Polaris has been actively working with law enforcement, service providers, and legislators over the past few months to disrupt massage parlor trafficking.

This year, we have helped 17 municipalities and 5 states craft new or improved laws to regulate massage businesses and provide stronger tools for enforcement. We have also trained 700 law enforcement officers on the realities of this form of human trafficking, and 350 service providers to recognize and support survivors of human trafficking. We are working hard to elevate local leaders who are helping create a world where traffickers are held accountable, and survivors receive the support they need.

Part of that work involves helping to change the way the outside world views these illicit criminal enterprises and treats the women who are forced into them. This is where you — as a consumer of your local news — can make a huge difference! Do you remember the last time you saw a story in your local news about illicit activities at a massage parlor? Maybe it looked something like this:









What you might not have realized is that many of the women in the photos are actually human trafficking victims. Instead of being protected like other victims of crime, they are being exposed and publicly shamed.  

We need your help! If you see a story that is potentially harmful to massage parlor trafficking victims, send the reporter an email and submit a letter to the editor. (Here’s an example of a letter we had published.)

All it takes is one person — you — to make a difference in how your local media reports on this issue. Together, we can ensure victim identities are protected across the country!

The Polaris Team

Link to Article: https://dsp.delaware.gov/2018/11/02/four-arrested-in-human-trafficking-case-laurel/


Laurel– The Delaware State Police in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations have arrested four suspects in connection with a human trafficking case.

The investigation began on Wednesday, October 30, 2018 when Troopers were dispatched to the Relax Inn located at 30702 Sussex Highway at approximately 8:28 a.m., for a report of a female who was being held against her will and forced to perform sex acts on people.  Upon arrival, Troopers located a 22-year-old female victim from Maryland.  It was learned that the victim had been taken back and forth between Delaware and Maryland against her will and forced to perform commercial sex acts on multiple people in exchange for compensation.

Three suspects were initially taken into custody at the Relax Inn without incident, 25-year-old David B. Goodwin of Federalsburg, MD, 27-year-old Kevonne L. Murphy of Federalsburg, MD, and 38-year-old Lakeya N. Aldridge of Federalsburg, MD.

Through investigative measures a fourth suspect was identified as 30-year-old Joshua Lankford of Federalsburg, MD.

All four suspects were charged with the following:

  • Kidnapping First Degree
  • Human Trafficking – Sexual Servitude
  • Trafficking an Individual
  • Conspiracy Second Degree

Goodwin, Murphy, and Aldridge were transported back to Troop 4 and arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3.  Goodwin and Murphy were committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $100,000.00 cash only bond.  Aldridge was committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $102,000.00 cash only bond.

On November 2, 2018 Lankford was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Task Force at a residence in the 3000 block of Holland Drive, Federalsburg, MD without incident.  He was extradited back to Delaware where he was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $102,000.00 cash only bond.

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"On an ACEs Connection webinar on Monday, Dr. Andrew Seaman, an assistant professor at Oregon Health & Science University, showed how he navigates his students through the science of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). And, in an unusual twist for a webinar, Seaman and O’Nesha Cochran, a peer mentor with the Mental Health Association of Oregon, role-played doctor-patient interactions to show how to develop the skills to communicate with patients with high ACE scores."

Continue reading the article http://www.acesconnection.com/blog/doctor-patient-role-playing-featured-in-aces-connection-webinar 

Want to learn more about Human Trafficking, or learn more about arrests that have happened? Check out the links below to read past articles:

First Amendment Limits Backpage Escort Ads (2018)

Sex Marketplace Backpage Seized Feds (April 2018)

First Amendment Limits Backpae Escort Ads (July 2018)


Delaware 2018

Dover Airmen Akeem Beazer gets prison for abusing 15-year old girl (Delaware January 2018)

Smyrna Man Gets Probation in Human Trafficking Case (Delaware February 2018)

Newark Prostition Sting Nets 6 Arrests of Men Seeking Services (Delaware March 2018)

Facebook post about Newark Sting (Delaware March 2018)

Undercover prostitution sting at Newark Hotel leads to 6 Arrests (Delaware March 2018)

Dover Air Force base airman gets 10 years in teen sex trafficking case (Delaware March 2018)

Dover Man Gets 20 years for sex trafficking two teen girls (Delaware April 2018)

Middletown police investigating attempted child abduction (Delaware April 2018)

Another Dover airman pleads guilty to raping a child (Delaware July 2018)

Citizens Petition Attorney General Matt Denn Investigate Abuse (Delaware August 2018)

Delaware Hospitals Newest Diagnosis Human Trafficking (Delaware August 2018)

Human Trafficking Court Merged Other Treatment Courts

Despite Good Intention Delaware Slow to Address Human Trafficking (2018)


Delaware 2017

Georgetown Man Arrested by Troopers for Human Trafficking (April 2017)

Caroline County Couple Arrested for Human Trafficking (Maryland April 2017)

Police: Couple injects girls with drugs, forces her to perform sexual acts (Maryland April 2017)

Couple pleads guilty to human trafficking (Maryland April 2017)

Charges: Dover AFB men kept girl on base for sex (Delaware April 2017)

Five Arrested in Human Trafficking Case (Delaware May 2017)

Update: Salisbury Man Sentenced to 145 years in Prison for Human Trafficking (Maryland July 2015)

Airman Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Trafficking (Delaware October 2017)



Delaware 2016 

Delaware dues massage prlors owner in prostitution sting (May 2016)

Wilmington Man Charged for Human Trafficking (Delaware September 2016)

8 charged in massage parlor prostitution raids (Delaware 2014)

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