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UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 10, 2019, 5:27 p.m.

Officials say financier Jeffrey Epstein has died by suicide while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in New York

The FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office will investigate how Jeffrey Epstein died in an apparent suicide Saturday, while the probe into sexual abuse allegations against the well-connected …


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 11:13 a.m.

Deemed dangerous, Epstein denied bail in sex abuse case

A judge denied bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges Thursday, saying the danger to the community that would result if the jet-setting defendant was free formed …


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019, 5:04 p.m.

Wealthy financier charged with molesting dozens of girls

In a startling reversal of fortune, billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was charged Monday with sexually abusing dozens of underage girls in a case brought more than a decade after he …


UPDATED: Sat., July 6, 2019, 8:01 p.m.

AP Sources: Jeffrey Epstein arrested in NY on sex charges

Law enforcement officials say that wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested in New York on sex-trafficking charges.


Feds: Nearly 1,700 arrested in child porn, abuse crackdown

The Justice Department says nearly 1,700 people have been arrested following a two-month crackdown aimed at targeting suspected child predators.


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 10:04 p.m.

Former Ferris assistant football coach indicted on federal sex trafficking charges

While he was originally arrested last year on state charges, federal prosecutors have now charged a former Ferris high school coach in a six-count indictment on charges involving sex trafficking, …


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019, 7:25 p.m.

Heiress pleads guilty in NXIVM sex slave case

An heiress has pleaded guilty to charges implicating her in a sex-trafficking conspiracy case against an upstate New York self-help group


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:02 p.m.

Ex-school board candidate arrested in sex trafficking case

A one-time Edmonds school board candidate has been arrested in a sex-trafficking case after investigators said he groomed his children’s former babysitter and used “emotional and psychological coercion” to force …


Clemency granted to woman sentenced to life at age 16

A woman who says she was a 16-year-old sex trafficking victim when she killed a man in 2004 was granted clemency Monday by Tennessee’s governor and will be released from …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 1:08 p.m.

Funding for defense in NY sex-trafficking case questioned

Federal prosecutors are challenging how defense lawyers are being paid in the case against a self-improvement organization accused of branding female followers.


Lawmakers question safety conditions at exotic dance clubs

Low number of complaints to the state about exotic dance clubs not telling the whole story, dancers tell House committee.


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 …