Latest Prostitution News

Former sex workers see value in trafficking education

Oct. 20, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — When Kimberly Weller applied for a job at the spa tucked into a seedy Bradenton strip mall near the airport, there was no talk about her skills as a masseuse or related work experience. The job interview was just one question: "You know what this is, right?" She knew. She wouldn't be...

Montana creates full-time human trafficking team in Billings

Oct. 16, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana state officials have announced the creation of its first full-time human trafficking team after the FBI reduced the time its lead agent spends on the issue by half. The Billings Gazette reported Tuesday that a recently passed law provided about $520,000 for the work and gave...

Editorials from around Oregon

Oct. 16, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The East Oregonian, Oct. 15, on getting flu shots: Imagine if every year the U.S. military suffered thousands of causalities in some foreign conflict. It is a difficult and chilling scenario. Fortunately, no such war exists, but every year seasonal flu and its...

Nye County abandons plan to restrict brothel workers leaving

Oct. 11, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada county has decided to abandon a controversial proposal that would have further limited the hours when legal prostitutes were allowed to leave licensed brothels. Southern Nevada's Nye County had proposed an ordinance that would have barred brothel workers from leaving for more than...

Documentary highlights rape allegations at Louisiana jail

Oct. 11, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

At least a half-dozen women told authorities that deputies raped and trafficked them to male inmates inside a long-troubled jail in southwestern Louisiana, according to newly unearthed state and FBI records. The records offer a harrowing account of sexual assault being traded as currency in a contraband ring that...

Police: 2 rescued, 4 charged in shutdown of brothel

Oct. 9, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police say two women have been rescued and four people arrested in connection to a suspected human trafficking operation targeting Hispanics living in the U.S. illegally. News outlets report authorities announced Tuesday human trafficking and prostitution charges against...

Killer's lifetime of evil backed up by a prodigious memory

Oct. 8, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

Samuel Little's depravity is matched only by his prodigious memory. Little, a California inmate considered by the FBI to be the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, has confessed to 93 slayings committed across the country between 1970 and 2005, recounting the crimes with astonishing, near-photographic...

Nevada sex workers concerned with proposed brothel policy

Oct. 4, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A proposed amendment to a Nevada county ordinance has renewed a debate about the rights of sex workers in the state. The Las Vegas Sun reports that the Nye County ordinance would restrict the hours when legal prostitutes are permitted to leave licensed brothels. Officials say workers would...

To ban or not to ban? Masked protesters in other countries

Oct. 4, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's government, faced with months of pro-democracy protests that have spiraled into violence, on Friday invoked emergency powers to ban masks from public gatherings. A look at how some other countries have dealt with masked protesters: ___ CANADA Canada's Parliament passed a bill...

Harvard law professor: Throw out lawsuit by Epstein accuser

Sep. 24, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz asked a federal judge Tuesday to throw out a lawsuit that accuses him of lying about his sexual history with a woman who claims she was a teenage victim of a Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking ring. Dershowitz previously said he welcomed the suit to prove...