TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Children in Florida public schools would be taught about the dangers and warning signs of human trafficking under a bill moving in the state House.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida prosecutors have offered a plea deal to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men charged with paying for illicit sex at a massage...
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey planned to donate campaign contributions he received from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who is charged with soliciting prostitution in Florida, to...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Democrats are urging the FBI to investigate a Trump campaign donor who is the founder and onetime owner of a spa that has been implicated in a human-trafficking...
US attorney in New Mexico focuses on human trafficking
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Organized criminal groups are using the crush of asylum seekers from Central America and elsewhere as cover for smuggling immigrants across the state's remote border with...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are considering another effort to clamp down on human trafficking by increasing and in some cases eliminating the statute of limitations for the...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is accused of inviting a California woman on an all-expenses paid trip to party in Orlando and then forcing her into prostitution.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Police seized almost $200,000 in connection with a Florida massage parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was accused of paying for sexual acts, court...
HOUSTON (AP) — Officials from more than 10 U.S. cities convened Tuesday in Houston to learn about its successes combatting human trafficking, a broad approach in which the city's health...
Morocco drops case against Spanish pro-migrant activist
MADRID (AP) — Spanish activist Helena Maleno says Moroccan authorities have dropped a case against her that sought human trafficking charges for her calls alerting maritime rescue services to the...
ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A human trafficking investigation in Northern California led to the arrest of a Chino police officer on suspicion of soliciting prostitution and having sex with a...
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been sentenced to at least 230 years in prison for coercing women into prostitution.
The Fayetteville Observer reports 42-year-old Robin T....
Ohio offers funds to remove human trafficking marks
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is offering grant money to help human trafficking victims get rid of tattoos or brands that were used to identify them as someone's property.
New trial set for dad accused of prostituting his daughter
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge in Albuquerque has declared a mistrial and scheduled a new trial for a man accused of prostituting his young daughter and forcing the girl to panhandle and pick...
Patriots owner pleads not guilty to prostitution charges
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution in a Florida case, according to court...
Man convicted of trafficking woman sentenced to prison
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man convicted of trafficking a woman into sexual servitude will serve seven to 10 years in prison.
New solutions for the old problem of illegal massage parlors
BOSTON (AP) — They're nestled amid bustling downtowns and tucked into nondescript strip malls across quiet suburbs. Brothels posing as massage parlors and Asian spas have been part of the American...
- Houston ChronicleFort Bend County officials ramping up anti-human trafficking effortsMarch 19, 2019
- Houston ChronicleTxDOT joins effort to end human traffickingMarch 14, 2019
- The News-TimesDanbury to crack down on massage parlors under proposed lawMarch 11, 2019
- Cleveland.comSen. Rob Portman gives money to charity from campaign donor accused of frequenting prostitutesMarch 1, 2019
Lawsuit targets Facebook, hotel over teen’s sex trafficking
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville lawsuit claims a teenage sex trafficking survivor was the victim of "quests for profits" by Facebook and a hotel chain.
Kansas judge freezes assets of sect accused of trafficking
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge in Kansas has frozen the assets of a sect that faced a $7.9 million judgment last year for human trafficking.
Nielsen says Central America to do more to curb caravans
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday that Central American nations have agreed to do more to stop migrant caravans and fight...
Louisiana congressman’s aide arrested in prostitution sting
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — An aide to Louisiana's U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins has been arrested on charges officials say are tied to an investigation into prostitution and human trafficking at massage parlors.
Jury selection set to begin in human trafficking trial
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a Connecticut man accused of being part of a human trafficking ring that preyed on intellectually disabled and mentally ill boys and young men for more than 20 years.
Strangers’ suspicions rankle parents of mixed-race children
PHOENIX (AP) — Amberkatherine DeCory carried photos of her daughter's birth certificate in her diaper bag in case she had to prove that the lighter-skinned girl was really hers. Cydnee Rafferty gives her husband a letter explaining that he has permission to travel with their 5-year-old biracial daughter.
Massachusetts man gets prison for attempt at sex with teen
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been convicted of trying to buy sex from someone he believed was a 16-year-old girl.
Anthony McCaffrey was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday after being convicted of human trafficking of a child under 18 and engaging in sexual conduct for a fee with a minor.
Paying for sex in Florida could earn a mandatory sentence
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Soliciting a victim of human trafficking for sex could soon mean a mandatory 30-day jail sentence in Florida.
The Senate Criminal Justice Committee unanimously approved a bill Monday that would create the mandatory sentence.
Sen. Gayle Harrell said her bill is an attempt to cut off the demand for prostitution that creates the problem of human trafficking.
Pope calls for protection of human trafficking’s victims
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has exhorted governments to root out the causes of human trafficking and protect victims.
Francis made the appeal while addressing faithful in St. Peter's Square on Sunday. He encouraged people to denounce instances of exploitation and modern slavery and to resist indifference to victims' suffering.
He said many Catholic nuns fight human trafficking and urged everyone to join forces to combat the crime.
Prosecutors: Couple plead guilty in sex trafficking of child
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say a New York City couple has admitted to the human trafficking of a child.
Richard Ortiz and Gabriella Colon, both of the Bronx, New York, pleaded guilty Thursday to a conspiracy count. Each could face a life term when they are sentenced in May.
Session helps medical workers spot human trafficking victims
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana hospital hosted a training session to help medical providers spot human trafficking victims.
The Independent Record reports more than a dozen employees Tuesday at St. Peter's Health in Helena attended a presentation led by Charity Parenzini.
2 Oklahoma companies in trafficking lawsuit settle pay claim
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two Oklahoma companies accused in a federal human trafficking lawsuit of underpaying immigrant workers have reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor.
AP FACT CHECK: Trump on human trafficking
WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at one of President Donald Trump's statements from his State of the Union address on Tuesday night and how it compares with the facts:
TRUMP: "Human traffickers and sex traffickers take advantage of the wide open areas between our ports of entry to smuggle thousands of young girls and women into the United States and to sell them into prostitution and modern-day slavery."
169 arrests in sex trafficking effort ahead of Super Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) — The FBI says 169 people were arrested as a result of an 11-day effort targeting human trafficking in the lead-up to the Super Bowl in Atlanta.
The FBI says in a news release Tuesday that the operation ran from Jan. 23 through Feb. 2. The FBI says it aimed to raise awareness by taking proactive steps to address the threat of sex trafficking before and during the Super Bowl.
NFL official: No security threats to Super Bowl
Weinstein lawyers argue against sex trafficking claim
NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's lawyers said the movie mogul is not a sex trafficker, despite claims in a class-action lawsuit.
The lawyers in a court filing late Monday urged U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein to toss out civil claims by women that claim Weinstein tried to coerce sex in return for movie roles or career enhancement.
Judge: Human trafficking law OK against Harvey Weinstein
NEW YORK (AP) — A second judge ruled Monday that a human trafficking law can be used in a civil lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein.
U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer in Manhattan made the finding as he let former Weinstein consultant Alexandra Canosa's lawsuit proceed against Weinstein and two of his companies.
Florida man accused of trafficking 14-year-old girl for sex
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida have arrested a man for forcing a 14-year-old girl to have sex with other men for money.
The Tallahassee Democrat reports the victim told investigators that 36-year-old Tyron Watson arranged sexual encounters between her and men since she was 13. She also told police Watson had sex with her at least twice.
Conference to focus on human trafficking in Maine, US
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Several advocacy groups are hosting a daylong conference on human trafficking trends in Maine.
The Thursday, Jan. 31 conference at the Augusta Civic Center will tackle statewide human trafficking trends and the signs of potential victims. Other topics will include the needs of survivors and identification within the health care setting.
Conference organizers said Saturday that the event is sold-out.
Inmate who escaped Alabama prison is captured in Kentucky
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An inmate serving a life sentence has been captured after escaping earlier this week from an Alabama prison.
A statement by the Alabama Department of Corrections said Corey Aris Davis, 30, surrendered early Saturday in Kentucky. The surrender took place without violence.
Further details were not immediately available. The Department of Corrections did not immediately respond to a telephone message or email from The Associated Press seeking comment Saturday.
Inmate escaped prison by hiding in furniture trailer
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An inmate serving a life sentence for human trafficking escaped from an Alabama prison by hiding inside a trailer used to haul furniture, state officials said Friday.
Law enforcement authorities are continuing to search for 30-year-old Corey Aris Davis, who escaped from the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville on Wednesday.
Alabama man convicted of sex trafficking escapes prison
ST. CLAIR, Ala. (AP) — A man serving life in prison on human-trafficking charges escaped from a maximum-security prison in north Alabama, officials said Thursday.
Corey Aris Davis, 30, was discovered missing from his cell at the St. Clair Correctional Facility during a security check about 8 p.m. Wednesday, the Department of Corrections said in a statement.
Authorities find suspected stash house for human trafficking
SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Authorities from the United States and Mexico are investigating after a 17-year-old from Guatemala and his father say they were held against their will in a house in Mexico as part of a human trafficking operation.
House passes bill to protect child sex trafficking victims
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House is advancing a bill designed to protect children who are victims of sex trafficking.
House Bill 571 would prevent charges from being filed against trafficking victims who are younger than 18. The minor would be taken into protective custody and counseling would be provided. Foster parents would be trained to help trafficking victims.
Stanford’s Smith raises awareness for human trafficking
NEW YORK (AP) — Stanford's Alanna Smith picked a great game to have a career day.
She scored a career-high 34 points on Sunday in a 21-point win over Washington. More importantly, she helped organize that contest to be the school's first Human Trafficking Awareness Game.
Cumberland Co. leads state in human trafficking arrests
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — State court figures shows that Cumberland County leads the state in arrests for human trafficking, a figure that the district attorney attributes to a task force focusing on the issue.
Bill aims to help minors who are sex trafficking victims
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Mississippi House is pushing a bill that he says could protect children who are victims of sex trafficking.
Wichita man sentenced for human trafficking operation
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 33-year-old Wichita man has been sentenced to 47.5 years in prison for human trafficking.
Prosecutors say Christopher Reed used social media to sell drugs and promote prostitution. His youngest victim was 17.
He was convicted in December of 19 crimes including rape, human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of a child.
‘Project Runway’ works with human trafficking survivors
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida-based company featured on the television show "Project Runway All Stars" is kicking off a new line of leather accessories as part of an effort to help survivors of human trafficking.
Contestants on the fashion design competition show worked with Jacksonville-based Rethreaded on Wednesday night's episode.
7 people accused of using Florida teen as sex slave
OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Seven people have been arrested in a human trafficking case in Florida involving a 15-year-old boy who investigators say was used as a sex slave.
News outlets quote St. Petersburg police Maj. Mark Hensley as saying that six men and a woman have been arrested. He says the men introduced the boy to sadomasochism.
Mississippi treasurer Fitch running for attorney general
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's second-term state treasurer said Monday that she is running for attorney general because she wants to protect gun rights, fight opioid abuse and crack down on human trafficking.
Republican Lynn Fitch of Ridgeland is traveling the state this week to discuss her candidacy for the state's top legal job.
The fourth-term attorney general, Democrat Jim Hood, is running for governor this year.