Latest Human trafficking News

Man sentenced to 10 years for sex trafficking of a minor

Jun. 25, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A man who brought a 16-year-old girl from Massachusetts to Connecticut to work as a prostitute has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex trafficking. Federal prosecutors say 28-year-old Alexander Pedraza, of East Hartford, was sentenced Monday. Prosecutors say the girl was...

85 arrested in monthslong human trafficking sting in Florida

Jun. 24, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say they have arrested 85 people in a monthslong human trafficking sting. "Operation Trade Secrets" began at the outset of the year, focusing on hotels, motels, spas, massage parlors, strip clubs, adult bookstores and other activities, Hillsborough County Sheriff...

Court provides beacon of hope for human trafficking victims

Jun. 23, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At the very end of a long municipal court hallway that mostly smells of sweat and despair, Vanessa Perkins turns slowly as she tries to decide where to sit for a quick afternoon break. She looks to the left, to the right and back left again before she finally settles on a low-slung...

Judge continues $50M bail for Mexican megachurch leader

Jun. 21, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge continued the extraordinary $50 million bail Friday for the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo but said prosecutors must offer more evidence of their child sex and human trafficking allegations at the next court hearing. Naasón Joaquín García, the...

Weinstein fights sex trafficking claims in actress' lawsuit

Jun. 21, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's lawyers sought Friday to toss out the sex trafficking claims of an actress the disgraced movie-making mogul maintains is trying to capitalize on the legal success of other women. The lawyers filed papers in Manhattan federal court to try to persuade a judge to reject...

Latest: Judge continues huge bail for megachurch leader

Jun. 21, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the case against the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo (all times local): 1 p.m. A judge has continued the extraordinary $50 million bail for the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo but says prosecutors must offer more evidence of their child...

Task force forms to fight human trafficking in Mississippi

Jun. 21, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies in northern Mississippi have joined together to fight human trafficking. Officers and victim service providers gathered Tuesday in Tupelo to announce the Northeast Mississippi Human Trafficking Task Force. The Center for Violence Prevention Executive Director...

Man sentenced for abusing 2 women, forcing sex for pay

Jun. 21, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Maine man accused of forcing two women to have sex with men for money to buy drugs has been sentenced to 364 days in prison for sex trafficking and domestic violence. The Sun Journal reports that 30-year-old Matthew Giguere, of the Lewiston-Auburn area, was also sentenced Thursday to...

China police raids rescue 1,100 trafficked women

Jun. 21, 2019 6:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police rescued 1,130 abducted foreign women in the second half of last year in coordinated operations with five Southeast Asian countries, the Ministry of Public Security said Friday. Police arrested 1,322 suspects, including 262 foreigners, for allegedly luring and kidnapping women...

Leader of sex-trafficking rings gets 4 ½ years in prison

Jun. 20, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — The leader of a Connecticut human trafficking ring that preyed on mentally ill and intellectually disabled young men has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison. The Hartford Courant reports that 53-year-old Robert King was sentenced Wednesday. The Danbury man pleaded guilty last...