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3 indicted in sex trafficking investigation

May. 20, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Three people have been indicted by a grand jury in connection to a sex trafficking investigation in Portland. Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill said Wednesday that Basukumbi Wamulumba was charged with 16 counts of sexual abuse, 10 counts of promoting prostitution 10...

Albania arrests 24 in alleged human trafficking ring

May. 19, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police have arrested 24 people involved in an alleged criminal organization who produced false documents to illegally smuggle people into the United States, Canada and Britain. A statement Tuesday said a joint operation with the U.S. embassy’s Diplomatic Security...

Turkish pilots, others, to stand trial over Ghosn escape

May. 15, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A court in Istanbul on Friday accepted an indictment against four pilots, an airline company official and two flight attendants accused of helping former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan to Lebanon via Turkey, and set a trial date for July 3. Prosecutors are seeking up...

In this Feb. 26, 2020 photo, provided by the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, defense attorney Brad Rideout, who represented two women arrested in a sex-trafficking sting, is interviewed at the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism in Phoenix. A study by the Howard Center at Arizona State University has found that undercover agents from Homeland Security Investigations repeatedly paid for and engaged in sex acts with suspected sex trafficking victims.  (Molly Duerig/Howard Center for Investigative Journalism via AP)

Documents: Federal agents engaged in sex acts with victims

May. 11, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The women were forced to live and work in filth and near darkness, the federal agent said, surviving on only the tips they received from performing massages and sexual favors. Lon Weigand, deputy special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Arizona, described them as...

Turkey charges pilots, others, over ex-Nissan chief's escape

May. 7, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish prosecutors have charged four pilots, an airline company official and two flight attendants for their alleged roles in former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan to Turkey and from there to Beirut, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported Thursday....

FILE - This Sept. 19, 2014 file photo shows retail mogul Leslie Wexner, at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. A review released by Ohio State University on Thursday, April 9, 2020 identified $336,000 in donations and pledges that the university received from Jeffrey Epstein and his foundation, a sum the school said it was donating immediately to fight human trafficking. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Epstein tied to $336K donated to Wexner Center at Ohio State

Apr. 9, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A review released by Ohio State University on Thursday identified $336,000 in donations and pledges that the university received from Jeffrey Epstein and his foundation, a sum the school said it was donating immediately to fight human trafficking. All the donations went to the Wexner...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to reporters about coronavirus in Burlington, Vt. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

Apr. 8, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that are being talked about today: 1. SANDERS DROPS OUT: Bernie Sanders, who saw his once strong lead in the Democratic primary evaporate as the party’s establishment lined swiftly up behind rival Joe Biden, has ended his presidential...

FILE - In this Wednesday Oct. 23, 2019 file photo, forensic police officers attend the scene after a truck was found to contain a large number of dead bodies, in Grays, South England. A truck driver accused in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants whose bodies were found inside a refrigerated container in England has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Maurice Robinson, 25, of Craigavon in Northern Ireland, entered the plea at Central London Criminal Court on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.  (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)

UK truck driver pleads guilty in deaths of 39 Vietnamese

Apr. 8, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A truck driver accused in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants whose bodies were found inside a refrigerated container that had been hauled to England pleaded guilty to manslaughter Wednesday. Maurice Robinson, 25, of Craigavon in Northern Ireland, entered the plea at Central London Criminal...

FILE - In this Monday, July 15, 2019 file photo, Naason Joaquin Garcia, the leader of a Mexico-based evangelical church with a worldwide membership, attends a bail review hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court. On Tuesday, April 7, 2020 a California appeals court has dismissed the criminal case against the Mexican megachurch leader on charges of child rape and human trafficking. The case was dismissed on procedural grounds. GarcĂ­a, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, has been in custody since June. He is currently being held without bail in Los Angeles. The attorney general's office said it was reviewing the court's ruling. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)

Court drops rape, other charges against megachurch leader

Apr. 8, 2020 12:28 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court ordered the dismissal of a criminal case Tuesday against a Mexican megachurch leader on charges of child rape and human trafficking on procedural grounds. Naasón Joaquín García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, has been in custody...