Largest West Coast Case of Human Trafficking 7/28/17

Taking place in Los Angeles, Caliofornia, Sheriff Jim McDonald stood with Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreax and Califonria Attorney General Xavier Becerra during a press conference on Thursday July 27th, at the historic Hall of Justice and announced recent joint efforts made in investigating and prosecuting one of the largest-scale human trafficking cases on the west coast.  The investigation began in December, 2016 and in January, 2017 a young girl was located at an apartment in the company of a female adult and a male adult, who was on parole. The deputies who responded recognized signs of human trafficking and that the females were sexually exploited.  This was the beginning thread which led detectives to unravel a large-scale criminal opeartion.  In the end, eight female juvenile victims, some as young as 15 years old – and five female adult victims were rescued from being further exploited as commercial sex workers.  Superior police work and persistence led investigators on an intensive seven-month investigation of this sex trafficking operation.  As a result of the investigation, two males and one female were charged with various human trafficking and related crimes.  7/28/17

Domestic Servitude IS Labor Trafficking

According to PATH’s consultant, John Vanek, this story is a classic case of Domestic Servitude.  The passports were held, they had poor living conditions, and the suspects coached the victims about what to say when the victims talked with their parents in South Korea.  Meanwhile, the parents sent the traffickers $100,000 from South Korea.  Read the full article here.  7/20/17