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Man sentenced to 17 years for sex trafficking young teens

Jul. 25, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man who took two girls from Eugene, Oregon, to Vancouver, Washington, supplied them with drugs, forced them to have sex and collected payments for it was sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamela Paaso said 34-year-old Johnl...

Gaetz friend faces December sentencing as he helps in probes

Jul. 13, 2022 14:12 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sentencing for a former Florida tax collector whose arrest led to a probe of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz has been set for December, as his lawyer indicated that his client continues to cooperate with federal investigators in multiple jurisdictions. After several...

UK Olympic great Mo Farah says he was trafficked as a child

Jul. 12, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Olympic great Mo Farah -- the winner of four gold medals and one of Britain’s greatest and best-loved athletes -- has been carrying a secret burden all these years: He was illegally brought to the U.K. as a youth and forced to care for other children before he escaped a life of...

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...