Miami sex, tourism industry lure human traffickers to area

Miami sex, tourism industry lure human traffickers to area


THE OFF-VAMP CLOSED. SPEEDS AT 43 MILES PER HOUR. Janine: INVESTIGATORS SAY MIAMI’S SEX AND TOURISM INDUSTRIES PART OF A REASON SOUTH FLORIDA IS A HOT BED OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, BUT THE CRIMES DON’T ALWAYS STAY WITHIN STATE LINES. LOCAL10 INVESTIGATE AMY VITERI TALKS WITH FEDERAL AGENTS WITH THE CHALLENGES TRIANGLING DOWN THESE CRIMINALS AND HOW THEY GET. OFF THE STREETS. WE HAVE ALL THE INGREDIENTS FOR JUST A DISASTROUS FORM OF TRAFFICKING. FOR ME THAT WAS A NIGHTMARE. IT WASN’T A FANTASY. Amy: CASH, TOKENS USE AS FOR SEX AND CONDOMS IN AIR FRESHENER ANSWERED. RIGHT HERE IN SOUTH FLORIDA. FEDERAL DATA RANK MIAMI IN THE TOP THREE CITIES FOR TRAFFICKING THAT’S NO SURPRISE TO DR. KATERINA ROSENBLAT AN AUTHOR FOR SEX EXPLOITATION SURVIVORS BECAUSE SHE IS ONE. I WAS KIDNAPPED AND DRUGGED AND LEFT FOR DEAD HEARINGS SHE SAID SHE WAS 14 WHEN A SUPPOSED FRIEND LURED HER INTO A SEX TRAFFICKING RING. THAT ALL HAPPENED HERE IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, BUT FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS SAY IT DOESN’T STOP HERE. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT GLOBAL ORGANIZED CRIME. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT TRANSCENDS BORDERS, IT TRANSCENDS STATES. Amy: ASSISTANT SPECIAL INVESTIGATOR IN CHARGE SAID THIS BUST OF A HUMAN TRAFFICKING RUNG IN 2013 SPANNED FLORIDA, GEORGIA AND THE CAROLINAS. IN DECEMBER MIAMI-DADE POLICE CHARGED TWO WOMEN WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND ARE STILL LOOKING FOR A MAN THEY SAY APPROACHED A WOMAN AT THE ROADWAY NIN IN NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE AND OFFERED WORK DOING HIS FRIEND’S HAIR. BUT ONCE INSIDE THE ROOM, POLICE SAY THE MAN THREATENED TO KILL HER, FORCED HER TO TAKE THE DRUG MOLLY AFTER SHE SAID SHE WAS PREGNANT. THE GROUP THEN PUT AN AD ONLINE AND IT’S MADE THE AM WOULD HAVE SECONDS WITH SEVERAL MEN FOR MONEY. YES. OUR OWN CHILDREN ARE VULNERABLE, OUR OWN PEOPLE ARE VULNERABLE. Amy: TRAFFICKING CASES OFTEN COUNT TESTIMONY OF SURVIVORS BUT MANY ARE TOO TRAUMATIZED TO PEAK OUT SO INVESTIGATORS FIND ANOTHER WAY. WHATEVER CHARGE WE CAN BRING AGAINST THEM, WE’RE GOING TO DO IT. Amy: THOSE CONVICTIONS ONE STEP FORWARD FOR SURVIVORS. THEY DON’T HAVE TO CARRY THIS

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