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Weinstein fights sex trafficking claims in actress' lawsuit

Jun. 21, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's lawyers sought Friday to toss out the sex trafficking claims of an actress the disgraced movie-making mogul maintains is trying to capitalize on the legal success of other women. The lawyers filed papers in Manhattan federal court to try to persuade a judge to reject...

Queens DA race emerges as battleground for liberal Democrats

Jun. 21, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The last time Queens got a new district attorney, in 1991, the borough that birthed Donald Trump and the fictional Archie Bunker was reeling from gang warfare and crying out for a tough-as-nails approach to crime. This year, the candidate getting the most attention in the race to become the...

Pakistani police target traffickers selling brides to China

Jun. 17, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) — At first, in her desperate calls home to her mother in Pakistan, Natasha Masih couldn't bring herself to say what they were doing to her. All the 19-year-old would say was that her new husband — a Chinese man her family sold her off to in marriage — was torturing...

Pakistan police seek to unravel networks trafficking women

Jun. 17, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) — With waves of arrests, Pakistani investigators are trying to unravel trafficking networks that convince impoverished Pakistanis to marry off their daughters to Chinese men for cash, and they say evidence is growing that many of the women and girls are sold into prostitution once...

Feds: Nearly 1,700 arrested in child porn, abuse crackdown

Jun. 11, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says nearly 1,700 people have been arrested following a two-month crackdown aimed at targeting suspected child predators. Tuesday's announcement caps the nationwide investigation conducted by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies around the U.S....

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...

2 plead guilty in Texas in Backpage.com sex-trafficking case

May. 23, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Two men have pleaded guilty in Texas for using the now-defunct Backpage.com sex-trafficking site to advertise victims for sale. Federal prosecutors in Fort Worth say Joshua Glaze pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking through force fraud or coercion....

Witness: Self-help guru was both a coward and bully

May. 21, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Self-help guru Keith Raniere was a coward during his arrest last year in Mexico on a U.S. sex-trafficking charge and a bully when dealing with a follower who failed to adhere to his twisted code of ethics, a witness testified Tuesday at Raniere's New York City trial. The follower was...

Ex-follower in case of branded women: Leader was a con man

May. 9, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Self-help guru Keith Raniere was brilliant - so brilliant that the government considered him a threat and that his energy could impact weather. Those myths and other oddities about the spiritual leader of the secretive upstate New York organization called NXIVM were detailed on Thursday by...

Witness testifies on secret society's 'sex slave' initiation

May. 7, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman testified on Tuesday that shortly after being recruited for a secret "master-slave" society within an upstate New York self-help group she got a disturbing message from her handler: It was her turn to "seduce" the group's leader, Keith Raniere. The witness at Raniere's trial at...