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Emerging Form of Trafficking Turns People Into Scammers

Rights group says 700 Malaysians are trapped in Laos right now

(Newser) - It's a form of human-trafficking with a high-tech twist: Young men and women who respond to a job offer and end up forced into running online love and investment scams. Voice of America zeroes in on one alleged instance of this involving Malaysia and Laos. The Malaysian International Humanitarian...

Mass. Asks DOJ to Look Into DeSantis' 'Inhumane Acts'

Officials want probe into whether moving migrants to Martha's Vineyard was human trafficking

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' decision to transport 50 Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard has been slammed by critics as "gross," "unbelievably cruel," and "crimes against humanity." Whether it was illegal or not is another matter, and one that the state of...

Donations Pour In for Girl Who Must Pay Accused Rapist's Family

Fundraiser for Pieper Lewis raised more than $200K in 24 hours

(Newser) - On Tuesday, teenage human trafficking victim Pieper Lewis was ordered to pay $150,000 to the family of her accused rapist, a 37-year-old Iowa man she stabbed to death in 2020. On Wednesday, a GoFundMe campaign set up to help her hit $150,000—and kept going, reaching $230,000...

Teen Who Killed Alleged Rapist Ordered to Pay Restitution

Pieper Lewis was a victim of human trafficking in Iowa

(Newser) - A teenage human trafficking victim who was initially charged with first-degree murder after she stabbed her accused rapist to death was sentenced Tuesday in an Iowa court to five years of closely supervised probation and ordered to pay $150,000 restitution to the man’s family. Pieper Lewis, 17, was...

Mo Farah's Trafficking Reveal Spurs a UK Probe

London's Metropolitan Police investigating after Olympian's shocking documentary announcement

(Newser) - London's Metropolitan Police Service has opened an investigation into four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah's reveal that he was trafficked to the UK as a child. The inquiry comes after Farah, 39, said in a documentary that a woman he didn't know brought him to the UK when...

Olympic Champ: I Was Trafficked as a Child, Forced Into Servitude

Mo Farah says that's how he ended up in UK

(Newser) - Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah says he was illegally trafficked to the UK at age 9 and forced to work in domestic servitude, looking after another family's children. The long-distance runner made the revelation in a documentary debuting Wednesday on the BBC . The 39-year-old says he was born Hussein...

Disney Workers Among 108 Arrested in 'Operation March Sadness 2'

Florida sting operation targeted prostitution, human trafficking

(Newser) - A sheriff's office in Florida says 108 people were arrested, including a retired judge and several Disney employees, during a sting operation to combat human trafficking, prostitution, and child sexual abuse. Most of those busted in "Operation March Sadness 2" were arrested for seeking a prostitute or "...

China Makes Arrests in Chained Woman Case
China: Chained Woman
Was Actually Sold Twice
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China: Chained Woman Was Actually Sold Twice

Officials update Xiaohuamei's story once again

(Newser) - Update: Chinese officials' evolving story on the woman found chained by her neck has gotten another revision. While authorities earlier reversed their denials and confirmed the woman, named Xiaohuamei and confirmed to be 44, had been a human trafficking victim, they now say she was actually sold twice. In early...

Tennessee Mom at Center of a 'Difficult and Shocking' Case

Melissa Blair is accused of trading items like vape pens to teen boys for sexual favors

(Newser) - A Tennessee mom who was an active parent at a local school is accused of being a little too active, allegedly trading items to teen boys for sexual favors. Law & Crime reports that 38-year-old Melissa Blair has been indicted for charges including statutory rape, after allegedly making contact with...

Agent Accused of Aiding Epstein Found Dead in Cell

Jean-Luc Brunel was under investigation in France for rape, human trafficking

(Newser) - A modeling agent accused of being an accomplice of Jeffrey Epstein was found hanged in his Paris jail cell Saturday. French prosecutors said that an investigation into the death of Jean-Luc Brunel, 75, had begun, but that early signs suggested it was suicide, the Guardian reports. He had been hanged...

Man Kidnapped As Child Draws Map, Finds Mom

Miracle after 30 years

(Newser) - A man in China was able to reunite with his family some 30 years after he was kidnapped with the help of a map he was able to draw from memory. Per BBC , Li Jingwei was abducted in 1989 in Yunnan Province then sold to a family living over 1,...

She Came to US to Work for a Diplomat. It Was a Nightmare

Inside one domestic worker's allegations

(Newser) - It was a chance meeting at a gas station that can only be described as incredible: Sri Yatun had been living in Los Angeles where she worked as the housekeeper, cook, and nanny for an Indonesian consular official and her husband. What she had been promised when she left her...

SEC Complaints of Facebook Whistleblower Revealed

In her claim, Frances Haugen cites document that says platform removes only 2% of hate speech

(Newser) - 60 Minutes is sharing details of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen's complaints to the Securities and Exchange Commission, including her claim that the social network stoked political division by steering conservative-leaning users toward conspiracy theories. One of at least eight complaints, titled "Facebook misled investors and the public...

20 Found Dead on Small Boat in Caribbean

It was drifting near Turks and Caicos Islands, an oft-used region for human traffickers

(Newser) - A boat was found drifting about a mile off Grand Turk island with 20 dead people on board, including two children, authorities in the Turks and Caicos Islands said Sunday. Officials said investigators had ruled out foul play but were still trying to determine what happened, per the AP . The...

150 Missing Children Recovered in Tennessee

Operation Volunteer Strong sees 'miraculous' results

(Newser) - Law enforcement in Tennessee are celebrating a major accomplishment: the recovery of 150 missing children. Operation Volunteer Strong—a collaboration between the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, US Marshals Service, and Tennessee Department of Children's Services—launched Jan. 4 with the goal to find 240 missing children across the state....

Ex-Olympics Gymnastic Coach Kills Self Amid Charges

John Geddert, 63, was linked to the imprisoned Larry Nassar

(Newser) - A former US Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sport doctor Larry Nassar died by suicide Thursday after being charged with two dozen crimes, including forms of human trafficking, the state attorney general said, per the AP . The announcement from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel came about three hours...

Migrants' 911 Calls Spur Search for Truck: 'We Are Dying'

Local authorities in San Antonio, DHS desperately seeking white tanker that may have 80 trapped

(Newser) - Authorities from the San Antonio Police Department, Bexar County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, and even the Department of Homeland Security have embarked on a desperate search for a tanker truck that may be crammed with dozens of trapped migrants in a human smuggling operation. Sheriff Javier...

33 Children Found, Some in Cycle of Abuse
33 Missing
Children Found

33 Missing Children Found

FBI leads California effort against human trafficking

(Newser) - An investigation launched during Human Trafficking Awareness Month found 33 missing children in Southern California, the FBI announced . One person was arrested on California human trafficking charges, USA Today reports. Eight of the children were being sexually exploited when they were found, officials said, and others were exploited in the...

6 Guilty in Deaths of 39 Who Suffocated in Truck

'They were treated worse than cattle'

(Newser) - With double the usual number of migrants packed into a sealed refrigeration container to be smuggled into Britain from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, truck company owner Ronan Hughes warned driver Maurice Robinson via text that he should stop and give them air when he left the port in England....

Suit Accuses Fox News Stars of Sexual Harassment, Rape

Former staff member says Ed Henry attacked and battered her

(Newser) - A federal lawsuit filed Monday by two women accuses Ed Henry of rape and other Fox News stars of widespread sexual harassment. The allegations by Cathy Areu and Jennifer Eckhart, a former associate producer, involve host Sean Hannity, host Tucker Carlson, journalist Howard Kurtz, and contributor Gianno Caldwell. Fox News...

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