Human trafficking

FILE - In this July 30, 2008, file photo, Jeffrey Epstein, center, appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla. Newly released court documents show that Epstein repeatedly declined to answer questions about sex abuse as part of a lawsuit. A partial transcript of the September 2016 deposition was included in hundreds of pages of documents placed in a public file Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 by a federal appeals court in New York. Epstein has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges after his July 6 arrest. (Uma Sanghvi/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
August 09, 2019 - 7:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Confronted with allegations that he orchestrated a sex trafficking ring that delivered girls to him and his high-profile acquaintances, financier Jeffrey Epstein repeatedly refused to answer questions to avoid incriminating himself, according to court records released Friday...
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FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein is set to return to court Wednesday, July 31, 2019, to face sex trafficking charges just days after he was found injured in his cell. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP)
July 31, 2019 - 1:17 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Financier Jeffrey Epstein is set to return to court to face sex trafficking charges just days after he was found injured in his cell. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman had scheduled the pretrial hearing for Wednesday before Epstein was found on the floor of his cell last week with...
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FILE - This Nov. 13, 2013 file photo shows the main gate of Camp Pendleton Marine Base at Camp Pendleton, Calif. A human smuggling investigation by the military led to the arrest of 16 Marines Thursday, July 25, 2019 while carrying out a battalion formation at California's Camp Pendleton, a base about an hour's drive from the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)
July 26, 2019 - 3:20 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — On the surface, it seemed like a simple task: Drive to a spot a few miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, pick up people and then drop them off at a McDonald's or other spot past the city of San Diego, and make anywhere from $500 to $1,000. No need to cross into Mexico. Two...
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FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein is set to return to court Wednesday, July 31, 2019, to face sex trafficking charges just days after he was found injured in his cell. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP)
July 25, 2019 - 2:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein was found on the floor of his jail cell with bruises on his neck early this week while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday. It was not clear whether the injuries were self-inflicted or from an...
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FILE - This 1998 frame from video provided by C-SPAN shows George Nader, president and editor of Middle East Insight. Nader, a businessman who served as a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation now faces a charge of child sex trafficking in addition to transporting child pornography. An indictment made public Friday, July 19, 2019 in federal court in Alexandria charges 60-year-old George Nader with transporting a 14-year-old boy from Europe to Washington, D.C., in February 2000 and engaging in sex acts with him.(C-SPAN via AP, File)
July 19, 2019 - 3:42 pm
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A businessman who served as a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation now faces a charge of child sex trafficking in addition to transporting child pornography. An indictment made public Friday in federal court in Alexandria charges Lebanese-American...
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FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein is set to return to court Wednesday, July 31, 2019, to face sex trafficking charges just days after he was found injured in his cell. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP)
July 18, 2019 - 2:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge denied bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges Thursday, saying he poses a danger to the public and might use his "great wealth and vast resources" to flee the country. Epstein, with his hands folded before him, showed no reaction to the...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2008, file photo, Jeffrey Epstein, center, appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla. At the center of Epstein's secluded New Mexico ranch sits a sprawling residence the financier built decades ago, complete with plans for a 4,000-square-foot (372-square-meter) courtyard, a living room roughly the size of the average American home and a nearby private airplane runway. Known as the Zorro Ranch, the high-desert property is now tied to an investigation that the state attorney general's office says it has opened into Epstein with plans to forward findings to federal authorities in New York. (Uma Sanghvi/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
July 18, 2019 - 11:40 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sex trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein (all times local): 11:30 a.m. A federal judge has denied bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges involving underage girls. The judge's decision Thursday comes after prosecutors argued...
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Naason Joaquin Garcia, the leader of a Mexico-based evangelical church with a worldwide membership, appears with his defense attorneys Ken Rosenfeld and Allen Sawyer for a bail review hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, July 15, 2019. Prosecutors have asked a judge to hold Garcia without bail on charges of child rape and human trafficking. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)
July 16, 2019 - 8:34 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader of Mexican megachurch La Luz del Mundo was ordered held without bail Tuesday on charges of child rape and human trafficking after a historically high $50 million bail was set earlier in the case. Naasón Joaquín García is a danger to the community and a flight risk,...
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Courtney Wild, left, joined by her attorney Brad Edwards, leaves after reading a statement a news conference, calling on victims of Jeffrey Epstein to contact the FBI or lawyers with their information, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
July 16, 2019 - 4:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — One of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers urged other women Tuesday to come forward with allegations against the wealthy financier as federal authorities prosecute him on sex charges. Courtney Wild told reporters at a news conference in New York that Epstein "will never stop sexually...
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Annie Farmer, left, and Courtney Wild, right, accusers of Jeffery Epstein, stand outside the courthouse in New York, Monday, July 15, 2019. Financier Jeffrey Epstein will remain behind bars for now as a federal judge mulls whether to grant bail on charges he sexually abused underage girls. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
July 15, 2019 - 4:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Two Jeffrey Epstein accusers urged a judge Monday to keep the wealthy financier behind bars until he goes on trial on federal charges that he sexually abused underage girls. The women stood just feet from where Epstein was seated in his blue jail outfit as they asked a federal judge...
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