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Brothel Owner Expected to Win Election Despite Death

Republican would be named to replace Dennis Hof after Nov. 6

(Newser) - Despite being found dead on Tuesday, Nevada's most famous pimp is poised to win a Nov. 6 election to the state legislature , reports the AP . The body of Dennis Hof, who marketed himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican in his race for a heavily GOP Assembly district, was found... More »

The Women Are in Prison. Pimps Are Going After Them

The 'Guardian' reports bail bondsmen can be in on it, too

(Newser) - The information is readily available online: The mugshot of a female inmate, the charges she was convicted on, and her release date. And predators are using it, finds the Guardian in an investigation. It reports that sex traffickers are both wooing "potential victims while they are still behind bars"... More »

16-Year-Old Befriended Young Girls, Then Pimped Them Out

Jelinajane Bedrijo Almario sentenced to 13 years in prison

(Newser) - She met four teen girls through social media and acquaintances and quickly tried to befriend them. But it wasn't their friendship Jelinajane Bedrijo Almario was after, say police in Hanford, Calif. Over the next few weeks in 2016, Almario, then just 16, pimped the girls, aged 14 and 15,... More »

Backpage CEO, Owners Beat Pimping Charges

Judge says they're protected by same law that protects Facebook, YouTube

(Newser) - The CEO and former owners of Backpage.com will get off on an assortment of pimping charges thanks to the same law that protects Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and more, the Mercury News reports. According to Ars Technica , the trio were accused of profiting off "escort" ads selling sex with... More »

Boss of 'Top Online Brothel' Charged With Pimping

Backpage.com CEO arrested in Texas

(Newser) - The CEO of Backpage.com isn't just a pimp, authorities in California and Texas say, he's the pimp of "the world's top online brothel"—and underage victims of sex trafficking have made him a lot of money. Carl Ferrer was arrested in Houston Thursday on... More »

France Aflutter as DSK's 'Aggravated Pimping' Trial Opens

French former finance honcho accused in orgies with prostitutes

(Newser) - France isn't usually too concerned about the intimate details of its leaders' lives, but for Dominque Strauss-Kahn , the public is making an exception, the Financial Times reports. Ever since he was accused of sexually assaulting a maid in New York in 2011—charges were eventually dropped—the former head... More »

Kids Not Reported Missing Rescued in FBI Bust

Operation Cross Country cracks down on child-sex trafficking

(Newser) - The FBI arrested 281 pimps and rescued 168 child victims of sex trafficking in a nationwide sting last week—the agency's eighth annual crackdown on the child sex trade, CBS News reports. The operation across 106 cities aimed to rescue child sex workers from casinos, truck stops, street corners,... More »

Pimp Stomps Client, Sues Nike for $100M

He says 'dangerous' Air Jordans should carry a warning label

(Newser) - It's only January but the most bizarre lawsuit of the year may already have been filed: A pimp in Portland, Ore., is suing Nike for $100 million for failing to warn the public that its Air Jordan shoes could be used as a dangerous weapon, reports the Oregonian . Sirgiorgio... More »

Pimps Controlled Women With Voodoo Threats: Spain

Cops say 17 people forced Nigerian women into prostitution

(Newser) - Spain's Interior Ministry says police have arrested 17 people on suspicion of smuggling Nigerian women into Spain and forcing them into prostitution using threats including claims that they would cast voodoo spells on them if they didn't comply. An investigation began when police detected in January that around... More »

France Won't Drop Pimping Charges Vs. DSK

Dominique Strauss-Kahn still faces prostitution-related charges

(Newser) - Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have settled his civil suit with a New York hotel maid and seen the gang rape charges against him dropped , but his troubles are not yet over: He still faces aggravated pimping charges in his native France. Judges today declined to drop the charges against the former... More »

Cops: Couple Killed Daughter's Alleged Pimp

Barry Gilton and Lupe Mercado charged with murder

(Newser) - Just days before a Texas man killed a man who was allegedly molesting his daughter , another set of parents reportedly took the law into their own hands. San Francisco couple Barry Gilton, 38, and Lupe Mercado, 37, are accused of killing the man who was allegedly pimping their 17-year-old daughter.... More »

Teen Prostitution: America's Human Rights Scandal

Child prostitutes are victims, not criminals, writes Nicholas Kristof

(Newser) - The sexual trafficking of girls "is more similar in America and Cambodia than we would like to admit," writes Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times . Teen prostitution is "one of our country's biggest human rights problems." These teenagers are victims, not criminals, and the... More »

ACORN-Esque 'Sting' Hits Planned Parenthood

But group says video was edited, doesn't reflect policies

(Newser) - An anti-abortion group has released an undercover video that appears to depict a Planned Parenthood employee giving advice to—you guessed it—a pimp and a prostitute. The employee, a New Jersey office manager named Amy Woodruff, advises the pair on how to get medical care for underage, illegal immigrant... More »

Sex Slavery Exists. Here.

Forced prostitution should be 'national scandal'

(Newser) - If you think slavery in America has been eradicated, think again: Nicholas Kristof tells the story of a college graduate from China brutally forced into prostitution on her arrival in the US. While many think that commercial sex in the US is voluntary, in fact, sex slavery here “should... More »

Pimps Infiltrate New Corners of Craigslist

'Adult services' shuttered, they head over to 'casual encounters'

(Newser) - Opponents of the world's oldest profession scored a victory Friday when Craigslist replaced its "adult services" section with a black "censored" banner, thereby grinding all prostitution to a screeching halt. For a nanosecond. Then pimps predictably picked up their nefarious ads and trotted right over to Craigslist's "... More »

'Fake Pimp' Pleads Guilty in Senate Break-In

James O'Keefe gets 3 years' probation in Mary Landrieu ruse

(Newser) - James O'Keefe, who might just be referred to as a “fake pimp” in headlines for the rest of his life, pleaded guilty along with three accomplices for breaking into Sen. Mary Landrieu's office and trying to tamper with her phones. O'Keefe copped to misdemeanor charges of entering federal property... More »

Acorn Ready to File Bankruptcy

Funding dried up in wake of pimp scandal

(Newser) - When James O'Keefe can convince your workers that he's a pimp and elicit all sorts of ill-advised advice, it's probably not an indicator that business is booming. And indeed, insiders tell the New York Times that Acorn will announce its pending bankruptcy this weekend. At least half of the group's... More »

Craigslist Pimp Get 25 Years

'Bought' homeless woman, advertised her as sex slave

(Newser) - A New York City man who "bought" a 19-year-old homeless woman and advertised her as a sex slave on Craigslist has been sentenced to 25 years to life. David Brown forced the victim into sex with 30 men in August 2008, collecting payments of between $60 and $200, the... More »

NYC Cops Find Dead Baby of Hooker Slave

Tiny body encased in cement in a cooler

(Newser) - Brooklyn police have discovered the body of a baby belonging to a woman forced into prostitution by a sex trafficking couple. The tiny body of the 2-month-old baby boy was encased in cement in a cooler in a flophouse. The baby's mom, an illegal Mexican immigrant, was beaten and forced... More »

Stingers Release Philly ACORN Video

Says it proves ACORN lied about incident

(Newser) - The ACORN stingers have released another video, this time of their visit to the Philadelphia location—where, ACORN has until now insisted, they were kicked out. In the new, edited video, James O’Keefe says they weren’t kicked out, but instead sat for more than half an hour with... More »

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