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She Escaped Her Pimp, but Still Had Access to Prostitutes

Inside Megan Lundstrom's journey from the streets to academia

(Newser) - Her pimp "shot seven bullets into my nanny’s car, then called and told me next time it wouldn’t be a car that gets shot." It took Megan Lundstrom a full two years to get out, but she managed to escape him—by aligning with another pimp....

Epstein Fund Completes Payments

Epstein Fund Completes Payments

More than 140 victims received a total of $121M in compensation

(Newser) - The fund set up by the estate of Jeffrey Epstein to compensate his sexual assault victims has finished its work, after distributing $121 million to more than 140 people. About 225 applications were filed, ABC reports, and 150 people were approved for compensation. "I think the number of certified...

Ohio Teen Trying to Escape Her Pimp Paid Steep Price

'Washington Post' takes a deep dive into Alexis Martin's case

(Newser) - When Alexis Martin was sentenced to 21 years to life for her role in a robbery that ended in murder, a judge described her as "working" for the "escort" business run by Angelo Kerney, the man who police found dead in November 2013. Except as Jessica Contrera writes...

Matt Gaetz's Ex Reportedly Cooperating With Authorities

News comes just days after friend's plea deal

(Newser) - A woman Rep. Matt Gaetz used to date, who has known him since 2017, is cooperating with authorities, CNN reports. Gaetz, a Republican congressman from Florida serving his third term, is embroiled in a sex trafficking scandal. He’s been accused of paying for sex with a minor and taking...

Gaetz Ally Admits Sex Trafficking
Gaetz Ally Admits
Sex Trafficking

Gaetz Ally Admits Sex Trafficking

Taking prosecutors' deal, Joel Greenberg enters 6 guilty pleas

(Newser) - Joel Greenberg, the former county tax collector at the center of a federal sex trafficking investigation along with Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, took prosecutors' plea deal Monday, admitting to six federal crimes. Changing his pleas from "not guilty" reduced the number of federal counts Greenberg faced from 33, the...

Move by Joel Greenberg an 'Ominous Sign' for Matt Gaetz

Former associate of Fla. congressman agrees to plead guilty to sex trafficking, including of a minor

(Newser) - The potential bad news that's been looming over Matt Gaetz just got worse. The New York Times reports that Joel Greenberg, a former tax collector and associate of the Florida congressman, has agreed to plead guilty to sex trafficking, including of a 17-year-old girl, and to cooperate with the...

Daily Beast: Associate's Letter Just Threw Gaetz Under the Bus

Congressman paid for sex with multiple girls, including a minor, Joel Greenberg confesses in note

(Newser) - Word on the DOJ investigation into GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz and associate Joel Greenberg over possible violations of federal sex-trafficking laws has been quiet over the past couple of weeks. That changed Thursday with an update from the Daily Beast . It got its hands on three drafts of a confessional...

Ghislaine Maxwell Enters Plea on 2 New Charges

'She's looking forward to fighting and she will fight,' rep says after Maxwell pleads not guilty

(Newser) - Ghislaine Maxwell hasn't appeared before a judge in person since last July, when she was arrested. That changed when the British socialite and former girlfriend of the late Jeffrey Epstein showed up Friday in federal court, where she pleaded not guilty via an attorney to two new sex-trafficking charges...

Yep, Gaetz Pal Joel Greenberg Is Seeking a Plea Deal

And more of the latest in Matt Gaetz investigation

(Newser) - Joel Greenberg, an associate of Matt Gaetz, is indeed cooperating with the Justice Department investigation focused on them both, sources say. Greenberg is seeking a plea deal, a source tells the Washington Post , and in doing so, he's reportedly been giving information to federal law enforcement authorities since last...

Gaetz Friend Appears to Be Cooperating

Lawyers in Joel Greenberg's hearing say they expect a plea deal

(Newser) - Lawyers for both sides seemed to indicate in a Florida court hearing Thursday that a former Seminole County tax collector is cooperating with prosecutors—a development that could provide a major boost to the investigation of US Rep. Matt Gaetz. Joel Greenberg faces a host of charges, including sex trafficking...

Report: Feds Are Looking Into Alleged Gaetz Bahamas Trip

Sources say marijuana entrepreneur may have paid for accommodation, escorts

(Newser) - Rep. Matt Gaetz may have violated federal law in more ways than one with an alleged trip to the Bahamas with a marijuana entrepreneur. Sources tell CBS that federal investigators looking into the trip suspect that Jason Pirozzolo, a Florida hand surgeon who is chairman of the board of the...

Aide Quits, but Gaetz Says He&#39;s Staying
Matt Gaetz:
I Won't Resign

Matt Gaetz: I Won't Resign

Lawmaker's top communications aide quits

(Newser) - Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, under investigation by the Justice Department in a sex trafficking case, said rumors that he'll resign from the House are false. Gaetz called it "very safe" to say he has no plans to quit, the Hill reports. His communications director, on the other hand,...

Pornhub's New Problem: an $80M-Plus Lawsuit

40 women say online porn site profited from GirlsDoPorn sex trafficking videos

(Newser) - Pornhub's problems continue , this time with an $80 million-plus complaint. The BBC reports that the online porn site and its parent firm, MindGeek, have been sued by 40 women who allege that the companies profited from pornographic videos they appeared in for content partner GirlsDoPorn, which has been accused...

Fashion Tycoon Arrested on Sex-Trafficking Charges

'Canada's Jeffrey Epstein' faces extradition to US

(Newser) - A man the Canadian media have been calling "Canada's Jeffrey Epstein" was arrested in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Monday at the request of American prosecutors and is facing extradition to the US. Fashion tycoon Peter Nygard is accused of "a decades-long pattern of criminal conduct involving at least...

Here's How Badly Ghislaine Maxwell Wants Out of Prison

Jeffrey Epstein confidant offers to put up all of her assets for bail

(Newser) - Ghislaine Maxwell wants out of prison and is apparently willing to put up all of her assets to make that happen. The British socialite accused of grooming underage girls for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein asked to be released from confinement in a court filing revealed Monday, claiming she's...

Readers Reach Out to Help Teen in Pornhub Exposé

Nicholas Kristof shares an update on the reaction to his work

(Newser) - Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times wrote an exposé of Pornhub that is resulting in real changes . The site, while denying any wrongdoing, is promising reforms to make it harder for people to post videos of underage girls and for such videos to proliferate. "I don’t trust...

Nicholas Kristof: It&#39;s Time to Stand Up to Pornhub
Nicholas Kristof
Calls Out Pornhub

Nicholas Kristof Calls Out Pornhub

NYT columnist accuses site of profiting off of child sexual abuse

(Newser) - Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times is out with a new column that is utterly scathing of the site Pornhub. The gist of his complaint comes early:
  • "Its site is infested with rape videos. It monetizes child rapes, revenge pornography, spy cam videos of women showering, racist and

Teens Thought They'd Found Love. Instead, a Terrible Turn

'Nat Geo' tells the stories of 2 sex slaves fighting against the odds

(Newser) - They thought they'd found love. But Sayeda and Anjali, pseudonyms given to two teenage girls born into poverty and sold to the same Indian brothel, were fooled, as Yudhijit Bhattacharjee writes in an expose of child trafficking for National Geographic . Sayeda, an aspiring dancer from Khulna, Bangladesh, who by...

In Georgia, a Big Find by 'Operation Not Forgotten'

2-week mission by US Marshals Service leads to rescue of 26 children, safe location of 13 others

(Newser) - Over a two-week period in August, the US Marshals Service conducted "Operation Not Forgotten," searching for missing kids in the Atlanta metro area. Now, per the agency, nearly 40 kids are known to be in safe hands due to that mission. A USMS release reports that it tracked...

Prosecutors: Ghislaine Maxwell Lived 'Life of Privilege' in Hiding

Prosecutors cite all-cash $1 million purchase of NH estate in arguing she's a flight risk

(Newser) - Ghislaine Maxwell appears to have made "intentional efforts to avoid detection" before her arrest Thursday , from jetting off to Qatar and Japan to changing her phone number, according to authorities. Maxwell—who reportedly holds citizenship in the UK, US, and France—took "at least 15 international flights in...

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