Human Trafficking

Editor's note: This report includes graphic and disturbing descriptions of assault.

In the summer of 2011, Lisa Ricchio received a call from a man she knew. He said he was in Massachusetts, in pain from a recent surgery, and needed help.

"I went down to meet him, and from there, that's where my nightmare kind of began," says Ricchio, who lived in Maine at the time.

Together, they checked into the Shangri-La Motel in Seekonk, Mass. Once they closed the door, he suddenly turned violent.

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A survivor of sex trafficking in New Hampshire is suing four major hotel chains, including Best Western and Marriott International, alleging they profit from forced prostitution and fail to take measures to stop perpetrators who use their hotel rooms.

A federal judge in Portland ordered the indefinite detention today of a Chinese woman and her naturalized U.S. husband on sex-trafficking charges.

Federal prosecutors allege New Hampshire residents Derong Miao and her husband, Shou Chao Li, used social media app WeChat to recruit more than 25 young Chinese women as sex workers in northern New England.

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A federal court in Maine has charged a couple from Concord, N.H., with running a sex trafficking enterprise.

 

According to an indictment unsealed by the court Thursday, two Chinese nationals have been accused of running a prostitution ring between July 2016 and February of this year.

 

Via Plymouth State web site

Plymouth State University will hold a conference Saturday to raise awareness about human trafficking.

 

"Even the victims themselves oftentimes don't recognize themselves as victims,” said Stephanie Halter, associate professor of criminal justice at Plymouth State University, member of the N.H. Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force. “So it's kind of helping people understand what this really looks like and helping them see this as a crime."

Human Trafficking in New Hampshire

Apr 27, 2018
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Human trafficking is on the rise in New Hampshire as part of a larger trend across New England. This is due, in part, to the opioid crisis, as drug users and addicts may be at higher risk for becoming victims of trafficking crimes. 

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The New Year will bring plenty of new rules and regulations to New Hampshire, covering everything from police body cameras to the use of laser pointers. Here's a look at some of the bills that will officially be law as of January 1st:

Shaheen In Town To Push For Human Trafficking Bill

Mar 13, 2015
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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was in the Granite State Friday making several stops in Manchester including to meet with law enforcement and statewide agencies to advocate for her new legislation on human trafficking.

If passed the Senator’s bill would funnel more funding into treatment programs as well as cleanse a victim’s record of offenses such as prostitution or drug smuggling that occurred while being trafficked.

The University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord is the scene Friday for a conference on combating human trafficking. Cory Smith, an Adjunct Professor at the University says human trafficking happens everywhere, including New Hampshire. He will be one of the moderators at today’s event. 

This conference comes as legislation is pending in Concord to strengthen protections for victims of human trafficking- let’s define what trafficking is and what this legislation would do.