Underage Sex Ring Run By Florida School Bus Monitor

A Florida cop and a school bus monitor were arrested Thursday in connection with a child prostitution ring, Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Police arrested 27-year-old school bus attendant Paul Rosoan Aaron for allegedly forcing two young teens into prostitution, at least one of whom he solicited while on the job, according to a sworn affidavit obtained by The Huffington Post.

Both Aaron and his accused partner were arrested Thursday in connection with the ring, which police say Aaron ran out of a Haines City home under the name “Genuine Quality Entertainment.”

A second affidavit identifies 25-year-old Haines City police officer Demetrius Lamar Condry as one of Aaron’s clients. He, too, is now facing charges.

Condry allegedly frequented the brothel while still in uniform, his police radio buzzing while he received oral sex from the then-15-year-old victim, the teen reported in her statement to investigators. Aaron typically charged between $60 and $100 for similar encounters, though Condry appears to have been given a free pass in exchange for protection from the law.

“It’s disappointing,” Haines City Police Chief Richard Sloan told HuffPost. “We do great background and go to a lot of trouble to try to hire the best people, but every now and again you still get a bad egg.”

The girl told police she “felt like a sex slave” throughout the seven-month ordeal.

Hershey’s chocolate tainted with child exploitation, group charges

July 15 2011


Consumer  rights activists are asking chocolate lovers to think twice before  buying Hershey products this summer  because the chocolate is tainted  with forced and child labor.

Leaders  of the Raise the Bar Hershey Campaign say it’s been nearly 10 years  since chocolate companies, including Hershey’s, signed a protocol  committing them to eliminating abusive child labor, forced labor and  trafficking from their cocoa supply chains. However researchers found  that such abuses continue to exist in West African cocoa farms,  especially in Ghana and the Ivory Coast, where Hershey purchases most of  its cocoa to produce its chocolate bars and other products.

Campaign  leaders are urging consumers to take a stand against Hershey’s labor  violations. Although many of the biggest chocolate companies have  started to use cocoa that has been certified by independent, third  parties to comply with international labor standards, Hershey continues  to lag behind.

Amanda  Kloer, editor of Change.org, said she is getting the word out to  consumers that they should choose other brands for their campfire treats  until Hershey makes a commitment to ending child labor in its cocoa  supply chain by shifting to fair-trade-certified cocoa.

“As  chocolate lovers we want Hershey to buy better cocoa,” said Kloer. “We  also want the company to be transparent about where they buy their cocoa  and to ensure child abuses are not tainting their products. We need  Hershey to step up and take responsibility for what’s really going on.”

Kloer  said consumer activists are leaving “Consumer Alert” cards on the  shelves in front of Hershey products, as well as on Hershey’s S’mores  promotional displays. The alert cards include a code to allow shoppers  to take action on their smartphones in the store as part of a larger  campaign, including an online petition with over  13,000 supporters.

“Consumers  have tremendous power to change the unethical practices of companies,”  says Kloer. “That’s why activists are using the online platforms and  innovative organizing strategies like QR codes to educate and empower  consumers to take action.”

Maria  Louzon, student organizer with United Students for Fair Trade, said,  “For too long Hershey has ignored consumer requests to buy ethical,  certified cocoa for its chocolate bars. We hope Hershey won’t be able to  ignore the message when it’s placed on its products.”

Kloer  says a broad consumer movement by people who want major companies to  sell ethically produced products is driving the Hershey campaign. She  hopes the campaign will get Hershey’s attention and force them respond  to consumers’ concerns.

Nonprofit  groups Green America, International Labor Rights Forum, and Global  Exchange are organizing the campaign. Over 42,000 consumers have taken  action by sending e-mails and postcards, signing petitions, and making  phone calls to the company asking it to end child labor. Consumers  interested in participating can go to www.raisethebarhershey.org to download a consumer alert card, print it out, and film and upload their own experiences.

“Colors of the Word Fashion Show” brought Fashion for a cause to Tampa

Thank yoou all for attending the Fashion Show that took place this past Saturday! The event was a success!


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, Tampa Fashion Examiner

July 16, 2011 – Like this? Subscribe to get instant updates.

The First Annual “Colors of the World Fashion Show” celebrated this past Saturday July 16th, 2011 here in Tampa, was a complete success. The show was co-produced by the Youth for Human Rights of Florida and The Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking. The two entities worked together to create awareness about the horrific problem that is Human Trafficking and Child labor.

Singer John Gold opened the show with a soft rock sound followed by Venezuelan born Jessie Laros with a blend of Pop music and acoustic guitar. Jessie also wrote the theme song for the event.

The first models that were on the red carpet were adorable children modeling some beautiful handmade dresses and hats. The models also wore signs saying “No child labor” on them. The children were followed by the male models that walked the red carpet with tons of attitude, rocking man bags and handmade scarves provoking applause and cheers from the audience.

The female models closed the show wearing Jewelry that was handmade in Ecuador and Eco-friendly Handbags and accessories made in Brazil from aluminum pull taps. Some of the accessories were also made out of recycle newspaper. All of the items modeled on the show were supported by the fair trade. Fair trade allows growers and manufactures of goods in developing countries to received adequate payment for their products. Throughout the show several videos were shown about how the goods are made