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OPERATION NET NANNY NO. 9

OPERATION NET NANNY NO. 9

 

 

Twenty-one child sexual predators were arrested in the recent Net Nanny Operation in Washington, which is part of an ongoing series of “Net Nanny” operations conducted by the Washington State Patrol. The first Net Nanny operation originated in Kitsap County in August 2015, and eight operations have been executed since.

This ongoing series of undercover “Net Nanny” operations has resulted in a total of 135 arrests throughout the State of Washington. In addition, over twenty-two at risk and victimized children have been identified. Follow-up investigations have been implemented to ensure that appropriate aftercare resources are provided for the children.

“The internet has become a hunting ground for sexual predators that are targeting our vulnerable children,” says WSP Chief John R. Batiste. “This multi-agency operation is taking dangerous individuals off the streets and making communities safer for families.”

This four-day operation was conducted by undercover law enforcement officers communicating with potential child sexual predators through the internet. These undercover officers posed as young boys and girls. Anyone who traveled to the decided location seeking sex with minors was arrested. In addition to the twenty-one who were arrested, eight suspects were identified and investigations are underway.

We are grateful for our partnership with the Washington State Patrol and for the opportunity to help fund part of this recent operation. Over sixty men and women were able to participate in this four-day operation, who represent over ten federal, state and city agencies from the Puget Sound. We are happy to share a common mission with the WA law enforcement to help make communities safer for our children and end sex trafficking.


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Homeland Security Investigations was able to arrest a child predator with help from training that the O.U.R. team provided for them. We are grateful for the opportunity our team has to support law enforcement in the U.S. and around the world to protect kids from trafficking.

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OPERATION JARUL

OPERATION JARUL

 

While Indian Rescue Mission (IRM) was on an investigation in Mumbra, they gathered intel about a lady named Rizwan running a sex business in the area and established a contact with her two weeks prior to Operation Jarul.

Soon after, one of Rizwan’s agents asked IRM to come to Mumbra. She sent them two photographs of the girls and IRM responded they needed both girls and she agreed to it.

Then, they informed an officer about their intel at the social service branch/anti-human trafficking cell. IRM met at his office to make a pre-trap plan with his team: a decoy would be sent to the brothel to do the transaction. ₹15,000 ($230) was demanded for the younger girl.

The raid was fifteen kilometers away from the social service branch office. IRM and the police proceeded towards the brothel in different vehicles and then stayed in a spot some distance away and out of sight.

Contact was again made with the agent, who let them come in. The decoy customer from IRM along with two IRM team members went to the brothel and then paid the money to the brothel owner.

Once the transaction was done, the decoy was sent with the girl inside the room. Then the decoy signaled an IRM team member and the raiding team went inside the brothel. Inside the brothel they found two traffickers and two girls.

One of the girls’ traffickers was her own aunt. The trafficker brought this girl without the consent of her parents and then offered her to customers. The girl said her aunt told her, “We are going to a place to meet a friend and you sit with the friend in the bedroom for fifteen minutes”. The girl had no idea what was happening to her.

After the two girls were rescued, cash was recovered and sexual paraphernalia and other documents were seized. Complaints were registered against these two traffickers and they were arrested.


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There has been a lot of good work going on in India lately. If you missed the update about Operation Giant Squirrel, you can learn more about how 2 survivors were rescued and 3 traffickers were arrested in a hotel here.

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OPERATION GIANT SQUIRREL

OPERATION GIANT SQUIRREL

 

IRM (Indian Rescue Mission) received information of a man named Vicky who was running a prostitution business in a Pune City hotelVicky’s wife, Roza, who left him a couple of months ago, passed this information to IRM. Roza left Vicky because the police arrested him several times on human trafficking cases. Although she hoped that he would become a new person after each case, he never changed. He beat her several times, threatening her not to get involved in his business. She then approached IRM with the information about his brothel.

Once the IRM team verified Roza’s information, they discovered Vicky had been supplying girls who were trafficked from another state in India. IRM then contacted Social Service Branch Officer Mr. Sanjay Patil, who arranged his team to conduct a raid.

 

 

The strategy: A decoy was sent to the brothel to make a money transaction, paying Rs. 5000 ($75) for one girl. Then the raiding team swooped in the brothel and rescued two girls. While questioning the victims, they verified they were trafficked from another state in India. It was also confirmed that Vicky was running his business online. 

Complaints were registered against the hotel owner, the manager of the brothel, and the main brothel owner who absconded during the raid. In a week’s time, police arrested and produced all before the court. This is the fifth case against Vicky. 

OPERATION TRIDENT

OPERATION TRIDENT

Two were arrested and two were rescued in the process of Operation Trident – but there will potentially be more rescues. DSI approached O.U.R. regarding a European male that was arrested for the production and distribution of child pornography that was believed to be made in Thailand. Over the course of six months, DSI and O.U.R. focused on gaining access to a village that had at risk children living in it, along with traffickers that were making child pornography. During the investigation, they found that there were children being groomed by traffickers in the village. After enough evidence was found, two arrests and two rescues were made in the village.


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Did you miss the last Slave Stealer episode? Episode 23 is about a young survivor of trafficking named “Rose,” who was able to escape from a dangerous situation. Join us in listening to it here.

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PRAYER REQUEST: OPERATION IN NEW COUNTRY FOR O.U.R. IN LATIN AMERICA

PRAYER REQUEST: OPERATION IN NEW COUNTRY FOR O.U.R. IN LATIN AMERICA

O.U.R. operators and aftercare specialists are on the ground in a Latin American country right now, preparing to assist local authorities in the liberation of child trafficking victims and in the arrest of the perpetrators. We request your prayers for their safety and success, and we will report on the results of the mission as soon as we can. This is a new country for O.U.R. to operate in, so we are still working with our foreign government partners to build mutual trust.

All prayers and good thoughts are sincerely welcome!

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Collaboration: Operation Handshake

Collaboration: Operation Handshake

 

O.U.R. Funds a Three-Day Trip to Strengthen the Fight Against Trafficking in both Thailand and Cambodia.

Last week, the O.U.R. Southeast Asia Team had the opportunity to attend Operation Handshake, a three-day conference in Cambodia. The purpose of this operation was to bring members of the Children, Women and Families Protection Center & Anti-Human Trafficking of Provincial Police Region 2, the Cambodian Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police, an officer from the Thailand Internet Crime Against Children (T.I.C.A.C.) and members from Agape International Missions (A.I.M.) together to exchange information on combating human trafficking.

Funded by O.U.R., this meeting was planned to strengthen relationships between all groups involved, consequently strengthening the fight against trafficking in both Thailand and Cambodia.

Day 1: Royal Thai Police Tour Cambodia Sites

 

On the first day, the various groups traveled to Cambodia from Thailand. There were no meetings scheduled for this travel day so Thai police members toured the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Killing Fields. The police mentioned that this was very informative as to how Cambodia has been recovering from the genocide. It gave them a better understanding of what Cambodians have gone through and to better approach human trafficking cases in Thailand involving Cambodians. They all felt that these tours were important to understand the history, culture and economy of Cambodia and what has brought about some of the human trafficking issues.

 

Day 2: Visiting A.I.M.’s Aftercare Centers

 

The police discussed ways to collaborate on human trafficking cases as well as exchanged contact information so they could have a direct line to each other. They talked about the different types of cases they both work on and see in the field, and discussed ways they have worked with NGOs like O.U.R. and AIM in investigating those cases. They also discussed some of the areas and regions that are target and trouble areas for trafficking. This was the first time many of the police officers had met either a Cambodian or a Thai police officer even though they often work in neighboring jurisdictions across the border.

 

Later that day, A.I.M. took members of the Royal Thai Police and O.U.R. to visit A.I.M.’s programs, schools, shelters, and work centers. They also took them to the A.I.M. SWAT office to show the Thai police how they work hand and hand with Cambodian police on human trafficking cases. A.I.M. has a good relationship with the police – members of the Cambodian Police are on A.I.M. SWAT staff. The Thai police had many questions for A.I.M. from how they conduct investigations, if they could assist with investigations in Thailand as well as the programs, shelters and work centers that A.I.M. has. This gave them many ideas to take back to Thailand and try to set up similar systems.

 

 

 

Day 3: A Collaborative Success

 

O.U.R. and the Thai police met to conduct an After Action Review of the trip and discuss the successes. They were also able to discuss ongoing O.U.R. cases in Thailand, which gave the police the opportunity to give specifics about what they need in order to support the rescues and arrests in Thailand. Pol. Col. Greetha Tankanarat, Deputy Commander of Singburi Provincial Police, says the events from this trip met his expectations,

“We’ve had the opportunity to get a better understanding about this country and the type of work that NGOs and police have done here. More importantly was the connection between the two countries and police agencies that will hopefully bring better cooperation to fight human trafficking.”

 

Overall the operation and trip was a huge success. Connections were made between the Cambodian and Thai police to assist each other in combating human trafficking violations and to rescue victims in need. The bridge to have O.U.R. and A.I.M. assist both police agencies was established and strengthened as well as the partnerships with each other. Continued collaboration has been agreed upon and future meetings across the borders have been established.

 


 

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O.U.R.’s partner Agape International Missions (A.I.M.) does a lot of work in Cambodia to save victims of trafficking and help them through the recovery process. Read more about their efforts here.

 

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OPERATION HAPPY KHLOY

OPERATION HAPPY KHLOY

A Successful Massage Parlor Raid Uncovered a Brothel in Cambodia

Last month, a successful rescue mission resulted in six rescues and one arrest in Cambodia. Officers raided a massage parlor in central Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The “massage parlor” was just an alias – it was actually an active brothel behind closed doors.

Makeshift bedrooms inside the brothel

Police enter one of the makeshift bedrooms to search for evidence

This mission’s success was due to the efforts of the Phnom Penh Department of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police (AHTJPP) with support from Agape International Mission (AIM) SWAT officers.

On the night of the rescue, the officers found out that this brothel had been regularly selling minors. Although she denied it, the manager of the massage parlor was profiting from these sales. She has now been charged with child sex trafficking.

Soon after the rescue, the survivors were brought to wonderful AIM aftercare homes to begin their healing process. They have also been provided with free legal counsel for the court process thanks to the AIM legal team’s generosity.

Training by O.U.R. Jump Team Members with the AHTJPP and AIM SWAT

We are grateful for these teams’ efforts in rescuing and rehabilitating these survivors, and for putting another trafficker behind bars.

 


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O.U.R.’s partner Agape International Missions (AIM) does a lot of work in Cambodia to save victims of trafficking. Operation Sun Bear was another operation in Phnom Penh that resulted in three rescues and two arrests. Read the full story here.

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OPERATION BLACK PANGOLIN

OPERATION BLACK PANGOLIN

Operation Underground Railroad and Indian Rescue Mission (IRM) have successfully collaborated on another rescue operation that occurred on May 23rd in Kolhapur, a suburb of Mumbai, India.

A week before the operation took place, an operator received a tip of a massage parlor that was forcing girls to have sex with customers after giving a massage to clients. IRM investigators entered the massage parlor to confirm the information and see how much it would cost for each girl for one night. The owner of the parlor said that he charges 5,000 Rupees ($80) for one night with one girl.

The IRM contacted Bhagyashree, an IPS officer at the Kolhapur Police Department, who agreed to assist with the operation. On the day of the rescue operation, the police staged around the corner while investigators entered the massage parlor. Once the parlor owner made the deal with the investigators for 10,000 Rupees ($160) for two girls, the police came in and raided the parlor.

The owner of the massage parlor was arrested and will be tried in the Kolhapur Court.

The five survivors were taken to a local shelter following medical examinations, where they will begin the healing process and a new start to their lives.


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OPERATION KANHA TIGER

OPERATION KANHA TIGER

Operation Underground Railroad and Indian Rescue Mission (IRM) conducted a successful rescue operation in Kolhapur, a suburb of Mumbai, India, on May 22nd.

Operators from IRM had been investigating many hotels in a red light district area that were suspected of forcing women to have sex with guests. They received a tip about a specific hotel, so IRM investigators went to confirm this intel and see how much it would cost for each girl per night. On both occasions when they inquired about prices, approximately 8-9 handlers or pimps offered them girls.

The girls were being held at an off-site location at a house and could not leave that location unless ordered. Once ordered and paid for by a customer, the girl would be brought to the hotel.

The IRM investigators contacted Bhagyashree at the Kolhapur Police Department along with prosecutors from the Kolhapur court.

The police were staged around the corner from the hotel as the investigators entered the hotel and asked if they could purchase three girls. Once the investigators agreed to pay, the police raided the hotel. The team then went to the house to rescue the remaining girls and arrest the other traffickers.

Nine traffickers were arrested and jailed. They will be tried in the Kolhapur Court.

After medical examinations, the six survivors were able to begin the recovery process at a local shelter.


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CHILD SEX SLAVES RESCUED BY ANTI-TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION WITH PARTNERS IN INDIA

CHILD SEX SLAVES RESCUED BY ANTI-TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION WITH PARTNERS IN INDIA

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CHILD SEX SLAVES RESCUED BY ANTI-TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION WITH PARTNERS IN INDIA

Operation Underground Railroad partners with Indian counterparts to bring down child sex trafficking ring

Washington, D.C. – U.S.-based anti-human trafficking organization Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) collaborated with local partners and law enforcement to rescue four children from being sold as sex slaves in Mumbai, India. The sting operation concluded with the arrest of four traffickers who are set to be charged in the local Sewri Court. After being medically cleared by a local hospital, the girls were brought to a shelter where they can begin their rehabilitation and restart their lives away from slavery.

Local partner Indian Rescue Mission (IRM) collaborated with O.U.R. upon receiving information that a male pimp was marketing a young girl’s virginity for 30,000 rupees ($450). Working alongside local police, the undercover team arranged for the traffickers to bring four girls to a hotel under the premise that they would be sold as prostitutes. Upon exchanging money, local police swarmed the hotel, arresting the four traffickers which included the hotel owner. Thanks to coordinated efforts of all parties involved, the four victims can work towards putting their pasts behind them and transitioning into leading a normal life. “It’s operations like these that bring us one step closer to eradicating this modern day slavery around the world,” said O.U.R. CEO Tim Ballard. “By giving local law enforcement the capacity to take down traffickers, we are empowering them to take a leading role in this fight and strengthening their ability to stop trafficking in their communities.” This year alone O.U.R. and IRM have partnered on four operations throughout India which have resulted in 16 rescued children and 18 arrested traffickers traffickers.

Operation Underground Railroad is registered 501(c)3 organization. Bringing together former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives, O.U.R. partners with local law enforcement agencies around the world to save children from this modern day slavery. Founded by CEO Tim Ballard in 2013, O.U.R. has rescued more than 650 victims and helped arrest over 275 traffickers worldwide.

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