Four ghost scam defendants were sentenced to jail time today, concluding the the first case of its kind to go to trial in the country. Yachang Lei and Yannu Tan, who were convicted on counts of grand theft and attempted grand theft, were sentenced to two years and four months in prison. Yonghua Ze ... More >>
The jury in the ghost scam trial reached its final verdict today: the four defendants are guilty on all counts of grand theft. In the hallway, after the hearing, multiple jurors explained that they were not persuaded by the defense team's argument that the defendants-- Yachang Lei, Yannu Tan, Mudi ... More >>
For the defendants in the ghost scam trial to be acquitted, their lawyers must prove, by a preponderance of evidence, that they committed their crimes "out of necessity." "Preponderance of evidence," jurors are told, "means that you must be persuaded that the things the defendant seeks to prove are ... More >>
Their stories were similar: There was the childhood in a poor village in rural China, the adult financial problems, the seemingly kind woman who offered help just at the right time, the job invitation from the Los Angeles businessman, and then the deep fear that their child might be kidnapped or ki ... More >>
Jia Ping Che's Los Angeles-based business wasn't doing so well, he testified on Monday. So when a Chinese company offered him a chance to make some extra money, he saw the deal as a win-win: He would help some people get Visas to enter America, and in exchange he would receive tens of thousands of d ... More >>
SFPD knew that an unidentified woman shared a cab ride with the four ghost scam defendants on the day they allegedly stole thousands of dollars from an elderly victim at the Alemany Farmer's Market. But police did not know that, after dropping off the defendants at the market, the taxi took the woma ... More >>
Susan Yuan was focused on saving her son. The man standing beside her, a man she'd met seconds before, had just told her that her son would die in a car accident within three days. The man sensed evil spirits following Yuan, he told her. But he could fix it. He could save her son. He just needed he ... More >>
Remember 8-year-old Vivienne Harr who this past summer did more than you did to make the world a better place? She raked in some $56,000 turning lemons into lemonade -- literally -- giving all that money to help fight human trafficking. But like any good entrepreneur, she's expanding her company, ta ... More >>
Helen Jean Singh, 22, received nearly a decade in federal prison after she admitted to participating in a prolific sex trafficking conspiracy with her husband. As part of a plea bargain, Singh accepted responsibility for trafficking and prostituting teenage girls in the East Bay of teenage females. ... More >>
Election Day has passed, and you know what that means: Now the lawsuits begin.Today a judge granted a temporary stay to block part of Proposition 35, the measure passed on Tuesday that says those convicted of sex trafficking should be restricted on the Internet. The measure also increases prison sen ... More >>
Two state bills passed through the state Legislature today that force convicted criminals to give up any profits they make from trafficking minors into California. The trafficking cash would be funneled into helping the emotionally traumatized victims, Attorney General Kamala Harris said.Senator Mar ... More >>
While you all have been lazily basking in the sun this summer, this 8-year-old girl has been working her tail off to change the world, one lemon at a time. In the Northern California city of Fairfax, Vivienne Harr has spent the last 57 days of her summer vacation turning lemons into lemonade -- lite ... More >>
It only makes sense that human traffickers convicted of enslaving young girls should have to pay -- literally. A new state bill passed through committee today would force those criminals to give up any profits they make from trafficking minors in California. San Francisco Senator Mark Leno authored ... More >>
Mahendar "Mike" Singh was sentenced to nine years in prison this week for trafficking teens, including minors, and forcing them to provide sex acts in exchange for money and drugs.Singh, 40, pleaded guilty on Jan. 11 to sex-trafficking conspiracy. At that time, Singh admitted that he and his wife, H ... More >>
Indianapolis mobilizes for an epic battle with an urban legend.
Stuck in traffic Last week, Village Voice Media challenged the science behind data that says the underage prostitution industry is growing. We called media outlets out on relying on bogus arguments and junk science to stoke fear and panic about underage sex trafficking.Don't get us wrong, we admi ... More >>
Real Men Don't Buy GirlsDespite what news reports have been saying, the underage prostitution industry isn't exactly as pervasive as it seems. The science behind data showing there's as many as 300,000 child prostitutes has never truly been challenged -- until now. Village Voice Media recently sp ... More >>
The campaign is bringing in the calls, just not ones reporting trafficking. The Mexican Consulate has fielded hundreds of calls in the first two months of its campaign against human trafficking, but only two so far have yielded actual allegations of sex and labor trafficking. One was of a minor w ... More >>
SPF 15 - for protection from UV rays and from human trafficking in one.The nonprofit that counsels women who have been arrested for prostitution in San Francisco and the Mexican Consulate have launched a new campaign to seriously crack down on human trafficking. Obviously, the goal is to get more ... More >>
Schapiro Group data wasn't questioned by mainstream media.
CNN, USA Today, and other media organizations got fooled.
Lucky for them, Texas ain't in Carmen Chu's jurisdictionPetite, understated, and measured Supervisor Carmen Chu isn't the first person one might choose to face off against crowds of angry hookers. But after months of chaperoning controversial legislation that tightens the City's reigns on massage pa ... More >>
Week of Wednesday, March 17, 2004
A domestic worker from Kenya has accused her employer -- a prominent African journalist -- of human trafficking