Authorities nab 85 to combat Super Bowl sex trafficking

Shannon Ivey
February 10, 2013 Posted by Shannon Ivey smjivey@gmail.com

Below is a follow up report to last Sunday’s article:  The Underground Super Bowl Commercial

 By Naomi Martin, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

In an effort to combat the rampant sex trafficking that authorities say has historically accompanied the Super Bowl, a multi-agency task force arrested 85 people during the week leading up to Sunday’s game in New Orleans. Those arrests represented just “the tip of the iceberg” of a growing problem, State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said at a news conference Thursday.

NOLA PDOperation Innocence Lost, carried out by the New Orleans Police Department, State Police, FBI and Department of Homeland Security, among others, netted arrests on charges of human trafficking, prostitution, pandering, narcotics and weapons charges, authorities said. Fifty-three people were arrested in the New Orleans area, while 32 were nabbed in the Baton Rouge area.

“Any time you have a large influx of tourists in town and they’re spending a lot of money, there’s a criminal element that moves in to take advantage of that,” said Capt. Doug Cain, a State Police spokesman.

 

Enlarge Ted Jackson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Former victim of Sex trafficking Clemmie Greenlee talks about her experiences when she was forced into the sex trade at age 12 and didn’t escape until she was 42. She sat down and told her story while visiting New Orleans, Friday January 30, 2013 during Superbowl 2013, when sex trafficking is rampant.

Authorities booked at least two men on charges of sex trafficking and rescued five women who were allegedly brought to prostitute in New Orleans against their will. Two were trafficked from Oklahoma; two were brought from Georgia, Cain said.Details on the fifth victim’s story were scarce because she was 17 years old, so she is considered a minor by federal authorities. Her case has launched a federal investigation, Cain said.

In addition to that minor, four other children were rescued in the operation, police said, however they were not themselves being sexually exploited.

Two of the children, ages 10 and 11, were found by New Orleans police officers and state troopers during a sting operation. The children were waiting in a car outside a New Orleans location where their mother was prostituting, Edmonson said.

“The looks in those kids’ eyes was so sad,” Edmonson said at the news conference. “They thought this was normal.”

The children are now in custody of the state Department of Children and Family Services, said Ben Francois, New Orleans regional administrator for DCFS.

The other two children were rescued from a similar situation in Baton Rouge, Cain said.

The FBI will continue to provide services for the victims, said Special Agent In Charge Mike Anderson.

courtney-comardelle Courtney Comardelle, 28 Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office

As part of ongoing efforts, investigators with the state attorney general’s office arrested a 28-year-old man on Tuesday accused of seeking an underage prostitute. According to an arrest report, Courtney Allen Comardelle called undercover agents on a cell phone and offered to pay $200 in exchange for sexual acts with an 18-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl.

He was booked into the Orleans Parish jail on charges of soliciting prostitution and soliciting prostitution of a minor, records show. He was being held Thursday in lieu of $5,000 bond.

The Louisiana Human Trafficking Task operates year-round. Anyone who suspects trafficking can call 1.866.DHS.2ICE.

Originally Posted:  http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2013/02/85_sex-trafficking_arrests_in.html

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One Response to Authorities nab 85 to combat Super Bowl sex trafficking

  1. Anonymous on February 10, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Freud was not alone in observing that premature sexual exposure was extremely detrimental to children and minors. Although this is commonplace knowledge in 2007, the harmfulness of early sex has been known for decades by educators, counselors, and informed adults.

    To change America and the way Americans think of themselves it is necessary to embark upon ideological subversion. This must be implanted in the most fertile minds, the young. This has been going on unobstructed for decades. This currentism is the result. It is blossoming, growing without challenge. There are no ethics or civic classes of substance. America is now seen through the lens of imperialism and aggression. This is the managed decline of America.

    We rail about social justice and responsibility. This is an example of the “murder of a soul”.
    This is cultural and moral treason. These are the crime that covers some of the more extreme acts against one’s sovereign individualism, our independent and individual authority over our personal and private territorial imperative. Treason, witch craft, heresy, they all used to be a death penalty offense. In todays’ relativism that would cull out a good many of our politicians, business and union leaders and even teachers. But we have gone soft to tyranny and immorality.

    These are the products of a malignant, messianic narcissistic culture which if continued to be left unchecked can be guaranteed to bring about the horrors beyond those performed by Hitler, Stalin, Mao or Pol Pot.

    “Cardinal Mahony used cemetery money to pay sex abuse settlement. The Archdiocese of L.A. took $115 million from its cemeteries’ maintenance fund in 2007, nearly depleting it. The move seems legal, but it was not announced, and relatives of the dead were not told.”

    Any rationalization will never diminish or remove the actual consequences of the inappropriate approaches and sexual interaction with a minor. There is a certain irony in the use of grave yard funds to pay for the settlements in the Los Angeles Sexual Abuse Scandal by the “exposed” Cardinal Roger Mahoney. Will a “Phoenix” rise from these ashes?

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