It is yet another example of how social media can be dangerous for young people. Recently, a Houston man was sentenced to 40 years in prison on child sex trafficking charges after identifying and contacting young girls through social media platforms and then luring them into prostitution.
Back in 2012, 20-year-old Tevon Harris—aka "Da Kidd" or "King Kidd"—didn't have a legitimate job. He lived on and off with his mother but mostly moved from one motel room to the next. And he was very good at manipulating people. Harris trolled social media websites looking for vulnerable young girls he could sexually exploit. Online, he complimented them. He offered them modeling jobs. And he promised them lots of money.
In many ways, Nicole was a typical teenager. In high school she tried cigarettes and alcohol, but she says, "I was pretty much a good kid. I didn't really stay out late, I always came home, I never stole anything. I did what a lot of teenagers do."
By age 17, however, things were deteriorating at home. Her parents were divorced, her father was absent, and she and her mother had an on-again, off-again relationship. That's when Nicole met a man who took her shopping and showered her with attention. "He was gorgeous and he had charm," she said. "I didn't really think he was going to turn out to be..." Her voice trailed off as she tried to find words to describe Juan Vianez, the pimp who forced her into prostitution and later brutally beat her.
Last month, the FBI asked for the public's help in a case involving a suspected serial child predator who for years taught in private international schools overseas. The suspect committed suicide after his employer saw pornographic images on his thumb drive, but as part of our subsequent investigation—when we began the process of identifying and notifying the victims shown in these images—we also asked that possible victims and others who may have information come forward, not only to aid investigators but to potentially access our victim assistance services.
Susana Trimarco holding a photo of her daughter at a Mass in 2008, a year after she founded the Fundación María de los Ángeles to combat sex trafficking.
SAN MIGUEL DE TUCUMÁN, Argentina — HERE in the impoverished north of Argentina, sex traffickers search among the vulnerable for targets. Typically, they lure women with deceitful job offers and then traffic them to big cities, mining towns and agricultural regions, where they are forced into sex slavery.
For most women, in the past, it was the beginning of years of servitude in a grim underworld of prostitution. But these days more manage to escape, many with the help of the Fundación María de los Ángeles, a nongovernmental organization founded by Susana Trimarco, whose daughter was seized 12 years ago.
It's yet another reason why parents need to keep a close eye on their kids' involvement with social networking websites—during a three-year period ending in March 2012, members of a violent Virginia street gang used some of these websites to recruit vulnerable high-school age girls to work in their prostitution business.
After a multi-agency state and federal investigation, all five defendants pled guilty to various federal charges related to the sex trafficking conspiracy. The leader of the gang—27-year-old Justin Strom—was just sentenced on September 14 to 40 years in prison, while the sentences handed down for the other four defendants totaled 53 years.
Abigail Haworth goes inside Cambodia's virgin trade, where young girls' virtue is treated like a commodity, put on the block by the people they trust the most. Photographs by Will Baxter
Hostesses at Cambodian beer gardens are often targeted by men looking to purchase their virginity.
Dara Keo and her mother, Rotana, were both in tears when it was time for her to leave. A motorized rickshaw had arrived to transport 12-year-old Keo from her one-room shack in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, to an unknown location. Keo was crying because she was terrified. Rotana was crying because she knew she had done something unspeakable: She had sold her daughter's virginity to a rich, powerful man. The rickshaw driver took Keo to an underground medical clinic. A corrupt doctor on the payroll of brokers who arrange the sale of virgins examined her to check that her hymen was intact and gave her a blood test for HIV infection. "He confirmed I was a virgin and disease-free," says Keo, now 17. "Then I was taken to the man who bought me. I had to stay with him for one week while he raped me many times without a condom."
Many boys were just in grade school in Hoc Mon, a ward in Ho Chi Minh, when they were seduced by a pimp to satisfy his gay sexual desires. After his desires were satisfied, the pimp forced the boys into prostitution by forcing them satisfying the needs of other “clients”.
It’s yet another reason why parents need to keep a close eye on their kids’ involvement with social networking websites—during a three-year period ending in March 2012, members of a violent Virginia street gang used some of these websites to recruit vulnerable high-school age girls to work in their prostitution business.
Sina Vann (Nicholas D. Kristof/The New York Times)
Western men who visit red-light districts in poor countries often find themselves surrounded by coquettish teenage girls laughingly tugging them toward the brothels. The men assume that the girls are there voluntarily, and in some cases they are right.
18 Child Porn Websites Shut Down - Result of Joint U.S.-China Cooperation
In another example of the increasingly international nature of crime, a man was recently indicted on federal charges of running 18 Chinese-language child pornography websites out of his apartment in Flushing, New York. The websites were being advertised to Chinese-speaking individuals in China, in the U.S., and other countries.
This email was sent to Father Nguyen Ba Thong from Mai Ly, a twenty years old girls, born in Vietnam. She was along with One Body Village to see and experiences those girls firsthand on what they were doing. She hoped that those girls can have the best tim of their lives as a normal girl tennager should.
Let's read her experiences and together we can "BE A VOICE"
Synthesizing Sources for an Argument
What are the main global issues we hear every day that are currently getting helped on or are the most talked about? When we think of religion conflicts between Muslims and Christians or Humanism for gays/lesbians and civil rights as global issues, America talks about those problems all the time, right? Well, what about a huge problem that is always being ignored, because the global issues listed above are more popular? What if this problem needs the most help? One of the biggest problems in this country today is human trafficking. It is all over the world, but mostly, Cambodia and Vietnam. Here, we will learn about the poverty, environment, and lifestyle of human trafficking.
BANGKOK (AFP) – The fate of around nine unborn children hangs in the balance as Thai authorities weigh what to do with the offspring of Vietnamese women freed from an illegal baby breeding ring in Bangkok.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shares a laugh with a group of girls from the Siem Reap …
SIEM REAP, Cambodia – Sitting out the intense political battle back home, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton toured Cambodia's famed 12th-century Angkor Wat temple complex on Sunday and pledged to do more to help end the scourge of sexual slavery on a visit to a rehabilitation center for child prostitutes.
A few weeks ago in Trenton, New Jersey, five young men were charged with gang-raping a seven-year-old girl who was sold to them by her 15-year-old stepsister. These men purchased the little girl and then raped her. They will now face prosecution for aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment.
And that is what should happen in every case in which a girl is sold for sex.