The United States government is considering paying immigrant families that were separated at the southern border around $450,000 per person in compensation for their pain and suffering. They understand that forceful separations is harmful to both the children and their families, but for the 45 million United States citizens that have experienced traumatic separations a big ZERO, not even a word or acknowledgment from the government. Another question arises. The U.S. government is not capable of keeping track of it’s own children. Do U.S. officials somehow know where the planes filled with immigrant children are going?
“The U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services are weighing the payments as they work to resolve lawsuits claiming that the government subjected parents and children to lasting psychological trauma”, said Britney Bernstein of the National Review.
The number of people in line for the American taxpayer’s money over the United States abuse of immigrant children does not add up any more than the U.S. numbers for it’s own children. It gets confusing because the American Civil Liberties Union says “about 5,500 children were separated from their families at the border under the Trump administration”, but government officials expect the number to be much lower.
Are they serious? The Department of Health and Human Services loses that many children a month!
The lawsuits are only being considered because President Trump issued the zero-tolerance policy in April 2018. The current administration considers Trump a racists that implemented racists policies that resulted in “lasting mental-health problems for the children from the trauma of months spent without their parents”, said Bernstein.
What about the lasting mental health problems the United States government created for it’s own children and families? Silence. No one wants to talk about that.
The Department of Health and Human Services did not have a process to reunite families that were separated at the border. HHS did not have a policy to reunite United States citizens that are separated by the U.S. government either. Not until the Family First Prevention Services Act was signed into law by President Trump in 2018.
Unfortunately states child protection agencies found loopholes in the “new law” that they were able to write policy around so that the Department of Families and Children still operates as a taxpayer-funded adoption agency with absolutely no oversight. Where are ALL of the children going? Does anyone know?
Taxpayers spend trillions upon trillions every year because of the trauma, addiction, mental illness, physical abuse, and even sometimes death that is inflicted on children and families in the United States by the American government. Add to that the very few lawsuits that are actually considered and taxpayers end up footing the bill for even more government abuse.
The American Safe Families Act (ASFA) that was created in 1997 under the Child Abuse Prevention Act (CAPTA) and the Mondale Act of 1974 have resulted in about $89 Billion being spent to separate families each year, mostly under the term of neglect.
The Department of Health and Human services separates families under the term of neglect, and adopts the children out through the Department of Families and Children. More than 80% of the children separated from their American families are then prescribed psychotropic drugs “to help them cope”.
Instead of HHS offering services to poor American families as the department has taxpayers believing, they separate poor children from everyone and everything that they know. The result is young children growing up on psychotropic medications that they will not have access to when they finally age out, if they survive the many homes they will be placed in.
More than 50% of the females in United States custody will become pregnant before they reach the age of 19. Those children will be taken at birth and given to the agency to adopt out. Lives spiral out of control. 75% if the children that age out end up incarcerated within two years of aging out. Often because they have no way to access the prescriptions they were forced to take as children.
They have no ties to family, but back to the immigrant families. Sources told the Wall Street Journal that the lawsuits demand a range of payouts averaging about $3.4 million per family. The ACLU hopes to reach a deal before 2022.
After Attorney General Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania released a grand jury report that identifies 301 predator priests, and shows that police allowed offending priests to walk away free for decades, and that the modest number of 1,000 victims the grand jury recounted suffer emotional, mental, and physical complications caused by the abuse throughout their lifetimes. Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson investigated clergy sexual abuse in his state and documented 258 victims across the state’s three Roman Catholic dioceses. Both reports show that church leaders protected predators.
When abuse happens there is a ripple effect that not only influences that abused person’s life. The people that were abused live with those scars for the rest of their lives. The ripple effect of the abuse scars relationships for generations to come.
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson’s Office recently documented 258 victims across the Nebraska’s three Roman Catholic dioceses. The pattern of behavior by church leaders and the police is similar. Predators were protected, not the children. The abuse continued for decades with no help from the church leaders or the police.
“The most troubling finding from this report is the fact that on numerous occasions, when there was an opportunity to bring justice to the victims, those in authority chose to place the reputation of the church above the protection of the children who placed their spiritual care in the hands of those in church authority. The depth of physical and psychological harm caused by the perpetrators, and the decades of failure by the church to safeguard so many child victims, is unfathomable.” Peterson reports.
Peterson said the statute of limitations has passed so the cases will not be prosecuted. He also says that some of the victims have died and because all but one of the predators is dead. “We have been unable to bring our own justice system to bear on these predators. That’s extremely frustrating.”
Peterson expressed hope saying that Senator Rich Pahls of Omaha is planning to present legislation in January 2022 to address problems identified through the investigation and said that he would support legislation to change Nebraska’s statute of limitation laws.
Peterson’s 182-page report shows that 57 church employees, 51 priests, 4 deacons, and 2 school teachers preyed on Nebraska’s children. Identified are 158 victims in the Archdiocese of Omaha, 97 in the Diocese of Lincoln, and 3 in the Diocese of Grand Island.
“In sum, we found the dioceses enabled clergy child sexual abuse by: transferring abusive priests to new parishes; taking no action to restrict their ministry or access to children; telling the families of victims not to report the abuse; and not reporting the abuse to law enforcement,” Peterson’s report says, much the same as Shapiro’s report said, showing a pattern of abuse that extended for decades.
“Thank God for the effort they put across. It’s going to open some eyes.” An abuse survivor, Stan Schulte of Lincoln, added that current church officials should step down. “If this were happening in the public school system, if principals knew about abuse by their teachers, that principal would be removed immediately”.
The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests coordinator, Melanie Sakoda said the report showed that the Catholic Church’s secrecy had “successfully helped to cover up crimes and keep victims silent for so long that they have no shot at seeing justice through the criminal courts”.
Peterson hopes that law enforcement will be vigilant to “engage as soon as possible going forward”. Community members say that nothing has been done though reports have been made both to the church and to the police.
Mikel Johnson filed a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity back in 2017. Two years later, Andre Daniels finds out through a DNA test that he is the child’s father, so he files a paternity action. The superior court entered a paternity judgment in Daniels’s favor. Johnson moved to set aside the judgment and petitioned for parenting time, legal decision-making, and child support.
The court set aside Johnson’s voluntary-acknowledgment-based paternity judgment and denied the request for relief. Johnson petitioned for special action relief. Now, the court says it “erred” and grants Mikel Johnson paternity despite the fact that the DNA test shows that Andre Daniels is the biological father. To top that off, the court granted the wannabe Dad child support against the child’s biological Dad.
“We previously accepted jurisdiction and granted relief by order, with a decision to follow. This is that decision. The superior court properly recognized that Johnson’s voluntary acknowledgment constituted a judgment of paternity and that Daniels’s paternity judgment could not stand unless Johnson’s paternity judgment was set aside. The court erred, however, by setting aside Johnson’s paternity judgment without a cognizable basis under A.R.S. § 25-812(E). Under that provision, a paternity judgment based on a voluntary acknowledgment can be challenged “only on the basis of fraud, duress or material mistake of fact,” and only for a period of six months; after that time, it can be attacked only in exceptional circumstances, such as fraud on the court. A.R.S. § 25-812(E); Ariz. R. Fam. Law P. 85(c)(1), (d). Applying the plain language of A.R.S. § 25-812(E) and Rule 85 (which is expressly incorporated into the statute), we hold that these time limitations apply even to a genetic father’s paternity petition challenging a voluntary acknowledgment signed by someone else. Accordingly, and because Daniels offered no timely, cognizable ground under § 25-812(E) to set aside Johnson’s paternity judgment, we accept jurisdiction and grant relief by vacating Daniels’s paternity judgment and reinstating Johnson’s paternity judgment. We similarly reinstate Johnson’s petition to establish parenting time, legal decision-making, and child support, which the superior court has not yet addressed on the merits.”
Walter Isaacson is a renowned biographer, CEO of the Aspen Institute, and previously the chairman of CNN and managing editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of Einstein: His Life and Universe, Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, Steve Jobs, and most recently Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. But in his YouTube video at Big Think, CRISPR: The future or undoing of humanity?, Walter Isaacson asked questions that he already knows there are no definitive answers to.
The most vulnerable people to gene editing experiments are of course those with genetic impairments. Women that cannot have children, people that have been paralyzed in accidents or that were born with physical abnormalities, and people who suffer from incurable diseases are next on the list of people that may become part of the experiments. Right now, there is a question about the morality of using genetic technology to create designer babies. It may be ethical in certain instances, such as when doctors ask ethical questions about changing an adult’s genetics so that certain disabling traits are not inherited by future generations of children.
Some behavioral scientists have proven that they can change people’s behaviors using genetic technologies that already exist. For instance, scientists like Karen Moxom believe that they can make addicts not be addicts anymore by changing the way their brains work so that they respond differently to stimuli that might make them want to drink alcohol or turn to some other substance. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that occurs after a person experiences a traumatic event. Because PTSD has a biological basis can it be avoided by using gene changing technology also?
Everyone uses defense mechanisms to protect themselves from anxiety and in social settings to cope with what is happening around them. Defense mechanisms are usually healthy ways that people have to deal with whatever is happening but become pathological when maladaptive behaviors emerge from the unconscious mind to manipulate or deny reality. Addicts use defense mechanisms to rationalize their addiction and to protect their own ego. Should human defense mechanisms be altered using technology? Could such be the case with addicts and people who suffer PTSD?
Stem cell use and cloning have came a long way in recent years. The somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) that scientists used to clone Dolly the sheep stirred the entire world. People wondered how long it would be before scientists cloned people and when and if so, if those people would be spiritual human beings. The good that came from the experiment is that life-saving human organs can be cloned. Would it be ethical to clone a human for organs? It is scary to think of where this science is capable of going.
Technology is advancing faster than the ethical guidelines for it are. As with neurotechnology, stem cell technology is also a rapidly advancing science that can greatly improve patient’s lives. One of the most useful and least questioned techniques to harvest stem cells is from the umbilical cord. The cost of getting the stem cells and then storing them until they are needed is more than most people can afford though.
Crispr is a method of cloning good cells and destroying the bad. There are two methods used in cloning; blastomere separation which involves splitting an embryo soon after fertilization and the somatic nuclear technique that was used to clone Dolly which is a technique that removes the egg cell and replaces it with the nucleus from a somatic cell. Both methods are capable of creating clones.
Stem cell research and cloning raise the issue of clones having a living soul. Scientists have already petitioned to change the definition of personhood. Right now the definition stands as; the state or fact of being a person, the state or fact of being an individual or having human characteristics and feelings.
Genetics makes up our physical bodies, and added environmental factors form our developed feelings. Maybe our DNA holds more than we think it does. We have a moral obligation to cure diseases when we can, and to save lives when we can, but it is still unclear what rights a clone has and who owns the rights to a tissue. Could a clone ever be developed for the well being of the clone?
Cloning plays an important role in the development of stem cell research for embryonic stem cells transplantation into patients because the stem cells would be a genetic match for the donor patient. There would be no risk of rejection and for xenotransplantation which is the cloning of organs using animals that has a higher rejection rate.
Sure. We have a moral responsibility to cure sickness and disease, but who owns a clone? Can a clone have a soul? Patentability of living things is addressed in the Diamond v. Chakrabarty case where the respondent filed a patent application for a genetically engineered bacterium capable of degrading oil, something which no naturally occurring bacteria is known to do. The patent examiner rejected the claim on the grounds that “micro-organisms are ‘products of nature,’ and… as living things they are not patentable subject matter.” But the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, Supreme Court found the bacterium is patentable subject matter under § 101 of the Patent Act and reversed the decision.
Questions remain about the ethics and morality of changing a person’s genes so that the future of humanity looks different, less sick, less impaired. Designer babies are already possible. Three designer babies were created in China several years ago by a scientist who was later arrested for creating them. However, doctors still ask if it is ethical in some cases to experiment on genetically impaired babies before they are born so that they will not be subjected to a life of disability and difficulties. Changing an adult participant’s genes in a way that does not affect future generations is probably the most moral use of gene technologies, but still many questions about where this science is taking humanity exist.
Ken Mascara has been the sheriff of St. Lucie County in Florida for the past 20 years. He has seen funding for mental health facilities plummet, and as a result, more and more mentally ill patients end up languishing behind bars. Now, he gives his Brief But Spectacular take on making county jails safer, and smarter.
It is going to take everyone, a village, the legislators, the governors, the presidents, and every day people like you and me to make the world a better place for foster children. As some of you already know from my past reports, more than 80% of the children placed in foster care are “prescribed psychotropic drugs to help them cope”. Once they age out statistics show that 75% of the aged-out youth end up incarcerated within two years. Often because they did not have access to the drugs they were prescribed as children, and they turn to street drugs. They have no family to support them. Most of the time family times are severed and children are moved away from anyone and everything they know. We have to do better!
In a related article: Fostered Or Forgotten? I mentioned that we have to stop the foster care to prison pipeline. When I wrote that it had came to my attention just how devasting and alone prisoners that grew up in foster homes, group homes, and juvenile detentions are. Many of them, when they age out, end up sitting in solitary confinement with no family to reach out to. No one to reach out to when the guards do give them five minutes a day or a month to make a phone call.
There are people sitting in jails and mental hospitals that do not even know who their family is or where they came from and public defenders and social workers “drop the ball”. Leaving them there with no one to advocate for them, and do you want to know how it almost always ends? It almost always ends in solitary confinement until they kill themselves or a jailer loses it and kills them.
Johnny Magee was killed by police in front of his family and neighbors in Houma Monday after his mother made a phone call seeking help for her son who suffered from mental conditions.
“I called 911 and said my son is schizophrenic, bipolar, he has a mental disorder. I said when you come out here, I said send some policemen with experience in that area so they won’t kill my child.” his mother, Lorraine Magee, said Tuesday.
The mother’s pleas with police to send professionals that have experience and training to deescalate situations such as the one that was happening with her son went unheard. Police killed her son after they arrived because they say he ran at them with a screw driver in his hand.
Lorraine Magee says that her son was having a mental breakdown when two police officers arrived. She also said that she told police that her son could get aggressive when having one of his episodes, “that he would try to protect himself if they came at him”.
“When he’s in his flash, when he flashes out, he’s like that, especially when you go up on him. He’s going to start fighting. Yes, he’s going to start fighting to protect himself”, Lorraine Magee said.
Louisiana State Police said their preliminary investigation indicated Magee charged at a Houma Police officer while holding a screwdriver. As the officer gave commands to stop and began to create distance, Magee continued forward as an additional officer arrived, State Police said in a news release. Magee raised his arm with the screwdriver in-hand toward one of the officers, resulting in an officer discharging his service weapon. Magee was struck by the gunfire and taken to a nearby hospital, where he died from his injuries, State Police said. (reported by the Courier)
“He did come out of the trailer, running … at them,” King said. “All you heard was pow, pow, pow, pow — four times.” Lashanda King, a witness stated.
But Lorraine Magee said she begged police not to shoot. “I said, ‘Why you all shooting him? He’s disabled. He’s mental, he don’t know what he’s doing, he hears voices. Don’t kill him, please don’t kill him, please don’t kill him ”.
Houma Police invited family members to view the officer’s body camera video of the incident. Family members said they want to know what prompted to police to shoot a mentally ill, unarmed man and whether they had any option other than to kill Magee.
The mother stated that “They didn’t have to kill him; they could have tased him”.
Houma Police Chief Dana Coleman told The Houma Courier and Thibodaux Daily Comet both officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the State Police investigation. “First I would like to extend my condolences to the family of Johnny Magee. The Houma Police Department believes once LSP is complete with their investigation more detailed information will be released.”
This article originally appeared on The Courier: Mother says she pleaded with Houma police before they shot her son. It can be watched on YouTube at WWLTV Police kill a mentally ill man they say had a screwdriver.
The horrific articles that tell of three children left in a terribly horrific situation in a Harris County Texas apartment complex fending for themselves while the body of their 8-year-old brother Kendrick Lee, covered in a blanket, rotted in a closet brought back terrible memories for Stacey Patton, who was adopted as a child herself and runs stories in an effort to advocate for children.
Stacey Patton is a journalist, child advocate, PhD., and author of Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America and the forthcoming Strung Up: The Lynching of Black Children in Jim Crow America, and now It takes a village to beat and murder a child.
Seeing the news reports about the unbelievably horrific case of child abuse including the murder of a sibling child inside the West Oaks Apartments in Harris County Texas where another child, an 8-year-old sibling was found dead brought back memories for Stacey Patton who expressed her thoughts on Yahoo yesterday saying,
“When I read about the Harris County case, it brought back my own childhood nightmares. My adoptive mother abused and beat me long before this pandemic. And the village failed me just as it failed the children in this Texas horror story. My neighbors, teachers, the people at church, and family members all knew that my adoptive mother was abusive. They saw the bruises on my face. They witnessed how skinny and fearful I was. They all whispered about my abuse but took no action. Luckily, I survived.”
“I once asked an aunt, Why didn’t y’all try to protect me? Why didn’t you call social services or the police? That was our sister, she said. We didn’t know what to do. We didn’t want to see her go to jail. She was silent when I asked, What would you have done if she had killed me?” Patton added. “My aunt would have done exactly what the people in this Texas case did: admitted to seeing signs of abuse and expressed regret for not having helped”.
“This case is yet another horrible example of how many people turn a blind eye to the abuse of Black children. How could their mother not only fail to protect her own children from her violent boyfriend, but abandon those who survived his attacks? How could she keep coming to the apartment to drop off food, but never seek help? Never call or ask anyone to help? How did this tragedy happen?”
“How could the neighbors have been so disconnected? How could they see a thin Black teenager begging for food, sleeping outdoors, smelling a foul odor coming from his apartment and not call the cops? Did they fail to act because they are accustomed to accepting the suffering of Black children who are impoverished, unkempt, starving, and abandoned? Is the adults’ fear of the police, child protective services—the system—so deep-rooted and pervasive that even this situation would have them enabling the suffering rather than reaching out to authorities to try to end it?”
And then she begins trying to make everything make sense by “connecting factors”, beginning with “The larger ecosystem of oppression and anti-Blackness that drive all systems in this country”. And then she expressed her “what if” thought; “But what if the system isn’t the biggest threat to young Black life?”
Realizing that society is not perfect and that people often avoid getting involved even in life threatening situations, she went back to asking herself questions about why the black community is at such a high risks for injustices to happen.
“The tragic reality is that Black children are more at risk of being seriously injured or killed by their own parents than by the police. Between 2013 to 2018, 41 Black children were killed by police in the United States, according to data from The Washington Post’s “Fatal Force” police shooting database. During that same period, 2,389 Black children were killed by their parents as a result of maltreatment, according to annual data published by the Children’s Bureau. Not that the police murders are at all justified. But we can’t ignore the fact that 2,345 more Black children were killed by their parents than by police. This is an issue that we must face.”
I have to wonder though how many of the parents of the children were killed by biological parents? Stepparents? foster parents? and adoptive parents? Congress really should define family so that we are all on the same page. I think of family as a biological unit but many do not and include complete strangers in the definition of family, often by referring to complete strangers in foster homes and adoptive settings where courts are increasingly forcing children to live.
Did Gloria Williams adopt the children? Was she a foster parent? Or are the children her biological children? I have asked several people investigating the case and none seem to know. Brian Coulter is always mentioned as the “mother’s boyfriend” whom she lived with, 15 minutes away from where the three children with their 8-year-old brother Kendrick Lee rotting in a closet were found.
Stacey continues to look for answers and try to connect the dots, but unforntunately child abuse never makes sense. “Child abuse is becoming more normalized as digital content featuring children being humiliated, shamed, verbally and physically abused spreads via social media. Like this recent video of a Black mother treating her son like a prison inmate. She has him stock shelves with his favorite junk food snacks, shown with price tags she has created, saying that he must pay for his “commissary” with good behavior until he is off punishment”, Stacey adds.
“Or this viral video of a mother saying, So you have a disturbed son, a very bad-ass child who don’t like to listen and don’t think that you can send them to jail? You bring the jail to your home. Stacey goes on to say that “She (the woman in the video) shows her young child sitting on a mattress that’s wedged into a closet. Inmate Johnson, what is your number? The woman demands, as the clearly terrified child boys responds by reciting a number and the rules of his imprisonment.”
“I realize that these mothers might be parenting with the only tools available to them, based on how they were parented, and on the realities of their environments. But these approaches—and the compulsion to share them publicly—is a sad reminder that this country’s racist system has too many Black people on cruise control, doing its dirty multigenerational trauma work for it. These mothers are grooming their sons to feed them straight into the belly of the beast. If their own mothers are convinced that they are inherently criminal, destined for life behind bars, what chances do these children have to thrive? To grow into healthy adults? Why are their own mothers criminalizing them?”
And Stacey is probably right. The mothers in those videos could have been raised in juvenile detentions, group homes, or foster and adoptive placements where that kind of parenting is acceptable and all that some children will ever experience, and then when they grow up and have children of their own they have no idea of what parenting should look like or what it takes to raise a child. Social services child protection workers usually step in to take those children and place them in the broken systems too. The family never heals. They never get the chance.
Stacey makes many good points about today’s parenting culture, but Stacey goes on to blame the problem on “Black parenting”, when the real issue is that the system has broken so many family ties and caused so much trauma that many young people today do not even know who their family is or where they belong, much less what parenting should look like, or even the chance to know what it is like to be loved and cared for by people.
Stacey Patton Spare the Kids #NoHittingChallenge….
Prince Andrew accused Virginia Giuffre of fabricating charges against him for a “payday”. His lawyers also say that the 2009 agreement that Virginia Giuffre made with Epstein will block any legal action she can take against Prince Andrew.
Virginia Giuffre says she was trafficked and that Prince Andrews attacked her three times, but Prince Andrew says that she was trafficking young girls to Jeffery Epstein. It doesn’t sound like much of a defense or a denial, but it does seem that he made the attempt to not only discredit Virginia Giuffre, but to take away more of her innocence than he already has years ago.
Though Virginia was just a teenager when Prince Andrew used her for sex, his lawyers claim that Virginia Roberts Giuffre was actually a sex trafficker and that she procured “slutty girls” for Jeffrey Epstein. Legal filings by Prince Andrew’s team say that “Giuffre was involved the willful recruitment and trafficking of young girls for sexual abuse” for Jeffrey Epstein who was the financier.
To make Virginia Giuffre look even worse, her ex-boyfriend, Philip Guderyon said, “She was like the head b—h. She’d have like nine or 10 girls she used to bring to him. She never looked like she was being held captive”. Another ex-boyfriend’s sister, Crystal Figueroa, said that Virginia used to asked her for help finding victims for Epstein. “She would say to me, Do you know any girls who are kind of slutty?”.
Prince Andrew’s team says that Virginia Giuffre got girls for Jeffrey Epstein. Giuffre says she was recruited in 2000 by Ghislaine Maxwell. Both could be true. Oftentimes traffick victims become traffickers. Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein may have groomed her to procure “slutty girls”. It will take a sex trafficking specialist to work with Virginia Giuffre through all of the events that took place when she was a teenager.
The scandal can be kept secret. Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, U.S. District Court handed down his decision just one day after the Duke of York’s attorney, Andrew Brettler asked that the document remain sealed.
Brettler said he wanted to include a copy of the 2009 agreement with the arguments. He added that the agreement “releases Prince Andrew and others from any purported liability arising from the claims Ms. Giuffre asserted against Prince Andrew here.”
Judge Kaplan noted that the Estate of Jeffrey Epstein does not contend that the settlement agreement must remain sealed and urged the parties to ask the judge in the Loretta A. Preska case to agree that the document can be unsealed, saying Preska “might well view with favor an application … to permit the public disclosure of the Settlement Agreement, but that is for her to say”.
A pretrial hearing is scheduled for early November. Judge Kaplan ordered that depositions in the civil lawsuit filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre against Prince Andrew be completed by July 14, 2022.
Sheriff Grady Judd says that the operation would not have been successful without the help of his community. Social workers and police worked together to rescue a teen that had been sex trafficked and made 102 arrests.
The sheriff says that as hard as he tries to identify human trafficking victims that it is sometimes difficult because they are sometimes afraid to admit that they have been trafficked. Still, he believes that he and his team were able to identify three sex trafficking victims.
“Sex trafficking victims are initially treated with counseling rather than a crime suspect”, said Sheriff Judd. “One of the victims that was rescued is a 17-year-old Hispanic female who was trafficked from another country in 2019 by people that the Columbian mother believed to be her friends”.
“The mother entered the country via the Mexico border illegally and that’s important to understand the mom entered the country illegally and she was met in the United States by the trafficker whom she had originally met in the Dominican Republic or Guatemala”, says Sheriff Judd.
“We highly suspect that 17-year-old victims mother may also be involved or a victim of human trafficking. We know this deal was set up by her trafficker. He is not in custody. He is under investigation and I can assure you that we’re going to do our best to locate him now. She came to the undercover site to perform sex for $230 and she was only 17 years old”. The police department turned the sex trafficked victim over to their child experts.
“Well i thought he was my friend”, said the 17-year-old. “Well he was her pimp and he was trafficking her”, Said the sheriff. Then he added, “So then we found two more human trafficking victims who were only 20 years of age. One of them was from Utah the other one was from Mexico”. The young lady from Mexico is here illegally and she came here with the lady from Utah to engage in sex for $550. She was this was set up by a pimp for this deal to occur. “The young women do not have any previous criminal history. They’re young girls, but they’re being taken advantage of by these pimps and that is what is scary about this”, said the sheriff.
He suspects that many of the people arrested are actually trafficked individuals but says that they will not admit that they were trafficked. “We weren’t able to even get to the first step with them. These three we celebrate because we were able to get to the first step so if we’d only made three arrests in the entire week from all of the resources we put together we would have been celebrating today but there’s much more to look at as you know”.
“Idris Carrick, 32 years of age he’s from Bosnia is an adult protective investigator for DCF in Pinellas county. Ooh by the way i understand he’s in the process of being terminated. Do you understand what i just said to you. He investigates adult exploitation. He investigates abuse and fraud against the elderly on the other end of the age spectrum from what he was actually doing himself. He’s a bad man. He needs to be out of the system and he needs to be in jail and that’s where he is. Now get this in order to get away from his wife he agreed to take the kids to karate and then oh by the way i’ll take him to their mother-in-law’s so he was having to work in excuses so he could get away from Pinellas County and zip over to Polk County in order to do the nasty deed for which he was arrested”, said Sheriff Judd.
“Then there’s Alicia Tucker. She’s 36, from Orlando. She was in possession of cocaine. She had an outstanding warrant for trafficking and oxycodone. She’s got a long criminal history, 52 prior criminal charges. She’s only 36 years old. She’s been arrested seven times in Orange County and in the Orlando area for prostitution. She’s a slow learner. Nothing we’ve done in the criminal justice system has stopped her criminal conduct. I suggest it’s time she go to state prison”. Said the sheriff.
“Francis Hall is a specialist you see. She’s in the kinky sex….she brings like a bag full of all kinds of things that we’re not going to talk about. We’re not going to show you, but she’s like the wild deal here. She showed up to be a dominant in a dominant submissive event. She was charging $175. Well newsflash! She got arrested. She claims her real job is data entry. We are not going to let her enter data at the jail, but her data was entered at the jail. This lady will get you in trouble fast”.
“Shelby Atkinson, he’s 49, from Hickory Street in Lakeland. He showed up on his birthday and was bragging that it’s his birthday. Well Happy Birthday Shelby! How did that work for you? We gave him a birthday gift. We gave him a nice set of handcuffs, and then we gave him a special meal at the jail, and then we gave him free room and board all for his birthday, and when our undercovers negotiated the price with him because it was his birthday we offered him a 10 discount. Now he certainly had a birthday that he’ll remember forever, but there’s more to the story. He has a long criminal history. He’s got 30 previous charges from California. Well Shelby I i suggest you pack up and go back to California. You know they’re not so tough on that stuff out there in fact i don’t think. California isn’t tough on much of anything, so go back to California. Obviously you didn’t learn out there in the criminal justice system We’re going to give you a new found lesson here in the state of Florida. He is by the way, employed as a handyman. They didn’t say what kind of handyman, but i highly suggest you don’t hire this guy”.
Carlos Linanos, 30 years old from Lakeland and works for Purina. “He decided he would have a half hour of sex for $75 and it didn’t work out that way’, says the sheriff adding “But do you know why he said he did that? Are you ready? You know you can’t make this stuff up. He’s upset with his wife, so he decided to have sex to get back at her. That’s right he’s married. He’s mad with his wife. You know I just don’t believe at a marriage counseling session that they would have suggested that to Carlos in order to make things better at home, but anyway he was arrested. Newsflash! He was arrested in 2019 in a similar operation”.
“Antonio Young, 47 years old and works for the City of Lake Wales as a groundskeeper. He came to the undercover site in Lakeland and was carrying a firearm, but has a concealed weapons permit. He’s been arrested on a misdemeanor.
Eric Hawkins, 43 of Marion County is a senior director of transportation. He was immediately terminated.
Sheriff Judd says that child predators are his number 1 focus and that while his team was surfing the internet they found;
Donald Spencer, 64 years old, and “he’s been down here about one year from Pennsylvania, and he’s already in trouble here for very nasty things”, said the sheriff. He lives in Mulberry. He traveled to the location thinking that he was going to have sex with a 14-year-old child, a little girl. “He told her online that he was going to teach her and monitor her and help her grow into this world of sex”, said Sheriff Judd. He is charged with traveling and attempted lewd battery. “We’re never at a loss for quotes as long as we do these operations here’s what he told the detectives; I knew it was probably a sting, but i had to sacrifice myself in case it wasn’t. He was prowling children’s social media sites looking for a child to attack!”.
Theodore E. Jones, 27, from Kissimmee or Satellite, brought Pikachu with him to cuddle and snuggle. He is considered a “groomer”. He made the statement “We want to cuddle with Pikachu and have sex in the back of the car”. He is a chef at the Hanger in Disney Springs. He wanted to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Some interesting notes from the operation include:
• 11 of those arrested told detectives that they are married.
• Detectives charged those arrested with a total of 29 felonies and 143 misdemeanors.
• Criminal histories of everyone arrested included 275 previous felonies and 429 previous misdemeanors. Some of the prior histories include charges for kidnapping, robbery, aggravated battery, and sex offenses.
• 4 of the arrested were from other states (Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas).
• 55 suspects live in Polk County.
• 14 suspects told detectives they receive government assistance.
• Detectives seized cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, MDMA (Ecstasy), and marijuana, from those arrested during the operation.
• One of the suspects is in the country illegally, and two of the possible trafficking victims are here illegally.
• The oldest person arrested is 78 years old, while the youngest is 19 years old.
The two child predators are:
Donald Spencer, 64, of Mulberry – Spencer posted an ad online that stated in part “I want someone I can make love with, not to. Sure, we may hit some roadblocks in our journey but if we respect and truly care for each other then we can overcome any and all obstacles.” He thought he was chatting online with a 14-year-old girl and after repeatedly asking her what she wanted to do with him, said, “That’s why I’m a little weird right now I figured if you brought up the sex then it wouldn’t be a set up. You know like I’m talking of police sting operation. I would never hurt you or do anything you didn’t want to do. But I truly would like to have the chance to love you oh, to be with you and show you how much I really do care and yes I would love to make love to you.” And: “So you’re telling me that you are real that you want to be in a relationship with me and that this is in no part a police sting. I certainly don’t want to be arrested for falling in love with someone.” Upon his arrest, he told detectives that he had made a “bad decision.” He was charged with Traveling to meet a minor after use of a computer to seduce a child (F2), and Attempted lewd battery (F3).
Theodore Ryan Jones, 27, of Satellite Beach – Jones believed he was communicating online with a 13-year-old girl. He was sending her messages, including explicit nude photos of himself. He discussed in great detail what he would like to do to the girl, including taking her virginity. Jones works as a cook in Disney Springs, and was taken into custody there on the Polk County warrant. He was charged with Use of a computer to seduce a child (F3), 2 counts Transmission of material harmful to a minor (F3), and Use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony (F3).
Heather Mack happily greeted friends outside of the prison, including the woman who raised her daughter. Mack was taken aback by the media crowded outside the prison awaiting her release on Friday: ‘Oh my God, you are crazy,’ she said as she left. The prison chief warden, Lili said that Mack was overjoyed at being released and also frightened, crying and almost fainting.
“All prisoners must be happy once they can leave the prison, including Heather. She felt happy, a little bit shocked, doubt, and a little bit worried when she found out she would leave the prison. But we tried to calm her down. She cried when she said goodbye to her friends inside”, Lili said.
Mack´s sentence was shortened by President Joko Widodo a total of 34 months because of good conduct. Mack stayed at an immigration detention center for four days after her release while waiting for her flight tickets and travel documents to be ready. She was then escorted by immigration officers to Bali´s airport for a flight to Jakarta.
The chief of the Bali regional office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Jamaruli Manihuruk said she will fly from Jakarta to Chicago on Delta Airlines. He said his office has asked the central government to ban Mack from Indonesia for life. Heather Mack has previously reported that she was afraid that she would be deported back to the United States.
She expressed her fears of returning to Chicago with Stella to The New York Post: “I am fearful and nervous of returning to Chicago. I’m not worried about the idea that people cannot understand the tragedy for my sake. But I’m nervous for my daughter Stella. ‘I’m scared that if she comes back to the States with me, she will be exposed to what happened. I do not want anyone shoving a camera into Stella’s face. I know that it will happen to me, but I will do my best to protect Stella from that trauma.”
Yulius Benyamin Seran, Heather’s attorney says that Mack asked that her daughter remain with her foster family to avoid media attention in the U.S. But Amrizal, chief of the Bali immigration office refused saying, “Minors must be accompanied by their mothers when their mothers are deported. There is no policy that allows a mother to leave her underage child here”.
Mack had not seen her daughter, Stella Schaefer for about 20 months because Indonesian authorities halted prison visits during the coronavirus pandemic. Stella Schaefer was born shortly before her parents were convicted in 2015. Under Indonesian law, she was allowed to live with her mother in her cell in Kerobokan female prison until she turned two. Then Heather Mack gave custody of her young daughter to an Australian woman, Oshar Suartama, who befriended Mack during the murder trial in 2014.
Heather Mack, who is known for killing her wealthy Chicago socialite mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack. Heather was sentenced in 2015 at the age of 19 when she was a few weeks pregnant. Her and her then 21-year-old boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, were arrested after her mother’s body was found in a suitcase inside the trunk of a taxi parked at the upscale St. Regis Bali Resort in August 2014.