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"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a coastal Flood Advisory...which is in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday. * Locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...2 to 3 ft above astronomical tides in the morning. * Timing...minor coastal flooding around the times of astronomical high tide. * Impacts...minor flooding along portions of the immediate coastline. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for Monday morning... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......827 am......9.6-10.0/1.8-2.2....none....... Stamford CT..........749 am......9.4.9.8/1.6-2.0.....Minor...... Bridgeport CT........746 am......8.8-9.2/1.5-1.9.....Minor...... New Haven CT.........745 am......8.2-8.6/1.5-1.9.....None....... Old Field NY.........748 am......8.6-9.0/1.3-1.7.....None....... Glen Cove NY.........822 am......9.2-9.8/1.6-1.9.....None....... , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... ...Dense fog advisory is cancelled... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a High Wind Warning...which is in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday. The dense fog advisory has been cancelled. The high wind watch is no longer in effect. * Winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts 60 to 70 mph. The strongest winds are expected across Long Island...and especially in areas with eastern exposure. * Timing...winds could begin gusting as high as 45 mph just before daybreak Monday. The strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon and evening. * High wind impacts...damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Numerous power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult...especially for high profile vehicles and on elevated roadway and bridges. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. , "Storm Warning" The combination of low level moisture and light winds have resulted in areas of fog across the tri-state area. Visibilities have fallen to a mile, with some isolated locations falling to a half mile or less. If driving...slow down...use your headlights...and leave plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you. 911 am EST sun Jan 22 2017 The combination of low level moisture and light winds have resulted in areas of fog across the tri-state area. Visibilities have fallen to a mile, with some isolated locations falling to a half mile or less. If driving...slow down...use your headlights...and leave plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you. -- Sunday Jan.22 17,11:00 AM

FBI Rescues 168 Victims from Child Sex Trafficking, Arrests 281 Pimps

The eighth annual Operation Cross Country resulted in the arrest of hundreds of pimps and the rescue of minors forced into prostitution.

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An annual week-long effort to combat child sex trafficking ended in the rescue of 168 juveniles and the arrest of 281 pimps, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced on Monday, June 23. Working in conjunction with various local, state, and federal agencies—as well as other organizations including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)—the FBI made arrests and recovered children in 106 cities and 54 field divisions across the nation.

The eighth annual Operation Cross Country was a part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative which began in 2003. A partnership between the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, NCMEC, and the Department of Justice, the initiative was established to combat a growing trend of child prostitution; thus far 3,600 juveniles have been rescued and 1,450 convictions have been handed down to offenders.

“Targeting and harming America’s children through commercial sex trafficking is a heinous crime, with serious consequences,” said FBI Director James B. Comey. “Every child deserves to be safe and sound. Through targeted measures like Operation Cross Country, we can end the cycle of victimization.”

“Child sex traffickers create a living nightmare for their adolescent victims,” added Leslie R. Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Criminal Division. “They use fear and force and treat children as commodities of sex to be sold again and again. This operation puts traffickers behind bars and rescues kids from their nightmare so they can start reclaiming their childhood.”

$3.1 million in assets have been seized during prior efforts, and 14 life sentences have been received by individuals convicted for child trafficking. Of the 281 pimps arrested on state and federal charges as part of this past week’s campaign, three were from the FBI New York field division. Three victims were also rescued from the NY area, as well as two more from the Buffalo field division.

“These are not children living in some faraway place, far from everyday life,” said Comey. “These are our children. On our streets. Our truck stops. Our motels. These are America’s children.”

Operations usually begin as local law enforcement operations, commonly targeting truck stops, street “tracks,” casinos, and websites that promote escort or dating services. As initial arrests are made, the FBI says it begins to uncover organized efforts to prostitute women and children across multiple states and from there it works to rescue minors while building cases against those who exploit them.

“Our job is to meet the victim where they are at,” stated FBI Victim Specialist Dani Geissinger-Rodarte. “If the victim will accept a sexual assault exam, if she will go for STD testing, for counseling, even clothing. We give them what they are able to receive, and that’s where we have to leave it. When the victim is ready, they need to know that we are there and we’ll give it to them when they are ready.”

[Source: FBI]
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