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FW Star-Telegram: Billboards warning about human trafficking coming to Dallas-Fort Worth

FW Star-Telegram: Billboards warning about human trafficking coming to Dallas-Fort Worth

Tarrant County agency officials announced a billboard campaign on Thursday that they hope will educate residents about the dangers that lurk on the internet and social media.

Predators have long used the the internet and social media to engage with vulnerable populations in order to lure them into situations where they can be exploited. The billboard display will feature a girl holding a cellphone and say: “Trafficking Starts Here.”  Read more here…

Houston Chronicle: Sex trafficking victim’s desperate call to mother saves her life, lands three in jail, police say

Houston Chronicle: Sex trafficking victim’s desperate call to mother saves her life, lands three in jail, police say

By Jay R. Jordan Updated 5:03 pm CST, Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A frantic phone call from a human trafficking victim in Houston to her mother in Fort Worth might have been the call that saved her life, police said.

The 20-year-old woman, who’s also from Fort Worth, moved to Houston with a friend on Dec. 21 to look for a job, according to Houston Police Department Vice Division Commander James Dale.

The pair stayed together in Houston for a few days but couldn’t find any work. The holiday season might have played a role in their inability to find jobs, Dale said. Read more…

Star-Telegram: Accused leader of ‘large-scale’ sex trafficking ring out of jail on bond

Star-Telegram: Accused leader of ‘large-scale’ sex trafficking ring out of jail on bond

JANUARY 07, 2019 03:55 PM, UPDATED JANUARY 07, 2019 04:01 PM

The alleged leader of what police have called a large-scale sex trafficking ring in Dallas-Fort Worth has been free on bond since the New Year, according to court records.

Tremont Blakemore, 39, is charged with aggravated promotion of prostitution, tampering with physical evidence, engaging in organized crime, money laundering and compelling prostitution. Read more here…

Star-Telegram: She was seduced by money, but traffickers stole her innocence and sold her for sex

Star-Telegram: She was seduced by money, but traffickers stole her innocence and sold her for sex

NOVEMBER 17, 2017 08:36 AM – UPDATED NOVEMBER 17, 2017 10:16 AM

Home had spun into a living hell for a mom and her 16-year-old daughter.

In the fall of 2015, the teen was already on probation for stealing her mom’s checkbook and writing a hot check. She was seeing two therapists, but she refused to give up smoking pot and her rebellious ways.

Her mother felt handcuffed to a problem she couldn’t solve. Read more…

NBC 5: FBI, Police Conduct 3 Raids in Human Trafficking Probe

NBC 5: FBI, Police Conduct 3 Raids in Human Trafficking Probe

Published Sep 12, 2018 at 4:31 PM | Updated at 11:09 PM CDT on Sep 12, 2018

Police and federal agents raided homes in Dallas, Fort Worth and Lancaster on Tuesday as part of a major human trafficking investigation, authorities said.

One man and two women were accused of operating a prostitution operation.
Police said they encountered 11 women when they raided a home in Fort Worth and four others in Dallas. They will be treated as victims and offered counseling, police said. Read more…