Latest Human trafficking News

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...

Wife of minister convicted of sex charges enters plea deal

Nov. 13, 2019 5:39 AM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The wife and stepdaughter of a former Ohio minister convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl have pleaded guilty to witness tampering. Prosecutors had accused the two women of abducting the victim and warning her not to testify at the trial of Anthony Haynes who was convicted...

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...

Senate committee passes bill on teaching human trafficking

Nov. 12, 2019 4:37 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Children in Florida public schools would be taught about the dangers and warning signs of human trafficking under a bill approved by a Senate committee. The Senate Education Committee unanimously passed the bill on Tuesday. The curriculum would be part of public schools' health...

Student aids human trafficking victims

Nov. 12, 2019 12:34 PM EST

LYNNFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Human trafficking is an uncomfortable topic to discuss at any age. But at 15, Jemima Robins isn't afraid to talk about it. The Lynnfield High School sophomore learned victims can be as young as 14, they are often runaways or homeless who are separated from their families, and a safe...

Spa owner faces trafficking, prostitution charges

Nov. 10, 2019 11:48 AM EST

TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts spa owner is facing sex trafficking charges. The Lowell Sun reports 34-year-old Xuedan Ou, of Tewksbury, was arrested Thursday following a nine-month investigation into sex trafficking and prostitution at the TCM Therapy Center. Assistant District Attorney Greg...

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...

Convicted Maryland pimp gets 20 years in federal prison

Nov. 8, 2019 9:20 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A convicted Maryland pimp has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. The office of the U.S. Attorney in Maryland says 26-year-old Ryan Russell Parks was sentenced Thursday. The Baltimore resident was also ordered to five years of supervised release following his prison term and to...

Kentucky man charged with sex trafficking, drug conspiracy

Nov. 7, 2019 8:22 AM EST

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky accountant accused of paying for sex with young women who were addicted to drugs faces federal conspiracy charges. The Herald-Leader reports 49-year-old Mark Milslagle, of Lexington, was charged Monday in federal court with conspiring to distribute drugs and conspiring...

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...