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Police: Investigation focused on Black separatist group

Aug. 17, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia-based Black separatist group is being investigated by federal and local authorities for a range of possible criminal offenses including drug and gun offenses, kidnapping and human trafficking, a detective testified Tuesday in a court hearing in suburban Atlanta....

2 brothers charged with conspiracy in deadly smuggling crash

Aug. 16, 2022 18:42 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two brothers from Mexico are facing federal charges after fleeing from U.S. authorities in late July and crashing their vehicle, killing two and injuring 10 others just miles from the international border. Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that Jorge...

R. Kelly timeline: Shining star to convicted sex trafficker

Aug. 15, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

R. Kelly's musical accomplishments have been accompanied by a long history of allegations that he sexually abused women and children. Now the R&B singer faces a trial in his hometown of Chicago on charges accusing him of rigging his 2008 child pornography trial and of enticing minors for sex. ...

Undercover investigation lands Arizona police chief on leave

Aug. 04, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Flagstaff police chief has been placed on administrative leave pending an independent investigation into how the department conducted an undercover operation in 2019 that targeted massage parlors, city officials confirmed Thursday. Dan Musselman has been...

Greece charges 5 with smuggling 96 migrants to Italy by sea

Aug. 03, 2022 09:44 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Five people were arrested on a Greek island Tuesday and charged with trying to smuggle nearly 100 migrants into Europe on an unsafe vessel last week, using what appears to be a new direct sea route from crisis-afflicted Lebanon to Italy. It was the second such...

Guatemala arrests migrant smugglers wanted by the US

Aug. 02, 2022 20:23 PM EDT

HUEHUETENANGO, Guatemala (AP) — At dawn, police and federal agents with cover from helicopters flying overhead raided a large ranch nestled among the mountains of northern Guatemala, not far from the border with Mexico. Unlike the ranch’s impoverished neighbors, inside...

Porn site operator pleads guilty to sex-trafficking charge

Jul. 27, 2022 11:10 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An operator of a San Diego-based porn empire that coerced young women into filming adult videos has pleaded guilty in federal court to a single count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday that Matthew Isaac Wolfe, 40,...

Man sentenced to 17 years for sex trafficking young teens

Jul. 25, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man who took two girls from Eugene, Oregon, to Vancouver, Washington, supplied them with drugs, forced them to have sex and collected payments for it was sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamela Paaso said 34-year-old Johnl...

Advocates: Farah's story can help other trafficking victims

Jul. 13, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Until this week, Mo Farah was a four-time Olympic champion winding down his hugely successful career as a long-distance runner. Now he's an icon for another reason: He is the most prominent person to come forward as a victim of people trafficking. Farah’s decision...

Gaetz friend faces December sentencing as he helps in probes

Jul. 13, 2022 14:12 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sentencing for a former Florida tax collector whose arrest led to a probe of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz has been set for December, as his lawyer indicated that his client continues to cooperate with federal investigators in multiple jurisdictions. After several...