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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Human Trafficking and the Elderly

Images-3The PPJ Gazette published an article entitled Human Trafficking: It ain’t just for sex anymore. The article talks about how human trafficking is not just limited to sex trade. Human trafficking boils down to making money by “exploiting the vulnerable, the sick, the weak, the aging (with assets) and even children who have been unfortunate enough to become wards of the state and forced into foster care.”

Human trafficking of elderly with assets has become a national epidemic. Probate courts work with professional guardians, payrolling attorneys, and owners of abusive care facilities to prey on elderly with assets. Courts will put these predatory professionals in guardianship or conservator positions, enabling them to rob the estates of their victims. A 2007 GAO report estimated that over a billion dollars worth of assets have been misappropriated from this type of collaboration between courts and predatory professionals.

See Marti Oakley, Human Trafficking: It Ain’t Just for Sex Anymore, The PPJ Gazette, Mar. 18, 2011; see also, Probate Abuse Can Be Another Form of Human Trafficking, Estate of Denial, May 5, 2012.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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An inspiring article on "Human Traficking and the Elderly". However, how long will it take for the laws to be mandatory implemented, to prevent abuse and exploitation of the elderly, and those most vulnerable, and free those victims who are in bondage by predators and an obliging, if not corrupted, judiciary.

Posted by: Erna Boldt | May 6, 2012 2:50:52 PM

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