339 Eureka Ave Pickaxe Gang Strikes Again–Did Boris And Natasha Send Them?

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Herkimer’s 339 Eureka Ave Pickaxe Gang struck again on D-Day, invading vacant vandalized 337 Eureka, their leader wielding his signature pickaxe as he further ravaged a portion of the rear border fence we share with 337. We’re wondering if Boris and Natasha sent them.

The shaggy-haired blond middle schooler first attacked the old wooden fence on 5/12, kicking out a few panels, then watched from next door at 339 Eureka as Linda Kaidan mended the damage with materials on hand, sharing a few fence repair tips with him as she worked. He said nothing, but judging from his method of attack on 6/6, he listened well, carefully deconstructing her repair by first removing the key vertical iron fence posts before ripping and bashing the weakened horizontal sticks. 

Job well done, he gave our surveillance camera a defiant two-handed finger salute and turned away with a scowl. He and his three cohorts, one his younger clone, hung out in 337’s thoroughly vandalized backyard for a while. Here’s the video:

Video Timeline

0:01       5/11/21 Both boys at home at 339 Eureka. Younger one retrieves ball from our yard.
1:05        5/12/21 Both boys in yard of 337 Eureka.
1:52                        Older boy kicks out fence slats.
2:42                        Neighbor mends fence as older boy watches from 339 Eureka.
3:22        6/6/21   Both boys in yard of 339 with two others. Older boy knocks out more slats.
4:12                        Older boy begins demolishing mend to fence made on 5/12 by L. Kaidan.
6:49                        Older boy finishes job with pickaxe. Salutes our camera with two fingers.

First Sighting

5/11/21 First sighting of Pickaxe Gang member, here seen trespassing in your battle-scarred yard
5/11/21 First sighting of Pickaxe Gang member, here seen trespassing in your battle-scarred yard, ostensibly chasing a stray ball. The desperados operate out of 339 Eureka Ave.

We first sighted a Pickaxe Gang boy on 5/11, when their youngest member came chasing a ball into our yard. Slipping through our gang-ravaged fence from the  child trafficking lot side, the kid reclaimed the ball and skillfully kicked it over both fences and back into the yard of 339 Eureka, giving our closest camera a glance. 

339 Eureka Avenue Long A Suspect Property

We’ve long marked 339 Eureka as associated with local gang chief Stanley Sykes and associate Carrie Ann Bass, the most recent gang to have trafficked kids and drugs out of adjacent 341 Eureka. Sykes, Bass’ putative father-in-law, had access to 339 during his years at 341 Eureka. Bass still may—she has but to walk next down Eureka Avenue to be off of our cameras. (I suspect Bass serves as the gang Airbnb host for 339 Eureka.)

The only times 339 Eureka has shown any signs of life is when kids, fleetingly seen, quickly come and go from there.

We’re in the midst of a national housing shortage–Herkimer properties are becoming gold, yet 339 Eureka is still vacant most of the time.

Amir and Selma Covic – Owners of 339 Eureka Avenue

339 Eureka has been owned by Amir and Selma Covic since 2014. They also own 330 Eureka Avenue. We overlook the backyard and deck of 339 and have for almost eight years, but we’ve never seen the Covics, either in the flesh or on our surveillance cameras. We’ve taken to keeping their photo, marked “Boris and Natasha,” on the wall beside our surveillance cameras’ monitor. Smart money says we’ll see Boris and Natasha at 339 long before we see Amir and Selma.

339 Eureka Avenue owners Amir and Selma Covic aka Boris and Natasha
339 Eureka Avenue owners Amir and Selma Covic, aka Boris and Natasha

339 Eureka Avenue – A Child Trafficking Hold House?

We’ve been including 339 Eureka Ave on our Child Trafficking Hub maps for years –we call it a  Hold House: a house kept empty and held for use at need by traffickers, but not occupied by them. We’ve also been suspicious of equally vacant 337 Eureka, its owners concealed through ownership by a New York corporation.

Herkimer child trafficking hub as of 4/18/18
Herkimer Child and Drug Trafficking Hub as of 4/1/18. 339 Eureka, to the left of 341 (white lettering) is noted “Sykes Controls.” Sykes has since been replaced by daughter-in-law Carrie Ann Bass.

Adults Seen at 339 Eureka

We’ve only ever seen three adults at 339 Eureka. Most recently, there was a brief glimpse of a blonde-haired woman on the deck with the two young vandals. In 2017, we saw Little Mama come and go from 339. She had open access to the house. Little Mama was Jay Smith’s child trafficking tenant at 341 Eureka before Stanley Sykes and his local gang moved in. We alleged elsewhere that Little Mama was a child trafficking conductor, working the regional territory of a transnational child trafficking cartel. Unlike the local gang, her management was organized, disciplined and perceptive, and pulled out once we mounted our first camera. 

The third adult seen at 339 was in 2017, a brief clip captured on an old ip camera of a tall blonde woman partying with Sykes and cavorting with kids in the backyard of 339. 

7/20/2017 Mystery Woman with Sykes Gang and at 339 Eureka

7/20/2017 Mystery Woman with Sykes Gang and at 339 Eureka

…nighttime backyard poisonings grew to a frenzy the closer our trimming came to 337 and 339 Eureka.

Poison gas has been blasted into our front and backyards over the years. The backyard gassing, we now believe, was to keep us from looking too hard at 339 and equally empty 337 Eureka. It’s had the opposite effect–it attracted our attention. So, this year we finally had the time to do something about it. We blasted back with lights, trimmed the vegetation and plastered the yard with cameras. 

augmented backyard security lighting 328 Pleasant Ave Herkimer
Augmented backyard security lighting 330 Pleasant Ave Herkimer.

The nighttime backyard poisonings grew to a frenzy the closer our trimming came to 337 and 339 Eureka. We awoke some mornings to a yard saturated with a gaseous, flesh-searing caustic redolent of a meth bake. (It’s Herkimer–we know the smell.) Our backyard was a World War I battlefield. We broke out the gas masks again.

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2017 – The author trimming a tree in front his house on Pleasant Avenue, wearing what every Herkimer activist blogger needs: Hazmat suit and P-100 gas mask.

Only when we cleared the last of the undergrowth and overhanging limbs obscuring the 337-339 border fence did the attacks slacken. Then came Pickaxe Boy.

Herkimer poison gas attack injuries
4.15.21 Contact rashes and blisters from toxic surfaces in our backyard

Did Boris and Natasha send him? Or did he and his co-vandals just slip off the reservation? The afternoon of 6/15/21 Carrie Ann Bass unwittingly told us.

Carrie Ann Bass – Herkimer Child Trafficking’s Airbnb Host?

Carrie Ann Bass, Herkimer NY child trafficker
Carrie Ann Bass, Stanley Sykes Gang drug and child trafficker

Early that afternoon, Carrie Ann was overheard on her cellphone being reamed out by someone for her failure to prevent the Pickaxe Gang from vandalizing 337 Eureka. And just as I was finishing this article.

Phone Call Proves Suppositions

      • Carrie Ann Bass is the gang’s short stays hostess for 339 Eureka. 
      • She let the lads of the Pickaxe Gang slip off the reservation.
      • Her client is very displeased.
  • Vandalism reported to the Herkimer Police, with videos. (Officer Carbone.)
  • We’re still watching for Boris and Natasha. 

Carrie Ann Bass Hosts Party At Herkimer’s Historic Child Trafficking Hub

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Herkimer’s Historic Child Trafficking lot was the venue for a June 5th child-centric party, hosted by Sykes’ Gang drug and child trafficker Carrie Ann Bass, aka Carrie Ann Collins Bass. The occasion appeared to be the birthday of Bass’ son Harvey, Stanley Skye’s grandson. (Harvey’s dad’s in prison for heroin trafficking and complicity in the death of a user.) This has become an annual Herkimer happening, signaled by a crew appearing at first light and erecting an inflatable siege tower next to our house.

Hostess Bass enjoyed a good turnout, with about 30 guests at its nighttime peak. Unlike previous gang parties in the child trafficking lot, this one lacked drug-addled mindwipes howling at the moon and the booming of obscene misogynistic music shaking nearby houses, mostly just the happy shrieking of kids permeating our living room into the wee hours. And some occasionally loud but not totally vile music emanating from parked cars, the volume carefully nuanced to drop just as we were calling the police. Some fireworks, but all legal and an illegal but modest fire bowl crackling away over on the Eureka Avenue side of the parking lot.

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6/5/21 Just a few of the guests at Carrie Ann Bass’ party in Herkimer’s Historic Child trafficking Hub. Numbers swelled after dark.
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6.5.21 Herkimer gang and friends partying in the village’s historic child trafficking lot. Carrie Ann Bass, host.

Harvey is older now and seemingly into other things—this year he didn’t vandalize our fence or wave parts of his anatomy at our cameras. Boy’s growing up. Great things soon await.

Kyle Stone performs
Among the attendees was Kyle (“I’m gonna sell crack until I die”) Stone, who now seems to live at Bass’ 341 Eureka Avenue.

Guests included gang members and neighbors. (But I repeat myself.) Among the attendees was Kyle (“I’m gonna sell crack until I die”) Stone, who now seems to live at Bass’ 341 Eureka Avenue, and a busy few drug runners arriving late, obvious by their bulging backpacks. Given that we weren’t blasted with volatilized pesticides the next morning, some of our resident poison gassers were also probably among the guests and partied late. Can’t say if anyone from drug thug Kim Vargas’ krew at 328 Pleasant Avenue or from the Joyce Barton’s granny-beating gang at 333 Pleasant Ave were in attendance, though Bass, Vargas and Barton have been seen socializing.

Herkimer gang head Stanley Sykes
Worrisomely absent this year was Harvey’s grandfather, gang leader Stanley Sykes, seen here harassing his blogging neighbors. We’d recently rejected his offer of $1,200. for our house.

Still worrisomely absent again this year was Utica gang chief Stanley Sykes, a self-proclaimed member of the Crips, memorable for offering us $1,200 for our house in the midst of a massive 2017-18 campaign of poison gas attacks on us. (Stanley is hard to miss.) And also Kyle Stone’s crack-selling chum, Xavier Rowe of 326 Pleasant Ave, both Herkimer native sons. Xavier might have been there—didn’t review all the 14 hours of footage. 

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Hostess Carrie Ann Bass, Stanley Sykes Gang drug and child trafficker. (2017 photo)

The three houses of Herkimer’s Historic Child Trafficking Hub—332 and 334 Pleasant Avenue and Bass’ 341 Eureka Avenue, are a traffickers’ sanctuary, owned by landlord Jay Smith. His trafficking hub tenants appear to enjoy the worry-free status of a protected class within Herkimer. Smith’s long been rumored to be selling those three beauties through a land contract. If so, they haven’t closed yet and remain his malignant huckleberries.

Loyal viewers of our herkimerpost.com videos will note we filmed Carrie’s party on a new camera. We’re testing several streaming 4k HD POE cameras at various resolutions. The new generation of surveillance cameras are easily installed, record in MP4, require no decryption and can be monitored on any device from anywhere. And of keen interest to our neighbors, all have great audio. The winning camera model will supplement our hardwired CCTV cameras.

As a courtesy to our neighbors, I’ve posted a few hi-def pixs of the party, suitable for downloading and framing. Enjoy.

 

Herkimer Child Trafficking Series Draws 230,000 Views

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Dead Kids Waking Herkimer's child trafficked kids 341 Eureka Avenue
Photo from our video “Dead Kids Walking.” Trafficked kids at Herkimer landlord Jay Smith’s 341 Eureka Avenue property, 8/14/16 Since uploaded in 9/18, it and its companion video, “Adieu Herkimer’s Trafficked Kids,” have had 27,900 views. Smith still owns the property.

Stephen Ames Berry

It’s been over a year since we published a series of articles and videos reporting our lengthy observation of Herkimer’s multi million-dollar role in the child sex trafficking industry. To date, our Herkimer child trafficking  series has brought our posts and videos approximately 230,000 worldwide views.

Most visitors arrived at herkmerpost.com via social media links to our  post “Dead Kids Walking – Herkimer’s $100 Million Child Trafficking Hub.” Many went on to view our related YouTube videos and to look at our other posts of Herkimer crime, including the extrajudicial kidnapping of our grandson.

In 28 days over September through October 2018, our Herkimer crime content had over 114,000 combined view combined views on herkimerpost.com and Herkimer Post’s YouTube channel. In the past 12 months, they had another 116,000, for a total of 230,000 views.  Almost all were of Herkimer crime, with child trafficking with child trafficking hugely predominating. 

Herkimerpost.com 365 Days’ Views As of 2/4/2020
Herkimer child trafficking views hit 230,000

Herkimer Post Child Trafficking Series Takes On Life of Its Own

Our Herkimer child trafficking series has taken on a life of its own: in the last 12 months herkimerpost.com had over 81,000 views. Our YouTube channel had over 35,000 views with 72,000 impressions and 1,220 hours of watch time worldwide. (An impression is counted every time a video thumbnail is viewed on YouTube. People may not view the video, but its thumbnail leaves an impression.) 

In the 12 month period just ended, 31,809 visitors read an average of two or more posts. Our most read post was “Dead Kids Walking – Herkimer’s $100 Million Trafficking Hub,” viewed 65,000 times. In the same period, that post’s two associated YouTube videos, “Trafficked Kids 341 Eureka” and “Adieu Herkimer’s Trafficked Kids” were watched a total of 20,844 times. 

Herkimer Post Top Posts 1/31/19-1/31/20

Herkimer Post Top Posts 2019-20

Over that period, our YouTube videos of Herkimer crime, again notably child trafficking, had 35,000 views with 72,000 impressions and 1,220 hours of watch time worldwide. 

Herkimer Post YouTube Channel – Most Watched Videos – 1/31/19 1/31/20

Herkimer Post YouTube

Views of related crime articles and videos chronicling other activity by the Stanley Sykes’ gang in Herkimer landlord Jay Smith’s historic child trafficking lot were also well viewed. Herkimer’s Joyce Barton gang’s Shianne Hill’s beating of Herkimer Post’s Linda Kaidan had over 1,000 combined views, with the image of Kaidan’s battered face drawing 3,885 YouTube impressions.

A Cordial Welcome to Our Chinese Viewers and Subscribers

Visitors to the Herkimer Post came from over 60 countries, with the US and China predominating. US visitors came largely from Facebook and Chinese visitors from China’s social media, mostly from WeChat. China has its own well-publicized child trafficking issues. Perhaps our showing the faces of American child trafficking found a sympathetic Chinese audience. Human trafficking’s a worldwide horror. (Our thoughts and concerns are with the Chinese people during this very difficult time.)

herkimerpost.com -Top Countries by Viewer – 1/30/19-1/30/20

Is Herkimer Child Trafficking Ongoing?

Albany sent the New York State Police to interview us, and they asked us that too.  We don’t know. Certainly wholesale child trafficking’s gone from within range of our cameras. It vanished after we published our child trafficking posts and videos. Following our first child trafficking post, kids were deleted so quickly from Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue it was like a light going out. Even kids we didn’t think were trafficked vanished. What few kids were left were gone after poison gas attacks on us picked up again.

Herkimer Child Trafficking Long Entrenched and Tolerated

It appears to us that child trafficking was well-entrenched and long-tolerated in Herkimer, with a robust infrastructure built up over the years. Drug and child trafficking gangs became an occupying power, virtually controlling south Herkimer Village, co opting police, cowing residents and corrupting governance.  Many Herkimer hands surely profited from it, given the number of trafficked children we estimate passed through Herkimer and the huge money made off of their foreshortened lives. 

“But as folks here say with a shrug, ‘It’s Herkimer.’ “

Moral Indignation Sweeps Herkimer – Not

We moved to  Herkimer six years ago from Sarasota,  Florida. Say what you will of Florida, had a child trafficking series such as ours appeared in a Florida community, torches would have been lit, pitchforks passed out and outraged people would have descended on the traffickers and their houses and they would be gone. Poison gassing would have had the same outraged response. But as folks here say with a shrug, “It’s  Herkimer.” When we came house hunting, we were told people in Herkimer prided themselves on minding their own business. Indeed they do. And we’ve chronicled the result. 

Herkimer community spirit inaction
The 3 Wise Monkeys of Herkimer. “It’s Herkimer, folks here say with a shrug.” There should be a 4th monkey, eyes wide and palm up.

The child trafficking Sykes gang’s still keeping a presence here, barracked as always in Herkimer landlord Jay Smith’s houses on the village’s historic child trafficking hub. 

“All these [child traffickers] care about is money. If they weren’t making money in Herkimer, they’d be gone.

Camera-avoidant Smith’s has apparently passed the word via village public safety personnel that he no longer owns the properties comprising Herkimer’s child trafficking hub.  If so, he might want to get his name off of the property deeds. Here are the current deeds

Jay Smith’s Property Deeds: 341 Eureka Avenue, 332 and 334 Pleasant Avenue

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Herkimer Drug and Child Trafficking Gang Management Still Here

Many of the Sykes gang’s foot soldiers are gone, but their management’s still around—I saw both Stanley Sykes and Carrie Ann Bass the other day, going into the child trafficking lot’s 341 Eureka Avenue. (Stanley’s apparently traded in his old child-safe red Honda SUV for a new blue compact, NY license JKW 5265.) 341 Eureka’s the house handed over to the Sykes gang by Smith’s previous tenants, national child trafficking cartel’s Little Mama and Pretty Boy.  And of course, the Joyce Barton gang continues on across the street from us,  nested in their 333 Pleasant Avenue rental, subdued but hatin’.

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“The Joyce Barton gang continues on.” Neighboring Herkimer drug thug Joyce Barton, wearing a strikingly appropriate shirt, sending a little love our way.

All these people care about is money. If they weren’t making money in Herkimer, they’d be gone. Certainly, there are still law enforcement drones in the skies over Herkimer and New York State Police have upped their presence.. Stuff must still be happening in our pastoral village.

Happily, the Herkimer Village police under Chief Michael J. Jory have been amazingly revitalized and are proactive in community policing.

Will Prosperity Banish Herkimer Child Trafficking?

Child trafficking flourishes amid poverty and despair. Prosperity banishes it. Herkimer and the Mohawk Valley are among the US’ top climate change relocation areas. Housing prices are going up as many retirees have decided not to drown in Florida or the Carolinas and telecommuting jobs become more available. Such remote jobs will become the norm once Elon Musk’s Starlink bands the globe with internet for all. Industry is relocating here, notably Cree, which is building the world’s largest semiconductor plant an easy commute away in Marcy.  

No matter how booming a prosperity Herkimer eventually enjoys, our blog stats show it will never escape the stigma of turning a blind eye to the misery of all those trafficked kids. We have no monopoly on situation awareness. Herkimer is a small village. If we could see it, many of you could. You just chose not to. Minding your own business was the easiest and safest thing to do. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jay Smith Gifts Herkimer Drug and Child Traffickers a Sanctuary

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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 to drug and child traffickers: 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 the Sykes’ gang’s Stanley Sykes moved out of 341 Eureka Avenue last May.

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Last consignment of kids trafficked by transnational trafficking cartel conductors Little Mama and Pretty Boy moving through Herkimer’s longtime child trafficking hub. 8.14.16. Hub was handed over to Stanley Sykes gang by Little Mama a few days later. Sykes used to bellow he’d bought the rights to traffic out of there.

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

Drug gang members Kyle Stone and Alexis Rowe move into Jay Smith's 332 Pleasant Ave Herkimer
Herkimer drug dealers move into landlord Jay Smith 332 Pleasant Avenue rental–Kyle Stone waving bag of powdered sugar. Alexis Rowe smirking. [2.21.20 update: There’s a felony warrant out for Kyle Stone.]
Herkimer gang member fire dancing on Pleasant Avenue 12.23.18
Herkimer gang member celebrates Yuletide move into Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue Herkimer property with fireworks and fire dance. 332 was the last non-gang occupied house on Herkimer’s traditional child trafficking hub. Smith owns all three hub houses. Herkimer real estate is booming. The house could easily have been rented to people who work for a living rather than  traffickers.

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

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Herkimer child and Drug Trafficking Hub as of 4.1.18

Jay Smith’s Trafficking Hub: 4+ years of  Gassing and Harassment

In our 4+ years in Herkimer, successive national and regional child and drug traffickers have operated out of Smith’s child trafficking hub, which our house overlooks. They and their allies harassed and gassed us, destroyed our property and hurt our pets. Our poor old dog never recovered from being gassed in her basement den from Smith’s trafficking hub

 

Jay Smith criminal tenant Stanley Sykes
Jay Smith trafficking hub tenant, gang chief Stanley Sykes, comes by to harass us again. .

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.

Smith quickly replaced Stanley Sykes at 341 Eureka with the Sykes gang’s Carrie Ann Bass. He filled Bass’ former trafficking house at 334 Pleasant Avenue with other gang members, first making modest improvements to both properties. High volume narcotics trafficking replaced the child trafficking out of Smith’s hub and gang members partied hearty. Fresh video coverage by us helped put an end to that in November.

Carrie Ann Bass, Herkimer NY child trafficker
Carrie Ann Bass, Stanley Sykes Gang drug and child trafficker

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.

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Poison gas attack on us from trafficking hub properties 11.26.18 An error in setting the gas fogger made the pesticide visible

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 upmarket. 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 truckloads of stuff. They obviously don’t like surveillance cameras, which must be why they moved next door to a 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 woman on the porch is Herkimer gang member Alexis Rowe, known to us as Moonroof, after the white car she traffics with in and out of the hub. Don’t know anyone 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. 

Video Timeline

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.
1:21 Walking across trafficking hub from 332 Pleasant Avenue to Bass’ 341 Eureka Avenue. (The latter is Herkimer’s Historic Stanley Sykes House. It competes for tourists with Smith’s Herkimer’s Historic Crackhouse at 318 Pleasant Avenue, and of course, the Joyce Barton Gang’s 333 Pleasant Avenue.)
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.)

New York State Police and Herkimer Poison Gas Attacks

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“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

Nellis came in response  to “the concerns of several people” in Albany regarding our widely-read series exposing Herkimer’s extensive role in the multi-billion dollar transcontinental child trafficking industry.  He also addressed our nearly 2 years reporting gang attacks on our property and selves using volatilized pesticides.  

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.

Let’s put a tiny part of NY’s “$224 million in federal funding to support counterterrorism and emergency preparedness” to good use.

In September  2018 Herkimer County was awarded $89,974 as part of a statewide grant to improve safety in New York. Counter-terrorism is one purpose of this grant. Perhaps a very small part of it could go to halting child trafficking activities on Pleasant Avenue in Herkimer, NY using modern technology, like the FLIR Griffin™ G510 portable gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GC-MS).  This chemical hazard identification device can quickly identify serious hazards. A single device can be shared by multiple counties and solve problems currently identified as being “impossible to prove.”  Help end the long reign of Herkimer’s three monkeys. 

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The 3 Wise Monkeys of Herkimer

 

Herkimer Child Trafficking Update

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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.  

Child and drug trafficker Stanley Sykes
Child and drug trafficker Stanley Sykes coming by to harass us again. He offered us $1,500 for our house.

After Sykes left, the gang’s two houses on the hub were improved with updated cabinetry and new kitchen appliances by landlord Jay Smith .

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Herkimer child and Drug Trafficking Hub as of 4.1.18

Sykes’ daughter-in-law, Carrie Ann Bass, aka Carrie Ann Collins-Bass, moved the 40 meters across the parking lot into Sykes old place at 341 Eureka Avenue.  She was replaced at 334 Pleasant by other Sykes members.

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Carrie Ann Bass, aka Carrie Ann Collins-Bass, Herkimer child and drug trafficker.

The Sykes gang are but the most recent operators of Herkimer’s historic child trafficking hub, small time locals who never came close to equaling the volume of trafficked kids moved through Herkimer by the national child trafficking cartel preceding  them.

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:

Like the Big Time child traffickers before him, he’s probably relocated nearby, where he can move kids without scrutiny. Folks in Herkimer pride themselves on minding their own business.

Should we and our cameras be gone, kids would soon be trafficked again out of that parking lot, the well-protected Holy of Holies of the Herkimer gangs’ empire of dirt.

 

 

 

 

Herkimer Child Trafficking Brings 114,000 Views in 28 Days

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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 

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Herkimer Post content views 9.01.18 – 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.

Herkimer Post Most Viewed – 30 Days Ending 10.12.18

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. 

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Herkimer Post YouTube Views – 28 Days – 9/13/18-10/10/18

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.

Child Trafficking – See Something, Say Something 
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Herkimer’s Child Trafficking Sykes Gang

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In August 2016, child trafficking cartel conductors Little Mama and Pretty Boy relocated, handing their organization’s longtime Herkimer trafficking transit hub over to Stanley Sykes and his gang for safekeeping.  The hub, at 341 Eureka Avenue  trafficked, 1,000-2,000 kids a year through Herkimer, a small Upstate New York village. Regional child trafficking management was probably concerned about the growing number of law enforcement surveillance drones over Herkimer Village. The assumption was that they were hunting drug traffickers, but they could also be hunting child traffickers.

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. 

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Herkimer Gas Attacks Map – March 2018

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.

A child trafficked for sex in the US can net his or her handlers $100k a year  or more, according to figures from humanrightsfirst.org.    This quote appeared in Ark of Hope for Children, which rescues trafficked kids. There are only a few hundred arrests per year for child trafficking. The FBI has sole jurisdiction over this crime. As we’ve witnessed in Herkimer,it’s because  local police officers are susceptible to enticement by cash heavy child traffickers.

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

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Stanley Sykes, threatening and blustering at our door. The kid’s not one of his children. Herkimer criminals believe hoods thwart facial recognition programs. If a kid’s wearing a hood and you don’t know him or see him again, he’s probably trafficked.

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.

Stanley Throws a Kids’ Party

Taking a page from child trafficker ally and probable child exploiter Curtis Cool, Stanley threw a party for some of the neighborhood kids and their parents.

“Child Exploitation: The Pretender — Someone who pretends to be something s/he is not, such as a boyfriend, a big sister, a father, a friendly neighbor.” (“Seeing Through the Disguise” iEmpathize is a youth empowerment program that teaches kids to recognize child sex exploiters.)

Through a Glass Darkly – Justin and Larry

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.

Most of the trafficked kids we’ve seen arrive well-groomed: happy, hopeful–fresh. They’re ready to be moved on. Here’s a new little girl arriving with Carrie Ann Bass.  Bass and the girl are crossing from Barton’s 333 Pleasant Avenue to the Sykes gang’s 334 Pleasant Avenue.

The little girl has her few things with her.  She seems happy, excited but a bit anxious. She looks trustingly at Carrie Ann. Carrie Ann’s proven many times that she’s just another thug and depraved trafficker. 

Carrie Ann Bass, Herkimer NY street thug
Carrie Ann Bass, Herkimer NY street thug.

Sleepy Truck Boy

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.

Stanley Sykes’ daughter Kyra told us she’s a nurse. Given her violent sociopathic behaviors, we doubt it, but we don’t doubt she administers drugs to kids.

Stanley Sykes’ House – Little Boy Gone

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.”

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Herkimer Child Trafficking Hub Handover

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 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.

In August 2016 a Herkimer child trafficking hub handover occurred. Only after this event did we puzzle out what had happened.  (The most successful of child trafficking is artfully concealed in plain sight.)

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..

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Little kids’ activity ctr of sort child traffickers removed from 341 Eureka Ave on 8/20/16. I counted 6 of them.

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. 

The Sykes gang occupies another house on the parking lot, 334 Pleasant Avenue, off camera to the left, managed by Carrie Ann Bass. From there they trade in drugs and kids and coordinate poison gas attacks on neighbors whose property than want to control.

Both properties were and still are owned by Herkimer landlord Jay Smith, according to property tax records.

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.) 

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Herkimer trafficker Stanley Sykes trespassing to harass neighboring old folks, again.

 

 

 

 

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Stanley Sykes gang member Carrie Ann Bass of 334 Pleasant Avenue, harassing an elderly neighbor after the Sykes gang took charge of Herkimer’s child trafficking hub. Bass is back-dropped by the entrance to the trafficking hub parking lot.

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.Trafficked children 341 Eureka Ave Herkimer They didn’t move far, relocating about 15 minutes away, given the  timeline of their move out.*

Herkimer Haven For Cash-Heavy Gangs

Historically Herkimer’s welcomed cash-heavy criminal gangs and turned a blind eye when they take control of neighborhoods, such as Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue, and intimidate or drive off law abiding neighbors. (Some Herkimer police officers appear to have been either complicit or towering idiots.) Local officials who can’t be bought are coerced. The  gangs try to quietly poison or kill homeowners they can’t drive away and acquire their property.  

herkimer ny governmentThe 3 Wise Monkeys of Herkimer

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.

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*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.

 

 

Dead Kids Walking – Herkimer’s $100 Million Child Trafficking Hub

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

About 300,000 kids are trafficked in the US at any given time. Until August 2016, we estimate that as many as 2,000 a year were moved through this Herkimer NY transfer point, operated out of 341 Eureka Avenue. Some of those kids are probably dead. 

Herkimer NY child trafficking hub 341 Eureka Avenue

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. The three 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. 

Herkimer a Haven for Child Trafficking

It’s not surprising that Herkimer, which has shrugged off wholesale drug trafficking, street assaults and waves of poison gas attacks, might not strain to see child trafficking in its many guises. Folks in this rural New York village have long been conditioned to mind their own business.

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The Three Wise Monkeys of Herkimer

Herkimer Child Trafficking Stats

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.

Child Trafficking by the Numbers

  • Over 300,000 kids a year are sex trafficked in the US, according to figures cited by the Ark of Hope for Children,  (Ark) which  works with rescued young sex trafficked survivors. Based on figures complied by Ark from humanrightrs.org, and extrapolating for children, the annual net profit for a sex trafficked child is about $100,000
  • 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

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8/14/16 Trafficked Children. 341 Eureka Avenue, Herkimer. (The girl doing her hair is probably not trafficked. She was usually seen with child trafficker Little Mama. We assumed she was Little Mama’s daughter and didn’t look closely at the other kids. As intended.)

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 national child trafficking hub
Herkimer NY’s ideally located to serve as a major hub of a nationwide child trafficking network. A carload of freshly obtained kids arriving in Herkimer can overnight be redistributed, broken in and placed into service within multiple US and Canada population centers.

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.

That much dirty money in a small struggling community like Herkimer buys a lot of cooperation and silence. And any who might speak up are at risk of their lives, as our poisoned bodies and home attest.

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.

The children  in these videos were trafficked through Herkimer 21 months ago. Unless rescued, they’ll probably  be dead in less than six years: 
“[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.

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.

Who are your kids with today?

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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.