WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2016, 7:37 A.M.
The Tacoma City Council has passed an ordinance limiting hours of operation for massage parlors in an effort to stem illegal sex trafficking and prostitution.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2016, 10:20 A.M.
Two Klamath Falls residents are facing prostitution charges related to what police say could be a widespread human trafficking ring.
MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2016, 12:51 P.M.
To keep his prostitutes from running away, Richard Jackson forced them to become addicted to heroin, court documents say, then became their only way to get a fix.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016, 11:09 A.M.
A California judge has tentatively rejected pimping charges against the operators of a major international website that advertises escort services.
MONDAY, OCT. 17, 2016, 6:44 P.M.
Federal agents and local police have arrested 14 people across Washington suspected of forcing 72 people into prostitution, including five children. The sweep took place Oct. 13-15 in more than …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2016, 12:18 P.M.
A Tacoma councilman is cracking down on city massage parlors with a plan to restrict their hours of operation.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2016, 1:11 P.M.
The classified advertising website Backpage.com urged the Supreme Court on Tuesday to block a congressional subpoena that seeks information on how the company screens ads for possible sex trafficking.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2016, 6:56 A.M.
A Benton City man will spend 30 years in federal prison for forcing two girls to have sex with customers at migrant labor camps and motels and keeping the earnings …
THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2016, 7:53 A.M.
A Seattle Children’s Hospital worker accused of pickup up a teenage girl and paying her $40 in exchange for sexual contact is facing felony charges.
FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2016, 6:37 P.M.
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 …
THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2016
From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane police were using a relatively new technology – fingerprinting – to identify “every woman, white or colored, arrested by police during the last …
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016, 12:40 P.M.
Police say 54 people have been arrested in South Carolina during a prostitution bust dubbed “Operation Good Time.”
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016, 4 A.M.
From our archives, 100 years ago Police arrested a “pretty girl” named Martha “Bobbie” Tonjes at the St. Clair Hotel and accused her of “leading a double life.”
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016, 12:13 P.M.
Ontario police say they have arrested 80 people as part of a sweeping investigation into internet child pornography in the province.
FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016
Mrs. Amoretta Kelly appeared before the city council to complain about the “noise made by children operating their coaster wagons on the paving after school.”
THURSDAY, OCT. 22, 2015, 9:04 P.M.
A 15-year-old is being charged as an adult for his role in a prostitution ring allegedly led by his 17-year-old brother.
THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 2015, 2:16 P.M.
When Lamar Odom was found unconscious Tuesday inside a Nevada brothel, he’d wandered far off the beaten path of adult entertainment culture, back into an analog version of an increasingly …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 3, 2015
From our archives, 100 years ago Blanche Mitchell, a young woman arrested for prostitution, ignited a furor when she claimed that police had tipped off the proprietress of the Spokoma …
THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2015
Three men have pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges after investigators uncovered a drug, gun and prostitution ring running between Spokane and Missoula. Frederick G. Johnson on Tuesday joined Yusuf …
FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015
A 17-year-old inmate is accused of orchestrating a prostitution ring from behind bars in an attempt to pay his $75,000 bond on unrelated charges. Thaishaun Hunter was charged as an …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015, 8:39 A.M.
A two-night law enforcement operation targeting prostitution at the Coeur d’Alene casino last week ended with nine arrests, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015
A 28-year-old man faces 30 years in prison for killing a 48-year-old woman in August 2011 just days after his release from federal prison on unrelated child sex charges. Derrick …
FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015
Spokane police for the first time used a new city law aimed at discouraging prostitution along East Sprague Avenue. Officers arrested three men Wednesday night suspected of attempting to patronize …
THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
Spokane County inmates orchestrated sex crimes from their jail cells by arranging prostitution of underage girls, according to phone calls recorded by local and federal police. Some calls originated inside …
SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2015
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 …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015
Former North Idaho College financial aid director Joseph M. Bekken could face additional charges, including lying to a federal agent and misusing federal funds, as investigators dig deeper into his …
THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2015
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.
THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2015
A former North Idaho College administrator in jail on charges of soliciting sex from students in exchange for scholarship money wants his bail lowered. Joseph M. Bekken, who was fired …
THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2015
A North Idaho College administrator accused of offering scholarship money to students in exchange for sex told police he had made the solicitations on Craigslist for several semesters. In January, …
THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015
Johns and pimps on Spokane’s East Sprague Avenue now face more than jail time if cops catch them in the act – their cars will be impounded. This week, the …