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Human Trafficking: Not Just a Man’s Profit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 14:29
With $32 Billion for Grabs Annually, More Women are
Profiting from the Subjugation of Children & Other Women

As terrible as human trafficking is for each subjugated person throughout the world, Sharon Buchbinder says women and children are especially vulnerable.

“Forced labor, organ harvesting and the soul-destroying, commercial sex industry often feature men as vicitms; however, it is the commercial sex industry that accounts for approximately 75 to 80 percent of human trafficking, which predominately targets women and girls,” says Buchbinder, an award-winning, multi-published novelist who recently published “Obsession,” (www.sharonbuchbinder.com), which deals with international kidnapping.

“There are more than 27 million slaves worldwide, according to the United Nations, generating an estimated $32 billion in profits, most of which are earned on the backs of young women, yet more and more case findings are uncovering women as ringleaders and operators of trafficking syndicates,” she says.

Buchbinder reviews some recent cases:

• A Saudi Arabian princess charged in Los Angeles: Meshael Alayban faces one felony count of human trafficking after being accused of holding a domestic servant against her will at her condominium in Irvine, Calif. Alayban is one of the wives of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud. A female servant, originally from Kenya, escaped and flagged down a bus, after which she told her story to local police. The woman says she was promised weekends off and a good wage but was forced to work 16-hour days, seven days a week and was paid only $220 a month. Alayban faces a maximum sentence of 12 years if convicted. She is being held in the Orange County jail in lieu of $5 million bail.

• United Nations study shows females traffic more sex workers than men in developing countries: Using data from 155 countries, the UN’s first international report attempting to calculate the scope, nature and patterns of human trafficking found a disproportionately high number of female perpetrators selling other women into slavery. The report uncovered an alarming trend: women who were once victims of the sex trade often develop into ringleaders of the illegal, underground sex industry. Researchers cite money, poverty and a skewed psychological perspective for possible reasons for this phenomenon.

• Woman recently sentenced to more than seven years in a federal prison for trafficking a 16-year-old in three different states: Jessica Loren Posey was sentenced earlier this year to serve time for transporting a juvenile girl to Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio for the purpose of prostitution. According to a U.S. attorney, Posey met the girl at a party and coerced her to engage in sex for money. Posey, 25, marketed the girl using uploaded pictures on various pornographic websites, and she arranged meetings at hotel rooms, driving the girl there.

“In America, we often think of slavery as a problem of the past; in reality, however, there are more human slaves in the world today than ever before in history, with roughly 27 million people are held as slaves worldwide,” Buchbinder says. “Unfortunately, this is likely to be a persistent problem – a human trafficker can potentially earn 20 times the amount paid for a girl, which can be worth a quarter million dollars. Unlike drugs and guns, girls can be used over and over again.”

About Sharon Buchbinder

Sharon Buchbinder is an award-winning author published in contemporary, erotic, paranormal and romantic-suspense genres. After working in health care delivery for years, Buchbinder became an executive, a health care researcher and an academic in higher education. Despite enjoying the good life with a good career, her supportive husband and an amazing son, the itch to write kept beckoning her. She credits much of her success to the kindness of family, friends, critique partners, Romance Writers of America and Maryland Romance Writers.

 
Iowa Supreme Court to Hold Public Hearing in Des Moines PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judical Branch   
Friday, 05 July 2013 11:44

Des Moines, (July 1, 2013) —The Iowa Supreme Court will hold a public hearing Tuesday, July 9, 2013, on the fourth floor of the Judicial Branch Building, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The supreme court will hear public input on the proposed new rule of juvenile procedure 8.36, which would establish standards for practice, a minimum experience requirement, and a separate continuing legal education requirement for attorneys representing parents in juvenile court.

The morning schedule consists of oral presentations from individuals expressing different viewpoints on the proposed rule. These include:

Sam Langholz, State Public Defender

Bethany J. Currie, Attorney, Peglow, O'Hare & See, PLC

Brent Pattison, Middleton Center for Children's Rights

Former Judge John G. Mullen

Marti Nerentstone, Attorney, Marti Nerenstone Law Office

Judge Susan Christensen and Judge Connie Cohen

Judge Karen Kaufman Salic

After the oral presentations and a lunch break, the public hearing will move to the historic Supreme Court Courtroom (Room 103) of the State Capitol at 1:30 p.m. for a roundtable discussion with the presenters and the court.

Copies of the proposed rule, accompanying practice standards, and public comments can be found at www.iowacourts.gov/Supreme_Court/Orders/. Copies are also available at the office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court. Additional resource information related to the proposed rule is available at http://www.iowacourts.gov/Administration/Childrens_Justice/Childrens_Justice/Task_Forces_on_Attorney_Standards/

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Clinton Woman Sentenced to 21 Months Imprisonment for Tax Offenses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Val Quast   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 13:20
DAVENPORT, IA – On May 17, 2013, Regina Jimenez, age 60, of Clinton, Iowa, was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment on two counts of filing false tax returns, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt.  United States District Judge Stephanie M. Rose also sentenced Jimenez to one year of supervised release and ordered her to pay $332,465.00 in restitution.

Jimenez operated AA Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. in Clinton, Iowa from approximately 2007 through 2011.  Jimenez used the business to facilitate the theft of over $300,000 from a client who believed that Jimenez would use the money to pay the client’s taxes.  

Jimenez instead used the money for gambling expenditures, and did not report the stolen funds on her tax returns.

This case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation, and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.


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Davenport Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine Base PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Val Quast   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 13:02

DAVENPORT, IA – On May 17, 2013, Mauriosantana Paul Cowan, age 40, was sentenced to 300 months imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt.  United States District Judge Stephanie M. Rose also sentenced Cowan to ten years of supervised release following the imprisonment.

From at least March 2009 and continuing until April 26, 2010, Cowan conspired with others to distribute large amounts of cocaine base.  Cowan purchased cocaine base in Chicago from various sources and then redistributed these drugs to various individuals in the Quad Cities.  

Cowan purchased cocaine base in multiple ounce to half kilogram quantities and made deliveries in Davenport, Iowa, approximately every other week over a six month period.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department, and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Davenport Man Sentenced to Thirty Years in Prison After Federal Drug Conviction PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Val Quast   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:20
DAVENPORT, IA - On May 17, 2013, Roscoe Chambers, age 41, from Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Stephanie M. Rose to 360 months imprisonment, after a jury found him guilty of two counts of distribution of crack cocaine and one count of possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt.  Chambers was also ordered to serve eight years of supervised release after release from prison, and to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund.

On June 23, 2012 and June 24, 2012, law enforcement officers conducted two controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Chambers in a Davenport, Iowa, parking lot.  On June 23rd, Chambers also expressed interest in purchasing two handguns.  Based on these controlled purchases and other investigations, the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department conducted a search of Chambers’ Davenport apartment.  From this apartment, officers seized over 70 additional grams of crack cocaine, cash and other items consistent with drug distribution.  On January 10, 2013, a jury found Chambers guilty of two counts of distribution of crack cocaine and one count of possession with the intent to distribute.  At sentencing, Chambers was found to be a career
offender based on two prior convictions for crimes of violence.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Iowa State Patrol, Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Davenport Police Department. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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