Latest Human trafficking News

California man gets prison for coercing women for sex films

Jun. 14, 2021 23:37 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A producer for a now-defunct California porn website was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Monday for coercing or tricking women into appearing in sex videos. Ruben Andre Garcia, 31, was sentenced for conspiracy and sex trafficking involving San...

Victim can raise special defense in trafficker's homicide

Jun. 04, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee child sex trafficking victim accused of killing her trafficker can argue he drove her to do it, a state appeals court has ruled. Prosecutors have accused 20-year-old Chrystul Kizer of killing 34-year-old Randall Volar III in 2018. They...

Gaetz friend faces sentencing in August, judge accepts pleas

Jun. 04, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A central figure in the Justice Department’s sex trafficking investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz will be sentenced in August after a judge accepted a plea deal requiring him to cooperate with prosecutors. Joel Greenberg, 36, pleaded guilty last...

Migrants are warned of smuggling risks on California border

Jun. 02, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man alleged to have captained a boat that fell apart and killed three people off the San Diego coast has been indicted by a federal grand jury in what authorities said Wednesday was a growing number of deaths in migrant smuggling attempts along California's border with...

Epstein ex Ghislaine Maxwell loses bail bid for 5th time

Jun. 02, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For a fifth time, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has lost a bid to be freed on bail while she awaits trial on charges she recruited teenage girls for the millionaire Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...

Police in North Macedonia arrest 6 for migrant smuggling

Jun. 02, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Authorities in North Macedonia have arrested six people on suspicion of running a migrant-smuggling ring that transferred people from Greece to Serbia on their way to countries in Western Europe, the prosecutor's office said Wednesday. ...

Germany, Slovakia arrest 2 in raids on trafficking ring

May. 31, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Two suspects were arrested in Germany and Slovakia in raids Monday on a group accused of smuggling Vietnamese into Germany and other European countries for large fees that they had to work off in massage parlors, brothels and other places, authorities said. ...

Georgia man accused of drug, sex trafficking gets 30 years

May. 30, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who prosecutors say operated a sex and drug trafficking business has been sentenced to serve more than three decades in prison. Anthony Wilson Jackson, 50, led a scheme to carry out sex trafficking across the country and shipped and...

Senate confirms geneticist Lander as Biden science adviser

May. 28, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed geneticist Eric Lander to be President Joe Biden's chief science adviser, one of the last unfilled Cabinet posts in the Biden administration. Lander, founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, was approved by...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

May. 26, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

Bowling Green Daily News. May 21, 2021. Editorial: Leaders right to object to child-focused social media network It is alarmingly common for the Daily News to report on criminal cases involving adults using social media in efforts to engage in...