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July 31, 2011
Human trafficking happens because prostitution is illegal ("House of ill-repute," July 29 ). Prostitution is illegal only because the majority of people don't like it. Making something a crime forces it underground which is what enables abuse to take place. What happens between two consenting adults should not be the business of anyone if no one is harmed. Wendel Dean Renner
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September 1, 2014
In the face of the near-overwhelming crises that our nation is experiencing on both domestic and international fronts, a sliver of profound encouragement exists in the fact that the tragedy of estimated 30 million human slavery and sex-trafficking victims is an issue of common cause and priority for the Obama administration and Congress. But their response must be heightened in the face of these horrific crimes against humanity. The State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP)
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NEWS
November 15, 2011
In regard to recent reporting on the Baltimore-Texas sex-trafficking case, thank you for covering this story and special thanks to the FBI and Baltimore Police for their success ("On the streets of Baltimore, a new hustle," Nov. 6). I would just like to point out that the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) has a hotline (1 - 888-3737-888) where incidents of suspected human trafficking can be reported. The best way citizens can help is to be alert to, and report, suspicious activity in which women, minors under the age of 18, or men are forced to provide labor, services, or commercial sex against their will.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
A Baltimore man was charged last month with allegedly pimping a teenage girl who had been reported missing in Baltimore County, officials said. Baltimore County police working with federal authorities on a human trafficking initiative were informed that the teenage girl, whose age was not released, had been reported missing in the county and was being featured on a website known for prostitution advertisements, officials said this week. An undercover officer scheduled an appointment for June 20 with the girl, who told him the "donation" would be $200, and arrived to meet the detective in a cab with two other people.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | August 1, 2013
When Sara Cochran, Deadra Atkins and other members of Howard County Agast talk about human trafficking at public lectures and events, they often tell the anecdote of a girl picked up by a suspected human trafficker near a typical American mall. The suspected trafficker picked up the unassuming girl under the guise of a modeling scout, as the story goes. But at some point during the car ride, the girl felt uncomfortable and at a stop light, she opened the car door and ran to safety.
NEWS
June 7, 2011
Let me get this straight. Over 140 years ago the 13th Amendment to the Constitution legally abolished the slavery of my ancestors and my people. And today, according to your editorial ("Human trafficking: A modern-day form of slavery," June 6), some people (mainly young girls) in America are still being sold into slavery, albeit sexual slavery rather than servitude on a plantation. Yet the Maryland legislature dared to kill a measure that would have enabled victims of this loathsome commerce to sue the perpetrators for damages?
NEWS
September 1, 2014
In the face of the near-overwhelming crises that our nation is experiencing on both domestic and international fronts, a sliver of profound encouragement exists in the fact that the tragedy of estimated 30 million human slavery and sex-trafficking victims is an issue of common cause and priority for the Obama administration and Congress. But their response must be heightened in the face of these horrific crimes against humanity. The State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP)
NEWS
February 11, 2014
The next Annapolis Neighborhood Watch meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Annapolis Police Headquarters, 199 Taylor Avenue. The meeting topic is human trafficking, and retired Detective Jeffrey Hartlove will speak about a human trafficking case involving brothels operated in Annapolis. Food will be served, so RSVP to Sgt. Jessica Kirchner at 410-268-9000 ext. 7233 or jkirchner@annapolis.gov .
NEWS
November 9, 2011
I was very pleased to see your front-page story on human trafficking in the United States ("Women from Maryland escape alleged prostitution ring," Nov. 5). When most people think of human trafficking, they imagine something that is happening in Third World countries, not on Baltimore Street. Thank you for doing your part to raise awareness about this very important, very relevant and very local issue. I hope that you will continue your coverage on this important topic. For example, what is the status of the Phylicia Barnes murder case, and is anyone investigating whether she was a victim of human trafficking?
NEWS
June 17, 2011
Thanks for your piece on human trafficking in Maryland and your call on the General Assembly to do more to fight it ("Modern-day slavery," June 6). Yet punitive measures alone are not enough. We must also do more in the areas of awareness, prevention and victim care. We host the Maryland Rescue & Restore Coalition, a state-wide initiative against human trafficking. Every week we go into schools, churches and businesses to educate people about human trafficking, and we are amazed at what our children, in particular, don't know about this crime and how to protect themselves from it. It's a mistake to assume young people know how to recognize the danger posed by traffickers and take appropriate action, especially online.
NEWS
June 19, 2014
I was stunned to read that Di Zhang will be allowed to keep five properties that she has bought with money obtained through her alleged prostitution and human trafficking ring ( "U.S. seizes alleged Towson brothel; owner will keep 5 other properties," June 18). Human trafficking? What could be a worse crime than buying young people and forcing them into prostitution? That woman and her boyfriend should be stripped of every last possession, and the proceeds should go to her victims.
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By Luke Broadwater and Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2014
Del. Jon Cardin rejected Thursday the endorsement of a Baltimore-based rapper after learning that the man who calls himself Ski Money is facing charges of human trafficking. Cardin, a candidate for attorney general, said he knew nothing of the rapper's charges and criminal record when he posed for a picture with Lawrence S. Christian, 37, at a fundraiser and his campaign briefly publicized the rapper's support. "I recently learned of the charges that are pending against Mr. Christian, a Baltimore based rapper who endorsed me over Twitter," Cardin, a Baltimore County Democrat, said in a statement.
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By Barbara Pash | May 9, 2014
The Baltimore County Commission for Women is old but new. Founded by the County Council in 1977, two years ago the commission revised its mission to make the county-sponsored board more vital and relevant to women. The commission's upcoming event on Saturday, May 10, a Women's Empowerment Expo, is an example of this new direction. Workshops on credit strategies and starting your own business, budgeting and résumé writing are not only practical but geared toward a younger audience than previous commission offerings.
NEWS
May 7, 2014
Wow, it sure has taken a long time for this story to get out! Last month over 20 young girls were kidnapped! Talk about "snail news!" ("Nigeria sect threatens to sell abducted girls into slavery," May 6.) I learned the story just a week ago from a family member who went to Washington trying to make people aware of this horror. I've contacted my senator suggesting countries place sanctions on Nigeria until the girls are returned unharmed and proposed that the United Nations get involved.
NEWS
February 11, 2014
The next Annapolis Neighborhood Watch meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Annapolis Police Headquarters, 199 Taylor Avenue. The meeting topic is human trafficking, and retired Detective Jeffrey Hartlove will speak about a human trafficking case involving brothels operated in Annapolis. Food will be served, so RSVP to Sgt. Jessica Kirchner at 410-268-9000 ext. 7233 or jkirchner@annapolis.gov .
NEWS
By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | January 14, 2014
An Ohio man pleaded guilty Tuesday to human trafficking charges in connection with the pimping of an Ohio woman in southern Howard County, according to State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan. Howard Draper Jr., 57, of Toledo, Ohio, pleaded guilty to a human trafficking charge and a prostitution charge before opening statements Tuesday in his jury trial in Howard County Circuit Court. Draper was sentenced by Judge Richard Bernhardt to 12 years in prison, 10 for the human trafficking charge and two for the prostitution charge, Kirwan said.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
A Washington, D.C., man arrested in July on human trafficking and prostitution charges has pleaded guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence, said the Annapolis Police Department in a prepared statement on Tuesday. Freddy Leguisamon, 28, was arrested by police in connection with a prostitution business he operated. The arrest followed an investigation that combined several government agencies, including the Annapolis Police Department's Hispanic Liaison, Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2012
Anne Arundel County police have charged a 19-year-old California woman with prostitution, operating a prostitution ring and human trafficking. Shkoyia Michelle Lomack of Sacramento was arrested Tuesday evening and remains in custody with a June 19 trial date. Officers received an anonymous tip that a woman was using hotels in the Linthicum area to house prostitutes and profit from their activities. Investigators say Lomack had used an Internet advertisement as a front for the prostitution ring that involved other women from California.
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
A Cleveland man was sentenced Monday in Baltimore County to 20 years in prison for pimping women from Ohio over the Internet, according to the state's attorney's office. Prosecutors said Bennie Veasey, 32, lured a 19-year-old woman to Towson, where he forced her into prostitution and made her give him money to pay off lawyer's fees from a rape charge in Cleveland. The victim was interviewed after Baltimore County Police conducted a sting operation on April 17. Veasey was convicted in September of three counts of human trafficking and one count of prostitution.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | October 8, 2013
Howard County police charged a man and a Rhode Island couple with human trafficking last week in two separate cases that were reported just days apart. Craig Okeido Anderson, 32, of no fixed address, faces numerous charges of human trafficking, assault and prostitution after police received a call on Oct. 3 from a 24-year-old victim who said Anderson forced her to perform sex for money for the past two years, according to police. On Oct. 4, police received a call from another 24-year-old woman who alleged a Rhode Island couple kidnapped her three days earlier and forced her into prostitution, police said.
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