Monday, February 24, 2020

Canadian fashion mogul accused of rape, sex trafficking in class action lawsuit

In a press release on the lawsuit released Thursday, the women state that “Nygard lured and enticed young, impressionable, and often impoverished children and women with cash payments and false promises of lucrative modelling opportunities in order to assault, rape, and sodomize them. When the victims were not swayed by promises, many were drugged to force compliance with Nygard’s sexual desires.” (National Post)

Sarah Lawrence college parent accused of sex trafficking and abusing students

Lawrence V. Ray showed up at his daughter’s elite college, in a New York City suburb, in late 2010, shortly after being released from prison, and moved into her dormitory. Soon, he started doing “therapy sessions” with her roommates, convincing them he could help with their problems. (New York Times)

Murder probe launched after 39 bodies found in truck

LONDON - UK police have launched a murder investigation after 39 people were found dead in a truck container at an industrial park in Essex, 30 kilometers east of London. One of the victims was in their teens. (CNN)

Accused human smuggling operation may have brought hundreds across border at Peace Arch

A years-long investigation by federal authorities has uncovered an elaborate “human smuggling network” that may have helped close to a thousand Chinese migrants cross the Canada-U.S. border via a public park just steps away from a busy B.C. port of entry, according to newly unsealed court documents. (Postmedia)

‘Please let me out:” former Nxivm testifies about being held in a room for two years

NEW YORK - For two years, she said she was kept in a single room with blacked-out windows. She had only one set of clothes, which she wore for weeks at a time without washing. And she barely had any contact with the outside world. (CNN)

Woman locked in dungeon: NY man ran prostitution ring from parents basement

NEW YORK - A Long Island man ran a prostitution ring out of his elderly parents’ sprawling suburban home, enticing women with drugs and locking them in a basement where he forced them to use a bucket instead of a bathroom, prosecutors said Thursday. (The Province)

Nxivm: Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman pleads guilty in ‘sex cult’ case

NEW YORK - An heiress pleaded guilty on Friday in a sensational case accusing a cult-like upstate New York group of creating a secret harem of sex slaves for the group’s self-anointed spiritual leader. (The Province/AP)

Illegal Ottawa spa busted, man charged with human trafficking

OTTAWA - An unlicensed “touch therapy” spa in downtown Ottawa has been closed and a man arrested for human trafficking at the end of a lengthy investigation by the Ottawa Police Service Human Trafficking Unit. (Ottawa Citizen)

University student, 22, allegedly forced into sex trade at gunpoint

TORONTO - She was a bright university student who fell into the clutches of alleged monsters. Toronto Police say two men face human trafficking-related charges after the 22-year-old woman was allegedly drugged, beaten and forced at gunpoint to perform sex acts for money. (Toronto Sun)

Leader of sex trafficking ring in Trinidad linked to Asian organized crime

An Asian mafia con­nec­tion is fu­elling the mul­ti-mil­lion dol­lar world of sex slaves in Trinidad and To­ba­go, in­tel­li­gence sources close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion have re­vealed to Guardian Me­dia. (St. Lucia News)

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