Tag: Human Trafficking

Four Takeaways From the 8th Day of Ghislaine Maxwell’s Trial

The jury in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial heard from four government witnesses on Wednesday, including one of Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime pilots and the ex-boyfriend of one of Mr. Epstein’s accusers. One more woman who alleges Ms. Maxwell groomed her for abuse by Mr. Epstein is expected to testify before the government rests its case this […]

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Third Accuser Says Epstein and Maxwell Preyed on Her as a Troubled Teen

Afterward, Carolyn said, they were both paid in cash left at the bathroom sink, and Ms. Maxwell took her number. Ms. Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre, has become one of Mr. Epstein’s most vocal accusers. She is not believed to be one of the four accusers on which the charges against Ms. Maxwell are […]

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A Meeting With Maxwell Led to Years of Sex With Epstein, Accuser Says

“She said that he was going to love me and that I was exactly the kind of person he would help,” Kate said. Weeks later, Ms. Maxwell invited Kate to her home, where Mr. Epstein was sitting in the living room in sweatpants, Kate told the jury. Ms. Maxwell urged Kate to give Mr. Epstein’s […]

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The Trial of Ghislaine Maxwell

Benjamin Weiser contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Larissa Anderson, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Austin Mitchell, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, Sydney Harper, […]

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Partners or Partners in Crime? Maxwell-Epstein Bond Is Key to Her Trial

Larry Visoski, the silver-haired pilot who flew Jeffrey Epstein and his prominent friends all over the world, believed Ghislaine Maxwell and Mr. Epstein had been a couple at some point, he told jurors last week at Ms. Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial. And Ms. Maxwell had unique authority, Mr. Visoski said: In Mr. Epstein’s households, she was […]

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Ghislaine Maxwell Brought Strict Rules to Epstein Home, Ex-Employee Says

After Ghislaine Maxwell took up residence in Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach, Fla., mansion, the rules of the house became strict, a former employee of Mr. Epstein’s said on Thursday: See nothing. Hear nothing. Do not look him in the eye. Testifying on the fourth day of Ms. Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial, the former employee, Juan Alessi, […]

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Ghislaine Maxwell Accuser, ‘Jane,’ Shares Testimony

The 14-year-old girl was eating ice cream with friends one afternoon in 1994, around a picnic table at a summer arts camp in Michigan, she said, when a “tall, thin woman” with a “cute little Yorkie” walked by. The campers asked if they could pet the dog, but soon after the girl’s friends left her […]

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Farm Housing Mennonite Boys Engaged in Human Trafficking, Lawsuit Says

The other man arrived at the farm in 2019 and spent 10 months there, according to the lawsuit, which identified him by the initials J.D.M., and as a Missouri resident. The suit did not elaborate on why the two plaintiffs were placed at the farm. Many of the boys who lived at the 80-acre farm […]

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Facebook’s Metaverse Heralds a Brave New Underworld of Metacrime

That the virtual world Zuckerberg wants to invent might open this Pandora’s box of deviant digitization should come as no surprise. In fact, the metaverse was literally born out of a criminal conceit. But virtually every one of these components presents significant risks for malign exploitation, as well. Some of the threats that immediately stand […]

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Facebook’s Metaverse Heralds a Brave New Underworld of Metacrime

That the virtual world Zuckerberg wants to invent might open this Pandora’s box of deviant digitization should come as no surprise. In fact, the metaverse was literally born out of a criminal conceit. But virtually every one of these components presents significant risks for malign exploitation, as well. Some of the threats that immediately stand […]

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As Ghislaine Maxwell’s Trial Begins, Epstein’s Shadow Looms Large

On the first floor of the federal courthouse in Manhattan hangs an unusual art exhibit: framed courtroom illustrations of terrorists, mobsters and corrupt politicians with names like Yousef, Gotti and Silver who had all appeared before judges there. For a while, one of the most notorious faces on display, in a corridor near a room […]

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Workers Held at Gunpoint in Modern-Day Slavery Operation in Georgia, Feds Allege

A migrant worker sorts onions in Georgia. (Photo by Stephen Morton / Bloomberg via Getty Images) For years, dozens of Mexican and Central American laborers were brought to the United States to work on Georgia farms as modern-day slaves, according to a newly unsealed federal indictment.  Now, two dozen accused members and associates of the […]

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What New Documents Reveal About Jeffrey Epstein’s Final Days

“The lack of significant interpersonal connections, a complete loss of his status in both the community and among associates, and the idea of potentially spending his life in prison,” the post-mortem continued, “were likely factors contributing to Mr. Epstein’s suicide.” The Bureau of Prisons, in a statement, declined to comment on Mr. Epstein’s detention, but […]

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Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s Companion, Finally Goes on Trial

In the weeks leading up to Ghislaine Maxwell’s federal sex trafficking trial in Manhattan, her lawyers have raised issues about the “reprehensible” conditions in her Brooklyn detention facility and the ordeal she undergoes whenever she is brought to court. They asked to interview F.B.I. agents about previous investigations into her longtime companion, Jeffrey Epstein. They […]

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Don’t Fully Decriminalize Sex Work

To the Editor: Re “Only Full Decriminalization Will Help Sex Workers,” by Cecilia Gentili (Opinion guest essay, Oct. 18): I’m a transgender woman and sex trade survivor who, like Ms. Gentili, was forced into prostitution because of economic coercion. However, I fundamentally disagree that expanding the rights of pimps, brothel owners and sex buyers will […]

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Two Top Federal Prosecutors Join Matt Gaetz Case

The Justice Department has added two top prosecutors from Washington to the child sex trafficking investigation of Representative Matt Gaetz, according to two people briefed on the matter, a sign of the complex and high-stakes nature of the inquiry into Mr. Gaetz, a Florida Republican who is one of former President Donald J. Trump’s closest […]

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The Anti-Trafficking Movement Is Pivoting to Afghanistan

Dina Francesca Haynes was having a difficult time. A professor at New England Law Boston and an expert in international human rights law and human trafficking, she was trying to get her vulnerable clients out of Afghanistan in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal, a chaotic experience unlike anything in her two decades of working […]

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At Mexico-U.S. Security Talks, Migration Question Is Largely Avoided

MEXICO CITY — The United States and Mexico began overhauling an aged security agreement on Friday to better confront the flow of criminal activity between the two nations, but officials at the high-level talks conspicuously sought to avoid focusing on the ever-growing migrant crisis on their shared border. It was a striking omission, given the […]

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How AI can fight human trafficking

The Transform Technology Summits start October 13th with Low-Code/No Code: Enabling Enterprise Agility. Register now! There are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally, according to the International Labor Organization. Marinus Analytics, a startup based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, hopes to make a dent in that number. The company’s mission is to “serve those working on […]

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3,000 Yazidis Are Still Missing. Their Families Know Where Some of Them Are.

Some of the children have forgotten that they are Yazidi. Mr. Hussein knows from his son, who is not being identified for his own safety, that he is being forced to work in construction for about $1 a day. But without the $9,000 the captors are demanding for each of his six relatives, Mr. Hussein […]

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What We Get Wrong About Online Sex Work

Produced by ‘The Argument’ This episode contains strong language. The online content-hosting platform OnlyFans declared in August that it would ban all “sexually explicit content” from its website. After immense backlash from users, the company reversed that decision just six days later. OnlyFans isn’t the only site to come under fire for providing a platform […]

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