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5 arrested on human trafficking charges were part of nationwide sting by FBI
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These five men face charges of criminal attempt to commit human trafficking.

Encounters of Hope

What: Interpretive dance presented by Chaddah Dance Company and Rahab’s Rope to fight human trafficking

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 24

Where: Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main St., Gainesville

More info: www.rahabsrope.com

 

Local anti-trafficking organizations

Beautiful Feet Ministries, http://www.ssrevolution.com/#!beautiful-feet/c97v, 678-989-0255

Rahab’s Rope, http://www.rahabsrope.com/, 678-707-7055

 

Human trafficking indicators

Living with employer

Poor living conditions

Multiple people in cramped space

Inability to speak to individual alone

Answers appear to be scripted and rehearsed

Employer is holding identity documents

Signs of physical abuse

Submissive or fearful

Unpaid or paid very little

Under 18 and in prostitution

Source: U.S. Department of State

A nationwide human trafficking sting run by the FBI resulted in charges against five area men arrested over the weekend in Gainesville.

The operation resulted in the recovery of 149 underage trafficking victims and the arrest of 153 pimps nationwide.

The local case did not involve any child victims. The men allegedly offered money for sex to an undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old, according to arrest warrants.

Seven child victims were recovered in Georgia, according to FBI officials.

Victim specialists were provided, with services including crisis intervention and resources for basic needs like medical, food, clothing and shelter.

Nine people, most from metro Atlanta, were arrested on charges related to pimping. They include Amanda Mcconnell, 39; Kevin Lashawn Adams, 37, of Atlanta; Hadrian Crichlow, 34; Shannon Mussa, 24; Latoya Tamara Taylor, 33, of Cleveland, Ohio; Sharnece Joyner, 24; Kelvin Howard, 60, of Decatur; Christopher J. Pudwill, 30, of Kathleen; and Billy Dewayne Denson, 40, of Warner Robins.

Atlanta had the largest underground commercial sex economy of major U.S. cities in 2007 at $290 million, according to a 2014 report from the Urban Institute and U.S. Department of Justice.

Atlanta’s sex economy was about 2.5 times larger than the 2013 payroll of the Atlanta Falcons football team.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia reports that Atlanta and its suburbs are now a major transportation hub for trafficking young women from Mexico, and Atlanta is one of 14 U.S. cities with the highest levels of sex trafficking of children. Easy access to commercial air and ground routes entice criminals engaged in human trafficking.

We “can no longer assume that it’s just happening in Third World countries,” said Emily Cohen, who worked with trafficking victims in India for two years and is retail manager at Rahab’s Rope. The store on Gainesville’s downtown square is part of a nonprofit that “exists to give hope and opportunity to women and girls that are at risk or have been forced into the commercial sex trade of India,” according to its website.

“We’ve got proof that it’s right here in our own backyard,” Cohen said. “The question becomes what are we going to do to protect our own girls?”

20 ways you can help fight human trafficking, according to the U.S. Department of State

The five men arrested in Gainesville and facing charges of criminal attempt to commit human trafficking, criminal attempt to commit child molestation and pandering were Sambo Kong, 29, of Athens; David Bryan Bryant, 48, of Gainesville; Clifford Allen Nash, 37, of Commerce; Aaron Clayton Boone, 32, of Cleveland; and Sagarkumar Chetankumar Patel, 22, of Oakwood.

Attempts to reach the five men for comment at the phone numbers listed in the Hall County Comprehensive Justice Information System were unsuccessful.

The warrants list the incidents as happening between Friday and Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn on Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.

The hotel was aware of the sting operation, according to General Manager Richard Labriola.

“Our industry is keenly aware of the problem of underage prostitution and the use of hotels to facilitate it,” he said. “We are pleased to cooperate fully with law enforcement in its efforts to eradicate this from our community.”

The operation was spearheaded by the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and involved state and local law enforcement across the country.

The local authorities involved the case also involved the Gainesville Police Department, Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Oakwood Police.

Because the Hall County Jail serves as a federal holding facility, the men are housed in the county until their court hearings, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes.


Encounters of Hope

What: Interpretive dance presented by Chaddah Dance Company and Rahab’s Rope to fight human trafficking

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 24

Where: Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main St., Gainesville

More info: www.rahabsrope.com

 

Local anti-trafficking organizations

Beautiful Feet Ministries, http://www.ssrevolution.com/#!beautiful-feet/c97v, 678-989-0255

Rahab’s Rope, http://www.rahabsrope.com/, 678-707-7055


Human trafficking indicators

Living with employer

Poor living conditions

Multiple people in cramped space

Inability to speak to individual alone

Answers appear to be scripted and rehearsed

Employer is holding identity documents

Signs of physical abuse

Submissive or fearful

Unpaid or paid very little

Under 18 and in prostitution

Source: U.S. Department of State

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