Latest Child trafficking News

Advocates push to better the foster care crisis in Kansas

Jan. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Natalie Zarate entered state custody when she was 11 years old, removed from a physically abusive mother and placed in a group home for foster children. Now 23, she trembles when she thinks about her time at EmberHope Youthville in Newton. Physicians placed Zarate on “crazy...

This Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection San Diego shows a 14-year-old with methamphetamine strapped to his body after he was arrested at a border checkpoint in Jamul, east of San Diego. The boy, two other teens and an adult driver were arrested after a car was stopped Monday night at the State Route 94 checkpoint in Jamul, and a drug-sniffing dog gave an alert, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol statement. The Border Patrol has warned that drug cartels appear to be increasingly hiring teenagers to smuggle drugs. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection San Diego via AP)

Border Patrol arrests boy, 14, with drugs strapped to body

Jan. 14, 2020 9:15 PM EST

JAMUL, Calif. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy has been arrested at a California border checkpoint of Mexico with three bundles of crystal methamphetamine strapped to his body, authorities said. The boy, two other teens and an adult driver were arrested after a car was stopped Monday night at the State Route 94...

Grand Island teacher, student arrested in trafficking case

Jan. 14, 2020 6:54 PM EST

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A Grand Island high school teacher and 17-year-old male student have been arrested in what police are calling a human trafficking case involving other students at the school. The Grand Island Police Department said in a news release that 37-year-old Brian Mohr, an English teacher...

Vermont bill would decriminalize adult prostitution

Jan. 12, 2020 8:48 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A bill has been proposed in the Vermont Legislature to decriminalize adult prostitution. The legislation is co-sponsored by four female legislators. Rep. Selene Colburn, a Burlington progressive, said she thinks that decriminalizing sex work will improve safety and health of...

Man who raped, trafficked girl gets over 7 years prison

Jan. 10, 2020 3:51 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland man was sentenced to more than seven years in prison after his conviction for sexually trafficking a girl he started grooming when she was 11 years old, authorities said Friday. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Ahad Shaukak Hasan, Jr., pleaded guilty to rape in the second...

FILE - This 1998 file frame from video provided by C-SPAN shows George Nader, then-president and editor of Middle East Insight. Nader, a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, is expected to plead guilty to charges of child sex trafficking and possessing child pornography. A criminal information was filed Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in federal count in Alexandria, Va., against Nader. An information is generally an indication of a looming guilty plea. (C-SPAN via AP, File)

Mueller probe witness considers child sex trafficking plea

Jan. 9, 2020 8:51 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is expected to plead guilty to charges of child sex trafficking and possessing child pornography. A criminal information was filed Thursday in federal count in Alexandria against George Nader , a Lebanese-American...

Registered sex offender admits to child sex trafficking

Jan. 9, 2020 3:13 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A registered sex offender accused of sex trafficking a 14-year-old girl pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Columbus to charges including sex trafficking a minor, federal authorities said. Nicholas Cochran, 28, of Lima, also pleaded guilty to committing a sex offense...

Iowa City man admits sex trafficking 2 teenage girls

Jan. 8, 2020 6:38 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A May sentencing is scheduled for an Iowa City man who pleaded guilty to sex trafficking two teenage girls. The Gazette reported that Arrion West Jr. entered two guilty pleas Monday in U.S. District Court. His sentencing is set for May 4. West admitted in a plea agreement that he...

Feds: Atlantic City boardwalk attack central to sex charges

Jan. 7, 2020 7:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a woman kidnapped from the Atlantic City boardwalk and a 14-year-old girl were victims of a man arrested on sex trafficking charges Tuesday. David Williams, 35, was held without bail after a brief appearance in Manhattan federal court, where his lawyer declined...

Indiana woman sentenced in sex trafficking of girl, 12

Dec. 30, 2019 5:37 PM EST

LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana woman will spend up to 39 years in prison in connection with the sex trafficking of a 12-year-old female relative. The 38-year-old woman was sentenced Monday in LaPorte Circuit Court, the (Northwest Indiana) Times reported. She was charged with aiding, inducing or...