R. Kelly, R&B Star Who Long Evaded Justice, Is Sentenced to 30 Years

The prison term marks the culmination of Mr. Kelly’s stunning downfall. In court, the women he victimized gave wrenching accounts. “I don’t know if I’ll ever be whole,” one said.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #human-trafficking, #kelly-r, #racketeering-and-racketeers, #sex-crimes

Maxwell Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison as Epstein Case Nears Its End

Prosecutors said the harm inflicted by Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein’s sex-abuse scheme was “incalculable.” A victim said she was driven to attempt suicide. Ms. Maxwell did not apologize.

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #human-trafficking, #maxwell-ghislaine, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sex-crimes

‘Ghost Flights’? The Facts Behind Transporting Migrant Children

Government flights carrying undocumented children from the border to federally licensed shelters around the country are being criticized by conservative politicians in an election year.

#astorino-robert-p, #desantis-ron, #federation-for-american-immigration-reform, #florida, #human-trafficking, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #mukherjee-elora, #smuggling

Prosecutors Ask That Ghislaine Maxwell Spend at Least 30 Years in Prison

Ms. Maxwell, who was convicted of helping Jeffrey Epstein recruit and abuse girls for years, blamed her behavior on him and her deceased father.

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #maxwell-ghislaine, #nathan-alison-j, #sex-crimes

QAnon Joins Vigilantes at the Southern Border

Far-right activists are intercepting migrant children and collecting information about their families, based on an unfounded conspiracy theory that they are falling prey to sex-trafficking rings.

#arizona, #conspiracy-theories, #human-trafficking, #immigration-and-emigration, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

U.K. Plans to Send Some Asylum Seekers to Rwanda

Britain says it will fly many refugees thousands of miles to the central African country for processing and resettlement, a significant hardening of migration policy.

#asylum-right-of, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #human-trafficking, #immigration-and-emigration, #johnson-boris, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rwanda

U.K. Plans to Send Asylum Seekers to Rwanda for Processing

Some people seeking refuge in Britain would be flown thousands of miles to the central African country, a significant hardening of migration policy.

#asylum-right-of, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #human-trafficking, #immigration-and-emigration, #johnson-boris, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rwanda

Sarah Lawrence Cult Leader Convicted of Trafficking and Extortion

In 2010, Lawrence V. Ray moved into his daughter’s dormitory, gathered a circle of young followers around himself and began years of domination.

#extortion-and-blackmail, #human-trafficking, #prostitution, #ray-lawrence-v, #sarah-lawrence-college, #sex-crimes

Juror’s Error Did Not Affect Ghislaine Maxwell Verdict, Judge Rules

The juror’s statements to the media had clouded the sex-trafficking conviction of Ms. Maxwell, a longtime companion of Jeffrey Epstein.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #jury-system, #maxwell-ghislaine, #nathan-alison-j, #sex-crimes

Sarah Lawrence Cult Jury Hears From Key Witness: ‘I Became a Prostitute’

Claudia Drury offered an inside account of how, she said, Lawrence V. Ray controlled her and other college students.

#colleges-and-universities, #human-trafficking, #manhattan-nyc, #prostitution, #ray-lawrence-v, #sarah-lawrence-college, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls

An India Family’s Fatal Crossing on the U.S. Border

A family from India froze to death just yards away from crossing into the United States from Canada. Desperate migrants are trying their luck on the northern border.

#border-patrol-us, #canada, #deaths-fatalities, #gujarat-state-india, #human-trafficking, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #india, #north-dakota, #pembina-nd, #smuggling

How Sex-Trafficking Couple Gained Access to Women in Foster Care

A Bronx couple used foster care to exploit vulnerable young women, prosecutors and a woman who had been placed in their home said.

#administration-for-childrens-services-nyc, #foster-care, #human-trafficking, #hunts-point-bronx-ny, #little-flower, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #office-of-children-and-family-services-nys, #prostitution

Prince Andrew Has Paid Settlement to Virginia Giuffre, Her Lawyer Says

A request for dismissal, which still requires a judge’s signature, would resolve a lawsuit filed by Ms. Giuffre last year that accused Andrew of sexually abusing her when she was 17.

#andrew-duke-of-york, #compensation-for-damages-law, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #giuffre-virginia-roberts, #human-trafficking, #maxwell-ghislaine, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Accused Leader in Sarah Lawrence Cult Case Is Set to Stand Trial

For about 10 years, Lawrence V. Ray abused and extorted a group of his daughter’s classmates at the college, prosecutors say.

#extortion-and-blackmail, #human-trafficking, #interstate-industrial-corp, #kerik-bernard-b, #new-york-magazine, #police-department-nyc, #pollok-isabella, #prostitution, #ray-lawrence-v, #sarah-lawrence-college, #sex-crimes

‘Chained Woman’ Spurs Social Media Movement in China

The woman became a symbol of injustice and authorities’ incompetence in fighting human trafficking, posing a credibility challenge to an omnipotent government.

#china, #human-trafficking, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #social-media, #wechat-mobile-app, #weibo-corporation, #women-and-girls

2 Men Sentenced in Sex-Trafficking Ring That Preyed on Teenage Girls

Five members of a family-run operation trafficked girls between Mexico and Queens and pushed them into prostitution.

#human-trafficking, #mexico, #police-department-nyc, #prostitution, #queens-nyc, #ross-allyne-r, #sex-crimes

Married Couple Charged With Sex Trafficking Adult Fost

Prosecutors in Manhattan say Kareem and Sharice Mitchell trafficked eight women, including two whom Ms. Mitchell had taken in as foster children.

#foster-care, #human-trafficking, #manhattan-nyc, #prostitution, #sex-crimes

Belgium Convicts 18 in People-Smuggling Case Tied to U.K. Truck Deaths

A Belgian court convicted a man said to have been the leader of a human trafficking operation that resulted in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants in 2019. More than a dozen others were also found guilty.

#belgium, #essex-england, #europe, #european-union, #europol, #great-britain, #human-trafficking, #illegal-immigration, #vietnam

Ghislaine Maxwell’s Bid for a New Trial Faces a Major Hurdle

The rule that a trial judge cannot ask what happened in the jury room could block an attempt by Ms. Maxwell’s lawyers to overturn the verdict.

#human-trafficking, #jury-system, #maxwell-ghislaine, #nathan-alison-j, #sex-crimes

Gaetz’s Ex-Girlfriend Testifies Before Federal Grand Jury

The development suggests that the Justice Department may have secured a key witness in its child sex trafficking investigation of Representative Matt Gaetz.

#gaetz-matt, #greenberg-joel-1985, #house-of-representatives, #human-trafficking, #justice-department, #prostitution, #trump-donald-j

Ghislane Maxwell Prosecutors Seek Inquiry Into Juror’s Selection

A juror who voted to convict Ghislaine Maxwell on sex-trafficking charges told news outlets he disclosed during deliberations that he had been sexually abused.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #jury-system, #manhattan-nyc, #maxwell-ghislaine, #nathan-alison-j, #sex-crimes

Woman Suing Prince Andrew for Abuse Settled With Epstein for $500,000

The prince’s lawyers are expected to argue that Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s suit should be dismissed because of the earlier settlement’s terms.

#andrew-duke-of-york, #boies-david, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #giuffre-virginia-roberts, #great-britain, #human-trafficking, #manhattan-nyc, #maxwell-ghislaine, #royal-families, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Woman Suing Prince Andrew for Abuse Settled With Jeffrey Epstein for $500,000

The prince’s lawyers are expected to argue that Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s suit should be dismissed because of the earlier settlement’s terms.

#andrew-duke-of-york, #boies-david, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #giuffre-virginia-roberts, #great-britain, #human-trafficking, #manhattan-nyc, #maxwell-ghislaine, #royal-families, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Maxwell Prosecutors Won Their Case but Shed Little New Light on Epstein

Ms. Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial was expected to be a potential courthouse blockbuster. Those hoping for that were almost surely disappointed.

#andrew-duke-of-york, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #giuffre-virginia-roberts, #human-trafficking, #kellen-sarah, #manhattan-nyc, #maxwell-ghislaine, #sex-crimes

Indonesia Accepts Stranded Refugee Boat After Vowing to Turn It Away

The boat was being towed ashore with more than 100 Rohingya refugees on board. Indonesia initially said it would turn the vessel away, but relented under pressure from rights groups.

#aceh-province-indonesia, #bangladesh, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-trafficking, #indonesia, #malaysia, #myanmar, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rescues, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #united-nations, #united-nations-high-commission-for-refugees

Ghislaine Maxwell Jury’s Hours Extended Over Risks of Virus and Mistrial

Judge Alison Nathan said she was worried that the pandemic could cause a mistrial in the Ghislaine Maxwell case if jurors or participants had to quarantine.

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #jury-system, #manhattan-nyc, #maxwell-ghislaine, #nathan-alison-j, #sex-crimes

No Verdict Yet, So Ghislaine Maxwell Jury Is Given a Holiday Break

Jurors in Ms. Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial have given no indication of their progress toward a verdict. Deliberations are to resume on Monday.

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #jury-system, #manhattan-nyc, #maxwell-ghislaine, #sex-crimes

Ghislaine Maxwell’s Fate in Hands of Jury as Deliberations Begin

Prosecutors painted Maxwell as deeply complicit in Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse in closing arguments, while Ms. Maxwell’s defense challenged the credibility of her accusers.

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #manhattan-nyc, #maxwell-ghislaine, #nathan-alison-j, #sex-crimes

Defense Rests in Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

Ms. Maxwell chose not to testify, and her lawyers called a handful of witnesses whose testimony sought to poke holes in the accounts of her accusers.

#andersson-dubin-eva, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #maxwell-ghislaine, #new-york-city, #sex-crimes

The Photos That Ghislaine Maxwell Didn’t Want the Jury to See

Photos displayed during Ms. Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial show her in an apparently happy relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, her notorious former companion.

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #maxwell-ghislaine, #sex-crimes, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny

India’s Supreme Court Mandates Benefits for Sex Workers

Officials must enter them into databases for voting and benefits, the judges said, after they suffered from the effects of Covid-19 lockdowns.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #human-trafficking, #india, #prostitution, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-of-india

Officer Is Charged With Protecting Prostitution Ring in Exchange for Sex

Prosecutors say Wayne Peiffer, a police officer in Brewster, N.Y., had women from sex-trafficking and prostitution rings brought to him at the police station.

#blanca-hernandez-morales, #brewster-ny, #brewster-ny-police-department, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #cristian-noe-godinez, #human-trafficking, #jose-facundo-zarate-morales, #luz-elvira-cardona, #peiffer-wayne, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #prostitution, #roberto-cesar-cid-dominguez, #sex-crimes

Ghislaine Maxwell’s Unusual Request: Allow Anonymous Defense Witnesses

Three of Ms. Maxwell’s accusers testified anonymously. Now her lawyers are asking that three defense witnesses also be able to conceal their identities.

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #manhattan-nyc, #maxwell-ghislaine, #sex-crimes

Will Ghislaine Maxwell Testify at Her Sex-Trafficking Trial?

Veteran defense lawyers, including one who defended Kyle Rittenhouse, said the risk Ms. Maxwell would take by testifying probably outweighs any potential reward.

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #maxwell-ghislaine, #nathan-alison-j, #sex-crimes

Four Takeaways From the 8th Day of Ghislaine Maxwell’s Trial

A former pilot and a former assistant at Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach home testified, as prosecutors sought to bolster the accounts of Ms. Maxwell’s accusers.

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #giuffre-virginia-roberts, #human-trafficking, #maxwell-ghislaine, #sex-crimes, #trump-donald-j

Third Accuser Says Epstein and Maxwell Preyed on Her as a Troubled Teen

The accuser, who testified under her first name, Carolyn, described being preyed upon as an especially vulnerable child.

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #giuffre-virginia-roberts, #human-trafficking, #maxwell-ghislaine, #palm-beach-fla, #sex-crimes

A Meeting With Maxwell Led to Years of Sex With Epstein, Accuser Says

A woman identified only as “Kate” told jurors at Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial that Ms. Maxwell leveraged their friendship to encourage her to have sex with Jeffrey Epstein.

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #maxwell-ghislaine, #nathan-alison-j, #palm-beach-fla, #sex-crimes

The Trial of Ghislaine Maxwell

After the death of Jeffrey Epstein, what kind of justice is possible without him?

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #human-trafficking, #prostitution, #sex-crimes

Partners or Partners in Crime? Maxwell-Epstein Bond Is Key to Her Trial

The first week of testimony at Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial revealed the key question at the center of the case.

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #manhattan-nyc, #maxwell-ghislaine, #nathan-alison-j, #palm-beach-fla, #sex-crimes

Ghislaine Maxwell Brought Strict Rules to Epstein Home, Ex-Employee Says

Testifying at Ms. Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial, a former manager of Jeffrey Epstein’s Florida estate said she instructed: “Never look at his eyes.”

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #giuffre-virginia-roberts, #human-trafficking, #maxwell-ghislaine, #palm-beach-fla, #sex-crimes

Ghislaine Maxwell Accuser, ‘Jane,’ Shares Testimony

During the second day of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial, a woman accused Ms. Maxwell of befriending her when she was a girl, only to join in the sexual abuse that followed.

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #maxwell-ghislaine, #palm-beach-fla, #sex-crimes

Farm Housing Mennonite Boys Engaged in Human Trafficking, Lawsuit Says

In a federal lawsuit against the Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church, two plaintiffs said they were deprived of food and restrained with zip ties at a forced-labor farm.

#agriculture-and-farming, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #eastern-pennsylvania-mennonite-church, #human-trafficking, #juniata-county-pa, #liberty-ridge-farm, #martin-nelson, #mennonite-churches, #suits-and-litigation-civil

As Ghislaine Maxwell’s Trial Begins, Epstein’s Shadow Looms Large

Ms. Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial in Manhattan, which starts on Monday, is widely seen as a proxy for the courtroom reckoning that her longtime partner never received.

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #manhattan-nyc, #maxwell-ghislaine, #nathan-alison-j, #prostitution, #sex-crimes

What New Documents Reveal About Jeffrey Epstein’s Final Days

Newly released records show the disgraced financier living a mundane existence in jail before his suicide, while also spinning deceptions until the very end.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #content-type-personal-profile, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #human-trafficking, #maxwell-ghislaine, #metropolitan-correctional-center-manhattan-ny, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sex-crimes, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts

Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s Companion, Finally Goes on Trial

Jury selection is set to begin on Tuesday following a flurry of motions that began to bring the scope of the hotly anticipated trial into focus.

#epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #human-trafficking, #manhattan-nyc, #maxwell-ghislaine, #metropolitan-detention-center-brooklyn-ny, #nathan-alison-j, #sex-crimes

Don’t Fully Decriminalize Sex Work

Readers argue against the full decriminalization of sex work. Also: Joe Manchin and Greta Thunberg; a parole in the Brink’s case; the value of college.

#american-council-on-education, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #brinks-company, #colleges-and-universities, #covenant-house, #education, #human-trafficking, #manchin-joe-iii, #probation-and-parole, #prostitution, #sex-crimes, #thunberg-greta, #united-states-politics-and-government

Two Top Federal Prosecutors Join Matt Gaetz Case

The move by the department is a sign of the complex and high-stakes nature of the sex trafficking investigation into Representative Gaetz, a close ally of Donald Trump.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #gaetz-matt, #garland-merrick-b, #gee-todd, #human-trafficking, #public-integrity-section-justice-dept, #united-states-politics-and-government

At Mexico-U.S. Security Talks, Migration Question Is Largely Avoided

As diplomats from both countries began negotiating a new security agreement on Friday, the focus was on stopping criminal activity while the border crisis was conspicuously sidestepped.

#blinken-antony-j, #central-america, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #ebrard-marcelo, #gun-control, #human-trafficking, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico

3,000 Yazidis Are Still Missing. Their Families Know Where Some of Them Are.

Seven years after they were captured by the Islamic State, some members of the Iraqi religious minority are still being held captive by fighters in Syria. Others are with families of ISIS militants.

#human-trafficking, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #missing-persons, #syria, #turkey, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #women-and-girls, #yazidi-religious-sect

What We Get Wrong About Online Sex Work

A debate on finding the line between exploitation and empowerment in the sex industry.

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