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UN renews ship inspections off Libya for smuggled migrants

Sep. 29, 2022 17:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to authorize for another year the inspection of vessels off the coast of Libya suspected of smuggling migrants or engaging in human trafficking from the North African nation. The resolution reaffirms the...

Members of extreme Jewish sect escape Mexican shelter

Sep. 29, 2022 14:58 PM EDT

HUIXTLA, Mexico (AP) — About 20 members of an extreme ultra-orthodox Jewish sect overpowered guards and escaped a government shelter in southern Mexico where they had been held since one of their leaders was arrested last Friday on organized crime and human trafficking allegations. ...

3 in Texas charged with trying to smuggle migrants by air

Sep. 28, 2022 16:05 PM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Three people have been arrested and accused of trying to transport smuggled migrants into the interior of the United States by air, bypassing Border Patrol checkpoints, according to court records. Court documents show that James Martinez, Luis Armando...

Leader of extreme Jewish sect arrested in southern Mexico

Sep. 27, 2022 16:13 PM EDT

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities arrested a leader of an extremist ultra-orthodox Jewish sect in southern Mexico accused of organized crime and human trafficking, state and federal officials said Tuesday. Officials also said an unspecified number of women and children...

Q&A: Next steps for Iowa teen sentenced for killing rapist

Sep. 15, 2022 08:31 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Donations are pouring in to help a 17-year-old sex trafficking victim who was ordered by a court to pay $150,000 to the family of a man she stabbed to death after he raped her. A GoFundMe campaign set up for Pieper Lewis has already raised more than $200,000...

European police break up jet-setting migrant smuggling route

Sep. 15, 2022 06:29 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Police in Italy and Belgium have arrested five people accused of smuggling migrants carrying fake diplomatic passports into Europe aboard luxury jets, Italian police said Thursday. Migrants paid up to 10,000 euros (dollars) each to be flown from Turkey into European...

R. Kelly timeline: Shining star to convicted sex offender

Sep. 14, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

R&B superstar R. Kelly’s musical accomplishments have long been shadowed by allegations that he sexually abused women and children. Now the singer has been found guilty in his hometown of Chicago on child pornography charges, but acquitted of a conspiracy to obstruct justice charge accusing...

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. ...

Spanish sex club owners, workers protest prostitution bill

Sep. 12, 2022 14:20 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Protesters including brothel owners and sex workers demonstrated Monday in front of the Spanish Parliament over a bill that would penalize prostitution customers and sex club owners or pimps with sentences up to 4 years in prison. The bill backed by the ruling...

Judge indicts 19 in yoga sect that used sex to lure powerful

Sep. 08, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — A judge in Argentina indicted 19 people on Thursday for their alleged involvement in a yoga school in Buenos Aires that operated like a sect and coerced female members to have sex with rich and powerful men in order to obtain money and other benefits. Judge...