NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS Human trafficking and forced slavery
This is a note we received today from Angela Mathers, Graduate Assistant in the NDSU Office of Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach. Sounds like a powerful presentation.
A sp... Posted on 4/15/09 at 5:24 AM
With potential jurors waiting in the next room, two men slated for trial on a human trafficking charge that could have put them in prison for life pleaded guilty at the last minute this morning to a lesser charge in a Grand Forks court.
Research shows that Minnesota girls who run from their homes are not only more vulnerable to being sold for sex, but also face a higher risk of being raped or sexually abused in other ways. In Ramsey County, police, prosecutors, advocates, and nurses are focusing on runaways as they take on the broader fight against juvenile prostitution.
American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz mixed entertainment with education Sunday to become the first world-class entertainer in decades to perform in Myanmar, with a concert to raise awareness of human trafficking.
Amanda Stewart was arrested and made an initial court appearance Wednesday on a charge of human trafficking in state district court in Grand Forks. The daughter of a former police chief, the 22-year-old now awaits a preliminary hearing in Grand Forks County jail, the same jail as the man who shot her father twice in the head when she was only weeks old.
A retired high school counselor who lives in Grand Forks and was arrested early Tuesday is the only client charged so far in what prosecutors say was a human-trafficking ring that forced a 17-year-old girl into prostitution.
Dusty J. Morsette recruited minors and young adults to be part of a gang on the Fort Berthold Reservation that he called the Black Disciples — a group recently found to engage in human trafficking. He was convicted in April of using force and coercion to recruit a young woman to become a prostitute performing sex acts on the reservation as well as in Williston and Minot.
Heather Weyker is a St. Paul police officer who investigates human trafficking, but she's also a mom. "The girls that are 10 and 9 that have their moms pimp them out, or the teenagers -- you just want to give them a big hug and take them home with you," Weyker said.
Shane Germann, 41, formerly of Hope and Valley City, N.D., is named as an onsite manager, regional supervisor and security guard for a California-based company whose officials are accused of luring about 400 Thai nationals into forced labor in the United States under threat of financial ruin.
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