As I have mentioned time and time again, a trafficker or pimp can be anyone. Too many people in the field of human trafficking have turned this issue into a women’s issue. Too many people believe that the men are the victimizers and the women and children are the victims. Understand that this is not true! There are female victims as well as female victimizers. There are male victims as well as male victimizers. And the most shocking is that fact that not only are we finding children who have been victimized but now we are finding cases in where children are also the victimizers. I can tell you that this year, we have noted an increase in women being arrested for victimizing vulnerable people and enslaving them as well.
Understand that human trafficking is not a women’s issue. This is a human rights issue.
Woman charged with human trafficking
Suspect accused of running a brothel in Little Village and forcing underage girls into prostitution
November 24, 2010|By Matthew Walberg and Annie Sweeney, Tribune reporters
An alleged madam regularly picked up a 16-year-old girl from her high school and drove her to a basement brothel to work until 8 or 9 p.m. a couple of days a week, authorities charged Wednesday.
Rubicela Montero forced the underage girls and other victims into prostitution and threatened them or their families with death if they quit, authorities said.
One girl called an anonymous hotline and tipped off Chicago police about the brothel in a Little Village basement apartment. Police set up a sting operation, sending in an undercover officer to pose as a client willing to pay for sex. Montero advertised in a Spanish-language newspaper, authorities said.
Montero’s eyes teared up and she put her hand over her mouth after she was ordered held on $400,000 bail Wednesday at the Cook County Criminal Courts Building. She is charged with three counts of involuntary servitude, human trafficking and pandering and faces up to 30 years if convicted.