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UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 20, 2019, 5:49 p.m.

WSU’s loss is Tara VanDerveer’s 900th win at Stanford in 33 seasons

Sure, Stanford celebrated Alanna Smith’s brilliance on the court Sunday in an 85-64 victory by the sixth-ranked Cardinal against Washington State that helped Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer reach …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018, 12:59 p.m.

Man faces charges of sex trafficking of a minor after federal and local investigation

A Spokane man is being charged with human trafficking a minor following a multi-agency investigation alleged he was prostituting an assaulting 17-year-old girl and attempting to lure other women on …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 5:50 p.m.

New evidence of prostitution, sex trafficking revealed after investigators search Spokane area massage parlors

Court records say authorities found more evidence of sex trafficking and prostitution after raiding a trio of Spokane massage parlors two weeks ago.


Spokane massage parlors under investigation for prostitution, human trafficking

A pair of Spokane-area massage parlors employing only Chinese workers is under investigation for promoting prostitution, human trafficking, practicing without a license and money laundering.


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 8:01 p.m.

Driver in deadly immigrant smuggling case gets life sentence

The driver of a big rig involved in the deaths of 10 smuggled immigrants in Texas last year was sentenced Friday to life in prison.


A hidden crime: Child sex trafficking is on the rise

In 2010 Nacole, a Head Start teacher, and her husband Tom, a truck driver, were raising their three children, a 17-year-old son and two younger teenage daughters, in a middle-class …


Eye on Boise: After legislative drafting error, governor declined to transfer $27.5 million to road projects

When lawmakers started delving into the budget proposal that Gov. Butch Otter has made for next year, they got a surprise: Though they passed a bill last year to split …


Missoula man denies another human trafficking charge

A 35-year-old Missoula man who was convicted of forcing his girlfriend into prostitution and is charged with abducting or recruiting other women last year faces another federal charge.


Spokane stylist heading to Cambodia to teach endangered youths a way out of servitude

A Spokane hair stylist is heading to Cambodia in hopes of teaching her trade to youths will give them an avenue out of the sex-slave industry.


Italian effort to stop migrants fuels bloody battle in Libya

The bloodshed in the city of Sabratha is in part an unexpected consequence of Europe’s effort to stem the flow of migrants from Libya across the Mediterranean.


Chinese migrants lead US agents to San Diego border tunnel

Officials say dozens of migrants fleeing from Border Patrol agents led authorities to a surprising discovery: A tunnel under the US-Mexico border in San Diego used to bring Chinese nationals …


60 immigrants found in refrigerated truck trailer in Texas

Sixty immigrants have been found in a load of ice-covered broccoli in a refrigerated trailer that was searched at a South Texas border checkpoint, federal officials said Monday.


UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017, 2:51 p.m.

Immigrants wept, pleaded for water and pounded on the truck

The driver of a broiling tractor-trailer found packed with immigrants outside a Walmart in San Antonio was charged Monday in the deaths of 10 of his passengers and could face …


State Department reprimands China over sex trafficking and forced labor

The State Department on Tuesday listed China as one of the countries with the worst records on sex trafficking and forced labor, a downgraded designation that could nettle Beijing as …


U.S. to say China among worst on human trafficking, sources say

The Trump administration is poised to declare China among the world’s worst offenders on human trafficking, U.S. officials said Monday, putting the world’s most populous country in the same category …


Dozens of suspected human traffickers arrested in Europe

The European Union’s police agency says dozens of suspected human traffickers have been arrested in a continentwide operation targeting criminal gangs.


To fight sex trafficking, Gov. Inslee lowers bar to clear prostitution convictions

A bill that would allow victims of sex trafficking to clear a prostitution conviction even if they’ve committed other crimes as a result of being trafficked was signed Tuesday by …


Man charged in human trafficking case involving teen

A Seattle-area man is facing federal charges in connection with the human trafficking of a girl brought to Oregon to work in strip clubs.


Dairy official says he hasn’t seen human trafficking lawsuit

The manager of an Idaho dairy named in a human trafficking lawsuit declined to comment on the allegations Thursday, saying they hadn’t yet been notified of the legal action.


Former workers sue Idaho dairy, claiming human trafficking

A group of veterinarians from Mexico is suing an Idaho dairy in federal court, contending that the dairy lured them under false pretenses and then forced them to work in …


Klamath Falls pair arrested on human trafficking charge

Two Klamath Falls residents are facing prostitution charges related to what police say could be a widespread human trafficking ring.


Man sentenced for human trafficking of teen

A man who coerced a 16-year-old runaway into prostitution and sent her threatening letters from jail instructing her on how much she should earn each day was recently sentenced to …


Eight sentenced for enslaving fishermen

Five Thai fishing boat captains and three Indonesians were sentenced Thursday to three years in jail for human trafficking in connection with slavery in the seafood industry.


NATO warships ordered to Aegean to help with migrant crisis

NATO’s European commander on Thursday ordered three warships to move immediately to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of migrants between Turkey and Greece.


City, county prostitution cases center on same girl, 16

A 16-year-old girl at the center of a human trafficking case being pursued by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is also listed as the victim in a similar case under …


Spokane pair suspected of forcing girl into prostitution

A Spokane pair is suspected of forcing a 16-year-old girl into prostitution. An investigation into human trafficking has been underway for weeks, said Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Detective Damon Simmons.


Modern slavery expert to speak at Gonzaga

A nationally recognized expert on sex trafficking and modern slavery will share his view Tuesday of what life is like for the victims of a grim and growing business around …


Vigil shines light on sex slavery

More than 100 people held a human trafficking vigil in the River Park Square atrium on Saturday, holding glowing plastic candles to draw attention to a form of modern-day slavery. …


Washington given A grade for combating human trafficking

An international organization announced Tuesday that Washington state received an A grade for its laws combating child sex crimes and human trafficking. Shared Hope International, a Vancouver, Wash.-based organization dedicated …


Lawmakers back plan to help former prostitutes

The Washington state House has passed a measure to make it easier for women to clear their criminal records in cases where they were trafficked or forced into prostitution.