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Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 7:18:41 PM

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There's really no question I can ask about this story. I know this kind of thing still goes on, no matter what we do, or how enlightened we become. I could ask for opinions on how to stop this shit from going on, but better minds than mine can't find a solution. Maybe I just need to vent a little. This is going on right here in my very back yard, and it disgusts me.

Sisters' tale of being forced to work Palm Beach County strip clubs sheds light on human trafficking

Lured here from Honduras on false promises, two sisters who expected to clean houses or care for children instead found depravity and exploitation in the shadows of Palm Beach County's sex trade.

For most of a year, the young women were forced to dance for groping men in grimy nightclubs and to sell sex in a trailer park nearby, investigators said. They suffered invisibly until one of them got pregnant, and the FBI started an investigation.

In the months that followed, one of the people associated with the sisters' misery was held accountable.

Others were not.

The sisters came here one at a time, smuggled north from Honduras through Mexico and into Texas.

In conversations with the sisters' mother, Martinez agreed to pay coyotes about $7,000 for their passage, according to court documents. Martinez said the sisters would repay the debt by cleaning or baby-sitting.

In the spring of 2009, when the first woman, L.M., arrived at the Casa Del Monte trailer park near Forest Hill Boulevard and Haverhill Road, she found Martinez waiting with unexpected news.

Martinez handed L.M. a revealing outfit and some makeup. She told her she was going to dance at El Alacran, a Latin hotspot in a suburban West Palm Beach shopping center.

That first night, men groped L.M.'s breasts and grabbed between her legs. L.M. told Martinez she didn't want to work another shift. Martinez reminded the woman of her debt. If L.M. wouldn't pay, she said, then L.M.'s mother would. L.M. relented. When E.M. arrived that July, she also was pushed into working at the club.

"The girls were paid by the customers per dance and were forced to drink large amounts of alcohol," the FBI said in an affidavit. "If they refused, they would be punished by the management."

Fighting off urges to push the men away, the sisters worked Thursday through Sunday. They earned $150 a week plus tips. After each shift, Martinez pocketed the sisters' money, counting it toward their smuggling debt.

At the end of the night, the girls were forced to sell sex to club patrons, the FBI said.


Experts, including a retired U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent who created a law enforcement course on human trafficking, doubt that the Honduran sisters were the only women victimized at these and other clubs in Palm Beach County.

They said the sisters' case is only one example of a growing but often ignored problem in Florida, which is among the nation's top three destination states for trafficked men, women and children.

"I wouldn't be surprised if there were more women who were involved in this operation," said Giselle Rodriguez, state outreach coordinator for the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking. "Most of these scenarios, most of these sex trafficking cases, it's usually not one or two women. Usually there are a dozen involved."
Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 10:55:04 PM

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Just off the top of my little brain, we have made pot illegal and there is more money in keeping it illegal on both ends. The dealer has a higher asking price and the enforcement agencies get more money to fight the evil. In this case, the trafficking is a two fold issue/money maker, there is continuing uproar for a crack down on immigrants and prostitution is illegal. Enforcement agencies win on both ends, more money to INS/Homeland Security measures and along with the FBI, local vice units get more monies from their local, state and federal reserves. There is no money in the solution, but plenty in its treatment. Let alone that there are and will always be some sick bastards out there that forget they once had a mom.
Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 12:05:46 AM

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Where I live, the girls are from Thailand mainly, and they get sent to massage parlors and seedy strip clubs. They are told that they'll be travel agents and restaurant managers and other b.s. jobs they really have no shot at, but they and their families don't know that when they give the blessing for their daughters to go to the US. Then comes the rude awakening when they find out they live in a room on dirty mattresses with other girls just like them, fucking men for less than $200. If they refuse, they're told their families will be killed. So they do it, until they either pay back their passage cost to the employer or are no longer attractive enough to make money. One girl that I work with made it out of that situation okay, but most don't.

It's truly brutal, but so are the crime groups that run the whole operation- they are not to be fucked around with. They are powerful and they have eyes everywhere. In the meantime, the police here have bigger fish to fry, but even if they tried to bust the operators, their paperwork is nowhere to be found and they can't prove crime is taking place just because guys show up for 'relaxation' LOL. It's a serious deal, and I feel sorry for those girls- they live an unexpected cruel joke, every day.
Posted: Friday, September 03, 2010 1:05:24 PM

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Kudos to Nudie for highlighting what, to this somewhat jaded knight, is very old news. coffee

There's just no 'will' to stop it - much to the disappointment of many a police officer. The fear instilled within the 'victims' is far greater than society's willingness to help and protect them (preferring instead to worry about the perpetrators) and the public at large are so horrified by the whole trade that they prefer to ignore it. dontknow

Rent the movie 'Taken' starring Liam Neeson - fiction I know, but analyse your feelings, especially if you are a parent, as you watch. cussing

"Whoa, lady, I only speak two languages, English and bad English." - Korben Dallas, from The Fifth Element

"If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must man be of learning from experience?" - George Bernard Shaw
Posted: Friday, September 03, 2010 1:43:35 PM

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Need any further proof that this issue ranks pretty low on the radar of 'those' who we think should care the most?

US Pentagon declines to investigate HUNDREDS of purchases of child porn by 250 civilian and military employees.

A 2006 Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation into the purchase of child pornography online turned up more than 250 civilian and military employees of the Defense Department -- including some with the highest available security clearance -- who used credit cards or PayPal to purchase images of children in sexual situations.

But the Pentagon investigated only a handful of the cases, Defense Department records show.

The cases turned up during a 2006 ICE inquiry, called Project Flicker, which targeted overseas processing of child-porn payments. As part of the probe, ICE investigators gained access to the names and credit card information of more than 5,000 Americans who had subscribed to websites offering images of child pornography.

Many of those individuals provided military email addresses or physical addresses with Army or fleet ZIP codes when they purchased the subscriptions.

Obscenity is the last refuge of an inarticulate motherfucker.
Posted: Friday, September 03, 2010 9:53:56 PM

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In Kuala Lumpur I met a couple people who were trafficking people from Palestine into Malaysia. It's a horrible thing to know that is going on, and be absolutely powerless to do anything about it. Police were tipped off, but I think in the end nothing happened.
Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 7:55:01 PM

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This has come up a few times lately. The domestic trafficking is astounding. I was always under the impression it was foreign women from poorer places in the Asian area or the far Eastern European countries. I have been checking out more sites and reports ... and my heart hurts for these victims .... And I'd would so do torturous things to these fucking predators!


Contrary to a common assumption, human trafficking is not just a problem in other countries. Cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and some U.S. territories. Victims of human trafficking can be children or adults, U.S. citizens or foreign nationals, male or female.

According to U.S. government estimates, thousands of men, women, and children are trafficked to the United States for the purposes of sexual and labor exploitation. An unknown number of U.S. citizens and legal residents are trafficked within the country primarily for sexual servitude and, to a lesser extent, forced labor.

Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 9:12:18 AM

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NSU to host human trafficking symposium

The Civil War ended 145 years ago, but slavery in the form of human trafficking still exists in America and it's growing and lucrative in Florida.

Human trafficking is a $36 billion industry that trails only drug dealing in profitability among illicit trades, experts say.

On Friday and Saturday, a dozen scientists, advocates and survivors from Haiti, Liberia and the U.S. will approach the topic from many angles at a Human Trafficking Symposium. The event is presented by the Inter-American Center for Human Rights and hosted by Nova Southeastern University's Shepard Broad Law Center.

The symposium is free and open to the public. It will feature a traveling museum of exhibits about victims' experiences in Florida.
Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 11:16:56 PM

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Does this mean I have to release the young guatemalan boy I have chained up in my basement? confused1

God damn it!
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