Child exploitation

In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, photo, Katsumi Takenaka holds a protesting banner during an interview with The Associated Press in Tokyo. Takenaka and Harumi Suzuki are among a handful of people who have gone public as survivors of Catholic clergy sexual abuse in Japan. They held signs, when Pope Francis visited recently, standing where his motorcade passed, but in different spots and days. The Japanese bishops conference launched a nationwide investigation into sexual abuse of women and children this year, responding to the Vatican’s demand for an urgent response to the global crisis. (AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)
December 14, 2019 - 2:55 am
TOKYO (AP) — During Pope Francis’ recent visit to Japan, Harumi Suzuki stood where his motorcade passed by holding a sign that read: “I am a survivor.” Katsumi Takenaka stood at another spot, on another day, holding up his banner that read, “Catholic child sexual abuse in Japan, too.” The two are...
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Erin Burke, Section Chief of the Child Exploitation Investigations Unit at Homeland Security, poses for a portrait inside the Victim Identification Lab, part of Homeland Security's Child Exploitation Investigations Unit, in Fairfax, Va., Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The Homeland Security Investigations section's little-known Child Exploitation Investigations lab is where agents scour disturbing photos and videos of child sexual abuse. They look for unlikely clues that help them identify the children and bring their abusers to justice. In one case, it was the loud, persistent chirping of a bird. Another time, it was unusual playground equipment. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
December 06, 2019 - 1:55 am
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — It was the odd-looking locker handles that caught their eye. Investigators spent hours poring over graphic images of little boys changing in and out of their swimsuits at what looked like a YMCA. They were hunting for any clue to help them identify the location — and ultimately...
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FILE - This combination photo shows singer R. Kelly after the first day of jury selection in his child pornography trial at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse in Chicago on May 9, 2008, left, the late R&B singer and actress Aaliyah during a photo shoot in New York on May 9, 2001. Federal prosecutors are accusing singer R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in a secret ceremony in 1994 according to a revised indictment filed Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/File)
December 05, 2019 - 10:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors are accusing singer R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in a secret ceremony in 1994. The revised indictment, filed Thursday in New York, accuses Kelly of...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 6, 2012 file photo, Britain's Prince Andrew leaves King Edward VII hospital in London after visiting his father Prince Philip. The woman who says she was a trafficking victim made to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 is asking the British public to support her quest for justice. Virginia Roberts Giuffre tells BBC Panorama in an interview to be broadcast Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 evening that people “should not accept this as being OK.” (AP Photo/Sang Tan, file)
December 03, 2019 - 10:06 am
LONDON (AP) — Prince Andrew will be missing when his mother Queen Elizabeth II hosts NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace Tuesday evening, but he is the focus of renewed scrutiny as allegations of wrongdoing receive wide attention on TV. Andrew, who has stepped down from royal duties because of his...
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November 26, 2019 - 10:41 am
READING, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania law ending time limits for authorities to file charges in future child sexual abuse cases is now in effect with the signature of the state’s governor. The legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Tom Wolf also gives future victims more time to sue. A landmark grand jury...
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November 25, 2019 - 8:23 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a 21-year-old man has pleaded guilty to sending false shooting and bomb threats to schools in the U.S. and Britain. The Department of Justice says Timothy Vaughn of Winston-Salem, North Carolina was a member of the Apophis Squad, a collective of hackers...
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Workers secure a 26mt (85 feet) tall fir tree in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. The tree, which will be trimmed as a Christmas tree, comes from the Asiago Plateau in north-eastern Italy and was donated by the Veneto region. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
November 23, 2019 - 3:44 pm
TOKYO (AP) — The Vatican’s Caritas Internationalis charity says it learned in 2017 of pedophilia concerns involving its Central African Republic director, but left it for his superiors to investigate and he remained in place and in ministry until this year. CNN revealed the scandal over the Rev...
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Britain's Prince Andrew leaves his home in Windsor, England, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. A lawyer for the victims of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein says Britain’s Prince Andrew should speak to U.S. investigators immediately about what he knew of the convicted pedophile. U.S. attorney Gloria Allred says Andrew should contact American authorities “without conditions and without delay." Andrew has announced he was pulling out of public duties “for the foreseeable future” amid a firestorm of criticism over his friendship with Epstein. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)
November 21, 2019 - 11:21 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s disgraced Prince Andrew is facing mounting calls to provide information to U.S. law enforcement agencies and to lawyers who are investigating crimes committed by American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his associates. Lawyers for Epstein’s victims believe Andrew may have...
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November 20, 2019 - 5:20 am
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Major Australian bank Westpac is facing a potentially massive fine after being accused of 23 million breaches of the anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing act. The financial crime regulator AUSTRAC said Wednesday it was pursuing Westpac, one of Australia’s...
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Pope Francis delivers his blessing in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican at the end of an audience with students and teachers of the LUMSA Catholic University, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
November 14, 2019 - 9:28 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Thursday for Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies to urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and prevent children from accessing pornography online. Francis told a Vatican conference of religious leaders and high-tech...
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