WASHINGTON — Dozens of victims of child sex trafficking have been rescued over the course of the last week as a direct result of the Trump administration’s crackdown on child sex trafficking.
On Thursday the US Marshals Service announced that 26 children had been rescued in Georgia through “Operation Not Forgotten,” a joint effort with the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Georgia state and local officials.
“When we track down fugitives, it’s a good feeling to know that we’re putting the bad guy behind bars. But that sense of accomplishment is nothing compared to finding a missing child,” said Darby Kirby, Chief of the Missing Child Unit, said in a statement.
“It’s hard to put into words what we feel when we rescue a missing child, but I can tell you that this operation has impacted every single one of us out here. We are working to protect them and get them the help they need.”
The bust also resulted in the arrests of 26 individuals on various charges ranging from child sex trafficking, parental kidnapping, registered sex offender violations, drugs and weapons possession, and custodial interference.
Also last week, eight people were arrested on suspicion of child sex crimes in Arizona through another federal sting called “Operation Vampire Cough.”
In a social media statement, the Mesa Police Department said the combined effort with state and federal officials led to the arrests of Cody Watson, 29; Joshua Robinson, 37; Kenneth Castro, 30; Wilbert Buck, 36; Jacob Green, 26; Dylan Hernandez, 20; Brett Wheeler, 20; and Eugene Hubbard, 35.
The suspects were arrested on suspicion of child sex trafficking, luring a child for sexual exploitation, attempted sex conduct with a minor, aggravated luring and money laundering.
Further, 3 arrests were made in Pinellas County, Florida last week and a three year old girl recovered as part of the president’s ongoing effort to combat the child sex trafficking epidemic. Police officials announced that James Garcia has been charged with aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy and incest with a minor. Faye Smith was arrested on a warrant for probation violation and Sally Garcia is being charged with interference with child custody.
To date, of the above arrests have been referenced on CNN, MSNBC or print publications such as the Washington Post.
WASHINGTON — FACT: As District Attorney in Oakland, California, Kamala Harris turned her back on children who were sexually abused by clergy and refused to prosecute the cases despite what was described as a “mountain of evidence” against the alleged perpetrators.
Anyone who thinks that Biden’s pick of Harris as VP is a coincidence in the wake of allegations of child sex trafficking against high ranking members of the Democratic party is complicit to the ongoing suffering of innocent children.
He chose her because she’s one of them.
NEW YORK — Ghislaine Maxwell believes her associate Jeffrey Epstein was murdered while in police custody and fears she’s next, a friend of the alleged child sex trafficker told The Sun.
A friend of Maxwell’s family told The Sun On Sunday that Maxwell, 58, fears she will be killed inside the New York jail which Maxwell reportedly describe as a “hell hole”.
“Everyone’s view including Ghislaine’s is Epstein was murdered. She received death threats before she was arrested,” said the source.
The revelations come just one week after Maxwell was denied bail on multiple counts of enticement of minors and sex trafficking of children. U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan deemed the wealthy socialite a flight risk after prosecutors argued that she has thus far refused to cooperate with law enforcement.
The British socialite remained silent as the judge’s ruling was announced.
Maxwell’s trial is tentatively scheduled for July, 2021. If convicted, she could face up to 35 years in prison.
NEW YORK — Ghislaine Maxwell is unlikely to cooperate with authorities by naming other high profile members of Jeffrey Epstein’s pedophile ring, says victims’ rights lawyer, Lisa Bloom. Instead, Maxwell will likely move to have the case against her dismissed.
“Ninety-five percent of cases end in plea bargains, so that would not surprise me, but I don’t think at this stage, prosecutors would give her a deal if it did not include very serious prison time, and I don’t think she would accept that at this point,” said Bloom.
“I know a lot of people think Ghislaine Maxwell is going to ‘sing like a canary’, and talk about other powerful people, and that that’s why she was arrested, Bloom added. “I don’t agree with that, I think she was the primary target, she was arrested for her own actions, she may have information about others but I don’t think that would give her much lighter a deal.”
Legal analysts say that means there’s no real incentive for Bloom to cooperate with prosecutors to expose the names of other powerful members of Epstein’s pedophile ring. That, they say leaves many other children at high risk for molestation.
As previously reported, Maxwell is said to be in possession of a secret stash of sex tapes that would expose many of Epstein’s acquaintances.
The now deceased billionaire pedophile was known to have his mansions filled with hidden surveillance cameras as a means of collecting blackmail material for use on his guests.
“The secret stash of sex tapes I believe Ghislaine has squirreled away could end up being her get-out-of-jail card if the authorities are willing to trade,” one of Maxwell’s former friends told The Daily Mail. “She has copies of everything Epstein had. They could implicate some twisted movers and shakers.”
Maxwell faced her first court appearance on four counts of sex trafficking and two counts of perjury this week. She was denied bail. Her trial is scheduled for July, 2021.
NEW YORK — A confidante of Jeffrey Epstein will utilize sex tapes made by the deceased billionaire to avoid prison, a former friend of Ghislaine Maxwell is claiming.
Maxwell, 58, was arrested last week on six federal charges including incitement of minors, child sex trafficking and perjury.
Maxwell’s former friend, who spoke to The Daily Mail on the condition of anonymity, said Maxwell is hoping the salacious tapes will prove to be her “get out of jail free card.”
“The secret stash of sex tapes I believe Ghislaine has squirreled away could end up being her get out of jail card if the authorities are willing to trade,” she told the Mail. “She has copies of everything Epstein had. They could implicate some twisted movers and shakers. If Ghislaine goes down, she’s going to take the whole damn lot of them with her.”
“Ghislaine has always been as cunning as they come,” she said. “She wasn’t going to be with Epstein all those years and not have some insurance.”
“Not only did Epstein like to capture himself with underage girls on camera – he wanted to make sure he had something to hold over the rich and powerful men who took advantage of his sick largesse,” she claims. “I’ll bet anything that once it comes out that Ghislaine has those tapes these men will be quaking in their Italian leather boots. Ghislaine made sure that she socked away thumb drives of it all. She knows where all the bodies are buried and she’ll use whatever she had to save her own ass.”
Maxwell is currently being held without bail in a New York City jail. She is due in court on the charges this Friday.
WASHINGTON (Fox News) — As a former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) special agent on the southern border who fought sex trafficking for over a decade, I can say with certainty that the issue of the border wall should be not about power and partisan politics. It should be about the children – the tens of thousands of them who have been and are being trafficked into the U.S. and forced into the commercial sex trade.
Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise on the planet, with millions of child victims stuck in its clutches. Indeed, this is no peripheral issue – this alone should be front and center in our border and immigration debate.
I spent over 12 years working as a special agent/undercover operator for Homeland Security Investigations in the Child Crimes/Child Trafficking unit. For a decade of that service, I was stationed at the border office in Calexico, California. Based on my extensive experience fighting transnational crime along the southern border, I know that we should absolutely finish building the wall for the sake of the children.
The U.S. is one of the highest, if not the highest, consumers of child sex. As such, traffickers know they will become very wealthy by getting their enslaved children into our country. We do these traffickers a great favor by leaving our border virtually wide open.
We should stop seeing the border wall as something that would keep the “bad guys” out – though it would certainly help do that too. We must instead focus on its ability to prevent children from being brought in to become sex slaves. The wall would undoubtedly be a significant barrier to entrance into the black market of child sex trafficking, thus decreasing kidnappers and traffickers’ incentives in the first place.
For those children who are still kidnapped, the wall would provide hope.
Roughly 10,000 children are being smuggled into the U.S. every year to be sold as sex slaves – we owe it to them to finish this wall and protect them from the monsters within.
DETROIT, Mich. — 123 of Michigan’s 301 missing children were recovered from what is believed to be a child sex trafficking ring as part of a joint effort by state and federal agencies, law enforcement has announced.
The recovery operation, called MISafeKid, was described as a “missing juvenile sweep” according to a release by the U.S. Marshals Service.
The sting was carried out by the Marshal’s Service’s Detroit Missing Child Recovery Unit in conjunction with Michigan State Police and Wayne County law enforcement agencies.
All the children located were “interviewed about potentially being sexually victimized or used in a sex trafficking ring during their period of time that they were deemed missing” said a law enforcement spokesperson.
Using information obtained from the 301 missing children’s case files, the Marshals Service said, officers “began investigating their whereabouts by visiting last known addresses, friend’s homes and schools in hopes of finding them in a safe place.”
“The message to the missing children and their families that we wish to convey is that we will never stop looking for you,” the US Marshals Service said in a press release.
The successful recovery mission is just the latest in an ongoing effort by federal law enforcement agencies to locate missing and exploited children who have become victims of the child sex trade.
In June, approximately 150 were arrested on child sex trafficking charges in Georgia by FBI officials as part of a sting operation called “Operation Safe Summer”. One hundred and sixty children, some as young as 3-years-old, were rescued and taken into protective custody as part of that effort.
President Trump’s ongoing war against child sex trafficking, which he has mandated as a priority in his administration, has resulted in thousands of arrests nationwide, mostly unreported by the mainstream media.
SEATTLE – The Washington Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), in collaboration with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) Operation Predator, participated in Operation Broken Heart from March 1 through May 31. The operation identified individuals using peer-to-peer networks to share child pornography.
During the operation, the Washington ICAC Task Force conducted 51 investigations involving peer-to-peer networks and made 47 arrests. HSI, as part of the task force, conducted 11 search and seizure warrants; made six federal arrests, four state arrests, and one state arrest pending military charges; and identified/rescued one minor victim.
The Washington ICAC Task Force also made 67 presentations to educate the public about child exploitation investigations, reaching nearly 4,000 people.
Case examples include:
HSI Seattle arrested Christopher Wood at his Mountlake Terrace, Washington, residence for possessing and distributing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. HSI Seattle, with assistance from the ICAC, executed a state search warrant at Wood’s residence. Images depicting child pornography were subsequently located on Wood’s digital media, and law enforcement discovered that Wood shared a bedroom with a potential female minor victim. Law enforcement coordinated with Child Protective Services and the HSI Seattle victim assistance specialist.
HSI Seattle arrested Jeremy James Cherry, a registered sex offender, via federal complaint for possessing child pornography. HSI Seattle, with assistance from the King County Sheriff’s Office, executed a federal search warrant at Cherry’s residence in Auburn, Washington. Videos depicting child pornography were subsequently located on Cherry’s digital media.
HSI Tacoma, with assistance from HSI Seattle, arrested Donald Delateur at his residence in Olympia, Washington, on federal receipt of child pornography charges. Delateur is a previously convicted registered sex offender. During the execution of the search warrant at Delateur’s residence, agents discovered child pornography on his computer.
HSI Blaine special agents executed a state search warrant at the Anacortes, Washington, residence of Josh Robinson, and subsequently arrested Robinson for receipt of child pornography. This investigation was initiated by the Seattle Police Department who discovered Robinson was sharing child pornography files via the BitTorrent peer-to-peer file sharing network. The police department transferred the investigation to HSI Blaine under Seattle ICAC Operation Broken Heart for further investigation.
HSI Portland and task force officers arrested James Rolla at his Vancouver, Washington, residence on state possession of child pornography charges. A state search warrant was executed at Rolla’s residence, and images of child pornography were found on devices belonging to him.
HSI’s Operation Predator is an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 16,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2016, more than 2,600 child predators were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative and more than 800 victims identified or rescued.
HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.
For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI’s Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page. HSI is a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.