Latest Human trafficking News

Q&A: Next steps for Iowa teen sentenced for killing rapist

Sep. 15, 2022 08:31 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Donations are pouring in to help a 17-year-old sex trafficking victim who was ordered by a court to pay $150,000 to the family of a man she stabbed to death after he raped her. A GoFundMe campaign set up for Pieper Lewis has already raised more than $200,000...

European police break up jet-setting migrant smuggling route

Sep. 15, 2022 06:29 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Police in Italy and Belgium have arrested five people accused of smuggling migrants carrying fake diplomatic passports into Europe aboard luxury jets, Italian police said Thursday. Migrants paid up to 10,000 euros (dollars) each to be flown from Turkey into European...

R. Kelly timeline: Shining star to convicted sex offender

Sep. 14, 2022 17:56 PM EDT

R&B superstar R. Kelly’s musical accomplishments have long been shadowed by allegations that he sexually abused women and children. Now the singer has been found guilty in his hometown of Chicago on child pornography charges, but acquitted of a conspiracy to obstruct justice charge accusing...

Iowa teen who killed rapist sentenced, ordered to pay $150K

Sep. 13, 2022 21:30 PM EDT

A teenage human trafficking victim who was initially charged with first-degree murder after she stabbed her accused rapist to death was sentenced Tuesday in an Iowa court to five years of closely supervised probation and ordered to pay $150,000 restitution to the man’s family. ...

Spanish sex club owners, workers protest prostitution bill

Sep. 12, 2022 14:20 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Protesters including brothel owners and sex workers demonstrated Monday in front of the Spanish Parliament over a bill that would penalize prostitution customers and sex club owners or pimps with sentences up to 4 years in prison. The bill backed by the ruling...

Judge indicts 19 in yoga sect that used sex to lure powerful

Sep. 08, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — A judge in Argentina indicted 19 people on Thursday for their alleged involvement in a yoga school in Buenos Aires that operated like a sect and coerced female members to have sex with rich and powerful men in order to obtain money and other benefits. Judge...

US citizen jailed on child porn allegations in Honduras

Sep. 07, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A United States citizen has been jailed for alleged child pornography and accused of possible involvement in human trafficking in Honduras after authorities found a semi-clothed minor in his apartment on the Caribbean island resort of Roatan. Honduras...

Woman pleads guilty in ex-con's plot against college women

Sep. 07, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York woman on Wednesday admitted to laundering money made from an ex-convict’s plot to extort and force into labor or prostitution some women he met at his daughter’s on-campus housing at Sarah Lawrence College. Isabella Pollok, 31 — herself a graduate...

Iran sentences 2 women to death for 'human trafficking'

Sep. 05, 2022 07:38 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran has sentenced two women to death on charges of human trafficking, the country's official IRNA news agency reported on Monday, a penalty that sparked widespread condemnation online. Authorities accused the women — identified as Zahra...

Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier guilty of child sex crimes

Aug. 31, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A former staff sergeant stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, Washington, to charges related to traveling to a foreign country with the intent to engage in child sex crimes. Moeun Yoeun, of Steilacoom,...