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FILE - In this Nov. 7, 1991, file photo Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of late British publisher Robert Maxwell, reads a statement in Spanish in which she expressed her family's gratitude to the Spanish authorities, aboard the

Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell arrested

Jul. 2, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested by the FBI on Thursday on charges she helped procure underage sex partners for financier Jeffrey Epstein. An indictment made public Thursday said Maxwell, who lived for years with Epstein and was his frequent travel companion on trips around the world, facilitated...

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft waves to fans as he walks on the field prior to the team's NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. Florida prosecutors will try to save their prostitution solicitation case against Kraft when they argue before an appellate court Tuesday, June 30, 2020, that his rights weren't violated when police secretly video recorded him allegedly paying for sex at a massage parlor. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Patriots owner's prostitution case heads to appellate court

Jun. 29, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors charging New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with twice buying sex from massage parlor prostitutes will attempt to save their case this week by arguing to an appeals court that his rights weren't violated when police secretly video-recorded him in the act. ...

People shop for vegetables at the Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Authorities in Bangladesh have confirmed the first death of a Rohingya refugee from the coronavirus, as infections rise in sprawling camps where more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims have been living since fleeing from neighboring Myanmar. The 71-year-old refugee died Saturday at Ukhiya in Cox's Bazar, and samples collected from him tested positive on Monday, said Abu Toha M.R. Bhuiyan, chief health coordinator of the office of the Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner. (AP Photo/Shafiqur Rahman)

4 Rohingya men killed in gunfight with Bangladesh police

Jun. 27, 2020 2:09 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Four suspected members of a Rohingya group allegedly involved in kidnapping for ransom were killed in a gunfight with Bangladeshi police near the sprawling refugee camps where refugees from Myanmar live, officials said. The gunfight took place Friday when a team of security...

Workers clean up a duplex that was set on fire following an incident Tuesday, in Milwaukee, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Milwaukee police say two missing teenage girls were never at the Milwaukee house that was set on fire during unrest that saw three people shot and 10 police officers and a firefighter injured as a large unruly crowd gathered at the scene of the investigation. (RIck Wood/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Police: Missing girls were never at Milwaukee home set afire

Jun. 25, 2020 11:09 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Two missing teenage girls were never at a Milwaukee house that was set on fire during unrest that saw three people shot and 10 police officers and a firefighter injured as a large unruly crowd gathered at the scene of the investigation, police said Wednesday. Police fired tear gas and...

FILE - In this July 27, 2006, arrest file photo provided by the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office, in Florida, is Jeffrey Epstein. A fund set up to compensate victims of the late sex offender Epstein opened for claims on Thursday, June 25, 2020, enabling dozens of women attacked by the financier when they were as young as 14 to seek a cut of his $630 million estate. In August 2019, Epstein killed himself while awaiting trial in a Manhattan lockup. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Sheriff's Office, File)

Fund of up to $630 million for Jeffrey Epstein victims opens

Jun. 25, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A fund set up to compensate victims of the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein opened for claims Thursday, enabling dozens of women attacked by the financier when they were as young as 14 to seek a cut of his $630 million estate. A judge in the Virgin Islands approved the fund this month,...

Belgian, UK police bust migrant smugglers; 12 arrested

Jun. 25, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian police on Thursday arrested 10 people suspected of smuggling migrants into Britain during a major operation linked to a cross-border investigation into human trafficking. Police officers carried out 12 house searches in the Liege area as part of their efforts to dismantle the...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2014, file photo, assistant U.S. attorney Dave DeVillers, left, discusses updated charges against members of an alleged gang as Columbus Deputy Police Chief Ron Gray listens during a news conference in Columbus, Ohio. A federal indictment accuses Larry Dean Porter of exchanging drugs for sexual access to children of drug-addicted parents. The indictment says Porter repeatedly traded drugs for sex with three girls, with several other adults helping transport the victims to Porter's house. Porter both raped the girls and filmed himself raping them, U.S. Attorney Dave DeVillers said Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)

Ohio man accused of trading drugs for sex with children

Jun. 24, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man exchanged drugs for sexual access to children of drug-addicted parents and took sexually explicit photos of the girls to create child pornography, according to an indictment made public this week. Larry Dean Porter repeatedly traded drugs for sex with three...

Ex-official changing plea in Arkansas human trafficking case

Jun. 23, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Arizona official accused of running an illegal adoption scheme in three states involving women from the Marshall Islands is changing his plea in Arkansas. A federal judge on Tuesday set a change-of-plea hearing for Paul Petersen, a Republican who served as Maricopa...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks on the rotunda about human trafficking during the opening day of the year for the general session of the state legislature in Atlanta. Georgia’s Republican governor and first lady have announced Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, a slate of legislative measures they want to see enacted this year to combat human trafficking. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Some parts of Kemp's anti-gang push advance, others stall

Jun. 19, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Some parts of Gov. Brian Kemp’s anti-gang push are moving forward, but the centerpiece of the package is bottled up in the state Senate as the clock winds down on the 2020 legislative session. The Republican governor said in his State of the State speech in January that gangs are...

California man allegedly ran sex trafficking websites

Jun. 18, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area man was arrested for allegedly running international sex trafficking websites that included ads featuring children and earned him $21 million. Wilhan Martono, 46, was arrested Wednesday in Fremont and was being held without bail until he is extradited to...