NJ101.5 News Radio reported yesterday that Middlesex Borough police had uncovered a case of child trafficking that could have ended in something even worse. Fortunately, police arrested the suspected trafficker and reported there were as many as twenty victims:
A man who threatened to share pictures he received from a local girl if she didn't send him more is now behind bars thanks to a multi-state investigation.
Police in New Jersey and Illinois worked together on the investigation that led to the arrest of Joshua P. Breckel, 19, of Mascoutah Illinois. Breckel was identified after Middlesex police were notified back in April that the girl had been "coerced to send a suggestive photo of herself to an online acquaintance," Chief Matthew P. Geist said. The man then asked the girl for more pictures and videos, and also offered to pay her if she got her friends to send him images as well, Geist said.
After refusing to send anything else the man, later identified as Breckel, threatened to share the photo she had sent him with her family and friends "through various online means." Working with the police in Mascoutah as well as the FBI it was determined that Breckel had extorted several girls, "including one that appeared to be 9 or 10 years old." Geist said.
When police came to his home Breckel admitted to attempting to exploit the girl and also told police that he had child pornographic images on his computer. He pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis.
Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, second to drug dealing and tied with arms dealing. The FBI recently uncovered and arrested 42 child sex traffickers in New Jersey. The Star-Ledger reported that the 42 were arrested on charges that included sex trafficking, child exploitation and prostitution. A total of 84 children were rescued during the operation. Human Trafficking is modern day slavery and it is happening TODAY -- in the HERE and NOW!
Modern technology is rapidly expanding the means by which human beings are ensnared and trapped into modern slavery and then trafficked as though they were meat. The modern "slave ship" is embodied by certain websites and social media -- its "ocean" is the Internet. The media recently reported about the rescue by the FBI of a "3-month-old girl and her 5-year-old sister" who were being trafficked by a child predator "who was offering to sell the children for sex" using the Internet. Isn't it time to adopt the technology to blast these scumbags from the Internet?
Child trafficking is a $32 billion-a-year industry and is on the rise in all 50 states, according to the U.S. government. 4.5 Million of trafficked persons have been sexually exploited and nearly 300,000 Americans under 18 have been lured into the commercial sex trade. The National Human Trafficking Hotline reported that in 2016, human trafficking in the United States increased by 35.7% -- in one year! But we have the technology to stop it. So why aren't we adopting it?
We have the legislation. It's called the Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Prevention Act (S-540/ A-878). And it offers a constitutional way to prevent predators from using the Internet to sexually exploit children. It is supported by Thorn, an anti-human trafficking group that uses technology to defeat child sex traffickers.
Some members of New Jersey’s political establishment have undermined this legislation by making excuses for the actions of Senator Bob Menendez and his friend, a wealthy man who was convicted of ripping-off taxpayers and who brought women into the United States. Some have been reluctant to support the Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Prevention Act on the state and federal level. We certainly hope that this attitude changes soon and that New Jersey adopts the Act. For more information about what you can do, visit…