Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Upper Merion Township Chief Thomas Nolan announced the arrests of six men for patronizing prostitutes.
As New Jersey gears up for Sunday’s Super Bowl, authorities are shining a light on the darker side to the big game — human trafficking.
“We’re trying to look for that predator that’s preying on the vulnerable,” says Septa police chief Tom Nestel.
Elie Honig, director of the state’s Division of Criminal Justice, says cops won’t be the only ones with eyes peeled.
At a summit on human trafficking Friday in Trenton, the State Attorney General’s Office described efforts to step up enforcement, awareness, training and victim services.
The victims, indentified in court only as Minor 1, Minor 2, and Minor 3, were in their mid teens when they were lured into child prostitution.
Assistant US attorney Dan Velez says at its core, human trafficking is modern-day slavery “(that) involves the exploitation of people for either commercial sex or for forced labor.”
McIntyre, who was arrested following an investigation by the FBI and Pa. State Police, faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years.
Federal authorities have charged 13 people in a sex slave ring that forced young Mexican women into prostitution in New York and New Jersey.
Officials say this case is part of a concerted effort to crack down on the disturbingly common crime of human trafficking.
It’s been a top priority of Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, who equates the practice with modern day slavery.
Experts have expressed fear that Philadelphia’s location and accessible transporation systems could make it a hub for this illegal activity.
Local law enforcement officials say that unless steps are taken, Philadelphia is poised to become a major hub of human trafficking, in which victims are sold for sexual or other purposes.
A Philadelphia judge has imposed sentence in a human trafficking, theft, and abuse case, saying he simply can not imagine how the defendants, or any human beings, could inflict such cruel abuse on others.
A Philadelphia man has been sentenced to up to 30 years in prison as part of a plea deal for his role in a human trafficking and torture case.