Latest Human trafficking News

Woman sues motels for ignoring signs of sex trafficking

Jan. 24, 2020 10:32 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Maine resident is becoming the first woman in the state to join a national effort to force hotel and motel owners to compensate victims of sex trafficking. The woman, identified in court documents by the initials R.T., said she is a survivor of sex trafficking in the...

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2019, file photo, attorney Alan Dershowitz talks to the press outside federal court, in New York. Retired law professor Alan Dershowitz says he hasn't changed at all and has a long history of representing people whose views he doesn't necessarily agree with. Dershowitz is part of President Donald Trump's defense team at the Senate impeachment trial. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

2 lawyers on Trump defense team shared Epstein as a client

Jan. 24, 2020 2:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the lawyers on President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team have shared another client: Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr both helped the late hedge fund manager and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein win a lenient sentence for abusing underaged girls. Dershowitz and Starr, both...

Panelists at the New Jersey attorney general's annual human trafficking awareness event talk about how to prevent the crime, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Trenton, N.J. New Jersey has failed over the past five years to fully carry out a law aimed at preventing human trafficking by skipping a requirement to issue annual reports on prevention efforts. Commissioners say it's because there are too many vacancies on the commission. (AP Photo/Mike Catalini)

Human trafficking panel fails to issue reports, AP finds

Jan. 24, 2020 1:05 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has failed over the past five years to fully carry out a state law aimed at preventing human trafficking by skipping a requirement to issue annual reports on prevention efforts, The Associated Press has found. The 2013 Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection, and Treatment...

Social worker charged with coercing client into prostitution

Jan. 24, 2020 12:21 PM EST

MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — A former child services caseworker has been charged with human trafficking, accused of recruiting a mother who was her client into prostitution in exchange for a favorable custody recommendation, authorities said. Candace Talley, 27, of Winslow, New Jersey, was working for the Division...

County seeks to curb human trafficking in massage business

Jan. 24, 2020 10:22 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider new requirements for massage establishments in an effort to help prevent human trafficking. The proposed ordinance scheduled to be heard Jan. 28 would require the Department of Public Health to inspect all massage businesses in...

NC sheriff: Man held woman in 'sexual servitude' for 5 years

Jan. 24, 2020 4:06 AM EST

ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — A man is accused of keeping a woman “in sexual servitude” for five years, authorities in North Carolina said. Salvador Espinoza Escobar, 48, was expected in court Friday after being charged with one count of felony human trafficking, the Randolph County Sheriff's Office...

El Salvador holds man on charge of promoting migrant caravan

Jan. 23, 2020 7:50 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In one of the first cases of its kind, a court in El Salvador ordered a man held in jail Thursday pending trial on charges he promoted the formation of a migrant caravan. Prosecutors filed immigrant human-trafficking charges against Raúl Antonio Ventura for sending...

Relatives of Bui Thi Nhung walk behind her casket during a funeral procession to Phu Thang church ahead of Nhung’s burial on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 in the village of Do Thanh, Vietnam. The body of 19-year old Nhung was among the last remains of the 39 Vietnamese who died while being smuggled in a truck to England last month that were repatriated to their home country on Saturday. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Police bust ring accused of smuggling 10,000 migrants to UK

Jan. 23, 2020 5:48 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French and Dutch police have arrested 23 suspected members of a criminal network that has smuggled as many as 10,000 migrants from France to Britain, according to the European police agency Europol. The network was suspected of earning 70 million euros ($77.6 million) in profits by organizing...

More charges announced in gang drug, sex trafficking case

Jan. 22, 2020 1:18 PM EST

READING, Pa. (AP) — Federal authorities have announced more charges in an investigation of what they call a violent drug gang that engaged in sex trafficking, attempted murder and murder in eastern Pennsylvania. U.S. Attorney William McSwain said the racketeering conspiracy and other charges against 13...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks on the rotunda about human trafficking during the opening day of the year for the general session of the state legislature in Atlanta. Georgia’s Republican governor and first lady have announced Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, a slate of legislative measures they want to see enacted this year to combat human trafficking. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Georgia governor, first lady unveil anti-trafficking plans

Jan. 21, 2020 5:53 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s Republican governor and first lady have announced a slate of legislative measures they want to see enacted this year to combat human trafficking. Gov. Brian Kemp and first lady Marty Kemp said the proposals unveiled Tuesday build on work already being done by the...