Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-04-23 23:49:34 GMT
Suspicious items were found today at three locations in Tucson. Police investigated the discoveries at three locations: the Federal Courthouse, on South 12th Avenue and South Canada Drive, and at 2 E. Congress Street.More >
Suspicious items were found today at three locations in Tucson. Police investigated the discoveries at three locations: the Federal Courthouse, on South 12th Avenue and South Canada Drive, and at 2 E. Congress Street. More >
Thursday, April 24 2014 8:55 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:55:13 GMT
Some funny guys are visiting the University of Arizona before their new movie hits theaters.Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (AKA McLovin') and Jerrod Carmichael we be on campus on Thursday to promoteMore >
Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (AKA McLovin') and Jerrod Carmichael we be on campus on Thursday to promote their new movie "Neighbors."More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:15 PM EDT2014-04-23 23:15:08 GMT
Six people hired to protect children in Arizona have been fired. Charles Flanagan, the head of Arizona's new child welfare agency, said he fired five senior Child Protective Service workers who came upMore >
Charles Flanagan, the head of Arizona's new child welfare agency, said he fired five senior Child Protective Service workers who came up with a plan that led to more than 6,500 abuse and neglect cases being closed.More >
Thursday, April 24 2014 1:28 AM EDT2014-04-24 05:28:48 GMT
A car accident has closed Silverbell Road at Sunset Wednesday night, according to Pima County Sheriff's Office. Tucson Electric Power has arrived on the scene, repairing power lines. They are workingMore >
Tucson Electric Power is on the scene, repairing power lines. They are working to restore service during the closure.More >
Thursday, April 24 2014 8:44 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:44:55 GMT
Affordable, structured care for infants up to preschool has been a move pushed by new Tucson Unified School District superintendent HT Sanchez to build loyalty with employees and parents.More >
Early Learning Centers are set to open July 1st. Employees can get discounts and enroll infants as young as six weeks old.More >
A local advocacy group will be using a dramatic display to protest
sex trafficking at major Gem, Mineral, and Fossil showcase sites this weekend.
Jerry Peyton, Executive Director of Sold No More, a Tucson-based
organization combating the selling of children for sex in Arizona, said big
events like the Gem and Mineral show attracted sex traffickers from around the
country into Tucson.
Peyton said women were advertised on the internet, as well as by
word of mouth at hotels, motels and events surrounding the Gem and Mineral
show. To raise awareneness, the group planned to set up a life sized doll
box outside major events. Inside the doll box would be a young girl,
representing a victim of human trafficking.
"You know when you go to a store to buy a doll, she's in a
beautiful box. We think nothing of buying the dolls for our kids or
grandkids. I think most of us are shocked to find out that people are
actually buying girls,little girls. They're renting them, paying for
these girls who are then dressed up. They dress them up to sell
them," said Peyton.
Peyton said this was a personal cause for him because his own
daughter was a victim of human trafficking.
"We've met several victims here. We have one right now
who was just last week being sold in Tucson by a man who made $10,000 through
her in the last month.
Beth Jacobs, a human trafficking survivor who was held as a sex slave
from age of 16 to 22 said she was very familiar with that world. Jacobs
said her "pimps" typically took the girls to big events around the
country like conventions, and the World series. Jacobs said events
like the Gem and Mineral show brought back some dark memories for her.
Jacobs founded the organization Willows Way to help victims of sex
trafficking get back on their feet. Jacobs said the girls told her
stories of how competitive the world of prostitution gets during big events
that draw a large number of visitors.
Jacobs said the pimps advertised the girls on websites, and made
deals in hotel rooms. They could not legally state a girl was underage
but typically used words like "young", "fresh", or
"inexperienced" to represent underage girls.
Jacobs said the "Johns" who paid her for sex did not
seem to care about her age.
We browsed around on popular websites and found several women
advertising their services for "gem show clients" and calling
themselves "gem show hotties".
According to a press release issued by Sold No More: "Mr.
Peyton has first-hand knowledge of child sex trafficking during the Gem &
Mineral show, including a seventeen year old girl being sold during last year's
show. According to Mr. Peyton, "She was picked up in a law
enforcement sting operation at a local hotel, along with adult women who were
being prostituted. The girl had no identification, no money and no
contact information, but she did have her pimp's name tattooed across her neck.
She was brought to Tucson from Texas. No one knows what happened to her
after she was picked up and then ran away from a youth group home."
Tucson police were unavailable for a comment on our story today.
"It has nothing to do with the gems and minerals. It is
a big event. I hate to say it, but when thousands of men are away from home
they think they can be anonymous and buy sex from girls. We want to let
them know we don't tolerate that here in Tucson," said Peyton.
According to facts listed on the website www.soldnomore.org 100,000 US
children are trafficked annually. The average age a child enters
into sex slavery is 13. 30% of runaways are approached by
traffickers within 48 hours. Statistically, some 300 runaway girls in
Tucson will be approached by traffickers just this year. 6-10 minors are
arrested annually in Pima County for prostitution, and only 1 percent of the girls who
experience sex trafficking receive help.
Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:35:48 GMT
By STEVE KARNOWSKIAssociated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The FBI asked for the public's help Tuesday to identify at least 90 potential victims of a suspected child predator who worked at 10 American andMore >
The FBI is asking for the public's help to identify at least 90 potential victims of a suspected child predator who maintained a home in South Carolina.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:44 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:44:27 GMT
Camden Police arrested a woman after a group of girls found a loaded .45-caliber pistol inside the bathroom of a fast foot restaurant. Police arrested 45-year-old Robin Lei Albert and charged her withMore >
Camden Police arrested a woman after a group of girls found a loaded .45-caliber pistol inside the bathroom of a fast food restaurant.More >
Thursday, April 24 2014 7:25 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:25:54 GMT
The pictures strewn about Ava Boyce's house are a constant but pleasant reminder of the "angel" she said she had for 18 years."He never got in trouble, he never lied," said Boyce, talking about her lateMore >
The pictures strewn about Ava Boyce's house are a constant but pleasant reminder of the "angel" she said she had for 18 years.More >