Latest Child trafficking News

Iowa teen who killed rapist sentenced, ordered to pay $150K

Sep. 13, 2022 21:30 PM EDT

A teenage human trafficking victim who was initially charged with first-degree murder after she stabbed her accused rapist to death was sentenced Tuesday in an Iowa court to five years of closely supervised probation and ordered to pay $150,000 restitution to the man’s family. ...

Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier guilty of child sex crimes

Aug. 31, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A former staff sergeant stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, Washington, to charges related to traveling to a foreign country with the intent to engage in child sex crimes. Moeun Yoeun, of Steilacoom,...

California woman sentenced for sex-trafficking teen girls

Aug. 29, 2022 21:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California woman who recruited three teenage girls for prostitution, plying them with alcohol and drugs while advertising them online for sex acts, was sentenced Monday to 17 years and seven months in federal prison. Dawniel Santangelo, 44, of Stockton,...

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...