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  • Opal Singleton Hendershot

Money Laundering & Human Trafficking

Who is running the trafficking rings? Do sex buyers ever stop to think about who they are supporting and how that puts them and their family at risk?

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The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen) released an Advisory on Identifying and Reporting Human Trafficking and Related Activities. It stated that human trafficking is one of the most profitable and violent forms of international crime generating an estimated $150 Billion worldwide per year. That begs the question: Where does this money go?

Most of us think of trafficking as the pimp and a couple of sex providers operating down on the blade in the poor part of town, or maybe it is a mom-pop style massage parlor down the street. Almost no one stops to question if it is a small, stand-alone private enterprise or perhaps connected to some of the largest global cartels in far off lands. Sex buyers seem totally oblivious that they are supporting global criminal organizations and even worse, exposing themselves and their families to foreign national crime rings.

Dirty money gained from illicit criminal activity in large quantities has to be sanitized (cleaned up), and recirculated before it can end in the hands of organized crime. Often vulnerable foreign national victims provide the sexual services in our own neighborhoods: Chino Hills, Irvine, San Gabriel, Riverside, San Bernardino, Hemet or Palm Desert and those funds end up in Thailand, China, Malaysia, Albania or Belize.


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