Dozens arrested in US sex trafficking sting operation

April 11, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Dozens arrested in US sex trafficking sting operationSITUATION

Dozens of people were arrested in a sex trafficking sting operation coinciding with a major US sports tournament, and 28 alleged victims were rescued, police said. These sex trafficking arrests resulted from an investigation conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), with assistance from the following agencies:  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments, and 29 additional Minnesota-based law enforcement agencies.

Undercover agents posed as minors and “johns” — customers of prostitutes — for the five-day operation beginning April 4 and lasting throughout the “Final Four”, the penultimate round of competition in the college basketball tournament known as “March Madness.”

The joint operation among 33 law enforcement agencies was timed with the arrival of tens of thousands of fans in the adjoining cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in Minnesota, for the hugely popular National Collegiate Athletic Association event.

The police chief in Saint Paul said that as the basketball tournament and associated festivities were taking place, some people were “trafficking and exploiting young women and girls, inflicting unimaginable physical and emotional harm.”

“The Final Four may be over, but our work to seek justice for those who were harmed is just beginning,” chief Todd Axtell said.

Forty-eight people were charged with felony solicitation of a minor or solicitation of prostitution under 16 years of age, according to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), Minnesota’s chief law enforcement agency.

Eleven people were charged with sex trafficking or promotion of prostitution, the agency said. One of the victims rescued was underage, according to the agency.

CHALLENGE

“Sex trafficking is not just a problem during large-scale events, it is a 365-day-a-year problem in communities all across the country.” The need for so many agencies to coordinate in order to net sex-traffickers and rescue victims shows how big and deep-rooted this problem is.

Other events like the auto expos, music concerts, festivals are where a lot of children and adults are trafficked for sex. It is known by the FBI that during the time of an auto expo in Michigan, there is a 280-300 percent increase in the number of sex workers in the area. Read the scenario analysis here as to how the agencies can utilize modern forensic technology to grab this problem by the horns.

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Large coordinated efforts which require tens of departments across geographies and disciplines to work closely are needed to arrest suspects and liberate victims. At the same time, there is a need to properly interrogate these detainees so that maximum intelligence can be extracted from them. Moreover, the agencies must stay away from inhuman treatment and torture of the arrested persons.  If intelligence gathered from one individual can help to understand the structure of the criminal organization, then less and less effort will be required over time to identify the same number of people. There is a need for scientific methods and systematic practices in order to bring order in this chaotic world of investigation.

For example, The Minneapolis-Saint Paul area is one of 13 in the US with a high incidence of child prostitution, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The state’s attorney general’s office said about 40 percent of sex trafficking cases involve minors.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

Human trafficking is a complex web of interconnected crimes and coordinating organizations. The perpetrators make good use of technology in order to entrap victims through social media, advertise the sex slaves on websites and collect money sometimes in the form of cryptocurrency. Why should the law enforcement and investigative agencies not be armed to their teeth with the latest in technology?

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The brain response of the test subject to familiar stimuli is different than when he or she is exposed to unfamiliar stimuli. iCognative works on this principle and detects the presence of specific crime-related information in the brain of the test subject.

A sample of stimuli to be used in the iCognative of the alleged sex traffickers may include the details of the online advertisements, the cell phone and online transaction records where they communicated with solicitors, the details of victims rescued during this sting and earlier, etc. The solicitors of sex with minors and adults can also be made to undergo the iCognative test. For them, the stimuli could be their online history of them soliciting sex, their bank details, suspicious transfers, their geo-locations on specific days when related traffickers or victims were discovered, their interactions with other solicitors through  CCTV footage, phone records and online exchanges, etc.

iCognative is the only way that the agencies will be able to quickly process such a huge number of arrested persons without hampering ongoing operations and requiring a huge workforce. In fact, using the database technology in iCognative, they can also help connect the dots of crimes and criminal organisations nationwide and worldwide.

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The agencies will be able to work with confidence as there are no false positives and no false negatives in the outcome of the test.

iCognative is the savior in this important fight against the most modern form of human slavery, which affects millions of adults and children worldwide.

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