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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...

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...

Federal grant will help fight child human trafficking

Nov. 2, 2019 8:52 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has received a $1.5 million federal grant to combat human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. The grant from the Justice Department will help establish new units in the Worcester and Hampden district attorneys' offices to investigate and prosecute cases of human...

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....

Feds: Maryland man pleads guilty to trafficking 4 girls

Oct. 31, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Federal authorities say that a Baltimore man has pleaded guilty to sex trafficking that involved four teen girls. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland said in a statement Thursday that 26-year-old Sean Dean will be sentenced to 10 years in prison if a federal court...

Minnesota man convicted in Iowa child sex trafficking case

Oct. 31, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A federal jury in Iowa has convicted a registered sex offender from Minnesota on child sex trafficking charges. Station KIMT reports that Terrance Nordwall also was found guilty Wednesday in Cedar Rapids of traveling for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct....

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...

Gov supports bill targeting sex buyers who exploit children

Oct. 28, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. Chris Sununu, who earlier this year signed legislation that expands protections for juvenile victims of sex trafficking, is supportive of a bill that enhances penalties for people who exploit trafficked children. Sununu said the House bill increases the maximum sentence from seven...

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...