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Man pleads guilty to human trafficking, faces 4 1/2 years in prison

Jerome Edison, 49, pleaded guilty in Superior Court in Hartford to a single count of human trafficking. Under his plea agreement, he’ll be sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspended after he serves 4 1/2 years, and five years of probation.


Newington’s Rotary Club is aiming to help human trafficking victims in Connecticut

At Wednesday’s Newington Rotary Club meeting, members lined up around a table and filled dozens of brown paper bags with personal hygiene items, snacks and Gatorade, to be distributed to victims of human trafficking working on the streets of Hartford.


Human trafficking to be addressed in program at Tolland Middle School

“The more light that shines on this modern-day form of slavery, the more children can be protected and the more hope for recovery for those who survive,” said Veronica Trudel,.


CT law brings more arrests, awareness of human trafficking

A state law passed in 2016 to combat human trafficking has resulted in more arrests while raising local awareness of the often-invisible crime, which has been called modern-day slavery, experts say. Trafficking is one of the biggest challenges faced by law enforcement, and one that especially benefits from public awareness, said Krishna Patel, who worked with the U.S. attorney’s office for Connecticut on trafficking cases.


Man sentenced to 15 years for sex trafficking minors

A Hartford.CT. man convicted of trafficking minors for sex has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison. Plus, as many as 50 people worked as prostitutes for him.


Self-professed ‘slave trainer’ accused of child prostitution and trafficking appears in court, wife files for divorce

Simon Hessler appeared Wednesday in Manchester Superior Court, where his case was transferred to Hartford Superior Court, which handles more serious matters. Charged last month with attempting to set up two days of “limitless sex” with a person he thought was a 10- to 12-year-old girl, Hessler was held on bail of $1 million for a court appearance set for Dec, 27.


Case Reveals Shame, Trauma of Male Sex Trafficking Victims

Like many victims of a Connecticut sex trafficking ring that preyed on troubled young men and teenage boys for more than 20 years, Samuel Marino never told his family or police about being coerced into sexual relations with much older men.


Hotel Owner Arrested on Sex Trafficking Charges Had ‘Sex Dungeon’

An Ellington man and Manchester hotel owner arrested on attempted sex trafficking charges allegedly had a “sex dungeon” on one of his properties, according to Connecticut State Police. Simon Hessler, 46, was arrested Tuesday after an undercover investigation into underage human sex trafficking.


Milton man pleads guilty to sex trafficking

A Milton man accused of trafficking women for sex in four states has pleaded guilty in federal court. Duhamel Cassagnol, 30, is due to be sentenced Dec. 18 on charges of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion; engaging in a conspiracy to commit sex trafficking; and transporting an individual for prostitution in federal court in Boston.