Mafia Prostituting Kids On Craigslist

No, human sex trafficking doesn’t exist only in impoverished countries, far far away, it’s as close as the United States’ 6th most popular website, the universal classifieds of the 21st Century.  We’re all trafficking through a site where humans are being trafficked.

the Gambino crime family, one of the most famous mob names in the U.S., was caught hocking young teens on Craigslist. When the mob starts using you to pimp kids, Craigslist, you know you’re a big-time child prostitution peddler. Ready to make a real change, yet?

The recent bust, which indicted 14 accused mafia members, was full of the sort of charges the mob usually sees — murder, extortion, etc. But this was the first time human trafficking made it onto the list for a case of this magnitude against the Gambinos. It’s just one more sign that human trafficking is a growing criminal enterprise, and that outfits like the Gambinos, who previously limited themselves to running drugs or guns, are now selling people. Specifically, they’re selling teen girls for sex, and they’re selling them on Craigslist.

Gambino soldier Thomas Orefice was in charge of watching over the girls, who supposedly ranged in ages from 15 to 19 years old. But federal officers have said that at least one of the girls looked much, much younger. The girls were advertised on Craigslist, and driven to appointments with buyers by the mob. They also shipped the girls out to Vegas and around to other high stakes poker games in Mafia-run facilities, as prizes for the gamblers there.

Read the full story here.  If this makes you angry, tell Craig.

Thanks to Karen Marie.

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