2016 International Sex Trafficking Summit

October 17, 2016


More than 80 prosecutors and law enforcement officers from around the world gathered in Waikiki September 28-30 for the 2016 International Sex Trafficking Summit.

The summit – co-sponsored by Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro, City Council Chair Ernie Martin and the National District Attorneys Association – provided participants the opportunity to exchange ideas and strategies and to forge new working relationships based on their common goal of prosecuting those who profit from sex trafficking.

“I am reminded that even as we gather in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, we cannot escape the reality of what brings us here,” Kaneshiro told participants. “It is the shared knowledge that sex trafficking is a global evil and that the responsibility for bringing traffickers to justice falls upon us all.”

Over the course of three days, prosecutors from the Philippines, Kansas, Thailand, New York, Taiwan, Massachusetts, California, Japan, Korea, Illinois, Hawaii and the People’s Republic of China provided presentations of issues unique to their jurisdictions and methods for prosecuting traffickers.

Kaneshiro’s presentation focused on the office’s efforts against brothels operating as massage parlors and the use of racketeering statutes to charge the owners of these businesses.

Among the participants were Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey; New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.; Suffolk County (Mass.) District Attorney Daniel Conley; Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha; Xiangjun Zhang, Deputy General Director of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate of the People’s Republic of China; Darlene Pajarito, Executive Director of the Philippines’ Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking; Jatuporn Saenghiran, Senior Prosecutor in Thailand’s Office of the Attorney General; and Atsushi Sato, Director of Public Security in Japan’s Ministry of Justice.