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Million Kids Insider Alert - Violent Virginia Bloods Pimp Sentenced for Sex Trafficking

This is the continuing series of case analysis involving violent gang members who exploit women and control them through violence.  This case is about Dominic Cunningham, a violent pimp who was sentenced on three counts involving forced prostitution.  Cunningham controlled his victim by kicking, hitting  and whipping her with a belt and threatening to kill her and her family. This case analysis is shared to educate advocates about the various ways gangs trafficked their victims.  Sometimes they operate in large scale multi state rings with dozens of victims such as the Blood case we recently analyzed with "Macknificent".  In this case it is an individual pimp who belongs to a gang and is exploiting the victim in extremely violent circumstances.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/million-kids/support

6mins

26 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Million Kids Exploited - Blood Gangs Sex Trafficking Case

A look at a multi state adult sex trafficking ring led by a violent pimp with the gang moniker "Macknificent".  There are several unique factors that we should take note of in understanding the many different ways gangs use to exploit women and conduct multi million dollar money laundering operations. Much of the sex selling took place in upscale mansions in the Dallas Ft Worth area. There were at least 20 women being coerced and forced into commercial sex. There may be as many as 100 female victims nation wide. Obviously there were other pimps working with Macknificent that have not yet been arrested. The sex trafficking and money laundering was facilitated by two females working with the pimp. This is organized criminal activity conducting forced prostitution in at least 13 states. This case is about money laundering of at least $7.3 million made by prostituting women. Macknificent, the controlling pimp was violent and often threatened to harm and kill the women. The female victims feared for their lives. They were forced to earn $1000 a day and only received $10 of it to eat. They were beaten, slapped, raped, burned and kicked. Police received tips of criminal activity prior to this SWAT raid but could not gather enough evidence to justify a warrant. Initial interviews of the exploited females resulted in denial of any prostitution activity. Police were called to a home invasion shooting and connected with one of the females. That female later escaped and went to the hospital after being shot in the buttocks. The escaped female trusted police enough to confess and her story was corroborated with prior police investigation details. The most important take away is that there is no text book case of gang trafficking.  It is critical to understand the indicators of each case to educate yourself and others on how individual gang pimps and large scale criminal organizations use and exploit innocent people to make and launder millions of dollars. Photo Credit: Josie Stephens --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/million-kids/support

49mins

25 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Million Kids Insider Alert - Bloods Gang Sex Trafficking Ring

This is a case analysis on a multi state adult sex trafficking ring led by a violent pimp with the gang moniker "Macknificent".  There are several unique factors that we should take note of in understanding the many different ways gangs use to exploit women and conduct multi million dollar money laundering operations. Much of the sex selling took place in upscale mansions in the Dallas Ft Worth area. There were at least 20 women being coerced and forced into commercial sex. There may be as many as 100 female victims nation wide. Obviously there were other pimps working with Macknificent that have not yet been arrested. The sex trafficking and money laundering was facilitated by two females working with the pimp. This is organized criminal activity conducting forced prostitution in at least 13 states. This case is about money laundering of at least $7.3 million made by prostituting women. Macknificent, the controlling pimp was violent and often threatened to harm and kill the women. The female victims feared for their lives. They were forced to earn $1000 a day and only received $10 of it to eat. They were beaten, slapped, raped, burned and kicked. Police received tips of criminal activity prior to this SWAT raid but could not gather enough evidence to justify a warrant. Initial interviews of the exploited females resulted in denial of any prostitution activity. Police were called to a home invasion shooting and connected with one of the females. That female later escaped and went to the hospital after being shot in the buttocks. The escaped female trusted police enough to confess and her story was corroborated with prior police investigation details. The most important take away in this case review is that there is no text book case of gang trafficking.  It is critical to understand the indicators of each case to educate yourself and others on how individual gang pimps and large scale criminal organizations use and exploit innocent people to make and launder millions of dollars.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/million-kids/support

36mins

23 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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Million Kids Insider Alert - USING A DATING APP TO CONTACT A MINOR FOR A SEXUAL TRYST

This week a Riverside County Jury convicted Leonides Edgardo Guzman of contacting a minor to commit lewd acts, possession of child pornography and attempted production of child pornography. According to Riverside County District Attorney's office, last August, Guzman was using a dating app when he contacted one of the agency's undercover investigators who identified himself as a 13 year old girl from Beaumont, California. Guzman then sent several pictures of intimate body parts and asked to meet the young girl at Nicklaus Park in Beaumont according to prosecutors.  When he showed up he was taken into custody without incident. Mr. Guzman is awaiting sentencing.  If you have any information regarding Leonides Edgardo Guzman please contact Riverside County Child exploitation Team at 1-866-723-3595 or email safe@RivCoDA.org.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/million-kids/support

4mins

21 Jul 2021

Rank #4

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Million Kids Insider Alert - MOVIE PRODUCER ARRESTED FOR CHARGES RELATED TO AN INTERNATIONAL PROSTITUTION RING

Dillon Jordan, a California based film producer was recently arrested in San Bernardino and made his initial appearance before a Federal Judge in Riverside.  The charges are related to allegations that Jordan ran an international prostitution ring under the names of his production company and events planning company. He was charged in an indictment with conspiracy to violate the Mann Act, along with Mann Act and Travel Act violations and money laundering, “in connection with operating a prostitution business and laundering the proceeds of that prostitution business through two front companies – a purported party and event planning company and an actual movie production company,” prosecutors said in the press release. Dillon Jordan produced "Skin" and "The Kindergarten Teacher" through Paperchase Films.  He allegedly disguised payments for prostitution describing them as fees for modeling appearances, consulting, massage therapy and house parties. The indictment accuses Jordan of maintaining a “roster of women” who “performed sexual acts” for Jordan’s clients around the U.S., including in New York, in exchange for payment. Dillon Jordan used several aliases:  Daniel Jordan, Daniel Maurice Hatton and Daniel Bohler. If you have any information related to Dillon Jordan and an International Prostitution Ring, please contact FBI Special Agent in Charge, George M. Crouch Jr in Newark, New Jersey FBI office or contact the National Hotline 1-888-373-7888 and ask them to refer it to FBI- Agent Crouch- Newark, New Jersey.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/million-kids/support

6mins

19 Jul 2021

Rank #5

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Million Kids Exploited - HOW CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS BENEFIT WHEN ALLOWED TO EXPLOIT PEOPLE ON U.S. SOIL

This podcast looks at the intersection of doing away with the rule of law and not prosecuting "low level" crimes.  We explore the impact of the millions of dollars that are generated when innocent teens are exploited through commercial sex in the Inland Empire and the proceeds are laundered to Mexico.   We talk about the new industry where gangs and cartels use indentured migrants to shop lift and commit home burglaries and the money is used to grow the influence of gangs and cartels both in the US and internationally.  We explore labor trafficking where hundreds of Laotians ( Hmong) are used to harvest illegal marijuana grown in California communities and many are living in deplorable conditions and being physically exploited. Photo Credit: Kat Jayne --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/million-kids/support

49mins

18 Jul 2021

Rank #6

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Million Kids Exploited - AN IMPORTANT CONVERSATION WITH YOUR TEEN

Nearly every day we see a disturbing headline about how some popular social media app is being used by pimps, predators, gangs and cartels to access, seduce, recruit and exploit our kids.  The volume of the schemes is sometimes overwhelming and the level of sophistication these groups use to lure kids into easy money or a seductive relationships seems intimidating at times. Just in the past few weeks we see how India has banned Tik Tok and Likee because thousands of young people disappear after they have  responded to offers of becoming a professional movie maker after sending a Tik Tok video. Several headlines in the U.S. announce that cartels and gangs are using Facebook and Whats App to recruit migrants for coyote crossings and even using online apps to pay the coyotes for the illegal crossing. Then another article about how border Cartels use Tik Tok, and social media to encourage American Teens to borrow the family car and pick up migrants for cash after they crossed the border. The possibilities for exploitation after reading these articles gives you cold chills. But they cannot be ignored.  Our kids will live in a world where they will interact with millions of people they have met, offering them a chance to make a quick and easy buck or a relationship where they will find true love and inclusion.  It is absolutely critical to educate our young people about how these schemes and scams work and how to be a leader for others so they will not be seduced and violated. Photo Credit: cottonbro --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/million-kids/support

49mins

11 Jul 2021

Rank #7

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Million Kids Exploited - TEXAS SUPREME COURT RULES THAT FACEBOOK COULD BE HELD LIABLE FOR SEX TRAFFICKING ON ITS PLATFORM

These are fascinating times regarding global social media platforms and who is responsible when someone is exploited through a social media post. Whether it is one of our naive and vulnerable kids playing on line or an unaccompanied minor being lured in by a coyote through social media.  Have you ever considered  when a minor is exploited online, who is responsible? The parent most often buys the minor a phone and down loads the apps.  When downloading an app, you must click on "I agree" to get the app.. Most parents never read the terms of what they agree to including the minimal age requirement of the user.  The parent has determined that their child is more responsible than most people their age and overlooks any age requirement believing their child will not violate the terms of the app contract.  The child then decides that they are more sophisticated or mature than others and overlooks the rules the parent has agreed to by accessing and downloading apps they are not legally old enough to use. Often they send explicit videos and photos where they end up connecting with a pedophile, pimp or gang member and are violated. The app platform feels they are protected because the parent has "Agreed" to their terms.  Additionally the larger app companies have more than 2 Billion users and their position is that their services are offered with the users agreement to terms and conditions and it is impossible for them to monitor every post to see if it contains sexually explicit materials or exploitation of an underage user. Social media is a unique phenomenon.  Historically, social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and even some of the world's largest porn sites have contended that they are protected under Section 230 - an internet law that says online platforms are not responsible for third party content posted on the service's site. Social media is not like a public utility where you pay a fee and use the communications device.  It is a platform offering the public free access to post a wide range of content words, photos, videos etc provided they agree to abide by their "contract" to use the platform appropriately. In 2018 Congress passed Fosta/Sesta laws signed by then President Trump. In essence these laws hold social media platform organizations responsible for the content that the public has posted on their site.  This law makes it illegal to knowingly assist, facilitate, or support sex trafficking, and amend the Section 230 safe harbors of the Communications Decency Act (which make online services immune from civil liability for the actions of their users) to exclude enforcement of federal or state sex trafficking laws from its immunity. Texas’ highest court has ruled that Facebook can be held liable for sex trafficking carried out on its social media platforms, after several victims accused the company of knowingly benefiting from its online facilitation. Friday’s ruling by the state’s Supreme Court allows three civil lawsuits by trafficking victims to proceed against the social media giant, after the court determined that current laws do not permit Facebook, or any other website, to act as a “lawless no-man’s-land,” according to the Houston Chronicle.  Photo Credit: Ibraim Leonardo--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/million-kids/support

49mins

4 Jul 2021

Rank #8

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Million Kids Insider Alert - YOUR HELP IS NEEDED - Child Porn / Sheriff Deputy Marc Goodwin Arrest

San Bernardino County Sheriff, Marc Goodwin (43) was arrested and charged with 16 felonies relating to possession and publication of child pornography.  The charges of possession of child pornography and possession of sadomasochistic child pornography are based on crimes committed from around June 8 through June 24, 2021 according to the charging documents. Sgt. Marc Goodwin allegedly transmitted the pornographic images utilizing the email address of "loweredforlife.com". The charging documents allege that Goodwin exhibited or published material depicting child sexual content at least 10 separate times from August to October 2012, once in November 2014, twice in January 2017 and one in May of 2021. Sheriff John McMahon said in a tweet.  "I find it extremely disappointing when a member of our department acts in a manner that discredits the good work being done daily by our deputies.".  McMahon said Goodwin "is no longer employed with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. If you have any information about or have received any pornographic images under the name "LOWERED FOR LIFE .COM"  or "LOWEREDFORLIFE.COM" please contact: Corporal Brad Guith Fontana Police Department - Internet Crimes Against Children Unit 909-350-7723 BGuith@Fontana.org PLEASE NOTE: A criminal complaint, an arrest, or an indictment is a formal accusation or allegation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/million-kids/support

8mins

1 Jul 2021

Rank #9

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Million Kids Exploited - Latest in Sex Trafficking

California SB357 has been approved by California Senate and is in the Assembly Public Safety Committee and waiting for a vote. THIS BILL WILL LEGALIZE STREET PROSTITUTION IN CALIFORNIA.  Million Kids believes this to be a catastrophe if it passes.  Unlike other states that have legalized prostitution, this bill has few limitations on where and how the street commercial sex will take place.  Most important it appears to have few protections for the victims of sex trafficking. At the same time,  California  Office of Law Administration has declared a state of emergency to invoke the early release of up to 76,000 prisoners of which 20,000 could be prisoners charged with sex offenses.  What about the people who testified against them? Also some good news.  Dozens of women sued Pornhub for posting videos without their consent. These women were purportedly offered what appeared to be legitimate "clothed" modeling jobs and when they arrived at the studio they found out they would be doing porn shots.  They were allegedly threatened and coerced into meeting the terms of their contract with the false promise that the films would not be distributed publicly.  In the end, the films were distributed around the globe. Photo Credit: Engin Akyurt --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/million-kids/support

49mins

27 Jun 2021

Rank #10