Latest Human trafficking News

Wisconsin woman to use sex trafficking as homicide defense

Dec. 02, 2022 12:56 PM EST

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A woman charged in a Wisconsin murder plans to argue that she is not guilty because she was a coerced victim of human trafficking — after the state Supreme Court ruled in July that such a defense could be used in homicide cases. Tanya Stammer is charged...

Gaetz friend gets 11 years for sex crime, other counts

Dec. 01, 2022 14:05 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida tax collector whose arrest led to a federal probe into U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for sex trafficking of a minor and other offenses. Joel Greenberg, former tax collector for Seminole County, was accused of...

US Virgin Islands reach $105M settlement with Epstein estate

Nov. 30, 2022 18:16 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Virgin Islands announced Wednesday that it reached a settlement of more than $105 million in a sex trafficking case against the estate of financier Jeffrey Epstein. The settlement ends a nearly three-year legal saga for officials in the U.S....

Gaetz friend says lighter sentence deserved for cooperation

Nov. 30, 2022 14:06 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida tax collector whose arrest led to a federal investigation of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz learns this week how much prison time he gets on charges of sex trafficking a minor and identity theft, but not before trying to convince a judge that his cooperation in several...

Spanish government presents bill to fight human trafficking

Nov. 29, 2022 13:22 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain’s government presented a new bill Tuesday with the goal of providing better protection for economically vulnerable migrants who are in the clutches of international human trafficking rings. The proposed legislation was designed to help victims of...

Greece: 7 Egyptians held, suspected of crewing migrant boat

Nov. 25, 2022 08:58 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they have arrested seven Egyptians suspected of having crewed a fishing boat crammed with nearly 500 migrants that lost steering in high winds off Crete and triggered a major rescue effort earlier this week. The seven were arrested on...

Lawyer: Ex-Islamic State bride was child trafficking victim

Nov. 21, 2022 11:17 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Lawyers for a British woman whose U.K. citizenship was removed after she travelled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State group argued Monday that she should have been treated as a child trafficking victim. Shamima Begum, now 23, was 15 when she and two other...

Greek police nab German suspect sought on 4 arrest warrants

Nov. 19, 2022 15:32 PM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police say that they have arrested a 35-year-old German citizen who has four outstanding arrest warrants on him for fraud and cybercrime, three from Germany and one international. The Thessaloniki police's organized crime and human trafficking...

Prosecutors: Reduced sentence, prison time for Gaetz friend

Nov. 19, 2022 13:38 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida tax collector whose arrest on sex trafficking and identity theft charges led to a probe of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz should get his sentence reduced for cooperating with authorities, but he still deserves prison time to send a message that no public official is...

Hearing for Iowa teen who killed rapist moved to January

Nov. 18, 2022 17:45 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An judge on Friday set a hearing for January to consider whether to order prison for an 18-year-old sex-trafficking victim in Iowa who killed her rapist and pleaded guilty last year to involuntary manslaughter and willful injury. Pieper Lewis was sentenced...