Human Trafficking Facts – Barrow Case Continues

Human Trafficking Problem Not Always, “Somewhere Else.”
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200,000 American youth are at risk of becoming human trafficking victims each year.

In Madison and Marshall counties, former Guntersville High School volleyball coach David Barrow faces over 25 sexual abuse-related charges including human trafficking. Under H.R. 972 (109th): Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Act of 2005, anyone under the age of 18 who is used for a commercial sex act is automatically a victim of human trafficking, regardless of whether he or she is a “willing” participant.

On Aug. 13, multiple charges were levied against Barrow for production of child pornography, possession of child pornography, and aggravated criminal surveillance.  According to the Marshall County District Attorney, Steve Marshall, warrants were filed Aug. 13 after computers and other storage items taken from Barrow’s home yielded video and photos of children under 17 in various states of undress.

26% of all human trafficking victims are children according to the International Labour Organization,(2012).human trafficking 26 percent children

According to estimates reported in The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the U. S., Canada and Mexico (CSEC) approximately 200,000 American youth are at risk of becoming human trafficking victims each year.  While the majority of these children are either runaways, throwaways or homeless youth, a substantial number of children living at home also are involved in CSEC, including junior and senior high school students recruited in the making and distribution of non-commercial pornography.

Students of Guntersville High School in Alabama were photographed and video recorded by Barrow.  The school plans to begin counseling sessions in the near future, but for the present, those who were victimized by Barrow can seek support at the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Marshall County. (The CAC is located at 825 Gunter Ave Guntersville, AL 35976   (https://www.google.com/maps/preview?ie=UTF8&cid=2785904642197127160&q=Child+Advocacy+Center&iwloc=A&gl=US&hl=en) and can be reached at (256) 582-8492 for additional information.

Sexual abuse charges filed against David Barrow

Local Soccer Coach Accused of Sexual Abuse in Court

In July of 2014, Volunteer Guntersville High School girls soccer coach, David Barrow, charged with over 25 counts of sexual abuse, was accused in a Madison County, Alabama court of using a Caucasian woman to ask members of the Grissom High School girls’ swim team if they would like to model to earn extra money.  The woman allegedly approached the girls at the YMCA on Weatherly Road in south Huntsville.

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David Barrow Charged with Sexual Abuses

AD Discloses New Information

Assistant district attorney for Madison County, Tim Gann, disclosed that this information was first revealed at the preliminary hearing of Barrow’s alleged accomplice Kristian Danette Griffin in a Marshall county case earlier that day.  Griffin, who is not the same woman who approached the Grissom swim team, previously made a similar modeling offers to two 10 year-old girls (including her own daughter) and then transported them to Barrow’s home, at his request.

National Children’s’ Advocacy Center Inspector, William McDonald, testified at Griffin’s hearing that he witnessed Barrow at the YMCA with a white female at the same time the Grissom swim team was present.  YMCA staff escorted Barrow and his companion from the premises. In Madison County, Barrow already faced three counts of first-degree sexual assault, three counts of first-degree human trafficking and one count of first-degree sodomy filed in June 2014.

Additionally, ADA Gann says an interview with the Caucasian woman seen with Barrow at the YMCA will be arranged. It is not yet know if charges will be filed against her.

Initial charges filed against Barrow in May 2014 including two counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and two counts of human trafficking. Barrow now faces over 20 additional charges, filed Wednesday night, including production of child pornography, possession of child pornography, and aggravated criminal surveillance.  According to the Marshall County, Alabama District Attorney, Steve Marshall, more warrants were filed after computers and other storage items taken from Barrow’s home yielded video and photos of children under 17 in various states of undress and, “it appears none of the people involved had knowledge they were being imaged.”

From July, 2014