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First for Idaho: Child sex-trafficking victims to get new safe house

Idaho will now have a safe facility and treatment center for children and teens who are victims of sex trafficking.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 2:11 p.m.

Idaho woman gets probation in Montana sex trafficking case

A 38-year-old Idaho woman has been sentenced to five years on federal probation in a sex trafficking case.


Washington man pleads guilty to sex trafficking charge

Federal court records show a Washington man arrested in southern Wyoming has pleaded guilty to trafficking girls for sexual activity.


Federal judge won’t release Kennewick’s convicted former schools chief

Convicted sex offender Paul W. Rosier will stay behind bars in Kennewick until sentencing because of the length of time he is facing in federal prison.


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 3:17 p.m.

Actress arrested in sex trafficking in ‘guru to stars’ case

A television actress best known for playing a young Superman’s close friend pleaded not guilty Friday to sex trafficking after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave “master” recruiting …


Man in sex trafficking case says it was escort service

A Missoula man with a state prostitution conviction is on trial in federal court in Billings for sex trafficking by force.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 10:01 p.m.

Convicted Spokane felon faces federal charge of sex trafficking

A convicted felon from Spokane faces a federal charge of sex trafficking after federal agents interviewed two women who claim that the suspect forced them to perform sex acts for …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 6:42 p.m.

Backpage.com settles with 3 women in sex trafficking lawsuit

SEATTLE – Three women who alleged they were sold for sex on Backpage.com as teenagers have settled their lawsuit against the website. Their lawyers, Jason Amala and Erik Bauer, announced …


More than 250 arrested in month-long Houston-area sex sting

More than 250 sex buyers and traffickers have been arrested in the Houston area during a monthlong sting operation, authorities said Friday.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 5, 2017, 11:49 a.m.

Jury convicts pair for sex trafficking of children in Ohio

CLEVELAND – A man in prison for child rape and an Ohio woman were convicted Friday in Cleveland of dozens of counts related to the sex trafficking of children as …


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.


Child sex sting in Washington lands 3 arrests

Three Washington men have been arrested after they contacted an undercover agent who posed as a mother offering her underage children for sex.


Washington man sentenced for trying to pimp out 14-year-old

A Washington man convicted of trying to force a 14-year-old girl to be a prostitute has been sentenced to seven years and six months in prison.


21 indicted in Thailand-to-US sex-trafficking ring

Hundreds of women were brought from Thailand to the U.S. and forced to be “modern day sex slaves,” according to an indictment that charges 21 people in what authorities called …


Sex trafficking trial delayed for former Kennewick superintendent

A former Kennewick school superintendent’s trial on sex trafficking charges has been delayed until October.


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 …


Senate votes for bill to vacate victims’ prostitution crimes

Victims of sex trafficking would be allowed to vacate prostitution convictions in Washington state under a measure passed by the state Senate. Senate Bill 5257, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Rebecca …


Police arrest 11 for attempted rape of children

Multiple people, including six Clark County residents, were arrested after allegedly trying to contact and meet minors for sex during a nearly weeklong law enforcement sting. Agencies of the Washington …


7 men arrested in Portland undercover sex trafficking sting

Police say seven men were arrested in one week during an undercover sex trafficking operation.


Boise man gets 20 years in prison for sex trafficking

A Boise man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking. Michael Wayne Wade on Thursday was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to recruiting a 15-year-old girl …


Backpage.com shuts down adult section, citing government pressure

Backpage.com, one of the world’s largest classified ad websites and a frequent target in the political battle against sex trafficking, closed its adult ads section Monday in the United States, …


11 arrests made in Portland sex trafficking sting

Portland police have arrested 11 men from several different states as part of an undercover sex trafficking operation.


Undercover sex trafficking sting in Oregon’s Malheur County nets 15 arrests

Authorities in southeast Oregon said 15 people have been arrested in connection with an undercover sex trafficking operation.


Tacoma limits massage parlor hours to fight sex trafficking

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.


Detroit sex ring unravels after teen prostitutes escape

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.


Pimping charges involving major escort site rejected by judge

A California judge has tentatively rejected pimping charges against the operators of a major international website that advertises escort services.


Oregon man sentenced to 13 years for sex trafficking

A Eugene, Oregon, man has been sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for sex trafficking.


Sex trafficking investigation nets 14 arrests and pulls 72 people out of prostitution across Washington state

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 …