BAKERSFIELD — Over the course of two years, police across California investigated seemingly unrelated crimes and disappearances: teens from the Bay Area who’d allegedly been abused by their pimp and “branded” with tattoos. A woman from the Central Valley whose 3-month-old baby was kidnapped to force her into sex work.
The smell of gardenias and tuberose wafted down the street from a Corona del Mar house on Serra Street last summer. Inside, warm wax bubbled on the stovetop, and wax and wicks littered the countertops. In her kitchen-turned-laboratory, Amanda Meyer poured, cooled and formed candles, just one of the products
After organizing to repeal the “walking while trans” ban, advocates in the state—and around the country—are looking ahead to the next fight. Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that repeals a decades-old statute that advocates say disproportionately targeted trans people who are simply walking or standing
A pair of men are in custody after a human trafficking sting last week in south Montgomery County that reportedly freed four, including a minor, from “sex slavery.” Joshua Albert Regalado, 29, of Richmond, and Jamin Renfroe, 45, of Cordova, Tenn., are charged with promotion of prostitution, a third-degree felony.
Myths and misconceptions over the largest U.S. sporting event are feared harming sex workers By Kieran Guilbert Feb 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – COVID-19 will loom large over Sunday’s Super Bowl, but as thousands of fans brave restrictions to attend the biggest U.S. sporting event, authorities are sounding their annual
(Felipe Cespedes/Pexels) By Gina Christian • Posted February 8, 2021 As the Catholic Church joins in prayer to end modern slavery, a Philadelphia-area ministry is rebuilding victims’ lives, one woman at a time. Since 2015, the Feb. 8 memorial of St. Josephine Bakhita has been designated by the Vatican as
SAN DIEGO — A 29-year-old San Diego man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to sex trafficking a minor. Investigators say James Madison has been in custody since April 2020, when he was arrested on sex trafficking charges. A federal grand jury returned an indictment against Madison in May 2020
February 9, 2021 – SAN DIEGO, CA – Jonathan Madison of San Diego pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday morning to sex trafficking of children, admitting that he knowingly recruited, advertised, and solicited teenage girls and women to engage in commercial sex acts. Madison also admitted that he videotaped
In the primarily rural Steuben and Chemung counties of New York’s Southern Tier, a sex trafficking enterprise allegedly operated in secret for five years. The names of two known community figures with starkly different backgrounds emerge at the center of this case; one Steuben County’s District Attorney says this is “not