Latest Human trafficking News

5 indicted in Wisconsin accused of forced immigrant labor

May. 23, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal prosecutors indicted five people accused of forcing 14 Mexican immigrants to work in farms in Wisconsin, where they "were victims of a severe form of human trafficking." Prosecutors said in a grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday that the workers had their documents seized to...

2 plead guilty in Texas in Backpage.com sex-trafficking case

May. 23, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Two men have pleaded guilty in Texas for using the now-defunct Backpage.com sex-trafficking site to advertise victims for sale. Federal prosecutors in Fort Worth say Joshua Glaze pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking through force fraud or coercion....

Alabama House OKs bills meant to combat human trafficking

May. 23, 2019 5:26 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives has passed legislation allowing mugshots of people charged with soliciting prostitutes to be published. It was one of two bills approved Wednesday aimed at combatting human trafficking. The bill says the mugshot may be published in any printed or...

Man sentenced to prison in human trafficking case with teen

May. 22, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to up to 14 years in prison for luring a 16-year-old girl to another town on the premise of attending a party and forcing her to perform sexual acts. The Enterprise reports that a Plymouth Superior Court jury convicted 27-year-old Keith Grace,...

Seattle man gets 23 years in prison for sex trafficking

May. 22, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle man has been sentenced to 23 years in prison and 15 years of supervised release for crimes including sex trafficking of a minor. U.S. Attorney Brian Moran says 32-year-old Aubrey Taylor was sentenced Tuesday after he was convicted in March of forcing his victims to work as...

Police raids homes of alleged Iraqi crime gang in Germany

May. 22, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Police in western Germany have raided 49 homes and businesses linked to an Iraqi gang suspected of involvement in human trafficking, drug dealing, illegal arms trade and forging identity papers. Some 800 police officers were involved in the raids that began early Wednesday morning in eleven...

40-year sentence sought for man convicted of sex trafficking

May. 22, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking a 40-year prison sentence for man found guilty of sex-trafficking a Chicago teenager who was murdered. Joseph Hazley was found guilty in March of sex-trafficking 16-year-old Desiree Robinson and two other victims. Robinson was allegedly killed in December 2016...

Witness: Self-help guru was both a coward and bully

May. 21, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Self-help guru Keith Raniere was a coward during his arrest last year in Mexico on a U.S. sex-trafficking charge and a bully when dealing with a follower who failed to adhere to his twisted code of ethics, a witness testified Tuesday at Raniere's New York City trial. The follower was...

Ex-police officer gets prison for paying teen girls for sex

May. 21, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man who pleaded guilty to paying two teenage girls for sex while he was employed as a police officer in Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison. U.S. Attorney Robert Hur's office says a federal judge on Tuesday also sentenced 29-year-old Chukwuemeka...

Texas man gets prison for smuggling immigrants in furniture

May. 21, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A Houston-area man has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for trying to smuggle immigrants in furniture after three people were found in a plastic-wrapped dresser that was nailed shut. Federal prosecutors say 23-year-old Yabar Ayan Portes-Arevalo of Katy was sentenced...