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Cuyahoga County: Ohio man who operated human trafficking ring sent to prison

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On Monday an Ohio man, Gregory Krajnyk, 46, was sentenced to 13 years in prison by the Cuyahoga County Courts for felonies consisting of human trafficking, Promoting Prostitution, rape, Compelling Prostitution, endangering children and Having Weapons Under Disability.

Krajnyk had been operating a prostitution and human trafficking ring for four years, from 2008 to 2012, and it was Monday when he pled guilty to all the charges.

It was last year, July 2013, when Cuyahoga County’s then assistant prosecutor William F. Kaczmarek, 59, was fired for having “consorted” with Krajnyk’s prostitutes as Krajnyk’s computer had “photos of Kaczmarek with a nude escort”.

Kaczmarek had been hired as an assistant prosecutor in 2006 and had been working in the Juvenile Court unit after working for 15 years with the Ohio Department of Administrative Services.

He had obtained an attorney, Raymond Costanzo, and, of course, the attorney said he believed Kaczmarek should get unemployment benefits the Cuyahoga prosecutor’s office wanted to deny him.

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Krajnyk had killed a 17-year-old Parma girl in 1988, dumping her poor body in the Conneaut River, and it begs the question: what kind of Juvenile Court worker hangs out with a man like this?

Kaczmarek wasn’t charged with anything and should feel lucky to be relieved of his duties unscathed.

The Garfield Heights Police Department and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation had done Krajnyk’s investigation and were able to find the man had used alcohol, drugs and physical “intimidation”, i.e. beating the women and young girls, into submission and he would keep what he called “a share” of the fee.

Ohio has been working ceaselessly on human trafficking and, as a result, Governor John Kasich was able to sign one of the United State’s toughest human-trafficking bills into law in 2012.

The law, sponsored by Representative Fedor, was first brought to the House in 2011 as Bill #262, but wasn’t amended and signed until 2012.

It created a mandatory 10-year prison sentence for offenders who are caught preying on minors and using them as sex slaves by categorizing human trafficking as a first-degree felony.

This amazing law also authorizes police to arrest those who pay for juvenile prostitutes, will send juvenile victims in treatment programs instead of jail and registers convicted traffickers as sex offenders.

Contact the FBI:

Department of Justice Trafficking in Persons and Worker Exploitation Task Force Complaint Line at

1-888-428-7581 (voice and TTY).

New laws provide options for trafficking victims regardless of immigration status. Operators have access to interpreters and can talk with callers in their own language. The service is offered on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. After hours, information is available on tape in English, Spanish, Russian, and Mandarin.

*above video: DC Hearing on Human Trafficking at Super Bowl

For more info: for those who live Ohio and want more information, please contact the Ohio Attorney Generals Office at: 800-282-0515 or local: 614-466-4986. They are located at 30 E Broad St #14, Columbus, OH 43215 (Transit: E Broad St & N High St). For directions, please see Google Maps

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Ohio Missing Persons Community Support:

  • Ohio Attorney General: ‘In this traumatic time do not cut yourself off from others who can support you such as family, friends and clergy. Talk to your doctor if increased stress is affecting your health.”
  • Team Hope: The mission of Team HOPE is to assist families with missing, exploited and recovered children by offering peer support including empowerment, emotional support and coping skills from a trained volunteer who has had or still has a missing or exploited child.

Sources: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/07/cuyahoga_county_prosecutors_of_4.html, Peter Krouse; http://npaper-wehaa.com/clevescene/2013/07/10/?g=print#?article=1954747; http://origin.wkyc.com/(S(5GC40445TWTWGJ453GK2LIAI))/news/article/305403/45/Cuyahoga-County-Assistant-prosecutor-fired, Tom Beres; http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/kasich-ohio-trafficking-law/2012/06/28/id/443813, Sandy Fitzgerald

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