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The recent case of a man who was unlawfully at large in the Truro, N.S., area and allegedly committed dozens of sex and drug trafficking crimes against children shows the need for a local youth shelter is dire, says a youth advocate.

Michelle Rafuse, a volunteer who supports First Nations youth in court, said a shelter for young people would help prevent at-risk youth from becoming victims of violence and sexual exploitation.

“There’s no place for kids to go in Truro if they need a place to stay,” said Rafuse, who often allows homeless kids to stay at her own home.

“If they have no place to go, they end up in circumstances where they could get led down a path they don’t want to be on.”

Truro and the surrounding Colchester County do not have a youth shelter. The counties of Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, Pictou and Halifax all have youth shelters serving their areas.

Youth shelters are usually run by not-for-profit groups and are aimed at ending homelessness for people aged 16 to 24. The youth stay for several months and receive connections and support to help them get their lives on track.

Morgan MacDonald, 31, was living in Truro and unlawfully at large during the time he is alleged to have committed dozens of sex and drug trafficking crimes against children. He communicated over Facebook using the name Kaycee MacDonald, victims say. (CBC)

CBC News spoke to a 22-year-old Indigenous man who said he spent the last several years homeless in Truro. He said he used to walk around the town at night messaging friends and asking for a place to stay, often crashing at the homes of friends on their laundry room floors. If he couldn’t find a place to stay, he kept walking.

“It was weird sleeping outside, so I just stayed awake,” said the young man, who recently found housing because a member of the community offered up her home. “There’s a lot of people in the same boat. There’s a pretty big need for it.”

CBC News is not identifying the man because he has been a participant in the youth criminal justice system, involved in break and enters, which he said he did to get money to support himself. He said he wouldn’t have committed those crimes had he not been so desperate and had a safe home.

He said his troubles started in his teens when his relationship with his father turned volatile. Upset about the fighting, he failed to turn up at his job baking cookies and bread at a local bakery. After losing the job, he said he was kicked out of the house because he could no longer pay the rent.

Truro has emergency shelter, but it’s not just for youth

Truro has a youth centre, which has been closed due to COVID-19, but it’s only open during the day. There is also an overnight emergency shelter open to youth over the age of 16.

Truro, with its population of 12,500 is a hub town, a crossroads where the Trans-Canada Highway joins from three different directions. The town is next door to the Millbrook First Nation, a Mi’kmaw community with many members living off-reserve. 

A 2018 Statistics Canada study found Nova Scotia had the highest rate of human trafficking in the country in 2016.

Joe Pinto, a local developer and businessman, said he’s noticed the growing issue of youth homelessness in Truro.

“There seems to be a lot of kids that the parents are not available to look after them or they’re just on the street, couch-surfing, going from place to place. I feel that there’s a need to house them and give them a bit of guidance,” he said. 

Pinto said he has space available in downtown Truro for a youth shelter if a community group is interested.

Social services and housing are provincial responsibilities. In a joint statement, the Department of Community Services and the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing described having a place to live as an important piece of the complex problem of human trafficking.

To propose a youth shelter for the town, a community group would first have to submit a proposal, which could include a request for funding, to Nova Scotia’s Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing. So far, no such proposal has come forward.

What the province says it’s doing

The Nova Scotia government earmarked $1.4 million in new funding to combat human trafficking, some of which is trickling down to Truro. In the town, there is one housing support worker and a trustee who can help at-risk youth find secure, stable housing. The province said rent subsidies are available and the Truro Homeless Outreach Society can also connect people to safe and affordable housing.

Truro Mayor Bill Mills said he’s open to the idea of a youth shelter, but it’s going to be a tough sell right now to get funding from the municipality because everyone is being stretched.

“On the surface, if we could pull this off and have a youth shelter and the right people in place… sure, why not,” he said, adding that a letter to council would be the first step.

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FBI Arrests Ohio Pastor In Alleged Child Sex Trafficking Operation

An Ohio pastor along with another man have been arrested and charged for sex crimes against children, with one of the known victims as young as 14-years-old.

CBS News reports the FBI arrested Rev. Cordell Jenkins, 46, and Anthony Haynes, 37, Thursday (April 7) after they received information connecting the men to sexual activity with minors. Their investigation lead to an operation that allegedly involved Haynes and another woman recruiting, enticing, harboring those under a 18 in sex acts. The acts go back three years, with Haynes, along with a women introducing the teen to other adults to pay for sex—one of them including Jenkins.

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Student tips lead to sex trafficking arrest

It all started with a presentation on human trafficking at Shadow Hills High School in Indio. It was followed by a tip from not one, but two female students who said the same woman on Facebook, identified as Marlissa Garcia, had attempted to recruit them for prostitution.

Recently-released court records showed that those actions then sparked an investigation into what eventually revealed more than 69 potential victims over the course of nearly one year. Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin is going after the perpetrator in court. The trial began earlier this week.

According to court documents, the Facebook account in question, led investigators back to an IP address on a computer located inside the home of 46-year-old Eliberto Cruz Jacobo, of Hemet.

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Search For Online Romance Turned to Escape From Sex Trafficking, Woman Says

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Search For Online Romance Turned to Escape From Sex Trafficking, Woman Says

It begins like many relationships—on dating websites and apps. There is a connection, online conversation and then perhaps a visit. But for Staysha Hackmann that’s where the similarities end. Hackmann says she was manipulated into working for a sex trafficker …

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District’s social media policy questioned following NC teacher’s sex trafficking arrest

Some parents in Pender County are questioning the school system’s social media policies following the arrest of a Topsail High School track coach.

Ahmad Garrison, 27, of Holly Ridge, was charged Wednesday with four additional counts of sexual activity with a student. According to the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, the new charges involve a different alleged victim than the one mentioned when Garrison was first arrested.

Authorities say the parents of the student found inappropriate social media messages between their daughter and Garrison.

The charges left some parents in Pender County concerned about what the school system is doing to protect students.

“It angers me and it upsets me,” said LaCretia Munn, a parent of three daughters in the Pender County School System.

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Additional sex charges raise new concerns of possible trafficking ring

Police forwarded new information to prosecutors that they believe could result with a human trafficking charge being filed against a former Muskogee firefighter who already faces several sex crimes.

Muskogee Police Officer Lincoln Anderson said during a news conference Tuesday the investigative findings have prompted concerns about a possible child pornographic, trafficking ring. Anderson said investigators have identified a second child who is believed to be a victim an another adult co-conspirator.

Zackery Blaine Perry, 30, was charged Jan. 19 with four felonies that included possessing and distributing child pornography, sexual exploitation of a child and crimes against nature. He was charged Monday along with Melissa Skelton, 26, for conspiracy and sexual abuse of a child younger 12 years old — both are being held without bond.

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Investigating Sex Trafficking On The Internet

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NETHERLANDS CRITICIZED FOR LENIENT CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING POLICY

Customers of underage prostitutes rarely ended up in court over the past 15 years. And those that did got lower sentences than the guidelines. 

This is according to a study done by the National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence against children, titled Engaging the Customer.

Between the years 2000 and 2015, only 177 individuals were identified as suspects for paying for sex with children aged 16 or 17 years old. 93 of them eventually appeared in court, and only 61 were convicted. A large part of these trials happened this year.

The Rapporteur believes that the number of suspects should be much higher.

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