance Challenge”
Human trafficking is often thought of as an unworkable compliance dilemma for businesses, rather than the practical challenge with feasible solutions it actually is.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ba22qjl
February 27, 2013; Franklin County, VA: “Purse Party Raises $1,914 To Combat Sex Trafficking”
Two Franklin County High School seniors have raised almost $2,000 for Change for Purse, a nonprofit organization supporting exploited women and men.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/afcftaw
February 26, 2013; Phoenix, AZ: “Phoenix-Area Scope of Human Trafficking is Murky”
Phoenix area law enforcement and lawmakers alike seem reluctant to crack down on human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ac6e566
February 26, 2013; Miami-Dade, FL: “Miami-Dade Human Trafficking Unit Gets First Conviction, Sentence”
The conviction of 34 year old Robert Burton was the first for the Miami-Dade prosecutors’ Human Trafficking Unit.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b5zezoy
February 17, 2013; US: “A Game Aims to Draw Attention to Women’s Issues”
Using games to promote awareness of certain societal ills (social cause gaming) continues to grow. On March 4, 2013, a new game on Facebook, inspired by the book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” will be introduced, zeroing in on topics like female genital mutilation and child prostitution.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bmnxcwn
February 1, 2013; Chicago, IL: “Why We Should Listen to Men Who Buy Sex”
The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) released a report analyzing the USA Sex Guide; a website with forums where men discuss buying sex. The report details the Johns’ accounts of buying sex in order to analyze the effectiveness of certain law enforcement responses to prostitution.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b8uor8f
INTERNATIONAL TRAFFICKING DEVELOPMENTS
March 6, 2013; London, UK: “Scheme to Tackle Human Trafficking In London To Be Launched”
The European Commission has approved funding for a grant to raise awareness regarding human trafficking and provide victim support.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cgl5lcg
March 5, 2013; Indonesia: “Thai Link to Human Trafficking Victims”
Indonesia will repatriate ten Cambodian human trafficking victims.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b7j324p
March 4, 2013; Greece: “Turk Unveils Human Trafficking Scheme”
A human trafficker from Turkey disclosed the methods he used to smuggle illegal immigrants into Greece for the purposes of human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cxo8m9s
March 4, 2013; International: “Underground Trade Part Six: The Shame (of Human Trafficking)”
Part six of the Underground Trade series discusses the stigmatization of victims of sex trafficking and its ensuing shame.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/dytr5j9
March 3, 2013; New Delhi, India: “Nepali Actor Held in Delhi For Human Trafficking”
A Nepali actor and two accomplices were arrested in New Delhi and are accused of running a human trafficking racket.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/c6lcnys
February 28, 2013; China: “Underground Trade Part Five: Taken Into China (Human Trafficking)”
Vietnam has lost anywhere between forty-five thousand and 400,000 women and girls to a forced life of servitude since 2004; mainly to China. Trafficking experts attribute this to China’s one child policy, with preference for boys, which results in a skewed male-female ratio that has opened a market for servile marriage and/or prostitution.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/crpzlos
February 28, 2013; Thailand: “Surapong to Submit Progress Report on Human Trafficking to US”
The 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report showed Thailand remains on the watch list for its attempts to curb human trafficking. In hopes of preventing the country from falling further, US Ambassador Kristie Kenney will receive a report from Foreign Affairs Minister Surapong Towichukchaikui on the country’s progress in this area.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cfyqqbw
February 28, 2013; The Philippines: “80 Percent of Victims Repatriated After Seeking Help From Human Trafficking Hotline”
The Commission on Filipinos Overseas reports that about 80 percent of trafficked victims who seek help from the Philippine government’s human trafficking hotline were repatriated to their country of origin.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bm56645
February 28, 2013; Bangkok, Thailand: “Cabinet Approves Anti-Trafficking Plan”
The Cabinet of Thailand has approved a plan proposed by the Social Development and Human Security Ministry to combat human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/d25nsrp
February 27, 2013; Taguig, Philippines: “Freedom Rise Raises Awareness on Human Trafficking”
Anti human-trafficking advocates attempt to raise awareness by hosting the first ever Freedom Ride in The City of Taguig.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/alqnzz7
February 27, 2013; Lebanon: “Connelly Calls for Lebanon’s Prosecution of Human Traffickers”
US Ambassador Maura Connelly urges Lebanon to criminalize human trafficking and ensure suspects are prosecuted.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/akoqutg
February 26, 2013; Brazil: “Brazil Tightens Fight Against Human Trafficking”
Jose Eduardo Cardozo announced his intention of stricter enforcement of Brazil’s anti-trafficking laws.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/behy6es
February 26, 2013; Ireland: “New Report on Human Trafficking Highlights Low Number of Prosecutions”
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has issued a report on trafficking; highlighting the low number of prosecutions in Ireland.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/anyg234