Latest Human trafficking News

State police: evidence of potential human trafficking found

Oct. 22, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police and federal investigators found evidence of potential human trafficking while searching two Rutland residences suspected of drug trafficking activity on Friday, police said. Police had received indicators that women might be...

Police: 14 people found hidden in van in southwest Kansas

Oct. 22, 2021 11:29 AM EDT

LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) — A man has been arrested for suspected human trafficking after a van carrying 14 people was stopped in southwest Kansas, police said. An officer who “suspected criminal activity” stopped a van Thursday as it drove through Liberal on U.S. 54,...

R. Kelly's Chicago trial on federal sex charges set Aug. 1

Oct. 20, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered R&B superstar R. Kelly to stand trial in Chicago on child pornography and obstruction of justice charges next year after the scheduled sentencing for his conviction in an earlier sex trafficking trial in New York. ...

Former teacher sentenced on sex abuse, trafficking charges

Oct. 19, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former New Hampshire high school teacher who pleaded guilty to human trafficking and manufacturing child sex abuse images was sentenced to prison on Tuesday. Joshua Harwood, 38, of Manchester, pleaded guilty to the charges last month. ...

Dutch prosecutors place Eritrean on most wanted list

Oct. 19, 2021 09:25 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch authorities placed an Eritrean on the Netherlands' most-wanted list Tuesday, as they seek to prosecute him for his alleged involvement in large-scale human trafficking, abuse of migrants trying to reach Europe and extortion. The Dutch...

Judge agrees to delay in sentencing for Gaetz friend

Oct. 18, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday agreed to push back until next year the sentencing for U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz's friend who pleaded guilty earlier this year to sex trafficking and other charges. U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell said sentencing for Joel...

Sioux Falls woman pleads guilty to sex trafficking child

Oct. 16, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to sex trafficking involving a child. KELO-TV reports 37-year-old Melanie Hollingsworth faces up to life in prison when she’s sentenced in January. Authorities said...

Rewards offered for information in alleged smuggling ring

Oct. 15, 2021 07:33 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. government is offering two $1 million rewards for information leading to the arrest of a 40-year-old Pakistani man described as a “prolific human smuggler,” and for information leading to the financial disruption of his smuggling network. Abid...

New Jersey man receives 10 years for sex trafficking

Oct. 14, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for engaging in sex trafficking, federal prosecutors in North Carolina said. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release that Mark Daniel Benavidez, 40, of Elmwood Park, New Jersey,...

Insanity considered for ex-Marine in Florida family slaying

Oct. 11, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — An insanity defense is being considered for an ex-Marine accused of killing four members of a Florida family under the delusion they were part of a child sex trafficking ring. A lawyer for Bryan Riley told a judge Monday more time is needed...