Anyone can be a trafficker
Could you pick out a pimp from a lineup of men and women? Is there a stereotypical trafficker?
Recent news articles have included three different cases of men arrested for trafficking. One is a rapper, one a firefighter, and one a mega-church pastor. Here are summaries of the articles (click on each for details):
According to a 5/25/19 article by Tracy Wright for DailyMail.com, "Houston Rapper Sosamannwas arrested for 'human trafficking' earlier this month by the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department, according to TMZ. Sosamann — who's real name is Anthony Denson — reportedly 'lured two women to California' with promises of fame and fortune, only to force the women into prostitution. The women were picked up in a prostitution sting and told authorities during questioning that they were 'unable to escape.'"
A May 16, 2019 headline onwww.wfla.com/newsin Florida reported, "Fire lieutenant arrested for human trafficking, sex crimes against children." The article said, "An East Lake Fire Rescue firefighter was arrested on human trafficking and other charges on Thursday.Matthew Doyle, 39, was arrested by FDLE agents in Spring Hill.He faces charges of human trafficking, lewd and lascivious behavior on a victim between 12 and 16 years old and unlawful use of a two-way communications device.Those who know Doyle are shocked and stunned after hearing the news of his arrest. The father of 3 girls spent 15 years with East Lake Fire Rescue."
And onJune 7, 2019, local10com/news in Los Angeles featured the headline,"Mega church leader arrested for sex trafficking, rape." The article explains,"The leader of one of the largest mega-churches in the world has been arrested on multiple charges related to human sex trafficking and rape of a minor.
Joaquin Garcia is now behind bars after being charged Tuesday with human trafficking, production of child pornography, and forcible rape of a minor." Garcia's La Luz Del Mundo has over one million followers with churches in 50 countries worldwide, including 40 in the Southern California area, the Los Angeles Times reports. Garcia and three female co-defendants were alleged to have committed the crimes in Los Angeles County between 2015 and 2018."
A rapper, a firefighter, a pastor. You wouldn't think any of them would be a trafficker but then wolves in sheep's clothing don't look evil, do they? It's sad but true: anyone can be a trafficker and we need to be vigilant to protect the vulnerable in our communities.