Human trafficking

April 20, 2018 - 6:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the actress charged with helping to recruit women into a cult-like organization. (all times local): 6:30 p.m. An actress best known for playing a young Superman's friend has pleaded not guilty to charges she helped recruit women into a cult-like organization. Allison...
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FILE - This June 26, 2012, file photo shows television actress Allison Mack at a party in Los Angeles. Federal prosecutors say television actress Allison Mack, from "Smallville" has been charged with sex trafficking for helping recruit women to be slaves of a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru. Mack, 35, was accused in an indictment unsealed Friday in federal court in Brooklyn. She was scheduled to appear in court later Friday. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File)
April 20, 2018 - 6:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A television actress best known for playing a young Superman's close friend pleaded not guilty Friday to sex trafficking after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave "master" recruiting unsuspecting women to a cult-like group led by a man who sold himself as a self-...
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FILE -- In this Jan. 10, 2017 file photo Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer appears before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent subcommittee on Investigations looking into Backpage.com. Ferrer will serve no more than five years in state prison under a plea agreement announced Thursday, April 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, file)
April 12, 2018 - 8:02 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The chief executive of a website that authorities have dubbed an "online brothel" pleaded guilty to California money-laundering charges Thursday, while the company itself pleaded guilty to human trafficking in Texas. Carl Ferrer will cooperate in prosecuting Backpage.com's...
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April 12, 2018 - 6:21 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The chief executive of a website that authorities have dubbed an "online brothel" pleaded guilty to reduced charges Thursday and agreed to cooperate in prosecuting the site's creators. Carl Ferrer will serve no more than five years in state prison under the plea agreement...
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April 11, 2018 - 11:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a new law aimed at curbing sex trafficking. During a White House signing ceremony Wednesday, the president said the survivors "are very brave." Among those at the ceremony were Trump's daughter, Ivanka, several members of Congress and families of...
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April 10, 2018 - 7:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government would take modest steps toward hindering money laundering by human traffickers under legislation approved Tuesday by the House as lawmakers found a widely popular cause to tackle in a mostly discordant election year. The bipartisan bill would require an existing...
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April 10, 2018 - 6:10 am
MILAN (AP) — Italian authorities have arrested 13 suspects in a high-speed migrant trafficking ring operating between Tunisia and Sicily whose members espoused radical jihadist views. Italian financial police in Sicily said Tuesday that a wiretapped conversation between two traffickers revealed one...
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FILE - This undated file booking photo provided by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office shows James Larkin. An indictment unsealed in federal court in Phoenix Monday, April 9, 2018, charges Larkin, a founder of the classified site Backpage.com, with facilitating prostitution and money laundering. (Sacramento County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
April 09, 2018 - 9:09 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The classified advertising site Backpage.com ignored warnings to stop running advertisements promoting prostitution, sometimes involving children, because the lucrative enterprise brought in half a billion dollars, according to an indictment unsealed Monday. The charges against...
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April 07, 2018 - 8:38 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A legislative proposal introduced in the New York state Legislature would require training for hotel workers in how to recognize signs of human trafficking. The measure is sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Sen. Jesse Hamilton, both Democrats. Supporters say trafficking...
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March 26, 2018 - 6:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The leader of a secretive group in upstate New York turned female followers into brainwashed "slaves" who were branded with his initials and coerced into having sex, authorities alleged on Monday in a criminal complaint charging him with sex-trafficking. Keith Raniere, co-founder of...
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