Human trafficking

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 file courtroom drawing, defendant Keith Raniere, center, leader of the secretive group NXIVM, is seated between his attorneys Paul DerOhannesian, left, and Marc Agnifilo during the first day of his sex trafficking trial. After weeks of relentlessly lurid testimony, federal prosecutors have wrapped up their case against Raniere, a former self-improvement guru accused of sex trafficking. Both prosecutors and defense lawyers told the judge Friday, June 14 they were finished calling witnesses. Closing arguments and jury deliberations will happen next week. (Elizabeth Williams via AP, File)
June 14, 2019 - 2:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — After weeks of relentlessly lurid testimony, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn on Friday wrapped up their sex trafficking case against Keith Raniere, the former spiritual leader of the self-improvement group NXIVM. Prosecutors and defense lawyers told the judge they were finished...
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The exterior of a La Luz del Mundo church branch is seen Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. California's top prosecutor said Thursday that he believes there are more victims of child sex abuse than those listed in charges against the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo and several followers. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
June 08, 2019 - 12:53 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Remarks by the California attorney general regarding the arrest of the leader of a Mexico-based megachurch charged with human trafficking and child rape may have tainted a potential jury, defense attorneys said Friday. Attorney General Xavier Becerra spoke at a news conference...
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ADDS FIRST NAME - Young women pray outside the "La Luz Del Mundo," or Light of the World church, after members learned their church's leader Naasón Joaquín García was arrested in the U.S., in Guadalajara, Mexico, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. California authorities have charged Garcia, the self-proclaimed apostle of the Mexico-based church that claims over 1 million followers, with child rape, human trafficking and producing child pornography in Southern California. (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz)
June 05, 2019 - 10:13 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexico-based La Luz del Mundo church said Wednesday that its leader and "apostle" Naasón Joaquín García, who was arrested in California on charges of human trafficking and child rape, remains the spiritual leader of the group, which claims 5 million followers in 58 countries...
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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2009 file photo, worshippers raise their hands at La Luz Del Mundo, "Light of the World, Restoration of the Primitive Christian Church," during the Holy Dinner celebration, one of the principal religious events of The Light of the World church at the Hermosa Provincia Temple in Guadalajara, Mexico. California authorities have charged the leader and self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz Del Mundo (The Light of the World), a church based in Mexico that claims over 1 million followers, with child rape. Becerra on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 announced that Joaquin Garcia has been arrested and charged with committing 26 felonies in Southern California between 2015 and 2018. The charges also include human trafficking and producing child pornography. (AP Photo/Carlos Jasso, File)
June 04, 2019 - 11:30 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader and self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, a Mexico-based church with branches in the U.S. that claims over 1 million followers, has been charged with human trafficking and child rape, California officials announced Tuesday. Joaquín García and a follower of the...
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May 23, 2019 - 7:19 pm
Good evening! Here's a look at how AP's news coverage is shaping up today in the Deep South. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to: The Atlanta AP Bureau at 404-522-8971 or apatlanta@ap.org The Columbia AP Bureau at 803-799-5510 or apcolumbia@ap.org The...
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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2019 file photo, Lauren Salzman leaves Brooklyn federal court in New York. Testifying in NXIVM leader Keith Raniere's trial on sex trafficking charges Tuesday, May 21, 2019, Salzman said that when Mexican authorities broke down his door at a villa in Puerta Vallarta to grab Raniere, she was there and tried to stand up to them while he hid in a closet. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
May 21, 2019 - 9:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Self-help guru Keith Raniere was a coward during his arrest last year in Mexico on a U.S. sex-trafficking charge and a bully when dealing with a follower who failed to adhere to his twisted code of ethics, a witness testified Tuesday at Raniere's New York City trial. The follower...
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May 10, 2019 - 7:42 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A new report has indicated human traffickers in East and North Africa are shifting their business models in response to efforts to contain migration. The report by the Research and Evidence Facility, a European Union Trust Fund for Africa, stated the routes previously...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft leaves his seat during an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat, in New York. Attorneys for two Florida massage parlor employees plan to ask a judge to hold police and prosecutors responsible for the possible unauthorized release of video that they say shows New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft paying for sex. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
April 25, 2019 - 2:40 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's high-profile attorneys normally don't handle second-degree misdemeanors like soliciting a prostitute, but that's only part of what he needs them to do. Their main job is to make sure the public never sees videos that police say...
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FILE- This Feb. 19, 2019, file photo, shows the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla. Nearly three dozen men and women have filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing Florida authorities of unlawfully videotaping them as they received legal massages at a parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly paid for sex. The lawsuit by 31 John and Jane Does alleges that Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, the Jupiter Police Department and the case's lead detective violated their rights to privacy when they were videotaped in January receiving massages at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa. The lawsuit was originally filed Friday, April 19, 2019, with 17 accusers. (Hannah Morse/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
April 22, 2019 - 4:29 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Nearly three dozen men and women have filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing Florida authorities of unlawfully videotaping them as they received legal massages at a parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly paid for sex. The...
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Clare Bronfman, left, arrives at Federal court with her attorney Mark Geragos in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Friday, April 19, 2019. Bronfman has pleaded guilty to charges implicating her in a sex-trafficking conspiracy case against an upstate New York self-help group. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
April 19, 2019 - 7:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An heiress pleaded guilty on Friday in a sensational case accusing a cult-like upstate New York group of creating a secret harem of sex slaves for the group's self-anointed spiritual leader. Clare Bronfman admitted in her plea in federal court in Brooklyn that she harbored someone...
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