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Football, YMCA volunteer charged with underage sex

Jun. 19, 2021 13:47 PM EDT

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A volunteer football coach and YMCA youth advocate has been charged with child rape and sex trafficking, officials said. Kharee Louis-Jeune, 33, of Brockton, faces charges including child rape, trafficking a person for sexual servitude, and...

California launches new anti-human trafficking teams

Jun. 18, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general launched new anti-human trafficking teams to apprehend perpetrators and support survivors on Friday amid an alarming increase in labor and sexual exploitation statewide during the coronavirus pandemic. The state's...

Cranston police shut down suspected illegal massage parlors

Jun. 18, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A monthslong investigation into numerous reports of suspicious activity at six massage businesses in Cranston has resulted in 11 arrests and uncovered evidence of human trafficking and prostitution, police Col. Michael Winquist said in a news release Friday. ...

Colorado closes youth center after licensing complaints

Jun. 18, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — State officials have closed a residential treatment center in Watkins for troubled children after repeated complaints of licensing violations that include runaways, drugs being smuggled into the facility, lax supervision and repeated use of restraints. The...

R. Kelly nears OK for new legal team for upcoming trial

Jun. 17, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jailed R&B singer R. Kelly will likely get to keep a new lawyer in his federal sex-trafficking case despite questions about the attorney’s texts and other communications with one of Kelly’s ex-girlfriends. Kelly, 54, is accused of leading an...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Jun. 16, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: June 15 The Guardian on U.S. President Joe Biden, China and Europe: It is 50 years next month since Henry Kissinger embarked on the secret mission to Beijing that...

2 soldiers accused of smuggling migrants from Mexico

Jun. 15, 2021 21:12 PM EDT

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — A Fort Hood soldier and a Pennsylvania National Guardsman stationed at the Central Texas installation have been charged with smuggling two men into Texas from Mexico. Court records show Fort Hood soldier Ralph Gregory Saint-Joie, 18, and guardsman...

Authorities search for escaped federal inmate in Tennessee

Jun. 15, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal inmate imprisoned on drug charges has escaped from a minimum security facility in Tennessee, authorities said Tuesday. Cecil Corey Haggins was discovered missing from Federal Correctional Institution Memphis’ satellite camp in...

California man gets prison for coercing women for sex films

Jun. 14, 2021 23:37 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A producer for a now-defunct California porn website was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Monday for coercing or tricking women into appearing in sex videos. Ruben Andre Garcia, 31, was sentenced for conspiracy and sex trafficking involving San...

Man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on drug charges

Jun. 12, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man described in court records as a heroin and cocaine trafficking ringleader was sentenced Friday to 10 years in federal prison. The Journal Sentinel reports Joseph Copeland, 42, whose nickname was “Joe Millionaire,” was arrested in...