A 26-year-old man has been charged with 18 felonies, including aggravated human trafficking, and many of the remaining felonies allege sexual offenses in which the victims are teens. In addition to the human trafficking charge, Long is charged with seven counts of sexual exploitation of a child, four counts of making a criminal threat, and one count each of conspiracy to commit rape, conspiracy to commit aggravated criminal sodomy, criminal
WASHINGTON state is a longtime leader in crafting policies to combat sex trafficking, but persistent demand means that countless girls, boys and women continue to be exploited. That frustrating reality is just one side effect of the region’s booming economy as well as the rise of the Internet as a marketplace for commercial sex. A massive sting operation this month in King County succeeded in shutting down 12 brothels and
Earlier this year, U.S. Marshals announced the arrest of Rosain Moreno, a 27-year-old Pennsylvania man, who allegedly convinced a 13-year-old girl to run away from her parents and travel with him to South Carolina. Once the child was reported missing, police asked the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force to get involved. Fortunately, they acted quickly, locating and arresting Moreno in South Carolina and bringing the young girl home safely.