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human trafficking

Former Arizona adoption lawyer pleads guilty to trafficking of pregnant women to U.S.

A former Arizona county assessor pleaded guilty to running an adoption fraud scheme that involved bringing pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to the United States to give birth, authorities said Thursday. Paul Petersen, 45, was an adoption lawyer licensed...

Arizona official Paul Petersen quits amid charges of running human smuggling operation

An elected official in metro Phoenix resigned Tuesday months after being charged with running a human smuggling operation that paid pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to give up their babies in the United States. Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen's...

Two DHS agents paid for sex with alleged victims of sex trafficking

At a press conference in September 2018, Department of Homeland Security agents told reporters they had successfully broken up a transnational ring of illegal massage parlors forcing Asian immigrants into sex slavery. What they didn’t say, however, is that...

Former NBA player Jim Farmer arrested in human trafficking sting operation

Former NBA player Jim Farmer was busted for allegedly arranging to have sex with a 16-year-old girl for $170, according to a new report. Farmer, 55, a first-round pick in the 1987 NBA draft, was among 16 men arrested as...

Arizona official accused of selling babies pleads not guilty in adoption fraud case

An elected official in Arizona accused of running a human smuggling scheme that brought pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to the U.S. pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges in Arkansas. Authorities say Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen illegally...

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Former TPG Star Bill McGlashan jailed for three months in college admissions scam

A former senior executive at private equity firm TPG Capital was sentenced on Wednesday to three months in prison...