Help catch a trafficker.

large-facebook-coverHelp Klein Frank Foundation raise funds to compile evidence against a child abuser, pimp, charity fraudster and human trafficker. All donations through Klein Frank Foundation a 501(c)(3) are tax deductible.

Investigative journalist Julie Bindel is requesting $10,000 to produce and distribute a 10 part podcast series entitled ‘Hiding in Plain Sight: The Life & Crimes of Dr John Davies’.  Please see details of her project here: https://www.byline.com/project/68 and this one-minute video here:

The total cost to complete this project is $10,000, which is purely for travel and accommodation to countries around the world in order to conduct interviews and investigate leads, recording equipment, studio time, administrative support, and data and voice file cleaning. Julie is not asking for any money for my salary, or anything beyond her basic travel and accommodation needs.

Brief Background

Ms. Bindel, a reporter for the Guardian, first began investigating John Davies in 1999.   Here is her story:

I was working as a researcher at a university in the UK, and was focusing on the human rights abuses of women and girls trafficked for the purposes of prostitution. I was told about John Davies, another Brit, by police officers who were attending a conference on the rights of asylum seekers and migrants. I soon realizedcropped-large-facebook-cover.jpg that he was a baby trafficker masquerading as a respectable academic. From that moment I kept a close eye on this man, and became increasingly determined to expose Davies for the crimes against women and children for which he has so far escaped justice.

 Davies began his criminal career selling the babies of women who had been raped during the Bosnian war, and ended it with creaming off more than $7.5 million from fake charities, supposedly providing food and shelter to impoverished women and children in India, Bangladesh, and Thailand, set up by Davies.

Since the 1980s, Davies has operated alongside other criminals in a number of countries in the Global North and South selling babies born of illiterate, trafficked women to wealthy Westerners whilst posing as a Christian adoption worker.

During this time, Davies, who was living in Hungary with his picture-perfect family, trafficked vulnerable women and girls into prostitution.  Davies has pimped young women into brothels in the UK, and raped and abused countless vulnerable females.

In 2009 Davies was acquitted in a British court of two counts of child rape and sexual abuse. He had paid so-called experts to travel all the way from New Zealand and South Africa to provide bogus evidence in his defence to the jury. I have evidence of this, and would dearly love to see a retrial.

In 2016, Davies was sentenced to 12 years in prison for charity fraud, but has never been convicted of the multiple crimes against women and children he has committed over the decades.

For further details of the John Davies story, this article gives an outline of Davies’ crimes: http://www.feministcurrent.com/2016/06/10/john-davies-pro-prostitution-academic-trafficking-denier-jailed/

The information I have provided is merely the tip of the iceberg – I have far more, which I will reveal (and pass on to the relevant law enforcement bodies) during my podcast.

There are countless other examples of how Davies has ruined lives and caused misery to children and women that I have discovered during 20 years of investigation. I wish to make this podcast – which will be disseminated widely – so that more of his victims will come forward.

The Funding

I am not asking for money for a salary, nor even for my out-of-pocket expenses.

With your contributions toward the $10,000, I will be able to produce and promote this podcast.  The money will also enable me to travel to Hungary to follow-up some very strong leads I have regarding the birth mothers of the babies that Davies took and sold to US and European families. I will be able to travel with the two adult women I am in contact with who were sold by Davies to their adoptive parents, and help them find the truth about their origins.

These women, who live in the US, have never seen their place of birth or met their blood family. These women want justice for their birth mothers and for themselves, and they want to stop the likes of John Davies being able to treat babies as merchandise.

I would keep detailed financial accounts of all money spent, which I would make available on request.

If you do decide to donate this money I will happily include you/your company/organisation/charity if you so wish, on all the publicity materials.   This podcast will certainly get a lot of attention both nationally and internationally.

Thank you for your time.

Julie Bindel. Investigative journalist and campaigner against violence towards women and children

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Bindel

Beth Klein Boulder Speaks on Viral Mom at Ikea running from “traffickers.”

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Beth Klein Boulder Attorney and the Diandra Toyos Story

A viral Facebook entry about child sex trafficking posted by a terrified  Southern California mom, Diandra Toyos, has reached tens of thousands of people through shares, likes and comments.  Many people asked me to weigh in on the validity of the story because I have been engaged with the issue and solution for over 40 years.  I tried to reach Ms. Toyos, but I have not been able to talk to her, yet.

The story was linked to third-party websites and quickly became monetized clickbait.  It spread rapidly, and unfortunately, it misinformed many about how the crime of human trafficking happens.

Toyos tells the story of shopping at Ikea with her mother and three children.  She believed that two men were following her, her mother and children through the store.  She believes that she and her family were “targets of human traffickers.”  But there is nothing in the post that indicates this was the case.

This story is a new generation of debunked stories past with snopes links:

  • May 2015 Hobby Lobby store
  • In June 2015 a sex slavery ring targeting college kids at summer job interviews
  • June 2015 a theme park abduction
  • Teenaged abductors (armed with heroin-filled syringes to drug victims) at a Denton, Texas, Dillards
  • A claim from a woman swearing she was a near-victim of human traffickers with gift bags in the parking lot of a Hickory, North Carolina, Walmart store
  • Target stores in Tampa, Longview (Texas), and Houston were hotbeds of sex trafficking scouts.

Traffickers defraud, force, coerce and manipulate their victims.   There is no case of a trafficker kidnapping two grown women with three children from a store in the United States. Consider how two men would capture four people and likely be recorded on store video surveillance or security at the doors.  Kidnapping statistics show that teenage girls are kidnapped more often.   Statistics show that the majority of kidnappings are perpetrated by parents.  https://www.ncjrs.gov/html/ojjdp/nismart/03/ns5.html

Media and charity marketing have caused victims to tell wilder, and wilder tales in order to have the “it” story.  The most shocking tale.    And the Ikea story is a shocking tale of how it happened in one of the most busy and public places in our country.  How it can happen to you anytime and anywhere.

But let me remind you of the signs; I don’t want you to miss an opportunity to truly save someone.  Here is the Polaris list:

Are you or someone you know being trafficked? Is human trafficking happening in your community? Recognizing potential red flags and knowing the indicators of human trafficking is a key step in identifying more victims and helping them find the assistance they need.

To request help or report suspected human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. Or text HELP to: BeFree (233733).

Common Work and Living Conditions: The individual(s) in question

  • Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
  • Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts
  • Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp / manager
  • Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
  • Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
  • Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
  • Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off
  • Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work
  • High security measures exist in the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)

Poor Mental Health or Abnormal Behavior

  • Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
  • Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement
  • Avoids eye contact

Poor Physical Health

  • Lacks health care
  • Appears malnourished
  • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture

Lack of Control

  • Has few or no personal possessions
  • Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account
  • Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport)
  • Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)

Other

  • Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
  • Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or do not know what city he/she is in
  • Loss of sense of time
  • Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story

This list is not exhaustive and represents only a selection of possible indicators. Also, the red flags in this list may not be present in all trafficking cases and are not cumulative.

 

Crime Data

The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program has been the starting place for law enforcement executives, students of criminal justice, researchers, members of the media, and the public at large seeking information on crime in the nation. The program was conceived in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to meet the need for reliable uniform crime statistics for the nation. In 1930, the FBI was tasked with collecting, publishing, and archiving those statistics.  In 2013 the Wilberforce Law added Human Trafficking Data.

Today, four annual publications, Crime in the United States, National Incident-Based Reporting System, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, and Hate Crime Statistics are produced from data received from over 18,000 city, university/college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in the program. The crime data are submitted either through a state UCR Program or directly to the FBI’s UCR Program.

In addition to these reports, information is available on the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Program and the Hate Crime Statistics Program, as well as the traditional Summary Reporting System (SRS) and the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).

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Colorado Human Trafficking Council Vacancies

Council Vacancies
Leaders wanted to end human trafficking!

The Colorado Human Trafficking Council is a statewide, legislatively established body that represents a wide-range of sectors, disciplines, and perspectives. The Council strives to build and enhance collaboration among communities, improve comprehensive services for victims and survivors of human trafficking, to assist in the successful prosecution of human traffickers, and to help prevent human trafficking in Colorado.

There are currently three vacant seats on the Council that cover the following roles:

  • A “representative of a regional or city-wide human trafficking coalition,”
  • A “representative of an organization that provides direct services to victims of human trafficking,”
  • A “representative of a “non-profit organization that facilitates the treatment or housing of human trafficking victims.”

If you or someone you know is appropriate for these vacancies, visit the Council Vacancies page for further information on how to apply.

Beth Klein Boulder Texas Law Potential Life Sentence for Trafficker

For the first time, a Texas law that Beth Klein Boulder Attorney helped pass in 2011 may be used to land a trafficker in prison for life.

A Houston man was charged Friday with human trafficking for allegedly leading a prostitution ring, forcing women into sexual slavery through beatings and threats to their lives, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

Anthony Gardner, 27, is believed to be the first person charged by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office with the crime of “continuing trafficking of persons.” He also faces one charge of aggravated promotion of prostitution and two counts of compelling prostitution by force, authorities said.

The Texas Legislature created the trafficking criminal charge in 2011 so that a person can be charged if they use force, fraud or coercion to cause someone to engage in a sexual act on two or more occasions for 30 days or longer.

JoAnne Musick, sex crimes chief for the DA’s office, said she’s been unable to identify anyone charged with the crime in Texas. She said charging someone with the crime is rare because it’s hard for investigators to catch them.

“I am thrilled that a law we helped pass with Senator Leticia Van De Putte is being put to use” Beth Klein said. “I look forward to monitoring the trial, and I hope that the prosecution is successful.”

Gardner forced eight women, including two minors, to work for him on Houston streets since November 2014. Houston police collected evidence through a monthslong investigation that included interviewing women Gardner hired to commit sexual acts, which eventually led to them tracking him down and arresting him in January 2017. Houston Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit worked in collaboration with the Harris County District Attorney’s newly formed Sex Crimes Division.

“Sex trafficking in Houston is an epidemic. Our new Sex Crimes Division is making prosecution of traffickers like Anthony Gardner a priority,” said Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg. “Gardner posed a real-time threat to the women he has trafficked and abused, but the tables have turned.”

Police identified one woman in June 2015 after an officer with HPD Vice Division contacted her based on an advertisement from BackPage.com, according to court documents. The then 17-year-old agreed to meet the undercover officers at a place at 2400 West South Loop to engage in a sexual act for $300.

She drove a vehicle registered by the defendant to the location. The woman called Gardner after being arrested on a phone number police recognized and said, “They got me, I’m going to jail.” She also referred to him as “Trouble,” which police knew as the defendant’s nickname.

The women working for the defendant allegedly had to make at least $1,000 a day by performing sexual acts. If not, they would face violent punishment.

One woman “A.L.,” who worked for Gardner shortly after turning 17, told police she had a child by him, according to court documents. She said that he would tell her how much to charge for sex acts, buy her hotel rooms to work out of and instructed all the money she made should be given to him.

A.L. also said a few weeks after Thanksgiving 2014 the defendant became physical with her and “backed her up against the wall, grabbed her by the throat, and started to choke her.” One woman also working for Gardner told police that he hit her so hard she chipped a tooth.

Musick said the District Attorney’s Office has made it a priority to track down criminals like Gardner.

“With human trafficking so prolific in Houston, it’s impossible to estimate how many people might fall into this position,” she said. “We anticipate that it’s a significant number of people. It’s very eye-opening just how much of this is going on in our own backyard.”

The defendant faces five years to life in prison for the charge of aggravated promotion of prosecution. He also faces up to 20 years for each count of compelling prostitution by force. His “continuous trafficking of persons” charge holds a penalty of 25 years to life in prison.

“With the new laws, I encourage any man or woman who’s being victimized to reach out to law enforcement for help.”  Klein said.  “We want this crime to end for all time.”

Resources for Colorado Victims

FRAC Minutes

FRAC Meeting Minutes, Tuesday, August 16, 2016

I. Welcome/Introductions, Human Trafficking Program Manager, Maria Trujillo

II. Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force Updates, Sergeant Dan Steele, Denver Police Department  Sgt. Steele informed the group that the RMILTF has recovered 58 juveniles from January to June, 2016. Among the notable trends are more recoveries of male youth However, he explained that the numbers of arrests are down from previous years due to the increase in MDTs forming across the Denver-metro area and those MDTs making many more requests for interviews with those they have identified as high-risk juveniles. Due to their own capacity limits this has forced the task force to focus more attention to these interviews rather than making arrests of traffickers. It is a workload shift that needs to be examined.

III. Colorado Trafficking & Organized Crime Coalition (CTOCC) Updates  No update was provided as a CTOCC representative was absent. IV. Colorado Human Trafficking Council Updates Maria Trujillo, CHTC Program Manager  Ms. Trujillo informed the group that the Council is entering the end of their year where they make final recommendations for its 2016 report to the General Assembly. The Council’s three task forces have made steady progress and have final work products to present to the Council at their August 26th meeting.  The Training Task Force has completed the development of a HT 101 Core Training Curriculum and Facilitator’s Guide, which is a two hour program. They are currently working on finalizing a Law Enforcement training program.  The Standards Task Force has completed the developed of standards for Community Based Victim Advocates and Mental/Behavioral Health Providers.  The Data and Research Task force is working on developing a prosecution survey to better understand the awareness-level prosecutors have on human trafficking and the new statutes, the tools and resources they use to prosecute a case as well as the partnerships they developed in their community in order to be successful with human trafficking case.  Ms. Trujillo invited everyone to attend the August 26th meeting and informed the group that this would be a good meeting to attend as all the Task Forces will be presenting their final work products and recommendations to the Council. The meeting begins at 9am and takes place at the Jefferson County Human Services Bldg (900 Jefferson County Parkway) V. Featured Presenter: A Discussion of the Colorado Project’s Action Plan Launch, Mary Durant, Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking  Ms. Durant provided a brief history of the Colorado Project, its main objectives and the overall outcomes, which primarily led to the development of the Action Plan  Ms. Durant explained that the Action Plan is a blueprint for the state on how to combat human trafficking collaboratively and the components of the Action Plan are divided by the 4P model.  In total the Action Plan provides 14 recommendations with 48 activities. Ms. Durant provided an example of a recommendation under each of the 4Ps.  The purpose of the Action Plan launch is to be able to catalogue the work that people are doing across and/or want to do that fall under the Action Plan. Ms. Durant explained that not only do they want to know what folks are doing but how they are doing it. They will collect all this information and provide an annual report of their findings.  The official Action Plan launch will take place on October 20th at 5 sites: Denver, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Boulder and Greeley. VII. Partnerships: Each representative made their respective announcements. For more information, please contact directly. 

Klein Frank Foundation Supports Vetted Refugees

President Trump’s executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees was put into immediate effect on Friday night. Fully vetted refugees who were airborne on flights on the way to the United States when the order was signed were stopped and detained at airports.

Legal challenges and a request for class action certification to release the detained refugees was filed. The complaints were filed by American Civil Liberties Union, the International Refugee Assistance Project at the Urban Justice Center, the National Immigration Law Center, Yale Law School’s Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization and the firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.

Klein Frank is going to join in the effort and provide funding and support to the family of Mr. Alshawi  in Houston.  If you would like to donate for this effort, please contact Beth Klein Boulder Attorney 303-448-8884

The president’s order also blocks the admission of refugees from Syria indefinitely, and bars entry into the United States for 90 days from seven predominantly Muslim countries linked to concerns about terrorism. Those countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The lawyers said that one of the Iraqis detained at Kennedy Airport, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, had worked on behalf of the United States government in Iraq for 10 years. The other, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, was coming to the United States to join his wife, who had worked for an American contractor, and young son, the lawyers said. They said both men had been detained at the airport on Friday night after arriving on separate flights.

“These are people with valid visas and legitimate refugee claims who have already been determined by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security to be admissible and to be allowed to enter the U.S. and now are being unlawfully detained,” Mr. Doss said.

According to the filing, Mr. Darweesh was granted a special immigrant visa on Jan. 20, the same day Mr. Trump was sworn in as president. Mr. Darweesh worked with the United States in Iraq in a variety of jobs — as an interpreter, engineer and contractor — over the course of roughly a decade.

Mr. Darweesh worked as an interpreter for the Army’s 101st Airborne Division in Baghdad and Mosul starting shortly after the invasion of Iraq on April 1, 2003. The filing said he had been directly targeted twice for working with the United States military.
Brandon Friedman, who worked with Mr. Darweesh as an infantry lieutenant with the 101st Airborne, praised Mr. Darweesh’s work.

“This is a guy that this country owes a debt of gratitude to,” Mr. Friedman said. “There are not many Americans who have done as much for this country as he has. He’s put himself on the line. He’s put his family on the line to help U.S. soldiers in combat, and it is astonishing to me that this country would suddenly not allow people like that in.”

Mr. Friedman, who is the chief executive of the McPherson Square Group, a communications firm in Washington, added, “We have a moral obligation to protect and repay these people who risked their lives for U.S. troops.”

“He is a brave individual, and he cares about Iraq and he cares about the U.S.,” he said of Mr. Darweesh.

Mr. Alshawi was supposed to be reunited with his wife, who has been living in Texas. The wife, who asked to be identified by her first initial, D., out of concern for her family’s safety, wiped away tears as she sat on a couch in her sister’s house early Saturday in a Houston suburb.

“He gave his package and his passport to an airport officer, and they didn’t talk to him, they just put him in a room,” his wife said. “He told me that they forced him to get back to Iraq. He asked for his lawyer and to apply for an asylum case. And they told him, ‘You can’t do that. You need to go back to your country.’”

She said the authorities at the airport had told him that the president’s signing of the executive order was the reason he could not proceed to Houston.
“They told him it’s the president’s decision,” she said.

Women of Vision

Beth Klein had the honor of speaking with Half the Sky’s Sheryl Wu Dunn to the Colorado Women of Vision.  Look how far they flew!  This link will take you to the video of all they accomplished.

Colorado Women of Vision

From the Director Robin Black:

This video will be broadcast on channels 56 and 57 through Denver Open Media. Because the station is a “project of the Open Media Foundation.”

Hopefully having this message broadcast in the Denver area will help the cause of eradicating child trafficking.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Beth Klein for attending our event

Please share the video and VOTE because it helps the station to broadcast it more often!

 

The Death of BackPage.com

Yesterday a dream of Beth Klein’s came true, BackPage.com died. The on-line brothel – which has trafficked more than 80% of all victims and where hundreds of missing children were sold – was removed from the web. It happened after a Senate subcommittee released its report and just before a scheduled hearing during which internal operations could have been brought into daylight. The executives of the electronic brothel were too ashamed to talk about their activities, and they all took the 5th.

The website was founded in 2004 and operates in cities around the world. It began as a part of Craigslist. In 2010 Craigslist (and Ebay related company) divested Backpage which operated for profit until yesterday.

“This is a concerted effort to build a business enterprise around the trafficking of human beings,” Yiota Souras, general counsel for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, told Newsweek last October. The center has identified more than 420 cases of missing children who wound up in Backpage ads. A separate team led by Arizona State University researchers has found more than 150 Backpage ads that feature minors.

The Report reviewed the company documents, totaling more than 1.1-million pages, and found evidence that Backpage knowingly facilitated prostitution and child sex trafficking. The business was highly profitable and experienced explosive growth, from $5.3 million in gross revenue in 2008 to $135 million in 2014.

Backpage has faced several lawsuits by women who say they were trafficked through the site and calls from The Sheriff of Chicago and others to cease its adult operations. Every lawsuit to shut it down has been dismissed ironically under an internet free speech law that Senator Ron Portman of Oregon sponsored. Ironically, Senator Portman was a co-chair of the anti-Backpage subcommittee. His law 47 U.S.C. 230 (Section 230), passed in 1996 was intended to protect websites from liability for third party content. This very law has protected the crime.

Last October, then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced charges against the website’s chief executive officer, Carl Ferrer, and its founders, James Larkin and Michael Lacey. A judge dismissed those charges in December; about two weeks later, Harris announced new charges against the men.

Back page whined: “For years, the legal system protecting freedom of speech prevailed, but new government tactics, including pressuring credit card companies to cease doing business with Backpage, have left the company with no other choice but to remove the content in the United States.”

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations issued a 53-page report on the findings from its investigation. “The company has long claimed that it is a mere host of content created by others and therefore immune from liability,” the report said. “The internal company documents obtained by the Subcommittee conclusively show that Backpage’s public defense is a fiction.” The report went on to say that Backpage had “concealed evidence of criminality” by editing ads, that it had acknowledged its role in facilitating sex trafficking and that Ferrer, Lacey and Larkin continued to own the website even though they had claimed to have distanced themselves from it.

Senator Claire McCaskill said Monday on Twitter, “It pays to never give up. Congressional investigations matter.” In another tweet, she indicated that the hearing would proceed despite Backpage’s decision to remove its adult ads.

Abolitionists celebrated the page’s death. The Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) vowed to “fight back,” saying in a statement:

“It is hard to put into words the intense anxiety, stress and sense of oppression our community is currently experiencing. Right now, thousands of individuals are wondering where they are going to go to earn money they need to pay rent, buy their family’s clothes and food and fill their metro card or gas tank.”

Perhaps a look at the job ads on Craigslist would be a good move.