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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks on the rotunda about human trafficking during the opening day of the year for the general session of the state legislature in Atlanta. Georgia’s Republican governor and first lady have announced Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, a slate of legislative measures they want to see enacted this year to combat human trafficking. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Georgia governor, first lady unveil anti-trafficking plans

Jan. 21, 2020 5:53 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s Republican governor and first lady have announced a slate of legislative measures they want to see enacted this year to combat human trafficking. Gov. Brian Kemp and first lady Marty Kemp said the proposals unveiled Tuesday build on work already being done by the...

Former Massachusetts teacher faces human trafficking charges

Jan. 21, 2020 3:33 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts school teacher charged with forcing into prostitution several women with substance abuse issues he had offered to help pleaded not guilty and was held on $15,000 bail at his arraignment Tuesday. John Clayton IV, 63, of Northborough, is charged with trafficking...

NY lawsuit targets shuttered sex marketplace Backpage

Jan. 21, 2020 2:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who says she was exploited for years starting at age 12 by a sex trafficker who used the shuttered website Backpage.com to sell her is suing the founders of the site under New York's Child Victims Act, which loosened the statute of limitations for child sex abuse. The lawsuit filed...

US attorney: Agencies aim up to curb Vegas child sex traffic

Jan. 20, 2020 6:28 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Several agencies are aiming to curb child prostitution in Las Vegas, where 14 child sex trafficking victims were found when the FBI rescued more than 100 across the U.S. last July, the area’s top federal prosecutor said. Nevada was the district with the most youngsters recovered,...

Nebraska could tax escort services to hit human traffickers

Jan. 19, 2020 12:04 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A state lawmaker who has fought for years to restrict human trafficking in Nebraska is now trying to hit traffickers in the wallet with a proposed sales tax on dating and escort services. The bill introduced last week would eliminate a sales tax exemption for the services, which...

FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. Federal prosecutors said Thursday Jan. 9, 2020, that jailhouse video no longer exists of the area around Jeffrey Epstein's jail cell on a day he survived an apparent suicide attempt.  (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

Documentary 'Surviving Jeffrey Epstein' to air on Lifetime

Jan. 18, 2020 2:04 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — An investigative documentary about Jeffrey Epstein and how the millionaire sex offender avoided scrutiny is coming to Lifetime. The four-hour film, “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein,” will air this summer, the cable channel said Saturday. Epstein, 66, killed himself in his...

This photo provided by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office shows Jim Farmer. A grand jury has brought charges in a sex trafficking case against former NBA player and one-time University of Alabama basketball standout Jim Farmer, who was caught up in an undercover law enforcement sting last October. (Rutherford County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Former NBA player to plead not guilty to human trafficking

Jan. 17, 2020 12:34 PM EST

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A grand jury has brought charges in a sex trafficking case against former NBA player and one-time University of Alabama basketball standout Jim Farmer, who was caught up in an undercover law enforcement sting last October. Farmer, 55, of Franklin, Tennessee, was arrested again...

Detroit man convicted of drug, sex trafficking charges

Jan. 16, 2020 6:21 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A federal jury on Thursday convicted a 70-year-old Detroit man on drug and human trafficking charges. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit said in a release that Richard Jackson was found guilty of sex trafficking using force and coercion, drug distribution and maintaining drug premises. ...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jan. 15, 2020 2:10 PM EST

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Jan. 13 Savannah Morning News on Gov. Kemp's heath care proposal: Gov. Brian Kemp is currently seeking approval for a proposed health care coverage overhaul from officials in Washington, D.C. Georgia lawmakers should resist the temptation to take a wait-and-see...

Police in North Macedonia find 36 migrants packed in truck

Jan. 15, 2020 7:34 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia found 36 migrants who are believed to have entered the country illegally from Greece packed in a truck during a routine check. The driver was arrested. Police said Wednesday that officers stopped the truck near the southern town of Strumitsa the...