The human trafficking law criminalizes recruiting, enticing, advertising, soliciting, harboring, transporting, providing, obtaining or maintaining an individual for involuntary labor or sex through force, fraud, or coercion. That can include threats of harm, physical restraints, kidnapping, withholding personal property, or controlling access to addictive drugs. In cases where the victimContinue Reading

A Lubbock County grand jury this week indicted a 29-year-old man accused of trafficking a 16-year-old girl for prostitution.  Rodney Jackson Jr. is charged with a count of trafficking a child to engage in prostitution, a first-degree felony that carries a punishment of five years to life in prison.  Jackson’sContinue Reading

Florida’s Tallahassee Police Department announced Tuesday that a two-year investigation into human and child sex trafficking led to the arrest of 178 individuals.  Operation Stolen Innocence began in November of 2018, with the aim of rescuing a young teenage girl who was being sexually exploited.  DEADLINE TO FILE SEX ABUSE CLAIMS AGAINST BOYContinue Reading

A Virginia lawyer has been charged with sex trafficking of minors after allegations that he paid at least six girls for sex and promised to be their “sugar daddy.” The charges against 45-year-old Matthew Erausquin were unsealed Thursday in federal court in Alexandria. An arrest warrant for the U.S. Air Force veteran and Consumer Litigation AssociationsContinue Reading

Editor’s note: This story uses the singular pronouns “they,” “them” and “their” to refer to a single victim to protect the identity of the victim. Huntington law enforcement arrested a man who allegedly molested a child in the driveway of a Marion home, according to a probable cause affidavit filedContinue Reading