Latest Human trafficking News

Proposal would create Ohio database of convicted sex buyers

May. 29, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Individuals convicted of trying to buy sex or trafficking women for sex would be placed on a publicly accessible database for five years, under legislation approved Thursday by the Ohio House. Supporters say the measure, backed by Attorney General David Yost, is aimed at the demand...

Shooting at smuggling warehouse in Libya kills 30 migrants

May. 28, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The family of a slain Libyan human trafficker attacked a group of migrants in a town that recently changed hands amid the fighting over the country's capital, killing 26 Bangladeshi and four African migrants, the Tripoli government said on Thursday. There was scant information about the...

FILE - In this Wednesday Oct. 23, 2019 file photo, forensic police officers attend the scene after a truck was found to contain a large number of dead bodies, in Grays, South England. Police have arrested 26 people suspected of human trafficking during a large-scale operation in Belgium and France in relation to the death of the Vietnamese migrants whose bodies were found in a refrigerated truck in Britain last year. Judicial authorities said that a series of early Wednesday May 27, 2020 raids took place simultaneously in Belgium and France on Tuesday as part of two legal investigations (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)

Belgium, France: 26 arrests over ring linked with UK deaths

May. 27, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Judicial authorities in Belgium and France on Wednesday announced the arrests of 26 people suspected of taking part in a human trafficking network involved in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in a refrigerated truck's container in Britain last year. They said a series of early...

3 indicted in sex trafficking investigation

May. 20, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Three people have been indicted by a grand jury in connection to a sex trafficking investigation in Portland. Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill said Wednesday that Basukumbi Wamulumba was charged with 16 counts of sexual abuse, 10 counts of promoting prostitution 10...

Wife of minister convicted of sex charges sent to prison

May. 20, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The wife and stepdaughter of a former Ohio minister convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl have been sentenced to prison after they earlier pleaded guilty to witness tampering. Prosecutors had accused the two women of abducting the victim and warning her not to testify at...

Albania arrests 24 in alleged human trafficking ring

May. 19, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police have arrested 24 people involved in an alleged criminal organization who produced false documents to illegally smuggle people into the United States, Canada and Britain. A statement Tuesday said a joint operation with the U.S. embassy’s Diplomatic Security...

Turkish pilots, others, to stand trial over Ghosn escape

May. 15, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A court in Istanbul on Friday accepted an indictment against four pilots, an airline company official and two flight attendants accused of helping former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan to Lebanon via Turkey, and set a trial date for July 3. Prosecutors are seeking up...

In this Feb. 26, 2020 photo, provided by the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, defense attorney Brad Rideout, who represented two women arrested in a sex-trafficking sting, is interviewed at the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism in Phoenix. A study by the Howard Center at Arizona State University has found that undercover agents from Homeland Security Investigations repeatedly paid for and engaged in sex acts with suspected sex trafficking victims.  (Molly Duerig/Howard Center for Investigative Journalism via AP)

Documents: Federal agents engaged in sex acts with victims

May. 11, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The women were forced to live and work in filth and near darkness, the federal agent said, surviving on only the tips they received from performing massages and sexual favors. Lon Weigand, deputy special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Arizona, described them as...

Police: Sex trafficking found in abandoned South Fulton home

May. 8, 2020 7:25 AM EDT

SOUTH FULTON, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia said they discovered a sex trafficking operation after chasing suspects who ran from a stolen U-Haul into an abandoned house. South Fulton police officers found two adult women and one juvenile in the house on Thursday, their department said in a Facebook post....

Turkey charges pilots, others, over ex-Nissan chief's escape

May. 7, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish prosecutors have charged four pilots, an airline company official and two flight attendants for their alleged roles in former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan to Turkey and from there to Beirut, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported Thursday....