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29, 2002: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OF LOCAL TEENS INTO ABUSIVE TRAVELING SALES CREWS IS ONLY ONE
SIDE OF A CHRONIC COMMUNITY PROBLEM: VIOLENCE TO CITIZENRY IS
ON THE RISE.
Earlene Williams, Director
door-to-door youth sales crews spread out all over the country
during the hot summer weather, looking for new young recruits
to flesh out their fly-by-night sales operations.
road deaths of kids on traveling crews has resulted in increased
attention from law enforcement and state and local government
officials, nationally, which has, in turn, raised the public's
awareness of the issue. This has created something of a double-edged
are now saved from a bad experience by their parents, or the news
media that refuse to run recruitment ads. But those who do get
hired often face an even harsher working environment as a result
of the increased difficulties companies have in attracting recruits.
Today kids are often recruited off the street, at teen hangouts,
dance halls, and shopping malls with promises of fast wealth.
Some recruiters pass out pamphlets that offer some type of self-help
for adolescent problems. And, with slimmer pickings amongst their
youthful targets, the companies are more often reeling in people
with criminal histories, and using meaner tactics to hold onto
the sales people they already have.
people working on crews have resulted in an alarming increase
in violence to the innocent teens hired onto crews, as well as
an increase in harm to consumers. Here are just some of the latest
2002. Two magazine salesmen were convicted in the beating
death of a Ft. Wayne, Indiana man at a motel used by a magazine
sales company to house its sales force. One is awaiting sentencing
for involuntary manslaughter. The other received a 25-year sentence
A magazine salesman was sentenced to six years in prison after
pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two girls, aged 12 and
13 in their home in Parker, Colorado after the girls let him inside
for a drink of water. A second salesman is also awaiting sentencing
in the case.
One magazine salesman was killed and ten injured in a van crash,
several of them seriously, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Police are
still considering whether to bring criminal charges.
2001. A 66-year-old woman was beaten, raped, and stabbed to
death in her home in Knoxville, Tennessee. The magazine salesman
who allegedly committed the crime is awaiting trial.
A magazine salesman pleaded no contest to stabbing another salesman
with a pair of scissors in a motel room used to house a sales
crew in Boulder, Colorado. He received one-year of probation.
A magazine salesman was taken into custody for Sexual Battery,
Criminal Confinement, and Indecent Exposure after trapping a woman
in her car in a parking lot in Greenfield, Indiana.
2001. A magazine salesman was sentenced to 15 years to life
in prison for the stabbing death of a 53-year-old customer in
her home in Fulton, New York. The magazine clearinghouse settled
out of court with the woman's family for $1 million.
24, 2001. A magazine salesman was sentenced to two to four
years in prison for attempted sexual assault during a robbery
in a parking lot in Lincoln, Nebraska. A second salesman was sentenced
to two years six months to five years in prison for attempted
robbery in the same incident.
2001. A local drug dealer in Norfolk, Virginia, was sentenced
to 43 years in prison for gunning down a magazine sales crew manager
during a bad drug buy in a motel room that he had rented to house
2001. A magazine salesman pleaded guilty to luring sisters,
seven years old and ten years old, into a secluded park area in
Olympia, Washington. He was sentenced to five months in prison
and one year probation.
community an important public service by checking with local law
enforcement to see if there are any road crew incidents in your
area. Check your newspapers for recruitment ads for travel, fun
jobs. Stay on top of it. Crews work the entire country from March
until November, retreating to the warmer states for the winter.
The "event" window is therefore very large. All magazine
crews are not crooked, but a huge criminal problem does exist
in this industry.
Parent Watch telephone number and email address on your Rolodex.
Then, if you have a developing incident in your area, we can help.
We provide background, history, and interviews with former salespeople
from a number of different companies.
Watch is a clearinghouse for information on child and youth labor
abuse in the door-to-door sales industry with a 20-year history
as a nonprofit in this field.