In Spokane, Washington police are warning about the spread of human trafficking across the state, nation, and globe after they wrapped up a recent operation that resulted in the successful rescue of a trafficked juvenile from the streets.
On Wednesday via Facebook, the department announced the close of the operation and warned that sex trafficking is the “fastest growing criminal industry in the world today.”
“On 12/14/2022, the FBI Spokane Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, in conjunction with Kalispel Tribal Police, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and members of the Spokane Regional Safe Streets Task Force, conducted an anti-sex trafficking operation at Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Airway Heights. The operation resulted in contacts with six women involved in trafficking and/or commercial sex work. In one contact, task force members were able to connect a trafficked juvenile with her family and begin an investigation into those responsible for trafficking her,” the police department wrote.
“The primary purpose of these operations is twofold – identifying traffickers and providing resources for sex trafficked victims. Four of the contacts in this operation – adult women, resulted in connecting them with advocates from the Kalispel Tribe and the FBI who are skilled in providing services to help move women out of the sex trade lifestyle. One contact resulted in a woman being arrested on a felony assault and theft warrant,” the department continued.
“Human/sex trafficking can happen anywhere and is reportedly the fastest growing criminal industry in the world today. The FBI Spokane Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force is a dedicated anti-trafficking unit consisting of FBI, Spokane Police Department, and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office members. The unit works tirelessly to identify and apprehend those involved in the recruitment, transportation, harboring, and sale of people for labor or services. Task Force members also work to provide victims support and alternative lifestyle options,” Spokane police concluded.
The warning comes just before Christmas and over a year after Spokane police announced the arrest of 61-year-old John Eisenman in November 2021 on a charge of first-degree murder in an unrelated case, according to Fox News.
The father was accused of using a cinder block to bash in the head of his 19-year-old daughter’s boyfriend after repeatedly stabbing him for allegedly selling her to a sex-trafficking ring in Seattle in November 2020 for $1,000.
Authorities didn’t find the boyfriend’s body until a year later. It was discovered in the trunk of an abandoned vehicle left in a remote area.
Yesterday, @SpokanePD, same agency handling John Eisenman case, said a different trafficked minor was rescued in a recent operation. "Human/sex trafficking can happen anywhere and is reportedly the fastest growing criminal industry in the world today." https://t.co/ejhY2vKJuM https://t.co/CnxtVs5m6W
— Danielle Wallace (@danimwallace) December 22, 2022
A detective later testified that he “has not been able to document any independent and verifiable facts” that the deceased man trafficked Eisenman’s daughter.
Eisenman reportedly admitted to being high on meth when he killed the boyfriend.
Court documents reveal that the girl’s boyfriend left her at a gas station in Seattle when police caught up with him. He was driving a stolen car. She then told the officers that her boyfriend was “selling me for drugs” and that she had been homeless for about three weeks as “they just passed me around.”
Eisenman is still being held on a $1 million bond according to Spokane County Jail online records.
The increase in sex trafficking has a direct connection to the US open borders policy under President Biden, according to former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director Thomas Homan.
An open border is a breeding ground for sex trafficking. Too many innocent people are becoming victims of this heinous crime at the southern border.
— Ann Wagner (@AnnLWagner) July 18, 2022
“When you don’t take immigration enforcement on the border seriously, and you don’t take immigration enforcement seriously in the interior, human trafficking is going to expand and a lot of people are going to get away with it because there isn’t a focus on it,” Homan told Fox News last January.
“When you increase the number of people being smuggled, the increase in trafficking goes along with that, so if they’re really, really serious not just about addressing and reacting to trafficking, if they’re really serious about trying to prevent it, they’d secure our borders,” former acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan also told Fox News.
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