American Airlines Sued for $6 Million After Passenger Says She Was Sexually Assaulted on a Flight by a Drunken PassengerRead Now
"A North Texas woman is suing American Airlines for $6 million claiming flight attendants over-served alcohol to an intoxicated passenger who sexually assaulted her during an international flight last fall."
"'If I don't speak up, if I don't pursue all the channels available, then that means it's OK and it's not.'"
"The woman returned to her seat and attempted to watch a movie, but her seatmate was undeterred. When she pretended to be asleep, a tactic advised by a flight attendant, the man took a blanket from his bag and placed it over her. The woman said she then felt "extremely uncomfortable."The man then placed his head on her chest and she nudged him away. He then pretended to awaken and asked the woman, "Have we had sex yet?" and 'Is it time to do it?'"
"A Colombian Instagram model moonlighted as an international underage sex trafficking madame who recruited vulnerable girls to service celebrity clients, according to authorities.The high-profile trial for Liliana del Carmen Campos Puello is now underway in Cartagena, where prosecutors say she headquartered the child prostitution ring along with 17 others, The Times of London reported."
"Among the horrors the child sex slaves were allegedly forced to endure, were tattoo brandings by their “owners” and sex parties on luxury yachts and hotels.
The 48-year-old buxom brunette, nicknamed “La Madame,” reportedly recruited up to 400 girls, many from poor backgrounds, to service glamorous clients, including celebrities and politicians."
"Campos Puello, who was convicted of federal heroin trafficking in New York in 2002 — and also goes by “La Ronca” aka “the husky-voiced woman”— claims all the women were over 18. Prostitution is legal in Colombia."
"The judge in Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault case will allow three additional accusers to testify as "prior bad acts" witnesses against him, according to court documents filed Monday by prosecutors.The sexual assault charges against Weinstein relate to two women -- one on July 10, 2006, and another on March 18, 2013. But the three additional witnesses would testify about other uncharged acts as prosecutors try to show Weinstein had a similar pattern of behavior.
In general, "prior bad acts" witnesses strengthen the prosecution's case, particularly in a he said-she said sexual assault trial with limited physical evidence. In Bill Cosby's trial, for example, five "prior bad acts" witnesses testified that the comedian had previously drugged and assaulted them, and the jury found him guilty."
"The court documents were filed on the same day that Weinstein pleaded not guilty to two new predatory sexual assault charges in a Manhattan criminal court."
"Weinstein's trial is now expected to begin January 6. During a scheduling conversation the judge asked him, "do you want to go to trial?""Not really, not with this weak case," he replied."
"A former Yale psychiatry professor sexually assaulted five students and engaged in other sexual misconduct, according to an independent report released by the university.
Eugene Redmond, who was on the faculty for 44 years, is accused of misconduct and sexual assault primarily by interns in a program he ran that included undergraduate students at Yale, among others."
"New Haven, Connecticut, and Yale police have contacted St. Kitts police to inform them of Redmond's alleged actions, according to a university statement. CNN has reached out to those law enforcement agencies for comment.
CNN also could not determine if any criminal charges have been filed in relation to Redmond."
"Yale is making several changes after the report was released, including new protocols to oversee internship and other overnight programs. The university is also considering additional actions based on recommendations from the report."
"Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo's lawyers revealed for the first time in court documents the amount he paid to settle allegations that he raped a woman in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009."
"The Portuguese footballer, who currently plays for Juventus, insists the encounter was consensual. In a motion filed Friday asking to dismiss Mayorga's lawsuit, Ronaldo's legal team acknowledged he paid $375,000 'to maintain the confidentiality of their dispute.' "
"The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reopened the case at Mayorga's request in August 2018. The District Attorney's Office announced in July that they had declined to press criminal charges, saying the case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt."
"The Jeffrey Epstein case is forcing the American public to reckon with difficult questions about power, wealth, and the apparent ease with which all too many people were able to ignore evidence of abuse.It’s also thrown a spotlight on what may be one of the most poorly understood crimes in America: human trafficking.
The federal government defines trafficking as using “force, fraud, or coercion” to make someone perform labor. That can include sex trafficking. When he died, Epstein was facing trafficking charges in connection with allegations that he paid underage girls for sex."
"Epstein, for his part, was facing two trafficking charges when he died: sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. Those charges stemmed from allegations that, in the words of the federal indictment issued earlier this year, the money manager “enticed and recruited” underage girls to his homes in New York and Florida “to engage in sex acts with him, after which he would give the victims hundreds of dollars in cash.”"
"A lot of the details of Jeffrey Epstein’s case, such as his enormous wealth and his ties to powerful people, make it unusual in the larger world of human trafficking.
But other aspects of the case, said D’Adamo, “are so common.” According to the allegations against him, she said, “he went after marginalized young women” who needed money and who “would probably not be believed” if they came forward to report abuse, D’Adamo said.
“Jeffrey preyed on girls who were in a bad way, girls who were basically homeless,” Courtney Wild, who met Epstein when she was 14, told Julie K. Brown of the Miami Herald last year. “He went after girls who he thought no one would listen to and he was right.’’"
"When it comes to human trafficking more broadly, the Epstein case has the potential to teach the American public a lesson about how powerful people prey on the less powerful, advocates say, even if the specifics are somewhat unique.“If we can think about power, if we can think about status, if we can think about need and how all of that plays into these cases,” said Tuerkheimer, the Northwestern professor, “I think we’ll have a greater understanding and greater empathy when someone comes forward.”"
"FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas — An unnamed "active law enforcement officer" is among 64 people arrested in a human trafficking sweep in Fort Bend County, county officials said.At least five adults and two juveniles, who are U.S. citizens from the Fort Bend County area, were rescued from sex trafficking in the multi-agency sweep that brought together the Fort Bend County Constable’s Office Precinct and the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office, along with the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance member law enforcement agencies."
""Human trafficking routinely happens in plain sight, it affects all demographic levels, races, religions, and social economic levels," Middleton said. "It's not just a city problem."
At least four "criminal gang members" were also among the 64 people arrested in the sweep, Thompson said in a statement issued Tuesday evening.
Lead prosecutor Jenna Rudoff says two juveniles, between the ages of 15 to 17, were rescued as part of the operation. With the help of non-profits, they were able to be provided with services like medical care and housing for relocation."
"“The grooming process, the recruiting process happens on social media. It happens on Instagram, it happens on Facebook, it happens on KIK messenger, it happens on Whats App,” Rudoff said. “I can’t even begin to name the number of apps that these individuals are targeting.”"
"Rudoff added that sex traffickers do not discriminate.
“Our victims are not of one social class, they’re not of one nationality, they’re not of one demographic. They come from two parent households, one parent household, educated household, blue-collar household, they come from all kinds of backgrounds,” she said.
They are being targeted and recruited through social media. This happens in plain sight."
"A former northwest suburban substitute teacher and soccer coach has been convicted of sexually assaulting a child he knew.A Kane County jury found 64-year-old Carlos A. Bedoya guilty Aug. 9 of eight felony counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, according to a statement from the Kane County state’s attorney’s office."
"Five additional criminal cases against Bedoya are pending over similar allegations involving 11 other victims, prosecutors said.
He remains in custody at the Kane County Jail, where he has been held on $4.85 million bail since his 2017 arrest."
Attorney general rips ‘failure’ of prison officials to keep Epstein alive, vows to investigate co-conspiratorsRead Now
"Attorney General William P. Barr on Monday decried what he called a “failure” by federal detention center officials in New York to secure registered sex offender and multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was found hanging in his cell over the weekend.
But the country’s top law enforcement official said Epstein’s death would not derail the ongoing investigation into those who might have aided Epstein’s alleged sex abuse of minors.
“Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein,” Barr said. “Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. The victims deserve justice, and they will get it.”
Speaking to law enforcement officials in New Orleans, Barr said he “was appalled . . . and frankly, angry” to learn of the Metropolitan Correctional Center’s “failure to adequately secure” Epstein, who was awaiting trial on new sex trafficking charges."
"In total, ICE agents carried out raids in six Mississippi cities, leaving outrage and despair in their wake. According to local news reports, workers suspected of being undocumented were rounded up, placed on buses, and sent to an ICE facility in Louisiana.
“Children finished their first day of school with no parents to go home to tonight,” reported the Jackson Free Press. “Babies and toddlers remained at daycare with no guardian to pick them up. A child vainly searched a workplace parking lot for missing parents.”"