Latest Human trafficking News

Undercover investigation lands Arizona police chief on leave

Aug. 04, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Flagstaff police chief has been placed on administrative leave pending an independent investigation into how the department conducted an undercover operation in 2019 that targeted massage parlors, city officials confirmed Thursday. Dan Musselman has been...

Greece charges 5 with smuggling 96 migrants to Italy by sea

Aug. 03, 2022 09:44 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Five people were arrested on a Greek island Tuesday and charged with trying to smuggle nearly 100 migrants into Europe on an unsafe vessel last week, using what appears to be a new direct sea route from crisis-afflicted Lebanon to Italy. It was the second such...

Guatemala arrests migrant smugglers wanted by the US

Aug. 02, 2022 20:23 PM EDT

HUEHUETENANGO, Guatemala (AP) — At dawn, police and federal agents with cover from helicopters flying overhead raided a large ranch nestled among the mountains of northern Guatemala, not far from the border with Mexico. Unlike the ranch’s impoverished neighbors, inside...

Porn site operator pleads guilty to sex-trafficking charge

Jul. 27, 2022 11:10 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An operator of a San Diego-based porn empire that coerced young women into filming adult videos has pleaded guilty in federal court to a single count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday that Matthew Isaac Wolfe, 40,...

Man sentenced to 17 years for sex trafficking young teens

Jul. 25, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man who took two girls from Eugene, Oregon, to Vancouver, Washington, supplied them with drugs, forced them to have sex and collected payments for it was sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamela Paaso said 34-year-old Johnl...

Advocates: Farah's story can help other trafficking victims

Jul. 13, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Until this week, Mo Farah was a four-time Olympic champion winding down his hugely successful career as a long-distance runner. Now he's an icon for another reason: He is the most prominent person to come forward as a victim of people trafficking. Farah’s decision...

Gaetz friend faces December sentencing as he helps in probes

Jul. 13, 2022 14:12 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sentencing for a former Florida tax collector whose arrest led to a probe of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz has been set for December, as his lawyer indicated that his client continues to cooperate with federal investigators in multiple jurisdictions. After several...

Disgraced R&B star R. Kelly back in Chicago for sex trial

Jul. 13, 2022 13:44 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly has been returned to the federal jail in downtown Chicago ahead of his trial on child pornography and obstruction-of-justice charges, just two weeks after the disgraced R&B star was sentenced in New York to 30 years in prison for racketeering and sex trafficking. ...

North Macedonia: Police find 87 migrants, arrest two men

Jul. 09, 2022 12:13 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have discovered 87 migrants crammed into a truck with a trailer in the southern part of the country and arrested two men for migrant smuggling. Police said the migrants, who included 45 Syrians, 39 Pakistanis, two...

Wisconsin court: Sex trafficking can be defense for homicide

Jul. 06, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A woman accused of killing a man can argue at trial that she was justified because he was sexually trafficking her, Wisconsin’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a decision that could help define the limits of legal immunity for trafficking victims nationwide. ...