LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson said Tuesday that he'd like like to see more serivces provided for human trafficking victims to help them resume a normal life.
Peterson said he sees a need for more specially trained foster parents who are willing to accept youths who have been trafficked.
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have broken up a human trafficking ring that forced Chinese women into prostitution in Spain.
The gang approached the women in China and promised them well-paying jobs in Europe, Police Commissioner Carlos Rio-Miranda Iglesias said Tuesday.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal and Morocco signed an agreement Wednesday setting out legal guidelines for Moroccans to live and work in the European Union country, as part of an effort by the two countries to fight illegal migration and human trafficking.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Mexico City said Tuesday a judge has ordered a former political boss held in jail pending trial on sex-trafficking charges.
Cuauhtémoc Gutiérrez is the former Mexico City leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which ruled Mexico for most of the 20th century.
PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama law enforcement officials claim a Georgia woman charged in her 5-year-old daughter’s death had accepted payment to let a man have sex with the child.
An arrest warrant included in court records claim Kristy Siple agreed to accept payment from someone “for having sexual intercourse and sodomy with her minor child.” Authorities arrested Siple this week and charged her with murder and human trafficking in connection with the death of her daughter.
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Law enforcement officers have arrested a Georgia woman in connection with the death of her 5-year-old daughter.
Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said Wednesday that Kristy Siple, who also goes by Kristy Hoskins, has been charged with murder in the course of kidnapping, murder during the course of rape and sodomy and human trafficking.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Agents with an investigative unit of the Department of Homeland Security will wear body cameras for the first time as part of a six-month pilot program that will focus on the costs and benefits of using the technology in federal law enforcement, officials said.
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A longtime Iowa business owner convicted of using his diner in sex trafficking and drug crimes has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.
Hershal James Ratliff, 71, of Council Bluffs, was sentenced Thursday after being found guilty in July of six counts of human trafficking and one count of distribution of a controlled substance to a minor.
FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky attorney has been sentenced on human trafficking charges after he was implicated in a former judge’s criminal case.
Robert L. Poole, 53, of Florence, was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison, which was probated for five years with conditions, according to a statement from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A housing assistance program for survivors of human trafficking will be developed in southeastern Kentucky with a federal grant, officials said.
The U.S. Justice Department awarded the $600,000 grant for a short-term housing program that will help trafficking survivors in Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle, and Whitley counties, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Friday in a statement.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Officials say a housing assistance program for survivors of human trafficking will be developed in New Hampshire with a federal grant, making it the first transitional housing of its kind in the state.
BEAVER DAM, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man who police say sold his juvenile daughter to another man has been arrested and charged with human trafficking.
State troopers and social services launched an investigation in November after investigators learned that the girl had given birth in March, the Kentucky State Police said Wednesday in a news release.
BERLIN (AP) — German police and customs officers conducted dozens of raids across the country Wednesday and arrested at least nine people in a crackdown on the alleged human trafficking of temporary workers from outside the European Union.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed this month claims boys and young men at a church-related farm business in Pennsylvania were subjected to forced labor and punishment that included dragging chains and breaking up rocks with a hammer.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — A veteran attorney from southern Ohio who was charged last year with human trafficking involving six women — most, former clients — has died, according to published reports.
ROME (AP) — Italian customs police on Monday dismantled a Nigerian organized crime syndicate that forced dozens of young women into prostitution and begging on the streets of Italy and then smuggled out millions of euros in ill-gained revenues to Nigeria, with cash hidden in suitcase handles or pasta packages.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A philanthropist filed papers with the Oregon Secretary of State on Tuesday to decriminalize sex work in the state in an attempt to put the issue before voters in the 2022 election.
STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man is facing multiple charges in connection with reports of a sexual assault on two teenagers, a sheriff's office said.
A lawsuit in which workers accuse a Hindu organization of human trafficking by luring them from India to build a temple in New Jersey for as little as $1.20 a day has widened to four other states.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has been accused of allowing children in his care to be sexually assaulted by a former landlord in exchange for rent.
A Douglas County judge recently ruled that Cormick Ferrell, 42, of Lawrence should stand trial on two counts of aggravated human trafficking in connection with the alleged assaults that took place between April 2014 and August 2017.
VERNON PARISH, La. (AP) — Three eastern Louisiana residents have been charged with human trafficking and rape in connection with the alleged sex trafficking of a child over the span of four years, according to authorities.
FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky attorney has pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges after he was implicated in a former judge's criminal case.
Robert L. Poole, 53, of Florence, pleaded guilty to five counts of promoting human trafficking for commercial sex activity in Kenton County, according to a media release Friday from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's office.
ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison for sex crimes against a minor, prosecutors said.
Timothy Ford, 40, of Columbia was sentenced to 25 years with all but nine years suspended for a 2019 incident in Columbia, the Howard County State’s Attorney Office announced in a news release.
BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — More than 100 people have been arrested in a Florida human trafficking investigation that focused on victims who might be forced into prostitution, a sheriff said Thursday.
The arrests were the culmination of a six-day undercover operation that involved several law enforcement agencies, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference.
CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations Security Council and the United States have imposed sanctions on a Libyan official over the alleged abuse and torture of migrants in a detention center.
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.
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.
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.
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 HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Law enforcement authorities clamping down on the exploitation of agricultural workers raided hundreds of vineyards and farms across Europe last month, the European Union police agency Europol announced Tuesday.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court overturned on Wednesday the convictions of a businessman charged in an alleged human trafficking ring that prosecutors said preyed on young men who were mentally ill and intellectually disabled.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former New Hampshire high school teacher accused of soliciting sexually explicit videos from a student for money and making and possessing child pornography has pleaded guilty to human trafficking and manufacturing child sex abuse images.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former high school teacher who was accused of soliciting sexual activity from a minor in exchange for money and manufacturing and possessing child sexual abuse images is planning to enter a guilty plea to a human trafficking charge, according to a court document filed Tuesday.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state of Mississippi has developed a website for people to report suspected cases of human trafficking and find help for victims.
Libyan authorities arrested two suspected human traffickers and facilitated the return of more than 50 Egyptian migrants to their home country, officials said.
Fifty-three Egyptians landed in Cairo’s international airport on a private flight late Sunday after authorities in Libya’s capital of Tripoli arrested them for attempting to travel by boat to Europe in recent weeks, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a North Carolina man to 13 years in prison for sex trafficking of a minor and for aiding and abetting, authorities said.
Antoine Lamar Wallace of Garner, was sentenced on Wednesday to for sex trafficking of a minor and aiding and abetting, the U.S.
GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland’s highest court has ruled that an Indian Swiss tycoon could owe the Geneva region more than 125 million francs (about $137 million) in back taxes amid allegations that he tried to pass himself off as a resident of Monaco and falsified the value of his fortune.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky sent a clear message of its commitment to track down human traffickers with a sting operation that rescued 21 victims and netted 46 arrests, state leaders said Wednesday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities made 102 arrests and rescued 47 victims as part of a 12-state effort to combat human trafficking, Missouri's top law enforcement official said Friday.
Most of the arrests occurred Thursday night into Friday morning and came after a months-long investigation, state Attorney General Eric Schmitt said.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A ranch in Southern Oregon’s Illinois Valley this week as part of an investigation into illegal cannabis cultivation, human trafficking and forced labor, law enforcement said.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government pledged Monday to take steps to eliminate forced labor after the country was downgraded by the U.S. to the worst level in an annual report on human trafficking.
BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday rejected U.S. accusations it is failing to stop human trafficking and said Washington has no right to criticize due to its history of racial discrimination.
Beijing was among 17 governments that were warned Thursday of potential U.S.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday designated 17 countries as not doing enough to combat human trafficking and warned them of potential U.S. sanctions. The administration also called out several U.S.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — An Everett pimp with a violent history must serve 21 years behind bars for sex trafficking, a King County judge ruled this week.
Bernard Gordon, 33, profited off illicit sex workers in the Seattle area, according to records filed in King County Superior Court in Seattle.
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — A man accused of keeping a 13-year-old girl in a house and plying her with drugs so he and other men could have sex with her was convicted of human trafficking.
Brian Askew, 40, of Auburn could receive a sentence of life without parole at a sentencing hearing set for July, a prosecutor said, and five other people await trial.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Dan McKee has asked state police to investigate whether the administrator of the state Division of Motor Vehicles had any knowledge of, or involvement in, an alleged prostitution operation that leased one if his rental properties.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general launched new anti-human trafficking teams to apprehend perpetrators and support survivors on Friday amid an alarming increase in labor and sexual exploitation statewide during the coronavirus pandemic.
HOUSTON (AP) — Three female deputies filed a federal lawsuit Monday accusing a Texas constable of turning the office's undercover operations into a “booze-fueled playground for sexual exploitation."
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A northern Kentucky attorney is facing more human trafficking charges, authorities said.
Robert L. Poole was indicted in Boone County on four counts of human trafficking and one count of bribing a witness, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Wednesday in a statement.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies rescued nine human trafficking victims and two children during an operation at a Missouri hotel, authorities said Saturday.
The operation Friday night at the Holiday Inn East hotel in Columbia resulted in two suspects also being detained, the Missouri Attorney General's office said in a news release.