Latest Child trafficking News

Anti-sex trafficking effort launched for Miami Super Bowl

Nov. 6, 2019 3:20 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Major events that draw tens of thousands of people such as the Super Bowl have become hubs for sex trafficking, which Miami officials said Wednesday that they are determined to snuff out for this season's event. Federal and local law enforcement officials launched an initiative aimed at...

Missouri troopers: Teen found with meth strapped to abdomen

Nov. 2, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it's investigating a drug trafficking operation — and possible human trafficking ring — after troopers conducting a traffic stop found a 15-year-old girl with several pounds of methamphetamine strapped to her abdomen. The Kansas...

Father convicted of making kids panhandle money for drugs

Oct. 31, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A jury has found a New Mexico father guilty of human trafficking for forcing his children to panhandle and using the money to buy drugs. Authorities say all three children of 39-year-old James Stewart Sr. testified against their father, who could face up to 51 years in prison....

Elected Arizona official accused of selling babies suspended

Oct. 28, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An elected official in Arizona was suspended Monday after he was charged with running a human smuggling scheme that brought pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to the U.S. to give birth and then paid them to give up their children for adoption. Leaders in Arizona's most populous county...

North Macedonian police raid house, find 81 migrants

Oct. 26, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have found 81 migrants hidden in a house near the country's northern border with Serbia and arrested a suspected migrant trafficker. Police early Saturday raided the house of a 50-year-old man whom they suspected of migrant smuggling and...

Foster care problems left kids vulnerable to sex traffickers

Oct. 19, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than a dozen children who ran away from troubled Kansas welfare system and juvenile corrections placements have wound up incarcerated for crimes related to human trafficking, drawing the ire of victims' advocates and some lawmakers who say the runaways were victims themselves....

Marshallese president applauds arrest in adoptions case

Oct. 17, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands on Thursday applauded U.S. authorities for arresting an Arizona elected official accused of running an illegal adoption scheme involving pregnant Marshallese women. President Hilda Heine spoke out a week after Maricopa County Assessor...

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...

Prosecution fines rescinded in Mexican church leader case

Sep. 20, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge rescinded sanctions Friday against two prosecutors whom she said had failed give defense lawyers evidence in a case against a Mexican megachurch leader charged with child rape and human trafficking. Reconsidering at the request of the California attorney general's...

Prosecutors fined in Mexican church leader child rape case

Sep. 19, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge sanctioned two prosecutors Thursday for failing to turn over evidence in the case of a Mexican megachurch leader charged with child rape and human trafficking. Superior Court Judge Teresa Sullivan fined deputy attorneys general Amanda Plisner and Diana Callaghan...