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FBI: Kids 13 to 17 rescued from Super Bowl prostitution

High school students, teens as young as 13 and other children reported missing by their families were among 16 juveniles rescued from forced prostitution during Super Bowl festivities in and around New Jersey, the FBI said Tuesday.

Authorities arrested more than 45 pimps and their helpers, some of whom said they traveled to the New York region to traffic the women and juveniles at the NFL championship at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The teens, ages 13 to 17, were found in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. More than 50 women coerced into sex for money were also saved, the agency said. Some of the victims had been involved in international sex trafficking.

Six children were rescued in both New Jersey and New York, and four others in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, the FBI said.

Social services, which included food, clothing and referrals to health care facilities, shelters,were provided to 70 women and juveniles.

The FBI and more than 50 other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies spent six months preparing for the two-week operation that recovered the victims. Hospitality workers, airport employees and others were trained to look for signs of sex trafficking, and New Jersey authorities put up billboards near the stadium as part of an anti-trafficking campaign, the Asbury Park Press noted.

“The FBI and our partners remain committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and putting those who try to profit from this type of criminal activity behind bars,” saidRon Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division.

The number of prostitution-related arrests jumped in the week leading to Sunday’s match-up between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.

New York police arrested a Florida mother Wednesday for allegedly traveling to Manhattan to prostitute her 15-year-old daughter.

Prosecutors are pursuing felony charges against 39-year-old Yolanda Ostoloza, of Hollywood, Fla., after her daughter agreed to have sex with an undercover officer for $200 in a midtown hotel. Her case was presented to a grand jury Tuesday, and an indictment could be returned Friday, the New York Daily News reported.

Her lawyer said that “at no time did she ever encourage or do anything … that would promote that activity with her 15-year-old daughter.”

She reportedly told police she thought her child “was just going to do the fetish stuff.”

It wasn’t clear whether her daughter was among the juveniles recovered in the FBI operation.

This article can be found at USA TODAY and was written by Michael Winter. To view the article, click here.

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United to End Human Trafficking

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Rachel’s Run – 5K Fun Run

Are you a runner? Or have a passion to fight Human Trafficking? Then, it’s time to pack your running shoes and head to San Diego to help end Human Trafficking!

This October, The Rock Church Human Trafficking Ministry and Hidden Treasures Foundation are teaming up to raise support to fight  and spread awareness about Human Trafficking.

My name is Rachel, and this run is for me

My childhood home was broken

Trauma, neglect and sexual abuse were common

I never felt loved

I met a man who said he loved me; but instead he sold me

I was only 13, still a kid

For years I was forced to sell my body

Then I met Hidden Treasures who offered hope and a future

My physical, emotional and spiritual needs were met

I found a Father who loves me and He continues to restore my soul.

WHEN: Saturday, October 5th, 2013

WHERE: De Anza Cove, Mission Bay, 3000 North Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA

WHY: To raise support and spread awareness about Human Trafficking.

REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE: Thursday, October 3, 2013 @ 12pm

COST: only $35

For more info about Rachel’s Run, please email treasures@sdrock.com or run@sdrock.com.

To register for the Fun Run, click here.

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Hidden Treasures Foundation


Mission: Hidden Treasures Foundation exists in order to rescue and restore women and children victimized by sex slavery and the human trafficking industry. They are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and a ministry at the Rock Church, San Diego.

How Hidden Treasures Works: This foundation, engages and cares for human trafficking victims in San Diego. Their goal is to “reach victims where they are being prostituted and provide housing, case management, and mentoring for those who are rescued from “the life”.”

Their first project goal is to “open a critical and much needed Drop-In Center and safe house for human trafficked victims rescued…This housing is specific for immediate emergency care and up to three months or more aftercare depending on each victim’s situation. Following this initial phase, the girl will transition to a long term housing and care program for up to seven years.”

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US Corporate Sponsored Pimps

corporate-sponsored-pimping-plays-role-in-us-human-traffickingCorporate Sponsored Pimping Plays Role In US Human Trafficking

Written by Rachel Lloyd for The Grio.

…”[W]hen we think about trafficking, we think about it happening to children from Asia, women from the Ukraine, domestic servants brought in from Africa and Central America. All of these examples are real.

But rarely we do associate trafficking and slavery with the girls and young women that we see on HBO specials like ‘Hookers on the Point’, girls sold for sex on the streets, on Craigslist ads, girls on the pole in strip-clubs. The primary face of trafficking in this country looks like an adolescent girl of color trafficked for sex, sold by adult men to adult men.

Language matters. Calling that girl a ‘child prostitute’, or ‘teen hooker’ places all the culpability and blame on her. In fact, in most states, even if she’s not old enough to consent to sex, she will frequently be charged with an act of prostitution and sent to juvenile detention or jail.

While firm statistics on this issue are hard to find, Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section estimates that the median age of entry into the commercial sex industry in the US is between 12 and 14 years old. How is it that our American girls are bought and sold every day, right under our noses, yet we don’t see it, acknowledge it? Perhaps it’s because the girls who are bought and sold don’t fit into our neat, little box of who’s a ‘real’ victim; perhaps, because those girls are frequently low income girls, girls of color, girls who’ve been in the child welfare system, girls in the juvenile justice system – girls who aren’t high on anyone’s priority list anyway.

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Did You Know?

•The average age that a victim is first trafficked for sex in the U.S. is just 12-14 yrs old.

•Many victims are runaway girls who have already suffered sexual abuse as children.

•Traffickers or pimps are master manipulators who gain a victim’s trust before forcing them into commercial sex acts and keeping them compliant through violence and drugs.

•California harbors three of FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.

•The prevalence and anonymity of the internet has fueled the rapid growth of sex
trafficking, making the trade of women and children easier than ever before.

The statistics above were taken from the Hidden Treasures Foundation website.

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3-Day Raid Saves Children From Prostitution


Three-day FBI Raid Rescues 105 Children From Prostitution As 150 Arrested

FBI agents have rescued more than 100 children forced into prostitution by sex traffickers, during a three-day sweep across the US.

As part of Operation Cross Country, 150 people were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the sexual exploitation of children.

The raids took place in 76 cities, representing the largest such enforcement action to date, according to an FBI release.

Announcing the arrests, Ron Hosko, assistant director of the bureau’s Criminal Investigative Division, said: “Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America.

“This operation serves as a reminder that these abhorrent crimes can happen anywhere and that the FBI remains committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and holding the criminals who profit from this exploitation accountable.”

The sweep, the seventh such nationwide operation, was conducted as part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative, which seeks to bring together state and federal level bodies to crackdown on child prostitution. Agents recovered 105 sexually exploited children in the course of the operation.

Since its creation in 2003, the programme has identified and rescued 2,700 children who have been forced into prostitution. Arrests made during the raids have resulted in prison sentences of up to 50 years for child sex traffickers.

This article is taken from The Guardian and written by Matt Williams.

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