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Human trafficking happens in Allegany County

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Read about a recent NYS Police investigation involving very young children

From The Potter’s Hands Foundation

Human trafficking is real and it does happen even here. What is needed to abolish human trafficking?

1. Awareness: educational campaigns, presentations, forums, word of mouth and online education through social media – check out The Potter’s Hands Foundation to keep up to date and access resources

2. Action: service projects and fundraising events to engage the local community, individuals committed to volunteering, and a decreased demand for commercial sex.

3. Aid: fundraising and donation efforts to support local organizations working towards the eradication of sex trafficking

Learn more at https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign/what-human-trafficking

From the NYS Police:

July of 2021, an Internet Crimes Against Children Cybertip investigation conducted by New York State Police – Troop E led to the arrest and eventual prosecution of three suspects and the identification of three live child victims. Utilizing forensic tools and techniques acquired through National Computer Forensic Institute Training, Inv Michael Leggio confirmed the validity of the initial Cybertip in addition to determining the initial suspect had utilized his phone to photograph and record the sexual abuse and exploitation of numerous children under the age of 5. In reviewing the recovered media files and chat data across multiple social media platforms acquired from an Apple iPhone and two MacBook laptops, Inv Leggio uncovered GPS, phone numbers, email addresses and social media identifiers to aid in locating additional victims and suspects across New York State.

All three suspects have subsequently been arrested and face charges related to the promotion, production, and possession of a sexual performance of a child in New York State and Federal courts. Two of the defendants have plead guilty to charges and are awaiting sentencing. The third defendant is awaiting prosecution.

The success of this investigation is directly attributable to the equipment and instruction Inv Michael Leggio acquired though the courses attended at National Computer Forensic Institute. (NCFI)

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