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Thursday, 13 June 2013 15:27
“Human trafficking” conjures up images ofinternational sex rings and slave labor in other countries.

But human traffickers and their victims are aconstant presence in Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee Police Department has more than 125open investigations into sex traffickers, cases in which pimps are forcing, coercing or lying to victims so that they will sell sex for money, drugs orprotection.

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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.
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WASHINGTON—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.
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- You may not think that West Michigan is a hot spot for sex trafficking.
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Milwaukee -- It's one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world generating more than $32 billion a year. And Milwaukee is a hub for human trafficking. But one local woman wants to help put an end to it.

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Human trafficking, whether for work or sex, is not an "international" problem. Police say it's happening here at home, and the better law enforcement becomes at identifying it, the more they come to realize the problem is nothing new.
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BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- A husband and wife from southeastern Wisconsin have been deported to their native Philippines after completing six-year federal sentences for human trafficking.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the deportations Friday of 67-year-old Jefferson Calimlim Sr. and his 66-year-old wife, Elnora.

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Federal and local law enforcement agencies rounded up 53 adult prostitutes and three pimps during a joint operation targeting human trafficking in the Milwaukee area, the FBI announced Monday.

Seven juveniles, girls ages 16 and 17, also were taken into custody during the June 21-22 operation, the highest number of underage people "recovered" locally in the nationwide effort called Operation Cross Country, FBI Special Agent Robert Botsch said.

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The family of a teenage Milwaukee girl missing for a week talked with WISN 12 News for the first time since police arrested a man suspected of human trafficking.

A Milwaukee man is charged with the kidnapping and second-degree sexual assault of a girl who had been missing for days.

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Cassandra Lafave was reported missing by family members on November 20, after being last seen at a Milwaukee gas station two days prior. It is believed that the lovely 25-year-old has been taken to St.

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