Latest Human trafficking News

Lurid testimony wraps up in case against self-help guru

Jun. 14, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After weeks of relentlessly lurid testimony, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn on Friday wrapped up their sex trafficking case against Keith Raniere, the former spiritual leader of the self-improvement group NXIVM. Prosecutors and defense lawyers told the judge they were finished calling...

Mexico frees activists accused of migrant trafficking

Jun. 12, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say two jailed immigration activists have been set free due to lack of evidence following accusations of migrant trafficking. Irineo Mújica, director of the nonprofit group Pueblos Sin Fronteras, and fellow activist Cristóbal Sánchez celebrated...

Sex workers push to legalize prostitution in New York

Jun. 11, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state would legalize the buying and selling of sex under a proposal introduced in the state Legislature Monday that would lift criminal penalties for sex work. The bill isn't expected to get a vote before the Democrat-led Senate and Assembly plan to adjourn for the year next...

Prosecutors: Mexico church might harass victims, witnesses

Jun. 10, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors in a case against the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo and two followers charged with child rape and human trafficking said they have "significant concerns" the church's followers could harass or intimidate victims and potential witnesses. Naasón...

Will she flip? Deputies urge woman to say she was trafficked

Jun. 10, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

STUART, Fla. (AP) — The Chinese masseuse shrinks into her chair as the Florida sheriff's detective tells her deputies installed hidden cameras in her spa's ceiling. He knows she and other women had sex with men for money. But you can save yourself, Martin County Detective Mike Fenton and others tell her....

Lawyers for church leader decry Becerra's comments on client

Jun. 8, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Remarks by the California attorney general regarding the arrest of the leader of a Mexico-based megachurch charged with human trafficking and child rape may have tainted a potential jury, defense attorneys said Friday. Attorney General Xavier Becerra spoke at a news conference Thursday...

Mexican man charged in smuggling crash that left 6 dead

Jun. 7, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A 23-year-old Mexican man has been arrested and charged with smuggling migrants in a run that ended death for six migrants. A statement Friday from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Corpus Christi says Ivan Dario Puga-Moreno of Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico was arrested Thursday...

The Latest: Church followers say leader is innocent

Jun. 6, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo (all times local): 7:25 p.m. Worshippers at an East Los Angeles affiliate of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo say they believe their leader is innocent of child rape and human trafficking charges...

Mexican church leader still its 'apostle' after rape arrest

Jun. 5, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexico-based La Luz del Mundo church said Wednesday that its leader and "apostle" Naasón Joaquín García, who was arrested in California on charges of human trafficking and child rape, remains the spiritual leader of the group, which claims 5 million followers in 58...

The Latest: Lawyer blasts $50 million bail for church leader

Jun. 5, 2019 9:10 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on the arrest on child rape charges of Naasón Joaquín García, the leader of the La Luz del Mundo church (all times local): 6 p.m. An attorney for the leader of a Mexico-based evangelical church says his client's $50 million bail on charges of child rape and...