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Human Trafficking in North Carolina

Old news to some, new News for me…

The case of Lucinda Lyons Shackelford of Charlotte. Shackelford was convicted of Human Enslavement for charges of forced labor and document servitude, which is the withholding of an individual’s legal documents, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

According to Grio (http://thegrio.com/2011/01/25/woman-charged-with-human-enslavement/)

The US Justice Department alleged that Shackleford forced the teen to clean her home, work on her boyfriend’s car and sell beer to trailer park residents. The indictment also alleges that she demanded his pay, struck him, and threatened to call law enforcement and immigration officials if he did not return to her home. (Sounds like how I grew up)



Shackleford was convicted and sentenced.

JUDGMENT as to Lucinda Lyons Shackleford (1), Count(s) 1, 2 yrs. prob.; $100.00 sp. asst; $724.00 rest.; Count(s) 2, 2 yrs. prob. to run concurrent; $25.00 sp. asst. Restitution Ordered. Signed by District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr on 11/13/2012. (chh)

The Press Release, click here



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Human Trafficking


The definition of human trafficking  (according to Wikipedia)

Human trafficking is the trade in humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slaveryforced labor or for the extraction of organs or tissues, including surrogacy and ova removal. Trafficking is a lucrative industry, representing an estimated $32 billion per year in international trade, compared to the estimated annual $650 billion for all illegal international trade circa 2010.

According to the Office of Justice Programs,

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, repressing thousands of people within the United States and millions throughout the world every year. According to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, human trafficking includes the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or other services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion, for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. It includes sex trafficking, in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the victim is under 18 years of age.”

Women are the most likely victims of human trafficking and for the reason of “sex slave” (Click for the UN Study)

According to the United Nations, the map below shows the countries where the Trafficking originates and the countries that are the destination for trafficking. Naturally, the US is the place where most slaves end up (hmm… not Thailand?)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_to_Monitor_and_Combat_Trafficking_in_Persons 

Trafficking In Persons Report Map 2010

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Human Trafficking

Just what is Human Trafficking? We heard about the case down in Moore County, NC which resulted in the Mother selling her daughter for prostitution.

From the Bureau of Justice, “Characteristics of Suspected Human Trafficking Incidents”,  Human Trafficking has occurred if a person was induced to perform labor or a commerical sex act through force, fraud, or coercion. Any person under age 18 who performs a commercial sex act is considered a victim of human trafficking, regardless of whether force, fraud or coercion were present.

It is defined as, “The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for one of 3 purposes:

1) Labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery

2) a Commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud or coercion

3) Any Commercial sex act, if the person is under 18 years of age, regardless of whether any form or coercion is involved.

See http://www.ncjrs.gov/app/publications/bjspubs.aspx

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