Saturday, July 28, 2012

Good afternoon!

So I know it's been awhile, (almost 2yrs!) but I'm thinking I may start occasionally adding to this blog again. It appears a lot of people are coming here even to read old articles. So my question is- if I was to highlight not only the missing, the human trafficking cases out there but also those that are out there helping to fight the bad intentions with some hope & love -would readers be willing to make suggestions, nominations, etc? Would this interest people as much? Let me know!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Police Investigate Child Trafficking Ring


Atlanta CEO Accused Of Having Sex With A 12-Year-Old
By Renee Starzyk, CBS Atlanta Reporter
POSTED: 5:25 pm EST November 11, 2010

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County police arrested a 56-year-old executive and charged him with having sex with a 12-year-old girl, who may be part of a child prostitution ring.

Peter Privateer, the president and CEO of Reflex Systems in Atlanta, was recently charged with child molestation and booked into the Gwinnett County jail.

Police say Privateer paid a pimp $600 for the night with the girl at the Days Inn in Duluth in 2008. The girl received $200 of that money.

"It’s very troubling," said Cpl. Brian Kelly. "Any exploitation of anybody and particularly a child is very disturbing.”

Gwinnett County police have issued arrest warrants for Marcelo DeSautu, 38, who they said operated as the girl's pimp and may be running a child prostitution ring in metro Atlanta.

Cobb County police are also looking to arrest DeSautu, who they said was involved in similar activities in their area.

Both police agencies said that it is not unusual for child victims to wait years to come forward.

“In many of these cases the children are very intimidated and very threatened and scared of the consequences," said Kelly. "They believe they have done something wrong when they haven’t. They've been exploited."

Privateer lives in Sugar Loaf Country Club, a prestigious gated community in Duluth. No one answered the door at his office in Atlanta on Thursday.

“There’s no profile to who’s involved and who exploits and who gets wrapped up in these type of things," Kelly told CBS Atlanta. "As we’ve seen throughout history, and throughout the country and the world, criminals can be ministers to priests to your common thugs.”

Privateer remains jailed in Gwinnett County. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

Respectfully resubmitted from: http://www.cbsatlanta.com/news/25763785/detail.html

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Proposal on human trafficking might die in legislature's lame-duck session

State senator tries to prod action on bill
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 11:43 PM
By Alan Johnson

The Columbus Dispatch
Asked about the fate of a proposed human-trafficking law she's been working on for two years, state Sen. Teresa Fedor didn't have to think long about it.

"Two words: lame duck," she said.

Indeed, a lame-duck session of the General Assembly later this year will decide whether Ohio joins 43 states with stand-alone laws or remains a haven for those who traffic in people for sex or labor.

"I dare them not to" pass the bill, the Toledo Democrat said today at a Statehouse news conference. "We're going to be held accountable for not doing anything."

She was joined by members of the new Abolition Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition in the Dayton area. Also backing a tougher law are federally supported human-trafficking coalitions in Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo.

Despite Fedor's challenge, and the lobbying of hundreds of supporters statewide, chances are slim that the trafficking proposal will even be considered in an abbreviated lame-duck legislative session. Ohio Senate President Bill M. Harris, R-Ashland, has made it clear that he intends to severely limit the session, possibly just to reject several appointments by outgoing Gov. Ted Strickland.

That would mean starting over with a new trafficking bill in the legislative session scheduled to begin in January.

Mark Ensalaco, a University of Dayton professor, human-rights expert and member of Abolition Ohio, said passage of the bill is "critically important."

"Trafficking is here, and society has a moral obligation to abolish trafficking and free all slaves from captivity," he said.

Ensalaco, who has studied human-rights violations, including kidnapping and torture, for 25 years, said trafficking is "a monster of a very different nature" because it's based on greed, not politics.

Human trafficking is second only to the illegal drug trade in worldwide crimes.

The Ohio Trafficking in Persons Study Commission, established last year by Attorney General Richard Cordray, found that more than 1,000 Ohioans younger than 18 were victims in the past year. Thousands more were at risk, along with hundreds of immigrants who were forced to work for little or no pay.

Fedor's proposal is supported by both Democrats and Republicans. If adopted, it would give Ohio one of the strongest human-trafficking laws in the country. The measure would create a felony-level offense of trafficking in people, expand existing law to include forced labor, and make it a first-degree felony to compel a person younger than 16 to engage in prostitution.

Cordray lost his re-election bid to Republican Mike DeWine, a former U.S. senator, lieutenant governor and county prosecutor. DeWine told The Dispatch that he is "very interested" in continuing the work of the human-trafficking commission after he takes office Jan. 10. He said he has not studied the law to see what changes are needed.

Respectfully submitted from: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/11/10/proposal-on-human-trafficking-might-die-in-legislatures-lame-duck-session.html?sid=101

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