I wanted to share this article with you all to show you a couple of different things. The most obvious is that anyone can become a trafficker. Traffickers are not always members of the drug cartel, or the Russian mob or the local gang. Traffickers can be college educated, they can be people of the world, diplomats and the list goes on and on.
The second thing I wanted to point out is that the victims in this case were brought into the U.S under a tourist visa. There is a lot of visa fraud occurring here in the U.S. Hence why visa fraud was added to the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2008. Many people believe that a large portion of the victims are smuggled into the country. As I have mentioned on previous posts, a majority of the victims entering the U.S arrive through our airports and not the borders. Each U.S Embassy office around the world is given 3,000 Visas to use per year. That’s a lot of people who are legally allowed to enter the country.
This case sounds interesting and I will keep an eye out. I will update you all on anything related to this case.
By JANON FISHER
Last Updated: 1:21 PM, August 3, 2010
Posted: 11:59 AM, August 3, 2010
Joseph Yannai, 66, was taken into custody today on a warrant based on an investigation into state charges first filed last year by Town of Pound Ridge police.
The feds claim that between 2003 and 2009, Yannai placed an ad looking for an assistant. Instead, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn said he would try to fondle and grope them.
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Yannai, who wrote “The International Who’s Who of Chefs 2004-2005,” also allegedly forbid the women to wear bras and had them watch him take a bath.
“This case is another example of our continuing efforts to aggressively investigate and prosecute individuals who seek to victimize and exploit others to obtain their labor and for criminal sexual purposes,” said Brooklyn US Attorney Loretta Lynch.
Yannai, who has written restaurant guides and a book on famous chefs, said he felt ill after his arrest and was taken to the Northern Westchester Hospital. Yannai will not be arraigned today as a result, although prosecutors believe he faked a stroke.
If convicted, he faces life in prison.
In his emails to women, Yannai “frequently posed as a woman who was supposedly working for Yannai,” according to the feds.
Yannai convinced women to travel to the US to work for him at his home on tourist visas and to falsely tell immigration authorities that they were visiting him for a short time.
Yannai generally had one or two of the women living at his home at any one time, according to the indictment.