Latest Human trafficking News

Man sentenced to prison for drug, sex trafficking operation

Sep. 22, 2020 9:42 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man was sentenced Monday to 22 1/2 years in prison for charges stemming from what prosecutors described as a violent sex and drug trafficking operation in the Burlington area. Brian Folks was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Burlington. During the trial,...

U.S. Attorney General William Barr, center, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, right and a Georgia Center for Child Advocacy staff member listen during a tour on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Barr announces $100M more to combat human trafficking

Sep. 21, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr says the federal government is awarding more than $100 million in grants to target human trafficking. The money will go to task forces combatting human trafficking, to victim services and victim housing. Barr made the announcement Monday in Atlanta with...

FILE - In this March 23, 2016 file photo, a foreign worker unloads fish from a U.S. fishing vessel at Pier 38 in Honolulu. On Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 the Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments on the legality of issuing licenses to foreign workers in Hawaii's longline commercial fishing fleet, which for years has been under scrutiny after an Associated Press investigation revealed claims of human trafficking and questionable labor practices.(AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

Hawaii court hears case on legality of foreign fishing labor

Sep. 18, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments Friday on the legality of granting licenses to foreign workers in Hawaii’s longline commercial fishing fleet, which for years has been under scrutiny after an Associated Press investigation revealed claims of human trafficking and questionable...

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2018, file photo, a protesters holds a Q sign waits in line with others to enter a campaign rally with President Donald Trump in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Candidates engaging with the QAnon conspiracy theory are running for seats in state legislatures this year, breathing more oxygen into a once-obscure conspiracy movement that has grown in prominence since adherents won Republican congressional primaries this year. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

QAnon conspiracy emerges in some state legislative races

Sep. 6, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Candidates engaging with the QAnon conspiracy theory are running for seats in state legislatures this year, breathing more oxygen into a once-obscure conspiracy movement that has grown in prominence since adherents won Republican congressional primaries this year. Some of the legislative...

Des Moines man faces federal sex trafficking charges

Sep. 3, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man has been charged in federal court with sex trafficking seven adults and one minor over the last decade. Marlin Santana Thomas, 45, was indicted by a grand jury and appeared before a judge Wednesday on the charges, federal prosecutors for Iowa said in a news...

74 migrants on broken down yacht rescued off western Greece

Aug. 31, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A broken down sailing yacht with 74 migrants and two smugglers on board has safely reached a western Greek port after issuing a distress signal off the resort island of Zakynthos, Greek authorities said Monday. A coast guard statement said two Turkish nationals were arrested on...

Missing children rescued in Georgia sex trafficking bust

Aug. 28, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly 40 missing or endangered children have been rescued by federal and state agents during a law enforcement operation in Georgia, authorities say. The U.S. Marshals Service announced Thursday that 13 missing children were found and an additional 26 endangered children were rescued during...

2 South Florida women accused in sex-trafficking operation

Aug. 28, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) — Two South Florida women have been arrested on federal charges in connection with a sex-trafficking operation involving minors, investigators said. Kiara Nunez, 21, of Hollywood, and Alexandra Ramirez, 19, of Coral Springs, were taken into custody by the Broward County Human...

Judge sides with prosecutors over treatment of Epstein's pal

Aug. 25, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors won't have to immediately divulge the identities of three women who say financier Jeffrey Epstein and his ex-girlfriend conspired to sexually abuse when they were teenagers, a judge said Tuesday. Defense lawyers were premature in asking that she force the government to name the...

Tax collector faces sex trafficking count with new charges

Aug. 21, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A Florida tax collector already facing charges of stalking a political opponent and making fake driver's licenses for himself was charged Friday with the sex trafficking of a minor. Former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg used his ability to gain personal information from...