Latest Human trafficking News

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...

6 years in prison for 21-year-old Phoenix human smuggler

May. 13, 2022 20:09 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a 21-year-old Phoenix man to more than six years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to charges related to a human smuggling operation he was running that led to a fatal crash involving a driver he recruited via Snapchat. Isaiah...

Ducey urges social media firms to fight smuggling

May. 11, 2022 20:07 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is calling on social media companies to better police their platforms for people recruiting drivers to smuggle immigrants across the border. The Republican governor made the request Wednesday in a letter to the chief executives of the...

Suit moves forward alleging cops protected sex traffickers

May. 11, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a lawsuit against two former police officers accused of protecting a sex trafficking ring in northern Virginia in exchange for sex can move forward. The former Fairfax County officers, Michael O. Barbazette of Manassas and...

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...

NXIVM guru wants new judge to decide evidence planting claim

May. 08, 2022 11:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Attorneys for Keith Raniere, the former leader of the cult-like NXIVM group, want a new federal judge to consider a motion for new trial filed last week that argues federal authorities framed Raniere by planting child pornography on a computer hard drive. ...

Republicans look to surrogates for boost in Ohio Senate race

May. 02, 2022 20:16 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — High-profile surrogates for Republicans running in Ohio's hotly contested Senate primary are fanning out across the state or holding other events to give their endorsed candidates a last-minute boost ahead of Tuesday's election. Sens. Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and...

New mural puts spotlight on human trafficking

Apr. 30, 2022 03:11 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — You need to get up close to find the hidden details in “Reclaiming the Light,” the new mural unveiled last week at the Rethreaded campus in Springfield. The mural, which features spray-paint work by Nicole “Nico” Holderbaum and tile mosaics by Kate...

Judge upholds Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking conviction

Apr. 29, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge concluded Friday that there was enough evidence to convict British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell of sex trafficking girls for financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse, but she also gave Maxwell a legal victory by concluding that three conspiracy counts charged the same...

Reality TV figure facing sex trafficking charge in Las Vegas

Apr. 27, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A rapper and former reality TV figure is facing a felony sex trafficking charge in Las Vegas in an ongoing criminal investigation alleging that he used his large social media following to recruit women as prostitutes, according to police. Records showed Wednesday...