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Goodbye, Red-Light District. Hello, 'Mega-Brothel'

Belgian city to move sex workers into abandoned hangar that's been renamed 'Hangar d'Amour'

(Newser) - A Belgian nonprofit wanted to turn an abandoned hangar in the city of Ostend into a maritime museum—but city officials have decided on an entirely different use for the site instead. A "mega-brothel" is more what they have in mind, in what they say is an effort to... More »

Cop Gets Federal Sex Charges Over His Brand of Condom

William Whitley pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charge

(Newser) - A former cop who paid underage girls for sex is facing a harsher sentence over his brand of condom, the Chicago Tribune reports. William Whitley, 61, pleaded guilty this week in federal court to sex trafficking of a minor and will likely serve 10 years to life. Prosecutors leveled federal... More »

Documents Detail More Allegations Against Allison Mack

Actress allegedly received 'financial benefits [and] financial opportunities' for her role in cult-like group

(Newser) - Allison Mack, the Smallville star fighting sex trafficking charges after being accused of helping run a cult-like "self-help" group, received somewhat of a reprieve Tuesday from a federal judge, who agreed to let Mack be released to her parents' custody on a $5 million bond, NBC News and CNN... More »

She Starred on a Hit CW Show. Now, Sex Trafficking Charges

'Smallville' star Allison Mack accused of luring women into cult-like group run by Keith Raniere

(Newser) - A statement from the DOJ Friday revealed two indictments for sex trafficking, and fans of a former CW show are shocked to see one of the stars as one of the accused. CNN and the AP report Allison Mack, who appeared on the Superman-themed show Smallville, was hit with charges... More »

Craigslist's 'Regretful' Move Has It Axing Big Part of Site

Site takes down its personal ads section to avoid liability for prostitution promotions

(Newser) - Everyone who has visited Craigslist over the years to find a mate or gawk at the "Missed Connections," "Casual Encounters," and "Rants and Raves" sections is going to have to find a new gathering ground. CNET reports the online classified-ads site has shuttered its much-frequented... More »

Slavery Is a Huge Problem in Britain

Despite the government considering it a top priority, human trafficking remains an issue

(Newser) - A man in his 40s, brought to Britain as an infant and sold to a pedophile ring, was formally recognized as a victim of modern slavery by the country's Home Office—and is now facing deportation as an "illegal immigrant." Yet in a statement, a Home Office... More »

Weinstein Accused of Sex Trafficking

British woman files suit under US trafficking law

(Newser) - The range of foul behavior Harvey Weinstein is accused of has now expanded to include sex trafficking. British actress Kadian Noble, who says Weinstein forced her to perform sexual acts in a hotel room during the Cannes film festival in 2014, filed a lawsuit against the disgraced producer, his brother... More »

US Honors Woman Held in Brothel for 2 Decades

Alika Kinan recognized for work fighting sex trafficking since 2012 rescue

(Newser) - This week, Alika Kinan was honored at the State Department for her work fighting sex trafficking; just five years earlier she was being held prisoner and abused in an Argentinian brothel. NPR reports Kinan, herself a victim of sex trafficking, was held captive in the brothel for nearly two decades... More »

Teen Forced to Have Sex With 1K Men Sues Philly Motel

Says hotel, employees turned a blind eye to sex trafficking

(Newser) - From the outside, Philadelphia's Roosevelt Inn may look any other motel. It's actually the city's "epicenter of human trafficking," according to prosecutors. In a lawsuit filed Friday, a 17-year-old girl details how she was "sold into sexual slavery" at the 107-room motel in 2013,... More »

Ashton Kutcher Blows McCain Kiss After Testimony

Kutcher was on Capitol Hill to discuss human trafficking

(Newser) - After an emotional testimony before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, a new bromance? Ashton Kutcher was in DC on Wednesday to testify about human trafficking, which he's been fighting against since 2009, and in addition to giving what CNN calls an "impassioned" speech on the topic,... 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 »

Couple Tried to Cross Border With a Dead Child in Bag

They're accused of murder, sex trafficking

(Newser) - A Los Angeles-area couple has been charged with murder after trying to cross into Mexico with the body of a 2-year-old girl in a duffel bag. Mercy Becerra and Johnny Hartley are also charged with torture, assault on a child causing death, and sex trafficking of the girl's mother,... More »

Amal Clooney Aiding Ex-ISIS Captive, With George's Blessing

Human rights lawyer is helping Nadia Murad seek justice for the Yazidi people

(Newser) - Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi woman who survived captivity as an ISIS sex slave, was named a UN goodwill ambassador Friday—the first time a human trafficking survivor was named as such, Time reports. Murad has another distinction: a high-profile human rights lawyer helping her cause of bringing ISIS criminals... More »

Why Sex Traffickers Love South Dakota

They 'see this as a trusting place'

(Newser) - Federal authorities are cracking down on sex trafficking in a seemingly unlikely place: the friendly, low-crime state of South Dakota. It's been a relatively nascent effort: KDLT quotes Assistant US Attorney Jeff Clapper as saying, "Before 2010, we didn't have any of these cases. Since then, we'... More »

29 Busted in 8 States on Sex Trafficking Charges

Police raid prostitution ring in southeastern US

(Newser) - Raids on a network of sex traffickers around the southeast resulted in more than two-dozen arrests and the rescues of Latin American women forced to work as prostitutes, authorities say Friday. The undercover investigation identified a loose organization of independent traffickers who worked together to transport and exploit Hispanic women... More »

Our Juvenile Justice System Is Failing Girls

Vast majority have been victims of abuse

(Newser) - A new report on the plight of girls in the nation's juvenile justice system has some shocking numbers: In some states, about 80% of them have been the victims of either sexual or physical abuse, reports the New York Times . It's often the abuse that triggers behavior that... More »

Elizabeth Smart Has Baby Girl, Her Dad Says

Former kidnapping victim is keeping little girl from the media

(Newser) - Elizabeth Smart has been guarding her private life pretty well from the media, it seems—considering that the Utah activist had a baby girl named Chloe three months ago, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. "It is totally private," says her father, Ed Smart. "This is something she... More »

Florida Prostitution Sting Nabs 61 People Over 4 Days

Officials say they targeted online ads for prostitution

(Newser) - A Florida prostitution sting yielded 61 arrests over four days in early December ... including that of a former Baltimore police officer. Mete Girit, 29, allegedly posted an ad for "male escort services," then, at an undercover location and apparently not very suspicious of police tactics despite his background,... More »

Walking Dead Star Is Real-Life Hero

Laurie Holden participates in sting to help rescue 55 sex slaves

(Newser) - Actress Laurie Holden, who played Andrea for three seasons on AMC's The Walking Dead, recently got the chance to be a hero in real life. As Us Weekly notes, Holden was featured in an ABC News segment last week about Operation Underground Railroad, a volunteer-based group that recently rescued... 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 »

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