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A timeline of the Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell scandal

NEW YORK (AP) — From the moment he first faced criminal charges, in 2006, Jeffrey Epstein has been the object of public fascination, conspiracy theories and outrage — especially after his lawyers got ...

Text from Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade

The Associated Press is making available the full text of the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning the nationwide right to abortion: Justice Alito delivered the opinion of the Court. ...

California eyes banning loitering for prostitution arrests

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday finally sent Gov. Gavin Newsom a hot potato of a bill that would bar police from making arrests on a charge of loitering for prostitution, nine...

Nigeria police free 35 teenage girls from prostitution ring

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — At least 35 teenage girls held captive and forced to work in a prostitution ring in southeastern Nigeria have been rescued after police raided a hotel where they were being held,...

Taiwan's last legal brothel closes its doors

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's last legal brothel has recently closed its doors due to the impact of the pandemic and changes in the sex worker industry. Tiantianle (天天樂), the country...

Spain takes first step towards battling prostitution

MADRID (AP) — Spain, one of the world's leading markets for prostitution, is hoping to crack down on the practice by targeting people who financially exploit prostitutes, as well as those who buy thei...

7 countries that changed their names — and why

On Wednesday, the United Nations announced that Türkiye will replace the name Turkey, whenever the country is referenced. "Türkiye is the best representation and expression of the Turkish peopl...

Suit moves forward alleging cops protected sex traffickers

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a lawsuit against two former police officers accused of protecting a sex trafficking ring in northern Virginia in exchange for sex can move ...

Sacramento mass shooting suspect appears in court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An alleged gang member with a “life-time commitment to violence” fired at least 28 bullets earlier this month during a mass shooting in California's capital city that left si...

Prosecutors seek life for political donor's fatal fetish

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even after two men were found dead in his California apartment, Ed Buck did not stop injecting gay men with walloping doses of methamphetamine. Federal prosecutors...

NY lieutenant governor resigns after arrest in federal probe

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin resigned Tuesday in the wake of his arrest in a federal corruption investigation, creating a political crisis for Gov. Kathy Hochul seven months af...

Jury deliberations begin in sex abuse, forced labor trial

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury began deliberating Tuesday in the trial of Lawrence Ray, an ex-convict accused of moving into his daughter’s dorm at Sarah Lawrence College and manipulating her friends into a c...

Larry Ray goes to hospital as key witness testifies of harm

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who says she was forced to prostitute herself to pay an ex-convict $2.5 million and gain relief from his claims that she’d poisoned him was testifying at his trial Tuesday when...

S. Korean slavery victim seeks UN justice as time runs out

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thirty years after going public with her story of abduction, rape and forced prostitution by Japan’s wartime military, Lee Yong-soo fears she’s running out of time to get clo...

Concern grows over traffickers targeting Ukrainian refugees

SIRET, Romania (AP) — One man was detained in Poland suspected of raping a 19-year-old refugee he’d lured with offers of shelter after she fled war-torn Ukraine. Another was overheard prom...