FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) — With waves of arrests, Pakistani investigators are trying to unravel trafficking networks that convince impoverished Pakistanis to marry off their daughters to Chinese...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state would legalize the buying and selling of sex under a proposal introduced in the state Legislature Monday that would lift criminal penalties for sex...
WASHINGTON (AP) — A city councilman of Washington, D.C., has announced plans to propose a bill to decriminalize sex work in the District.
News outlets report the Monday announcement and news...
Tactics in prostitution stings raise questions
YORK, Pa. (AP) — Inside the bedroom, Heather Strausbaugh sat talking with her client — the conversation ranged from nightlife and bars to their families. The man seemed nervous. But, eventually,...
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle man has been sentenced to 23 years in prison and 15 years of supervised release for crimes including sex trafficking of a minor.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than 100 current and former sex workers rallied at New York's Capitol on Tuesday to encourage lawmakers to repeal a loitering law they say police use to harass people...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Critics of criminal prostitution laws are urging Rhode Island lawmakers to support a legislative study on decriminalizing sex work.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Most Florida second-degree misdemeanors don't have dayslong pretrial hearings with top-line attorneys and 30 subpoenaed witnesses, including an expert on police...
The Latest: Kraft’s lawyers want sex tapes thrown out
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a suppression of evidence hearing in the Robert Kraft prostitution case (all times local):
DA: Man ran prostitution ring out of parents’ basement
NEW YORK (AP) — A Long Island man ran a prostitution ring out of his elderly parents' sprawling suburban home, enticing women with drugs and locking them in a basement where he forced them to use...
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Sioux Falls mayor wants the city to crack down on prostitution.
The Argus Leader reports that Mayor Paul TenHaken is asking for two additional police officers to...
Kraft’s attorneys attack prostitution investigation
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for Robert Kraft on Wednesday attacked a Florida police investigation that led to the New England Patriots owner being charged with paying for sex at a...
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man convicted of being an "enforcer" for a large-scale prostitution ring that brought people into the country illegally to work in New Jersey brothels has been sentenced to...
Man convicted of running prostitution, drug operation
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been convicted of running a prostitution operation following a trial during which witnesses described how he used their drug addictions to force them...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge in Nevada has sentenced a 35-year-old Southern California man to 25 years in prison for child sex trafficking and witness tampering.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A bill introduced in the Nevada Senate on Thursday seeks to ban the nation's only legal brothels by outlawing prostitution.
SC woman devotes life to saving sex trafficking victims
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — It doesn't matter the time of day. With a pen and paper nearby, Beth Messick spends her free time scrolling through dozens of online advertisements for sex in the...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — For more than two years, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has been battling the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for sex trafficking and prostitution investigation...
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....
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...
Federal lawsuit seeks to ban legal prostitution in Nevada
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Texas woman who says she was forced into prostitution at a legal Nevada brothel has filed a lawsuit seeking to outlaw all bordellos in the state under a century old U.S. law...
Officials call for regulations after Robert Kraft charges
BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Maura Healey renewed her call on Tuesday for passage of legislation that would tighten state laws around the licensing and regulation of massage therapy and...
Lawmaker proposes studying whether to decriminalize sex work
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A state lawmaker in Rhode Island has proposed creating a legislative commission to look at decriminalizing prostitution.
The House Judiciary Committee is currently considering the proposal by Democratic Rep. Anastasia Williams, of Providence.
Bill to toughen child sex trafficking penalties put on hold
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill to increase penalties for child sex trafficking is on hold after advocates for legalized prostitution pushed for further study of the issue.
The bill would have made it a Class A felony to pay, agree to pay or offer to pay for sex with someone younger than 18, bumping the potential penalty from 3½ to seven years in prison to up to 15 years.
Agent honored by Trump worked on major trafficking case
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal anti-trafficking agent invited to the State of the Union address by President Donald Trump helped take down brutal operations that smuggled women from Mexico into the U.S. and forced them into prostitution.
Lawmakers seek to end penalties for youth in prostitution
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Children who are subjected to prostitution won't be treated as criminals under legislation being considered by the state Legislature.
The legislation sponsored by Rep. Gail Chasey, an Albuquerque Democrat who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, proposes changing state law so that prostitution would no longer be considered a punishable offense or delinquent act for New Mexico youth. The committee passed the proposal on Wednesday.
Wisconsin lawmakers reintroduce prostitution surcharge bill
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin legislators are bringing back a bill that would impose a new fine on anyone convicted of soliciting prostitutes.
The bill would impose a $5,000 fine on anyone convicted of patronizing, pandering or soliciting prostitutes or keeping a place of prostitution.
The money would cover treatment and services for sex-trafficking victims as well as investigations of internet crimes against children.
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.
Dennis Hof associates form Nevada Brothel Association PAC
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Associates of the late Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof are preparing to revive the brothel industry's political voice in Nevada.
The Nevada Brothel Association announced its formation Friday. The industry's longtime lobbyist retired in 2015, leaving no unified voice for the state's brothel owners.
The PAC filed with the Nevada Secretary of State's office in November and named Suzette Cole, the manager of Hof's four Lyon County brothels, as director.
Columbia man sentenced for sex trafficking
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Columbia man was sentenced to 15 years without parole for his role in a prostitution ring.
Federal prosecutors say 26-year-old Kenneth Jones was sentenced Thursday for sex trafficking of a minor and two counts of transportation for illegal sexual activity. When he pleaded guilty in August, Jones admitted he induced three victims to travel across state lines to engage in prostitution.
Supreme Judicial Court upholds law designed to target pimps
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' high court has upheld a law that makes it a crime to profit from prostitution, ruling a man caught during a human trafficking sting was a pimp and should be prosecuted as one.
Legal brothel owners upset over proposed Elko license fees
ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Legal brothel owners in northeastern Nevada are trying to beat back the city of Elko's proposal to double their license application fees and more than triple renewal fees at the regulated houses of prostitution.
The Elko Daily Free Press reports the dramatic increases are outlined in a business impact statement scheduled to go before the Elko City Council for the first time on Tuesday.
Ex-Monroe judge gets year in prison in violent sex case
MONROE, Mich. (AP) — A former judge accused of paying women for violent sex has been sentenced to at least one year in prison, far less than what prosecutors had sought.
Jarold Calkins was a District Court judge in Monroe County at the time. He was initially charged with prostitution crimes, but the charges were replaced by misconduct in office charges . The four young women wanted to remain anonymous.
Spanish court rules union of sex workers illegal
MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court has outlawed a union of sex workers, saying that recognition of the group amounted to making the exploitation of prostitutes legal.
Wednesday's ruling agreed with two women's rights groups that filed a lawsuit against the OTRAS sex workers' organization. The groups argued that the unionizing move amounted to a legal recognition of pimping.
Correction: Prostitution-Criminal Records story
HONOLULU (AP) — In a story Nov. 2 about a Hawaii State Supreme Court ruling about prostitution and solicitation, The Associated Press, relying on information from Hawaii News Now, reported erroneously that the Hawaii Legislature changed a law in 2016 to make the punishment equal for prostitutes and their customers. In 2016, the Legislature clarified the existing law allowing for different penalties for prostitutes and their customers.
The Latest: Nevada county voters reject bid to boot brothels
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday's midterm election in Nevada (all times local):
Voters say brothels can stay in one northern Nevada county where recently deceased reality TV star-turned-political candidate Dennis Hof owned all four legal bordellos.
The Tuesday advisory vote came after Lyon County commissioners put the question to residents of the county of about 54,000 people east of the state capital, Carson City.
TV Station: Minnesota judges failed to impose sex crime fine
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota judges frequently failed to impose mandatory fines on convicted sex traffickers and buyers, according to a TV station's analysis of court records.
7 linked to prostitution case involving Georgia university
MACON, Ga. (AP) — Georgia prosecutors have issued seven arrest warrants in a prostitution case linked to Fort Valley State University.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports prosecutors said Friday that warrants were issued earlier this week for former FVSU executive assistant to the president Alecia Johnson and six men.
Lyon County finds possible signs of trafficking at brothels
YERINGTON, Nev. (AP) — The Lyon County sheriff's office is stepping up its enforcement at four legal brothels in the rural county east of Reno after an audit found weaknesses and gaps in its ability to detect human trafficking.
The audit released Thursday after a four-month investigation uncovered several indicators that foreign and domestic human trafficking could be occurring at the brothels that were owned by Dennis Hof, who died on Tuesday.
Army reservist convicted of running prostitution ring
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. Army reservist accused of running a sex trafficking enterprise in North Carolina has been convicted by a federal jury.
The Department of Justice said in a news release Friday that 29-year-old Xaver M. Boston of Charlotte was found guilty of six counts of sex trafficking and one related charge.
The news release says Boston served in the U.S. Army as a reserve military policeman.
Side effect of trafficking law: More street prostitution?
NEW YORK (AP) — Recent crackdowns targeting the sex-for-hire industry have reduced the number of commercial ads on the internet and helped fight online trafficking. But activists and police say the efforts may have had unintended consequences — landing women and girls back on the streets, where dangers also lurk.
The Latest: Border Patrol agent targeted vulnerable women
LAREDO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a Border Patrol accused of killing four women (all times local):
A Texas prosecutor says a Border Patrol agent targeted a vulnerable community when he killed four women.
Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz spoke Monday about the allegations against 35-year-old Juan David Ortiz. He's accused of fatally shooting four women and injuring a fifth who escaped.
Ex-Monroe judge pleads guilty in prostitution investigation
MONROE, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan judge accused of paying women for violent sex has pleaded guilty to misconduct in office.
Jarold Calkins was a District Court judge in Monroe County when he was charged in March. He was suspended and eventually quit.
Calkins was initially charged with prostitution crimes. But the attorney general's office says the charges were replaced by misconduct in office charges. The four young women wanted to remain anonymous.
Police say Bloods member arrested for sex trafficking
PLAINVIEW, N.Y. (AP) — Police on Long Island say they have arrested a member of the Bloods gang on sex trafficking charges.
Suffolk County police arrested 32-year-old Abiodum Adeleke at a Holiday Inn in Plainview on Friday. They say a three-month investigation revealed that Adeleke used violence and threats to force women into prostitution. They say he also gave the women drugs.
Police say Adeleke is a confirmed member of the violent Bloods street gang.
Sex workers’ union ignites debate over prostitution in Spain
MADRID (AP) — A divisive debate over the legal status of prostitution has reignited in Spain after the country's staunchly feminist government was embarrassed to find out that it had approved the country's first sex workers' union.
Women's rights groups and policymakers have long been divided over whether legalizing prostitution, which is currently not legal but tolerated, would bring out of the shadows a lucrative and widespread business that often comes at the expense of abuse of women.
Sex workers knock on doors for political candidate
NEW YORK (AP) — When a 41-year-old escort who goes by the name Lana Marciano went from apartment to apartment in Brooklyn as part of a push for sex workers' rights, she seemed pleased that no one slammed a door in her face.
Marciano was among 35 sex workers and their allies who recently campaigned for a legislative candidate seeking to decriminalize prostitution, the latest example of activism in a community that includes escorts, adult film stars, strippers and phone sex operators.
Convicted felon facing new child sex trafficking charges
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 24-year-old Las Vegas man convicted last year of pandering is facing multiple new child sex trafficking charges after for allegedly using social media to lure teenage girls into prostitution.
Ohio high court upholds trafficked girl’s murder conviction
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the murder conviction of a woman whose forced prostitution as a teenager was cited as a factor leading to her involvement in the fatal shooting of her pimp during a robbery.
The court's 6-1 decision came in the case of a 2013 slaying of the Akron man and the wounding of another in a robbery that prosecutors say Alexis Martin helped plan.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials have yanked a brothel license from Nevada's most famous legal pimp, who has fashioned himself as a Donald Trump-style candidate for a state legislative seat and faced increasing anti-prostitution sentiment.
Dennis Hof had failed to apply for a renewal and pay fees for his Love Ranch brothel about an hour's drive northwest of Las Vegas, officials in southern Nevada's Nye County said.