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.
MALDEN, Mass. (AP) — Advocacy groups in Massachusetts are condemning Malden City Councilor Jadeane Sica for a photo of her posted online two years ago where she dressed up as an employee of Orchids of Asia, the Florida spa at the center of a high-profile prostitution case that implicated Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday at the trial of the founders of the lucrative classified site Backpage.com on charges of facilitating prostitution and laundering money after deciding prosecutors had too many references to child sex trafficking in a case where no one faced such a charge.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A national advocacy group and a Nevada lawyer have filed a sweeping federal lawsuit aimed at convincing a judge the nation’s only legal brothels are dens of illegal sex trafficking and unconstitutional slavery.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police in California would no longer be able to arrest anyone for loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution under a bill approved by state lawmakers on Friday amid debate over whether the move would help or harm sex trafficking victims.
PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers defending the founders of the classified site Backpage.com against allegations they knowingly ran ads for prostitution told jurors Wednesday that the adult service ads published by their clients were controversial but ultimately protected by the First Amendment.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A New Hampshire man joined his wife in pleading guilty to federal charges for their role in a sex trafficking operation that coerced Chinese women into prostitution in New England.
BERLIN (AP) — The number of people registered as sex workers with German authorities declined sharply last year as coronavirus restrictions shut brothels for months, official data showed Thursday.
Legislation in 2002 legalized and regulated prostitution in Germany, giving sex workers social benefits, and they are now obliged to register.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man convicted of sex trafficking of a minor and other crimes has been sentenced to 21 years in prison, authorities said.
The U.S. attorney's office in Hew Hampshire said Steven Tucker of Manchester was also ordered to pay $20,800 in restitution to the victims.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The district attorney in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties wants state lawmakers to decriminalize prostitution.
It's time to acknowledge that "people who are caught up in the nightmare circumstances of human trafficking and sexual exploitation are victims” rather than criminals, Andrew Robinson told lawmakers.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Facing opposition from her colleagues, a New Orleans lawmaker Tuesday shelved her proposal to decriminalize prostitution across the state, ending the debate for the legislative session.
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge tossed out thousands of prostitution-related cases dating to the 1970s on Wednesday at the request of the Manhattan district attorney, who announced he would no longer prosecute many offenses related to sex work.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore financier accused of spending at least $90,000 for sex with women, including some of whom he supplied with drugs, has pleaded guilty to a prostitution charge, according to federal prosecutors.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said Tuesday his office has sued four massage businesses that he contends solicit prostitution.
Schmitt said he is suing A Little Massage in Laclede County, Blue Lotus Asian Massage in Cole County, Shangri-La Massage in Jackson County and Ella’s Asian Massage in Clay County.
ATLANTA (AP) — Two Atlanta area massage businesses where a gunman waged a deadly assault this week had been repeatedly targeted in police prostitution investigations over the years, raising questions about the mayor's earlier comments that the spas operated legally.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A fourth person has pleaded guilty to her role in a Massachusetts sex trafficking ring that preyed on women struggling with substance abuse and used violence to keep them in line, federal prosecutors said.
NEW YORK (AP) — The district attorney of Queens announced Tuesday that she is requesting the dismissal of nearly 700 cases involving prostitution-related offenses, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would push for statewide decriminalization of sex work.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman authorities say worked for a convicted human trafficker by posting prostitution ads, recruiting women to work as prostitutes, and collecting money from the women has pleaded guilty, federal prosecutors say.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Kentucky man to 36 years in prison on charges that included the sex trafficking of three victims, authorities said.
Prince Bixler, 41, of Lexington also was ordered on Wednesday to have 10 years of supervised release and to pay $333,100 in restitution, the U.S.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Before the coronavirus pandemic, tourist-dependent Nevada had a notorious attraction: It was the only place in America where someone could legally pay for sex.
These days, even in the state known for sin, the business is taboo.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge in Nevada has dismissed a lawsuit that invoked sex trafficking laws in a bid to close the nation's only legal brothels.
U.S. District Judge Miranda Du in Reno said in her Tuesday ruling that she empathized with three women who claim they were victims of sexual violence in Nevada and other places.
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 work.
The bill isn't expected to get a vote before the Democrat-led Senate and Assembly plan to adjourn for the year next week.
NEW YORK (AP) — A 1996 law that shields online services from being liable for what their users do would be weakened by a sex-trafficking bill awaiting President Donald Trump's signature.
The law is what allows Facebook, Google and other leading companies to provide communications services.