Leader of Sex-trafficking ring arrested in Dallas, 15 women rescued
September 14, 2018 | Brainwave Science
Dallas Police Department has rescued 15 women from a human trafficking ring on Tuesday morning. They identified the suspected leader as – Tremont Blakemore, 39.
“Blakemore was found to be the head of a large-scale prostitution organization operating in the North Texas region,” the department said. “Blakemore and this group has been tied to prostitution activity in multiple cities in Texas and throughout the nation. The victims he has trafficked for the purposes of prostitution come from as far away as Maine, Wyoming and Montana.”
He routinely kept a group of about 20 women whom he sold for profit, police said. However, Dallas police suspect he has controlled and manipulated more than a hundred women. On Tuesday morning, Dallas police with SWAT, Dallas Police Special Investigations Division detectives, Dallas Police Fugitive detectives, investigators with the Texas Department of Public Safety CID/THP, Special Agents with the FBI along with the Fort Worth and Lancaster police departments, executed search warrants another houses associated with Blakemore:
11 women were found initially, four additional women were found at the Overlook Drive house.The women were all provided opportunities for counseling and other services targeted at helping victims of human trafficking. Two boys — ages 2 and 9 month — were also removed from one of the other houses and placed into foster care.
Those arrested at the Fort Worth house include: Blakemore, Donna Gonzales, 38; and Peaches Hurtado, 26; all on charges of aggravated promotion of prostitution and engaging in organized criminal activity.
Human Trafficking has become a significant and growing problem globally. The costs of such an evil practice to society include exploitation of human and mainly women’s rights, poor public health, disrupted communities, and diminished social development. This problem is often caused by weak border security and ill-equipped law enforcement that can’t keep up with the way criminal networks keep improving and refining their methods of action.
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Human traffickers work in devious ways. Mostly false love and feigned affection are critical tools used by the trafficker against their victims in attaining long-term mind control. This tactic often includes: gifts; complements; physical/sexual affection; and feigned warmth or concern for the victim’s well being. Accompanied by this behavior are grand promises for a better life, luxury, and/or fast money. Once trust is gained and the victim is separate from her (or his) environment, the tactics abruptly change toward abusive conditioning.
With this mental manipulation, human traffickers can turn innocents into victims, disrupting the natural course of their lives.
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Main Source: Star-Telegram