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Re: Human Trafficking.
« Reply #240 on: September 04, 2020, 03:46:05 AM »
Lovie Smith’s son, Mikal, arrested on sex trafficking, prostitution charges
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Mikal Smith, the son of Illinois coach and former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, was arrested in Tempe, Arizona, on Thursday on multiple charges related to sex trafficking and a prostitution ring, according to multiple reports.

Smith, Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich tweeted out, is facing conspiracy, illegally conducting an enterprise, money laundering, pandering, prostitution, sex trafficking and threatening or intimidating charges.

He was arrested Thursday morning and booked into the Gilbert Chandler Jail, according to NBC 12. He is due in court Sept. 10.

Smith played briefly at the college level for Arizona in 1996, and then worked as an assistant coach under his father for four seasons with the Bears from 2009-2012. He rejoined his father in Tampa for a two-year stint as the Buccaneers’ safeties coach in 2014 after spending a year with the Cowboys. Lovie was fired after the 2015 season, which marked the last time either coached in the NFL.

Lovie has since taken a job with Illinois, where he was entering his fifth season.

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Re: Human Trafficking.
« Reply #241 on: November 24, 2020, 05:48:38 PM »
Young: Human traffickers using children
DARREN BAHAW (T&T NEWSDAY).


HUMAN traffickers may be using children to conceal their cargo of women being shipped to T&T for prostitution and other illegal activities, according to the Minister of National Security.

Speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday, Stuart Young said the use of children was a "typical red flag" in the crime of human trafficking. He said while children "pulled on the heart strings" of people, it was a trend law enforcement authorities are familiar.

Young said there has been a sustained effort to catch people involved in human trafficking and admitted that law enforcement authorities were complicit. He questioned how lawyers are able to get full lists of people detained, their passport numbers, ages and other information, while the suspects are in police custody and sometimes do not even have any identification on them.

"Who is providing those details," he asked. He guardedly admitted that several people were under investigation for human trafficking by the police and noted several police officers were charged and are before the courts.

He said there were number of minors in protective custody who are witnesses against accused human traffickers. Asked what was the extent of law enforcement involvement in human trafficking and what steps have been taken to remove them from active duty in the first instance and charge them for the criminal offence, Young said there were a "number of operations" under way to target some of the human traffickers and the Commissioner of Police had identified some police divisions as being complicit.

Young agreed that while human trafficking was not a new occurrence it had increased significantly and does not think only police officers were involved in the crime.

He said whoever was involved hopefully one day will be brought before the courts, be it politician, police, coast guard officer, defence force officer or immigration officer. Young said that officers can only be sanctioned and removed from active duty if they were charged.

In giving an update on the investigation into the Drugs Sou Sou probe, which involves a number of police officers and soldiers, the minister said he expected "certain things to happen soon."

He also noted that it was impossible to enforce physical distancing in prisons but separate facilities have been earmarked to house suspected cases. Young said while the Mercy Committee, which he chairs, had agreed to release eight prisoners who were convicted of murder the process had to be redone to allow the prisoners an opportunity to be heard in keeping with a decision of the Privy Council.

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Re: Human Trafficking.
« Reply #242 on: January 20, 2021, 05:36:05 PM »
Venezuela cracks human-trafficking ring linked to T&T
GREVIC ALVARADO (T&T NEWSDAY).


The Attorney General of Venezuela, Tarek William Saab, reported on Monday that the Venezuelan authorities had managed to dismantle a human-trafficking network for sexual exploitation connected with T&T.

At a press conference in Caracas, Saab reported that ten people had been held.

He said the investigation was initiated when a mother complained that her daughter had run away with other young people to be taken to T&T to work as a prostitute.

Saab said: “The young woman called her mother and informed her that she no longer wanted to go to Trinidad, but that she was not allowed to return."He said the phone call was traced and the young women were located in Tucupita, Delta Amacuro state.

He reported that three young women and seven adults were rescued. Eight people were detained, and another two who were implicated were arrested – one in Lara State and the other in La Guaira.

One of the detainees was in charge of co-ordinating the logistics of capturing and transporting the victims.

Saab said the alleged ringleaders of the scheme were in T&T, and the Venezuelan government was awaiting the "co-operation of the Trinidadian authorities for their capture and extradition."

The detainees will be charged with trafficking in persons and criminal association.

Contacted for comment, National Security Minister Stuart Young said while he was not aware of the incident, T&T's authorities would continue to do their part in fighting human trafficking.

"I am on record as saying that human trafficking and human smuggling is taking place between Venezuela and T&T.

"We are targeting these illegal activities and will continue to do so."

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