Latest Child trafficking News

Ex-Epstein staffer testifies teen accusers visited mansion

Dec. 02, 2021 20:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A former housekeeper testified Thursday that two women who have accused Jeffrey Epstein of sexually abusing them as teens were repeated visitors to his Palm Beach mansion, summoned by Epstein or his associate Ghislaine Maxwell. Taking the stand at...

Maryland man convicted of sex trafficking a child

Nov. 20, 2021 10:38 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a Maryland man of forcing at least eight people, some of them children, to engage in sex acts for his personal financial gain, according to federal prosecutors. Feliciano de Jesus Diaz-Martinez, 43, of Owings Mills, was...

Philippine church leader charged with child sex trafficking

Nov. 19, 2021 06:42 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader of a Philippines-based church was charged with having sex with women and underage girls who faced threats of abuse and “eternal damnation” unless they catered to the self-proclaimed “son of God,” federal prosecutors announced Thursday. ...

Kansas man accused of letting children be sexually assaulted

Nov. 07, 2021 15:08 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has been accused of allowing children in his care to be sexually assaulted by a former landlord in exchange for rent. A Douglas County judge recently ruled that Cormick Ferrell, 42, of Lawrence should stand trial on two counts of...

Officials: 3 charged in sex trafficking of Louisiana child

Nov. 03, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

VERNON PARISH, La. (AP) — Three eastern Louisiana residents have been charged with human trafficking and rape in connection with the alleged sex trafficking of a child over the span of four years, according to authorities. Everett West, 41, Dina Guidry, 56, and Bobby...

Judge: No release for GOP donor accused of sex trafficking

Nov. 02, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a prominent Minnesota GOP donor charged with multiple counts of sex trafficking to stay in jail as he prepares his defense, following accusations he threatened law enforcement and prosecutors. Anton Lazzaro...

Bowdoin College trustee resigns after probe into Epstein tie

Nov. 02, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A Bowdoin College trustee with connections to the late Jeffrey Epstein resigned from the board of trustees on Monday, the college said. James Staley, a board trustee since 2007, also left his position as CEO of the Barclays bank in London after a...

Maryland man gets 9 years for human trafficking case

Oct. 29, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison for sex crimes against a minor, prosecutors said. Timothy Ford, 40, of Columbia was sentenced to 25 years with all but nine years suspended for a 2019 incident in Columbia, the...

Prince Andrew's lawyer wants to keep 2009 legal deal sealed

Oct. 26, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prince Andrew’s lawyer asked a New York judge Tuesday to keep sealed a 2009 legal agreement that he says can protect the prince against a lawsuit's claims that he sexually assaulted an American woman when she was under 18. The request was made in court...

Former teacher sentenced on sex abuse, trafficking charges

Oct. 19, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former New Hampshire high school teacher who pleaded guilty to human trafficking and manufacturing child sex abuse images was sentenced to prison on Tuesday. Joshua Harwood, 38, of Manchester, pleaded guilty to the charges last month. ...