Last week, President Donald Trump signed the most comprehensive online anti-sex trafficking and child pornography legislation to date. It is not a panacea to end human trafficking and child sex exploitation. By no means is the legislation flawless. However, it is the first step in a long process of creating preemptive laws that protect victims of trafficking online. The new bill goes into effect immediately and bars website advertisers from selling sex services of children and adults under their classified ads space.
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Conchita Sarnoff is executive director of Alliance To Rescue Victims of Trafficking, (www.atrvt.org) a not-for-profit organization based in Washington D.C. that raises awareness and aims to rescue and rehabilitate trafficked girls. Ms. Sarnoff wrote a book: “Sex Slaves in America” to be published in 2015.
Since 2007, Ms. Sarnoff has focused primarily on public policy issues concerning human trafficking and the child sex slave trade in America. She writes extensively about the issue in dailies such as: The Financial Times, The Latin America Herald Tribune, The Miami Herald, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, and others. Sarnoff has been a Commentator on a number of TV networks including: NBC, Fox, ABC, Univision, Telemundo, Russia TV, Caracol, and several TV, radio and online news shows. Sarnoff is a Contributor to: The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, The Miami Herald, ElPolitico.com, and The Daily Caller.
Prior to launching ARTV, Ms. Sarnoff worked as a crisis communications counselor to Fortune 400 companies including: Burson-Marsteller, Young & Rubicam’s The Bravo Group (WPP subsidiaries); AT&T; Digital Equipment Corporation; Bacardi USA; Columbia Artists Management (CAMI); McDonald’s. While living in Switzerland, Ms. Sarnoff was communications advisor to Ares-Serono, a family owned Swiss biotech, for the Latin American region. In 1998, Sarnoff was appointed International Media Coordinator at The 12th World AIDS Conference, in Geneva (a global yearly AIDS conference); and between 2001-2004 she served as crisis communications consultant to Innovative Communications Corporation (ICC). In Latin America her clients included: CEMEX (the second largest cement company in the world), and Thacher, Proffitt, Wood LLP.
In 2006, Sarnoff served as communications advisor to Deputy Manuel Camacho Solis-Chief Political Strategist to presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), during the “Desafuero Crisis” and presidential campaign. Sarnoff’s government clients include: The Organization of American States (OAS); and in October 2003, Sarnoff was appointed Director of Communications to FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas). FTAA’s mission was to secure a free trade accord between the U.S., Latin America and Canada by 2005. In 2005, Sarnoff was appointed Communications Advisor to Council-member Bob Oldakowski during his Key Biscayne, Florida Mayoral campaign.
Backpage is at it again. In spite of Backpage founder Carl Ferrer’s October 2016 arrest in Houston, Texas, his classified ads website continues to sell online ads promoting sex with minors, according to a January 27 Los Angeles Times story. Ferrer was arrested, in 2016. He was charged with pimping a minor, pimping and conspiracy to commit pimping.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on December 21, 2017 which blocks the property and assets of persons involved in serious human rights abuses and corruption. To date, the president’s order is the most consequential and far reaching legislation to help prevent and hopefully put an end to human trafficking in the United States.
Numbers don’t lie. The Twitter #Me Too Campaign that started 10 years ago by activist, Tarana Burke, was reposted last month by actress, Alyssa Milano, as a Call-to- Action for victims who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein. The campaign created a revolution--the 2017 women’s revolution to self-determination.
“I did not have sex with that woman.” Famous last words before an impeachment proceeding rocked the Clinton White House on December 19, 1998 and tainted his legacy forever.
Abuse of power, influence peddling, non-disclosure agreements, sexual favors, pay offs, terrified victims, and the inability to control sexual urges that stem from the dark side of man, all seem to be a running theme in the distinct cases of Hollywood’s, Harvey Weinstein and Wall Street’s infamous hedge fund manager, Jeffrey Epstein.
According to Brad Edwards, a Florida criminal attorney representing 3 victims who sued the billionaire pedophile and registered sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, in Palm Beach, Florida, Mr. Epstein paid $5.5 million in total to settle a lawsuit filed by three of more than two dozen underage victims who sued Epstein in Florida.
According to The Hill, Anthony Weiner, the former Democratic congressman who later ran for New York City mayor and in the process of divorce from Huma Abedin, Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Vice Chair during her 2016 presidential campaign, was sentenced today to 21 months in prison for sending lewd messages. Weiner, who plead guilty to one count of transfer of obscene materials to a minor was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and participate in a treatment program for sex offenders.
It is all interconnected. At the NATO summit in Brussels last week President Trump asked the member nations for increased funding to defense. According to The Financial Times, the President, “scolded the other members for “chronic underfunding,” of the organization. The President has a good point, both abroad and at home, defense- in every sector- is underfunded, mismanaged and at times corrupt.
It is the most sordid human trafficking case in the United States. Virginia Louise Roberts Giuffre, a human trafficking survivor and self-proclaimed “sex slave” and her attorneys, David Boies, Stan Pottinger, Sigrid McCawley, and Brad Edwards settle for coins. The amount of money exchanged hands is undisclosed. On Wednesday, almost two years after the case was filed, the attorneys said, “We are happy to have settled this matter without the need for a trial and are pleased with the result.”
Ghislaine N. Maxwell is on the run again. A close friend of HRH Prince Andrew and former president Bill Clinton was sued once more. Maxwell refuses to accept service and instructed her Denver, Colorado attorneys, Haddon, Morgan & Foreman, not to accept service on her behalf. Maxwell’s attorneys also announced they do not know her whereabouts. The case: Jane Doe #43 vs. Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, Sarah Kellen, Lesley Groff, and Natalya Malyshev, is the second pending civil lawsuit filed against Maxwell by a sex trafficked survivor.
This week, R. Alex Acosta will attend his nomination hearing for the position of secretary of labor. "What does Mr. Acosta have to do with teenage prostitution?" you may ask. Plenty.
Carl Ferrer, the CEO of Backpage, was arrested Thursday, October 6th in Texas for his company's alleged participation in the trafficking of children online.
The first human trafficking guilty verdict in Sarasota Florida was handed down last week, to Ronald McBride III, 22, for six felony counts, one of which was human trafficking. After the jury’s conviction, McBride could face up to life in prison. It is a milestone case for the Sarasota Police Department.
An allegation is enough to get anyone in the news these days. For several months there has been an excess of muck tossed about and allegations have been made about Jeffrey Epstein that implicate some very high profile friends.