@Allshiny rape aftermath advice

If you learn a friend has experienced sexual violence, whether it was 10min ago or 10yrs ago, the best thing you can do is listen.

Don’t try to take charge and tell them what to do about it. This recreates the power dynamic experienced during the attack.

Everybody responds differently. Some very much want to report and get closure from doing so. Some have valid reasons not to.

Empower them to make these difficult decisions by being attentive and supportive. They need to regain a sense of agency more than anything.

There’s no How To Be A Rape Victim manual that gets handed to you at the end of an attack, and if there was I would tell you to burn it.

A rape survivor’s primary responsibility is to protect herself or himself.

It’s not fair to dump the responsibility of preventing future crimes by a rapist onto his victim’s shoulders.

Take a look at what happens to those who do report. You want more women to speak out about rape? Make that a safe choice for them.

It’s tempting to say, “You should report it so he can’t do this to someone else.” I get that.

But stop and think – how likely is our “justice” system to actually stop him? For how long?

Meanwhile, the process of reporting and prosecuting can retraumatize and further destroy a survivor’s life.

I spoke w/ a lawyer recently who told me he never advises clients to bring charges against their rapists until after they’ve had counseling.

I promise you, survivors feel enough guilt and shame without adding other people’s rapes to the mix.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault or rape, or if you want to learn more about it, visit https://www.rainn.org/ .


Sextortion in IN

TERRE HAUTE, Ind.— A Brazil, Ind. man was sentenced to serve 40 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a “sextortion” scheme that authorities said targeted hundreds of children nationwide.

Richard Finkbiner, 29, was arrested on April 6, 2012 on charges of child sexual exploitation. A search of his home uncovered more than 22,000 video files and approximately 47,000 images that depicted child pornography.

Prosecutors said a review of Finkbiner’s emails and chat logs revealed there were at least 153 victims. At least twenty of them have been identified by investigators, including one teen in Avon, Ind.

“For nearly two years, this man sat in front of his home computer and orchestrated a scheme that terrorized hundreds of young people across this country,” U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said. “It is our hope that today’s sentencing serves not just as a deterrent to criminals, but also as a warning to Hoosier families as to the dangers that can lurk on these anonymous chat websites.”

Authorities said Finkbiner would convince his victim to engage in sexually explicit activities that he would secretly record. Finkbiner would then tell his victims he would publish the videos online or send them to the victim’s family and friends if they did not become his “cam slaves” and engage in additional sexually explicit activity.

Court documents revealed a teenage female victim became so distraught from Finkbiner’s abuse that she attempted suicide.

Following his prison sentence, Finkbiner was ordered to serve lifetime federally-supervised release, register as a sexual offender and pay a fine of $70,000.

Read more: http://fox59.com/2013/06/26/ind-man-sentenced-in-sextortion-scheme-that-targeted-153-minors-nationwide/#ixzz2XLvZ8uuR

Milwaukee sex trafficking arrest

The Department of Justice today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Milwaukee has indicted Najee C. Moore, 22, on charges of conspiracy, sex trafficking and attempted forced labor, of both minor and adult victims.

The indictment alleges that Moore engaged in the sex trafficking of two different minor victims in 2010 and 2012, respectively, and used force, fraud, and coercion to compel both adult and minor victims to engage in commercial sex acts. The indictment further charges the defendant with conspiring and attempting to compel a victim into forced labor.

The matter is being investigated by the FBI, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, Milwaukee Police Department and the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Karine Moreno-Taxman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and Trial Attorney Daniel H. Weiss of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit.

An indictment is merely an accusation, and the subject is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Chicago is the fourth human trafficking destination.

The Chicago metropolitan area is fourth out of the top 20 human trafficking jurisdictions listed by the U.S. Department of Justice. More than 60 percent of human trafficking victims are U.S. citizens, ATLAST officials said.

That story and others drew a crowd of more than 100 to the Attorneys Targeting Labor and Sex Trafficking event. ATLAST is an offshoot of the Elgin-based Administer Justice organization, which offers free legal aid to low-income clients.

The Chicago metropolitan area is fourth out of the top 20 human trafficking jurisdictions listed by the U.S. Department of Justice. More than 60 percent of human trafficking victims are U.S. citizens, ATLAST officials said.

Elgin police noticed growth in the number of residences being used as brothels in 2010 and 2011, Detective Sgt. Jim Lullo said.

Frequently, the women were “moved around to different locations in the Fox Valley from Elgin to Aurora to Little Village (in Chicago) to Waukegan,” Lullo said. “Some were as young as 15 to 16.”

While some victims are physically prevented from escaping, traffickers also use psychological manipulation.

There’s a significant fear component, and it’s deepened for those who are in the country illegally, said Sarah Flagel, a legal specialist at World Relief DuPage/Aurora.

A number of recent trafficking cases have made headlines in the suburbs.

• Two Chicago men were charged with trafficking and promoting prostitution involving a 23-year-old downstate woman following a police stop in Mundelein April 3.

• A Loves Park man was charged with involuntary sexual servitude of a minor and human trafficking Jan. 2 after Arlington Heights police found him with a 16-year-old girl at a motel.

• A Glenview man who ran a massage parlor in Mount Prospect was sentenced to life in prison in November 2012 after convictions for sex trafficking and forced labor. His victims included women from the Ukraine and Belarus.

Referring to the recent case of the three Cleveland women kidnapped and kept in captivity 10 years, panelists urged the public to inform authorities if they see anything suspicious.

“Please bother us, please call us,” Lullo said. “You need to call us so we can go out and take a look at things.”

Along with local authorities, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at (888) 373-7888 can provide information on how to get help.

Sponsors for Saturday’s forum also included the Elgin Police Department and Willow Creek Community Church.\


Lake County Arrest

A Lake County Sheriff’s deputy has been accused of soliciting sex from a prostitute.

Eric Francke, 33, was charged with one count of obstruction of justice and one count of solicitation of a sexual act.

According to Mundelein police, during a routine traffic stop on April 3, where two other offenders were charged with involuntary servitude for holding a prostitute against her will, police somehow learned that Francke had also, on another occasion, solicited this same prostitute.

According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, Francke obstructed justice by deleting text messages exchanged with the prostitute. They also claim he offered “a person not his spouse, $300 to perform an act of sexual penetration.”

Francke’s bond was set at $10,000, and he was released after posting the required 10 percent.

Francke been with the sheriff’s office since September 2008. He is currently on administrative leave without pay.

Two Chicago men were arrested by Mundelein police April 3 on allegations they forced a 23-year-old downstate woman to work for them as a prostitute, Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther said Monday. Aaron Thurmond, 22, and Jeffrey Horton, 27, were charged with trafficking in persons/involuntary servitude, promoting prostitution and money laundering.

Guenther said Thurmond, Horton and the Champaign-area woman were traveling through Mundelein about 11:15 p.m. when an officer noticed the headlights of their vehicle were turned off. The officer made a traffic stop, Guenther said, and searched the vehicle.

During the search, police said, the woman told officers she was paid $300 to have sex with a man in Wauconda and was heading to meet another man in Antioch.

That man turned out to be Francke, Guenther confirmed.

“From there, all the information was turned over to the state’s attorney’s office and charges were handled by them,” he said. “We also contacted the sheriff’s office to ensure this was handled in the most appropriate way.”

Read more: http://wgntv.com/2013/05/13/mundelein-deputy-sheriff-accused-of-soliciting-prostitute/#ixzz2TDjXvdb8


River Grove, IL April 2013


Two Wisconsin women have been charged in Illinois with human trafficking for allegedly involving a juvenile girl in prostitution.

Shannon Hathaway, of Stoughton, and Elizabeth Roeder, of Milwaukee, were charged with involuntary servitude of a minor and trafficking for labor/benefits, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s department said investigators answered an online classified ad for prostitution services and Roeder responded. During the transaction, Roeder arranged for a 17-year-old girl to take her place, the Chicago Tribune reported. Roeder had driven the girl from Wisconsin to Illinois, the Tribune reported.

Bond was set Saturday at $175,000 for Hathaway, 41, and $150,000 for the Roeder, 33.

The victim has been reunited with her family, the sheriff’s office reported.
Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/crime_and_courts/two-wisconsin-women-charged-with-human-trafficking/article_6109a394-e0ee-55ea-bbb5-ac83f6d75faa.html#ixzz2QUN2Jbnk




Schiller Park, IL February 2013

Prostitutes were allegedly detained in a suburban Schiller Park home, driven to and from sex jobs, and if they misbehaved, were deprived of the drugs that their ringleader, Keith “Shampoo” Williams had hooked them on, authorities said Friday.

Williams, 52, of Schiller Park, also allegedly urinated on the women to punish them

At least six women were identified as human trafficking victims of Williams, his accused chauffeur, Roman Kurek, 49, and the alleged lead prostitute, Sylvia Topolewski, 37, who served the women on an actual silver platter, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said.

The three, who shared a blond brick two-flat in the near northwest suburb, all are charged with involuntary servitude, a felony charge that carries a possible prison sentence of up to 30 years, and with human trafficking. Kurek faces an additional charge of promoting prostitution, and Topolewski of prostitution, Alvarez said at a news conference. Williams is being held on $650,000 bail; the other two on $350,000 each.

“What started out as a standard investigation into drugs and prostitution quickly evolved into something which was much more complex,” she said, flanked by Schiller Park police and the others who worked the eight-month undercover investigation. “Keith Williams was the chief operating officer of a sex trafficking house of horrors, providing the sexual services and drug-addicted women to countless numbers of paying customers and collecting all of the significant cash profits for himself and his associates.”

Alvarez said at least six women have been identified and offered assistance though the county’s Human Trafficking Initiative, but more are believed to exist. Anyone with information should call Schiller Park police at (847) 678-4794.