GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP (January 30, 2014)--Acting Attorney General John Hoffman, Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk, Gloucester Township Police Chief Harry Earle, Bellmawr Police Chief William Walsh, Magnolia Police Chief John Evans, Runnemede Police Chief Mark Diano, Pine Hill Police Chief Christopher Winters and Winslow Township Police Chief Robert Stimelski reported one of the first cases in the state to use a newly enhanced human trafficking statute designed to allow law enforcement to target the men and women who most benefit from the sex trade in New Jersey.
Human Trafficking Arrest Press Conference- Held at the Gloucester Township Municipal Hall on Thursday, January 30, 2014.
Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Gloucester Township Chief Harry Earle spoke about one of the first cases in the state to make use of a state Human Trafficking statute revised in 2013. A prostitution sting at a hotel in Gloucester Township led authorities to discover two defendants who had paid to bring at least one woman into the state to work in the sex trade.
The speakers provided information about this specific case and spoke about the new initiatives happening in Camden County and statewide to combat the issue of human trafficking. This crime happens nationwide but New Jersey has some of the highest prevalence of it in the country, according to national studies.