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Arizona congressman’s tweets raise Epstein conspiracy theory

Nov. 13, 2019 6:45 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar appears to be signaling support for a conspiracy theory that Jeffrey Epstein did not kill himself while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. The Republican congressman sent 23 tweets Wednesday about the first public impeachment hearing examining President...

Woman who spoke at Epstein's bail hearing sues his estate

Nov. 12, 2019 5:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who confronted Jeffrey Epstein at a July bail hearing to tell a judge he touched her inappropriately when she was 16 sued his estate Tuesday, alleging he had subjected her to sex trafficking as part of his attacks on young women and girls. Lawyers for Annie Farmer filed the lawsuit...

Correction: Bondi-Conflicts story

Nov. 9, 2019 4:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 8 about Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general, stepping down from a lobbying firm as she prepares to defend President Donald Trump in an impeachment investigation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bondi lobbied for a Kuwaiti company with a U.S. defense...

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...

The Latest: Croatia police find 9 migrants in crate in van

Nov. 5, 2019 2:19 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Police in Croatia say they have discovered nine migrants crammed in a bolted crate at the back of a van. Police say they found the migrants early Tuesday in eastern Croatia after stopping the van with Polish license...

Cyprus detains 2 Syrians over boat filled with 131 migrants

Nov. 5, 2019 2:18 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police said Tuesday that they detained two Syrian men on suspicion of human trafficking following the arrival of a boat loaded with 131 Syrian migrants on the island nation's northeastern coast. Police said the two men were aboard another vessel that had shadowed the boat...

The Latest: Croatia holds 3 Brits over migrant smuggling

Nov. 4, 2019 12:01 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Police in Croatia have detained three British citizens for allegedly smuggling migrants, saying one of the men also tried to run over a Croatian police officer. A statement says police on Saturday approached a 31-year-old...

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...

US judge dismisses case against legal brothels in Nevada

Oct. 31, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge in Nevada has dismissed a lawsuit that invoked sex trafficking laws in a bid to close the nation's only legal brothels. U.S. District Judge Miranda Du in Reno said in her Tuesday ruling that she empathized with three women who claim they were victims of sexual violence in...

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....