Associated Press

News articles on human trafficking from the Associated Press.

2 killed as Greek police chase stolen car carrying migrants
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2 killed as Greek police chase stolen car carrying migrants

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Two people, one believed to be a migrant and the other the alleged trafficker, died Saturday in northern Greece while trying to evade a police checkpoint, police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki said. Twelve more people riding in the passenger car were injured, with the most serious injuries suffered…

Egyptian gets 3 years for sexually assaulting minor girls
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Egyptian gets 3 years for sexually assaulting minor girls

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court Monday sentenced a prominent businessman to three years in prison for sexually assaulting seven minor girls in an orphanage he founded, the state-run news agency reported. The Cairo Criminal Court also ordered Mohamed el-Amin, a pro-government tycoon who founded several Egyptian media outlets, to pay a fine of 200,000…

Ducey urges social media firms to fight smuggling
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Ducey urges social media firms to fight smuggling

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is calling on social media companies to better police their platforms for people recruiting drivers to smuggle immigrants across the border. The Republican governor made the request Wednesday in a letter to the chief executives of the companies that run Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. He says…

Egyptian woman sentenced to 3 years in TikTok video case
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Egyptian woman sentenced to 3 years in TikTok video case

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced a woman to three years in prison after her retrial conviction for human trafficking in a case that involved girls dancing in videos on TikTok. Haneen Hossam, a social media influencer, was arrested in 2020. Her case was seen by critics as part of a crackdown on…

47 arrested in California crackdown on violent street gangs
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47 arrested in California crackdown on violent street gangs

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California authorities Friday announced the arrest of 47 suspected gang members accused of drive-by shootings, murder, assaults and funding their illicit activities in the Central Valley through prostitution rings and the sale of guns and narcotics. A five-month investigation into violent criminal street gangs in Fresno County culminated Thursday with a…

3 men sentenced in Georgia forced farm labor investigation
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3 men sentenced in Georgia forced farm labor investigation

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Three men have been sentenced to federal prison as part of a broad investigation into what authorities said was a wide-ranging conspiracy to bring workers from Central America to the United States for forced labor on south Georgia farms. The three men were charged in separate but related cases related to…

Human trafficking case sparks government response in China
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Human trafficking case sparks government response in China

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Sustained, palpable anger in China over the case of a mother of eight found chained inside a shed has prompted an unusually strong government response to human trafficking at the annual session of China’s rubber-stamp legislature. The issue even merited a brief mention by China’s premier Li Keqiang in his annual…

Migrant minors dispute pits Florida against Catholic Church
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Migrant minors dispute pits Florida against Catholic Church

MIAMI (AP) — The debate over whether to deter or accommodate minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border without their parents has pitted Florida’s Catholic governor against the state’s highest-ranking Roman Catholic. The Archbishop of Miami, Thomas Wenski, and other faith leaders have implored the governor to reconsider an order that suspends renewals of state licenses…

Tennessee woman charged with statutory rape of students
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Tennessee woman charged with statutory rape of students

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee woman has been charged with statutory rape involving nine underage high school students. Melissa A. Blair, 38, of Englewood, is not an employee at McMinn County Central High School but is a parent and involved in booster clubs, news outlets reported. The encounters happened from spring 2020 through late…