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Backpage And Carl Ferrer Already Paying

Backpage.com Pleads Guilty to
Human Trafficking in Texas

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that his office’s prosecution of Backpage.com has resulted in the company pleading guilty to human trafficking in Texas and its CEO Carl Ferrer pleading guilty to money laundering.  This comes less than a week after the attorney general’s office assisted the Department of Justice with permanently shutting down the website.

Ferrer will be sentenced to up to five years in prison once he’s fulfilled the terms of his plea agreement with Attorney General Paxton’s office.  His cooperation in the ongoing investigation into Backpage could lead to other criminal charges against individuals associated with the company.

As the largest online sex trafficking marketplace in the world, Backpage facilitated the sex trafficking of innocent women and children through sites it ran for 943 locations in 97 countries and 17 languages.  It was involved in 73 percent of all child trafficking cases reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“Taking down Backpage and obtaining a criminal conviction for the company and its CEO represents a significant victory in the fight against human trafficking in Texas and around the world,” Attorney General Paxton said.  “I want to thank the Attorney General of California, the U.S. Department of Justice, federal law enforcement officials, Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez, and the prosecutors and law enforcement in my office for their outstanding collaborative work on this investigation and prosecution.”

In October 2016, Attorney General Paxton’s Law Enforcement Division arrested Ferrer in Houston.  It also executed a search warrant on the Dallas headquarters of Backpage, uncovering evidence that was critical in building a case against Ferrer and the company.

Attorney General Paxton has made combating human trafficking a top priority.  Two years ago, he launched his office’s Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Section, which prosecutes human traffickers around the state of Texas.  Earlier this year, he unveiled a powerful training video to teach Texans how to spot and report suspected human trafficking activity.

President Trump yesterday signed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 into law, making it easier for law enforcement to take legal action against any websites that enable human trafficking.

View Attorney General Paxton’s statement on Backpage here: https://bit.ly/2IHoE31

Be The Difference In Human Trafficking

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Prevent, Recognize and Report human trafficking.

TX AG Paxton Unveils New Training Video
to Mobilize Texans in the Fight Against
Human Trafficking

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton today introduced a new comprehensive training video to educate and mobilize all Texans in the fight against human trafficking.  The nearly hour-long video was developed over the last year by the attorney general’s Human Trafficking/Transnational Organized Crime (HTTOC) section and debuted during a public screening at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center.

“This remarkable training video represents my deep conviction to inform, educate and empower Texans to prevent, recognize and report human trafficking,” Attorney General Paxton said.  “‘Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking’ was created to enlist citizens from every walk of life to help Texas in its nationwide leadership role to combat and ultimately eliminate this horrific and dehumanizing crime.”

Texas is responsible for the nation’s second highest number of calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, and recent research indicates that at any given time there are more than 300,000 victims of human trafficking in the state.

At the screening, Attorney General Paxton announced that his office is providing the human trafficking training video to all Texas state agencies, with the potential of reaching 315,000 state employees.  The video is mandatory viewing for the 4,000 employees of the attorney general’s office.  “I am challenging my fellow state agency heads to follow suit,” he said.

Attorney General Paxton applauded the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services for being the first state agency to use the video in the training of all 8,000 of its front-line caseworkers.

Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking” shares the compelling and often deeply emotional stories of human trafficking from the perspective of survivors, experts, law enforcement, and good Samaritans, including a Texan who helped authorities shut down a major human trafficking operation in his own neighborhood of The Woodlands.  The training video is available for anyone to watch at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/human-trafficking.

Launched in January 2016, Attorney General Paxton’s HTTOC section has assisted or consulted on dozens of cases, such as the arrest of the CEO of Backpage.com, whose online “adult” ads were linked to sex trafficking of women and children.

It also partners with Truckers Against Trafficking and the Texas Trucking Association on an innovative public-private-program to put more eyes and ears on the road to catch human trafficking.  Since its inception, HTTOC has provided human trafficking awareness training to more than 15,000 people across the state of Texas. 

Tennessee Sting Nets Child Predators

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Too many Children are being victimized by Sex Trafficking

22 men indicted as part of human trafficking operation in Brentwood

BRENTWOOD, TN  –  At least 22 men have been indicted as part of an undercover human trafficking operation in Brentwood.

As part of the sting in early October, two female agents posed as prostitutes on Backpage.com and offered sex for purchase.

During the text message exchanges with dozens and dozens of would-be customers, the agents identified themselves as minors.

According to the TBI, within a three-day period, 22 men showed up for arranged meetings, showing intentions of purchasing sex with a child.

The men were from all different backgrounds.  The suspects include a computer programmer, an automotive engineer, a chef and a construction worker.

Eleven of the 22 men who were indicted are still in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Now: @TBInvestigation presser on a human trafficking investigation in Brentwood. pic.twitter.com/FUaMJVM9wI
— Kim St. Onge (@KimWSMV) November 9, 2017

Authorities have arrested nine of the suspects in Williamson County:

NOT IN MY WORLD!!!! will not publish these names, if you wish to see them, you will find them here.

The TBI also sent undercover male agents to respond to advertisements on Backpage.com to try to find potential victims of human trafficking.  Two women responded to the ads but declined to receive services from the TBI’s partner nonprofit agency.

The TBI, the Brentwood Police Department, Homeland Security and the office of 21st District Attorney General Kim Helper all assisted in the investigation.

“This is, without doubt, a demand-driven crime, involving men from all kinds of backgrounds,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn.  “We need more men to stand up and talk honestly about how we got here as a culture and what we need to do to fix it.  Unless we’re willing to hold one other accountable, we will continue to see too many people victimized by this kind of crime, with no one to blame but ourselves.”

If you would like to help the victims of sex trafficking in Tennessee, visit ithastostop.com.

Only Two Sides In This War Being Waged Against Our Children

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“Child Sex Trafficking is happening in every community across America.”

FBI:  Child Sex Trafficking operations
conducted in Myrtle Beach, Lumberton

Conway, SC  –  Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Lumberton, North Carolina, were both sites of operations conducted last week as part of a cross-country Federal Bureau of Investigation effort to crack down on underage human trafficking, according to a news release.

The operation, Operation Cross Country XI, resulted in the recovery of 84 minors and the arrest of 120 traffickers from Oct. 12 through Oct. 15, the release from the FBI said.

The youngest victim recovered was 3 months old, and the average age of the recovered victims was 15 years old, the release said.

In one example, on Oct. 13, FBI Denver found two minor girls, one 3-months-old and one 5-years-old, after a friend of the children’s family offered an undercover officer “access to the two children for sexual purposes in exchange for $600,” the release said.

“We at the FBI have no greater mission than to protect our nation’s children from harm.  Unfortunately, the number of traffickers arrested—and the number of children recovered—reinforces why we need to continue to do this important work,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray in the release.  “This operation isn’t just about taking traffickers off the street.  It’s about making sure we offer help and a way out to these young victims who find themselves caught in a vicious cycle of abuse.”

FBI agents and task force officers staged operations in hotels, casinos, and truck stops, as well as on street corners and internet websites.  The operations in the Carolinas happened in Myrtle Beach and Columbia in South Carolina, and Charlotte, Raleigh, Fayetteville, and Lumberton in North Carolina, according to the FBI.

“Child sex trafficking is happening in every community across America,” said National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® President and CEO John Clark, which partnered with the FBI for the operation.  “We’re proud to work with the FBI on Operation Cross Country to help find and recover child victims.  We hope OCC generates more awareness about this crisis impacting our nation’s children.”

This is the 11th iteration of the FBI-led Operation Cross Country (OCC), which took place this year in 55 FBI field offices and involved 78 state and local task forces, consisting of hundreds of law enforcement partners.  This year’s coordinated operations took place with several international partners, including Canada (Operation Northern Spotlight), the United Kingdom (Aident 8), Thailand, Cambodia, and the Philippines.

Operation Cross Country XI is part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative, which began in 2003 and has yielded more than 6,500 child identifications and locations.   For additional information on Operation Cross Country XI and the Innocence Lost initiative, please visit www.fbi.gov.

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Drunk FL Teens Lead Law Enforcement To Foster Parents

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Florida Couple Charged With 700 Counts Of Child Abuse

Florida Couple Charged With 700 Counts Of
Child Abuse Against 11 Children

FLORENCE, AL  –  A Florida couple was charged Wednesday with 700 counts of child abuse, sexual abuse and other crimes against 11 children they adopted or fostered for seven years while living in Alabama.

Florence Police detective Sgt. Brad Holmes told local media that 47-year-old Daniel W. Spurgeon faces 388 counts.  His 52-year-old wife, Jenise Spurgeon, faces 312 counts.

Both are jailed in Fort Myers, Florida, where they have pleaded not guilty to child abuse charges.  Jenise Spurgeon was arrested Wednesday on the Alabama warrants during a court hearing in Florida.  Holmes said Daniel Spurgeon would be arrested on the Alabama warrants if he posts bail in Florida.

It’s unclear if either has a lawyer.

Holmes said police seek to have both of them returned to Alabama.

Florence police have been investigating since they were contacted last summer about crimes the couple committed in Cape Coral, Florida.

“Their investigation led detectives to believe that abuse had occurred in Alabama while the couple lives in the Florence area,” Holmes said.

He said suspected victims ranged in age from toddlers to teenagers. The couple moved to Florida in 2015.  Police in Cape Coral began investigating them after they responded to a call regarding two intoxicated teenagers in summer 2016.

Daniel Spurgeon is charged with 115 counts of first-degree sex abuse, 122 counts of child abuse, four counts of first-degree sodomy, four counts of sexual torture, three counts of domestic violence by strangulation or suffocation, six counts of first-degree rape, 115 counts of enticing a child for immoral purposes, six counts of incest and 11 counts of first-degree human trafficking 2 counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.

Jenise Spurgeon is charged with 100 counts of child abuse, one count of domestic violence by strangulation or suffocation, 11 counts of first-degree human trafficking, 100 counts of endangering the welfare of a child and 100 counts of enticing a child for immoral purposes.

Holmes said Florence police have conducted extensive interviews, resulting in thousands of pages of documentation.

“We were very cautious not to rush to judgment, to be extremely thorough,” he said.