Huny Badger RIGHT WING TRIBUNE–
Social Media is the # 1 “recruitment” tool used by these scumbags, especially on teen girls. Most parents are unaware of what their children do on social media and teens are unaware of the deadly predators hunting them.
“Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security.
“But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity. That’s why we must pursue an end to the scourge of human trafficking.
Today we take another key step towards that goal. The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report highlights the successes achieved and the remaining challenges before us on this important global issue.” – Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State
A Colorado man convicted of running a prostitution ring involving children and young adults has been sentenced to 472 years in prison, Breitbart reports.
A child sex trafficker in Colorado has been sentenced to 472 years in prison. It’s been said to be the longest sentence in a human trafficking case in US history, with prosecutors originally seeking 600 years.
Brock Franklin, 31, was sentenced Tuesday by Arapahoe County Judge Peter Michaelson. In March, an Arapahoe County jury found Franklin guilty of 30 counts of operating a prostitution ring that preyed on young girls and women.
Among the counts were violations of Colorado’s organized crime control act, charges of pimping a child, human trafficking and sexual assault.
“A 400-year sentence sends a strong message across the country that we’re not going to tolerate this kind of violence to women and vulnerable populations,” Janet Drake of the Colorado Attorney General’s office told Fox News.
Prosecutors said Franklin used drugs and violence to control young girls, routinely forced them to have sex with him, and sold their services online. The crimes played out at various hotels across the greater Denver metro area.
One of the nine female victims, Brehannah Leary, told COWX about the violence Franklin often used to keep the women in line.
“Every day the beatings, the name callings, the shavings of one’s head,” Leary said. “I can’t begin to even explain what he did to my life,” she told the court.
“He took so much from me, and I’m still fighting to get it back,” another victim told the judge during sentencing. “You have no idea the damage he has caused to the other women and myself.”
Franklin was originally indicted with six others by a grand jury in 2015. Five pleaded guilty to various crimes. Charges against one of the men were dismissed. In October, a judge determined that Franklin was a habitual offender, which led to sentencing enhancers kicking in.
Franklin’s defense team originally asked for the minimum sentence of 96 years behind bars, but victims and prosecutors pushed for more.
According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children.
Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including: forcing victims into prostitution, subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude and compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography.
Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year, according to the FBI.
Child trafficking victims, whether for labor, sex or organ trafficking, come from all backgrounds, include both boys and girls. They span a wide age range from 1 to 18 years old. Sex trafficking victims up to roughly 25 years old most often started as young as 14. Children are trafficked out of, or into the United States from all regions of the world and represent a variety of different races, ethnic groups and religions. They may be brought to the U.S. legally or smuggled in.
Trafficked children can be lured to the U.S. through the promise of school or work and promised the opportunity to send money back to their families. Children are also vulnerable to kidnappers, pimps, and professional brokers. Some children are even sold to traffickers by their families, who may or may not have an understanding of what will happen to the child. U.S. born children are also trafficked within the U.S., coming from any racial group, socio-economic background, and come from or trafficked within both city and rural areas.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports the percentage of child victims had risen in a 3 year span from 20 per cent to 27 per cent. Of every three child victims, two are girls and one is a boy.
Gender and age profile of victims detected globally: 59% Women – 14% Men – 17% Girls and 10% were Boys.
- 600,000 to 800,000 women, children and men bought and sold across international borders every year and exploited for forced labor or commercial sex (U.S. Government)
- When internal trafficking victims are added to the estimates, the number of victims annually is in the range of 2 to 4 million
- 50% of those victims are estimated to be children
- It is estimated that 76 percent of transactions for sex with underage girls start on the Internet
- 2 million children are subjected to prostitution in the global commercial sex trade (UNICEF)
- There are 20.9 Million victims of Trafficking World wide as of 2012
- 1.5 Million victims in the United States
Parents need to sit down with their children and discuss the very real world of Social Media and the predators that hunt them. Educate yourself and your children, do not be a victim!
Huny Badger is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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