More on the Largest Human Trafficking case in the U.S

In an Ugly Human-Trafficking Case, Hawaii Forgets Itself
Published: September 20, 2010
This is a story of two farmers, Laotian immigrant brothers who grow vegetables in Hawaii . People love their onions, melons, Asian cabbage, herbs and sweet corn, and their Halloween pumpkin patch is a popular field trip for schoolchildren all over Oahu . They count local politicians and community leaders among their many friends, and run a charitable foundation.

Though they are relative newcomers, their adopted home is a state that honors its agricultural history, where most longtime locals are descendants of immigrant plantation workers. The brothers fit right in.

But they had an ugly secret. A captive work force: forty-four men, laborers from Thailand who were lured to Hawaii in 2004 with promises of good wages, housing and food. The workers sacrificed dearly to make the trip, mortgaging family land and homes to pay recruiters steep fees of up to $20,000 each.

According to a federal indictment, the workers’ passports were taken away. They were set up in cramped, substandard housing — some lived in a shipping container. Many saw their paychecks chiseled with deductions for food and expenses; some toiled in the fields for no net pay. Workers were told not to complain or be sent home, with no way to repay their unbearable debts.

The news broke last August. The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice filed charges of forced labor and visa fraud. The farm owners agreed to plead guilty in December in Federal District Court to conspiring to commit forced labor. They admitted violating the rules of the H-2A guest worker program, telling the workers that their labor contracts were “just a piece of paper” used to deceive the federal government.

I wish I could say that at this point the case so shocked the Hawaiian public that people rushed to aid the immigrants, who reminded them so much of their parents and grandparents. That funds were raised and justice sought.

But that didn’t happen.

In an astounding display of amnesia and misplaced sympathy, Hawaii rallied around the defendants. After entering their plea deal, the farmers, Michael and Alec Sou of Aloun Farms, orchestrated an outpouring of letters begging the judge for leniency at sentencing. Business leaders, community activists, politicians — even two former governors, Benjamin Cayetano and John Waihee, and top executives at First Hawaiian Bank — joined a parade attesting to the brothers’ goodness.

The men were paragons of diversified agriculture and wise land use, the letter writers said. They had special vegetable knowledge that nobody else had, and were holding the line against genetically modified crops. If they went to prison, evil developers would pave their farmland. Think of the “trickle down impact,” one woman implored the judge. Besides, their produce was delicious.

The friends pleaded for probation, fines, anything but prison. The workers, now scattered to uncertain fates and still in debt, have seen no such empathy.

The Sous were supposed to have been sentenced months ago, but at a hearing in July they made statements that muddled and seemed to contradict their plea agreement. The vexed judge, Susan Oki Mollway, postponed sentencing to Sept. 9, so they could get their story straight. Back in court this month, the men recanted some of their sworn testimony, so the judge threw the plea deal out. Now there will be a trial in November.

Another shocking story emerged in Honolulu this month: a federal grand jury indicted six people on charges of enslaving 400 Thai farm workers on Maui and elsewhere — the largest trafficking case in American history. In Hawaii , no uproar ensued. The pumpkin-patch field trips are still booked.

Hawaii has a state motto: Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono, or the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness. Hawaiians use “pono” to mean what is just or right, in harmony with nature and with other people. The words hang on huge bronze seals at the State Capitol, and I feel sure that most longtime residents of Hawaii can easily recall and recite them, in Hawaiian and English.

Whether some of them ever think about what the motto means, or care, is another question.

Human trafficking: African Girls forced to work in Salons

When you mention women involved in human trafficking, the first thing that comes to a person’s mind is sex trafficking. A majority of Americans believe that women can only be exploited in the sex industry. I have advised members of numerous feminists groups that I have worked with women that were used in forced labor and thought these women were going to faint. Is women used in forced labor that far-fetched? I myself find it hard to believe that most anti trafficking organizations do not believe that women can be involved in forced labor. Human trafficking has many facets, there are many ways for a person to be exploited. Human Trafficking is not just about sex. There are other forms that are ignored such as organ trafficking, domestic servitude, servile marriage and labor trafficking. The article below is a perfect example of how women can be exploited in other ways than just the sex industry. This case involved women that were brought in with visas to work at Hair salons. Yes I said it  HAIR SALONS!**gasp**. I hope people can begin to wake up and understand that human trafficking is everywhere, not just in the sex industry. I am glad to see that the trafficker was sentenced to 27 years. I think it is funny that her defense was that she saved these girls from their  lives back in Africa. I am sorry but this is just ridiculous. Yes many of these victims lived in deplorable conditions but this does not allow for anyone to violate their human rights.

A federal judge has given punishment to Akouavi Afolabi for 27 years for the offense of human trafficking. Afolabi is a West African woman who brought African girls to America using fake visas. These girls were forced to work in Salons without getting any payment. She gave the African girls false assurance, that she would give them proper education which will change their life. By making fake promises she trapped them and brought to U.S. After arriving in US they were not permitted to learn English and were compelled to forced-labor in salons.
Afolabi was under arrest in 2007 with three others on human trafficking offense. She pleaded to the court to forgive her as she lifted the African girls out of poverty and trained them a skill to earn money.
But she failed to impress the judge and received a punishment of twenty seven years. The other people got punishments in the same case include her son and ex- husband. Lassissi Afolabi. His ex- husband has received a verdict of twenty four years imprisonment while her son Derek Hounakey will serve for 55 months in prison.

NSU to host human trafficking symposium

NSU to host human trafficking symposium
Public invited to learn about the illicit and dangerous trades
Nova Southeastern University
Miami (Miami-Dade, Florida)
Broward County
Human Rights
U.S. Department of Justice
Clubs and Associations By Linda Trischitta, Sun Sentinel

3:58 a.m. EDT, September 23, 2010
DAVIE — The Civil War ended 145 years ago, but slavery in the form of human trafficking still exists in America and it’s growing and lucrative in Florida.

Human trafficking is a $36 billion industry that trails only drug dealing in profitability among illicit trades, experts say.

On Friday and Saturday, a dozen scientists, advocates and survivors from Haiti, Liberia and the U.S. will approach the topic from many angles at a Human Trafficking Symposium. The event is presented by the Inter-American Center for Human Rights and hosted by Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center.

The symposium is free and open to the public. It will feature a traveling museum of exhibits about victims’ experiences in Florida.

One reason why trafficking is a growth industry here: There’s less risk for gang leaders.

From the trafficker’s viewpoint, the victim sex worker or undocumented farm worker will end up in jail and is expendable, said Adriane Reesey, president of the Broward Human Trafficking Coalition.

“These gang leaders don’t play,” Reesey said of conspirators’ enterprises that are “less risky than selling crack.”

Trafficking most frequently happens among farm laborers, sex workers and domestic, hotel and resort staffs, but “It can happen in any industry,” said Regina Bernadin, statewide human trafficking coordinator for the Florida Department of Children & Families who will speak at the symposium.

She said DCF conducted 156 investigations into alleged child trafficking situations from May 2009 to May 2010, though not all complaints were confirmed as trafficking exploitation.

Since October 2008, FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement teams have averaged one arrest a month of suspected traffickers operating from Key West to Fort Pierce, FBI Miami spokeswoman Judith Orihuela said.

“They’re promised a great life and job, but once they’re here, it’s forced labor in different trades,” she said. “We’ve devoted more federal resources to it to help local law enforcement, because they’re the first responders and we rely on them to tip us off.”

In 2010, Justice Department prosecutors in South Florida won guilty pleas or convictions in seven trafficking cases: six for child prostitution, and one for forced labor.

One of the sex trafficking conspiracies led to guilty pleas in August by Johnny Saintil, Michael Defrand and Stanley Wilson, all of Broward County. The men could face life terms at their November sentencing for trafficking adult women and minors out of name-brand hotels in South Florida, according to prosecutors.

This month, the federal government won guilty pleas from Sophia Manuel and Alfonso Baldonado Jr., of Boca Raton, for forced labor of 39 Filipino nationals in country clubs and hotels. The workers’ passports were confiscated and they toiled for little or no pay, without adequate food or drinking water, officials said.

Katariina Juliao, who calls herself a child trafficking survivor, will be one of the speakers on Friday.

“I’m very passionate about this and am sick of seeing vulnerable children prostituted,” Juliao said. “There needs to be more awareness.”

If you go: Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Shepard Broad Law Center, 3305 College Ave., Davie; and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Davie. For information, call 305-647-9607. For a list of speakers, go to

Staff researcher Barbara Hijek contributed to this report.

Linda Trischitta can be reached at or 954-356-4233.

Glen Burnie Man Indicted for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

Department of Justice Press Release

For Immediate Release
September 21, 2010 United States Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland
Contact: (410) 209-4800
Glen Burnie Man Indicted for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury indicted Derwin Smith, age 42, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, today for sex trafficking of a minor.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Anne Arundel County Police Chief James Teare, Sr.; and Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee.

According to indictment, on June 4, 2010, Smith recruited a minor female to engage in sex acts for pay at his direction. The indictment alleges that Smith enticed the girl to engage in these acts by offering her a luxury home and status as his “bottom girl.” A “bottom girl” is considered to be an individual who works closely with the pimp and is typically in charge of the girls that work for the pimp. From June 4 through June 7, 2010, Smith allegedly provided the girl with shelter, clothing, food and other items to facilitate sex acts and instructed the girl on pricing for different sexual activities. The indictment alleges that Smith coerced the girl to engage in sexual activity and Smith received money and other things of value in exchange. According to the indictment, Smith asserted authority over the girl by having her engage in sexual activities with him and by threatening her with a gun.

Smith faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for sex trafficking of a minor. Smith’s initial appearance in U.S. District Court has not yet been scheduled. Smith remains detained on related state charges.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

The case was investigated by the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force formed in 2007 to discover and rescue victims of human trafficking while identifying and prosecuting offenders. Members include federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as victim service providers and local community members. For more information about the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, please

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit Details about Maryland’s program are available at

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, Anne Arundel County Police Department and Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rachel M. Yasser and Sandra Wilkinson, who are prosecuting the case.

Exclusive: Bieyanka Moore is 15-year-old Runaway Charrida Smalley – Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Victim

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Reports had surfaced on that new porn starlet Bieyanka Moore was actually 15-year-old runaway Charrida Smalley. The story is that someone had recognized Bieyanka as Charrida after seeing Charrida’s poster on a missing children’s website. called the Nevada Child Seekers missing children center to report that one of their missing teens had called into their internet radio show last week.

Robb Revere of had contacted Bieyanka and had asked her to come on his show to clear up the rumors and to finally set the record straight about how old she really is. She agreed and called into his show claiming she was 19 and how Nevada Child Seekers had made a mistake. She said the website mixed up her information with Charrida Smalley’s. Bieyanka tells Robb she also goes by the alias Tyler Chanel Evans.

Robb has up this interview on his Youtube page where an associate first starts off by calling Nevada Child Seekers. One of the people he interviewed is Bob Abrams. Bob says Charrida is there in the Las Vegas area and is fact underage and a runaway. He says they’re looking for the people who exploited her and someone will be going to jail.

Bieyanka comes into the interview towards the end but the interview is cut short after a couple of minutes. Robb says the interview was being recorded to an external hard drive that was at capacity, it became full, and had crashed. So he lost the rest of her interview.

Robb now has up this new interview and he says he can now confirm that 15-year-old Charrida Smalley is indeed Bieyanka Moore. Robb first interviews Cynthia who had first left Rob a voice mail. She says she just got word that Charrida had come home yesterday. The family now just wants the porn video Charrida had done to be taken down and to stop distributing the video. She wants to verify that Charrida is indeed 15-years-old.

Robb then interviews the real Tyler Chanel Evans. She says she’s the real 19-year-old that Bieyanka Moore is claiming to be. Tyler is a resident of Las Vegas where she works as a stripper & club promoter. She says Bieyanka had stolen an invalid ID of hers. Tyler says the ID was an INVALID ID. She says it’s an invalid ID that Bieyanka had stolen after she had changed her address. She says she wouldn’t be able to use her old ID and doesn’t understand how Bieyanka was allowed to.

All the information Bieyanka had given as her own is the personal information belonging to Tyler. Tyler even says Bieyanka looks nothing like her and how Bieyanka is taller than her and has larger breasts.

Tyler had first met Bieyanka after finding her homeless on the streets in Las Vegas. Tyler didn’t know she was 15 and a runaway at the time.

You can listen to that second video of Robb’s also on his Youtube page.

I first emailed Nevada Child Seekers on Monday, September 13. I first talked to Michelle Sahagun who then put me in contact with case manager Bob Abrams. I explained to them how new porn starlet Bieyanka Moore was being accused of being 15-year-old runaway Charrida Moore. She was also accusing the agency of putting her picture & information on a missing child poster. Of course a missing child center didn’t accidentally put a porn star’s information on a missing child poster belonging to a 15-year-old runaway. But that was Bieyanka’s claim. Bob tells me they didn’t make a mistake and the information & picture was given to them by Charrida Smalley’s family.

So to wrap up this entire mess, Charrida Smalley is a 15-year-old Florida runaway. She made her way to Nevada where she ended up homeless and on the streets. She then meets 19-year-old Tyler Chanel Evans eventually stealing her invalid ID. Charrida then transforms into Bieyanka Moore where she found her way onto a Reality Kings set.

Who brought Charrida Smalley into the porn industry? What went wrong at Reality Kings that resulted in a 15-year-old shooting a porn video? How many others have fallen through the cracks at Reality Kings, or any other porn company?

How many others were also brought in by the people who brought in Charrida? You can’t claim that this 15-year-old masterminded all of this without outside help. From Traci Lords to Brent Corrigan, they were all brought in by someone who knew how old they were.

I’m expecting more information in the coming days from hopefully four more sources. Two of those I was expecting the information already but it hasn’t happened yet. So I don’t know how many more updates on this case I’ll be doing or if this is the last of it. Maybe now I can finally get some sleep this week. But at least she’s home now away from this industry because you all know it wasn’t going to end well for her. Hopefully she never tries to come back here again either.

Thank you to Michelle Sahagun, Bob Abrams, and Stephanie Parker at Nevada Child Seekers for all your help. Thank you to Robb Revere at for all your help. And thank you to everyone else who helped that I can’t mention. Thank you!


THE Commonwealth Games were “on a knife edge” yesterday as it emerged the crumbling stadiums have been built by children.

Tots as young as three were drafted in to work on dangerous building sites to prepare for the event in Delhi.

And a two-year-old girl was among up to 1,000 people killed during construction after her dad brought her to work.


Yesterday the roof of the weightlifting arena caved in, sending rubble cascading down to the judges’ seats.

As the catalogue of disasters mounted yesterday, it appeared increasingly likely the event, which is due to start in 10 days, would have to be called off.

We told yesterday how 28 workers were hurt at the main stadium site on Tuesday when a concrete bridge collapsed.

And competing nations have lined up to slam the athletes’ village as “unfit for human habitation”.

But as Games bosses tried to patch up their stadiums, the child labour scandal caused new fury around the world.

Parents working on the sites were paid in extra bread and milk if they brought their children along to help out.

One 15-year-old lad employed at the main stadium, Sri Prakash, complained the work was tough.

“It’s hard work and it’s heavy on the body,” said Sri, who was paid around £2.20 for a 12-hour shift.

Pre-school children were forced to shovel pebbles into bags, which were then carried away by older children, witnesses said.

And in August, a two-year-old girl called Varsha died after being run over at the Jawaharlal Nehru complex.

Officially 42 workers have died during construction, but sources said the true figure was “much, much higher”.

One insider said: “It’s been hushed up.”

Asked how many people could have died, the source replied: “It could be pushing 1,000.”

Local laws say 10% of construction fees must go towards worker safety, but reports said that of £5.2million set aside, just £3,200 had been spent.

And last month the UN’s human rights special investigator to the Games, Miloon Kothari, said the event should be called off, claiming it had “brought displacement and suffering for thousands of poor people in the city”.

He also highlighted “unreported violations of human rights being perpetuated by different government agencies”.

Welsh team bosses gave Games organisers a deadline of last night to prove the venues were “fit for purpose”.

They will decide today whether they will pull out of the event. There are fears that once one nation boycotts the games, an avalanche of others will follow.

England will fly out as planned tomorrow, but team chief Sir Andrew Foster said the event was “on a knife edge”.

He said “the next 24 to 48 hours is the critical time” to see if it can go ahead.

“The safety of the athletes has to be our primary concern, but we also have to evaluate the whole thing,” he added.

And Scotland’s team yesterday said they would delay their departure while their living quarters are made safe.

English triple jumper Phillips Idowu, 31, 400m runner Christine Ohuruogu, 26, and 1500m star Lisa Dobriskey, 26, have all pulled out, but swimmer Rebecca Adlington, 21, and sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis, 28, are set to go.

William Hill has cut the odds of the games being called off from 4-1 to 3-1.

There were also allegations of a cover-up as photographers who took pictures of the ceiling collapse claimed security guards destroyed their cameras.

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit dismissed talk of abandoning the games, calling recent events “minor glitches”.