Tag: sex crimes
Sex trafficking is big business. Globally, it generates tens of billions of dollars in profit every year. Here in the United States, it ensnares hundreds of thousands of victims. And while the stereotypical image of a trafficking victim is a foreign national, many of the exploited are underage American girls.
Serial killers have long targeted prostitutes—from Jack the Ripper, an uncaught murderer who terrorized women in late 19th-century London, to the Long Island Serial Killer, an uncaught murderer whose last confirmed victim disappeared in September 2010 after advertising sex work on Craigslist. We explore the various reasons why serial killers prey upon sex workers.
It was the biggest cult prosecution in nearly a decade. In June 2019, NXIVM leader Keith Raniere was found guilty sex trafficking, forced labor conspiracy, human trafficking and multiple counts of racketeering—including sexual exploitation of a child. But while members swore by the 'self help' organization, rumors of its dark underside emerged.
Gary Leon Ridgway, who raped and murdered more than 49 women, was obsessed with deviant sex and visiting prostitutes. This, combined with his aggression and violence, were significant driving forces behind his murderous actions, says Mary Ellen O'Toole, a retired FBI senior profiler who interviewed Ridgway.
Karin Ahrman, who has a 13-year-old son, received a flyer in her mailbox notifying her that a registered sex offender had moved in a few houses away. She talks to us about her fight to inform her community about their need for vigilance against sexual offenders.