Category Archives: Crimes-and-Criminals

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Sex Traffickers Recruiting and Dating Minors?

Why are male sex traffickers ‘well-dressed’, ‘handsome’, ‘cute’, ‘thin’ or ‘good-looking’? Is this on purpose in order to entice young girls or teenagers?

So how does date night work between a predator and his or her prey? Without multiple real accounts from witnesses, we can assume that each ‘date’ operates differently. We can read second hand sources told by news coverage or non profit organizations.

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Let’s say for instance that a young woman decides to meet this ‘Joe Smith’ on this ‘date’ after their conversation via Facebook or Instagram Direct Message. When she meets up with him, they may have a ‘nice’ time at first and then what? At some point during the date, he kidnaps her. Is it possible that the trafficker’s sidekick or male or female gang member shows up to help with the kidnapping? Is the counterpart waiting around the corner to shove the victim in the car?

We can only speculate and form theories without first hand accounts. However, there are news articles, documentaries, movies, and even a TV episode from Dr Phil retelling the abduction story of a sex slave in detail. Many of them are branded with tattoos of their former pimps nickname. But what about other victims who were exploited but escaped to freedom who have chosen not to tell their story? What happened in their situation? Was it the same as everyone else or completely different? Did the trafficker use a new or different strategical method for his attack to recruit the young female?

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Courtesy of Polaris, Human Trafficking Center 2014

What is the reason for having first hand accounts told?

Yes, we sympathize with their stories, but we also get a chance to learn about tactics and strategies on how these criminals use their own form of recruitment to catch their ‘fish.’ Each trafficker probably imposes a unique or slightly different recruitment strategy. If they were all the same, then we would have caught everyone by now, right?

It’s clear that not all young victims come forward with their personal stories. Why? Perhaps they are afraid of getting caught again if they reveal their whereabouts or real name on TV or news coverage, or they may believe that their own experience was their fault, or, it’s just too difficult to talk about. Whatever the reason it’s imperative that we not only hunt down these manipulative criminals but also learn about their strategical methods and tactical ways to recruit minors.

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Sex Traffickers on Instagram and Social Media?

How are male and female sex traffickers promoting themselves on Instagram? How is human trafficking used on social media? According to dailymail.co.uk, one male gang member (who was 25) used images of cash, fine dining cuisines and luxury shopping to show his rich lifestyle.

In his Instagram posts, he used words and phrases such as “I treat u like royalty” or “babygirl” and “I’m way to too young to be living like this . . . “

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What is the goal of his Instagram profile page? To attract teens and young female adults by getting their attention. Minors, especially girls, at this young age may lack confidence and self-esteem, making them the perfect target for a predator who is an expert at manipulation. Not only Instagram but Facebook is also quite popular among traffickers for recruiting girls into sex slavery.

The criminal will send a friendly Facebook message to the girl in hopes that she will agree to meet him. In this message, he tells her that she is pretty and if she’s interested in making money. At this point, he takes a chance on whether or not she will ignore his message or reply back and agree to meet somewhere. In some of the Facebook messages sent by male traffickers, you’ll notice their grammar and spelling is exceptionally poor. Whether this is done deliberately, I don’t know. Either that, or they are really bad at English. Either way, this is a red flag!

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Why? Because if you, or someone you know, receives a random Facebook message or Instagram DM (direct message) from a strange person who uses poor grammar or compliments you on your physical body, then you should be alarmed. They’re either a creepy stranger, stalker, or dangerous trafficker.

Facebook-skeptical-worldWhat should you do if this happens? Flag their profile on Facebook (or block them on instagram). Then report it to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline 1-888-373-7888. You can also report it by filling out an online form at the following website: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/report-trafficking 

Do you have a personal story, or do you know someone that wants to share their experience? Contact us so we can spread awareness about human trafficking abuse and abduction in the United States! Our email is SkepticalWorld@gmail.com

 

Death by Duct Tape

 Peter Gotti’s Mob Girlfriend Found Dead

A blonde 43 year old divorcee named Marjorie Alexander was found dead on March 31, 2004 by Red Roof Inn cleaning staff.

The woman who claimed to be Peter Gotti’s lover, was found lying on the bed with an empty bottle of sleeping pills on the nightstand, with a plastic bag over her head taped to her neck with duct tape.  Marjorie Alexander  Nassau County police detectives pointed out the empty bottle of pills and the suffocation as proof of the suicide. Police later announced there would be no further investigation necessary since they said there was obviously no crime committed. Skeptical World  suggests these gumshoe detectives need better training and could start by watching some TV shows, such as CSI or Forensic Evidence to find out how to analyze a crime scene. Marjorie AlexanderOr perhaps the police department employs too many members of the Gotti family.

Peter Gotti is a Mob boss facing up to a 15 year prison sentence for racketeering. Pending Peter Gotti’s 15 year prison sentence, perhaps he did not want any other men to have his girlfriend and perhaps he arranged her murder from jail. 

Peter Gotti’s wife was quoted in the news as saying three good things had happened to her during 2003. First, her husband was arrested, second he was convicted, and third he was going to prison.

Skeptical World   wants to know if the Nassau County Police Department has been paid off by the Gotti Family to cover-up this crime as a suicide? Has anyone questioned why the cleaning staff checked the room so late in the afternoon close to dinnertime, which is not a usual time for any hotel service to clean rooms?

Has anyone questioned how a woman who supposedly ingested an entire bottle of sleeping pills (not verified because no autopsy was done) would then lay quietly on a bed while sucking the last 5 or 6 breaths of air out of a bag and not thrash around involuntarily?

Skeptical World wonders if Alexander wasn’t already dead when the plastic bag was duct taped to her neck?

Skeptical World   would like to point out that death by duct tape is not a method of suicide. In fact, duct tape is historically known as a standard tool in gangland slayings when the Mob or gangsters want to kill someone. Hint for the Nassau County police detectives:  Women use nail tape for repairing broken fingernails, not duct tape. There are no women anywhere in America who carry duct tape in their purses for repairing broken fingernails.

Update: This story was originally uploaded on 5/6/2004. A week later in my small town 3 states and 600 miles away from this crime scene, there was a van ahead of me with New York license plates which read, “Gotti2.” Coincidence or not?

Skeptically yours,
          Mim