Latest Human trafficking News

1st of 4 accusers takes stand at Ghislaine Maxwell trial

Nov. 30, 2021 20:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The first of four women described as key accusers in the indictment against British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell testified Tuesday that Maxwell was often in the room when the witness, then just 14, had sexual interactions with the financier Jeffrey Epstein. ...

Lawsuit claims abuse, threats at church farm in Pennsylvania

Nov. 30, 2021 16:46 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed this month claims boys and young men at a church-related farm business in Pennsylvania were subjected to forced labor and punishment that included dragging chains and breaking up rocks with a hammer. The lawsuit by two...

FACT FOCUS: Media not banned from Ghislaine Maxwell trial

Nov. 29, 2021 18:52 PM EST

As the sex trafficking trial of Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, began on Monday, social media users were spreading false claims that the judge barred the press from the courtroom and prohibited livestreams to keep details from the public. In the...

Maxwell, Epstein were 'partners in crime,' prosecutor says

Nov. 29, 2021 18:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were “partners in crime” in the sexual abuse of teenage girls, a prosecutor said Monday, while Maxwell’s lawyers said she was being made a scapegoat for a man’s bad behavior as the British socialite’s sex trafficking trial got...

FACT FOCUS: New omicron variant fuels old misinformation

Nov. 29, 2021 17:20 PM EST

A new coronavirus variant revived old conspiracy theories this week as widely shared social media posts falsely claimed the omicron variant was nothing but a cover-up for darker agendas. Some online personalities over the weekend suggested omicron was invented as an...

Longtime Ohio attorney accused of human trafficking has died

Nov. 27, 2021 11:56 AM EST

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — A veteran attorney from southern Ohio who was charged last year with human trafficking involving six women — most, former clients — has died, according to published reports. Michael Mearan had been taken to a hospital on Wednesday and died...

Austria arrests 15 people suspected of smuggling migrants

Nov. 27, 2021 09:55 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian authorities said Saturday they have arrested 15 people suspected of smuggling Syrian, Lebanese and Egyptian migrants into the country, and seized 14 vehicles that were used to transport them. Police in Lower Austria province said they opened an...

Italy cracks gang forcing Nigerian women into prostitution

Nov. 22, 2021 09:53 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian customs police on Monday dismantled a Nigerian organized crime syndicate that forced dozens of young women into prostitution and begging on the streets of Italy and then smuggled out millions of euros in ill-gained revenues to Nigeria, with cash hidden in suitcase...

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. ...