Nothing has changed. Slavery has been around since the beginning of humankind, and it is still flourishing today, albeit through a more secretive underworld. Today, a huge market for sex slavery is in Thailand, but if you thought that the women who are subjected to it strictly stay in Thailand, you would be wrong.
As it turns out, hundreds of enslaved women were brought to the US from Thailand and forced into what can only be called a modern day sex slaves life. The well-informed sex-trafficking ring that was involved in the activity were able to conceal millions of dollars from the trade. Federal authorities in Minneapolis have now caught 21 members of the ring, and are pushing further to gain more information on it operations.
These women were supposedly turned through various prostitution dens around the U.S., and where also ‘forced to have sex with strangers, even if the men were abusive.’
The latest indictment goes after 21 people with assorted counts including, ‘conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, sex trafficking by use of force or threats, conspiracy to engage in money laundering and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business.’
The Daily Mail:
Alex Khu, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Minneapolis, said going after the enterprise’s finances was important.
‘We hit them hard,’ Khu said. ‘It was a gut punch.’
Khu’s agency discovered the international ring after it began looking into a sex-trafficking case in the Twin Cities in 2014. Former Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andy Luger had made sex trafficking a priority and traveled to Thailand as part of the investigation.
Luger was among the U.S. attorneys forced to resign in March, but prosecutors in the office have continued working this case, approaching it as they would an organized crime network.
The conspiracy began in 2009 with organizers bringing poor women who spoke little English from Bangkok to several US cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Washington, Houston and Dallas. The organization threatened to harm the women’s families in Thailand if they escaped.
‘The victims were isolated. They typically did not have the ability to choose who they have sex with, what sex transactions they would engage in, or when they would have sex,’ the indictment said.
The way these women were trapped was through continual debt, that could never be paid. The majority of the money that they earned through illicit activity was to be handed over. Any of the money they were able to keep went straight to pay for their rent, food, and personal items, along with the ‘encouraged’ breast implants which cost a small fortune.
Out of the 21 members of the ring, 20 have been arrested, with the last one one on the run. These women never had a chance without this operation going down, now it’s the road to recovery.
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