Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!
3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here
Please note: All my writings and comments appear in bold italics in this colour
Saturday, 25 March 2017
49% Increase in CSA - 4 children per day reporting;
who knows how many are not reporting.
Four children a day in Lancashire are reporting sexual abuse to police, heartbreaking figures show today. A total of 1,572 sexual crimes against youngsters in the county were recorded in the period between 2015 and 2016 – a startling 49 per cent increase from 1,056 recorded the previous year.
It comes as the NSPCC, which obtained the figures from police, reveals a child sex offence, including rape, sexual assault, and sexual exploitation, is recorded on average every ten minutes in UK. And 91 of the victims in Lancashire were aged under four years old, according to the harrowing statistics.
One Lancashire man who was abused by his elder half brother has echoed calls for more investment into rehabilitating offenders and supporting victims.
It is nearly 40 years since Robert McEwen, now 50, was subjected to vile attacks by Michael Lyttle, 56, who served four months of an eight month jail term.
The dad-of-two, who now lives in the Tarleton area, bravely waived his anonymity, after Lyttle, of Norland Drive, Heysham, near Lancaster, was convicted of charges of indecent assault, and inciting a boy under 14 to commit gross indecency at Preston Crown Court last year. Lyttle, who had worked as a shop fitter and as a French polisher in banks and building societies, served four months of an eight month jail term.
Robert, who was driven to attempt to take his own life in the 1990s after carrying the secret of the abuse, said: “The figures don’t shock me – nothing shocks me anymore. “I always felt prison would never really do him much good at this stage – what is going to change him in four months?"
The thing is that after a court case is over, you feel a bit dumped,
like no-one is interested anymore – so I would support the
NSPCC’s call for investment into recovery services too.
“At least rehabilitation is addressing their offending. "
“The thing is that after a court case is over, you feel a bit dumped, like no-one is interested anymore – so I would support the NSPCC’s call for investment into recovery services too."
“I live looking over my shoulder, I even saw someone in a car who looked like him. It is never really over, but I’m glad I was one of those who came forward because it does help you in the long run.”
In Lancashire a total of 478 crimes were recorded against children aged ten and under, while 91 of these crimes were perpetrated against children four and under, some of whom would be too young to even attend primary school. The remaining 937 were against over 10s – with 66 other internet based crimes.
Some of the reports were not recent crimes.
To cope with the increase, the charity is calling for specialist training for police investigating online child abuse, effective rehabilitation for child sex offenders, and investment in early intervention services to help children recover. But not everyone is encouraged by the idea of rehabilitation.
A Preston grandmother, whose abuser was recently given a community order with supervision on account of his dementia, called the figures “sickening”. Her attacker William Altham, 84, of Bleasdale Street East, Preston, was sentenced two weeks ago for raping her when she was a little girl.
She said: “I don’t feel safe by a sentence like that . “I don’t agree with a community sentence. How would this stop him doing it again? It really sends out the wrong message. I’m absolutely astounded that this amount of children have come forward in one year – it’s really hitting the public domain.”
The NSPCC believes several factors are behind the dramatic increase, including improvements to crime recording methods, survivors feeling more confident in disclosing abuse following high-profile cases, but also multiple children being reached by the same online predators.
The figures are feared to be the tip of the iceberg as authorities believe other youngsters have not come forward because they are frightened, embarrassed, or do not realise that they have been abused. Across the UK, the total rose to a record 55,507 in 2015/16, which was an average of 152 a day.
Chief Executive Peter Wanless said: “Sexual abuse can shatter a child’s life and leave them feeling ashamed, depressed, or even suicidal. Now, more than ever, victims need help as soon as possible to help them recover from their ordeals and go on to lead full and happy lives."
“Government must commit funds to early intervention that better help these children who, through no fault of their own, are enduring so much pain.”
There have been major changes to how abuse is tackled in the county. Teams of people from different organisations such as police, social services, Trading Standards, and health agencies share information and coordinate responses for each report. Education packages are also delivered in many schools highlighting the dangers of sexual exploitation.
Lancashire Constabulary is continuing to battle the sexual exploitation and abuse of children.
The force has set up a dedicated team in each police division working with many different organisations who share information and coordinate a response for each report to which helps to identify offenders and put support in place for children, their families and carers.
DCI Simon Dent from Lancashire’s Public Protection Unit said: “The lasting impact of sexual abuse against children can be devastating and often stays with victims for their rest of their lives."
“The public quite rightly expects us to protect children from being exploited, particularly as new threats emerge such as online grooming through gaming and chat forums, an area that we continue to promote during awareness campaigns."
“A rise in figures shows that our efforts and campaigns aimed at raising awareness are working, and that people feel confident that they can report and they will be listened to."
“Protecting the public, especially children, from harm and abuse is an absolute priority for us and with our partners we will continue to proactively target offenders who abuse children and help safeguard those children who have become, or are at risk of becoming, victims.”
Help Nest Lancashire has been set up to support young people aged 10 to 18 who have been affected by crime or subjected to bullying, threats or harassment. You can talk to them in confidence and all of the services are free of charge. Call them 0300 111 0323
Young person’s website Trust Ed contains helpful advice on child sexual exploitation, rape and relationships and a ‘report it online’ button.
Contact police on 101.
Operation Awaken (Blackpool, Fylde, Lancaster, Morecambe and Wyre): 01253 477 261
Operation Engage (Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Ribble Valley, Pendle and Rossendale): 01254 353 525 Operation Deter (Preston, Chorley, South Ribble, West Lancs): 01772 209 122
Deported 4 times, El Salvadoran stabs 2 and rapes baby - New York
2 men charged in apparent gang-rape of girl - District of Columbia
Male day-care worker given 7 years for infant rape - Massachusetts
Dr. charged with CSA backs out of plea deal - Pennsylvania
36 y/o charged with CSA, child porn, drugging 8 y/o - Maryland
Wrestling coach hit with 369 charges of CSA - Pennsylvania
Priest with unproven CSA accusations decides to retire - Pennsylvania
Pathetic, perverted elementary teacher found guilty of CSA - California
Often-deported MS-13 gang member facing child sex abuse charge had long rap sheet
An MS-13 gang member accused of stabbing two women and sexually assaulting a 2-year-old girl in a New York City suburb had a string of arrests to his name, on top of his four deportations.
Tommy Alvarado-Ventura, 31, is suspected of assaulting the child between Tuesday and early Wednesday while the girl’s mother was at work. He lived on Long Island and had been deported from the U.S. four times.
Alvarado-Ventura had a history of prior arrests for offenses including drunken driving, disorderly conduct, assault, false impersonation and contempt of court, according to police. Details on those arrests were not immediately released; police said their investigation is ongoing.
Authorities said Alvarado-Ventura had been with the child before going to a nearby bar, where he argued with a 24-year-old woman over a marijuana deal and then stabbed her in the parking lot. The woman suffered a collapsed lung, police said.
He then returned to the apartment where the child lived, police said. When the child's mother returned home from work at about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, she discovered injuries to her child and argued with Alvarado-Ventura. During that argument, he beat and stabbed the woman, police said.
After the stabbing, the girlfriend ran to another woman who lived in the apartment, WNBC reported.
That woman told the station in Spanish that the girlfriend came to her frantic and bleeding and that the 2-year-old was covered in bruises.
She was being treated for stab wounds, according to the station.
Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter accused Alvarado-Ventura of committing “probably the most heinous criminal act I've ever seen” in 28 years in law enforcement.
“It really is nauseating,” he told a news conference Thursday.
Alvarado-Ventura was deported to El Salvador four times between 2006 and 2011, police said. It was not known when he returned to the United States.
He has been accused of attempted murder, predatory child sexual assault, assault and weapons possession. He faces life in prison, if convicted.
He was behind bars Friday, a day after appearing in court, pleading not guilty and being ordered held without bail.
2 men charged with child sex abuse in DC
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Two men were charged with child sexual abuse in the District on Thursday.
Around 1:15 a.m. on Mar. 21, police say two men sexually assaulted the victim in 1700 block of 25 Street in Southeast.
Twenty-one-year-old Maurice Delonte Dawkins and 21-year-old Joseph Reginald Ward were charged with first degree sexual abuse and first degree child sexual abuse.
Man gets 7-year sentence in Bridgewater State
child sexual abuse caseOwen Boss
A 23-year-old Wrentham man who sexually abused three pre-school aged kids at a Bridgewater State University daycare center will spend more than 7 years behind bars after pleading guilty to rape charges yesterday, officials say.
Kyle P. Loughlin, who inappropriately touched the children between January and March 2015 while working at the BSU Children’s Center, pleaded guilty in Brockton Superior Court to charges including rape and abuse of a child and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. Judge Angel Kelly Brown sentenced him to 7 1⁄2 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation.
“Mr. Loughlin used his position at this daycare to take advantage of the innocence of these young, impressionable children,” Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz said in a statement. “Today’s resolution is in the best interest of these children and their families and prevents these youngsters from being further victimized at trial.”
Men should not be working in day-care centers - period!
In addition to the jail term, Loughlin will have to register as a sex offender, complete necessary treatment, wear a GPS monitoring bracelet, stay away from and have no contact with the victims and have no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16, Cruz said.
The next person to stand trial in connection with Loughlin’s sexual abuse is daycare director Judith Ritacco, who is facing charges of reckless endangerment of children, intimidating a witness and interfering with an investigation for her alleged failure to report the incidents. Ritacco is slated to go to trial April 18.
Suspended doctor backs out of plea deal in
child sex-abuse case
Riley Yates Contact Reporter
Of The Morning Call
Accused of sexual abusing two children, a suspended emergency room doctor from Bethlehem on Friday backed out of a plea agreement under which he faced sentencing on reduced charges.
Vamsimadhav C. Korrapati will go to trial in October, when he will risk the prospect of felony convictions that would label him a sex offender and almost certainly send him to prison.
That compares with his November plea bargain, under which Korrapati did not contest charges of reckless endangerment, misdemeanors that did not involve allegations of sexual abuse. Instead, Northampton County prosecutors said only that over a multi-year span ending in 2014, Korrapati displayed "reckless conduct" toward the two children that "may have placed them in danger of serious bodily injury."
Korrapati, 42, was scheduled to be sentenced Friday under that deal. But in the lead up, he asked to withdraw from it, a bid Northampton County Judge F.P. Kimberly McFadden granted.
Korrapati "has expressed to me that he maintains his innocence and he wants to go to trial," defense attorney Brian McMonagle told McFadden in court, saying his client made the decision after "many hours" of consultation.
Korrapati was charged in 2015 by Colonial Regional police with counts of indecent assault, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children. At the time of his arraignment, Korrapati said he had practiced medicine at several Lehigh Valley hospitals before the allegations surfaced.
According to Korrapati's online profile, he worked at St. Luke's University Hospital in Fountain Hill and at Easton Hospital in Wilson.
At a preliminary hearing last year, one of the children testified that Korrapati fondled him and forced him to touch Korrapati's genitals. The boy charged that Korrapati performed similar acts on the other child, a girl.
Police said the offenses occurred in Hanover Township, Northampton County. Korrapati knew the two children, who provided statements of the alleged abuse to county caseworkers, police said.
Westminster man held without bail on
child sex abuse charges
Heather Mongilio Contact Reporter
Carroll County Times
A Westminster man was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexual abuse of a minor after he allegedly forcibly penetrated a young child.
Eric Wayne Grinder, 36, of the 200 block of Montpelier Court, was charged with one count each of sexual abuse of a minor, continued course of conduct of sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree assault, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance to another and possession of child pornography. He was held without bail Tuesday, which remained unchanged after a Wednesday bail review, according to electronic court records.
A 10-year-old girl told her mother that Grinder, whom she knew, sexually touched her, but she hadn't wanted to tell her mother earlier because Grinder threatened to shoot the girl and her mother. The Carroll County Advocacy and Investigation Center handled the case, according to the statement of charges.
During an interview with a Maryland State Police trooper assigned to CCAIC, the girl said Grinder started abusing her when she was 8. He started by touching her genitals above and below clothes before moving to forcible vaginal penetration. He also forced her to perform oral sex, according to the statement.
The girl's mother told the investigating trooper that she had seen Grinder hanging out in the hallway around the girl's room multiple times. At one point she went into the girl's room and found the girl to be lethargic, according to the statement.
She saw cough medication on a dresser in the room and, when she tasted the liquid in the bottle, she said it tasted like clonazolam, according to the statement. Clonazolam is a sedative belonging to the benzodiazepine class of drugs.
The girl tested positive for benzodiazepines, according to the statement.
Investigators also found images of the child pornography involving the girl on Grinder's computer, according to the statement.
Grinder is scheduled to appear in court on April 12.
Former Youth Wrestling Coach Arraigned on
Child Sex Abuse Charges
BY CARMELLA MATALONI,
STROUD TOWNSHIP -- A former Stroudsburg Area youth wrestling coach is now facing a list of child sex abuse charges.
Authorities say Ron Gorman, who once lived in Stroud Township, sexually assaulted two of his former wrestling students.
PennLive reports that the is facing 369 charges of child sex abuse.
"The charges that have been lodged against Mr. Gorman speak for themselves. He is just not safe for the community," said Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Julieane Fry.
Gorman moved to Georgia in 2009. He was arrested there earlier this month for similar misconduct but never charged.
The former coach was brought back to Pennsylvania after two victims from his program in the Poconos came forward a few weeks ago -- a now 20-year-old man from Stroudsburg and a now 20-year-old man from East Stroudsburg.
Both were 10 years old when the alleged abuse began.
According to court paperwork, the alleged abuse of both victims happened in a number of different places, including Gorman's home in Monroe County, various hotels throughout the Poconos, even out of state.
Gorman's attorney says his client is maintaining his innocence. He says the charges are straining on the entire family, including Gorman's wife, who was at his arraignment.
"The indications are that this is a gentleman who was nothing but a fantastic role model for the vast majority of children for the last 30-plus years and the amount of digging that had to be done by the commonwealth to find two people to say something not of that nature or character is significant," said defense attorney Brett Riegel.
Officials in Monroe County believe there might be more victims out there.
"We would hope that they would come forward, but we understand and respect their privacy," said Fry.
According to the judge, because Gorman is a potential flight risk and because of the charges against him, bail was set at $1 million.
Gorman is currently locked up at the Monroe County Correctional Facility.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday, March 31.
Beaver County priest retires after allegations of
child sex abuse ruled not proven
A Beaver County priest accused two years ago of sexually abusing a child was just as “believable” in proclaiming his innocence as his accuser was in making the allegation, Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik said Wednesday.
The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — which houses a body charged by Pope Francis with expediting disciplinary actions in sexual abuse cases — ruled the allegation that the Rev. John “Jack” P. Fitzgerald, 68, abused a child in the late 1990s “has not been proven,” the Pittsburgh diocese said in a statement.
More than 21⁄2 years into the investigation, “it could not be determined with certainty whether the abuse did or did not occur,” the diocese said.
The Vatican issued no opinion on whether Fitzgerald was guilty or innocent.
Zubik told the Tribune-Review the person who reported the alleged sexual crime “was very believable in what he offered as an allegation ... but at the same time, so was Father Fitzgerald in saying that it didn't happen.”
Fitzgerald, whose last assignment was pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Conway, has been on administrative leave and prohibited from administering sacraments or identifying himself as a priest since July 31, 2014. He could not be reached for comment.
Fitzgerald continues to deny committing any acts of sexual abuse, the diocese said.
Zubik said he granted an early-retirement request from Fitzgerald, who once served as chaplain at Pittsburgh International Airport and an Air National Guard station.
“He (volunteered to retire) because of a sensitivity to where we are as a society,” Zubik said.
When alerted to the allegation in 2014 , diocesan officials suspended Fitzgerald's ability to do ministry or dress in priest garments and placed Fitzgerald in a temporary residence.
The diocese issued a news release and reported the accusation to the district attorneys of Allegheny and Lawrence counties, where the alleged abuse reportedly happened.
In September, the state Attorney General's Office subpoenaed the Pittsburgh diocese for records dating to 1947 to be used in a grand jury investigation into possible child sexual abuse.
The diocese turned over everything it had, Zubik said, adding that he would cooperate with investigators to help address “the ongoing need to protect children from abuse.”
State investigators made similar inquiries into several dioceses statewide following a grand jury report that accused nearly 50 priests of molesting hundreds of children over decades in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.
Anyone with information about abuse can call 911, reach the diocesan assistance coordinator at 1-888-808-1235 or call the Pennsylvania State Abuse Hotline at 1-800-932-0313.
Beaver County, PA
Very sick elementary school teacher
found guilty of child sex abuse
By MALAIKA FRALEY
OAKLAND — An Alameda County jury on Wednesday found a former Fremont elementary school teacher guilty of 13 felonies for sexually abusing two male students in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Frank Montenegro, a 53-year-old Hayward native, risks being sentenced to prison for the rest of his life under the guilty verdicts announced Wednesday afternoon after less than two days of jury deliberations.
Montenegro befriended the family of one of the victims when he was an 8-year-old student at Blacow Elementary. Soon after becoming involved in the boy’s life, Montenegro began regularly raping him. The abuse continued through when the boy was 10 and placed in Montenegro’s fifth-grade special education class.
The other victim described being sexually abused by Montenegro when he was 10 and in Montenegro’s summer school class at Blacow. The sexual abuse would occur during recess and lunch breaks after Montenegro would separate him from the rest of his classmates.
It was during that victim’s testimony last month that Montenegro was accused by the prosecutor of masturbating in court. Montenegro was also accused of masturbating during jury selection but denied doing so on both occasions.
Montenegro fled to Mexico in 2001 after police obtained a warrant for his arrest. He spent 14 years in hiding before he was captured by the FBI during a foot chase and struggle in L.A. in 2015.
He is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Kevin Murphy on June 2.
Friday, 24 March 2017
Former Penn State president Graham Spanier walks from the Dauphin County Courthouse Friday in Harrisburg, Pa. Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up suspected child sex abuse in 2001 by Jerry Sandusky, whose arrest a decade later blew up into a major scandal for the university and led to the firing of beloved football coach Joe Paterno.
MATT ROURKE , THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
By MARK SCOLFORO / The Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up child sexual abuse allegations in 2001 against Jerry Sandusky, whose arrest a decade later blew up into a major scandal for the university and led to the firing of beloved football coach Joe Paterno.
The jury found Spanier guilty of one misdemeanor count of child endangerment over his handling of a complaint against the retired assistant football coach but acquitted him of conspiracy and a second child endangerment count.
Spanier, 68, showed no emotion when the verdict was read after 13 hours of deliberations. He could get up to five years in prison. His lawyer said he will appeal.
The trial centered on how Spanier and two other university administrators handled a complaint by graduate coaching assistant Mike McQueary, who said he reported seeing Sandusky sexually molesting a boy in a team shower in 2001. The three officials told Sandusky he could not bring children onto the campus anymore but did not report the matter to police or child welfare authorities.
Sandusky was not arrested until 2011, after an anonymous tip led prosecutors to investigate the shower incident. He was convicted the next year of sexually abusing 10 boys and is serving 10 to 30 years behind bars. At least four victims at Sandusky’s trial said they were molested after 2001.
“Evil in the form of Jerry Sandusky was allowed to run wild,” prosecutor Patrick Schulte told the jury.
The scandal sent shockwaves through Penn State. It led to the ouster of both Spanier and Paterno and resulted in the school paying out more than $90 million to settle claims by over 30 Sandusky accusers. In addition, the NCAA fined Penn State $48 million and briefly erased more than 100 of Paterno’s football victories from the record books.
The Hall of Fame coach was never charged with a crime. He died of cancer in 2012 at age 85.
Another prosecutor, Laura Ditka, said Spanier was “convicted for all the children who came to Penn State after what Mike McQueary saw that night.”
Two of Spanier’s former lieutenants, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment charges a week ago and testified against Spanier. But all three denied they were told the encounter in the shower was sexual in nature.
“The verdict, their words and pleas indicate a profound failure of leadership,” Penn State said in a statement. “And while we cannot undo the past, we have re-dedicated ourselves and our university to act always with the highest integrity, in affirming the shared values of our community.”
The prosecution’s key evidence included notes and email exchanges in which the three debated what to do after McQueary’s report.
Spanier approved a plan to tell the retired coach to stop bringing children to athletic facilities and to inform The Second Mile, a charity for at-risk youth that Sandusky founded.
At one point, the administrators planned to inform the state Department of Public Welfare. Instead, Spanier approved putting that on hold, and the agency was never contacted. That decision formed the heart of the case against him.
“The only downside for us is if the message isn’t ‘heard’ and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it,” Spanier told Curley and Schultz in 2001 in the email exchange. He called the plan “humane and a reasonable way to proceed.”
Spanier’s attorney, Sam Silver, said the case involved judgment calls by the administrators. He said there was no evidence of a crime by Spanier.
Ditka said during closing arguments that the three university leaders wanted to protect the university’s reputation at the expense of children.
“They took a gamble,” she told the jury. “They weren’t playing with dice. They were playing with kids.”
A report commissioned by the university and conducted by former FBI Director Louis Freeh concluded that Paterno and the three others hushed up the allegations against Sandusky for fear of bad publicity.
Freeh released a statement Friday night blasting the men and saying he was “very saddened once again for the many victims.”
“Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Timothy Curley were the most powerful men who ran the Pennsylvania State University. Today, they are convicted criminals,” he wrote. “And Joe Paterno’s once iconic legacy is forever marred by his own decision to do nothing when he had the chance to make a real difference.”
He said the conviction completely confirms and verifies the findings of his report. He also called for current Penn State President Eric Barron and several board members to step down, saying they are “more concerned about bringing back a bronze statue than worrying about the multiple child victims who have forever been so grievously harmed.” He was apparently referring to a statue of Paterno that was removed in 2012.
Just one day after reporting a Shock Rise in Child Sex Abuse in Greater Manchester, comes this disturbing news. It certainly looks like Britain is losing the fight against sex abuse and child sex abuse in spectacular fashion.
© Sigit Pamungkas / Reuters
Britain has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of alleged human trafficking victims reported by local councils.
The latest statistics released by the National Crime Agency (NCA) seen by the Independent reveal that in 2015, local councils referred 306 people to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), the UK’s method for identifying victims of human trafficking and modern slavery.
This marks an almost 80 percent increase on the previous year.
Greater Manchester leads the way again
Some cities saw a very clear spike in the number reported human trafficking victims. Greater Manchester experienced a 197 percent increase.
Despite the noticeable increase in reported cases of abuse, there are still up to 13,000 victims of human trafficking in the UK, according to the government.
Modern-day slaves are forced into various activities, from prostitution to unpaid work in factories and nail bars. They are often vulnerable individuals who are dependent on their captor in some way, and a disproportionate number are foreign citizens residing in the UK illegally, usually trafficked by their abusers.
The NCA report states that there were victims from 102 different countries, though Albanian, Vietnamese, and Nigerian nationals are the most common. People from Sudan make up the fastest growing category of modern slavery victims.
The main obstacle in dealing with human trafficking is the apparent “hidden nature” of the crime.
In response, the Local Government Association (LGA), a group that represents 370 local councils, urged the British public to be more aware of human trafficking in order to prevent criminal gangs from exploiting vulnerable foreign workers.
“Modern day slavery is a rising threat to our communities, and because of its hidden nature, is a major concern,” Simon Blackburn, the head of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said.
“We want to encourage everyone to report suspicious behavior which may indicate exploitation is happening in their area, such as concerns over the minimum wage, and working and living conditions.
“Tip-offs from communities can help councils work with partners to better tackle slavery and exploitation. A simple phone call could make a world of difference to people living wretched lives at the hands of heartless gangmasters,” Blackburn added.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd recently announced the creation of an £11mn ($13.7 million) fund that aims to deal with the proliferation of human trafficking.
Similarly, British Prime Minister Theresa May called modern slavery “the greatest human rights issue of our time.”
Actually, not even close. Child sex abuse if far and away the worst human rights issue of our time and probably most of all-time.
One of the most recent cases of modern slavery was uncovered last month, when 16 women were released from a trafficking ring operating in Glasgow.
The victims were smuggled from Slovakia and forced into slave labor, including prostitution and domestic servitude.
Trafficking ring which 'sold teenagers and women for £10k' busted in Govanhill
Hannah Rodger, Senior Reporter
A TRAFFICKING ring which sold teenagers and women for as much as £10,000 has been busted in Glasgow, say police.
Women who it’s suspected were raped, abused and forced to work as prostitutes were led to safety prior to the major police raid in Govanhill.
Dozens of officers from Police Scotland’s Specialist Crime Division and Europol targeted four flats in Govanhill yesterday as part of a three year long operation into trafficking and exploitation.
Two flats on Allison Street, one on Langside Road and another on Calder Street were raided by 70 officers around 8.45am and three potential victims were found inside along with their alleged traffickers.
A further 13 suspected victims, aged between 18 and 25, had already been helped to safety by police ahead of yesterday’s sting from across the UK, including in Glasgow.
Five people have been arrested in connection with the raid, dubbed Operation Synapsis, which has been in development since 2014 and spans the length of the UK.
Two Slovakian women, aged 40 and 25, two Slovakian men aged 58 and 28, and a Nepalese man aged 35, were taken into police custody yesterday and have subsequently been arrested.
They are expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court today.
Police claim that Slovakian women as young as 18 were trafficked to the UK by bus and plane, having been promised a better life and work.
When they arrived they were allegedly sold for between £3000 and £10,000 as part of a sham marriage scheme.
Their buyers, mainly men from Pakistan, wanted EU citizenship so they could live and work in Europe, and bought the women to become their wives.
Some of the victims, who weren’t sold immediately, were prostituted, raped and abused while others were abused by their purchasers.
Many have been left deeply traumatised by what they have experienced, with some choosing to stay in the UK and others returning to their families in Slovakia after escaping their abusers.
Officers have previously helped other suspected female victims of the trafficking ring, ranging from 18 years old to their mid 20s, by referring them to support organisations in Glasgow and across the country.
Police Scotland’s Specialist Crime Division, the National Human Trafficking unit, financial crime and specialist officers from the Rape Taskforce, Europol, Immigration Enforcement, Glasgow City Council’s social work department and Slovakian police were all involved in the Govanhill raid.
Crews from the council’s Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA), which helps victims of sex trafficking, were also on hand to support any victims recovered at the scene while members of the public were given letters and advice on how to spot the signs of trafficking.
At the same time, hit squads from Greater Manchester police were targeting homes south of the border as part of the same operation, with the trafficking ring thought to extend to several areas in Britain.
The European Court of Justice in the Hague had to grant Police Scotland permission to form a joint investigation with the Slovakian police force and the Metropolitan police before they could work together on targeting traffickers in both the UK and abroad.
Detective Inspector Steven McMillan, the operation’s Senior Investigating Officer, told the Evening Times the raid was the first of two planned stings.
Police Scotland officers are planning to travel to England next week to target traffickers thought to be involved in the same network.
He said the trafficking victims are often women who “have come from an impoverished area, they have low levels of intelligence and are gullible.”
DI McMillan explained: “There is no conversation about marriage before they get here.
“They arrive in whatever house they end up in and at least two or three males enter.
“[They] have a conversation that they don’t understand as it’s in English or sometimes in Urdu, and it’s the case of ‘You’re with him. He’s got your identity document. You’re going to marry him now.’
“My own view on it is it’s financial. They are treating these girls as a commodity. They can recruit them, it costs them nothing apart from a flight or a bus ticket.
“The original purpose of the trafficking seems to have been the sham marriage but many of these women have been forced in to prostitution, they have been raped, they have been subject to abuse that would never have happened if they hadn’t been trafficked in the first place.
“Very quickly they will move them on and in the cases where they haven’t these girls have been forced in to prostitution, they have that element of control of over them and are still recouping the money
“When you’re speaking to the girls and hearing their story, it’s not one or two clients a night. It’s a procession. It’s absolutely horrible.”
DI McMillan said the force is committed to protecting the public and tackling human trafficking, and has appealed for help from Glasgow residents.
He said: “Any information at all is welcome. We would rather investigate information and find out it’s nothing than receive no information at all.”
Anyone with information on suspected trafficking or labour exploitation is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 0121 700, or they can contact the Modern Slavery Human Trafficking helpline on 08000 121 700.
Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Dozens of people have been charged with the sexual exploitation of teenage girls in a West Yorkshire town after police investigated historic allegations of abuse.
The 27 men and two women have been charged with a catalogue of offences including human trafficking, child abduction, false imprisonment, threats to kill, rape, inciting a child into prostitution, supply of class A drugs and making indecent images of children.
Police today said the allegations against the defendants related to non-recent sexual offences, which took place in the Huddersfield area between 2004 and 2011.
The 18 female victims were aged between 11 and 17 years old at the time the offences took place.
All those charged have been released on police bail and will appear at Huddersfield Magistrates' Court on April 12.
The majority of the defendants are in their late 20s or 30s, with the youngest aged 25 and the oldest aged 55.
All but three of those charged still live in Huddersfield, with the remaining three living in Bradford, Manchester and Dudley.
The number of child sex offences recorded by police in Greater Manchester rose to 3,210 last year – an average of nearly nine a day.
Shock figures obtained by the NSPCC show police recorded crimes against children that included rape, sexual assault, and sexual exploitation.
Across the UK, the total rose to a record 55,507 in 2015/16,
which was an average of 152 a day.
In Greater Manchester 1,022 were recorded against children aged 10 and under, while 251 of these crimes were perpetrated against children four and under, some of whom would be too young to even attend primary school.
The NSPCC believes a number of reasons could explain the dramatic increase:
l Police forces improving recording methods;
2 Survivors feeling more confident in disclosing abuse following high-profile cases; and
3 Online grooming becoming a major problem with predators reaching multiple children.
The total number of sex offences committed is unknown, as more children may not have come forward because they are frightened, embarrassed, or do not realise that they have been abused.
To cope with the numbers of children coming forward the NSPCC is calling for specialist training for police investigating online child abuse, rehabilitation for child sex offenders, and investment in early intervention services to help children recover.
NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said: “This steep rise lays bare just how extensive this appalling crime against children has become, claiming multiple victims every hour, some of whom are yet to say their first word.
Sexual abuse can shatter a child’s life and leave them feeling ashamed, depressed, or even suicidal.
“Now, more than ever, victims need help as soon as possible to help them recover from their ordeals and go on to lead full and happy lives. Government must commit funds to early intervention that better help these children who through no fault of their own are enduring so much pain.”
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Teenagers plead guilty to sharing nude photos using online account under new law in effect 2 years ago after Rehtaeh Parsons' suicideBy Angela MacIvor, CBC News
The sixth accused plans to plead guilty, but he was unable to be in court today, according to his lawyer. (Brett Ruskin/CBC)
Five of the six young men accused of sharing intimate images of 20 local high school girls on Nova Scotia's South Shore have pleaded guilty, closing one of Canada's largest prosecutions involving children under a law that came into force two years ago.
The sixth teenager was not in Bridgewater provincial court on Wednesday to enter a plea, but his lawyer Geoff Franklin told CBC News his client intends to plead guilty.
The Crown said he's pleased with the outcome, given two weeks had been set aside for a trial.
"This is going to mean that we don't have to subject the victims in this matter to the court process, which can have a great amount of stress on them," said Peter Dostal.
"Now that we can simply direct our attention toward the penalty phase. That's a pleasing development for us."
The six were charged following a year-long investigation by Bridgewater police in response to complaints from school officials. Officers seized a number of electronic devices — mainly cellphones.
According to court documents, several female students said they had sent nude photos, but had no idea they were being shared. The photos were initially sent through texts and the social media site Snapchat, according to the documents.
Then the police investigation revealed the existence of two Dropbox accounts that were created in the spring of 2015. Dropbox is an online file-hosting service.
The first account had approximately 60 nude and suggestive photos, with five people accessing its contents, according to the documents.
A second account had most of the same images, with four people able to access it. Both accounts were deleted about a month before the principal of Bridgewater Junior Senior High School notified police in May 2015.
Child porn charges dropped
The six teenagers also faced charges of possession and distribution of child pornography, but Dostal said those charges were dropped.
"The charge of intimate images was the one that best fit the circumstances of this case, so with that concession on the part of the defence we were satisfied with those guilty pleas," he said.
Four of the accused are 15 years old now and two are 18. They were all youths when they committed the offences in 2015, and their identities are protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
The boys have agreed to attend educational training, similar to restorative justice.
"We made the decision to keep this within the court system and we think that's necessary because of the seriousness of these allegations," said Dostal.
"The programming itself is designed to recognize the intimate connection that these allegations and these offences have had with the relatively small community of Bridgewater Junior and Senior High School."
Crown attorney Peter Dostal said he's pleased the victims won't have to go through the court process now that guilty pleas have been entered. (CBC)
"We'll find out how they respond to that programming, and depending on how they respond, that will likely inform our position. So the ball is in their court, and we do hope they're not simply saying they are remorseful and they can actually show it," he said.
"Once we have those results, we will be able to make an informed position for the judge."
The teenagers will return to court on July 31 for sentencing.
Police have said more than 20 female victims were targeted in the case and most of them were students who attended Bridgewater Junior Senior High School.
In some cases, police say, the boys took and shared photos of themselves in order to get pictures in return. Some girls learned about the Dropbox accounts and later turned over their phones to school officials.
The names of the accused and the girls who appear in the photos are protected by a court order, but police say all of the girls involved lived or have lived in the Bridgewater area.
Distribution of intimate images without consent is a relatively new law, which came into force in May 2015, designed to combat illegal sharing of images.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has warned that undocumented victims of sex crimes might not report them to the police, out of fear that deportations are on the rise under the Trump administration.
During a press conference Tuesday, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said that there is a "strong correlation" between the dramatic drop in violent crime being reported by Latinos and fears of deportation under President Donald Trump’s increased immigration enforcement policies.
According to LAPD crime statistics, there has been a 10 percent decline in reports of spousal abuse and a 25 percent decline of reported rapes among Latino residents compared to the same time last year. Similar decreases were not seen by other ethnic groups in the statistics.
“While there is no direct evidence that the decline is related to concerns within the Hispanic community regarding immigration, the Department believes deportation fears may be preventing Hispanic members of the community from reporting when they are victimized,” a statement from the LAPD says.
At the press conference, Beck said he wants to “reiterate the importance of reporting crime to the LAPD and assure the community the focus of our investigations is to create a safer community for everyone,” according to the statement released by the LAPD.
“Imagine, a young woman, imagine your daughter, your sister, your mother … not reporting a sexual assault, because they are afraid that their family will be torn apart,” Beck said at the press conference, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Beck was joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who also signed an executive directive entitled, “Standing with Immigrants: A City of Safety, Refuge, and Opportunity for All” that day. The directive expands protections for immigrants and prohibits law enforcement from using public resources to cooperate with federal civil immigration enforcement unless legally required to do so.
In February, Garcetti, along with two other city officials, sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), asking them to stop introducing themselves as police. The letter claimed that ICE was undermining the trust built between immigrant communities and local law enforcement.
The statements from Garcetti and the LAPD echo what activists have been warning about Trump’s immigration policies – when immigrants fear deportation, they lose trust in the police and think twice before reporting a crime.
“We have entire communities of people feeling like it’s no longer safe or feasible for them to report crime,” said Jacquie Marroquin, director of programs for the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, told the Huffington Post.
At the beginning of March, a coalition of more than 560 groups joined together to send a letter to ICE and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), saying the recent immigration policies “fail to protect immigrant victims of crime, reduce the likelihood of immigrant victims or witnesses reporting crimes, empower traffickers and abusers, contravene existing protections afforded by law, and create unprecedented fear for immigrant families and communities.”
However, Jessica Vaughan, of the Center for Immigration Studies, says that Beck’s claims are "extremely speculative" and questioned the correlation between a drop in reported crimes and the fears of deportation.
"This seems to be somehow politically motivated to try to get people to think increased enforcement is causing problems in the community," Vaughan told the Associated Press. "I think it is really a stretch to connect this decline with perceptions of increased immigration enforcement."
ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice also refuted Beck’s claims, saying that the real problem comes from local law enforcement refusing to follow immigration laws.
“The inference by Los Angeles officials that the agency’s execution of its mission is undermining public safety is outrageous and wrongheaded,” Kice said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“Rather than transferring convicted criminal aliens to ICE custody as requested, agencies, including the Los Angeles Police Department, are routinely releasing these offenders back onto the street to potentially reoffend, and their victims are often other members of the immigrant community,” she added.
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Trial begins for Penn State Pres Spanier - Pennsylvania
Wichita Falls senior charged with CSA of 5 & 7 y/o - Texas
60 year sentence for Harlingen pedophile - Texas
Salvation Army sued for hiring known pedophile - So. Carolina
Vegas Christian group home leader charged with CSA - Nevada
130 sentence recommended for CSA victim's godfather - Missouri
Birmingham man charged with 1st degree sodomy - Alabama
Ex-Penn State president now on trial in Sandusky child sex abuse scandal
Prosecutors say Spanier's failures after hearing Sandusky
to continue to abuse boysThe Associated Press
Former Penn State president Graham Spanier walks to the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa., on Monday. Spanier faces charges that he failed to report suspected child sex abuse in the last remaining criminal case in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. (Matt Rourke/The Associated Press)
Prosecutors preparing to lay out their case against Penn State's former president say two of his ex-top lieutenants are among those who could take the stand.
Opening statements are scheduled to get underway Tuesday in the long-delayed criminal trial, in which Graham Spanier faces charges of child endangerment and conspiracy for how he handled child sex abuse complaints about Jerry Sandusky more than 15 years ago.
The two sides will make their openings after four alternates are chosen for the jury. On Monday, seven women and five men were chosen for the main jury panel after questioning of prospective jurors was done in secret.
The attorney general's office's witness list includes two former Penn State officials who took plea deals last week – former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley.
It also includes a former Penn State lawyer, the onetime head of a charity for children founded by Sandusky, police and someone described only as "a confidential witness." Another potential witness is Mike McQueary, a graduate assistant coach who reported seeing Sandusky shower with a boy in 2001.
The trial is expected to last about a week.
Spanier was forced out shortly after Sandusky, a longtime assistant football coach, was charged with child molestation in 2011.
Spanier, 68, faces felony charges. Schultz and Curley had faced identical charges before they pleaded guilty last week to a single misdemeanour count of child endangerment, and await sentencing.
The charges stem from their handling of the 2001 report from McQueary that Sandusky had apparently molested a boy in a team shower. Prosecutors say their failure to report that to authorities allowed Sandusky to continue to abuse boys and also endangered others.
Spanier has said that Curley and Schultz characterized the incident in the shower as horseplay and not any form of child abuse. He denies any wrongdoing. Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys and is serving 30 to 60 years in prison. He insists he's innocent.
Perez faces new child sexual abuse charge
Patrick Johnston , Times Record News
A Wichita Falls man set to begin his trial next month on six counts of child sexual abuse is facing an additional charge.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin April 10 for Antonio Parra Perez, 68, in the 89th District Court. He now is indicted on four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and three counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact in connection with two victims, ages 5 and 7.
Perez was arrested Monday evening by Wichita Falls police on a felony county warrant for a sealed indictment on the fourth count of child sexual assault, which was added by a re-indictment of the case last week by a grand jury.
According to court documents:
On June 5, 2014, detectives with the WFPD were contacted by Child Protective Services about possible sexual abuse by Perez on two children in his home.
During a forensic interview at Patsy's House, a 5-year-old girl said Perez would take her downstairs at his residence and touch her inappropriately and perform other sexual acts. A 7-year-old girl said Perez would take her to his downstairs bedroom or computer room, lock the door and perform sexual acts with her.
The investigators said both victims gave several specific details of different acts of sexual abuse they wouldn't know about at that age if they hadn't experienced them.
No information was available Tuesday afternoon about the new count of aggravated sexual assault.
Harlingen Man Sentenced in
Child Sexual Abuse Case
HARLINGEN - A 27-year-old Harlingen man will spend more than half a century in prison for sexually abusing a child.
Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz said the Rio Grande Valley Child Exploitation Investigations Task Force caught Kevin Kaster downloading child pornography.
During the investigation, detectives also uncovered the abuse of a child.
Kaster was convicted and sentenced to 60 years for continuous sexual abuse of a child and 20 years for indecency with a child with sexual contact.
He will not be eligible for parole and will have to serve every day of his sentence.
Well, I think he can abandon plans for a post-prison career. That should keep a few children safe.
Salvation Army accused of hiring a
known sexual predator
Attorneys in Charleston, S.C. have filed two separate lawsuits on behalf of unnamed plaintiffs alleging that the local Salvation Army knowingly hired a sexual predator who proceeded to abuse them.
According to the suit, filed in Charleston County court by the firm of attorney Mullins McLeod, the two Jane Does were “repeatedly sexually assaulted over the course of approximately five years starting at the age of four years old while attending Sunday school and childcare at The Salvation Army’s (highway) 61 location in Charleston, South Carolina.”
According to McLeod’s firm, the charitable organization hired confessed child sex abuser Armando Gonzalez despite him allegedly having “a documented criminal history of sexually assaulting and abusing minor children.”
Such a hiring would be in violation of state law.
“No childcare facility may employ a person, engage the services of, or knowingly allow a person in the childcare facility during normal hours of operation, who is required to register under the sex offender registry act,” states the S.C. Code of Laws (§ 63-13-1010).
“My firm has spent over a year researching this billion-dollar organization in preparation to file this lawsuit,” McLeod said in a statement announcing the action. “We believe we will prove the organization and its officers’ conduct is very different than what they portray to the public.”
In fact, McLeod claims the Salvation Army has “a long, checkered past of sexual abuse within its ranks.”
As does virtually every large organization where children are cared for. This is why a Congressional Inquiry is long overdue! Where children are gathered, there you will find perverts and pedophiles.
According to a statement released by the Salvation Army of Charleston, the organization took immediate action when it was first informed of the allegations – and continues to “refine” its safety practices.
“Upon hearing the report, the Salvation Army corps officer immediately contacted law enforcement and encouraged the family to seek medical attention at the local hospital,” the organization said in a statement. “In addition, The Salvation Army immediately banned the accused church member and family from Salvation Army properties and programs pending the outcome of the police investigation. The Salvation Army fully cooperated with law enforcement as they investigated the matter.”
The organization further stated that Gonzalez was “a member of The Salvation Army church but was never employed by The Salvation Army nor did he serve as a Sunday School teacher.”
Former Las Vegas foster parent faces charges
of child sexual abuse
By RACHEL HERSHKOVITZ
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
A former Christian mentorship group leader is suspected of sexually abusing a foster child in his care, Las Vegas police said.
Grant William Claycomb, 51, faces four counts of molestation and one charge of sexual assault of a child younger than 14, the Metropolitan Police Department said.
According to police arrest reports, the abuse occurred from June to November 2015. Claycomb denied the allegations, the report said, but declined to take a polygraph test.
The report said Claycomb has fostered about 60 children in his home over several years. How many years was not specified.
Both Claycomb and his wife lost their licenses as foster parents in November 2015, Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin said.
Claycomb has been booked at Clark County Detention Center, where he is being held without bail. The Las Vegas church affiliated with the Royal Rangers, an international organization committed to Christian mentorship, has suspended Claycomb from working as a leader, the arrest report said. Metro redacted the church’s name and location.
KC man convicted of child sex abuse should get 130 years, Clay County jury says
BY GLENN E. RICE
A Clay County jury has recommended that a man convicted of first-degree sodomy and child molestation be sentenced to 130 years in prison.
Jurors convicted Alfredo Campos-Larios, 55, of Kansas City following the criminal trial held last week in Clay County Circuit Court.
The criminal charges stemmed from incidents that happened between July 17, 2013, and Sept. 7, 2014, and involved a child younger than 14 years old.
The case was among dozens handled by the Kansas City Police Crimes Against Children Unit. An internal review found that the unit had “severely mishandled” 150 criminal cases involving child sex abuse, rape and molestation.
That prompted the Police Department to launch a wide-ranging internal review that resulted in the suspension of seven of the unit’s eight detectives tasked with investigating child sex abuse. Those detectives were later reassigned to the department’s patrol division.
The internal review has not been completed.
Clay County prosecutors said Campos-Larios was a longtime friend of the child’s family and was considered to be the child’s “godfather.” Campos-Larios used the trust he gained with the family over a 25-year period to gain access to the child and commit the sex crimes, prosecutors said.
The personnel records of the detectives who investigated the Campos-Larios case were sealed.
Campos-Larios is scheduled to be sentenced on May 5, according to court records.
Man indicted on child sex charges in Shelby County
By Carol Robinson AL.com
A Birmingham man arrested last year has now been indicted on felony child sex abuse charges.
A Shelby County grand jury issued the three count indictment against 36-year-old Shane Edwin Gable earlier this month, but those records weren't made public until Tuesday. Gable was arrested last summer and has been jailed since Aug. 2016 with bonds totaling $270,000.
He is charged with one count of sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 and two counts of first-degree sodomy. According to court records, the sexual contact happened on May 1, 2016 and Aug. 17, 2016.
The first-degree sodomy charges stem from "deviate sexual intercourse" that happened between May 2016 and July 2016, the records claim.
No trial date has yet been set.