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More pressure on Prince Andrew after alleged victim on TV

Dec. 3, 2019 6:55 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prince Andrew was missing when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, hosted NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening, but he was the focus of renewed scrutiny as allegations of sexual misconduct received wide attention on British TV. Andrew, who has stepped down from royal duties...

Vietnam receives last of 39 remains of trafficking victims

Nov. 30, 2019 4:49 AM EST

DO THANH, Vietnam (AP) — The last remains of the 39 Vietnamese who died while being smuggled in a truck to England last month were repatriated to their home country on Saturday. Photos by the official Vietnam News Agency showed the arrival at the Hanoi airport of 16 bodies and seven urns, which had been...

UK police explain decision on Prince Andrew case

Nov. 28, 2019 11:46 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — London police are defending the decision not to pursue a full investigation of allegations made against Prince Andrew by a woman who says she was trafficked by the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Police acknowledged Thursday that they received a complaint in 2015 from a woman...

Vietnamese village holds funeral for trafficking victims

Nov. 28, 2019 6:57 AM EST

DIEN THINH, Vietnam (AP) — The village of Dien Thinh bid farewell Thursday to two of its sons, victims of a human trafficking tragedy unveiled last month when the bodies of 39 Vietnamese were discovered in a truck in England. Coffins with the bodies of cousins Nguyen Van Hung and Hoang Van Tiep were...

Arizona official seeks trial delay in human trafficking case

Nov. 26, 2019 4:52 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The Arizona official who is accused of running an adoption-fraud scheme involving smuggling women from a country in the Pacific asked an Arkansas court to delay his trail for 10 months, arguing the defense has already received hundreds of documents related to charges. Prosecutors...

Suspect charged in 39 Vietnamese deaths in UK container

Nov. 24, 2019 5:58 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British prosecutors have charged a 23-year-old man from Northern Ireland in the deaths of 39 people from Vietnam whose bodies were found in a refrigerated container truck last month. Essex Police said Sunday that Christopher Kennedy was charged with conspiracy to arrange people trafficking...

Another woman accuses Epstein of abuse, sues his estate

Nov. 21, 2019 6:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who says she suffered lasting damage from sexual abuse by Jeffrey Epstein when she was 17 years old sued his estate on Thursday, joining other women who are speaking publicly about pain they have long confronted largely alone. Teala Davies, 34, joined the growing list of women who...

Prince Andrew faces new pressure to talk to US about Epstein

Nov. 21, 2019 11:22 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s disgraced Prince Andrew is facing mounting calls to provide information to U.S. law enforcement agencies and to lawyers who are investigating crimes committed by American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his associates. Lawyers for Epstein’s victims believe Andrew may...

The Latest: Pope again denounces ills of human trafficking

Nov. 21, 2019 7:57 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’s visit to Thailand and Japan (all times local): 7 p.m. Pope Francis has denounced the “humiliation” endured by women and children forced into prostitution and migrants enslaved as fishermen and beggars. Francis told an estimated 60,000 people...

Cyprus rescues 120 Syrian migrants aboard boat

Nov. 21, 2019 3:20 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police say 120 Syrian migrants have been housed at a reception center after arriving from Turkey aboard a boat. Police said Thursday that the 97 men, 20 children — including 14 unaccompanied minors — and three women told authorities they each paid people...