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FILE - In this April 25, 2019, file photo, Raymond Rodio lll is arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip, N.Y. The Long Island man convicted of running a sex trafficking ring out of his elderly parents' sprawling suburban home was sentenced Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, to 9½ years in prison. (James Carbone/Newsday via AP, File)

9½ years in prison for running sex ring out of parents’ home

Sep. 29, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

SOUND BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island man convicted of running a sex trafficking ring out of his elderly parents’ sprawling suburban home was sentenced Tuesday to 9½ years in prison. Raymond Rodio III, 49, was arrested in April 2019 and pleaded guilty in February to charges including sex...

Greek police accuse 33 people of helping migrant smuggling

Sep. 28, 2020 7:12 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police are accusing 35 people — all foreign nationals and all but two of them members of non-governmental organizations — of a variety of serious crimes for allegedly facilitating the clandestine arrival of migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos from Turkey. Police...

Greek police arrest 3 human traffickers, free 7 captives

Sep. 27, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police said Sunday they have arrested three men of Pakistani origin for keeping seven people, including an Afghan family of four, whom they had helped cross into Greece, hostage and demanding money to release them. Police raids in two places outside the northern city of...

2 men charged in migrant smuggling, ransom scheme

Sep. 25, 2020 5:16 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Two men face federal charges in South Florida for their part in a migrant smuggling operation that involved kidnapping and torturing Cubans and extorting money from victims’ family members, authorities said. Reynaldo Marquez Crespo, 41, and Jancer Sergio Ramos Valdes, 33, made their...

A little girl holds palm oil fruit collected from a plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 13, 2017. An Associated Press investigation has found many palm oil workers in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia endure exploitation, including child labor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks

Sep. 24, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (AP) — Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic. Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government-owned Felda, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies. His boss confiscated and then lost his...

Ex-Backpage execs want judge in their criminal case recused

Sep. 24, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Former executives of Backpage.com are seeking the recusal of the federal judge presiding over a criminal case in which they are accused of knowingly publishing ads for sexual services, arguing that statements made by the judge’s husband, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, about...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks on the field before the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge against New England Patriots owner Kraft on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, saying they couldn't go forward after courts blocked their use of video that allegedly shows him paying for massage parlor sex. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Patriots owner Kraft cleared of massage parlor sex charge

Sep. 24, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Thursday after courts blocked their use of video that allegedly shows him paying for massage parlor sex. Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said during an online...

Woman accused of murder, sexual trafficking in St. Louis Co.

Sep. 23, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — An East St. Louis, Illinois, woman is facing charges of sexual trafficking of a child and second-degree murder for crimes that happened last year in St. Louis County. Authorities on Wednesday announced the charges against 21-year-old Makyia Fowler, who is jailed on $500,000 bond. She...

During a raid, federal police officers carry boxes of confiscated documents in front of an office building in Garbsen, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Since the early morning hours, the federal police have been conducting searches in five federal states in connection with the illegal smuggling of workers for the meat industry. About 800 officers are mainly on duty in Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony, a spokesperson for the Central German Federal Police said. More than 40 residential and business premises are being searched, according to the federal police. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

German police raid over 60 sites linked to meat industry

Sep. 23, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German police simultaneously searched more than 60 homes and businesses in five states early Wednesday in connection with the alleged illegal trafficking of migrants for use in the meat industry. Federal police said in a statement that the focus of their investigation was on two different...

Man sentenced to prison for drug, sex trafficking operation

Sep. 22, 2020 9:42 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man was sentenced Monday to 22 1/2 years in prison for charges stemming from what prosecutors described as a violent sex and drug trafficking operation in the Burlington area. Brian Folks was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Burlington. During the trial,...