Herkimer Child Trafficking – Why It Took Us 2 Years to Notice

Stephen Ames Berry

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Child Trafficking Relies on Stealth

It was artfully concealed in plain sight, just next door.  Only after Little Mama and Pretty Boy had moved on did we realize they were child traffickers, two busy conductors along America’s bustling underground railroad of sex trafficked kids. 

Herkimer child trafficking hub passes to Stanley Sykes gang's Carrie Ann Bass.
8.20.16 Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes’s gang’s Carrie Ann Bass (left) with big time child traffickers Little Mama and Pretty Boy the day the Sykes gang became guardians of Herkimer’s longtime child trafficking compound.

Child traffickers create an illusion of normalcy, playing to your preconceptions. Everything you see about them appears ordinary. Nothing jarring, nothing out of context.  Unless you know what to look for, you probably won’t spot their operations.

Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue for years was perfect child trafficking cover– a noisy, lawless street, bustling with drug traffickers roaring by day and night, and teeming with kids from transient families.  Moving from Florida, we  bought our house in March of 2014 and were preoccupied with street harassment  and documenting neighborly narcotics trafficking. We pretty much ignored what seemed normal comings and goings.

Little Mama’s Daily Child Shuttle

Almost every morning, five to six days a week, the young woman we named Little Mama drove past our house and into the next door parking lot with an SUV full of kids, mostly 12 or younger.  Sometimes another car  would arrive. with Little Mama. That one typically had 3-4 toddlers. All  the children were white. They’d disappear into Little Mama’s 341 Eureka Ave home, a Jay Smith property. Usually they were gone by morning.

Herkimer child trafficked kids 341 Eureka Ave Herkimer 4/16
3 trafficked kids, 341 Eureka Avenue, Herkimer NY. 4/14/16. All kids bikes on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue could only come from the trafficker’s shed, just off camera to the left. Riders not allowed out of the parking. 4th kid–kid on ground– is local, son of Stanley Sykes gang female ally Trash Mouth.

Herkimer Child Trafficking Pattern – Never the Same Kids

Infants and toddlers went into Little Mama’s, but never reappeared. Sometimes the older children would ride bikes, but only in the parking lot. The bikes were issued from the property’s shed.  (The kids on Pleasant Avenue didn’t ride bicycles and weren’t allowed in the  lot.) Little Mama’s younger kids would also play in the parking lot, but only with each other or the Stanley Sykes gang’s kids.

Our older daughter hung out in our back yard a lot. She was the first to notice: “Only one or two of her kids are ever the same.” We started watching, and she was right. But still, we didn’t tumble to it. 

A Heck Of A Lot of Kids

We were very distracted, as intended, and didn’t do the math until long after the traffickers moved on. Then we were astounded–over time, that’s  a lot of different kids–easily 1000 a year, possibly as many as 2000, depending on number of days per year,  number of unique kids per carload and number of vehicles per day.  We don’t know the exact number. But we do know there aren’t that many surplus kids up here in rural New York. 

“We never looked too hard–it was just kids.”

At night, cars would quickly come go from the rear of Little Mama’s 341 Eureka Avenue, with visitors slipping in and out. It being Herkimer, we assumed she was just trafficking drugs. We were wrong.

In the  morning Little Mama would drive off alone. We thought she might be  an after-school care provider and the kids had been picked up by their parents the afternoon before, from the front of her house on Eureka Avenue. We never look too hard–it was just kids.

Our back and side yards were so quiet we only hung a camera out there to catch a brazen tomato thief. The camera faithfully recorded the kids, Little Mama and her associates – coming and going. Pity we didn’t keep most of those clips, but it was just kids.

Then the harassment and vandalism began.

Camera Triggers Herkimer Child Traffickers Attacks

Herkimer’s major child traffickers and their principal local allies, the Stanley Sykes gang, wouldn’t have harassed and vandalized us if we hadn’t put up that $50 mom and pop camera.  And if they hadn’t, we wouldn’t have looked with new eyes at their activities, or come to the sickening conclusions we finally did. As our neighbor Joyce Barton taught us, Herkimer’s criminals always attack if you put up cameras. Cameras give away their secrets.

Suddenly our fence was being vandalized, our old dog pelted with rocks and metal, our back yard littered with junk hurled from the parking lot.

Easter Sunday 2016, Little Mama had the fake dad of her current consignment of trafficked kids challenge us for having a camera up.. Never saw Easter Dad before this video, haven’t seen him since. Outraged fake parents protesting cameras are a standard Herkimer traffickers’ ploy. 

Herkimer Police Officer Threatens Us With Dog Enticement Charge

I traded words with Easter Dad in March of 2016. Verbal harassment and junk hurling  flavored the mood of the season. Little Mama and Sykes gang’s Carrie Ann Bass took to taunting our older daughter in our backyard, shrieking “Whore!” and “Psycho!” (Carrie Ann Bass is part of the Stanley Sykes gang’s harassment squad.)

On the night of 4/4-4/5/16, our parking lot fence was ravaged. When we went to inspect it from the parking lot side, Little Mama summoned Herkimer cop Jason Crippen, who tried to intimidate us with the threat of trespassing and dog enticement charges. (Crippen later refused to take a well-documented criminal harassment complaint against another cash-heavy Herkimer criminal, Curtis Cool.) The last time this happened, we didn’t record it. This time we did.  Here’s Crippen on audio, in our kitchen, trying to intimidate us under the color of law. This was when we still thought Little Mama was just another Herkimer drug trafficker.

Crippen has done quite well for himself, opening a 9000 sq ft upscale Revamp Fitness in downtown Herkimer. He told News Channel 2 he opened the gym partially out of his concern for Herkimer’s elderly population. Crippen continues his duties as a Herkimer police officer, serving elderly citizens such as us.

Child Trafficking Regional Management Takes Charge

Herkimer child trafficking regional management visit
Little Mama’s Regional Management Takes Charge

Little Mama’s management then showed up. (The SUV  with the New Jersey colored plate, top right.)  One of them visited us that day, our escaped dog in tow: early forties, blonde, well-spoken. She could have been a  professional in any large organization, which of course she was. She tacitly apologized for any problems with “our friend Vickie.” The attacks stopped. Cold. It was like a light going out. 

We think it was then that the regional child trafficking management team decided to relocate their Herkimer transit point.  Child trafficking, like poisoning, only succeeds through stealth. We were well-known for sharing Herkimer crime on our blog, and Little Mama had idiotically attracted our attention. And then there were those  government surveillance drones increasingly dotting Herkimer’s skies.

In August 2016, Little Mama and Pretty Boy relocated their Herkimer child trafficking operation and turned the Pleasant Avenue compound over to the Stanley Sykes gang for safekeeping, with Stanley moving into Little Mama’s 341 Eureka Avenue, still owned by Herkimer landlord Jay Smith. 

Enter Master Herkimer Harasser Curtis Cool

Over the months it took them to transit to a new location, our adjacent child traffickers seemingly called upon a local ally, our neighbor to the other side of us at 328 Pleasant Ave., Herkimer thug Curtis Cool, to keep us distracted. Curtis is a superb actor and gave remarkable performances, as his astounding and ever growing YouTube views show.  We kept that camera on his house and off of the parking lot. Mostly.

What we saw and videoed in that Herkimer parking lot from mid August 2016 to the end of that month overcame our denial and left us stricken.

Curtis Cool Herkimer NY Drug Dealer and Child Traffickeer
Curtis Cool – Cop-coddled Herkimer NY Drug Dealer and Child Trafficker

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This blog is my perspective on dwelling in our small village nestled among beautiful forests, farms and open landscapes. Educated in Israel and the US, I have an MS in Computer Science. My viewpoint has been shaped by world travel, friends and benefactors both strangers and people I know. Linda Kaidan