Latest Child trafficking News

FBI opens sweeping probe of clergy sex abuse in New Orleans

Jun. 29, 2022 10:15 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The FBI has opened a widening investigation into sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in New Orleans going back decades, a rare federal foray into such cases looking specifically at whether priests took children across state lines to molest them, officials and others familiar...

MS-13 gang members convicted of trafficking 13-year-old girl

Jun. 25, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Seven members and associates of the MS-13 street gang have been convicted of sex trafficking in federal court after taking in a 13-year-old runaway and coercing her into commercial sex acts in Maryland and Virginia. The seven defendants all face a mandatory...

Nigeria police free 35 teenage girls from prostitution ring

Jun. 16, 2022 07:04 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — At least 35 teenage girls held captive and forced to work in a prostitution ring in southeastern Nigeria have been rescued after police raided a hotel where they were being held, police said. The girls between the ages of 14 and 17 were found by police acting...

Ex-Honolulu police officer accused of child sex crimes

Jun. 03, 2022 21:49 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A man has been arrested for sexually exploiting children while working as a Honolulu police officer, U.S. prosecutors alleged in an indictment. Mason Jordan, 31, used a hidden camera to record sexually explicit videos of a child and then impersonated that child on...

Mexican megachurch leader pleads guilty in LA to sex abuse

Jun. 03, 2022 21:04 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Naasón Joaquín García, the leader of Mexican megachurch La Luz del Mundo, who had been facing child rape and other charges, admitted just days before trial that he sexually abused three girls, California state prosecutors said. García, 53, pleaded guilty...

Egyptian gets 3 years for sexually assaulting minor girls

May. 23, 2022 15:22 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court Monday sentenced a prominent businessman to three years in prison for sexually assaulting seven minor girls in an orphanage he founded, the state-run news agency reported. The Cairo Criminal Court also ordered Mohamed el-Amin, a pro-government tycoon...

US sanctions alleged IS child trafficking financiers

May. 09, 2022 16:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. announced Monday that it is sanctioning five people accused of fundraising for the Islamic State group and using the funds to help traffic children to serve as fighters for the organization. U.S. Treasury says the actors are pivotal to helping extremists...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Apr. 20, 2022 14:16 PM EDT

Winston-Salem Journal. April 18, 2022. Editorial: The very real harm of sexual predation Stephen Shipps deserves every bit of punishment coming to him and more. Shipps is a former violin teacher who admitted last year to sexually abusing one of his...

Egyptian woman sentenced to 3 years in TikTok video case

Apr. 19, 2022 11:05 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced a woman to three years in prison after her retrial conviction for human trafficking in a case that involved girls dancing in videos on TikTok. Haneen Hossam, a social media influencer, was arrested in 2020. Her case was seen by critics...

Massachusetts man charged with sex trafficking a teen girl

Apr. 15, 2022 10:54 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man trafficked a 15-year-old girl for prostitution in what federal authorities call a “gut-wrenching" case. Keion Rowell, 23, of Canton, was indicted on child sex trafficking charges and was held after an initial court appearance on Thursday pending...