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Mueller probe witness now faces child sex trafficking charge

Jul. 19, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A businessman who served as a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation now faces a charge of child sex trafficking in addition to transporting child pornography. An indictment made public Friday in federal court in Alexandria charges Lebanese-American businessman...

Cambodian women face surrogacy charges after Vietnam births

Jul. 19, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Three Cambodian women have been charged with violating surrogacy and human trafficking laws after they gave birth to babies they delivered to Chinese nationals in Vietnam, a court official said Friday. Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman Ei Rin said the women, aged 31 and 32,...

Deemed dangerous, Epstein denied bail in sex abuse case

Jul. 18, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge who denied bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges Thursday said he poses a danger to the public and seems to still have an uncontrollable urge for sexual conduct with or in the presence of underage girls. Epstein, 66, also might use his "great wealth...

The Latest: Politicians praise Jeffrey Epstein's bail ruling

Jul. 18, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sex trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein (all times local): 2 p.m. A U.S. senator and a Florida congresswoman are praising a federal judge's decision to keep financier Jeffrey Epstein behind bars. Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary...

Indiana man accused of labor trafficking minors in Kentucky

Jul. 17, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A man is being accused of bringing 12 children from out of state into Kentucky to sell candy for him. The Kentucky Attorney General told news outlets Tuesday that 54-year-old Shawn Floyd was being investigated for human trafficking of minors in several Kentucky counties over the...

No bail for Mexican megachurch leader in child rape case

Jul. 16, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader of Mexican megachurch La Luz del Mundo was ordered held without bail Tuesday on charges of child rape and human trafficking after a historically high $50 million bail was set earlier in the case. Naasón Joaquín García is a danger to the community and a flight...

Epstein defense offers explanation for foreign passport

Jul. 16, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Defense attorneys told a court Tuesday that financier Jeffrey Epstein obtained a foreign passport decades ago out of fear that he might be kidnapped in the Middle East, seeking to allay concerns over the apparently phony travel document. Prosecutors have said the passport was under an...

The Latest: Epstein says foreign passport needed for safety

Jul. 16, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sex trafficking charges against wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein. (all times local): 7:25 p.m. Attorneys for financier Jeffrey Epstein say he obtained a foreign passport under an alias in the 1980s to defend himself from potential kidnappers while traveling in the Middle...

Prosecutors want Mexican megachurch leader held without bail

Jul. 16, 2019 1:18 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a judge to hold the leader of a Mexican megachurch without bail on charges of child rape and human trafficking. Naasón Joaquín García, leader of La Luz del Mundo, is currently held on $50 million bail — believed to be the highest ever in Los...

Women urge jail until trial for Epstein as judge weighs bail

Jul. 15, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Jeffrey Epstein accusers urged a judge Monday to keep the wealthy financier behind bars until he goes on trial on federal charges that he sexually abused underage girls. The women stood just feet from where Epstein was seated in his blue jail outfit as they asked a federal judge to...