Eastern Shore
Human Trafficking
Task Force

Moving forward to combat this evil together


033Mission Statement

The MISSION of the Eastern Shore Human Trafficking Task Force is to prevent and combat human trafficking (sex and labor exploitation) by encouraging, supporting and promoting public awareness and action within specific communities and counties throughout Maryland’s eastern shore.


A Definition of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is inducing children and adults to perform labor or services through force, fraud, or coercion. Human trafficking is inducing minors (under the age of 18) into commercial sex; or adults aged 18 and over into commercial sex via force, fraud, or coercion.

Eastern Shore Human Trafficking Task Force and Friends:

Our March 7th meeting will be a joint meeting with the Victims’ Services Subcommittee of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force.  The meeting will be held at The Salvation Army in Annapolis located at 351 Hilltop Lane , Annapolis, MD 21403 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Two service providers from the eastern shore will acquaint the group about their services: 

Kim Hopkins the Executive Director of Talbot Special Riders which provide tailor-made equine therapy services for the disabled and sexually abused community. Elizabeth Jaramillo the Regional Navigator for Human Trafficking, Victim Advocate at For All Seasons, Inc a Behavior Health and Rape Crises Center serving the central portion of the Eastern Shore  (Chestertown, Queenstown, Denton, Cambridge and Easton).

Following is an overview of the subcommittee: The Victim’s Services Subcommittee consists of approximately 30 members from government and nongovernment organizations across the state. The subcommittee works to build an informed community of service providers in Maryland to identify and respond to the specialized needs of trafficking victims. The subcommittee collaborates with members of the Law Enforcement, Public Awareness, and Legislative Subcommittees to promote a victim-centered response while simultaneously supporting investigations and prosecutions of traffickers.

The Dirty Dozen List

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) today (February 12) launched its 2018 Dirty Dozen List, a list of carefully selected entities that are major, mainstream facilitators of sexual exploitation in our society and culture.

Watch our Press Conference Here

Alleged pedophile charged in Talbot Co. child sex abuse case

It took 27 years to catch this child sex predator in Cordova, Talbot County –  hit the link below.


Alleged pedophile charged in Talbot Co. child sex abuse case

The More Who Know,
The More Will Go
Share the Domestic Violence Hotline on the Eastern Shore

In 2016, more than 600 people from Maryland’s Mid-Shore counties reported being victims of domestic violence. Even more incidents went unreported and/or un-noticed. Domestic Violence does not discriminate based on age, gender, race, sexuality, economic status, or education level. The Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence is working to help all victims of Family Violence. 91% of victims completing a Hotline Call to Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence are ready to take the next step to end the violence in their lives. We need to make sure that victims know about MSCFV and the domestic violence hotline. We need your help. Please Follow Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence’s Facebook page. This will enable MSCFV’s posts to show up in your feed. The more people that see the posts, the more likely we are to connect people that need help with MSCFV. Please share this email with all your friends.

Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence FaceBook Page

Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-927-HOPE (4673)

Operation Cross County XI (Nationwide Human Trafficking Sweep)
In case you haven’t seen information about this, the link below provides information about the FBI’s “Operation Cross County XI” (Nationwide Human Trafficking Sweep) Wednesday, which resulted in the rescue of 84 children and the arrest of 120 traffickers. There are good days!

Operation Cross County XI

Anti-Trafficking News Headlines are culled from various online newspaper sources.

Access the headlines here.

Couple Pleads Guilty to Human Trafficking

Sometimes we are asked “Does human trafficking take place here?” and sometimes we are told “Human trafficking doesn’t happen here.”  Well, an August 11 article, linked to below, tells the story of a recent case in Caroline County. Was 20 years enough?

There are aspects of this case that caught our eyes. Once again a connection to heroine. Also, note how all the various agencies and services cooperated. That must have been preceded by in place cooperation processes. And check out how they praised the victim (not a criminal) for coming forward and giving very painful details. It seems that courage needs to be promoted (confidentially, perhaps) in order to get others to come forward. – Ann and Ed

Read the article here.


Commandos’ Deaths Put Focus
on W. Africa

The US is paying a high price in the fight against human trafficking.

Three US Green Beret Commandos made the ultimate sacrifice (and two were wounded) in fighting Human Trafficking in Niger West Africa.  “The three commandos were killed Wednesday in southwestern Niger, a region notorious for drug smuggling, human trafficking, and extremist militias, including allies of al-Qaida and Islamic State.” “Niger is the main highway on the human trafficking route used by African migrants desperate to reach Europe. – Ed

Read the Baltimore Sun article here.

Hugh Hefner’s true legacy: mainstreaming the sexual objectification of women

Read the Washington Examiner article here..