Latest Human trafficking News

Judge says lawsuit against Harvard law professor can proceed

Oct. 16, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who went public with claims she was a teenage victim of Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking ring can move toward trial with her defamation lawsuit against Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, a judge ruled Wednesday as she disqualified a law firm from representing her. U.S. District...

The Latest: 2 N Macedonia officers among suspected smugglers

Oct. 15, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on Europe migrant issues (all times local): 7:20p.m. Authorities in North Macedonia say they broke up a large migrant-smuggling ring and two police officers were among the nine people arrested. Police said the arrests were made during raids on Monday and Tuesday in Skopje...

Ex-inmate Cyntoia Brown-Long argues for redemption in memoir

Oct. 15, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cyntoia Brown-Long, now 31 years old, knows as much about life in prison as she does about being free. At 16, she was arrested for robbing and killing a man she says picked her up for sex and later was sentenced to life in prison. But two months ago, Brown-Long walked out of a...

Arkansas judge: Court to hear 19 adoption scheme cases

Oct. 11, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge ruled Friday that the court will decide individual outcomes to 19 statewide adoption cases against an Arizona elected official accused of human trafficking. Paul Petersen, a Republican county assessor in Arizona, was arrested Tuesday for running what authorities...

City attorney arrested in undercover sex sting in Florida

Oct. 10, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A longtime city attorney in Florida has been arrested in an undercover prostitution sting. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested Tim McCausland in a hotel in Brandon, Florida, on a misdemeanor charge of violating a county ordinance against public solicitation. McCausland...

Politician charged in human trafficking adoption scheme

Oct. 9, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona elected official ran a human smuggling scheme that promised pregnant women thousands of dollars to lure them from a Pacific Island nation to the U.S., where they were crammed into houses to wait to give birth, sometimes with little to no prenatal care, prosecutors allege. Paul...

Lawyer: Frenchman with ties to Epstein will talk

Oct. 7, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A lawyer says French modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, once a frequent companion of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, is available to talk to judicial officials. Brunel's lawyer, Corinne Dreyfus-Schmidt, said Monday that her client has notified the Paris prosecutor's office that he's at the...

Greece: 7 migrants die when boat sinks in Aegean Sea

Sep. 27, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A boat carrying migrants sank in the eastern Aegean Sea, killing seven people on Friday, Greek authorities said. The boat, which had been traveling from Turkey, capsized near the small Greek island of Inousses and 12 others were rescued, the coast guard said. Two bodies were recovered...

Correction: Antonio Brown-Retires? story

Sep. 24, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — In a story Sept. 22 about former New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown, The Associated Press reported erroneously that team owner Robert Kraft was arrested in connection with a prostitution and sex trafficking sting in a Florida massage parlor. Kraft was charged with two...

Harvard law professor: Throw out lawsuit by Epstein accuser

Sep. 24, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz asked a federal judge Tuesday to throw out a lawsuit that accuses him of lying about his sexual history with a woman who claims she was a teenage victim of a Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking ring. Dershowitz previously said he welcomed the suit to prove...