(UPI) — More than 50 people were arrested for attempting to solicit children for sex or trafficking victims in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area this month during the NCAA Final Four, authorities said.
Twenty-eight people were from trafficking situations during the operation, including one minor, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a statement Wednesday. The five-day sting netted 47 felony arrests for soliciting a minor or prostitutes under 16. Eleven people were arrested on probable cause for sex trafficking.
“This operation is an example of the aggressive steps necessary to stop traffickers and johns who buy and sell people for sex in our communities,” BCA Supt. Drew Evans said.
Officials said undercover agents posed as minors or sex buyers on social media platforms and arranged a meeting place.
“While the eyes of the basketball world were focused on the court at the U.S. Bank Stadium, some were attempting to hide in the shadows of our great community, trafficking and exploiting women and girls, inflicting unimaginable physical and emotional harm, and profiting from pain,” St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said.
Several victims advocate organizations including Alexandria House, Breaking Free and The Linkhave helped the women who were rescued.
A similar sting operation was done in January and February for the Super Bowl in Atlanta. Police there arrested 169 people over an 11-day period.
READING, Pa. – The raid of a rooming house in Reading last month has led to the indictments of eight alleged gang members on federal sex trafficking charges.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Philadelphia filed the indictment Thursday, accusing the eight suspects of trafficking women and girls by “force and manipulation.”
“We are thankful that the Grand Jury returned this indictment to get these people off the streets of this city,” said U.S. Attorney William McSwain. “Sex trafficking, especially of minor children, is a pervasive problem that demands an aggressive response. We stand ready with our federal and local law enforcement partners to identify and dismantle gangs that perpetuate this abuse.”
The suspects were identified by federal authorities as Shaquile W. Newson, Alexander M. Malave, Karvarise E. Person, Bryanna C. Concepcion, Fatiema Bivens, Savion Garcia, Isaiah Rowe, and Michael Diaz-Walker.
Authorities said they conspired to recruit, entice, harbor, transport, provide, obtain, and maintain by any means females to engage in commercial sex acts. Some of the victims, they said, were under the age of 18.
The suspects’ arrests come nearly a month after a team of federal, state and local law enforcement authorities, armed with search warrants, converged on a rooming house on South Fourth Street, going room to room as part of their investigation.
The rooming house served as the headquarters for the eight suspects and their violent gang, known as the Sevens, according to federal prosecutors.
The gang’s name, officials said, is derived from the word “loyalty,” which also has seven letters. The Sevens gang, they said, is formed by members of other gangs, including the Gangster Disciples, Crips, Bloods and Latin Kings.
Officials identified Newson, aka “Raw” and “San,” and Malave, aka “Buju” and “Ace,” as the Sevens’ co-founders. Newson gave orders and sanctioned and approved all gang members’ activities; Malave, also a member of the Bloods, ensured that gang rules were followed and resorted to violence when they were not, according to the indictment.
Person, aka “Crazy K,” “Killa,” and “K,” and Concepcion, aka “Bree,” were generals in the gang, officials said. Both worked to recruit women to engage in sexual encounters, with Person helping to determine what rates to charge and Concepcion posting advertisements for paid encounters and training the girls and women to engage in them for money, according to the indictment.
Garcia, aka “Quiet,” and Rowe, aka “Izzy,” served as guards of the rooming house and enforcers in the gang, authorities said. They were tasked with controlling access to and maintaining physical security for the rooming house, including watching for police activity on the block, ensuring that the women and girls did not flee the building, and recruiting women and girls to work as prostitutes, according to the indictment.
Bivens was “a money maker” who engaged in sexual encounters for money and forced, or attempted to force, other females to engage in sexual encounters for money, according to the indictment.
Diaz-Walker, aka “Big Mike,” assisted in posting advertisements for paid sexual encounters, took photos of the females for use in those ads, and drove the females to the locations of the encounters, according to the indictment.
The suspects were charged with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion, and in sex trafficking of minors.
“We want to thank Homeland Security Investigations, Reading Police Department, and Pennsylvania State Police for their invaluable work investigating this case
A Columbus Police officer named Andrew Mitchell who is 55 years old, Been on the force about 30 years and a veteran of the Ohio Police Department, was arrested by the FED”s on Monday.Department of Justice said that Mitchell kidnapped serval women under the banner of arrest before forcing them to have sex with him in exchange for them to be set free.
Mitchell, who was place on desk duty in september after being under the investigation for the fatal shooting of a 23 year old Donna Castle Berry, a mother of two Mitchell in the process of shooting Mis Castleberry manage to stab her to death with unissues to the police like a knife
Report say that Castleberry had a knife as well so the cop did not have the knife he took it away from his attacker.
Maine: I thought before you get into a police cruiser they are suppose to frisk you that is standard before you are hand cuffed for a crime . These cops now a days are let criminals in there car with out a pat down or hand cuffs that is very dangerous on there side of things. Unless the cops in Columbus want something to happen!!!!!
Reports also says that this cops rental properties have been link to over 600 calls to police since 2013 His arrest was first reported by WBNS.
Maine: What kind of cop is this ? To have over over 600 hundred calls to your properties it smells of domestic violence and the police covered it up for some reason. Totally unprofessional if you ask me!!! Why was this man on the force for so long if this many calls was link to his properties?
Mitchell , was a detective assigned to a vice unit in march of 2017 after joining the force in 1988,Mitchell have’s extra police protection since being place on leave.He was indicted last week on three counts of depriving individuals of their civil rights under the flag of law and two counts of witness tampering.along with a single charge of obstruction of justice.His indictments was made public Monday.
According to WBNS, Mitchell have arrested at least 200 women over the last two years while he was a detective for the city’s Vice Unit.A woman came out and said she was charged after refusing to have sex with him. He also lied while being questioned by FBI.
The FBI got personal and asked Mitchell did he have sex with prostitutes and he lied to the FBI
Maine: This man is sick i do not know how he have a job any where much less the Columbus Police Department!!! And i question him on the killing of Donna Castleberry. You mean this woman was in your car , you did not frisk her or put hand cuffs on her before you put her in the car with you? On top of that Donna Castlebery manage to hide a knife to kill a police officer ,really? Something is extremely fishy here!!!
Of hundreds of arrests,Mitchell victimizes at least three women, Trading sex for there freedom.
As the district atorney process for a grand jury at this trial Donna family is in pain said Bobbi McCalla, Donna’s sister. “It will be seven if it goes into April since my sister was killed. I think we are due answers.”
“It’s been hell,” said Donna’s mother Michelle Dalton. “It’s still sad, it’s still really sad.
Late last word they love sex trafficking in the case of slain, was sentenced to life in prison. Joseph Hazeley will serve time for murder “of Desiree Robbins”
Joseph Hazeley was sitting in his car while Desiree Robinson was dealing with client. This client before the party garage when Desiree was altered up by Josephl for sale. Paid sex to the client. The same client recall Joseph so he can have Desiree once again. This time some terrible went wrong Desiree resist the client she wanted no part of it. The clients proceeded to choke Desiree Robinson and then slid it throat and stripped her necked.
While this is happening while Joseph was set in the car acting as security just in case something happened. Unfortunately, something that happened. Joseph proceeded as he discovered the body going home. Left the body. There and proceeded home to get rid of stuff and burn it.
Joseph had three prostitutes two of them got away Desiree was not so lucky she could not get away from the guy.
Recently Desiree’s mother was invited to the White House by Donald Trump to pass legislation solve the problem. Her daughter went through and suffered at the hands of Joseph hazily. Joseph was a life sentence, even though he was knocked a partaker of the woman’s murder. This is the first I have heard of the man serving life actually murdering the person.
There is no information on the whereabouts of the John actually killed Desiree Robinson but the court said that Joseph was actually responsible for the young lady’s death Saturday slapped him with a life sentence.
What hopes you report other people connection to Desiree Wachtel’s death as the investigation continued
The Los Angeles prostitute known as “Pretty Hoe” will spend the next decade-and-a-half of her life in federal prison after she admitted to using social media to force young women (some of them minors) into prostitution, authorities said.
23-year-old Melanie Denae Williams, who also called herself the “most hated hoe in LA,” pleaded guilty to a single count of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion back in November.
A federal judge gave “Pretty Hoe” the minimum sentence of 15 years. Had she not pleaded guilty, she would have faced life in prison, if convicted.
According to the U.S. attorney’s office, as part of her plea deal, Williams was also ordered to pay restitution to her victims. A press release described in detail the abuse she doled out to at least one victim.
“Williams ordered the victim to strip off her clothes, then Williams threw bleach on her and used a broomstick to beat her,” the U.S. attorney’s office said in the release, adding that she “continually threatened to kill the victim if she left.”
According to an affidavit filed in the case, Williams also forced the unidentified woman to tattoo her name on her face before confiscating the woman’s belongings and identifying documents.
Williams admitted in her plea agreement to using the internet to recruit two minors for “commercial sex acts” before keeping the proceeds for herself, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
“Williams also posted social media videos of her physically beating and using firearms to threaten young women,” the affidavit stated