Mark L. Norton, the superintendent of transit security and emergency management for King County Metro, was arrested in Stanwood on Tuesday and booked into jail for allegedly “coercing a female to engage in commercial sex acts in King and Snohomish Counties.”
Bonney Lake, WA. detectives this week arrested a 55-year-old Puyallup man who allegedly used an online chat application chathour.com to threaten and manipulate a 17-year-old girl into a sexual relationship over the course of nearly two months in 2018.
Her new “boyfriend” sold her for $250 to a pimp who took photos of her, advertised her on Backpage.com. Desiree first, she met a man in his early 20s on Facebook. He “groomed” her, a technique used by exploiters to earn trust to manipulate or control a potential victim of sex abuse.
Washington state is an opportune location to be a human trafficker, said Kris Camenzind, executive director of The Human Response Network, and despite its certain presence in Lewis County, it remains an under-reported crime, she added.
UPS, Delta and Walmart spoke Thursday at an event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about steps they’re taking to eliminate human trafficking and forced labor along their supply chain and use their worldwide footprint to help where they can.
Human trafficking doesn’t just happen in faraway places like India’s brick kilns or Cambodia’s brothels. Over 8,500 victims of human trafficking cases were reported in the United States last year, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. There is no greater blow to human dignity than a person being forced to perform work or sex acts against their will.
COMMITTED TO ERADICATING HUMAN TRAFFICKING: President Trump has signed four bills in recent weeks that demonstrate the bipartisan commitment to end human trafficking. oday, the President is signing the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (S. 1862) which tightens criteria for whether countries are meeting standards for eliminating trafficking.
Human trafficking. Modern-day slavery. Human smuggling. Sex trafficking. These are all things that happen in faraway places and are not part of my world — or so I thought. During the 2018 election cycle, I was shocked to see candidates’ ads about stopping human trafficking in Atlanta. “Atlanta?!” I thought. Yes, Atlanta.
Finding new and innovative ways to combat the demand for purchased sex, raise awareness to this nationwide epidemic, and provide safe environments for victims.