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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...

Former Massachusetts teacher faces human trafficking charges

Jan. 21, 2020 3:33 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts school teacher charged with forcing into prostitution several women with substance abuse issues he had offered to help pleaded not guilty and was held on $15,000 bail at his arraignment Tuesday. John Clayton IV, 63, of Northborough, is charged with trafficking...

Oregon looks, again, to crack down on labor trafficking

Jan. 10, 2020 4:28 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In 2007, the Oregon Legislature passed a bill promoted by then Sen. Kate Brown making it crime to force someone to work. Brown, who is now the governor, told a legislative committee back then that the bill would raise awareness about the problem and provide tools by law enforcement. But...

Feds: Atlantic City boardwalk attack central to sex charges

Jan. 7, 2020 7:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a woman kidnapped from the Atlantic City boardwalk and a 14-year-old girl were victims of a man arrested on sex trafficking charges Tuesday. David Williams, 35, was held without bail after a brief appearance in Manhattan federal court, where his lawyer declined...

Man gets 108 years in prison in child sex trafficking case

Dec. 13, 2019 12:25 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A 30-year-old man faces sentences adding up to 108 years in prison after being convicted of 11 felony counts of child sex trafficking and other crimes. Robert Hood recruited a 16-year-old girl from the streets of Phoenix and forced her to engage in prostitution for six months while...

FILE - This combination photo shows singer R. Kelly after the first day of jury selection in his child pornography trial at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse in Chicago on May 9, 2008, left, the late R&B singer and actress Aaliyah during a photo shoot in New York on May 9, 2001. Federal prosecutors are accusing singer R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in a secret ceremony in 1994 according to a revised indictment filed Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.  (AP Photo/File)

R. Kelly charged with paying bribe before marrying Aaliyah

Dec. 5, 2019 10:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors are accusing singer R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in a secret ceremony in 1994. The revised indictment, filed Thursday in New York, accuses Kelly of paying a...