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    AZ/NV men arrested for sex trafficking girls & women/murder

    Human trafficking young girls and women. This case is especially horrid as one girl, who had just turned 18, was murdered by a rival pimp--her body dumped.

    Just one of the charges:Trafficking with Respect to Peonage, Slavery, Involuntary Servitude, or Forced—Resulting in Death


    http://phoenix.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/p...0/px090810.htm

    Four Men Indicted for Trafficking Young Women and Girls for Sex
    Nevada Man is Charged with Sex Trafficking Resulting in Death Stemming from Murder of 18-Year-Old Girl by a Rival Pimp


    "Federal agents have arrested the last of four men facing federal charges for trafficking young women and girls for sex. The four men had a role in luring young women and girls in the Phoenix area into prostitution, and were complicit in forcing and coercing them to continue to engage in acts of prostitution. In the course of their victimization, the women and girls were beaten and menaced to keep them intimidated and enslaved. According to one of the charges in the five count indictment unsealed yesterday, one of the traffickers placed an 18-year-old girl in a prostitution related circumstance where she was ultimately brutally murdered by a rival pimp....

    and

    "....The United States District Court, District of Arizona, unsealed a five count indictment against: Jacob Heckstall, 39, of Phoenix, Arizona; George Calvin Windley, 31, of Las Vegas, Nevada; Muttaqui Windley, 28, of Phoenix, Arizona; and Michael Lazar, 42, of Scottsdale, Arizona...."

    and

    "....The young women and girls that are enslaved into prostitution are daughters, sisters, and even mothers,” said Nathan Gray, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Phoenix Division...."



    more at link

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    FYI - Copyright laws do not pertain to press releases, such as those from prosecutors and the FBI and can be posted in their entirety. I have checked this out with Salem to be sure.

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    So, is this a crime that is on the rise/out of control, recently? Or has it been around and LE agencies are just now fighting it harder?

    Either way I praise every arrest LE makes!

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    Sunnie--I think several things are going on. Families are feeling the pain of the tanking economy and children always suffer most. Every little bit of agony seems to trickle down to them. Parents are scrambling to just to keep the light bill paid and food on the table and don't always have the time to supervise as they once did. Schools, sports, and services for youth have all taken a hit. Add in the internet, social networking sites and cell phone capabilities. The perps suddenly have a way to step right into our own homes and to access our children where ever they are.

    Sites like Craigslist have made prostitution for the johns far "neater" and easier. You make a cell phone call, get escorted up to a nice motel room and you're done. In and out in 30 minutes. That'll be $250 paid to the man at the door. $100 extra for "bareback". The extras will add up but are certainly available...just ask.

    Probably one of the most important issues that I've learned of is the penalty/sentencing issue. Human trafficking is a huge money maker and until very recently did not carry stiff penalties. Pimps actually got into more trouble by providing the girls with alcohol and drugs than they did by pimping. That's why LE was surprised when they'd do busts and find no drugs or alcohol at all--only underage girls who said that the men were their cousins or boyfriends.

    So, there you have it. Vulnerable kids, looking for attention with possibly a little risk and rebellion. Johns who want ever younger girls and kinkier sex. And a tiered system of businessmen/pimps facing pretty insipid sentences if they get caught but looking at potential goldmines with their "stables" of girls.

    We have to keep in mind that there a number of different levels of victims. There are children who are literally kidnapped and sold each night. There are lost street kids running from their own demons, looking to make some cash. There are the naive teens thinking that this might be fun for "awhile". There are also the adults who for one reason or another fall into the category of not having true free will--the disabled, those who have histories of rape and/or violence, and those who are drug seeking or desperate for cash.

    The human trafficking industry is an equal opportunity employer. No matter your age, your sex, your color, your body type, your IQ, your history or your health......there's a place for you. There's no waiting for a call back. You're hired.

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    Thank you MissIzzy. Reading above, I would say the problem is truly on the rise! Now, what do we do about it??

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    Education for children and parents and teachers. Federal funds to locate the criminals and to fund the services necessary for the victims. I'll be posting some updates on the Missouri "sex slave" thread about related issues.

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    We have a beautiful young girl missing from the Las Vegas area and it is suspected that she fell victim to foul play such as this. Let me see if I can find the link for her. Her name is Jessica and she was originally from Canada. I'll be right back.

    Maybe we can link up one of these names or something to her case?

    Salem

    ETA: Her name is Jesse Foster and her link is here: http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ighlight=Jesse

    I am so hoping this bust might shed a little light on her case. She has been missing since 2006.
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    I searched the last names of the men involved in Jesse's thread, but didn't come up with anything.

    Salem

    ETA: another link for Jesse: http://www.jessiefoster.ca/ Names boyfriend, etc.
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    The tragedy, folks is that unless the person being trafficked is legally a child or is an adult who makes an outcry to LE about abuse, there is NOTHING LE can do. It is only because I hassle the Sacramento Sheriff's office that our daughter's name is known. Many of these children are "aging out" and can receive no services. Remember, even if a person's brain is completely controlled, they physically can walk away. We know it's brutally difficult but the general public doesn't understand this and our laws are just playing catch-up. Cases such as this one and of Dustin's in Canada are going far in educating about mind control and torture.

    Being that trafficked children and teens are literally robbed of their youth--no school, no friends, no family, skewed values, and forced sex--they are not hitting age 18 as healthy young adults. They really have no prospects at all. Is it any wonder that many commit suicide or do drugs?

    The ones who still have functioning reproductive systems often get pregnant, just so that they can have a human being to love. Sadly, they have no experience with healthy love. I've been reading that many lose their children to the system.

    Four of our adopted children were born to two sisters who had been involved in a multi-generational lifestyle of prostitution and drug sales. The young mothers had no skills to parent as they'd been prostituting since their early teens and didn't even attend school. And yes, our daughter who is a prostitute herself, is one of those grown children. She was taken by DHS at age four years.

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    Just bumping this in case there is more info.

    Salem


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    This is how Maricopa Jane Doe/Tawni Lee Mazzone died. An attempt at sex trafficking by a felon who was on parole. Also happened in AZ.
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    Being that this young woman's body was literally dumped, I have no doubt that other young women found disposed of in this fashion are trafficking victims. I wonder if the autopsies uncover STDs and reproductive disorders? I appreciate Belinda reminding me that we can post FBI Press Releases. I think it's important to study these details:

    http://phoenix.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/p...0/px090810.htm

    PHOENIX—Federal agents have arrested the last of four men facing federal charges for trafficking young women and girls for sex. The four men had a role in luring young women and girls in the Phoenix area into prostitution, and were complicit in forcing and coercing them to continue to engage in acts of prostitution. In the course of their victimization, the women and girls were beaten and menaced to keep them intimidated and enslaved. According to one of the charges in the five count indictment unsealed yesterday, one of the traffickers placed an 18-year-old girl in a prostitution related circumstance where she was ultimately brutally murdered by a rival pimp.

    This indictment paints an all-too-real picture of the human trafficking trade: predation, slavery, and violence leading up to the brutal death of a young girl,” said U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke. “The human trafficking task force is a partnership of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies who are committed to tracking down the perpetrators of this modern day form of slavery.”

    The United States District Court, District of Arizona, unsealed a five count indictment against: Jacob Heckstall, 39, of Phoenix, Arizona; George Calvin Windley, 31, of Las Vegas, Nevada; Muttaqui Windley, 28, of Phoenix, Arizona; and Michael Lazar, 42, of Scottsdale, Arizona. All four defendants were charged with violation of Conspiring to Commit Sex Trafficking Through Force, Fraud or Coercion, Sex Trafficking of a Minor, and two counts of Sex Trafficking Through Force, Fraud or Coercion. George Calvin Windley was charged with one additional Count of Trafficking with Respect to Peonage, Slavery, Involuntary Servitude, or Forced—Resulting in Death.

    Muttaqui Windley was arrested by the FBI in Phoenix on August 25, 2010. George Calvin Windley was arrested in Las Vegas on June 4, 2010. Lazar was arrested on June 13, 2010 in San Francisco. Heckstall is serving a state sentence on unrelated charges in an Arizona prison.

    “The young women and girls that are enslaved into prostitution are daughters, sisters, and even mothers,” said Nathan Gray, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Phoenix Division. “This type of criminal activity strikes at the core of our society especially when there is a tragic loss of life of an 18-year-old girl. The FBI and our law enforcement partners are committed to investigating and prosecuting those who engage in trafficking young women and girls for the purpose of prostitution.”

    The indictment alleges that from at least September 2008 until October 2009, the four defendants organized and operated a prostitution business where they sold the commercial sexual services of young women in exchange for profit, often advertising online. Jacob Heckstall and George Windley lured these women and girls into prostitution with the promise of extravagant lifestyles, jewelry material goods and money. Once the young women and girls had been recruited, Heckstall and Windley menaced, physically intimidated, coerced, threatened violence against family members, and used physical violence both to compel the women and girls to engage in prostitution, and to prevent the young women girls, from leaving the business.

    In September 2008, Jacob Heckstall and George Windley recruited a 17-year-old juvenile for purposes of prostitution. In October 2008, they later recruited an 18-year-old adult female for purposes of prostitution. Muttaqui Windley assisted with the business by driving the women to their “out calls” by providing protection, and by aiding in other aspects of the prostitution business. Michael Lazar participated in the conspiracy by producing fabricated credit cards using stolen identity and credit information. Michael Lazar, Jacob Heckstall, George Windley and Muttaqui Windely then used these fabricated credit cards to both recruit new victims and to generally support the sex trafficking conspiracy. The defendants also used the Internet as a way of promoting the services offered by purchasing online advertising for escort services on various internet websites including www.craigslist.com and www.backpage.com.

    On July 28, 2009, in his role as her pimp, George Windley took an 18-year-old victim and another young woman to a “call-out” in Scottsdale, Ariz. This call out was a ruse intended by a rival pimp to locate and murder George Windley. Rather than murder Windley, this rival pimp ultimately murdered George Windley’s 18-year-old trafficking victim. The victim had recently turned 18. Had Windley not coerced and forced this victim into engaging in sex acts, and knowingly placed her in dangerous circumstances, she never would have been the victim of this brutal murder. The victim’s body was found the following day dumped in front of a home in North Scottsdale. The rival pimp, Brian Black, is currently under indictment for First Degree Murder in the Maricopa County Superior Court.

    A conviction for Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking Through Force, Fraud or Coercion carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both. A Conviction for Sex Trafficking Through Force, Fraud or Coercion carries the same penalties. A conviction for Sex Trafficking of a Minor carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both. Finally, a conviction for Trafficking with Respect to Peonage, Slavery, Involuntary Servitude, or Forced—Resulting in Death—carries a penalty of up to life in prison, a $250,000 fine or both. In determining an actual sentence, the assigned District Court Judge, Judge Campbell, will consult the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide appropriate sentencing ranges. Judge Campbell, however, is not bound by those guidelines in determining a sentence.

    An indictment is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

    The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (the Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Francisco offices), the Scottsdale and Phoenix Police Departments, the Las Vegas Police Department, and the San Francisco Police Department. The prosecution is being handled by Josh Patrick Parecki and Walter Perkel, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

    CASE NUMBER: CR-10-00660-DGC
    RELEASE NUMBER: 2010-202(Windely)



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