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Human Trafficking Rescue Project

Human Trafficking Rescue ProjectThe U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri launched the Human Trafficking Rescue Project (HTRP) in 2006 to combat human trafficking.  The federal task force is comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  The task force has also partnered with non-government organizations to provide necessary services for victims of human trafficking.   HTRP has become one of the most successful human trafficking task forces in the country.  The investigation and prosecution of human trafficking, known as modern day slavery, has been and continues to be a top priority at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Missouri.

HTRP has investigated both commercial sex trafficking and forced labor violations.  While the prosecutions have resulted in array of charges, they are predominately prosecuted under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA).  The cases have involved the rescue of international and domestic victims.

(View a list of recent press releases.)

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Missouri continues to be a leader in the fight against human trafficking and has prosecuted more trafficking cases than any other District in the United States.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office was the first to utilize the TVPA to address the demand side of human trafficking by also prosecuting the customers of sex trafficking victims.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office also broke new ground by being the first to prosecute a parent for trafficking their own child; to charge the act of advertising trafficking victims online; and to utilize the TVPA to prosecute intra-state sex trafficking of children.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office was also the first to combine the TVPA with the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and to utilize the newly enacted fraud in foreign labor contracting statute to charge an international trafficking enterprise.

HTRP embodies the Justice Department’s victim-centered approach because it is specifically engineered to aid in identifying victims, providing them with immediate protection and support, and then working with them to further investigate and prosecute the traffickers.

The law enforcement arm of the task force consists of several primary investigatory agencies: Federal Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; U.S. Department of Labor – Office of the Inspector General; U.S. Department of Labor – Division of Wage and Hour; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department; and the Independence, Missouri Police Department. 

The victim services arm of the task force is the Coalition Against Human Trafficking (CAHT).  CAHT consists of numerous non-government organizations which collaborate with HTRP to provide necessary services for the victims of trafficking. 

HTRP is led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Human Trafficking Coordinator, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Teresa Moore. 

If you have a tip regarding possible human trafficking, please call the hotline: 1-888-428-7581.

recent press releases

March 20, 2014

Columbia Man Indicted for Sex Trafficking Two Victims

February 14, 2014

Two Truck Drivers Plead Guilty to Transporting an Individual to Texas for Prostitution

December 11, 2013

Rhode Island Man Indicted in KC Case for Child Sex Trafficking, Producing Child Porn

September 12, 2013

Three More Defendants Sentenced in Sadomasochistic Sex Trafficking Conspiracy

September 11, 2013

Lebanon Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Coercing a Minor to Become a Sex Slave; Two Customers Also Sentenced for Sex Trafficking

September 10, 2013

KC Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Child Sex Trafficking, Producing Child Porn

August 6, 2013

Camden County Man Indicted for Forced Sex Trafficking

April 10, 2013

Two Truck Drivers Indicted for Child Sex Trafficking

January 15, 2013

Lebanon Man Pleads Guilty, Faces 20 Years in Prison for Coercing a Minor to Become a Sex Slave

December 6, 2012

Lebanon Woman Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking Conspiracy; Victim was Tortured, Coerced as a Sex Slave

March 6, 2012

Columbia Man Sentenced for Coerced Sex Trafficking of a Child

March 5, 2012

Columbia Woman Sentenced for Coerced Sex Trafficking of a Child

February 29, 2012

Synergy Services will Lead Coalition to Assist Victims of Human Trafficking

January 27, 2012

High-ranking Taiwan Representative will be Deported;
Paid $80,000 toVictims, Must Pay Cost of Incarceration, Deportation

January 5, 2012

Lebanon Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking, Admits Torturing Woman Who Was Coerced As A Sex Slave

December 20, 2011

Kirkwood Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking; Will Receive 20 Years in Prison for Torturing Woman Who Was Coerced As Sex Slave

November 18, 2011

High-Ranking Taiwan Representative Pleads Guilty to Felony Charge, Pays $80,000 Restitution to Victims and Will Be Deported

October 19, 2011

KC Woman Pleads Guilty to Coerced Sex Trafficking of a Child

October 12, 2011

Columbia Man Pleads Guilty to Coerced Sex Trafficking of a Child

July 25, 2011

Local TaskForce Selected to Launch National Human Trafficking Initiative

April 27, 2011

Ellisville man sentenced for racketeering enterprise that engaged in forced labor

April 21, 2011

KC man indicted for child sex trafficking, producing child porn, extortion

March 30, 2011

Lebanon woman indicted, more charges filed in sex trafficking scheme, murder-for-hire;
Victim tortured as slave, forced into sex trafficking and forced labor

March 7, 2011

Columbia man, KC woman indicted for coerced sex trafficking of adult, minor victims

February 24, 2011

Springfield man pleads guilty to sex-trafficking conspiracy, admits torturing woman
coerced as sex slave

KC man sentenced to 15 years in prison for trafficking women into forced prostitution

Jury convicts Ellisville man in racketeering enterprise that engaged in forced labor

Chillicothe man sentenced to 21 years in prison for selling children into prostitution

Woman tortured as slave, victim of sex trafficking and forced labor trafficker;
Four customers indicted for sex trafficking conspiracy

Eight Uzbekistan nationals among 12 charged with racketeering, human trafficking, immigration violations;
$6 million scheme to employ illegal aliens at hotels, other sites in 14 states

Naval recruiter among four men indicted for sex trafficking of a child
Undercover sting leads to first-ever human trafficking charges for attempting to pay for sex with children

Chillicothe man indicted for sex trafficking children

Three Kansas men indicted for sex trafficking of a child;
Charged with attempting to pay for sex with children

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