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

“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.

Source:

https://wpde.com/news/local/5-arrested-after-undercover-human-trafficking-prostitution-operation-in-robeson-county?fbclid=IwAR281sZSPbOVzQVYxWmRThWdBQ8ux_oYxcPPeWhZUlFGaYs1j06OqjoIbLk

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?

Made in the U.S.A.: The Sex Trafficking of America’s Children

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