The Biggest Sex-Trafficking Bust in FBI History Was Totally Bogus

In the press, it was a “wide-reaching sex-trafficking operation” run by Somali Muslim gangs who forced “girls as young as 12” to sell sex in Minnesota and Tennessee. In reality, the operation—which led to charges against 30 individuals, sex-trafficking convictions for three, and an eight year legal battle—was a fiction crafted by two troubled teenagers, a member of the FBI’s human-trafficking task force, and an array of overzealous officials. An opinion released this week by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals shows that federal prosecuters had no evidence whatsoever to support their “child sex trafficking conspiracy” case outside the seriously flawed testimony of two teenagers, one of whom had “been diagnosed as insane and was off her medication.” Full Article

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This case smells like mine, only I didn’t have the courage to stick it out.

I arrived at an airport after a trip abroad.

I had 30+ condoms in my luggage.

That was “suspicious” so they took my computer out of view to search it.

They found “suspected child porn” that I created. It was 14 months until I saw the “suspicious” image. It was of my 25 year old ex girlfriend.

This gave them basis to do a deeper search on my computer. They found more than 100 but less than 200 images of “known child porn”. These were a few sets (of like 30 – 50 images each) of models from the website Met Art. (a well known, legal nude model website based in the US) The models were between 14 and 17 years old. The website claims all models are 18+ and claims to be in compliance.

According to all court documents submitted by the prosecutor, I was a child super-predator that was traveling the world raping kids. The judge was critical of every argument we put forth. The prosecutor said whatever he wanted without being questioned.

Nothing new or shocking.

Just because someone (regardless of who they are) says or writes something doesn’t mean it is true. An investigation based on flimsy claims will only be questioned if a checks and balances system exists for accountability on the part of the investigators. With criminal investigations there rarely are encouragements to seek alternative explanations when the current track is easy enough to legally hold up in front of a judge. In sex trafficking investigations things get more complicated when other countries are involved due to varying age of consent laws and sexual conduct laws. We in the United States like to be anything outside of our interpretation of acceptable must be horribly wrong, but this ultimately causes more harm than benefit.

Don’t get me started on child pornography operations and cases. Too much is being over looked or looked at incorrectly. Let’s just say 90+ percent of what is commonly talked about is false.