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Village Voice

Faith Leaders Rally Against Sex-Trafficking

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Speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves – the victims of the sex trafficking web site Backpage.com – the Rev. Katharine Henderson of New York’s Auburn Seminary told a crow of 150 who attended a rally outside the Village Voice Media's New York Headquarters:

“As a mother and member of the clergy, I am outraged by Village Voice Media’s continued refusal to shut down Backpage.com’s adult section, even after being confronted with evidence that girls and teens have been advertised for sex on the site.”

NY Times – She Has a Pimp’s Name Etched on Her

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By: Nicholas D, Kristof, New York Times

We think of branding as something ranchers do to their cattle. But it’s also what pimps do to women and girls they control across America.

Taz, a 16-year-old girl here in New York City, told me that her pimp had branded three other girls with tattoos bearing his name. When she refused the tattoo, she said, he held her down and carved his name on her back with a safety pin.

Sold on Backpage.com at 16

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By: Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

The Op-Ed Columnist Nicholas D. Kristof interviews a former child prostitute who speaks out against sex trafficking on Backpage.com. Alissa tells her story about how she was forced into prostitution through violence and was sold on Backpage.com, a site owned by Village Voice Media, which makes millions of dollars from their prostitution ads.

Case #247 - Local man arrested for human trafficking

San Antonio, TX|Sex-Trafficking Minors|Add Comment
By: Jacqueline Ortiz, woai.com

Police have arrested a man who is accused of exploiting a teenage runaway.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, 32-year-old Ysidro Esquivel took pictures of the girl and created an ad on "Backpage.com" under its escort section. He allegedly set up 10 dates with people who wanted to have sex with the girl.

Esquivel is now in the Bexar County Jail on human trafficking charges.

Case #244 - Guilty verdict for pimp of 14-year-old

Sioux Falls, SD|Sex-Trafficking Minors|Add Comment
By: John Hult, Argus Leader

A Sioux Falls jury has returned a guilty verdict for a man accused of forcing a teenage girl to work as a prostitute last winter.

Jurors deliberated for about two hours before returning verdicts of guilty for Emmanuel Nyuon, 34, who was charged with sex trafficking of a minor and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.

Case #242 & 243 - Bremerton police break up commercial sex ring involving minor victims

Bremerton, WA|Sex-Trafficking Minors|Add Comment
By: KEVAN MOORE , Bremerton Patriot

Since December of 2012, detectives with the Bremerton Police Department have been working a rape and human trafficking investigation involving two juvenile victims (ages 16 and 17) and one adult victim. To date, five individuals have been arrested and charged for their involvement and are currently in-custody at the Kitsap County Jail. Two others have been charged with felonies, but are currently out of custody.

Case #240 - Sick Miami pimp forces 13-year-old runaway to tattoo his name on her eyelids: cops

Miami, FL|Sex-Trafficking Minors|Add Comment
By: Carol Kuruvilla, New York Daily News

When a 13-year-old prostitute tried to leave her pimp, the Miami man forced her to tattoo his street name on her eyelids.

The teenager now has her torturer’s nickname, Suave, on her right eyelid. On her left eyelid, she was inked with the word House, suggesting that she belonged to him.

Case #238 - Five more indicted in sex trafficking case in Memphis

Memphis, TN|Sex-Trafficking Minors|Add Comment
By: Lawrence Buser, The Commercial Appeal

Five more people have been indicted in an alleged child sex-trafficking conspiracy involving a 14-year-old girl who was forced to perform sex for money after being advertised online.

The five defendants allegedly conspired with Anthony Grandberry, 32, of Memphis who was indicted on federal sex-trafficking charges in January.

The new, expanded indictment also names as defendants Orreco Lyons, 32; Keith Gibson, 43; Vivian Briggs, 28; Tamara Ramsey, 37; and Falisha Edwards, 32.

Gibson is from Union City, Tenn., while the others are from Memphis.

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