Feds take down Backpage.com, an online haven for sex ads

WASHINGTON — After a fight that pitted foes of sex trafficking against advocates of free internet speech, the Justice Department Friday seized the Backpage.com website and raided the home of its co-founder. The site, long a haven for sex ads, began shutting down Friday morning, as FBI agents began taking down a network of web pages… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 7th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Human Trafficking, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

President Trump declares January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

 

In case you missed it from mainstream media sources, President Donald J. Trump called on the country to combat slavery and human trafficking last week with his declaration that January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

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Posted: January 1st, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Donald Trump, Human Trafficking, News, Sex Crimes | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Trump backs Congressman Smith’s fight to end human trafficking

WASHINGTON — Rep. Chris Smith’s legislation to fight human trafficking was one of three bills on the subject passed Wednesday by the U.S. House. Smith’s bill would earmark $568 million over four years training hotel and airline employees on how to recognize when someone traveling is being held against their will to be used as a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Human Trafficking, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

Congressman Smith’s bill to protect minorities fleeing ISIS passes House

WASHINGTON — Legislation sponsored by a New Jersey GOP congressman to protect minorities in the Middle East from attacks by the Islamic State passed the U.S. House by voice vote Tuesday. The Iraq and Syria Relief and Accountability Act was sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.) in response to mass killings of minorities, including Christians… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 8th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress, Human Trafficking, ISIS, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

29 pimps, prostitutes in N.J. arrested in FBI child sex trafficking bust

assetcontentNEWARK — More than two dozens pimps and prostitutes were arrested in New Jersey as part of an international sweep led by the FBI to crackdown on human trafficking, authorities said. In addition to the 29 arrests, a 17-year-old in New Jersey was rescued in what authorities called “Operation Cross Country X.” The FBI’s Philadelphia division… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Human Trafficking, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on 29 pimps, prostitutes in N.J. arrested in FBI child sex trafficking bust

Obama signs International Megan’s Law

Congressman Chris Smith was the sponsor of the International Megan's Law

Congressman Chris Smith was the sponsor of the International Megan’s Law

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday signed legislation named for a Hamilton girl that’s designed to alert foreign governments when registered sex offenders travel abroad. The International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and cleared by… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 9th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Human Trafficking, Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

House of Representatives Passes International Megan’s Law, Bill Awaits Obama’s Signature

By Congressman Chris Smith

Intl Megans LawEight years after I first introduced a bill to protect children in the U.S. and around the world from convicted pedophiles who travel in secret to or from the United States—currently below the radar of law enforcement officials—it is now on the verge of becoming law.

The House today passed, and sent to the President, my International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking (HR 515)—named for Megan Kanka, a seven-year-old from Hamilton, N.J. in our congressional district who was sexually assaulted and killed in 1994. Megan’s assailant was a convicted, repeat sex offender living across the street, unbeknownst to residents in the neighborhood. Due to public outcry in response to the tragedy and to hard work by Megan’s loving parents, Richard and Maureen Kanka, the New Jersey State Legislature passed the original Megan’s Law (NJSA 2C: 7-1 through 7-II) in 1994 to require public notification of convicted sex offenders living in the community.

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Posted: February 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Human Trafficking, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

19 Arrested in Monmouth Prostitution Sting

damaging-prostitution19 people were arrested last weekend on prostitution related charges according to an announcement by Sheriff Shaun Golden.  The arrests occurred in Wall and Hazlet Townships.

The undercover operation was conducted by the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Hazlet and Wall Township Police Departments.

Twelve females were charged with solicitation of prostitution and seven people were charged with promotion of prostitution. Additional charges included possession of Controlled Dangerous Substances, possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school zone and possession of a weapon. A total of $5,000 was confiscated.

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Posted: December 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Human Trafficking, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 19 Arrested in Monmouth Prostitution Sting

Gallagher on Power and Politics this weekend

Luke Margolis, Art Gallagher and Jay Lassiter on the News12 set

Luke Margolis, Art Gallagher and Jay Lassiter on the News12 set

Your favorite blogger appears on News12’s Power and Politics with Luke Margolis this weekend opposite the indefatigable Democratic activist Jay Lassiter.

Our topic was Congressman Chris Smith’s commitment to human rights and his controversial comments regarding LGBT rights vs human rights last month.

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Posted: February 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Art Gallagher, Chris Christie, Gay Marriage, Gender Equality, Human Rights, Human Trafficking, Humanity, marriage, Marriage Equality | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Gallagher on Power and Politics this weekend

U.S. House passes International Megan’s Law sponsored by N.J. Rep. Chris Smith

N.J. Congressman Chris Smith, (R-4th District, left, concludes a meeting with staff members, legal assistant, Cate Bendetti center, and Foreign Affairs Council Akkison Hollabaugh, right, before heading to the Capitol Building. Washington, DC. Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger

N.J. Congressman Chris Smith, (R-4th District, left, concludes a meeting with staff members, legal assistant, Cate Bendetti center, and Foreign Affairs Council Akkison Hollabaugh, right, before heading to the Capitol Building. Washington, DC. Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation to extend Megan’s Law beyond American borders. The bill, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.), would require the U.S. to tell other countries when convicted sex offenders are traveling there. It would also try to set up reciprocal notification systems so the U.S. is… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Human Trafficking | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on U.S. House passes International Megan’s Law sponsored by N.J. Rep. Chris Smith