HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING RESULTS IN FOUR INJURED IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS​: Bizarre Outcome as Suspect Turns Himself in With His Attorney

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HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING RESULTS IN FOUR INJURED IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS​: Bizarre Outcome as Suspect Turns Himself in With His Attorney

NIH director Francis Collins to resign amid gain-of-function research scandal – The BL

NIH director Francis Collins to resign amid gain-of-function research scandal – The BL

NIH director Francis Collins to resign amid gain-of-function research scandal

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institutes of Health (Courtesy of NIH)

Francis Collins, the longtime director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will resign by the end of this year, the NIH announced in a news release on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Having served three U.S. presidents over more than 12 years, Collins is the longest-serving presidentially appointed NIH director.

“It has been an incredible privilege to lead this great agency for more than a decade,” Collins said, adding that his decision to step down was a difficult one.

“I am proud of all we’ve accomplished. I fundamentally believe, however, that no single person should serve in the position too long, and that it’s time to bring in a new scientist to lead the NIH into the future,” Collins said.

Collins started overseeing the research center in 2009, appointed by President Barack Obama. In 2017, he was asked to continue in his role by President Donald Trump, and in 2021, by President Joe Biden. He is now expected to return to the National Human Genome Research Institute, a branch of the NIH, which he served as director from 1993-2008.

Biden on Tuesday praised Collins for his work, Fox News reported.

“As he returns to his lab at the National Human Genome Research Institute, we look forward to his unmatched ability to unlock the possibilities within our reach and that define the best of who we are as Americans,” Biden said.

According to Breitbart, Collins decided to step down after documents exposed that he made “untruthful” comments about U.S. federal funding of gain-of-function research at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).

Just weeks before Collins’ announcement of resignation, Richard Ebright of Rutgers University accused him of making false public statements about National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) grants to the WIV, which have since been proven to fund the study of “chimeric SARS-related coronaviruses” which “could infect human cells.”

Ebright said that Collins had not told the truth when asked about this research: “assertions by the NIH Director, Francis Collins, and the NIAID Director, Anthony Fauci, that the NIH did not support gain-of-function research or potential pandemic pathogen enhancement at WIV are untruthful.”

In addition, there may be another reason for his departure decision. Collins has recently backed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to limit COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for Americans 65 and older and other vulnerable demographics, contradicting the Biden administration, which had initially advocated for booster shots for all Americans eight months after being fully vaccinated.

— Read on m.thebl.us/us-news/nih-director-francis-collins-to-resign-amid-gain-of-function-research-scandal.html

HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING RESULTS IN FOUR INJURED IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS​: Bizarre Outcome as Suspect Turns Himself in With His Attorney

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“Operation United Front”

Human trafficking operation across 12 states leads to 102 arrests and 47 victims identified

August 27, 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) – A 12-state human trafficking operation this week has led to over 100 arrests and dozens of victims being identified by law enforcement.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, 102 arrests and 47 victims were identified as part of Operation United Front. Most of the arrests were made the night of Aug. 26 and into the morning of Aug. 27, with efforts being coordinated by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt says the operation used undercover law enforcement officers from federal, state and local agencies to arrange meetings with potential victims or posed as victims to identify buyers or traffickers.

In Iowa, law enforcement agencies say they executed 10 search warrants, identified five businesses involved in sex trafficking, made 11 arrests and seized a “large quantity of U.S. currency.”

Among the states that were part of the operation were Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Human trafficking uniquely affects Iowa given our proximity to major metropolitan areas like Kansas City and Chicago and the intersection of two major interstate systems. As a result, we know human trafficking is happening in Iowa and that it occurs in a variety of settings,” said Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens. “Together we can prevent this from happening in our state, because even one victim is one too many.”

The Sioux City Police Department was also involved, assisting operations conducted in Nebraska by providing detectives to help support the sharing of intelligence and surveillance.

“We conduct sting operations to address human trafficking, but as a municipal law enforcement agency, we are limited in our range to our jurisdiction of Sioux City. As this is an issue that affects the tri-state region of Siouxland, this provided us a unique opportunity to work in partnership with Nebraska and federal law enforcement agencies to investigate a crime that affects our entire community,” stated the SCPD in a statement to KTIV.

Nebraska law enforcement conducted sex trafficking operations in three locations, including Scottsbluff, Kearney and South Sioux City. During which, among other arrests, a man was arrested for seeking to purchase sex acts with a 15-year-old girl who was actually an undercover police officer.

While in South Dakota, authorities conducted their operation during this month’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

The other nine states part of the operation were Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

5 arrested after undercover human trafficking, prostitution operation in Robeson County, NC

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WPDE) — During an undercover operation on Friday, Oct. 1 five men were arrested in Robeson County and charged with solicitation of prostitution.

The Sheriff’s Office said the operation was to identify potential victims of human trafficking and persons engaging in illegal prostitution. 

The identified females were given the opportunity to speak with Sheriff Burnis Wilkins, Sgt. Hollis McNeill and a Peer Support Specialist from Robeson Health Care Corporation (RHCC) about a variety of programs that will assist them with fighting their addictions and improving their lifestyles. 

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While this seems small to some, this special operation would bring tears to your eyes if you could have heard these ladies stories,” officials said. “The best part is, we are helping them. To the guys seeking to use females that are battling their own demons, go somewhere else. That lady you may be speaking to might just be an undercover officer as some saw last night.

According to a release, Francisco Hidalgo Tixteco, 44, Mica Mcdonald, 43, Luis Miguel Hidalgo, 24, of Raeford and Henry Stephens, 65, of St. Pauls were arrested and charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution. They were each placed in the custody of the Robeson County Detention Center with a $1,000 secured bond. 

Charles Wall, 45, of Raeford was arrested and charged with solicitation of prostitution, possession of stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Wall was placed in the custody of the Robeson County Detention Center with a $15,000 secured bond.

“I am excited about the newly developed partnership with the Robeson County District’s Attorney Office, Robeson County Judges and other agencies in the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program,” Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said. “The program allows individuals with low-level offenses to enter alternative programs instead of going through the prosecution process and receiving active sentences. The programs will allow the individuals to seek help for their addictions and reduce recidivism in our criminal justice system. The Sheriff’s Office currently has two (2) deputies assigned to the program and will soon be adding a Peer Specialist. The benefits of the program have already been seen and there will be many more success stories to come.”

Lumberton Police Department, Fayetteville Police Department and Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) assisted with the operation.

Anyone with information about human trafficking and/or illegal prostitution is asked to contact the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 671-3170 or (910) 671-3100.

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Mother attempts to sell her kids on Facebook at a bargain price of just $4000

Published Mon, Mar 11 2013 10:46 PM CDTUpdated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:24 PM CST

Even though this was a whie ago, I wanted to share it with you because it just shows that Facebook has known about the Human Trafficking problem on their platform a very long time! Still nobody has done a thing to stop it! It is simply ignored!

Facebook is used for a million and one things these days, but child trafficking – you’d think not. Misty VanHorn, a mother of two in Oklahoma has tried to sell her two children on Facebook. She was arrested on the weekend for alleged trafficking of minors on Facebook, trying to sell her 10-month-old and 2-year-old for $4000.

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VanHorn reportedly offered the kids up for sale more than once, offering her innocent 10-month-old girl for $1000. Alternatively, you could buy a package deal which included both kids for $4000, where she actually had someone interested. VanHorn was dealing with a woman in Fort Smith, Ark., according to The Oklahoman. Because she was dealing across the state line from her home in Sallisaw, she might be charged with a federal crime.

Her Facebook message to the Fort Smith-based woman said: Just come to Sallisaw, it’s only 30 minutes away and I’ll give you all of her stuff and let y’all have her forever for $1,000. Why was VanHorn trying to sell her children? She wanted the $1000 to bail her boyfriend out of jail, where ironically she’s being held on a $40,000 bail. Her kids are now in the custody of the state’s department of human services, who alerted the police in the first place.

Could Apple Pull Facebook App Over Human Trafficking?

Apple could pull Facebook from App Store over human trafficking

Facebook knows about the human trafficking epidemic on its platform, Apple knows, and now is threatening to pull the app down.

Published Sat, Sep 18 2021 9:11 PM CDTUpdated Mon, Sep 20 2021 12:02 AM CDT

Facebook has found itself in another mess, this one being one of the most under-reported, and one of the worst stories from the Mark Zuckerberg-led social media network.

In a new report by The Wall Street Journal, Facebook has been well aware of a massive human trafficking service on its platform and has done nothing about it. Apple got a little mad at Facebook over it at least, threatening to pull the Facebook app from its App Store after a 2019 report from the BBC said that human traffickers were selling people using Facebook.

Selling people on Facebook. Just thought I’d repeat that.

The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that it has seen documents that said a Facebook investigation team was tracking down a human trafficking market in the Middle East, where they were using Facebook to sell people. The groups were advertising domestic workers through employment agencies, but they were supplying human beings against their will… on Facebook.

At the time, Apple threatened — but obviously didn’t in the end — to pull Facebook from its App Store. An internal memo describes that Facebook knew about the human trafficking epidemic on its service all the way back before 2019. There was a question on the report that the Facebook researcher wrote, asking: “was this issue known to Facebook before BBC inquiry and Apple escalation?

The answer: “Yes. Throughout 2018 and H1 2019 we conducted the global Understanding Exercise in order to fully understand how domestic servitude manifests no our platform across its entire life cycle: recruitment, facilitation, and exploitation“.

The Wall Street Journal has no comment from Apple and Facebook of course, but remember that Apple cares deeply about this type of stuff. That’s why they’re monitoring all US users of their iPhones for CSAM, or Child Sex Abuse Material, for the safety of the children. Yet, not removing the Facebook app that is clearly trafficking human beings in countless countries.

Furthermore, the WSJ also reported this week that Facebook’s own AI content moderators are unable to detect most languages used on Facebook. How the hell is that even happening? Facebook’s AI and all their might and money and staff, cannot find people in every single language on the planet (as Facebook is used pretty much in every single written language on Earth) to translate what is being said on their own social media platform.

They’re actually blaming the lack of resources on this huge blind spot of human trafficking… really?!

I mean, they’ve got teams and teams of people that seemed to be working 24/7 during 2016-2020 when President Trump and his supporters were being banned and censored left, right, and center. They go after anti-vaxxers like they’re the literal devil, yet child and human trafficking seems to be beyond an afterthought for Facebook.

Facebook should be banned across the world immediately, right?

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SOURCES: appleinsider.com, wsj.com, businessinsider.com.au

New study examines federal human trafficking prosecutions over the last 20 years

New study examines federal human trafficking prosecutions over the last 20 years

Local, state and national leaders joined forces for the annual Human Trafficking Summit on Tuesday.

I-Team Investigator Kylie McGivern met with the author of a groundbreaking study that looked at every federal criminal human trafficking prosecution over the last 20 years. It shows how far we’ve come, and what still needs to be done to protect victims.

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The Human Trafficking Instituteprovides expert knowledge of training and research to police and prosecutors to help stop traffickers. 

Co-author of the Federal Human Trafficking Report Alyssa Wheeler said she was surprised to see, despite COVID delays in the criminal justice system, the number of federal human trafficking cases filed is up.

“Florida did file 12 new cases and the national average, if you just do a real general average, was three,” Wheeler said.

That number may not reflect the scope of human trafficking, but how often federal prosecutors are pursuing these cases.

“And I would say that in Florida, a positive surprise is that restitution has continued — the percentage of cases in which a judge ordered restitution has continued to rise as well, and is actually above the national average,” Wheeler said.

In Florida, it was 67% of the cases in 2020. The national average is 50%.

“Restitution is one of our top priorities at HTI because it is the money that a convicted trafficker is forced to pay their victims to compensate their victims for the harm that was caused. It is essential for survivors to be able to rebuild their lives after being trafficked and escape the cycle of exploration that can be really hard to get out of,” Wheeler said.

There was an increase in federal cases filed, however, the conviction rate nationwide went down.

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The I-Team has reported on the challenges of securing a conviction, including the evidence needed to prove someone was forced or trapped. There is also a heavy reliance on a survivor willing to testify against the trafficking.

Wheeler said she would like to see more efforts directed to going after businesses and corporations.

“Last year, there were only two entities in the U.S. that were being prosecuted for trafficking, both of them were hotels,” she said. “I would really love to see an increase in the number of corporations that are prosecuted for forced labor in particular, but trafficking in general.”

— Read on www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/new-study-examines-federal-human-trafficking-prosecutions-over-the-last-20-years

Operation Ohio Knows: Ohio task force announces 161 arrests, 10 missing children recovered in human trafficking operation

Operation Ohio Knows: Ohio task force announces 161 arrests, 10 missing children recovered in human trafficking operation

Operation Ohio Knows: Attorney General Dave Yost announces arrests human trafficking operation

State officials have revealed details of a statewide human trafficking operation that resulted in the arrest of 161 people seeking to buy sex (including three who wanted sex from minors) along with the recovery of 10 missing children.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost offered details of the operation alongside multiple law enforcement agencies during a Monday press conference. He said those arrested include a city council member, a firefighter, a teacher, a professor, a home improvement contractor and a pilot.

“He [pilot] not only was purchasing sex, but he haggled and got the price down to $15,” Yost said.

Yost added that human trafficking is happening all across Ohio.

“Poor neighborhoods. Rich neighborhoods. Educated. Uneducated. Black. White. It doesn’t matter. It happens everywhere,” he said. “That’s why this fight is so important. I will not rest until no one in Ohio buys or sells human beings.”

Mandie Knight, a survivor of the sex trade, also spoke at the briefing. She is now a wife and mother who is studying forensic criminology, and lauded the role law enforcement played in her recovery.

“When I was being trafficked, I knew that law enforcement was somewhere I could turn to when I needed a safe way out, and that’s what happened,” Knight, now resource manager for Freedom a la Cart, said. “Had I not been arrested, had I not gone to jail, and had I not suffered some consequences for the decisions I was making, I wouldn’t be here today and I wouldn’t be as successful in life.”

The press conference also revealed that 50 people were arrested for offering to sell sex. We streamed the press conferenc

Largest human trafficking sting in Ohio history nets 161, including city councilman

Largest human trafficking sting in Ohio history nets 161, including city councilman

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A firefighter, college professor and a Cleveland-area city councilman were among 161 people arrested in a sex sting operation last week, described as the state’s largest focused on human trafficking.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, law enforcement officials from multiple counties, social service providers and former human trafficking victims met in the Ohio Statehouse on Monday to talk about the initiative.

Dubbed Operation Ohio Knows, the weeklong sting was intended to create a deterrent for those who seek sex for pay or profit, Yost said.

“We want to send a message to everybody in the country: Don’t buy sex in Ohio,” he said.

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‘Operation Ohio Knows’

Law enforcement fanned out across the state, communicating with hundreds of men seeking sex. For every arrest made, officers contacted up to eight “johns” whose actions didn’t meet the elements of any crime, said Chief Deputy Rick Minerd of the Franklin County sheriff’s office.

Three of the perpetrators were willing to pay to have sex with people they thought were minors. Ten minors reported missing were recovered during a simultaneous operation carried out by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Fifty-one women, would-be victims, were provided assistance by social service advocates. It was unclear how many of the women were charged.

Most of those arrested were charged with engaging in prostitution, a first-degree misdemeanor. Other charges related to drugs and firearms.

A change in state law passed in the spring requires those convicted to undergo human trafficking education.

“We cannot arrest our way out of human trafficking,” Yost said, noting that arrests are nevertheless important as a deterrence. “If there are no buyers, there will be no trafficking.”

He wants people to know that it’s not a victimless crime.

“When you are the buyer, you have no idea who you’re dealing with,” he said. “The pimp, the trafficker, doesn’t show up and sit in the corner watching you. The survivor doesn’t tell you, ‘I don’t want to do this, but if I don’t, I’m going to be beat’ or ‘He’s going to withhold my drugs.’

“Because we don’t know, anybody in Ohio who purchases sex is assuming the risk that they’re complicit in trafficking.”

Human trafficking survivor Mandie Knight spoke via Zoom about her former lifestyle and her gratitude at being arrested.

“Had I not been arrested, had I not gone to jail and had I not suffered some consequences for the decisions I was making, I wouldn’t be here today, and I wouldn’t be as successful in life,” said Knight, a wife, mother and student in forensic criminology.

Arrested city councilman: ‘An enormous mistake’

Mark Jessie, a councilman running for reelection Nov. 2 in Elyria, Ohio, a city roughly 30 miles outside Cleveland, was picked up in the sting.

“I’m taking this very seriously and realize it’s an enormous mistake,” he told The Columbus Dispatch, part of the USA TODAY Network, on Monday. Jessie said he sought sex from someone he thought was selling it on a website.

When officers arrested him, he said, “there was an immediate feeling of wanting to throw up and an immediate feeling of facing the consequences with my family and friends.”

Summit County Sheriff Kandy Fatheree cautioned her colleagues not to rest on sting operations alone.

“This is the beginning and not the end, and I think we have so much work to do across the state,” she said.

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Flashback: Shipping Container Full of Body Parts of Americans Discovered on Chinese Cargo Ship

Editor’s Note: Our readers responded strongly to this story when it originally ran; we’re re-posting it here in case you missed it.

Exporting companies are using Chinese ships, planes, and trucks to transport dead Americans across the world for research purposes, according to a report from Reuters.

A Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship departed South Carolina in July carrying 6,000 pounds of human remains valued at $67,204.

The container’s temperature was set at 5 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent the parts from spoiling. Relatives of the dead, meanwhile, did not realize their loved ones’ remains were being dismembered and sent to Europe and elsewhere, the report notes.

Body brokers like Oregon-based MedCure rely on lax regulations to export body parts of deceased individuals to Mexico, China, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, among several other countries.

“There are people who wouldn’t necessarily mind where the specimens were sent if they were fully informed,” Brandi Schmitt, who directs a body donation system at the University of California, told reporters about the trade, which is still shrouded in mystery. “But clearly there are plenty of donors that do mind and that don’t feel like they’re getting enough information.”

The FBI raided MedCure in November, which culminated in a federal investigation.

MedCure is committed to meeting and exceeding the highest standards in the industry. It takes very seriously its obligation to not only deliver safe specimens securely, but to do it in a way that respects the donors,” said the company’s lawyer, Jeffrey Edelson, who declined to comment on the nature of the raid.

Families of the deceased were shocked to hear that their husbands, fathers, and daughters were shipped overseas.

Marie Gallegos, whose husband’s head was reportedly shipped to a dental school in Israel months after he died of a heart attack, told reporters that she “should have read the fine print” of the forms she signed allowing his parts to be donated for science and research.

“Had I known that my husband’s head was over there, I would have waited to have the ceremony,” she said. “If they really wanted my husband’s body for these purposes, they should have told me upfront and verbally.”

Regulators are also concerned the parts might be infected with HIV or some other highly infectious disease. There is a disconnect between what the industry and government believe is dangerous, Matthew Zahn, chairman of the public health committee for the Infectious Diseases Society of America, told reporters.

FBI investigators raided the warehouse of another so-called Body Broker last year and found a grisly discovery. Court papers reveal the building, owned and operated by businessman Arthur Rathburn, was littered with dead flies, dog bowls, and human remains frozen together in huge “chunks.”

Rathburn’s business, International Biological Inc (IBI), became a target after routine border stops that found he was ferrying human heads to Mexico on their way to forlorn parts of the globe, court records show.

The jury ultimately found Rathburn guilty of fraud for supplying his customers with body parts infected with HIV and hepatitis.

“The fraud scheme orchestrated by IBI shocked even the most experienced of our investigative team,” FBI special-agent-in-charge David Gelios told reporters. Donors were “victimized as IBI intentionally and recklessly marketed and transported contaminated human remainsPersonal greed overcame decency,” he said in a statement after the verdict.

A version of this article appeared on The Daily Caller News Foundation website.