Latest Human trafficking News

Judge says lawsuit against Harvard law professor can proceed

Oct. 16, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge says a lawsuit can proceed to trial that accuses Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz of lying about his sexual history with a woman who claims she was a teenage victim of Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking ring. But U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska also on Wednesday granted...

Montana creates full-time human trafficking team in Billings

Oct. 16, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana state officials have announced the creation of its first full-time human trafficking team after the FBI reduced the time its lead agent spends on the issue by half. The Billings Gazette reported Tuesday that a recently passed law provided about $520,000 for the work and gave...

The Latest: 2 N Macedonia officers among suspected smugglers

Oct. 15, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on Europe migrant issues (all times local): 7:20p.m. Authorities in North Macedonia say they broke up a large migrant-smuggling ring and two police officers were among the nine people arrested. Police said the arrests were made during raids on Monday and Tuesday in Skopje...

Ex-inmate Cyntoia Brown-Long argues for redemption in memoir

Oct. 15, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cyntoia Brown-Long, now 31 years old, knows as much about life in prison as she does about being free. At 16, she was arrested for robbing and killing a man she says picked her up for sex and later was sentenced to life in prison. But two months ago, Brown-Long walked out of a...

Arkansas judge: Court to hear 19 adoption scheme cases

Oct. 11, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge ruled Friday that the court will decide individual outcomes to 19 statewide adoption cases against an Arizona elected official accused of human trafficking. Paul Petersen, a Republican county assessor in Arizona, was arrested Tuesday for running what authorities...

City attorney arrested in undercover sex sting in Florida

Oct. 10, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A longtime city attorney in Florida has been arrested in an undercover prostitution sting. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested Tim McCausland in a hotel in Brandon, Florida, on a misdemeanor charge of violating a county ordinance against public solicitation. McCausland...

Politician charged in human trafficking adoption scheme

Oct. 9, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona elected official ran a human smuggling scheme that promised pregnant women thousands of dollars to lure them from a Pacific Island nation to the U.S., where they were crammed into houses to wait to give birth, sometimes with little to no prenatal care, prosecutors allege. Paul...

Police: 2 rescued, 4 charged in shutdown of brothel

Oct. 9, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police say two women have been rescued and four people arrested in connection to a suspected human trafficking operation targeting Hispanics living in the U.S. illegally. News outlets report authorities announced Tuesday human trafficking and prostitution charges against...

Lawyer: Frenchman with ties to Epstein will talk

Oct. 7, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A lawyer says French modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, once a frequent companion of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, is available to talk to judicial officials. Brunel's lawyer, Corinne Dreyfus-Schmidt, said Monday that her client has notified the Paris prosecutor's office that he's at the...

Woman gets 10 years for sex trafficking 16-year-old

Oct. 7, 2019 8:38 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman has been imprisoned for sex trafficking a 16-year-old girl in Iowa and Nebraska Federal prosecutors say 37-year-old Brooklyn Pohl was given 10 years at her sentencing Friday in Omaha. The prosecutors say officers made contact in November 2016 with the girl at a truck...