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19-Year-Old Arrested For Human Trafficking In San Francisco

(San Francisco, CA) – A San Francisco man is facing 27 felony counts of human trafficking and pimping of a minor following a months-long investigation by local and federal law enforcement. District Attorney George Gaston announced the arrest of 19-year-old Kriz Mike Nunez in a news conference Thursday.

The investigation began in February when an undercover officer responded to an online ad for a 17-year-old girl he ended up meeting at a San Francisco hotel. She was safely rescued and officials identified Nunez as a suspect. They served search warrants that turned up drugs, cell phones, cash, and a handgun and Nunez was taken into custody.

Gascon says human trafficking cases are on the rise in the city, but adds that the department lacks the funds to fight the crimes. He is asking the Board of Supervisors for one-million dollars to fight human trafficking in the city. More than 500 cases were prosecuted in 2015 and Gascon says San Francisco is on par with New York in terms of the high rate of arrests and prosecutions. The ad in the Nunez case had been posted on Backpage.com, which was shut down by federal agents in April.

Human Trafficking Top Concern For Justice Department

(Washington, DC) – The Justice Department is looking to combat human trafficking. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrapped up a day-long summit yesterday, calling it a high priority for the department.

Sessions says, “The day I was sworn it as Attorney General, President Trump sent me an executive order to dismantle these transnational criminal organizations. It is a high priority of ours. You can be sure that this includes human trafficking groups.”

Sessions says a prime target is use of the internet as a tool for trafficking children. The Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports a nine-fold increase between 2010 and 2015 in suspected child sex trafficking, largely through internet use. The Attorney General says trafficking is another reason to boost security along the southern border. The conference brought together law enforcement officials, medical professionals and representatives from corporations like Facebook, UPS, Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola.

Human Trafficking: Atlanta Mom Buys Her Missing Teenager After Seeing Her Advertised On A Backpage Ad For Sex

(SL) – The sex trafficking problem rears its ugly head daily in Atlanta, GA. Kubiiki Pride is sharing her story through a documentary titled “I am Jane Doe” that was released on Netflix early this year.

Kubiiki’s daughter (called MA) sneaked out of the house one night to go to an end of the school year party and quickly found herself in trouble. The 13-year old left with a woman who she thought was going to take her home and ended up being kidnapped by the female trafficker.

Gone without a trace, after 270 days, Pride started looking online and said she was scrolling through Backpage.com when she came across online advertisement offering sex with her her daughter.

It was the escorts section of Backpage.com

According to the FBI, the average age that a girl is first recruited into prostitution or sex trafficking in the U.S. is 11-14 years-old.

The most recent numbers show sex trafficking in Georgia generated nearly $300 million a year.

4510EAF000000578-4952736-After_270_days_Pride_was_looking_on_Backpage_and_said_she_was_sc-a-35_1507225415602Pride says, “It was the third link from the top. It had stars and hearts, and it said young and new,’ she explained.

The Daily Mail reports, something about the stars and hearts caught her attention and she clicked it to find explicit photos of her daughter wearing only underwear and posing provocatively.

“I called and asked to purchase the services myself,” she said.  When her daughter was returned to her, she said she was addicted to drugs and had been horribly abused.

‘My daughter was stabbed and burned, her head shaved, and she was beaten,’ she said. She ran away two more times, both times being returned to her mother.

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‘I said why are you running away?’ Pride said in the documentary while choking back tears. ‘And she said, “Well mom I have to go and get these pills.”‘

The woman who trafficked MA was caught and sentenced to five years in prison in 2010, but the advertisement featuring explicit photos of the teen remained online.

‘Once I told her about all the pain and suffering I went through and that I wanted revenge, she also did,’ MA said in the documentary.

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