November 27, 2014 7:00 am
By Walker Evans
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Local chefs and restaurants came together to collaborate on a seven-course dinner on November 15th to benefit Freedom a la Cart, the local social enterprise that aids survivors of human trafficking and assists them with a workforce development program centered around the restaurant industry. Representatives from the event reported today that it raised over $100,000 for the cause.
“The community came together to enjoy delicious local dishes and celebrate working together toward a mission, and the funds raised will help us to accomplish even more in the fight against human trafficking in Central Ohio,” said Keturah Schroeder, Managing Director of Freedom a la Cart.
Participating chefs and restaurants included Dustin Brafford from The Crest, Deborah Quinci from Freedom a la Cart, Miki Ashino and Eric Allen from Tokyo GoGo and Brothers Drake, Patrick Caskey from Skillet, Tom Kimura from Kihachi, Jessica Bryant from Pistacia Vera and Jullian Menaged from The Market Italian Village.
“It’s rewarding to use our creativity and passion for food as a means to give back to an organization that helps survivors of human trafficking turn their lives around,” said Chef Brafford.
While Freedom a la Cart currently operates as a food cart and catering business, representatives at the event stated that their next goal is to raise enough funding to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant that will allow them to expand their program to assist more victims with more opportunities to hire, and to reach a larger audience of customers.
For more information, visit www.freedomalacart.org.
Photos provided by Freedom a la Cart.
Published December 18, 2014Fox News Latino
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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) – Guatemalan authorities have arrested an American accused of human trafficking and participating in illegal adoptions.
Prosecutors say Nancy Susan Bailey was apprehended in El Salvador and turned over to Guatemalan authorities via Interpol at the border between the two Central American countries.
The arrest warrant for Bailey was issued in 2008 and charged her with taking children and putting them up for illegal adoption for fees as high as $40,000, according to a statement released by prosecutors. She was arrested Tuesday.
Bailey founded the orphanage "Seeds of Love" outside the Guatemalan capital in 1996.
Guatemala's International Commission Against Impunity issued a report in 2010 saying it found 3,342 irregular adoptions, mostly to U.S. couples.
The commission described networks of child-trafficking in the country for the purpose of illegal adoptions.
Monday, Dec 15, 2014 • Updated at 12:26 PM CST
San Antonio police have arrested a man who they say prostituted a 16-year-old girl before selling her to a couple.
The San Antonio Express-News reported that 27-year-old Juan Paul Sierra faces a charge of child trafficking. Police said the girl ran away from home in October before ending up with Sierra. They said he eventually sold the girl to the couple for $50 after he said she owned him that much for a drug debt.
The man and woman who police said bought the girl were charged with human trafficking after their arrests in November. Police said they arrested the pair after they prostituted the girl online.
The couple previously told reporters they didn't know the girl was underage and were trying to help her.
Garden City woman charged with human trafficking
KTVB12:55 p.m. MST December 12, 2014
BOISE -- A 29-year-old Garden City woman has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies tied to human trafficking.
The Boise Police Gang Unit and Violent Crimes Unitreceived information from probation and parole officers that a minor was being sexually exploited, The Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, and members of the Boise Narcotics Unit (BANDIT) began their investigation of Jessica L. Kauffman.
Detectives arrested Kauffman at a Boise apartment around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
She has been charged with human trafficking, procurement of prostitution, and soliciting a minor for prostitution.
Kauffman is scheduled for arraignment on December 12.
The investigation is ongoing at this time.
Published: December 7, 2014 - 10:46 PM | Updated: December 7, 2014 - 10:46 PM
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TOLEDO: The University of Toledo plans creation of a human trafficking institute to seek solutions to the problem.
Trustees at the school recently gave unanimous approval for the Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute as a home for the university’s research into the problem, the Toledo Blade reported. No opening date has been set for the institute that will be housed in converted classroom space.
Celia Williamson, a professor in the school’s Criminal Justice and Social Work department, will lead the institute. There will be an associate director and a part-time staff member who helps with conference planning. Interns, graduate students and faculty members from other departments also will work at the institute.
Training for medical students on the issue of human trafficking is an example of how the institute’s work will be integrated with the rest of the university, officials said.
Williamson has said that creation of a formal institute will help secure research grants. The institute also hopes to build a $3 million endowment to support its work, she said.
The university already holds an annual conference on human trafficking, and research done by Williamson has helped prompt local and statewide coalitions to combat trafficking and spurred a state law that stops trafficking victims from being treated as criminals, the newspaper reported.
Michelle Moore is a student at the university and a staff member of the Second Chance social service program in Toledo, which helps trafficking victims and prostitutes. Moore, who says she is a human trafficking survivor who once was slashed in the throat and left for dead in an alley, urged the university’s trustees to approve the institute.
State Rep. Teresa Fedor and state Sen. Edna Brown, both of Toledo, and Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates are among others who also supported the idea for the institute.
Posted: Dec 08, 2014 4:38 PM ESTUpdated: Dec 08, 2014 4:45 PM ESTPosted by 19 Action News Digital Team
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -A Cleveland man who used heroin to control seven women and compel them to engage in prostitution has pleaded guilty to human trafficking, according to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty.
Darrell McClendon, 48, entered a plea of guilty to one count of human trafficking. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge David Matia said he will sentence McClendon on Wednesday at 9 a.m. McClendon faces a mandatory sentence of 10 to 15 years in prison.
Investigators led by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department found evidence that McClendon operated the prostitution ring out of his Forest Hills Avenue home and marketed the sexual services of the seven women, ages 19 to 29, on the Internet. The women would turn over whatever money they earned to McClendon.
According to the indictment, this human trafficking occurred between October 2013 and May 2014. On May 14, McClendon was arrested in the parking lot of a hotel in Orange, where one of the women under his control was supposed to have sex for hire with an undercover officer.
McClendon had been indicted, along with two accomplices, Tammy Lynn Hammock and Shanesha Ann Bunner. They entered pleas of guilty in October to three counts each of compelling prostitution, a third-degree felony.
The state of Ohio was represented in this case by Assistant County Prosecutors Holly Welsh, Edward Brydle and Marcus Henry.Copyright 2014 WOIO. All rights reserved.
By GREER FAY CASHMAN 12/02/2014
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In the midst of Israel's political crises there is a ray of light.
Both President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday night individually took pride in the fact that Israel is one of the world’s leading countries in the prevention and reduction of human trafficking.
Each of them made this point in their addresses at the third annual awards ceremony honoring individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward legislation against trafficking, and the treatment, legal representation, and retraining of victims.
The honorees were Rachel Gershoni the Justice Ministry’s National Coordinator Against Trafficking; Dr. Michael Dor, who through his work at the Health Ministry was for years responsible for the medical treatment of victims, and who initiated the establishment of a special clinic for the treatment of aliens who have no legal status in Israel; and Tamar Alon and attorney Yasmin Confino of Keshet, an NGO which supplies medical, and socio-psychological services, professional training, and rehabilitation facilities to victims.
Human trafficking and slavery have left an ugly black mark on society, said Rivlin.
For thousands of years human trafficking was inexplicably accepted as a legitimate social norm, and it was not until the 19th century that it was officially acknowledged as slavery.
It was only in the 20th century that it was recognized as a violation of human rights and that strenuous efforts were made to eradicate it. The exploitation of human beings by taking advantage of their impoverished state and turning them into sex objects harms their fundamental human rights and is totally unacceptable, said Rivlin.
Netanyahu noted that centuries before Abraham Lincoln sought to abolish slavery, Moses handed down anti-slavery laws to the children of Israel.
With the start of the Arab Spring four years ago, said Netanyahu, there was hope this would lead to an end to bloodshed and slavery in the region, but unfortunately it got worse. In Syria, he said, young girls fell victim to the cruelest debasement. Netanyahu cited other places in the region such as Yemen, Iran, and Nigeria, where humiliation, rape, violence, and terrorism are rife.
The enlightened world does little more than shed a tear, he said, and is more intent on criticizing Israel, which is the only country in the region in which human traffic has been curtailed.
Netanyahu called on the public to be alert to any infringement of human rights and said all those engaged in fighting the trafficking of human beings are doing holy work.
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said the shocking phenomenon of human trafficking continues to take place all over the world, including Israel, with untold thousands of women being forced into prostitution.
“The struggle in Israel has brought results beyond our expectations,” she said, but emphasized it could not have happened without the involvement of the Justice Ministry and the dedicated people in its various departments who continue to fight this problem.
Netanyahu did not stay to hear Livni’s address.