In a Yuletide surprise, longtime area landlord Jay Smith gifted Herkimer drug and child traffickers a sanctuary. Smith owns 27 houses in our village, according to property tax rolls. He’s long rented out the three properties comprising Herkimer’s historic child trafficking hub: 332 and 334 Pleasant Avenue and 341 Eureka Avenue. At its height, we estimate hundreds of million dollars a year in trafficked kids were moved through that Herkimer waypoint by transcontinental trafficking gangs. Several million dollars a year were probably shared with partnering regional Herkimer gangs. Kids seem not to have moved through there since Stanley Sykes moved out last May.
This week, in a Christmas gift to the Herkimer community, Smith converted that dormant child trafficking hub into a housing sanctuary for the remnant of Herkimer’s drug and child traffickers: He tenanted 332 Pleasant Avenue, the last non-gang house on the hub, with more gang members.
Gang Moves Into Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue
Thanks to climate change migration Herkimer’s real estate market is booming. Smith could easily have sold all three hub properties for good money, or rented 332 Pleasant to people with jobs. At this point in Herkimer, renting to criminals flies in the face of reason.
Herkimer’s Historic Child Trafficking Hub 4/1/18
Jay Smith’s Trafficking Hub: 4+ years of Gassing and Harassment
Appallingly, quite a few folks in Herkimer, not just the obvious criminals, seemed miffed at our exposure of the village’s brisk child sex slavery trade and disconcerted by the resulting loss of income. (“Our kids are our kids. Other people’s kids are meat,” seems the attitude.) At some point, merely shrugging your shoulders and saying, “It’s Herkimer” is depraved indifference.
The one bright spot in Jay Smith’s adjacent empire of dirt was his rental house next to ours, 332 Pleasant Avenue. It was tenanted for years by two low key professional guys who replaced evicted heroin addicts. They were our secure right flank through years of poison gas attacks and street assaults, many from Smith’s tenants.
Why is Jay Smith Still Renting to Criminal Trafficking Gang?
There was no sound business reason for Jay Smith to rent to more filth. He seems to be well off and is not young. Other than his trafficking hub tenants, there’s only a legacy criminal presence remaining here on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. All houses for sale here on Pleasant Avenue have been sold. Properties move quickly. Realtors are hungry for inventory. Yet Smith seems to be busy preserving his trafficking hub as a gang sanctuary, when he could easily make a handsome profit by selling out or renting again to decent locals in an up market. Why?
As we reported, the New York State Police asked us recently if we thought Smith was complicit in the criminal activities of his tenants. We said no. At this point, though, it’s the only thing that makes sense. When something doesn’t make sense, follow the money.
As noted, Jay Smith owns 27 houses in Herkimer. It’s a small place. He has the capacity to do a lot of good here, giving back to a community from which he’s profited handsomely through the years. Or he can continue acquiescing to evil. Whichever he chooses, the Herkimer Post will cover it.
Video of Gang Move-In at 332 Pleasant Avenue
Here’s a video of trafficking gang members moving into Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue. (Don’t know what that white powder is in the bag he’s waving at the camera. Confectionery sugar?) They had 3 full truck loads of stuff. They obviously don’t like surveillance cameras, which must be why they moved next door to house with 25 cameras fueling about 200,000 worldwide social media views a year. Oh. Our cameras cover all their doors.
The short smirking young women on the porch is known to us as Moonroof, after the white car she traffics with in out of the hub. Don’t know anyone one else there, but they are of a type—infinitely replaceable young gang cutouts moving along the school to prison pipeline. Many don’t make it to 30.
0:17 Ganger sends us Yuletide greetings. Waves bag of white powder at camera. Probably not confectionery sugar.
0:18 Public fireworks, fire, fire dancing, staggering. (See above, white powder.)
0:47 Young couple moving fridge. Shown for facial recognition capture.
1:35 Evidence of Life: a rare public appearance by Carrie Ann Bass, aka Carrie Ann Collins Bass, as she unloads her Sav-A-Lot bags at 341 Eureka. She’s accompanied by son Harvey, Stanley Sykes’s grandson. (Dad’s away on a heroin trafficking charge.)
“Human trafficking finds both its victims and perpetrators in regions of poverty, violence, and corruption.” Shannon A. Welch, Human Trafficking and Terrorism
Last month we met with New York State Police Investigator Jason Nellis at his request. We talked for about 90 minutes in a part of our home not yet contaminated by Herkimer trafficking gangs’ 21 months of poison gas attacks. Our conversation highlighted the inherent inability of local and state law enforcement to cope with gang-based domestic terrorism.
Herkimer Child Trafficking Sparks Concern In Albany
It was an information-only visit during which Investigator Nellis clearly articulated why the New York State Police aren’t players in the child trafficking and gang-busting arena.
We were our usual unflinchingly outspoken selves. Investigator Nellis was an engaged listener. He didn’t agree with some of our suppositions, and we didn’t agree with some of his assumptions. It was a polite and frank exchange during which we made the following points.
Herkimer child trafficking now apparently out of range of our cameras – Not gone far. Child trafficking brings welcomed cash into economically depressed Herkimer. Has long been protected here. Logistically complex operation with many dependencies. Has proven local partners and protected properties. Moving it from Herkimer would be difficult, costly, time consuming and risky.
Herkimer landlords complacently shelter child traffickers – Property owner need not be complicit with cash heavy criminals. Just has to rent to them. Herkimer’s historic child trafficking hub properties’ landlord Jay Smith was case raised by state police investigator. For years Smith provided rental properties to the high-volume transnational child trafficker Little Mama and the Stanley Sykes gang. Gang’s still there, still trafficking.
FBI has sole jurisdiction over child trafficking – This we knew. Local and state police agencies haven’t the resources to tackle child trafficking cartels and their transnational networks. Billions in child trafficking profits make large bribes possible. The FBI has the resources to take on large gangs and also provides assurance of integrity.
Why State Police can’t stop Herkimer poison gas attacks
It became obvious as we talked that the State of New York has no way to detect and interdict poison gas attacks on the scale we’ve experienced. No state does–states haven’t the resources and their police agencies haven’t the structure. These heinous attacks constitute domestic terrorism. They’re staged from fleets vehicles modified to stealthily dispense clouds of invisible, odorless pesticide, and from neighboring properties rented to drug and child traffickers.
This isn’t just about us. The many vehicles and properties involved argue this is a well-established, well-honed strategy for driving people from their homes, dead or alive. Houses can then be picked up for a song at tax auction, quickly mitigated and tenanted with gang members.
There was much talk of the burden of proof being our responsibility. Opening an investigation would require evidence in the form of medical tests and property toxicity reports–at our expense.
Investigator Nellis used the word “evidence’ quite a bit. No evidence, no investigation. We think probable cause should be enough to open an investigation with evidence to be obtained by the police during the course of the investigation.
Only the FBI Can Halt Herkimer Gangs
There have been strong indications in the last few years of a large Federal law enforcement presence in and around Herkimer. Eyes in the sky, boots on the ground. It seems to us toxicity levels from these poisons attacks have been confirmed by lab testing and direct observation. And resources deployed accordingly.
Some big bites have been taken out of the gangs’ poison gas campaign capabilities in Herkimer. The feds have the resources for this. Drone mounted thermal imaging cameras can detect poison gas being dispensed, and follow the identified spraying vehicles and deal with their drivers.
A New York State Police investigator came by on 10/17 for an informational visit. He came in response to “several people in Albany…[who] expressed concern” following our widely-read Herkimer child trafficking series. It seemed our backgrounds had been verified beforehand. We appear to have been deemed credible and our postings plausible. We were shabbily dressed and well-spoken. (We’ll discuss that meeting and its implications in a later posting.)
We had a lengthy conversation about Herkimer child trafficking, ongoing poison gas attacks, the presence of regional and national gangs and their local members, and state and Herkimer Village policing. The investigator left with the information he needed for Albany. We were left with the certainty that the only authentic law enforcement in Herkimer is Federal.
Of keen interest to Albany was a Herkimer child trafficking update. We hadn’t posted any child trafficking material since April. (Busy adding cameras and staving off the poison gas attacks triggered by our postings.)
Had things changed? we were asked. Yes.
Kids Gone. Stanley Sykes Moved Out. His Gang Traffics On
All child trafficking within the view of our cameras faded following the publication of our child trafficking series. Stanley Sykes vacated his 341 Eureka Avenue rental in mid-May.
Herkimer Child Trafficking Hub Now Bustling Drug Hub
The Sykes gang was quick to convert the child trafficking hub to a bustling drug trafficking hub. They’d always trafficked drugs from there, but have really stepped up the pace since Stanley Sykes relocated. All their activities have become open and often brazen as they reassert dominance. They want us, and through us, you, to know they’re not afraid of cameras, social media, law enforcement. They pay. They’re protected. “In your face. We own this place.” is their message.
Here’s a recent typical day’s drug trafficking out of that grubby lot, sped up a bit to capture the frenetic pace:
Stanley Sykes has been heard to say he paid 10k for the rights to traffic out of that location. Seems those rights are still respected.
Herkimer gang’s message: “In your face. We own this place!”
Where Is Stanley Sykes? What Is He Doing?
Stanley hasn’t gone far. He’s often at at his old address on Eureka Avenue. Here he is the other day, hosting his gang for a smoke filled autumn evening of cracked-out good times at the gang’s trafficking hub:
In 28 days over September through October, our Herkimer crime content had over 114,000 combined views on herkimerpost.com and our YouTube channel. Most readers and viewers were drawn to our Herkimer child trafficking posts and videos. The posts were first published in April, and widely ignored by the Herkimer community. (Except for the gangs, which stepped up their poison gas attacks on us and our home.)
Facebook Features Herkimer Child Trafficking Posts
Then on September 17th, Facebook began featuring our Herkimer child trafficking posts. We had 11,598 views of our blog that day. This is unusual for us.
Visitors began with our child trafficking posts, and then often read of other Herkimer crime events. Thanks to the support of Facebook, Our September – October 11th blog views totaled over 75,000. Most of our readers were from North America, but people from another 98 countries read about and watched Herkimer child trafficking and other crimes.
75,534 Herkimer Post Content Views – 9.1.18 – 10.11.18
Herkimer Post Top Posts – 30 Days Ending 10.12.18
Our Herkimer child trafficking posts drew 61,604 views out of approximately 75,000 views. The Stanley Sykes gang (child trafficking, drugs, poisonings, assaults) featured in most of those posts. Herkimer’s Joyce Barton gang (drugs, poisonings, assaults) was a distant second at 4,296 views.
38,560 Herkimer Post YouTube Views – 28 Days – 9/13/18-10/10/18
The Herkimer Post’s YouTube channel features videos supporting our argument that Herkimer’s a major transcontinental child trafficking hub. These were taken by our home security cameras over a period of several years. Many who read our blog postings followed the links to our videos. Those videos had 38,560 views in the 28 days from 9.13.18 to 10.10.18.
Herkimer Post Most Watched Videos – 28 Days – 9/13/18-10/10/18
Of those 38,560 YouTube views, 31,264 were of 12 of our 106 videos. Those 12 were all child trafficking videos. They were viewed 31,264 times. All but two featured the Stanley Sykes gang.
Thank You, Facebook
A big thank you to Facebook for helping us widely expose Herkimer’s booming child trafficking economy. The trafficking gangs here have made a few transparent changes since we first published our child trafficking posts in the Spring. But they’re still firmly entrenched in Herkimer–a topic for subsequent posts.
Herkimer As Child Trafficking Hub – Not Unique
It’s estimated that approximately 300,000 kids are year are sex trafficked in the US. That requires an extensive transportation network and thousands of workers. There are probably many child trafficking hubs like Herkimer across the US and the world. We just happened to move to this one.
Sykes and his putative wife Becky replaced Little Mama in 341 Eureka Avenue, with daughter-in-law Carrie Ann Bass living in 334 Pleasant Avenue. They’re till still there. Their houses anchor both ends of the child trafficking lot. As with trafficker Little Mama before them, they rent from Herkimer landlord Jay Smith.
Stanley Sykes Mission in Herkimer’s Premier Child Trafficking Spot
From his activities over the last 18 months, Sykes and his gang have a two-fold mission: emptying our house of us and making a go of their own child exploitation activities. Before his allies told him to shut it, Stanley had bragged about the $10k bonus he’d receive for getting rid of us. Despite four years of harassment and many poison gas attacks, we’re still here. The location of our house astride the child trafficking lot makes it a must-have as the area’s next criminal controlled house. Just see the map below.
The silent torrent of trafficked kids through that parking lot was rerouted when Little Mama moved on. Sykes has tried to monetize the location, even paying a franchise fee for the privilege, or so he’s loudly declared.
Child trafficking’s much safer and can be more profitable for criminals than selling even heroin, which is what Stanley Sykes’s son was allegedly arrested for here–that and complicity in the death of one of his users. It seems to us that Stanley’s given many years of loyal service to Mohawk Valley gangs as an on-call thug, and is looking to finally make his fortune in the dark world of low-risk, high-profit child exploitation.
Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes Tries the Child Exploitation Market
With the exception of a few vital cameras, we don’t hover over our camera feeds. But if we see something odd or alarming, we pull the clips and have a look. From those videos, it seems Sykes and his crew are trying to supplement their drug trafficking income with child exploitation. Here’s what we have for videos to date. We probably missed most of it, but the clips lend some insight into what he’s tried.
Trafficked teens who introduced themselves as Justin and Larry, exit the back of Stanley Sykes’s 341 Eureka Avenue. They followed dog Bear and I to pat Bear.
Conversations with trafficked kids are rare and brief, says the Ark of Hope for Children. Things to look for are little or no schooling, evasiveness as to where they live and responses that aren’t age-appropriate. See what you think: our full exchange is described on YouTube.
Never saw Larry and Justin again. And I’ve been watching.
Kids Drift In and Out Like Smoke Along Pleasant Avenue – Herkimer’s Distributed Child Trafficking
The little blonde girl was apparently stashed at Joyce Barton’s house (across the street, off camera) for a week weeks. then vanished.
Major child trafficking networks have the resources to do volume–lot’s of kids, lots of transfer points and final destinations.
The child trafficking wannabees like the regional Herkimer gangs don’t have the same resources as major league traffickers they cooperate with. The locals are dependent upon trafficking kids one or a few at a time, whom they distributed among members’ houses.
Newly Trafficked Herkimer Kids Here Today, Then Gone
They may be here for weeks, or only seen once. We’ve seen them pass through 328 Pleasant Avenue (Curtis Cool), 333 Pleasant Avenue (Joyce Barton), 334 Pleasant Avenue (Sykes gang–Carrie Ann Bass), and Stanley Sykes’s 341 Eureka Avenue. Some of the supposedly vacant houses behind ours, on Eureka Avenue will sometimes have kids for a few days, then the kids vanish and the houses stay empty for a while.
It’s likely that kids held at traffickers’ houses for a longer time are in greater need of grooming, which the Canadian Global News defines as“…win[ning] a child’s trust and co-operation, which decreases the chances of them telling anyone about the abuse.”
The little blonde girl in the above video was stashed at Joyce Barton’s 333 Pleasant Avenue for several weeks, then vanished. She was a frequent visitor to the Sykes’ gang’s 334 Pleasant Avenue, presided over by Carrie Ann Bass. Most kids who are passed through we either don’t notice or miss recording. We only noticed her because the Sykes gang had chosen that day to rampage Pleasant Avenue, in farewell to Stanley Sykes’s heroin-dealing son, then out on bail.
Of the blonde girl’s only friends, the boy in the blue shirt, Harvey, is a Sykes gang family member. We never saw the other girls again.
What A Well-Groomed Trafficked Child Looks Like
Publishing the clips of the little blonde girl and her friends, we mentioned that she and they may have been trafficked. Suddenly all unknown kids at the Sykes’ gang locations sprouted winter jackets with hoods up–notably on warm days. Of course, it only marked them as potentially trafficked.
You wouldn’t notice anything wrong, looking at this sweet clip of mother and child, unless you were looking for signs of child sexual exploitation and trafficking. Just a mom arriving a friend’s house with her kid, then later taking her sleepy boy home. But in our 4 years on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue, we’ve seen many signs of drug use by our murderous band of neighbors to manipulate and control children. Kids to them are but weapons or a cash crop. Any interaction between adults and kids merits always merits a closer look:
1409 hrs – Man, woman and boy arrive by truck at Sykes gang’s 334 Pleasant Avenue, a drug and child trafficking transmit point presided over by Carrie Ann Bass
1409 – Woman and boy enter house. Man waits in car
1428 – Semiconscious boy is carried from 334 by woman; met by man.
1429 – Semiconscious boy secured in truck. Truck drives off – 20 minutes from wide awake and walking to semiconscious and carried.
We suspect the boy was given one of the pre – anesthetic drugs used as date rape drugs, such as rohypnol or ketamine. Given the flow of drugs into and out of Herkimer and the Sykes gang’s obvious trafficking of them out of 334 Pleasant Avenue, either drug could have been easily obtained. The drugs act quickly, which is why they’re used at parties and clubs. They make a child more cooperative in an exploitation situation.
We’ve never seen two more shame-faced people as the young couple in the video above. The camera doesn’t do their guilt-wracked faces justice. The woman took that kid into Sykes’ and the couple fled. Never saw them again; never saw the boy again.
Anything’s possible once you come to the horrific conclusion that you live among a murderous band of depraved drug and child traffickers. They traffic heroin and kids, pimp out their own children and try to kill neighbors they can’t drive off. (See our poison gas attacks videos.)
Such heinous filth will have a way to dispose of dead kids who’ve inconvenienced them. Herkimer has several human crematoria, one pet crematory, three major waterways, and the forests of the Southern Adirondacks just to the north.
At any one time, 300,000 children are being trafficked in the United States. Many of them go missing.
Trafficked Kids Being Slipped into Sykes Gang’s 334 Pleasant Avenue
4/8/17 Trafficked teens being slipped into Herkimer’s traditional child trafficking transit point in the dead of night. It’s the parking lot spanning 334 Pleasant Avenue and 341 Pleasant Avenue. Both are controlled by Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes’ gang, long-time tenants of Herkimer landlord Jay Smith.
Trafficked children may be quickly be forwarded to their final destinations in some major metropolitan area, there to be broken in as captive slaves. [The]…average life span of a [child trafficked for sex] is…7 years, found dead from attack, abuse, HIV and other STD’s, malnutrition, overdose or suicide,”reports the Ark of Hope for Children.
Trafficked Herkimer Kids We Don’t See
Ours is one of the last houses around that ghastly parking area either not vacant or not controlled by Herkimer’s regional gangs. We probably only pick up on about 10% of neighboring child trafficking, our cameras being positioned to protect our place, and the traffickers trying to keep off camera.
For more about Herkimer’s trafficked kids, the criminals who profit from them and the seeming millions of dirty dollars produced by this heinous industry in our pastoral village, see our other child trafficking posts.
“Herkimer’s dirty and likes it that way.”
For the price we’ve paid to find and present this Herkimer child trafficking data, follow this link to our blog’s Poisoning section. This is our 14th month of poison gas attacks. As I type, the evening gas attacks on our house have begun. (To be fair, Stanley Sykes did offer us $1,500 for our home.)
Our troubles are small compared to the fate of the thousands of children trafficked through unseeing Herkimer. As a former federal agent I know said, “Herkimer’s dirty and likes it that way.”
In my first two Herkimer child trafficking posts, We’re Sorry We Didn’t Notice and Dead Kids Walking, I told how we belatedly tumbled to a longtime major child trafficking operation almost in our own backyard. We estimate 1,000-2,000 kids a year were trafficked through our neighborhood, making Herkimer a valued transit node in a transcontinental human trafficking network.
In August 2016, the child trafficking cartel which had for years so efficiently ran the Herkimer trafficking hub relocated, handing it over to Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes gang for safekeeping. This post looks at that handover.
Security cam footage of our long-time neighboring child trafficking cartel conductors moving out and turning their site over to Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes gang. L. to r. Sykes gang’s Carrie Ann Bass, and cartel conductors Little Mama and Pretty Boy. The little boy in the truck bed is not a trafficked child. He came with landlord Jay Smith’s agent, who oversaw the transfer from Little Mama to the Sykes gang.
A few days before, traffickers Little Mama (LM) and Pretty Boy (PB) had shipped their last consignment of trafficked kids though this 341 Eureka Avenue Herkimer transfer point. 341 Eureka was a critical node in a large regional child trafficking network through which as many as 2,000 kids a year moved from recruitment to exploitation as sex workers. They’d arrive during the day, then be slipped away a night or two later.
Timeline of Herkimer Child Traffickers Relocation
1640 Pretty Boy (PB) leaves in rental truck*
1651 Little Mama (LM) leaves in SUV
1720 LM returns with PB in her SUV
1721 Sykes gang’s Carrie Ann Bass chats with LM, watches unsurprised as PB loads 5-6 kids bikes onto flatbed trailer attached to LM’s SUV. [Video clip gap. Might have been 6-7 bikes.]
1727 LM and PB leave in LM’s SUV. Child trafficker Little Mama blows kiss to landlord Jay Smith’s rental agent’s young son. [Seen it a lot. Still give me the creeps, as it probably will the boy’s family seeing it.]
1738 Stanley Sykes move into Herkimer’s 341 Eureka Ave. He continues to hold 334 Pleasant Ave on the opposite end of the parking lot.
Not On Traffickers Move Out Video
Our fir tree’s branches blocked the camera’s view of 341’s back door, but it didn’t block mine. I was watching from my desk below the level of the camera while Pretty Boy earlier loaded 6 small activity centers for little kids, two at a time, into the back of Little Mama’s SUV as it sat backed up to 341 Eureka Ave..
The two young traffickers cleaned up and moved on with experienced efficiency, turning the property over to Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes gang. At the end of the video Stanley, aka Bob Sykes and family-crew are seen moving into 341 Eureka. They’re still there.
Stanley Sykes paid a handsome franchise fee to traffic out of 341, or so we’ve heard him bellow. (He’s often outside, asserting dominance.)
Child Trafficking – Victims Enslaving Victims
Little Mama and Pretty Boy are close in age to some of the older kids they traffic and may themselves be former child sex workers brought into the business. They didn’t move far, relocating about 15 minutes away, given the timeline of their move out.*
We saw Little Mama or Pretty Boy again. A week later, when our only back camera was again covering the arsonist antics of trafficker ally Curtis Cool, the 341 Eureka bicycle shed vanished, apparently built for ease of transport. and removal of forensic evidence. Given the short timeline of the move out,* it’s probably nearby, home to the same bikes with fresh young riders coming and going daily.
__________________ *The U-Haul truck was there when we woke up that morning. The camera was not on that area that night. Little Mama was gone 29 minutes before returning in her SUV with Pretty Boy . He was gone 50 minutes in total. Return trip time probably 15 minutes. Could the truck have been unloaded and returned in 35 minutes? Sure, especially if PB had some help unloading. Would the truck have been unloaded at their new trafficking location? Yes. The child trafficking cartel they work for probably had fresh kids en route to their new transfer point and pickup-delivery arrangements ready for them. Pretty Boy and Little Mama’s new trafficking location is in Herkimer County and within 15 minutes of 341 Eureka Ave. It’s a big operation and time is money.
This regional child trafficking hub distributed between 1,000 and 2,000 trafficked kids a year. It’s still used by Herkimer’s depraved Stanley Sykes gang, who fiercely protect it from nosy neighbors. Two of the Sykes gang’s houses on the child trafficking hub are owned by their longtime landlord, Jay Smith.
Humanrights.org estimates that each trafficked child nets his or her handlers $100,000 a year. That’s $100-200 million annual income from child trafficking victims hustled through a small Upstate New York village. Some of that money stayed in Herkimer. It helped ensure silence, cooperation, suffering and death: a sex-trafficked child lives about seven years.
These are some of our videos of dead kids walking.
Herkimer Child Traffickers Relocate
On August 20, 2016, Herkimer’s long-time major child traffickers moved their final lot of kids through their 341 Eureka Avenue trafficking hub. For months, we’d been the target of a successful campaign of distraction that kept our security cam and our attention away from that neighboring lot. Only on the regional traffickers’ last day did we swing our backyard camera on them, puzzled by the large number of kids who’d suddenly appeared next door. They were whisked away almost as soon after they’d appeared.
“It’s just kids.” Trafficked Kids – Herkimer NY 8/14/16
This is the last consignment of kids being shipped through this Herkimer child trafficking transfer hub at 341 Eureka Avenue. It was a consolidation of three carloads of trafficked children. We had never before seen that many kids passing through at one time. We barely caught the arrival of the final carload on camera. The three vehicles then loaded up and moved on. The property was never used again as a major child trafficking hub.
A few days later the two young traffickers you see in the video, dubbed by us Little Mama and Pretty Boy, cleaned out and turned Herkimer’s premier child trafficking spot over to their most visible local ally, Stanley Sykes and his gang, for their own drug and child trafficking use. Stanley was heard to bellow that he paid a franchise fee for the trafficking rights.
Only after Little Mama and Pretty Boy were gone did we realize that for over 2 years, we’d seen them trafficking about 20 – 40 children a week, right next door, with their Herkimer allies running interference. That’s about 1,000 – 2,000 kids a year.
It’s estimated by humanrights.org that each sexually exploited trafficked child nets on average $100,000 a year to his or her captors. The potential profit from the 1000 – 2000 children annually trafficked through Herkimer would be $100-200 million.
Kids trafficked for sex range from 1 to 18 years old. Sex trafficking victims up to roughly 25 years old often started as young as 14. (Ark)
US human trafficking is a $32 billion-a-year industry
Child trafficking’s a hugely profitable business with very low risk: In 2016, the Department of Justice convicted a total of 439 human traffickers, up from 297 in 2015 and 184 in 2014. (humanrights.org)
The Younger the Sex Trafficked Child, the Greater the Profit
Look at the above photo through the calculating eyes of a child trafficking broker. (Yes, there are such people. Mostly women, we think. They exploit the missing mommy factor.) Which of these kids can you get the most for? Certainly the little girl in the yellow dress is prime. As are the two small girls by the car doors. Says the Ark of Hope for Children:
More money can be earned by [sexually exploited] younger girls and boys, especially virgins. Prepubescent girls are reported to be injected with hormones to bring on puberty. Younger girls are expected to have a greater earning potential, and as such are in greater demand.
Herkimer NY – Bustling Child Trafficking Hub
Herkimer’s ideally sited for the center of an extensive child trafficking network. It’s just off of Route I-90, the New York State Turnpike, a major east-west interstate, and within a few hours of New York, Boston and Canada.
We believe what we saw was primarily a brokerage operation, using Herkimer as a way point for newly acquired kids trafficked to Herkimer from Central New York and beyond, then quickly redistributed to the south and east to be broken in to serve the booming underground sex industry of our major metropolitan areas. (Herkimer’s a sparsely populated rural area.)
The needs of Herkimer area pedophiles are serviced by our regional gangs, who sell, trade and rent local kids. They and the big time child traffickers appear to honor their non-compete agreements and cooperate on projects of mutual benefit, such as the production of online kiddie porn.
Herkimer Child Trafficking–A Multi-Million Dollar Enterprise?
I don’t now what the child trafficking network compensation structure is. And there are obviously many partner syndicates involved in this trafficking cartel. Assume the procuring entity that also operates the Herkimer child trafficking collection and distribution point receives a modest 10% brokers’ fee per trafficked child. Grant the assumption 1,000 – 2,000 kids a year begin their enslavement as child prostitutes here in Herkimer. The brokerage commission would be $10 – 20 million per year, conservatively. Some of it stays in Herkimer.
Then there are those kids, probably local and not part of the human trafficking pipeline, who appear to be briefly stashed with some Herkimer area gang families, and sold or rented locally. We’ve seen a lot of kids come and go here on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue, shuffled from house to house. After a while they vanish.
We’ve also seen some indication that Herkimer’s trafficked children have been used to make internet-based kiddie porn, produced and beamed on-line from here on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. (The probable Herkimer kiddie porn film studio was abandoned, sold at tax auction.)
Herkimer Child Trafficking–Dead Kids Walking
Kids trafficked by Little Mama through our neighboring Herkimer location usually appeared freshly obtained, innocent of any knowledge of the abuse and brutality they’d soon suffer, prepped and moved into the underground sex trade. We’ve seen a lot of them. They seemed like nice kids. They could be your kids; they could be our kids.
For almost three years, we witlessly watched thousands of trafficked children slipped through this Herkimer parking lot. That’s a lot of dead kids. We’re so sorry we didn’t notice then. We now watch our neighborhood with new eyes.
“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.
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 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.
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.
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.