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Innocence Sold: The disappearance of Sophie Reeder – Sun Sentinel
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Innocence Sold: The disappearance of Sophie Reeder – Sun Sentinel

Third of four parts. It was after midnight, and her father was asleep. Fifteen-year-old Sophie Reeder slipped out of her Fort Lauderdale home wearing a short black skirt, high-top sneakers, a leopard-print coat and headphones. Her hair was neatly twisted into side buns. She took nothing with her. In her bedroom, she left a stack…

11 charged in St. Charles human trafficking operation
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11 charged in St. Charles human trafficking operation

ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV) — The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged 11 people in an undercover operation targeting people willing to pay money to sex traffickers for prostitution. The St. Charles Police Department said undercover officers were contacted by people seeking sex in exchange for money. Police then found and arrested 11 men…

Man arrested for human trafficking at Mackinac Bridge while trying to enter Upper Peninsula (UP) – WLUC
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Man arrested for human trafficking at Mackinac Bridge while trying to enter Upper Peninsula (UP) – WLUC

Editor’s note: these are all stories about the same trafficking situation. Man arrested for human trafficking at Mackinac Bridge while trying to enter UP – WLUC West Michigan man accused of human trafficking Police: Comstock Park man arrested for human trafficking ST. IGNACE, Mich. (WLUC) – A 38-year-old man from Comstock Park was arrested for…

Man caught in human-trafficking sting gets almost 8 years in prison
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Man caught in human-trafficking sting gets almost 8 years in prison

A man arrested in a human-trafficking sting conducted by a tri-county task force in August will serve a minimum of almost eight years in prison after pleading no contest to three felonies in September. Huron County 52nd Circuit Court Judge Gerald M. Prill sentenced Dennis Michael Bales on Monday morning to seven years, 11 months…

Violent crime grant to benefit Marion County law enforcement agencies
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Violent crime grant to benefit Marion County law enforcement agencies

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is one of 24 Ohio law enforcement agencies that will benefit from the release of $11.7 million in grant funding to help prevent and investigate incidents of violent crime including domestic violence, gun violence, and human trafficking. MCSO is receiving $502,605.16 to fund resources that will be shared with…

Officers arrest prostitution clients with intentions to decrease demand for human trafficking
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Officers arrest prostitution clients with intentions to decrease demand for human trafficking

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Beach Police Department conducted efforts to target prostitution clients. The goal was to decrease the demand for human trafficking. According to a tweet posted by the Virginia Beach Police Department as a result of those efforts officers arrested the following individuals and charged them with one count of prostitution: Darren…

Multiple Human Trafficking Arrests Made in Metro Atlanta – USA Herald
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Multiple Human Trafficking Arrests Made in Metro Atlanta – USA Herald

Human trafficking is a grotesque abuse of human rights that exists in all 50 states. Far too often, people are led to believe this crime only occurs in third-world nations. The reality is precisely the opposite. Documented human trafficking cases exist in every country, including America. In recent years, law enforcement and government officials have…

South Florida Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking Offenses Against Minor Girls
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South Florida Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking Offenses Against Minor Girls

MIAMI — A 26-year-old Broward County man was sentenced today in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., by U.S. District Court Judge William P. Dimitrouleas to 30 years in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiring to traffic minor girls for commercial sex. On August 11, 2022, following a four-day trial, a federal jury found Kerby…

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Nashville Trio Facing Federal Human Trafficking & Drug Distribution Charges

NASHVILLE – A federal indictment unsealed today charges three Nashville individuals in a sex trafficking and drug distribution conspiracy that operated from a house in Antioch, Tennessee, announced U.S. Attorney Mark H. Wildasin for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

Karen (Kay) Bailey, 42, Charles (Chuck) McGlother, 50, and Charles (Ponytail) Sumner, 61, all of Antioch, were indicted Monday and charged with conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking and conspiracy to distribute, and distributing, cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl.  The indictment further charges the trio specifically with trafficking three women for sex by force and coercion for the purpose of financial gain.  The indictment also charges McGlother with two counts of federal firearms violations, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and for possessing of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. 

Documents filed with the Court allege that the trio has operated a human trafficking operation in the Nashville area for over a decade, and dozens of women are believed to have been recruited under false pretenses and coerced and forced into commercial sex acts.  Court documents allege that the conspiracy specifically targeted women who were recovering drug addicts with small children who needed housing.  The defendants allowed the women and their children to move into their house, got them addicted to drugs, and then coerced them to perform commercial sex acts when they were unable to pay their rent. The defendants further maintained control over the women by not allowing them to ever take their children out of the house without a chaperone.

Court documents also allege that the defendants provided drugs to the trafficked women to keep them addicted, and sold drugs to commercial sex customers and others outside of the sex trafficking conspiracy.  McGlother owned several businesses, including a music studio and a food truck, which were used to sell drugs.

On March 31, 2022, a search warrant was executed on Bluewillow Court in Antioch, where the defendants and some of the trafficked women were residing. Several trafficking victims were found on the premises, and some of those victims were living in makeshift sheds without electricity behind the main house.

Sumner was arrested at his home this morning and will appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge later today.   Bailey and McGlother are currently in state custody. 

If convicted, the defendants face a mandatory minimum of 15 years and up to life in prison.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.  Assistant U.S.  Attorney Brooke K. Schiferle is prosecuting the case. 

An indictment is merely an accusation.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Mothers of human trafficking victims share their stories, raise awareness in League City
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Mothers of human trafficking victims share their stories, raise awareness in League City

A lineup of advocates and mothers of victims of human trafficking hosted an awareness event Oct. 6 at the Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center in League City, discussing how to recognize and prevent the crime. Nichole Bowie, a League City resident and founder of Mady’s Movement, lost her daughter Mady to human trafficking two years ago….