Latest Child trafficking News

Victim can raise special defense in trafficker's homicide

Jun. 04, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee child sex trafficking victim accused of killing her trafficker can argue he drove her to do it, a state appeals court has ruled. Prosecutors have accused 20-year-old Chrystul Kizer of killing 34-year-old Randall Volar III in 2018. They...

Gaetz friend faces sentencing in August, judge accepts pleas

Jun. 04, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A central figure in the Justice Department’s sex trafficking investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz will be sentenced in August after a judge accepted a plea deal requiring him to cooperate with prosecutors. Joel Greenberg, 36, pleaded guilty last...

Gaetz associate pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges

May. 17, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida politician who emerged as a central figure in the Justice Department’s sex trafficking investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz pleaded guilty Monday to six federal charges and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as part of a plea deal. Joel...

Authorities rescue 9 human trafficking victims in Missouri

May. 15, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies rescued nine human trafficking victims and two children during an operation at a Missouri hotel, authorities said Saturday. The operation Friday night at the Holiday Inn East hotel in Columbia resulted in two suspects also...

Gaetz associate agrees to cooperate in federal investigation

May. 14, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida politician who emerged as a central figure in the federal investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz has agreed to cooperate with federal investigators and admits paying an underage girl to have sex with him and other men, according to court documents filed Friday. ...

Gaetz associate expected to plead guilty in federal case

May. 13, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key figure in the federal investigation of Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges next week. Joel Greenberg will appear Monday in federal court in Orlando, Florida, for a change of plea hearing, according to court...

State police form unit to investigate sensitive cases

May. 11, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island State Police have formed a unit to investigate sexual assault, abuse and other sensitive cases involving children, the developmentally disabled and older residents, the agency announced Tuesday. The Special Victims Unit, within the...

Gaetz, Greene take mantle of Trump's populism at rally

May. 07, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene, two of the Republican Party's most controversial figures, kicked off their “America First Rally" roadshow Friday with a Trump-centric revival of sorts for the MAGA faithful at a Florida retirement community. ...

How the Gaetz probe grew from sex trafficking to medical pot

May. 01, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — When Rep. Matt Gaetz vacationed in the Bahamas in 2018, he was joined by a doctor who donated to his campaign and a former colleague in the Florida Legislature. The Republican congressman, Dr. Jason Pirozzolo and Halsey Beshears were united in...

Judge seeks answers for jail's Ghislaine Maxwell treatment

Apr. 30, 2021 00:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge ordered the government Thursday to explain why guards repeatedly flash light into Ghislaine Maxwell’s cell overnight, an action her lawyers say may have led to a bruise over one eye as she awaits trial in an alleged sex trafficking conspiracy with ex-boyfriend...