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R Kelly prosecutors rest; defense calls on singer's allies

Sep. 20, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors at the R. Kelly sex trafficking trial ended their case Monday after calling dozens of witnesses over the past month who detailed the government’s sweeping allegations against the singer in lurid detail. The defense began its case later in...

Mississippi develops website for reporting human trafficking

Sep. 19, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state of Mississippi has developed a website for people to report suspected cases of human trafficking and find help for victims. There were 214 reports of suspected human trafficking in Mississippi from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020, according to...

West Virginia woman admits she was paid for trafficking teen

Sep. 18, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a West Virginia woman has pleaded guilty to a child sex trafficking conspiracy in which she was charged with providing a 17-year-old relative to a former police chief for sex in exchange for money. In a news release,...

Former Delaware pastor found liable for child sexual abuse

Sep. 17, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A woman who said her father, a former pastor of a Delaware church, sexually abused her as a child and trafficked her to other men, was awarded $1.5 million by a federal jury on Friday. Alicia Cohen, 41, said in her civil lawsuit that Ronald Cohen...

R. Kelly behavior mirrors abuse tactics, expert witness says

Sep. 17, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors inched closer on Friday to concluding their case at the R. Kelly sex-trafficking trial, calling two final witnesses to try to further cement allegations he groomed young victims for unwanted sex in episodes dating to the 1990s. One witness...

Judge invites Prince Andrew to request unsealing of records

Sep. 16, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prince Andrew can request the unsealing of a 2009 settlement agreement that his lawyer claims protects him from a lawsuit alleging he sexually assaulted a girl two decades ago, a U.S. judge said Thursday. Judge Loretta A. Preska in Manhattan said in a...

TV actor Allison Mack enters prison in NXIVM sex slave case

Sep. 16, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — TV actor Allison Mack, who played a key role in the cultlike group NXIVM, has surrendered to a California prison to serve her sentence in a New York case against the group’s spiritual leader. Mack, best known for her role as a young Superman’s close...

Prosecutors play R. Kelly tapes as goverment case winds down

Sep. 15, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors, nearing the end of their case at the sex trafficking trial of R. Kelly, played recordings for a New York City jury Wednesday they say back up allegations the R&B singer abused women and girls. In court papers,...

Gunmen abducted migrants in Mexico to demand ransom

Sep. 15, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gunmen who briefly abducted 23 migrants from a Mexican hotel had been planning to demand ransom from their relatives living in the United States, prosecutors said Wednesday. It was not clear why the armed gang that abducted a total of 39 people from a...

Judge declares mistrial at trial of Backpage.com founders

Sep. 14, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday at the trial of the founders of the lucrative classified site Backpage.com on charges of facilitating prostitution and laundering money after deciding prosecutors had too many references to child sex trafficking in a case where no one faced...