FBI Rescues Over 100 Teens In Sex-Trafficking Raid

FBI Rescues Over 100 Teens In Sex-Trafficking RaidThe FBI launched a 72-hour nationwide operation targeting pimps who prey on children — an undercover mission that rescued 105 teens ranging mostly in age from 13 to 17 years old, with the youngest victim being 9 years old, authorities said Monday.

‘Children with a void’

Ronald Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s criminal division, said “Operation Cross-Country” — launched Friday — included sting operations in 76 U.S. cities that resulted in the arrests of 150 pimps.

Hosko said law enforcement refers to these young victims as “children with a void.” Once the pimp identifies that void and makes every attempt to fill it, a dependency between the child and the perpetrator develops, Hosko said.  He added that the most vulnerable victims forced into sex trafficking range in age from 13 to 16. Most of the children come from either foster care homes or are considered runaways.


‘Cut across racial lines’

“This operation targeted venues where girls and adults are operated for commercial sex,” Hosko said, including places like street tracks, truck stops, casinos and hotels.  “The victims cut across racial lines,” he said, and span all socioeconomic levels and demographics.

The FBI joined forces with 230 agencies around the country during the three-day mission, Hosko said. Every FBI field office in the nation was involved in the operation. “Operation Cross-Country” was the largest of its type and conducted under the FBI’s “Innocence Lost” initiative. The FBI said the campaign has resulted in rescuing 2,700 children since 2003.

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Source: Fox News

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Baby Dies After Parents Opt For Prayer Over Medical Treatment

Baby Dies After Parents Opt For Prayer Over Medical TreatmentA couple serving probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor could face new charges now that another son has died.

‘Faith healing’

Herbert and Catherine Schaible belong to a fundamentalist Christian church that believes in faith healing. They lost their 8-month-old son, Brandon, last week after he suffered from diarrhea and breathing problems for at least a week, and stopped eating. Four years ago, another son died from bacterial pneumonia.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that a decision on charges will be made after they get the results of an autopsy. Catherine Schaible’s attorney, Mythri Jayaraman, cautioned against a rush to judgment, and said the couple are good parents deeply distraught over the loss of another child.

A jury convicted the Schaibles of involuntary manslaughter in the January 2009 death of their 2-year-old son, Kent. The boy’s symptoms had included coughing, congestion, crankiness and a loss of appetite. His parents said he was eating and drinking until the last day, and they had thought he was getting better. The Schaibles were sentenced to 10 years’ probation.


‘Forbidding Christians from visiting doctors’

At a hearing Monday, a judge told the couple they had violated the terms of their probation, noting the Schaibles had told investigators that they prayed to God to make Brandon well instead of seeking medical attention. Prosecutors on Monday sought to have the couple jailed, but Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner permitted them to remain free because their seven other children had been placed in foster care.

Herbert Schaible, 44, and his 43-year-old wife grew up in the First Century Gospel Church in northeast Philadelphia and have served as teachers there. The church’s website has a sermon titled “Healing — From God or Medicine?” that quotes Bible verses purportedly forbidding Christians from visiting doctors or taking medicine.

Would you opt for prayer over medical treatment if your child got sick? Should Herbert and Catherine Schaible be jailed for the death of their second child?

Source: Michael Rubinkam and Maryclaire Dale, Yahoo News

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