The victims were compelled to perform sex acts 12 hours a day and were subjected to beatings, rape and forced abortions, they said.
S.: One 17-year-old solicited on Facebook allowed [Justin] Strom to pick her up in his car at her home, but when he spelled out what he expected, she told Strom she wanted out.In response, he "slammed her head against the window of the vehicle," forced her to ingest cocaine, and slashed her arm with a knife, according to court documents.– NBC News, 2011 Federal and local investigators swept through the Twin Cities area Monday and arrested more than 20 suspects in an extensive human trafficking investigation involving Somali gangs, sources confirmed. An indictment against 29 suspects was unsealed Monday morning, alleging that members of Somali gangs based in the Twin Cities victimized at least four women -- three of whom were younger than 15 at the time -- by turning them into prostitutes.– Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2010 Brooklyn prosecutors have busted Bloods gang members on charges of running several sex trafficking rings that recruited girls from junior high schools, the Daily News has learned.He promised her marriage and a good job, and then brought her to the United States.
But when she arrived in the Atlanta area, he physically abused her and forced her to work as a prostitute.Accurate and comprehensive data on sex trafficking is scarce due to the covert nature of these crimes.   Many aspects of this issue can only be measured through surveys, but the surveys often involve nonrandom convenience samples that may not be representative of broader populations. Thus, Just Facts uses such data critically, citing the best-designed surveys we find, and detailing their inner workings in our footnotes.Furthermore, studies on sex trafficking are sometimes based on small sample sizes, and hence, the margins of uncertainty can be significant, even within these convenience samples.Prostitutes as young as 15 were routinely beaten and deprived of food if they didn't earn 0 a day selling their bodies, the Brooklyn district attorney's office found. Consuelo Carreto Valencia, a 4-foot-10, 61-year-old grandmother, pleaded guilty in July to smuggling dozens of women from Mexico and violently coercing them to perform sex acts.Prosecutors said that Valencia was the matriarch of an extensive prostitution ring based in Mexico.– Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 14, 2013 [T]hree 17-year-old girls were recruited by acquaintances to have sex for money with men in the area. These were the first important building blocks of a federal child-sex-trafficking case that would culminate this week with the arrest of Dontavious Mingel Blake and Tara Jo Moore, according to a complaint unsealed Friday in the West Palm Beach federal courthouse. According to the complaint, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children forwarded a tip to FBI agents in July 2012.